In response to recent landslide risks, controlled access measures have been implemented on the Cycladic islands of Santorini and Therasia and will remain for the entirety of the tourist season.

The precautions aim to safeguard residents and visitors, following a landslide incident in April on Therasia that caused significant damage to several stores, though fortunately no injuries were reported.

A Joint Ministerial Decision (JMD) has been enacted to outline the measures, according to news agency AMNA.

The decision follows an investment by the Climate Crisis and Civil Protection Ministry, which approved a €300,000 contract for maintenance and emergency works, along with an additional €230,000 allocated for a study by the Earthquake Planning and Protection Organisation (OASP).

The JMD, signed by multiple ministers, includes a range of traffic restrictions and signage enhancements which can affect the time it takes to reach destinations or the routes of access to popular, tourist spots in order to mitigate risks.

The controlled access measures will remain in effect until October 31, to ensure the safety of both residents and tourists throughout the peak travel season.

Key measures include:

  • Vehicle Restrictions in Ammoudi: Limiting vehicular traffic to reduce potential hazards.
  • Controlled Disembarkation in Fira Bay: Implementing controlled disembarkation procedures to prevent overcrowding.
  • Prioritised Unloading in Athinios Port: Prioritizing unloading processes to ensure safety and efficiency.

Additionally, warning signs will be placed in high-risk areas, with information provided in Greek, English, and French to ensure clear communication to all visitors.

For more information and updates on the safety measures, visitors can contact local authorities or refer to official signage in designated areas.