Athens has opened up to welcome you again and we've relaxed many of our measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.
You can now move freely around our beating streets, shop in our stores and neighbourhood markets, sample our vibrant restaurants, bars and cafes, unwind in our public parks, and enjoy our world-famous archeological sites and sun-soaked beaches.
Open-air cinemas have re-opened their doors to share this most treasured summer pastime—and our outstanding museums are back in business too. Ιndoor cinemas are operational again, with social distancing measures in effect and at a maximum 65% capacity.
Social distancing measures will continue to be practised wherever you go in tandem with mandatory face masks in public services and all public transport, taxis, banks, retail stores, supermarkets, all sorts of food shops and hair and beauty salons. Please keep in mind that this may affect capacity at many venues across the city.
You may also find that some of the local experiences, places and events featured on our site may not be operating yet. Please be patient with us while our resilient capital gets back on its feet. We will, of course, continue to closely monitor the easing of measures to ensure the safety and peace of mind of all visitors and residents.
You can keep reading below for a more detailed list on how Athens continues to combat Covid-19, including the latest information on flights in and out of our city. And be assured that when the time comes, we cannot wait to greet you warmly again, as is the Athenian way.
Your Safety - What you Need to Know when Visiting Athens:
- Social distancing measures and restrictions apply at open-air archaeological sites such as the Acropolis and also museums. Electronic ticket purchases are recommended where possible, along with avoidance of common devices such as tablets and headphones for audio guides. Group tours should be limited to 8.
- Organised beaches in the wider Athens area (such as Aktis Vouliagmeni, Asteras and Varkiza Resort) must adhere to a cap of 40 people per 1,000 square meters and a distance of at least 4 metres between umbrellas.
- Cultural sites such as Onassis Stegi, libraries, theatres and creative learning centres remain closed, however, you can enjoy the outdoor spaces and parklands of Stavros Niarchos Cultural Centre.
- Gyms, spas and saunas have re-opened.
- The mandatory use of a face mask in public transport, taxis, hospitals, elevators, and when visiting public services such as supermarkets, hairdressers and other retail spaces. Non-compliance carries a 150 euro fine.
- 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.
- Churches are open with public services with reduced capacity and compulsory use of masks.
Going to an Event?
Most major public events and many performances in Athens have been postponed or cancelled. Some live outdoor events have resumed (with a 40 percent capacity) but the ban on open air festivals has been extended until the end of August. 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.
International Arrivals and Flying in and out of Athens
The following hospitals have been assigned to accept and deal with possible COVID-19 cases:
Stay 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.