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Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Greece
Crossing Rules

Passengers are not allowed to enter until 8 March 2021.
– This does not apply to family members of nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland.
– This does not apply to passengers with a long term visa issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland.
– This does not apply to student.

Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The certificate must be in English and include the name and the passport or identity number of the passenger. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before arrival.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 10 years.

Passengers must complete a “Passenger Locator Form(PLF)” at https://travel.gov.gr/ not later than the day before arrival in Greece. A confirmation email or a QR code generated from the completed form must be presented upon arrival. Families can be accepted with one joint confirmation e-mail or a unique QR code.

Entry restrictions for passengers who arrive from or have been in United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom
Passengers arriving from United Arab Emirates or United Kingdom are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid test upon arrival.

Special requirements for flights from/to Albania, North Macedonia
Passengers arriving from Albania and North Macedonia (Rep.) must arrive at Athens (ATH).

Flights from/to Turkey are suspended
Flights from Turkey are suspended.
– This does not apply to humanitarian, medevac, military and repatriation flights.

Home/self isolation
Passengers are subject to self-isolation for up to 7 days.

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Movement restrictions

The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) on Friday announced the extension of travel restrictions for domestic flights (travel between prefectures) in Greece, until 6am on Monday, March 1.

The updated aviation directive (NOTAM) concerns domestic scheduled, commercial and general/business flights and foresees that only essential travel is allowed for health and business reasons, family reunification, and returning to permanent residence.

Exempt from the restrictions are Hellenic national healthcare system flights, state flights, sanitary flights, humanitarian flights, emergency flights, military flights, cargo flights, fire fighting flights, frontex flights, technical landing flights (where passengers do not disembark) and ferry flights (return of with crew without passengers).

All aviation directives are issued as part of the Greek government’s efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in the country.

National movement restrictions: Free

Restrictive measures mandatory between 18 June 2020 to 17 July 2020

From 18 June, the removal of the traffic restriction measures in the center of Athens is extended again, until 17 July, in order to avoid the overcrowding of the citizens and to facilitate the restart of the economic and social life.
Ships traffic reopened.

International movement restrictions: Partially banned

Restrictive measures mandatory between 15 June 2020 to 01 July 2020

From June 15, tourism travel resumes, and international flights will land not just in Athens but in Thessaloniki too. However, some passengers will have to undergo mandatory testing upon arrival. Those coming from any of these airports listed by the European Aviation Safety Agency, will have to get tested on arrival, then go to to a designated hotel and quarantine for 7 days if the test is negative, and for 14 days if the test is positive. All other passengers, including all travellers coming from Albania, Australia, Austria, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Estonia, Japan, Israel, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lebanon, New Zealand, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Norway, South Korea, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Finland – will be subject to random tests and no further restrictions. In addition, land arrivals from Albania, North Macedonia and Bulgaria will be allowed in the country. Those travellers will be subject to random tests upon arrival.

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Flight Restrictions
Published on 21.12.2021

1. Until 10 January 2022, passengers are not allowed to enter. - This does not apply to: - nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia,
Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania,
Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland and their family members; - British nationals and residents of the United Kingdom; - nationals and residents of Albania, Andorra,
Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, India, Israel, Japan,
Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep), Oman, Qatar, Russian Fed., San Marino, Saudi
Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Vatican City (Holy See); - passengers with a residence permit issued by Greece. A certificate of
application for renewal of a residence permit issued by Greece is also accepted; - passengers with a residence permit issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus,
Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland,
Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or the United Kingdom; - passengers with a long term visa issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus,
Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway,
Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland; - merchant seamen; - military personnel; - students. More details can be found at
https://travel.gov.gr/

2. Passengers arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe are not allowed to enter. - This does not apply to: -
nationals of Greece; - passengers with a permit to travel issued by a Greek diplomatic representation.

3. Passengers must complete a "Passenger Locator Form (PLF)" at https://travel.gov.gr/ before arrival in Greece. A confirmation email or a QR code generated from the completed
form must be presented upon arrival. Families can be accepted with one joint confirmation e-mail or a unique QR code.

4. Passengers must have: - a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 24 hours before arrival; or - a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before
arrival. All documents must be in English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish or Russian and the passenger's name must match the name in the passport. More details can be
found at https://travel.gov.gr/ - This does not apply to: - passengers younger than 5 years; - passengers arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia,
South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe.

