Greece has experienced a significant rise in COVID-19 infection in the past few weeks. On Tuesday, August 11, it reported 4,181 new cases, the third-highest daily incidence from the beginning of the pandemic.
On the same day, the General Secretariat for Civil Protection of Greece also imposed a nighttime curfew on Heraklion, the second largest and one of the most visited cities in the country.
Greece is on CDC’s ‘very high level of COVID-19’ list – red. Therefore, you should reconsider traveling to Greece in the next few weeks.
Stats & Current COVID-19 situation in Greece
To date, Greece has registered 521,399 COVID-19 cases, 13,087 of which were mortal.
At the moment, there are 33,671 active cases and around 3,000 new infections daily.
Masks are required in all indoor areas. Restaurants and bars are open. But if you wish to be seated indoors, you must present proof of vaccination or recovery. There are also capacity limitations and restrictions on the size of gatherings.
Vaccination progress in Greece
So far, Greece has administered nearly 10.5 million doses. Around 50.5% of the population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. While at least 54% of the population has received at least one dose.
Requirements to enter Greece
Greece allows all E.U. and Schengen Area citizens without quarantine. Travelers from low-risk countries are also welcome. However, all visitors must present a negative COVID-19 test, proof of recovery, or proof of vaccination upon arrival.
COVID-19 hotspots in Greece
ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control) recommends not to travel to popular Greek islands, including Santorini, Mykonos, Samos, or Paros. Zakynthos, Chania, and Heraklion should also be avoided.
Why travel to Greece during COVID?
The increasing number of infections and the present Delta variant of the virus are two good reasons not to visit Greece this summer. Yet, there are some spots where you should stay safe even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Set on the easternmost edge of Greece, Kastellorizo (also called Megisti) is one of the tiniest islands of the Dodecanese complex. The entire population of the island has been vaccinated since January. And so, Kastellorizo is one of the safest islands in the whole country.
Meganisi belongs to the less-visited islands in Greece, which makes it a perfect holiday destination for the pandemic season. You can expect rocky shores, crystal-clear waters, and a relaxing atmosphere. On top of that, all inhabitants of the island have been fully vaccinated.
Last but not least, you can also consider a trip to Anafi. Even though it’s set near the famous Santorini, this quaint island is untouched by mass tourism. It’s a fantastic option for those looking for free beach camping, hiking, and an authentic Mediterranean experience. And, of course, safety.