Additional measures to combat Coronavirus announced – Greece

Measures include the cancellation of the Thessaloniki International Fair, suspension of public events in which the participants are standing and earlier closing times for bars & restaurants in some areas (including Crete).

On Sunday 9th August, the Greek Ministry of Health announced 203 new cases of Coronavirus in Greece.

The following changes were announced today (10th August 2020) by the Greek Government:

  • The 85th Thessaloniki International Fair, scheduled for September 5-13, 2020, will not take place this year.
  • Coronavirus tests required for flight travellers from Sweden, Czech Republic, Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands.
    From 17th August: in order to enter Greece a negative PCR test for Coronavirus (conducted up to 72 hours before travel) must be presented for those traveling by flight from the following countries: Sweden, Czech Republic, Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands.
  • Mandatory negative molecular PCR test for all travelers entering Greece via the Promachonas border crossing with Bulgaria.
    From 17th August it becomes mandatory to present a negative PCR test for Coronavirus for all travellers entering via the Promachonas land border. The test must have been performed up to 72 hours before entering Greece. This obligation applies to all travellers, including Greek citizens and those with residence permits. The test must have been performed in the country of origin and not in Greece.
  • The number of entrants at the Kakavia border crossing will be limited
    From 16th August the number of entrants via the border post of Kakavia will be limited to 750 people per day.
  • Suspension of public events
    Every public event in which the participants are standing is suspended throughout the country, including concerts and performances.
  • Midnight closing of bars and restaurants in some areas
    From the 11th – 23rd August, bars and restaurants are prohibited from operating during the hours of 12:00 midnight to 7:00 in the morning in the following areas:
    The Regions of Crete, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace,
    The Regional Units of Thessaloniki, Halkidiki, Larissa and Corfu,
    The Municipalities of Mykonos, Paros, Santorini, Volos, Katerini, Rhodes, Antiparos, Zakynthos, Kos.The ban may be extended to other areas or lengthened, depending on the evolution of epidemiological data.