Visiting Paros – COVID-19 what you need to know.
2020 has been defined by a once-in-a-generation pandemic that has affected the whole world. Here
at Paros Voyages, we stand in solidarity with the healthcare and key workers around the world who
have courageously fought this new disease.
Greece has been lucky to have relatively few confirmed cases of COVID-19, but infection rates have risen in certain parts of the country. The fact that the Greek response to the pandemic was very strong initially does not mean we have escaped danger. Nevertheless, we want to reassure our customers on the measures we have taken to keep everyone safe and offer answers to some of the common questions we are being asked.
Our team is based in Paros and is available to answer any questions you may have.
Is it safe to come to Paros?
We advise all our customers to follow the advice of the Greek Health Ministry and their home government regarding travel. We believe the Greek government has taken effective action to
manage the COVID-19 outbreak and will continue to do so.
Paros is currently open for business and international flights and ferries are running from all countries aside from some identified as too high risk. Some transport is running on a reduced schedule. Private boats and yachts are currently permitted to dock in Greece.
Note that visitors from some countries will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival.
There have been a couple of cases of COVID-19 on Paros but these individuals have been rapidly identified and isolated to receive treatment with full contact tracing carried out. There have been no deaths from COVID-19 on Paros.
Our team is in Paros and constantly monitors the situation. Restaurants, bars and other establishments are all taking advice from the Greek Ministry of Health and Tourism in order to keep
you safe. This includes closing at 12 midnight.
The wearing of masks in most enclosed stores like supermarkets and pharmacies is mandatory and you will be expected to maintain social distancing both inside and outdoors.
Do I have to take a COVID-19 test to come to Paros?
There are currently different protocols in place for travellers depending on whether you are entering Greece by land, sea or air. Information is being updated frequently, so we recommend you check the Greek government’s travel protocol page for up to date information before travel.
As of 14th August, travellers from some countries are being asked to provide a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival in Paros. The Greek government website includes the list of relevant countries.
24 hours before you travel to Greece, visitors are currently being asked to fill in a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) where you will be asked to provide the contact details for where you will stay in the Cyclades. Some visitors may be identified to be randomly tested. This is free of charge, note you will not be contacted unless you have a positive result.
If I come to Paros, will everything be open?
Mostly yes. Many hotels, restaurants and other facilities are open, although some have decided not to open this summer and bars and restaurants are closing early.
If you are staying at a hotel on the island, we advise you to double check your reservation before you travel.