5. Passengers arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe must have a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test taken at
most 72 hours before arrival. - This does not apply to passengers younger than 5 years.

6. Passengers arriving from Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China (People's Rep.), Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Mexico, Morocco, North Macedonia (Rep.), Oman,
Pakistan, Russian Fed., Turkey, United Arab Emirates or Uruguay are subject to a COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test upon arrival. - This does not apply to: - passengers with a
COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival; or - passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate.

7. Passengers arriving from a country other than Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China (People's Rep.), Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Mexico, Morocco, North
Macedonia (Rep.), Oman, Pakistan, Russian Fed., Turkey, United Arab Emirates or Uruguay could be subject to a COVID-19 rapid test upon arrival.

8. Passengers could be subject to self-isolation for up to 10 days. Details can be found at https://travel.gov.gr/

Published on 20.12.2021

1. Until 10 January 2022, passengers are not allowed to enter. - This does not apply to: - nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia,
Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania,
Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland and their family members; - British nationals and residents of the United Kingdom; - nationals and residents of Albania, Andorra,
Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, India, Israel, Japan,
Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep), Oman, Qatar, Russian Fed., San Marino, Saudi
Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Vatican City (Holy See); - passengers with a residence permit issued by Greece. A certificate of
application for renewal of a residence permit issued by Greece is also accepted; - passengers with a residence permit issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus,
Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland,
Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or the United Kingdom; - passengers with a long term visa issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus,
Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway,
Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland; - merchant seamen; - military personnel; - students. More details can be found at
https://travel.gov.gr/

2. Passengers arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe are not allowed to enter. - This does not apply to: -
nationals of Greece; - passengers with a permit to travel issued by a Greek diplomatic representation.

3. Passengers must complete a "Passenger Locator Form (PLF)" at https://travel.gov.gr/ before arrival in Greece. A confirmation email or a QR code generated from the completed
form must be presented upon arrival. Families can be accepted with one joint confirmation e-mail or a unique QR code.

4. Passengers must have: - a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 24 hours before arrival; or - a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before
arrival. All documents must be in English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish or Russian and the passenger's name must match the name in the passport. More details can be
found at https://travel.gov.gr/ - This does not apply to: - passengers younger than 5 years; - passengers arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia,
South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe.

5. Passengers arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe must have a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test taken at
most 72 hours before arrival. - This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.

6. Passengers arriving from Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China (People's Rep.), Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Mexico, Morocco, North Macedonia (Rep.), Oman,
Pakistan, Russian Fed., Turkey, United Arab Emirates or Uruguay are subject to a COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test upon arrival. - This does not apply to: - passengers with a
COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival; or - passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate.

7. Passengers arriving from a country other than Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China (People's Rep.), Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Mexico, Morocco, North
Macedonia (Rep.), Oman, Pakistan, Russian Fed., Turkey, United Arab Emirates or Uruguay could be subject to a COVID-19 rapid test upon arrival.

8. Passengers could be subject to self-isolation for up to 10 days. Details can be found at https://travel.gov.gr/

Published on 18.12.2021

1. Until 4 January 2022, passengers are not allowed to enter. - This does not apply to: - nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia,
Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania,
Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland and their family members; - British nationals and residents of the United Kingdom; - nationals and residents of Albania, Andorra,
Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, India, Israel, Japan,
Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep), Oman, Qatar, Russian Fed., San Marino, Saudi
Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Vatican City (Holy See); - passengers with a residence permit issued by Greece. A certificate of
application for renewal of a residence permit issued by Greece is also accepted; - passengers with a residence permit issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus,
Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland,
Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or the United Kingdom; - passengers with a long term visa issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus,
Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway,
Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland; - merchant seamen; - military personnel; - students. More details can be found at
https://travel.gov.gr/

2. Passengers arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe are not allowed to enter. - This does not apply to: -
nationals of Greece; - passengers with a permit to travel issued by a Greek diplomatic representation.

3. Passengers must complete a "Passenger Locator Form (PLF)" at https://travel.gov.gr/ before arrival in Greece. A confirmation email or a QR code generated from the completed
form must be presented upon arrival. Families can be accepted with one joint confirmation e-mail or a unique QR code.

