Can I go to Thassos this summer? Here we answer important questions so you can plan wisely.
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...
Since 14 May, residents from these countries can visit Greece! Scroll down to see the list...
Citizens/residents of the following countries will be allowed to enter Greece.
Entry into Greece is permitted for those who...
This applies for people twelve (12) years and older.
All travelers entering Greece (regardless of nationality) are subject to random rapid testing. If you test positive for Covid-19, you will have to quarantine. Vaccinated travelers must quarantine for 7 days. Unvaccinated travelers must quarantine for 10 days.
For more details, please visit the website where you can complete the Passenger Locator Form. Be aware that the Travel.gov.gr website is not always updated very quickly. Announcements made by the Greek government are not immediately published and may require some time (not more than a day or 2) before they appear.
All Russian arrivals are required to provide a negative PCR or Rapid test upon arrival into Greece. This applies to both un-vaccinated AND vaccinated individuals.
When you complete the PLF form, you will not immediately receive your QR code. This QR code will be emailed to you at midnight on the day of your scheduled arrival into Greece. So if you fill out the PLF form 2 weeks before you travel to Greece, do not worry if you have not received your QR code immediately! Just be sure to read all of the instructions in any confirmation emails you receive.
When completing the Passenger Locator Form, you must provide the address of where you will be staying on Thassos. In many cases, standard addresses on Thassos are non-existant. You may find yourself staying at an accommodation on an unnamed dirt road with no house number! If you need help finding the address of your destination, please read this information about addresses on Thassos.
Upon arrival, you must present a completed "Passenger Locator Form".
You should know that each vehicle has specific passenger limits determined by the number of seats available. Check out the passenger limits in the vehicle rentals section of this page.
Anybody wishing to enter Greece is required to be fully vaccinated OR present proof of a negative molecular test result (RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab) for Covid-19. The test result must be issued within 72 hours of your arrival to Greece. The certificate must be written in English and display your name and passport/id number. For more details, view the "Passenger Locator Form".
Starting from 19 April, the following airports (those relevant to getting to Thassos) will be open for international tourist arrivals...
It's recommended that non EU citizens take direct flights to Greece.
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.
When both arriving to Thassos and departing from Thassos, you must complete a health questionnaire before boarding the ferry. These forms are provided by the ferry companies when you buy your ticket. 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).
On this form, you must declare that you have one of the following documents...
This applies for people twelve (12) years and older. Meeting the general entry requirements established by the PLF form you completed, should meet the ferry boarding requirements when arriving to Thassos. Just make sure you come straight to Thassos so your 72 hour PCR test (or 48 hour Rapid test) time window doesn't expire before you board the ferry.
When departing from Thassos, you must complete another health questionnaire before boarding where you'll be asked if you've been recently tested for Covid. If you have not been vaccinated, you must present proof of a negative PCR (within 72 hours), Rapid (within 48 hours), OR self-test (within 24 hours). As a tourist and if your home country doesn't require a PCR or Rapid test upon return, a simple, inexpensive self-test from a pharmacy will meet the requirement.
You must complete this self-test declaration form and present it upon request. If you do not have this form, you may not be allowed to board the ferry.
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.
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 the Prinos Health Center on Thassos or 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.
Greece requires the wearing of face masks indoors.
The following exceptions apply:
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.
If you need a Covid test for your return home, don't worry! You can easily get one on Thassos.
You can get a simple, unofficial self-test from a local pharmacy or book an appointment with a microbiologist to receive an official RAPID or PCR test. The microbiologists will issue a document in English for you to take with you to the border.
We are aware of 2 microbiologist labs located in Limenas. Please contact them directly to arrange an appointment.
If tested in the lab with an appointment...
If tested at your accommodation on Thassos...
PCR tests are processed in their lab on Thassos and results can be available the same day.
If tested in the lab with an appointment...
All pharmacies on Thassos should be able to supply you with quick and convenient self-tests which will satisfy Covid testing requirements for boarding the ferries.
If you have a departure flight to the UK at 12:00 PM on August 15, you need to have the test within 72 hours, so at or after 12:00 PM on August 12. You would call or email the microbiologist to make an appointment on August 11, 1 day before the test. After administering the test, the sample will be sent to a special lab on the mainland (or processed on Thassos if possible) and you will have the result in your email inbox later on the same day or on the next day (excluding Sundays). The results would be in English as required by international law.
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 Passenger Locator Form final destination section.
Thassos is divided into 3 different zip codes. You can locate your accommodation within one of these regions.
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!
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.
All hotel employees are required to be rapid tested weekly. Employees are required to register their test results online with the government.
Unlike last year, self-service food buffets will be allowed to operate provided that hand sanitizers and disposable gloves are provided and that sneeze guards are installed.
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.
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.
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.
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. (These limits also apply to private vehicles.)
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:
Parents traveling with children may exceed these passenger limits. Adult children must be able to provide official ID if requested to prove their relationship.
All passengers and the driver are required to wear a face mask.
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 120 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.
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.
Restaurants and cafés are open.
Outdoor spaces are open to both vaccinated and unvaccinated people (as determined by the business owner).
From 16 July, indoor drinking and dining is permitted only for people who have been vaccinated. Restaurants and cafés are only allowed to offer seated table service. Standing around bars is not permitted.
There is a limit of 10 people per table.
All staff are required to be rapid tested weekly. Employees are required to register their test results online with the government.
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.
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!