The safety of all residents and visitors to Athens is paramount. Subsequently, due to unprecedented global developments around the coronavirus COVID-19, the City of Athens is following the decisions and directions of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Culture, and the National Health Organisation.
These combined actions will be in effect until further notice and are as follows:
- Schools, cultural sites, libraries, theatres and creative learning centres remain closed. Additionally, cinemas, gyms, sporting facilities, nightclubs and playgrounds are suspended from operation.
- Group gatherings of 10 people or more have been banned.
- Museums and archaeological sites will remain closed.
- Retail stores, bars, cafés, shopping malls and restaurants will remain closed until further notice (take away and home delivery services continue to currently operate).
- Beauty, nail and tanning salons and hairdressers to remain closed.
- Social distancing measures are in place in supermarkets and pharmacies allowing one person per 15 square metres. Hand sanitiser pumps have been installed at shop entrances and exits for compulsory use by customers. Cash transactions are to be avoided where possible.
- Our two This is Athens Info Points, located in Syntagma Square and Athens International Airport (Arrivals level), are temporarily closed.
- Ski resorts and organised beaches in the wider Athens area (such as Aktis Vouliagmeni, Asteras and Varkiza Resort) have been closed.
Hotels in and around Athens
Year-round hotels are closed until the end of April. These eight hotels in the Attica region will remain open to offer essential accommodation:
• Golden City Hotel, Athens
• Hellinis Hotel, Athens
• N.J.V. Athens Plaza Hotel, Athens
• Twentyone Hotel, Kifissia
• Myrto Hotel, Nea Makri
• The Park Hotel Piraeus, Piraeus
• Avra Hotel, Aegina island
• Elefsina Hotel, Elefsina
Moving around Athens
Under the latest restrictions to be in effect until 27 April, all residents and visitors are now required to fill in a downloaded form (in Greek) or send a free SMS to 13033 before moving around the city. Movement by car or on foot is limited to two people. You can go out for the following reasons:
- Visiting a pharmacy or a doctor;
- Trips to supermarkets, bakeries or kiosks;
- Visiting a bank, if electronic transactions can't be made;
- Visiting relatives in need;
- Attending weddings, baptisms or funerals provided such ceremonies take place among close relatives who adhere to social distance rules;
- Exercising outdoors with a limit of no more than two people. The same applies to walking a pet.
The easiest method for non-Greek speakers is to text 13033. The message should have the following format:
X [space] Name [space] Surname [space] Address
X will be a number from 1 to 6, with the choices above.
You will receive a message back, that you need to keep on your phone and show, if asked, along with your ID.
For a full description of the new restrictions in English, visit here
International Arrivals and Flying in and out of Athens
- In line with the latest EU measures, a temporary restriction of non-essential travel from third countries into Greece has been enforced.
- All EU arrivals into Greece are required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
- Athens International Airport has mapped a COVID-19 Response Plan for sustaining a minimum level of service while preventing the spread of the disease. Find out about the airport’s precautionary measures and the current status of departing and arriving passengers here (Tel. +30 210 353 0000).
- Aegean Airlines has suspended its international network of flights temporarily, effective 26 March until 20 April (a small number of weekly flights from Athens to Brussels still operates).
- Flight schedules overall have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 situation. For all flight status updates please contact your airline.
- You can find further COVID-19 advice for travellers here.
Ferries from Athens
Ferries are only permitted to carry people who live permanently on the islands and supply trucks, until further notice. Visitors and tourists will not be allowed to board.
The following hospitals have been assigned to accept and deal with possible COVID-19 cases:
Keeping Athens Clean
The streets, sidewalks, pedestrian pathways and squares of Athens are being regularly disinfected, along with all benches and bus stops, as the City of Athens acts to protect the public health of all residents and visitors to the maximum extent.
Going to an Event?
Most major public events and many performances in Athens have been postponed or cancelled. We are doing our best to keep up with this evolving situation, but recommend that you check directly with the event organiser or host venue for confirmation either on their website or Facebook page.
Staying safe in Athens
In accordance with the safety and precautionary guidelines issued by the WHO, we advise the following measures:
- Remain at least one metre away from other people and avoid all crowded places where possible.
- Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (not your hands) when sneezing or coughing.
- Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces to reduce the risk of spreading germs.
- Persons with a fever higher than 37.5° are strongly recommended to stay at home, limit all social contacts as much as possible, and to seek medical advice.