4. Until 05:59, 19 December 2021, passengers must have: - a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before arrival; or - a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test
taken at most 72 hours before arrival; or - a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival; or - a COVID-19 recovery
certificate issued at least 30 days and at most 90 days after having tested positive. Recovery certificates issued before 15 July 2021 are not accepted; or - a positive COVID-19
antigen, PCR or RT-PCR test result issued at least 30 days and at most 180 days before arrival. All documents must be in English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish or Russian
and the passenger's name must match the name in the passport. More details can be found at https://travel.gov.gr/ - This does not apply to: - passengers younger than 12 years; -
passengers who reside permanently in the Russian Fed; - passengers arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe.

5. Until 05:59, 19 December 2021, passengers who reside permanently in the Russian Fed. must have: - a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before arrival;
or - a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival. They are also subject to an antigen or PCR test upon arrival. The test result must be in English,
French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish or Russian and the passenger's name must match the name in the passport. More details can be found at https://travel.gov.gr/ - This does not
apply to passengers younger than 12 years.

6. Effective 06:00, 19 December 2021, passengers must have: - a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 24 hours before arrival; or - a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR
test taken at most 72 hours before arrival. All documents must be in English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish or Russian and the passenger's name must match the name in the
passport. More details can be found at https://travel.gov.gr/ - This does not apply to: - passengers younger than 5 years; - passengers arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho,
Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe.

7. Passengers arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe must have a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test taken at
most 72 hours before arrival. - This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.

8. Passengers arriving from Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China (People's Rep.), Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Mexico, Morocco, North Macedonia (Rep.), Oman,
Pakistan, Russian Fed., Turkey, United Arab Emirates or Uruguay are subject to a COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test upon arrival. - This does not apply to: - passengers with a
COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival; or - passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate.

9. Passengers arriving from a country other than Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China (People's Rep.), Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Mexico, Morocco, North
Macedonia (Rep.), Oman, Pakistan, Russian Fed., Turkey, United Arab Emirates or Uruguay could be subject to a COVID-19 rapid test upon arrival.

10. Passengers could be subject to self-isolation for up to 10 days. Details can be found at https://travel.gov.gr/

Published on 17.12.2021

1. Until 4 January 2022, passengers are not allowed to enter. - This does not apply to: - nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia,
Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania,
Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland and their family members; - British nationals and residents of the United Kingdom; - nationals and residents of Albania, Andorra,
Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, India, Israel, Japan,
Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep), Oman, Qatar, Russian Fed., San Marino, Saudi
Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Vatican City (Holy See); - passengers with a residence permit issued by Greece. A certificate of
application for renewal of a residence permit issued by Greece is also accepted; - passengers with a residence permit issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus,
Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland,
Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or the United Kingdom; - passengers with a long term visa issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus,
Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway,
Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland; - merchant seamen; - military personnel; - students. More details can be found at
https://travel.gov.gr/

2. Passengers arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe are not allowed to enter. - This does not apply to: -
nationals of Greece; - passengers with a permit to travel issued by a Greek diplomatic representation.

3. Passengers must complete a "Passenger Locator Form (PLF)" at https://travel.gov.gr/ before arrival in Greece. A confirmation email or a QR code generated from the completed
form must be presented upon arrival. Families can be accepted with one joint confirmation e-mail or a unique QR code.

4. Until 05:59, 19 December 2021, passengers must have: - a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before arrival; or - a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test
taken at most 72 hours before arrival; or - a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival; or - a COVID-19 recovery
certificate issued at least 30 days and at most 90 days after having tested positive. Recovery certificates issued before 15 July 2021 are not accepted; or - a positive COVID-19
antigen, PCR or RT-PCR test result issued at least 30 days and at most 180 days before arrival. All documents must be in English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish or Russian
and the passenger's name must match the name in the passport. More details can be found at https://travel.gov.gr/ - This does not apply to: - passengers younger than 12 years; -
passengers who reside permanently in the Russian Fed; - passengers arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe.

5. Until 05:59, 19 December 2021, passengers who reside permanently in the Russian Fed. must have: - a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before arrival;
or - a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival. They are also subject to an antigen or PCR test upon arrival. The test result must be in English,
French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish or Russian and the passenger's name must match the name in the passport. More details can be found at https://travel.gov.gr/ - This does not
apply to passengers younger than 12 years.

