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Allowed Travel to Greece 2021

UPDATED August 4, 2021

The Delta Variant is causing a rapid rise in worry and concern for European travel in 2021. The Greek government continues to "fine-tune" restrictions and rules for both travel and the mingling of people within the country, with an emphasis growing that the unvaccinated are to be excluded from some areas of work (healthcare workers, for example), and testing and self-testing is the rule of the day for those without vaccination documents.

The main four items a traveller must have concern for:

SQ Carrying a vaccination certificate showing at least 14 days since the second dose.

SQ If not a vaccination record, then a disease certificate, issued 30 days after the first positive test, valid for 180 days.

SQ A negative PCR molecular test result from within the last 72 hours

SQ A negative rapid test result from within the last 48 hours.

Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy – Above requirements with this change: previously it was only "recommended" to take the self-test for return from island travel, now it is mandatory for those without vaccination documents.

People aged 12-17 years: Vaccination record of a negative test including self-test.

Those aged to 12 years no tests required.

Airflight to and from islands – Greek Civil Aviation Authority requires the above documentation also.

Vaccination records incur no fees during travel, but the cost for PCR is reported to be €60 euros and the rapid test is €20 euros. Cost of self tests vary and are available through pharmacies.


August 4, 2021

American CDC lists Greece among other countries on Level 4 risk list of "do not visit"

Story at USA Today [English]


Resources July 16, 2021:

eKathimerini – The new mandatory testing rules [English]

Keep Talking Greece – Details on boat and air flight rules [English]

CNN Greece – article on requirments for boat travel [Greek]

Iefimerida – article listing details about return travel from the islands [Greek]

Restrictions on standing at food places/bars etc.

No standing, seating required. Outside stools are approved for the seating requirement.

Indoor eating requires vaccination record or the other documents of recovery from the virus, negative tests, etc.

Identification is checked for entry to verify vaccination/testing records.

Those under age 12 do not need identity documents.

Resources:

Skai News – Article on the rules for eating establishments


Important travel links:

Passenger Locator Form used by Greek gov for admittance during visit.

Protocol for Arrivals in Greece - Hellenic Republic Government page in English.

Airports of Greece - list at the Hellenic Aviation Authority


Older News from July 2, 2021

SQ Travel to the islands require a Vaccination Certificate in a paper or electronic form showing a negative rapid test or PCR test. (PCR is a molecular test detecting COVID-19 genetic material via a lab tech procedure called "polymerase chain reaction," i.e., "PCR"). Identity papers/passport is also checked over.

Timing: arrive at boarding for island travel at least an hour before departure.

Exceptions: those who have received only a first dose or are not fully vaccinated for more than 14 days must show a negative test using the rapid test or a PCR test.

Guideline: the PCR tests at least 72 hours before travel time. Rapid test taken 48 hours before travel.

The unvaccinated: test results meeting the already mentioned requirements with a PCR or Rapid test are valid for travel.

Travelling minors: Adult guardians must show the required test results or a Vaccination passport.

Return travel from the islands: the unvaccinated should perform a self-test before return to mainland.

Greece Government web page about island travel

Other exceptions: Island travel for those who do so for work purposes or within the same regional area of residence have different requirements. For work purposes, a weekly self-test is required. For travelling within a regional area a passenger is required to take a self-test within 24 hours before the scheduled travel time.

Ferry travel details: Travelling of passengers on the ferry lines Perama-Paloukia Salamina, Perama Megaridos-Faneromeni Salamina, Rio-Antirrio, ferry travel of mainland to Evia, Poros-Galatouni Toryos Lainos Ammouliani, and Halkidiki, a self-test 24 hours before the scheduled travel time is needed - - see details about this at this July 2 Kathimerini article (in Greek).

More information at Health Report Gr


Older News June 20, 2021

SQ The "rapid test" for entry to Greece us now allowed [See this article at eKathimerini]

For a general overview of travel to the EU, see this article at ABC7 Chicago

Latest news: Greece has expanded the list of countries allowed entry:

Australia, North Macedonia, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, United Kingdom, Israel, Canada, Belarus, Bahrain, New Zealand, South Korea, Qatar, China, Kuwait, Ukraine, Rwanda, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Serbia, Thailand, Bosnia-Herzegovina + all permanent residents of the EU and the Schengen Zone.

SQ One day before arrival fill in the electronic Passenger Locator Form (PLF)

SQ Be able to present an official vaccination certificate (for any person over 5 years of age) showing completion of vaccinations 14 days prior to arrival, or a negative PCR test within 72-hour of arrival. Airports and ferry services will be checking this documentation.

SQ Travelers remain subject to random checks.

SQ International entry is through international airports, ports of Patras, Igoumenitsa and Corfu, and border stations Promachonas, Ormeniou (34/7) and Evzoni (limited hours.) 

Official Greek government website: Protocol for Arrivals in and Departures from Greece

Airports of Greece - list at the Hellenic Aviation Authority

Quarantine:

Visitors arriving from the USA, EU/Schengen Zone, Britain, South Korea, Australia and other countries are allowed quarantine-free entry to Greece. A positive result to testing will require quarantine at a Greek hotel (including traveling companions) for at least 10 days. This expense is covered by the Greek government.

Older May 12, 2021 News

SQ Passenger must have a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) for international flights to Greece

SQ UK Travellers wanting to come to Greece still blocked by the UK "amber" color applied to the land of Hellenes (See this story at Yahoo News, May 12) It is expected that soon UK citizens will only be required to show official documents issued by the British authorities proving vaccination inoculation. It is expected that on May 17th UK will have "covid passports" system ready - source: UK Sun, April 30).

