Can I go to Thassos this summer? Here we answer important questions so you can make the right decision.
As lockdown restrictions end and life slowly returns to some form of normalcy around Europe and the world, you might be wondering if you'll be able to spend your holiday on Thassos this summer. You might be asking yourself if you'll be allowed to travel to Greece and what will be required, if anything? Once you get to Greece, what can you expect? Here we answer these questions and more...
Greece is following the recommendations from the European Council in regards to who is and is not allowed to enter the country. This list is based upon average infection rates in others countries. Those with similar or lower numbers as the EU will be allowed to enter.
The EU will reassess this list every 14 days.
All visitors entering Greece via road, air, or sea are required to complete a "Passenger Locator Form" at least 48 hours before entry into the country. You will be asked to provide various information related to your travel plans in Greece. When you complete the form, you will be provided with a unique quick response (QR) code which you will present to screening personnel upon your arrival into Greece.
This code will determine if you will be required to take a Covid-19 test. If you are tested, you will be required to self-isolate at your final destination until your test results are received. This usually takes at least 24 to 36 hours. If the test is negative, you will be free to continue your holiday as planned. If the test is positive, you will be moved into a quarantine hotel for 14 days. You will not be required to pay for the test or your stay in quarantine. Many more questions can be answered in the official announcement and frequently asked questions (FAQs) sections on the Passenger Locator Form.
If arriving by road...
Date of entry
Car license plate number
Border crossing name
If arriving by air...
Date of arrival
Any connecting flight information
If arriving by sea...
Date of disembarkation
Ferry company name
Permanent residential address in your home country
Emergency contact information (from somebody in your home country)
Names and ages of all family members traveling with you
Names and ages of all other travel companions (friends, non-family members, etc) traveling with you
Thassos does not have a very organized system of physical addresses. You'll find many streets without names and numerous buildings without numbers!
Below is some useful information to help you complete the form...
Thassos is located in the region/state of Eastern Macedonia & Thrace.
As of writing (29 June), the form has not been properly translated, so you should choose "Anatoliki Makedonia kai Thraki".
Thassos is divided into 4 different zip codes. You can locate your accommodation within one of these regions.
Because we know you care about the health and safety of others, this next section does not apply to you. If you're curious about what will happen to those who don't care about the health of others, read on to find out more.
If you are required to self-isolate and are caught breaking this rule, you will be fined €500.
If you are required to quarantine for 14 days and are caught breaking this rule, you will be fined €5000.
Remember... Thassos is a small community with people who live here all year round. Let's all do what we can to keep each other safe!
We have been getting information from various people with first-hand knowledge of the border situation at the Makaza/Nimfea crossing. These people are informing us that the border is open and tourists are able to enter into Greece.
It appears that for the time being, the Makaza/Nimfea border crossing will remain open through 5 July. It will officially close on 6 July (Monday).
You can also check out these Facebook groups for updates on the border situation:
If you live in a country such as Romania or Serbia and you plan to drive through Bulgaria, you will need to complete a Health Declaration for Transit Through Bulgaria. Additional information for Romanians can be found at the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. Serbians can find more information at the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
All airports in Greece are open for international arrivals.
If you fly to Athens first, Aegean Airlines offers connections to:
If you fly to Kavala International Airport “Alexander the Great” (KVA), the closest airport to Thassos, we recommend hiring an airport taxi to continue your journey to Thassos.
For information about travelling to Thassos, see How to travel to Thassos.
All ferry services to and within Greece are in operation.
Ferry services for Thassos are operating. Check out the live map below to see that our ferries are running at scheduled times.
For Thassos ferry schedules and prices, click here.
In order to board and ride a ferry to and within Greece, you must complete a health questionnaire before boarding. Your information will help public health officers to contact you if you were exposed to a transmissible disease while onboard. Your information will be held for 2 months in accordance with European privacy laws (GDPR).
You will also need to follow the health and safety measures below.
While you're away from your home, you should know that Thassos has been preparing to address emergencies that arise due to the Coronavirus. Read on below to find out what you can expect if you happen to encounter any situations related to Covid-19 while on holiday on Thassos.
