Here are the current lockdown measures in Greece for April 2021. This article presents the main COVID-related restrictions in Greece.
Lockdown Measures Greece April 2021
Greece has been in a strict lockdown since November 2020. Movement has been restricted, and many shops, businesses and services have been closed for months. They are now reopening slowly.
Many of the current lockdown measures in Greece for April 2021 have been carried over from March 2021.
The measures listed in this article are currently in place until Monday 26 April, 6 am. If you can read Greek, you can download the official Gazette (ΦΕΚ 1441/10-4-2021).
Hi, I’m Vanessa from Athens! I’ve been following the lockdown measures in Greece since Day 1. In this new article, I’ve summarized the new measures in Greece for April 2021. I’m hoping to help anyone living or travelling to Greece, especially non Greek speakers. I will be constantly updating this article throughout April 2021, so bookmark it and check it now and then. I will answer all questions in the comments below. It would help my blog tremendously if you share this article with people who will find it helpful.
April 2021 Lockdown Restrictions in Greece
Here is a summary of all current lockdown restrictions in Greece for April 2021:
- There is a curfew from 21.00 – 05.00 all around Greece.
- In order to move around, everyone needs to use a movement permit (send an sms from a Greek phone number, or fill in a paper form). You can find more information in the official FORMA website. If you are moving around for work-related reasons, you will need a special form by your employer.
- The use of masks is mandatory everywhere for anyone over 4 years old. The only exceptions are private cars (for members of the same family / people living together / first-second degree relatives), workplaces when only one person is present, and exercising.
- Social distancing (1.5 metres) is mandatory
- Up to three people total (driver + two passengers) are allowed in private vehicles and taxis. There are exceptions for families with children, for people in need of medical assistance, and for teachers and students in rural areas.
- Recreational fishing is allowed, either from the coast or from a boat of up to 8 metres, using code 6. (Movement on foot or by bicycle only on weekdays, includes car / public transport on weekends).
- Sailing a private boat is not allowed. The only exceptions are for recreational fishing (boat up to 8 metres) or training for athletes.
- “Red” and “Deep red” zones still exist. In practice, there are few differences regarding measures at the moment. They mostly concern workplace rules, court operation and churches. In addition, in “red” zones a few more businesses are open, including beauty salons, dietitians and shopping malls. You can see a list of the “deep red” zones at the end of the article.
What is Open in Greece April 2021 – Businesses and Services
Here are the businesses that currently operate in Greece in April 2021:
- Supermarkets, bakeries, butchers, fishmongers, other grocery stores, kiosks
- Street markets, including the Varvakios market in Athens
- Retail stores have reopened in most of the country, with certain exceptions > more info below
- Hair salons, nail salons, by appointment only
- Most OPAP (lottery) stores
- Zoos, natural reserves
- Open archaeological sites, for groups of up to three people or families (access only on foot or bicycle on weekdays, by any means of transport on weekends)
- Tavernas, restaurants, cafes, only for deliveries and take-aways
- Hospitals, doctors, health services, pharmacies
- KTEO (Vehicle technical control services), by appointment only
- Gas stations, car garages, repairs
- Banks, post offices, courts
- Cleaners (e.g. carpet cleaners)
- Pet shops, veterinarians
- Opticians, stores selling hearing aids
- Mobile telephony businesses (selected services only)
- Special schools
- The three last classes of high schools (λύκεια), with mandatory self-testing for students, teachers and other employees
- All other schools (kindergartens, primary schools, high schools – γυμνάσια), with online learning.
- Universities, with online learning
- Driving schools will reopen on Monday 19 April
The following shops and services remain closed: Restaurants and cafes for seated customers, bars, museums, galleries, theatres, cinemas, gyms and similar activities, ski centres, campsites.
Greece COVID measures 2021 – How about Exercising?
In order to go out for exercise or walk a pet, we need to use Code 6, and up to three people are allowed. Different measures apply on weekdays and weekends all around Greece.
Weekdays: We can go out to exercise, but only on foot or by bicycle. There is no other limitation about either distance from home or time taken.
Weekends: We can go exercising in different municipalities in our Regional Unit. Again, there is no limitation about distance from home or time taken.
The same measures apply when visiting archaeological sites / zoos / natural reserves or going fishing – again, we will need to use Code 6.
For more information on exercising, you can check out this official website (in Greek).
COVID restrictions Greece – Shopping in April 2021
As mentioned earlier, movement is only allowed with a movement permit. These are the codes that you need to use in your sms / paper form for shopping and services.
- Code 2 – Shopping for essential goods (e.g. supermarket). This is STILL only allowed in our own municipality, or at max 2 kms from home. Essential shopping time is now limited to three (3) hours.
- Code 2 – Hair salons and nail salons (by appointment). There is no restriction on where we go for these. Time for these appointments is limited to 3 hours.
