Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updates

Spring is in the air and Thassos is preparing to welcome you! The island is preparing for the 2021 tourism season which begins on 19 April. As we get closer to the official opening date and learn more, we'll update this page in order to help you plan your long-awaited holiday on Thassos!

Accommodation on Thassos

Transportation on Thassos

  • Vehicle Rentals (coming soon)
  • Buses (coming soon)
  • Taxis (coming soon)

Beaches & Swimming Pools on Thassos

  • Beaches (coming soon)
  • Pools (coming soon)
  • Beach & Pool Bars (coming soon)

Activities

  • Food & Drink (coming soon)
  • Archaeological Sites (coming soon)
  • Museums (coming soon)
  • Shopping (coming soon)
  • Events (coming soon)

Going to Thassos

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...

When can I come? 19 April, 2021

Starting from 19 April citizens from a specific group of countries (list found below) will be allowed entry into Greece.

All other countries will be welcome starting from 14 May.

Who can go? 19 April, 2021

Citizen/residents of the following countries will be allowed to enter Greece (from 19 April).

  • The European Union
  • The United States
  • The United Kingdom
  • Serbia
  • Israel
  • The United Arab Emirates
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Rwanda
  • Singapore

Entry Requirements 19 April, 2021

Entry into Greece (without a quarantine period) is permitted for those who...

  • have been fully vaccinated
    • 14 days must have passed since the last vaccine dose
    • With any of the following acceptable vaccines: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm
  • OR
  • present a negative PCR test (from within 72 hours) upon arrival

By Road 15 April, 2021

Driving to Thassos
Driving to Thassos

OFFICIALLY OPEN for all travel including tourism (from 19 April)

  • BULGARIA, Kulata - Promoachonas, GREECE
  • BULGARIA, Makaza - Nimfea, GREECE

CLOSED for non-essential travel including tourism

  • ALBANIA, Kakavia - Kakavia, GREECE
  • ALBANIA, Kapshticë - Krystallopigi, GREECE
  • BULGARIA, Ilinden - Eksohi, GREECE
  • BULGARIA, Zlatograd - Thermes, GREECE
  • BULGARIA, Ivaylovgrad - Kyprinos, GREECE
  • BULGARIA, Kapitan Petko Voyvoda - Ormenio, GREECE
  • NORTH MACEDONIA, Bogoroditsa - Evzoni, GREECE
  • NORTH MACEDONIA, Medzhitlija - Niki, GREECE
  • TURKEY, Pazarkule - Kastanies, GREECE
  • TURKEY, Ipsala - Kipi, GREECE

Upon arrival, you must present a completed "Passenger Locator Form".

By Air 15 April, 2021

Starting from 19 April, the following airports (those relevant to getting to Thassos) will be open for international tourist arrivals...

  • Thessaloniki International Airport “Makedonia” (SKG)
  • Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH)

General Flight Information

If you fly to Athens first, Aegean Airlines offers connections to:

  • Kavala International Airport “Alexander the Great” (KVA)
  • Thessaloniki International Airport “Makedonia” (SKG)

If you fly to Thessaloniki International Airport “Makedonia” (SKG), you can hire an airport taxi or rent a car at the airport to continue your journey to Thassos.

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.

By Sea 15 April, 2021

Ferry travel restrictions, if any, will be updated here as we learn more.

General Ferry Information

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.

Health & Safety Protocols

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.

Official Source

Covid-19 Information

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.

What health measures are in effect? 15 April, 2021

Even though Greece will be open for tourism starting 19 April, tourists will be required to follow all lockdown measures that are in place.

Depending on the number of Covid cases in each region, the Greek government classifies each one according to level of severity. Each level has a different set of lockdown measures.

During the lockdown, you will need to complete and carry with you a movement form. You can find the forms with detailed instructions on this website.

To learn about current restrictions for Thassos, please visit the Greek government’s official Covid map. It is a handy guide to understanding what restrictions apply for Thassos. You will need to use Google Translate to read it in your language because the website is in Greek.

When you get to the Covid map page, click the island of Thassos and then the blue link that appears. This is shown on the screenshot provided. The link will take you to a list of all the restrictions that currently apply.

Will Thassos be safe?

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.

Greek Civil Protection Safety Campaign
Enjoy your stay and stay safe
Greek Civil Protection Safety Campaign
Enjoy your stay and stay safe

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.

Awareness

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.

Personal Hygiene

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.

Social Distancing

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.

Isolation & Testing

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.

Track and Trace

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.

How will cases be managed on Thassos?

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.

Thassos Covid-19 Testing Unit
Covid-19 Rapid Response Mobile Unit

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.

Where are masks required?

Greece requires the wearing of face masks both indoors and outdoors.

Phone Numbers

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

Health Facilities

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.

General Hospital of Kavala

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.


Accommodation on Thassos

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 & Resorts

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.

Health First certification
"Health First" Certification

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.

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.