Yes, Thassos will be a safe destination to visit this summer for everybody who follows the health and safety protocols which the Greek government has put into place.
We’re confident about this because we have a proven track record. Greece very successfully managed the pandemic from day 1 through its strategy that is completely guided by science. Our successful strategy has been focused on five pillars: awareness, personal hygiene, social distancing, isolation and testing, and track-and-trace.
The Greek government has kept the public well-informed of the real situation based on scientific data. Having this data has empowered the people to make informed decisions in order to protect themselves and those around them.
Every person is responsible for keeping themselves and the people they encounter safe. We can achieve this by washing our hands regularly with soap and water, using antiseptics when on the move, wearing a mask when inside public places, coughing or sneezing into the back of our elbow, and avoiding touching our faces.
Greeks love to socialize and be close to one another but social distancing is an important part of the national strategy against Covid-19. Instead of shaking hands you can do an “elbow bump”. Instead of hugging and kissing cheeks you can blow a kiss (without blowing air). Instead of standing next to someone you can stand 1.5 metres away. Taking small measures like these make a big impact.
As soon as a Covid-19 case is suspected, the person and their household go into temporary isolation. A cotton-swab is used to take a sample of the person’s saliva which is sent to hospital labs for molecular testing. This test takes up to 24 hours but offers extreme accuracy.
When a test comes back positive, the highly specialized Covid-19 responders begin the track-and-trace procedures. They rely on victims to inform them of the people and places they visited recently. Then they rapidly visit these people and places, take new samples from the people for testing, and order the places to temporarily close down for disinfecting procedures.
Thanks to this strategy and the efforts of every person, we were able to limit the spread of the virus during the “first wave” in Greece. We will continue our efforts and we ask that you help us keep Thassos and Greece safe by adhering to the health and safety protocols.
If a positive case is discovered on Thassos, the local authorities have a plan to manage it quickly in order to keep you and everybody else safe.
On 22/05/2020, the Greek state equipped Thassos with a dedicated Covid-19 rapid response mobile unit. This unit has the capability to respond to any suspected cases of Covid-19 on the entire island. They will go directly to any location where there is a suspected case in order to take a saliva sample and send it to the lab in Kavala’s General Hospital.
While waiting for the results, the person who is tested will temporarily self-isolate with everybody in their party, for example, their family and friends who are on holiday with them.
If the test result is positive and Covid-19 is discovered, everybody else in their party will then get tested. Anybody who tests positive will be quarantined for 14 days in a special location provided by the state.
If the case becomes serious or critical, the patient will be taken by a special Covid-19 ambulance to Kavala’s General Hospital for treatment.
For extra details of how doctors are being instructed to handle cases of Covid-19 at hotels, please visit this page from the Greece's National Public Health Organization. This page is in Greek, so use a translation service to read it in your own language. Within the document, you will find detailed information about how positive cases will be handled.
The Greek state will cover the accommodation costs for any tourist that tests positive for the coronavirus while on holiday in Greece. It is not yet known if they will cover food and medical costs.
Most common symptoms:
Less common symptoms:
Seek immediate medical attention if you have serious symptoms. Always call before visiting your doctor or health facility.
People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should manage their symptoms at home. On average it takes 5–6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days.
If you suspect that you or someone with you is showing Covid-19 symptoms, please self-isolate immediately and then inform your accommodation host without coming into direct contact with other people.
Your host will then call a special hotline on your behalf to report the suspected case and help will be on the way to you.
These phone numbers are for reporting a possible Covid-19 case.
|1135||24 hour hotline for Covid-19 (National Public Health Organization). If you are staying at a hotel, the hotel and its on-call doctor will contact this hotline on your behalf. If you are staying at a private holiday let, this number is available to you.|
|+30 210 5212054||National Public Health Organization Operations Center|
|+30 25933 50000||Public Health Center of Thassos|
Located in Prinos, Thassos, the health center is equipped with two isolation wards for mild cases. One for adults and one for children.