- Code 3 – Public services and banks. Banking is still only allowed in our own municipality, or at max 2 kms from home.
- In “deep red” zones, malls, shops-in-shop and outlets will remain closed. Everyone will need to use a special NEW code for this.
- Stores in the RU of Kozani will reopen on Monday 19 April, with click-away only. Stores in the RU of Thessaloniki also operate with click-away only.
Code 13032 – New Code for Retail Shopping in Greece April 2021
Shopping at retail stores is possible anywhere within our Regional Unit. For people living in Athens and the suburbs, this applies to the whole of Attica, apart from the Saronic islands. Shopping is by appointment only, either “click-inside” or “click-away”.
To go shopping in retail stores, we will need to send an sms with our name and surname, to a new 5-digit number, 13032. We can only use this code once per day, and shopping time is limited to 3 hours. There is no paper form for retail shopping.
Shopping in Greece: “Click-inside” vs “click-away”
Here is the difference between “click-inside” and “click-away”. Either way, you will need to make an advance appointment with the store. In addition, the store will will need to send you an appointment confirmation by e-mail / sms.
- “Click-inside”: Customers can go inside the store and have a look around. They can pay for their purchases by card or cash.
- “Click-away”: Customers will pre-order their purchases before they visit. They will then pay at the store entrance, using a card (no cash).
How about travelling around Greece?
Travelling between Regional Units in Greece for non-essential reasons is still not allowed. This includes travelling by ferry. There are only a few exceptions (essential reasons) why people can travel to another Regional Unit:
- business-related reasons
- reasons related to health
- returning to someone’s primary area of residence (you would need to show official proof of your permanent address, which you can obtain through the Greek Taxis system)
- family reunion (includes divorced families)
- funeral of a relative.
Finally, here is some important information about international travel to and from Greece.
Two levels of Lockdown Restrictions Greece 2021
Greece is currently divided in two zones, “red” and “deep red”. Depending on the zone, the lockdown restrictions may be different. This is the latest version of the map:
- A: deep red (very increased danger) – including Athens and the rest of Attica, Thessaloniki, Rhodes, Mykonos
- B: red (increased danger) – the remaining areas of the country.
Map taken from the official website on 17 April
“Deep red” Zones Greece April 2021 – Athens, Thessaloniki, Rhodes, Crete and others
Greece is divided into Regional Units (RU). Each of which has several Municipalities. The following areas are currently “deep red” zones, where stricter measures are in place.
The whole Region of Attica, apart from Agistri, Hydra and Kythira
- RU of Thessaloniki
- RU of Chalkidiki
- RU of Kozani
- RU of Pella
- RU of Kilkis
- RU of Kavala > Municipality of Kavala
- RU of Grevena > Municipality of Grevena
- RU of Imathia > Municipality of Veria
- RU of Pieria > Municipality of Pydnas – Kolindrou
- RU Serron > Municipalities of Serron, Amfipolis and Sintikis
- RU Kastorias > Municipalities of Kastoria and Orestida
- RU of Rodopi > Municipality of Maroneia – Sapon
- RU of Evros > Municipality of Didymoteicho
- RU of Ioannina > Municipalities Ioanniton, Konitsas and North Tzoumerkon
- RU of Karditsa > Municipality of Karditsa
- RU of Magnisia > Municipality of Volos
- RU of Viotia
- RU of Evrytania
- RU of Fthiotida > Municipality of Lamia
- RU of Evia > Municipalities of Chalkideon, Eretrias and Dirfyon-Messapion
- RU of Achaia
- RU of Arkadia
- RU of Corinthia
- RU of Ileia > Municipality of Ilida
- RU of Rethymno > Municipalities of Rethymno and Anogeia
- RU of Chania > Municipality of Chania
- RU of Heraklion > Municipality of Festos
The following Greek islands:
- RU of Lesvos
- RU of Zakynthos
- RU of Kos
- RU of Thassos
- RU of Rhodes > Municipality of Rhodes
- RU of Kalymnos > Municipality of Kalymnion
- RU of Chios > Municipality of Chios
- RU of Kea-Kythnos > Municipality of Kythnos
Mykonos has now been taken off this list.
Sources for this article
I have collected the above information from official announcements and the following official websites:
- Official Travel website (in English) – Information related to international travel from / to Greece
- Official COVID website (in Greek) – Information on lockdown restrictions Greece (not always up-to-date…)
- General Secretariat for Sports (in Greek)
- FORMA website (in Greek and English) – Information about movement permits in Greece April 2021
- Government Gazettes – ΦΕΚ (in Greek) – The official source where all measures are published in detail. They are super long, so it takes ages to read them properly.
- Video on 16 April 2021
If this article has helped you in any way, shape or form, please feel free to share with people you know!