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Allowed Travel to Greece

Important travel link: Passenger Locator Form used by Greek gov for admittance during visit.

Current news September 7, 2020

SQ The UK FCDO [The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development office] advise against all but essential travel to the islands of Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos. Travel guidance to the other areas of Greece remain the same. [Source: UK Gov web site adn at UK Express]

SQ Beginning Aug 31 Negative COVID19 tests required for entry from these countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Romania, Malta, Sweden, Spain, Albania, North Macedonia and the United Arab Emirates. [Source: MSN News] Test not required for Netherlands.

SQ Mandatory face masks at all times for islands of Zakynthos /Zante and Lesbos [Source: GTP Tourism Pages]

SQ Zakynthos /Zante and Lesbos ban on all festivities, nine person limit for all public and private gatherings, and Mandatory mask wearing in closed and open spaces. [Source: eKathimerini]

SQ Flights banned from Spain's Catalonia coast and from Barcelona [Source: Reuters]


Important Links:

List of Embassies in Athens Greece

US Embassy COVID19 page covering travel to Greece Scroll down and review the "Entry and Exit Requirements"

Pandemic stats for Greece

Greece pandemic metrics at Statistics.gr [English] and Greek language Statistics


NOTE: The news announcements below are not updated but accurate to the dates originally made public. Newer information always at the top.

Aug 17, 2020

SQ Beginning Aug 17 curfews are active around Attika for bars and restaurants from MIDNIGHT to 7 AM. Cinemas, restaurants and theaters have a maximum patron limit of 50 persons. Other areas included in this rule-keeping are Crete, East Macedonia, Thrace, Thessaloniki, Halkidiki, Larissa, Corfu, Mykonos, Paros, Santorini, Volos, Katerini, Rhodes, Antiparos, Zakynthos and Kos. [Source: Imerazante]

Aug 11, 2020

SQ Beginning Aug 17 the rules for entry into Greece means you must present a negative molecular test for COVID19 performed within 72 hours for those coming from Sweden, Czech Republic, Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands. [Source: Iefimerida]

August 1, 2020

SQ All Schengen Zone countries allowed: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland

Also Allowed travel: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and the United Arab Emirates

Entrance with a negative viral test check required: Bulgaria, Romania and the United Arab Emirates

Blocked travel: No air traffic with Turkey, Albania and Northern Macedonia

Also Blocked: non-European citizens until August 14


July 31, 2020

Air travel block from non-EU countries extended, new rules

SQ 12 countries excluded from the block list - details at Skai [Greek]


July 26, 2020

Certification required for incoming passengers from Romania and Bulgaria

Greece announced that travellers arriving by plane from Romania and Bulgaria from Tuesday will only be allowed to board their flight if they have a test certificate showing they tested negative for coronavirus 72 hours before getting on the plane.

Story at Financial Times [English]


July 25, 2020

Israel flights to Greece restarting

Story at National News [English]


July 16, 2020

UK lifts blanket non-essential travel ban

Details on new guidelines at The Scotsman [English]


July 1 Travel rules:

SQ All Schengen Zone countries allowed: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland

Also allowed travel from: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

Blocked travel thru July 15: Russia, Brazil and Turkey, and United States

Greece mandates Covid-19 tests for arrivals from a range of EU countries, including France, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain, with self-isolation until results are known.

Italy has continued a block for all countries except those within the Schengen zone.

The Czech Republic is blocking visitors from Portugal and Sweden.

Sources: eKathimerini, Reuters, Yahoo News


July 1, 2020

18 regional airports in Greece have reopened

SQ Seven of 14 border crossings are again open - source: eKathimerini


June 15 reopenings

The list of business and activity types now reopened

June 15 Airports

SQ Only airports in Athens (Eleftherios Venizelos) and Thessaloniki (Macedonia) are accepting flights from outside of the country.

June 12, 2020

SQ U.S. citizens are permitted entry to Greece beginning June 15, but you may be subject to COVID-19 testing and quarantine depending on where your travel originated. Details at US Embassy, Athens


June 2, 2020

USA to Greece Entry/Exit Requirements [see complete info at USA Embassy in Greece]

Through June 14: Non-EU citizens are banned from entering Greece for non-essential travel/tourism

June 15 – June 30: U.S. citizens are permitted to enter Greece subject to COVID-19 testing and quarantine restrictions.


May 28, 2020

Know the rules: The A-Z for tourism in Greece in the Covid-19 era - at eKathimerini [in English]

May 22, 2020

Allowed tourism list: Cyprus, Israel, China, Japan, Australia, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania, Albania, Northern Macedonia, Bosnia, Croatia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic.

The tourism "black list": United States, Britain, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

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