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Allowed Travel to Greece 2021

Though restrictions and "lockdowns" continue to be made around Greece, the planning for lifting of barriers on tourism has begun, airlines are announcing routes into Athens, with a complete opening of doors to tourists (meeting certain requirements) expected on May 14, 2021.

UPDATED April 20, 2021

SQ 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]

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.

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

SQ 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 passenger arrivals, and a 14-day quarantine if passenger tests positive for coronavirus.

SQ Passengers from Israel may not need to 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 The following countries continue to be allowed entry to Greece: South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore, UK*, Australia, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates*, Russia and Israel. (*Required to take rapid Covid test upon arrival. UK passengers must test again at the end of the original 7-day quarantine. If found 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

Beginning 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:

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 [English] and Greek language Statistics

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

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