6. Effective 06:00, 19 December 2021, passengers must have: - a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 24 hours before arrival; or - a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR
test taken at most 72 hours before arrival. All documents must be in English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish or Russian and the passenger's name must match the name in the
passport. More details can be found at https://travel.gov.gr/ - This does not apply to: - passengers younger than 12 years; - passengers arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho,
Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe.

7. Passengers arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe must have a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test taken at
most 72 hours before arrival. - This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.

8. Passengers arriving from Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China (People's Rep.), Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Mexico, Morocco, North Macedonia (Rep.), Oman,
Pakistan, Russian Fed., Turkey, United Arab Emirates or Uruguay are subject to a COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test upon arrival. - This does not apply to: - passengers with a
COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival; or - passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate.

9. Passengers arriving from a country other than Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China (People's Rep.), Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Mexico, Morocco, North
Macedonia (Rep.), Oman, Pakistan, Russian Fed., Turkey, United Arab Emirates or Uruguay could be subject to a COVID-19 rapid test upon arrival.

10. Passengers could be subject to self-isolation for up to 10 days. Details can be found at https://travel.gov.gr/

Published on 10.12.2021

1. Until 17 December 2021, passengers are not allowed to enter. - This does not apply to: - nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia,
Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania,
Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland and their family members; - British nationals and residents of the United Kingdom; - nationals and residents of Albania, Andorra,
Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, India, Israel, Japan,
Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep), Oman, Qatar, Russian Fed., San Marino, Saudi
Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Vatican City (Holy See); - passengers with a residence permit issued by Greece. A certificate of
application for renewal of a residence permit issued by Greece is also accepted; - passengers with a residence permit issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus,
Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland,
Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or the United Kingdom; - passengers with a long term visa issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus,
Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway,
Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland; - merchant seamen; - military personnel; - students. More details can be found at
https://travel.gov.gr/

2. Passengers arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe are not allowed to enter. - This does not apply to: -
nationals of Greece; - passengers with a permit to travel issued by a Greek diplomatic representation.

3. Passengers must complete a "Passenger Locator Form (PLF)" at https://travel.gov.gr/ before arrival in Greece. A confirmation email or a QR code generated from the completed
form must be presented upon arrival. Families can be accepted with one joint confirmation e-mail or a unique QR code.

4. Passengers must have: - a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before arrival; or - a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before
arrival; or - a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival; or - a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at least 30
days and at most 90 days after having tested positive. Recovery certificates issued before 15 July 2021 are not accepted; or - a positive COVID-19 antigen, PCR or RT-PCR test
result issued at least 30 days and at most 180 days before arrival. All documents must be in English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish or Russian and the passenger's name
must match the name in the passport. More details can be found at https://travel.gov.gr/ - This does not apply to: - passengers younger than 12 years; - passengers who reside
permanently in the Russian Fed; - passengers arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe.

5. Passengers arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe must have a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test taken at
most 72 hours before arrival. - This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.

6. Passengers who reside permanently in the Russian Fed. must have: - a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before arrival; or - a negative COVID-19 PCR or
RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival. They are also subject to an antigen or PCR test upon arrival. The test result must be in English, French, German, Greek, Italian,
Spanish or Russian and the passenger's name must match the name in the passport. More details can be found at https://travel.gov.gr/ - This does not apply to passengers younger
than 12 years.

7. Passengers arriving from Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China (People's Rep.), Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Mexico, Morocco, North Macedonia (Rep.), Oman,
Pakistan, Russian Fed., Turkey, United Arab Emirates or Uruguay are subject to a COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test upon arrival. - This does not apply to: - passengers with a
COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival; or - passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate.

8. Passengers arriving from a country other than Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China (People's Rep.), Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Mexico, Morocco, North
Macedonia (Rep.), Oman, Pakistan, Russian Fed., Turkey, United Arab Emirates or Uruguay could be subject to a COVID-19 rapid test upon arrival.

