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COVID-19: Current Situation

Greek Restrictions:

Greek officials announced a phased approach to loosening the restrictions on movement beginning May 4, 2020, with the re-opening of businesses and recreation areas. Read information about the openings here. 

The Greek government has issued decrees for the following areas:

The Greek government has also provided Measures of Public Health for clarifying guidance regarding the use of masks and other safety measures in off-base establishments.

The Greek government's plans and guidelines:


Prohibition of Entry to Third-Country Nationals, Outside the European Union:

·         Greece has issued a decree extending restrictions on entry to third-country nationals until June 15. Read the English translation here.

·         Family members who are U.S. citizens are considered third-country citizens and may not enter Greece until after June 15.

·         There are exceptions to this policy for U.S. personnel station at NSA Souda Bay or family members who are listed on the member's accompanied orders. Consult your chain of command if you have questions.

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Welcome to Naval Support Activity Souda Bay


Reporting to NSA Souda Bay? 

Quick Look Relocation Information

Military, civilian, contractor, or an accompanying dependent,
the Welcome Aboard Guide to NSA Souda Bay is designed to assist
those preparing to move to the island of Crete and join Team Souda.

Welcome Aboard Guide 

Command Leadership

Captain Ryan T. Tewell, Commanding Officer

 Commander Werner J. Rauchenstein, Executive Officer

CMDCM (SS/SW) Brian J. McDonough, Command Master Chief


The United States Naval Support Activity (NSA) Souda Bay is strategically located on the northwest coast of the rugged Greek island of Crete. NSA is poised to carry out its vital mission of extending Joint and Fleet War fighting capability through Operational Support to U.S., Allied and Coalition Forces deployed within the EUCOM/CENTCOM/ AFRICOM AOR at a moment’s notice. This installation extends the war fighting capability by providing, operating and sustaining superior facilities and services dedicated to combat readiness and security of ships, aircraft, detachments and personnel.

Crete is the largest of the Greek islands with a population of 650,000 people. The Cretan people have repeatedly exhibited their love for freedom by extensively supporting the Allied Forces during World Wars I and II, and now in the Global War on Terrorism. The City of Chania has a population of 65,000 people, is full of history and is rich in civil and social culture dating back over 4,000 years. Annually, the Island of Crete is a popular destination for millions of tourists seeking to experience its rich Mediterranean culture, historic civilization, warm hospitality and to sample the world's healthiest cuisine, sunny weather and awesome beaches.

NSA Souda Bay is located on the Hellenic Air Force Base by the village of Mouzouras 17 Kilometers (approximately 10 miles) east of the city of Hania. NSA occupies an area of approximately 110 acres on the North side of the air base, which is the home of the Hellenic Air Force’s 115th Combat Wing. The airfield also serves as the civilian airport for the Hania region of Crete. NSA Souda Bay is physically located on the large circular shaped Akrotiri Peninsula, which forms the northern face of the Souda harbor. A Hellenic Naval Base occupies a large portion of both the North and South coast of the Souda Bay harbor along with the port village of Souda.




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