Is it safe to travel to Halkidiki?

To keep Greece safe, the country is only opening its borders to countries which meet certain criteria around low levels of infection. We follow the advice of the UK government and, as of 14 November, the FCDO removed Halkidiki from the exempt list and are now advising against all but essential travel. Please regularly check the FCDO travel advice for the most up-to-date information.

What is life like in Halkidiki?

Our local agent has confirmed most services in Halkidiki are open including shops, markets, banks and pharmacies. Cafés, beach bars and restaurants are gradually opening once they have all safety measures in place. Open-air sites and museums are also open. Social distancing must be practised at all times and wearing a face mask is mandatory when using public transport, taxis, lifts and in all outdoor and indoor public spaces, including beaches and pool areas. From midnight until 7am the following day, restaurants, bars and entertainment venues will be closed. 

How should I keep safe in Halkidiki?

You should follow local regulations and continue to practice good levels of hygiene as advised by the NHS while you are on holiday. You can refer to the government website for detailed information but there are a few basic principles to follow: avoiding being face-to-face with people, keep your hands and face as clean as possible, keep indoor places well ventilated, avoid crowded spaces, use a face mask and wash your clothes regularly.

What was the COVID-19 pandemic response? 

Our local agent has advised that in general Greece handled the pandemic well and measures are in place to continue to minimise the spread of COVID-19. To support this, the FCDO advise that it is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports, in taxis, in all medical facilities and in lifts. The use of face masks is strongly recommended in other closed spaces. Please regularly check the FCDO travel advice for the most up-to-date information.

Are there any pre-departure requirements in regards to visas and passports?

You must complete an online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 48 hours before your arrival in Greece. Once you have completed the form, you’ll receive an email acknowledgement. In a separate email, you will also receive a ‘QR’ code. This code is likely to be sent up to you 24 hours before you travel, regardless of how early you fill in your form. When you receive your code, make sure you either print it or can show it on your mobile phone. You will need to show your code to the Greek authorities upon arrival. Some airlines may also ask you to show your code before you board your flight to Greece. Our local agent has advised that on arrival – depending on your QR code – you will be either be sent to a screening area where a COVID-19 test will be carried out, or to the exit to collect your baggage. UK nationals must have 6 months validity on their passport upon return from Greece but you do not need a visa to enter the country.

What are the quarantine guidelines in Halkidiki?

You do not need to quarantine on arrival in Halkidiki as long as you do not test positive for COVID-19. If you test positive at the airport or you develop symptoms and/or are diagnosed while on holiday, you will be required to quarantine for a period of time.

If I test positive for COVID-19 in Halkidiki what will happen?

You may not be allowed to enter Greece if you display signs of COVID on arrival. If your QR code directs you to a test, you will have to self-isolate for 24 hours at the address given on your form (the hotel you will be staying at) until the results are ready. If the result is negative, you can continue your stay. The FCDO advise that if you test positive while in Greece, the authorities are likely to ask you to self-isolate for 14 days, or they will assist with providing quarantine arrangements. Hotels are setting aside rooms within their property to enable guests to. Notify your representative, hotel, a medical facility or our 24-hour Duty Officer (the Duty Office details will be detailed on your travel documents). Guidance and assistance will be provided and important local numbers will be provided  upon arrival.

What is the airport experience like?

All passengers must wear a face mask and maintain social distancing in and around the airport terminal. Depending on your QR code, you may be asked to take a COVID-19 test at the airport. Temperature checks are also conducted around terminals.

What are the transfers like?

All local guidance is followed for your transfer to the hotel. Masks are mandatory for both passengers and driver and the driver will make sure that the vehicle is naturally ventilated throughout the journey. The vehicle will be disinfected after each transfer and this will be documented. There are capacity limits in vehicles and the seat next to the driver cannot be occupied.

What should I expect at the hotel?

Hotels in Halkidiki are following measures and recommendations of the Greek National public health organisation. Most hotels are operating a contactless check-in system, with check in also conducted outside if possible. Restaurants and sun loungers around pools and on the beach will be set out to allow social distancing.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK on my return from Halkidiki?

The FCDO advises that UK nationals returning from Halkidiki need to quarantine for 14 days on their return to the UK.

Forms required for travel to and from Halkidiki

The Passenger Locator Form must be completed for all passengers on the booking before you fly to Greece. You will the receive a QR code at 12.01am on the morning of the flight and you will be required to show it at check-in before boarding the flight. If you do not have this you may be denied boarding. A UK arrival form must be completed 48 hours before your return home.