9. Passengers could be subject to self-isolation for up to 10 days. Details can be found at https://travel.gov.gr/

Published on 03.12.2021

1. Until 10 December 2021, passengers are not allowed to enter. - This does not apply to: - nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia,
Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania,
Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland and their family members; - British nationals and residents of the United Kingdom; - nationals and residents of Albania, Andorra,
Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, India, Israel, Japan,
Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep), Oman, Qatar, Russian Fed., San Marino, Saudi
Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Vatican City (Holy See); - passengers with a residence permit issued by Greece. A certificate of
application for renewal of a residence permit issued by Greece is also accepted; - passengers with a residence permit issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus,
Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland,
Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or the United Kingdom; - passengers with a long term visa issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus,
Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway,
Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland; - merchant seamen; - military personnel; - students. More details can be found at
https://travel.gov.gr/

2. Passengers arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe are not allowed to enter. - This does not apply to: -
nationals of Greece; - passengers with a permit to travel issued by a Greek diplomatic representation.

3. Passengers must complete a "Passenger Locator Form (PLF)" at https://travel.gov.gr/ before arrival in Greece. A confirmation email or a QR code generated from the completed
form must be presented upon arrival. Families can be accepted with one joint confirmation e-mail or a unique QR code.

4. Passengers must have: - a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before arrival; or - a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before
arrival; or - a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival; or - a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at least 30
days after having tested positive. The certificate is considered valid for at least 30 days and at most 180 days after the initial positive result; or - a positive COVID-19
antigen, PCR or RT-PCR test result issued at least 30 days and at most 180 days before arrival. All documents must be in English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish or Russian
and the passenger's name must match the name in the passport. More details can be found at https://travel.gov.gr/ - This does not apply to: - passengers younger than 12 years; -
passengers who reside permanently in the Russian Fed; - passengers arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe.

5. Passengers arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe must have a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test taken at
most 72 hours before arrival. - This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.

6. Passengers who reside permanently in the Russian Fed. must have: - a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before arrival; or - a negative COVID-19 PCR or
RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival. They are also subject to an antigen or PCR test upon arrival. The test result must be in English, French, German, Greek, Italian,
Spanish or Russian and the passenger's name must match the name in the passport. More details can be found at https://travel.gov.gr/ - This does not apply to passengers younger
than 12 years.

7. Passengers arriving from Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, China (People's Rep.), Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Morocco, North Macedonia (Rep.), Pakistan, Russian
Fed., Turkey or United Arab Emirates are subject to a COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test upon arrival. - This does not apply to: - passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination
certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival; or - passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate.

8. Passengers arriving from a country other than Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, China (People's Rep.), Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Morocco, North Macedonia (Rep.),
Pakistan, Russian Fed., Turkey or United Arab Emirates could be subject to a COVID-19 rapid test upon arrival.

9. Passengers could be subject to self-isolation for up to 10 days. Details can be found at https://travel.gov.gr/

Published on 26.11.2021

1. Until 3 December 2021, passengers are not allowed to enter. - This does not apply to: - nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia,
Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania,
Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland and their family members; - British nationals and residents of the United Kingdom; - nationals and residents of Albania, Andorra,
Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, India, Israel, Japan,
Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep), Oman, Qatar, Russian Fed., San Marino, Saudi Arabia,
Serbia, Singapore, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Vatican City (Holy See); - passengers with a residence permit issued by Greece. A certificate of
application for renewal of a residence permit issued by Greece is also accepted; - passengers with a residence permit issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus,
Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland,
Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or the United Kingdom; - passengers with a long term visa issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus,
Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway,
Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland; - merchant seamen; - military personnel; - students. More details can be found at
https://travel.gov.gr/

2. Passengers must complete a "Passenger Locator Form (PLF)" at https://travel.gov.gr/ before arrival in Greece. A confirmation email or a QR code generated from the completed
form must be presented upon arrival. Families can be accepted with one joint confirmation e-mail or a unique QR code.

3. Passengers must have: - a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before arrival; or - a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before
arrival; or - a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival; or - a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at least 30
days after having tested positive. The certificate is considered valid for at least 30 days and at most 180 days after the initial positive result; or - a positive COVID-19
antigen, PCR or RT-PCR test result issued at least 30 days and at most 180 days before arrival. All documents must be in English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish or Russian
and the passenger's name must match the name in the passport. More details can be found at https://travel.gov.gr/ - This does not apply to: - passengers younger than 12 years; -
passengers who reside permanently in the Russian Fed.

