All travelers entering Greece from Sweden, Czech Republic, Belgium, Spain and The Netherlands as of August 17 will be obliged to present a negative molecular test result (PCR) for coronavirus (Covid-19) upon arrival to the country.

The test must be performed up to 72 hours before travelers enter Greece.

The announcement followed a teleconference of government officials chaired by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday. The new measure was decided after a spike in confirmed Covid-19 cases was recorded during the past days.

The negative molecular test result (PCR) for coronavirus must be from a certified diagnostic center and in English when presented to Greek control authorities. The test result must include passport or ID details of travelers.

It is noted that airlines must check whether passengers have a negative Covid-19 test before the flight. If not, passengers should not be allowed to board. Airlines that do not comply with this obligation will be responsible for the repatriation of passengers at their own expense.

It is reminded that all travelers to Greece are still obliged to complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) 24 hours before entering the country.

For further information on traveling to Greece in the post-Covid-19 era, see here
Source: GTP travel news

In an effort to protect the public’s health and wanting to provide more security to all citizens (citizens and visitors of our island) in the best possible way, the the Skopelos port police fund have proceeded to the purchase of two Automated External Defibrillators, which were placed in prominent external places in the central port of Skopelos and in the port of Loutraki, Skopelos, and specifically in the Port Guards houses.

The AED is a portable device that analyzes the heart rate and if it diagnoses a problem that needs defibrillation, then it proceeds to defibrillation to restore the heart rate to its correct frequency.

Most external defibrillators are designed to be used, under any circumstances, in emergencies where there is no immediate medical attention and can be used by any citizen over the age of 12 who has attended special cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training seminars.

If you like a, guided, bike ride by night, organized by Skopelos cycler then join them tomorrow, Sunday the 9th of August at 19.00 hours at the bike shop which is next to Pizza Gousto, Zoupa restaurant and Platanos square.
Please sign up before the event if you can, preferably during the day.

On Sunday evening you will learn everything about the stars because two young astronomers of the Greenwich Observatory, Angelos and Anastasia will join the cyclers.

The price is 40 euro per person and includes the bike, equipment, guidance, a snack on the mountain and a drink at the end of the evening in the bike shop.

(photo received from his daughter Keri)

The forty days of the soul begin on the morning after death. That first night, before its forty days begin, the soul lies still against sweated-on pillows and watches the living fold the hands and close the eyes, choke the room with smoke and silence to keep the new soul from the doors and the windows and the cracks in the floor so that it does not run out of the house like a river.

The living know that, at daybreak, the soul will leave them and make its way to the places of its past — the schools and dormitories of its youth, army barracks and tenements, houses razed to the ground and rebuilt, places that recall love and guilt, difficulties and unbridled happiness, optimism and ecstasy, memories of grace meaningless to anyone else — and sometimes this journey will carry it so far for so long that it will forget to come back.

For this reason, the living bring their own rituals to a standstill: to welcome the newly loosed spirit, the living will not clean, will not wash or tidy, will not remove the soul’s belongings for forty days, hoping that sentiment and longing will bring it home again, encourage it to return with a message, with a sign, or with forgiveness.
(The tiger’s wife by Tea Obreht)

(photo received from his daughter Keri)

Tomorrow, in the saint Michaels church the 40 days passing away of Mr. Dimitri Koutsomitis will be remembered. In Greece it is a custom to have a church ceremony. It is important to recognize this time.
Mr. Dimitri was born in 1919, right after the first world. He studied for engineer and simultaneously worked in an aircraft factory but when the Germans confiscated the factory during World war two mr. Dimitri did not want to help the German invaders so he left. He returned to Skopelos with great difficulty.

He joined the resistance and fought in the Pillion area and elsewhere. He was imprisoned in the Greek civil war on Makronisos, an island that was used as a military prison.

After the Greek civil mr. Dimitri found work on a boat and finally ended up in Australia. He married and has two children. In 1988 he returned to Skopelos. He would visit the municipal cafe/kafenion every day and talk about the news, politics etc. He was always well dressed. We will remember him as a kind person who was well informed about what was going on in the world. A person who suffered during his life but never became bitter about it. Always polite, always thankful for what he had. May he rest in peace.

This is from their press release:

First woman from the Northern Sporades to qualify as a captain from the merchant marine academy Aspropirgos takes on her first command.

Skopeliti woman Kiriaki Provia ,23, has taken her first command as captain after becoming the first Northern Sporades woman to graduate as such from the merchant marine academy. She is now Captain of SeaCab 1 the first boat of the SeaCab company which operates between Skiathos and Skopelos.

She says “I am delighted to take on the captaincy of this ultra modern boat. Transport is the lifeblood of islands and SeaCab is an important innovation to help people access my beautiful home island”.

SeaCabs William Vranas added “Our aim is to create a modern, safe and affordable transport access for Skopelos while supporting and engaging with the local community. So we are so pleased that a young Skopelti woman who is so highly qualified has joined us as captain.”

Seacab website

Photos Martin Becket

The government’s decision for the mandatory use of face masks in all indoor public places between August 1-31 has been published in the Government Gazette.
Eating places, people with medical issues – such as difficulties breathing – or children under 3 years of age are exempted from the mask-wearing measure, as are hairdressers’ establishments and beauty parlors if facial care is performed.
In addition, restrictions are imposed on visits to retirement homes, facilities for vulnerable people, refugee centers and hospitals (to Aug. 15), excepting people accompanying patients, while ceremonies for life events such as baptisms, marriages and funerals are restricted to 100 people each (Aug. 3-15), keeping social distancing.