Located in the regional capital of Kavala, on the mainland, the general hospital is equipped with a special Covid-19 treatment center for serious cases. It takes about 1.5 hours to travel from Thassos to the hospital using the frequent ferry connections of the island.
You're probably wondering what your stay will be like during your time here. Be rest assured that accommodations on Thassos will be following very specific health and safety protocols to ensure you have the best holiday experience!
Hotels on Thassos opened in 2 phases:
The Greek government has mandated various protocols to ensure the health and safety of guests and staff. Hotels must register for and display the "Health First" certification in a prominent place. This certification indicates that the business is complying with public health protocols.
The most basic requirement is for all establishments to have clearly defined procedures in place to manage suspected cases of Covid-19. This will allow for swift action to be taken to reduce spread of the virus to other guests and staff. Hotels with 50 or more rooms are required to have a doctor on call who will coordinate with the Greek National Health Organization to test suspected cases of Covid-19.
The Greek government has designated a hotel on Thassos in order to isolate positive Covid-19 cases immediately when they are discovered. This quarantine hotel will be used to house visitors who do not have symptoms which require hospitalization.
Hotels are required to keep a log of all guests which includes names, nationalities, dates of arrival and departure, and contact details which will be used for contact tracing should a coronavirus case is identified at the hotel.
In order to ensure that rooms are properly sanitized, check in and check out times have been extended. The mandatory check-out time is 11am and the check-in time is 3pm. These time changes are necessary to give cleaning staff the extra time necessary to ensure that your room will be properly cleaned and sterilized.
It’s important to note that only guests of the hotel are allowed to enter the premises. This means you cannot bring family or friends staying in another hotel into your room.
Outdoor pools will operate but with a capacity of 1 person per 5 sq. m. of pool surface area. Indoor swimming pools will not be allowed to operate.
If you are curious about the many other health and safety protocols that the government has mandated for hotels, please visit this page on the Ministry of Tourism website.
You should be rest assured that the government is doing all that it can to ensure you have a safe and healthy holiday to Greece.
We recommend that you contact your host for any questions or concerns related to Covid-19 during your stay.
All campgrounds including children's campgrounds are open.
Similar to hotels, campgrounds must have an action plan established in order to respond to any suspected cases of the coronavirus. This includes a log of all guest details (names, nationalities, arrival and departure dates, and contact information) in the event of a later coronavirus case being detected.
Health protocols for campsites must be made available to guests. It should be known that you must accept and follow the instructions of the campsite otherwise you could find yourself forced to leave. This includes social distancing guidelines (minimum 1.5 meters between yourself and others who are not in the same family) and wearing a face mask in indoor areas.
You will not be allowed to have any friends or family members staying at other accommodations visit you in the campsite. It is for guests only.
If you are curious about the many other health and safety protocols that the government has mandated for campsites, please visit this page on the Ministry of Tourism website. You will need to scroll down to section B of the page.
After you've figured out what's necessary to visit Thassos and where you'll be staying, you might find yourself wanting to know how you'll get around. If you don't bring your own vehicle, you will need to rely on other forms of transportation. Read on below to learn about the measures in place regarding transportation.
Car rental companies are instructed to clean and disinfect each car between different customers.
The most important thing for you to know is that each car will have a maximum capacity.
Parents traveling with children may exceed these passenger limits. Adult children should have identity documents with them in case of police checks.
Face masks are required in arrival and waiting areas of public transportation and to board buses in Greece.
Bus capacity is reduced to 65% of the available seats. That means if you need to get around with the bus, we recommend that you arrive as early as possible to the bus stop to ensure seating.
Be sure to check out the bus schedules in order to be at your stop early enough!
In order to protect both your health and that of the taxi driver, passenger limits have been introduced.
Taxis will have the following passenger limits:
Passengers may not sit next to the driver.
Parents traveling with children may exceed these passenger limits.
All passengers and the driver are required to wear a face mask.
There will be a 150 EUR fine for both the driver and passengers for any violation of these rules.
