We love sharing our exhilarating city, but the safety of all residents and visitors to Athens is paramount. Until we can open our doors wide to welcome the world again, the City of Athens is following the decisions and directions of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Culture, and the National Health Organisation, in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.
These combined actions are currently in effect and are as follows:
- Schools, cultural sites, libraries, theatres and creative learning centres remain closed. Additionally, cinemas, gyms, most 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 (archeological sites to re-open on 18 May).
- City parks and green spaces such as the National Garden, the Plato Academy, and the access to Lycabettus re-opened on 4 May.
- The mandatory use of a face mask in public transport, taxis, hospitals, elevators, and recommended when visiting public services such as supermarkets, hairdressers and other retail spaces.
- 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.
- Bars, cafés and restaurants will remain closed until further notice (take away and home delivery services continue to currently operate).
- Churches have re-opened for individual prayer.
- 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) are closed.
Shopping in Athens
- Beauty, nail and tanning salons and hairdressers re-opened 4 May.
- Small shops and electrical appliance outlets re-opened 4 May.
- Shopping malls and department stores to re-open 1 June.
Hotels in and around Athens
Year-round hotels are closed until 1 June (seasonal hotels have been mapped to re-open in early July).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 measures, the residents of Athens are restricted to movement within the Attica prefecture.
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.
- Restoration of domestic flights is currently being planned for early June; international flights for late June.
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:
- Sotiria Hospital, 152 Mesogion.
- Evaggelismos Hospital, 45-47 Ipsilandou.
- Attikon Hospital, 1 Rimini.
- Ano Patisia Municipal Clinic, 4 Sarandaporou.
- NIMTS, 10 Monis Petraki.
- Attica Clinic, G. Gennimata Avenue, Elefsina.
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.