This coming week in particular (August 3 to 8), nightclubs, bars, live-music venues, bar-restaurants, cafes and such may only allow seated clients, not standing-room only. Recommended social distances must be observed at beaches, and public and private boats, throughout the month of August, while all open-air events, including saints’ festivals, are banned until August 31.

In addition, the suspension of air and land connections with Turkey, Albania and North Macedonia is extended to August 15. Also extended to August 15 are the requirements for visitors who enter Greece via Promahonas border station to have tested negatively over the last 72 hours prior to entry, and the same is true for air passengers from Bulgaria, Romania and the United Arab Emirates.
Anti-coronavirus curfews and group exodus restrictions at all refugee accommodation facilities and hot spots nationwide are extended to August 31. Effective since March 23, the curfews restrict to and from movement from facilities to the hours between 07:00 and 21:00, with a maximum 150 refugees allowed to leave per hour, and that in groups of no more than 10 people.
Meanwhile, intensive checks for the diligent observance of preventive measures against the coronavirus were on Saturday launched by the regular and traffic police and the Coast Guard.

Source: Athens makedoniko News Agency/ https://www.amna.gr/

Today and tomorrow the Glysteri beach bar has organized some live concerts. We were there this afternoon. We had a swimm and listened to the music from the beach. The concert from Nikos Jiannatos and Vangelis Karamitzas was especially wonderful! Tomorrow afternoon you can enjoy the live music again.

As of Wednesday the 29th of July the wearing of masks by the public is mandatory in bakeries, butchers, fish shops, patisseries, retail shops, hair dressers and beauticians.
Also we must wear a mask in banks, post office, the water and electricity company and other government offices.


Skopelos has now a website that deals with the ports on the island, the port police, telephone numbers, charts, news about boats and harbor work in progress
Have a look here: Skopelos ports information

The words below are from their press release

In a world in crisis and turbulent times, with daily life becoming more and more demanding for everybody, some things that are of worth must remain stable points of reference in our lives and in society, but this does not mean that they should remain stagnant.

So, the private polyclinic «ASCLEPIEION OF SPORADES» with a base in Skopelos and a branch in Alonnisos adapts to the changing conditions and it is evolving at the same time, in the midst of the new reality, always aiming at the excellence of medical services but also at the best possible medical services to the community of the islands.

Thus, it officially registered its name and trademark/logo, in the context of which it defined a new name / distinctive corporate title with which it will continue to operate as “KOSMOHYGIA” (Greek) and “COSMOSHEALTH” (English).

The trademark (verbal and graphic) is now officially registered, while the transition of the entire paper and digital / internet “imprint” of the polyclinic to the new name “COSMOSHEALTH” will take place gradually in the next upcoming period. At this point it is worth emphasizing that the polyclinic “COSMOYGEIA/COSMOSHEALTH” has nothing to do with any other private Primary or Secondary Health Care company and it operates completely independently, based on the preference and trust of the residents and visitors of the two islands.

«COSMOSHEALTH» for COVID-Free Healthcare

According to the measures taken and the instructions given by the Greek State, the care of possible COVID cases will be done by Public health structures (Health Centers & Regional medical offices) in collaboration with EKAB (by a sea-ambulance which is expected to cover Sporades), utilizing the nearest molecular analyzer (Health Center of Skiathos), the existing ISOBOX at Skopelos, the EODY Mobile car-Unit, under the supervision and coordination of EODY too.

Since the State Health Structures will function as reception and management points for COVID patients, “COSMOSHEALTH” has taken all measures and follows specific patient admission protocol, in order to remain a reference center for medical services away from the possibility of Covid infection (COVID-free operation), in order to protect the health of its clients and its medical-paramedical staff. This will lead to better medical services to permament residents and

island visitors who may belong to vulnerable population group and who may need medical care because of some other cause of illness (apart from Coronavirus) or due to an accident .

This Covid-Free operational management minimizes the possibility of infection or spread of Covid-19 from a referral of a non-Covid patient to a Public Health Structure, which is widely known that the State health facility is oblidged to serve the possible COVID-19 cases.

Thus, for the rest of the summer touristic season, “COSMOSHEALTH” will operate as COVID – FREE Reference Private Health center, paying full repect to the maximum possible protection of communal health and serving the rest cases (normal illness-accidents-injuries) apart from Covid/possible Covid cases. The adjustment of the COVID-FREE operation for the summer season 2020 was a necessary precautionary measure to better protect public health in case of appearaance of confirmed COVID case on the islands of Skopelos and/or Alonissos. Therefore, our operation remains as it is, serving all emergencies that need primary medical care, with clinical and diagnostic exams, medication prescriptions, home/hotel doctor’s visits and of course scheduled appointments of associate doctors of various specialties.

Nevertheless, in case of National emergency alarm situation, we will try to support the local islands’ community as we have been doing continuously the past years so far.

We remain at the disposal of anyone who needs medical advice and health care in accordance with the above, and we operate as Covid-Free reference at SKOPELOS and ALONNISOS as follows:

«COSMOSHEALTH» SKOPELOS Τel.(+30)2424024500 Working hours 08:00 ~ 21:00 Daily

«COSMOSHEALTH» ALONNISOS Τel.(+30)2424065555 Working hours 09:00 ~ 14:00 & 17:00 ~ 20:00 Monday to Friday.

24/7 DOCTOR’s availability at SKOPELOS & ALONNISOS following a call on Mob.(+30) 6942467768