You've been locked up at home long enough and now it's time to get outside and enjoy the sun and sea! While on Thassos, you'll be able to enjoy our beautiful beaches, but we just ask that you do it safely. Check out the information below to see what the situation is like at beaches and pools.
Beaches on Thassos are open and ready to welcome you!
Organized beaches will follow health and safety protocols to ensure your safety.
The government is requiring that all organized beaches control the number of people entering beach areas to 40 people per 1000 sq. m.
Umbrellas must be placed far enough apart from one another to allow for physical distancing between sunbathers. For instance, the poles of beach umbrellas must be 4 or more meters apart from each other and the edges of each umbrella must be 1 or more meters apart. Only 2 people are allowed under each umbrella.
Sunbeds on organized beaches will be sterilized between each use and you will be required to place a towel on the sunbed.
Any sports requiring physical contact are not permitted.
If you prefer beaches free of beach chairs and umbrellas (unorganized), you'll be enjoying the beach at your own risk. You and other visitors should take all necessary measures to ensure that your experience will be safe and healthy. If you find yourself at a crowded beach, we recommend that you find a new location that is less crowded.
Be sure to check out our webcam at Golden Beach! You'll be able to see what's happening at one of Thassos' most popular beaches.
Everyday at 8:35, 10:35, 12:35, 14:35, 16:35, and 18:35 (current local time - ) the camera will pan across the entire length of Golden Beach allowing you to see everything going on! It take 25 minutes to complete.
Have no fear! You will be able to enjoy swimming pools while on holiday this year.
Outdoor swimming pools will be allowed to operate during the summer. Unfortunately though, indoor swimming pools will remain closed for safety reasons.
To avoid overcrowding, limits to the amount of people in the pool at any one time apply. For instance, there can only be 1 person per 2.5 square meters of pool surface area.
Chairs and sunbeds (in groups of 2) are to be spaced apart allowing guests to maintain a 2 meter distance from others. For your safety and that of others, a towel should be placed on the surface of the chair.
Beach and pool bars are in operation.
There will be some health and safety measures in place.
Only table seating will be allowed. Those of you accustomed to sitting at a bar and enjoying a drink will have to forego that little pleasure until things improve.
Also know that you'll have to bring your own music! Beach bars are not yet allowed to play music or organize events for the public.
Unless you plan to roast on the beach all day and every day of your holiday, you'll probably want to enjoy other activities. But, as you probably have already guessed, there are a few things you need to know so you can have a safe and fun time.
All bars, cafes, and restaurants are open in Greece.
To avoid overcrowding, each establishment is only allowed 1 customer per 2.2 sq. meters of usable space.
There is a limit of 6 people per table, unless you are a family with minor children. In this case, the limits do not apply.
Customers are not allowed to crowd around bars.
If there is a buffet, only employees are allowed to serve food. You are not allowed to handle any serving utensils.
Archaeological sites in Greece are open.
Entry into these areas will be restricted to ensure crowding does not occur. Fortunately for Thassos though, this isn't a problem. All sites typically are quite large and even with normal tourist numbers, they are never crowded!
If you do find yourself in a crowded space, the 1.5 meter distance between persons is expected to be followed.
Museums in Greece are open.
You are asked to keep a 2 meter distance between others in the indoor spaces of museums.
Wearing a face mask is required for visitors.
Stores in Greece are open.
Depending on the type and floor size of the business, there will be a limit to the number of people that may be inside at any given time.
These limits should be defined at the entrance of each establishment.
Customers are required to maintain a safe distance from one another.
It is also recommended to wear a face mask in crowded spaces.
Live events such as concerts in open spaces are allowed.
If space is limited, occupancy for the event will be limited.
Seating will be spaced to the standard 1.5 meters between each guest. If events do not provide seating, guest are expected to observe the 1.5 meter distance rule between one another.
We want you to be as informed as possible when making your plans to visit Thassos. Check out these official websites that the Greek government is using to distribute the information that we are collecting to present to you.
We recommend viewing the Greek version of these pages through Google Translate into your own language because the English versions tend to have less information!