Travel Advice Athens Plaka
Tourists in the streets of Plaka, Athens. Photograph: Why Athens


When: April 2020

In an effort to maintain public health and safety, The Greek government announced a national lockdown until at least 11 April 2020. All state-run museums and archaeological sites in Athens will be closed until at least 11 April due to special conditions created by the current health crisis around the world.

Performances scheduled throughout April have either been cancelled or postponed until further notice. Please refer to our events page for details.

The release of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2020 has also been delayed. Out of respect for the artists and the myriad of people involved in organising the festival for 2020, the draft listing of events was released on 30 March however no dates have been announced due to the uncertainty as to when any of the productions will be able to proceed. We will keep you updated on the festival news.

Transport in Athens

Athens is in a full lockdown until at least 11 April with the exception of essential travel.

Taxis remain in operation only for essential travel. and you can pre-book taxis and transfers to the airport and seaports for convenience.

Ferry services between the islands and the mainland have been suspended with the exception of essential travel. You can search for available services and seek advice here.

Information on available public transport can be found by contacting the various services.

Aegean Airlines has announced all international services are suspended until at least 30 April 2020. Domestic services have been significantly scaled (over 90% suspended) and are limited to essential travel only.

Travel Advice Athens MONASTIRAKI

Monastiraki Square in Athens. Photograph: Why Athens

Hotels in Athens

Hotels in Athens have been ordered to close until 30 April.

Five hotels in Athens will remain open for emergency accommodation for people that are stuck in Athens as follows:

  • NJV Athens Plaza Hotel
  • Golden City Hotel, Athens
  • Hellinis Hotel, Athens
  • Twentyone Hotel, Kifissia
  • The Park Hotel, Piraeus


Other spaces and services that will remain closed until at least 11 April are as follows:

  • Shopping malls, department stores, discount outlets
  • All cafés (including the traditional “kafeneia”), bars and restaurants
  • Nightclubs
  • Cinemas, theatres, auditoriums
  • Libraries
  • Museums, archaeological sites
  • Betting agencies (OPAP), casinos, gaming clubs with the exception of street vendors
  • Sports facilities, sports clubs, cultural clubs and associations (excluding outdoor sports areas which are to be specified)
  • Theme parks (amusement parks etc) / public recreational spaces are excluded.
  • Barbershops, hairdressers, beauty salons, massage parlours, brothels, tattoo and piercing parlours
  • Banks


The following will remain open but are accessible only for essential movement:

  • Supermarkets
  • Bakeries and pastry shops (without tables and sitting areas)
  • Pharmacies
  • Private health services (e.g doctors and clinics)
  • Hospitals
  • Banks (under specific instructions for up to 5 people in each establishment / counters with protective measures)


You can access emergency telephone numbers and essential travel information for Athens here. 

Further updates to this page will be provided as official information issued by the Greek government comes to hand.

Current as of 31 March 2020.