Current Situation COVID-19 in Naxos and Small Cyclades

Current Situation COVID-19 in Naxos and Small Cyclades

Naxos and Small Cyclades is ready to welcome you again! Naxos and Small Cyclades is excited to announce its re-opening for summer holidays 2020! Naxos and Small Cyclades is ready to offer an excellent combination of nature and high-quality services to Greek citizens and international travellers!

Is it safe to travel to Naxos and Small Cyclades this summer?
Naxos and Small Cyclades is one of the Municipalities in Greece that is a covid-free destination. Also, we can assure you that social distancing in Naxos is pretty easy! Being an island with a long coastline and more than 20 beaches make it easy to practice safe social distancing outdoors.

Are the Greek borders open?
Following recent announcements by the Greek government and the respective NOTAMs issued by the HCAA, here is the new ruling effective June 15th and until June 30th 2020, for passengers and flights arriving in Greece. In detail, the list of countries is as follows: Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Iceland, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, other countries outside the European Union.
The list of the countries was drawn up after a study of the epidemiological profile of the countries of origin of tourists and after taking into account the announcements of the European Air Safety Agency (EASA), as well as the relevant proposal of the Infectious Disease Committee.
Tourists will be allowed to enter Greece without taking a COVID-19 test or remaining in quarantine, but health officials will conduct spot tests when required. For all other countries, travel restrictions will continue to apply after June 15, however, the list will be updated and expanded as of July 1. It should be noted that the current restrictions relate to where flights originate from and not to individual travellers’ nationalities.

Has “Athens” International Airport resumed international flights?
Yes as of June 15th, to all international flights coming from the list above.
Passengers are categorized into two groups depending on the country from which they arrive to Athens. The following categorization is valid until June 30, 2020.
Group A: Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Estonia, Ireland, Iceland, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Finland
Group B: Albania, Belgium, France, Italy, North Macedonia, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, other countries outside the European Union.
– Passengers arriving at Athens International Airport from Group A country will be subject to random tests for COVID-19 upon arrival.
– Passengers arriving at Athens International Airport from a Group B country, either by direct flight or via a Group A country, are required to undergo diagnostic tests for COVID-19 upon arrival.
In addition, by decision of the Greek Government, the ban on flights to / from the United Kingdom and Turkey is extended until 29.06.2020.
For all who are submitted for Testing for Covid-19 will have to self-isolate at their hotel of choice until the results are out. If they are negative, the visitor can reach his/her final destination in the country. In the event of a positive outcome, a 14-day quarantine will be imposed. The above procedure applies to direct flights as well as transit ones.

Has International Airport of Mykonos and Santorini resumed international flights?
The flights in Mykonos and Santorini International Airports will start from the 1st of July

Can I travel with the ferry transportataion from the ports of Greece?
Yes you can travel with ferries from the main port of Greece, Piraeus, and also from the ports of other islands near to Naxos and Small Cyclades.

Are accommodation facilities open in Naxos and Small Cyclades?
According to the Greek authorities, seasonal hotels and other accommodation facilities like villas, rental apartments & studio etc are going to start operating from June 15th while year-round hotels and camping sites will open from June 1st. The accommodation, as well as the rest of the tourist facilities in Naxos and Small Cyclades, are getting ready to provide safe conditions to the visitors, according to the measures and recommendations of the Greek National Public Health Organization (EODY). The measures are related to the functioning of the hotels and private accommodation, tourist agencies, camps and marinas, air traffic, private and public transportation, restaurants, bars and beach bars. All the tourism stakeholders aim to provide the maximum safety to the guests as well as to protect the health of the local people along with the health of all the Greeks and international citizens who plan to visit Naxos and Small Cyclades.

Which services are open in Naxos and Small Cyclades?
In Naxos and Small Cyclades, most of the services are open, including the shops, markets, shopping centres, pharmacies, banks, post offices, hairdressers and beauty salons. Cafes, beach bars and restaurants are also open applying all the measures and recommendations of the Greek National Public Health Organization (EODY).
Open-air archaeological sites and museums are open to the public.
Keep in mind that there is 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.

Does public transportation work?
The public coaches in Naxos and Small Cyclades are functioning according to the adhered measures and recommendations.

What should I do if I am infected with Covid-19 in Naxos and Small Cyclades?
If you notice any symptoms of the coronavirus, such as fever or cough or you have been in close contact with the person infected with Covid-19, you can contact:
National coronavirus helpline: 1135 (24/7) or telephone numbers 210 5212054

You can find further COVID-19 advice for travellers here.

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