SQ Travellers from United States began to be able to come to Greece on April 19 if they are fully vaccinated or can show a negative Covid-19 test result.

SQ For other countries: mandatory negative Covid-19 test result (PCR) required to be presented by the passenger. Must be performed within 72 hours of arrival in Greece. Passenger may be still required to take a rapid Covid19 test upon arrival.

SQ 7-day quarantine for all arrivals except for these counutries:

  1. Australia
  2. New Zealand
  3. South Korea
  4. Russia
  5. Rwanda
  6. Singapore
  7. Thailand
  8. European Union
  9. Schengen Treaty countries
  10. United Kingdom
  11. United States
  12. United Arab Emirates
  13. Serbia
  14. Israel

SQ 14-day quarantine if passenger tests positive for coronavirus.

SQ Passengers from Israel do not quarantine if they have a "Green Pass" vaccine permit issued from Israel. There are a number of conditions regarding using this pass when entering from Israel.

SQ Passengers from United Arab Emirates are required to take rapid Covid test upon arrival.

SQ If quarantined, and after the period ends a passanger is retested and is found to be negative, quarantine ends. If positive, then quarantine is extended 14 days.

SQ Russian arrivals are limited to 4,000 per week.

SQ The 22 Member Schengen Zone Countries and other EU Countries allowed to travel into Greece.

  1. Austria
  2. Belgium
  3. Bulgaria
  4. Croatia
  5. Cyprus
  6. Luxembourg
  7. Netherlands
  8. Germany
  9. France
  10. Spain
  11. Portugal
  12. Sweden
  13. Finland
  14. Denmark
  15. Lithuania
  16. Latvia
  17. Estonia
  18. Poland
  19. Romania
  20. Slovakia
  21. Hungary
  22. Slovenia
  23. Italy
  24. Greece
  25. Czech Republic
  26. Malta
  27. Spain
  28. Ireland


Visiting Greece 2021


SQ April 20, 2021: overnight the US State Dept has swelled it's list of "Level 4" countries "to avoid" from 34 to 131. How long this advisory will last is not known. Greece was a "Level 3" country just yesterday. Page with info at State Dept Advisory Greece. The new info is basically:

Do not travel to Greece due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Greece due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Greece.   

Read the country information page.

SQ Delta Airlines will begin flights in May – Story at Delta [English] - April 20, 2021

SQ United Airlines adds Athens to routes – story at Yahoo News [English]

SQ Civil Aviation Service extends restrictions to April 26, allowing entry from 7 countries: EU, Schengen Zone, UK, USA, the United Arab Emirates, Serbia and Israel. Story at Skai [Greek]

SQ German cruise ships in Aegean in May – Story at Protothema [English]

SQ Airports in Greece that are opening up are Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Chania, Rhodes, Kos, Mykonos, Santorini and Corfu, and two border crossings. (See this Reuters report for more info.) Flights from the EU, USA, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Serbia and Israel will begin on April 16.

News from May 14, 2021

Greece's Tourism Minister Harry Theocharis announced at the ITB Berlin trade show March 9th about Greece's plans for May 14 opening, with these basic "protocols":

SQ All tourists will be subject to random testing

SQ Tourists with vaccinations welcome

SQ Tourists without vaccination can come if they provide proof of antibodies, or record of a negative test


Important travel links May 2021:

Passenger Locator Form used by Greek gov for admittance during visit.

Protocol for Arrivals in Greece - Hellenic Republic Government page in English.

A negative coronavirus test 72 hours before travel (see this list of labs that are approved by the Greek government for the tests). Dec 9, 2020

Airports of Greece - list at the Hellenic Aviation Authority

For more general visiting Greece info, visit the Visiting Greece page

SQ A QR code on paperwork is given by officials during entry that will indicate if you must quarantine for a particular time limit

SQ Masks are mandatory in public whether outside or inside.



Older News items from 2021

April 12, 2021

SQ Restrictions on domestic travel ("only essential trips allowed") continue until April 12, and on international flights until April 19. (Reference: The Hellenic Aviation Authority)

February 7, 2021

SQ Existing restrictions are extended for "essential" domestic flights (through Feb 15) and for international flights (through Feb. 22). Some details:

SQ Weekend curfew is now 6:00 PM instead of 9:00 PM.

SQ UK Visitors are tested on arrival

SQ The list of allowed and banned countries continues in effect

SQ Flights from Turkey not allowed

January 11, 2021

SQ The existing restrictions on foreign travel stays in force until January 27, 2021. This means foreign travelers have a required 7-day quarantine, by order of the Civil Aviation Authority, if allowed into the country. Travellers must have had a negative test for the virus within 72 hours of arrival. Sample testing is done at the border entrances. All passengers must have a completed Passenger Locator Form (form available online here).

SQ After 7-day quarantine, people from the United Kingdom must then take a PCR test, and a positive result will continue the quarantine for another 14 days.

SQ Retail operations in Greece are severely curtailed at present. See this overview of the situation at Ethnos (in Greek).

SQ Churches are open, but operations are curtailed.

SQ Hunting and fishing continues to be shut down.


Countries allowed entry to Greece

Allowed travel to Greece - list updated December 30, 2020. People from countries not listed (for example the United States) are not allowed entry except under special conditions.

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.

Additional countries allowed entry: Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland, United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand. - See the updated lists at Allowed Travel to Greece


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


The 2020 roundup of news on restrictions for travel to Greece is archived here



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