Greece has experienced a significant increase in COVID-19 infection in recent weeks. On Tuesday, Aug. 11, he reported 4,181 new cases, the third highest daily incidence since the start of the pandemic.
On the same day, Greece’s General Secretariat for Civil Protection also imposed a nightly curfew in Heraklion, the country’s second largest and one of the most visited cities in the country.
Greece is at CDC ‘very high level of COVID-19’ list – Red. Therefore, you should reconsider traveling to Greece in the coming weeks.
Statistics and current status of COVID-19 in Greece
So far, Greece has registered 521,399 COVID-19 boxes, 13,087 of which were mortal.
At the moment there are 33,671 active cases and about 3,000 new infections a day.
Masks are required in all indoor areas. Restaurants and bars are open. However, if you wish to sit indoors, proof of vaccination or recovery is required. There are also capacity limitations and meeting size restrictions.
Vaccination progress in Greece
So far, Greece has administered nearly 10.5 million doses. Around 50.5% of the population was fully vaccinated against COVID-19. While at least 54% of the population received at least one dose.
Requirements enter greece
Greece allows all EU and Schengen 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 Center for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends not traveling 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 growing number of infections and the current Delta variant of the virus are two good reasons not to visit Greece this summer. However, there are some places where you must remain safe, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Situated on the eastern tip of Greece, Kastellorizo (also called Megisti) is one of the smallest islands in 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 entire country.
Meganisi belongs to the least visited islands in Greece, making it a perfect holiday destination for the pandemic season. You can expect rocky shores, crystal clear water and a relaxing atmosphere. Furthermore, all inhabitants of the island have been fully vaccinated.
Last but not least, you can also consider a trip to Anafi. Although situated near the famous Santorini, this picturesque island has not been touched by mass tourism. It’s a fantastic option for those looking for free beach camping, hiking and an authentic Mediterranean experience. And, of course, security.