4. Passengers who reside permanently in the Russian Fed. must have: - a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before arrival; or - a negative COVID-19 PCR or
RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival. They are also subject to an antigen or PCR test upon arrival. The test result must be in English, French, German, Greek, Italian,
Spanish or Russian and the passenger's name must match the name in the passport. More details can be found at https://travel.gov.gr/ - This does not apply to passengers younger
than 12 years.

5. Passengers arriving from Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, China (People's Rep.), Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Morocco, North Macedonia (Rep.), Pakistan, Russian
Fed., Turkey or United Arab Emirates are subject to a COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test upon arrival. - This does not apply to: - passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination
certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival; or - passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate.

6. Passengers arriving from a country other than Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, China (People's Rep.), Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Morocco, North Macedonia (Rep.),
Pakistan, Russian Fed., Turkey or United Arab Emirates could be subject to a COVID-19 rapid test upon arrival.

7. Passengers could be subject to self-isolation for up to 10 days. Details can be found at https://travel.gov.gr/

published 27.10.2020

Entry restrictions
Passengers are not allowed to enter until 8 November 2020.
– This does not apply to family members of nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland.
– This does not apply to family members of British nationals.
– This does not apply to passengers with a long term visa issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom.
– This does not apply to student.

Passengers are subject to Coronavirus (COVID-19) test upon arrival, details can be found at travel.gov.gr

Passengers must complete a “Passenger Locator Form(PLF)” at travel.gov.gr not later than the day before arrival in Greece. A confirmation email or a QR code generated from the completed form must be presented upon arrival. Families can be accepted with one joint confirmation e-mail or a unique QR code.

Entry restrictions for passengers who arrive from or have been in Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, Hungary, Israel, Malta, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, United Arab Emirates
Until 8 November 2020, passengers arriving from Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, Hungary, Israel, Malta, North Macedonia (Rep.), Poland, Romania, Russian Fed., Spain or United Arab Emirates must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The certificate must be in English and the test must have been taken at most 72 hours before arrival.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 10 years.

Special requirements for flights from/to Albania, North Macedonia
Passengers arriving from Albania and North Macedonia (Rep.) must arrive at Athens (ATH).

Flights from/to Turkey are suspended
Flights from Turkey are suspended until 8 November 2020.
– This does not apply to humanitarian, medevac, military and repatriation flights.

Flights from/to Spain (Catalonia) are suspended
Flights from Catalonia (Spain) are suspended until 8 November 2020.

Quarantine

Quarantine at hotel depending on result of random health screening run upon arrival.
Note: travellers selected randomly might be subject to mandatory rapid testing upon arrival. Travellers who test positive must quarantine for 5 days, if they have no fever. Otherwise, they must remain in isolation until they have no fever. Quarantine is lifted when isolated travellers provide a negative result to a molecular (PCR) test.
Irrespective of their nationality, travellers flying from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe must quarantine for 10 days in a quarantine hotel provided by the Greek state. Quarantine ends on day 10, if travellers perform a negative test result.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

Document checklist
1. Fill in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before departure.
1. Provide a negative result to a pre-departure test. Both molecular tests (PCR, valid 72 hours) and rapid antigen tests (valid 24 hours) are accepted. Tests must be issued by an accredited testing laboratory in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian.
2. Provide proof of full vaccination or recovery from COVID-19. Details about these documents in the sections below.
Travellers without a certificate of vaccination or recovery from Bulgaria must perform a test upon arrival. If the test is positive, they will have to perform a molecular (PCR) test to confirm the result.
*Residents of Argentina, Chile, India, Mexico, Oman, Russia and Uruguay must perform a molecular (PCR) or rapid antigen test upon arrival, regardless of whether or not they are vaccinated.
*Irrespective of their nationality, travellers without a certificate of vaccination or recovery flying from Albania, Argentina, Brazil, China, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Morocco, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates must perform a test upon arrival. If the test result is positive, they will have to take a molecular (PCR) test to confirm the result
*Irrespective of their nationality, travellers flying from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe must perform a molecular (PCR) or rapid antigen test upon arrival, and quarantine for 10 days in a quarantine hotel provided by the Greek state. Quarantine ends on day 10, if travellers perform a negative test result.

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Vaccination
COVID-19 Total Vaccination date: 2022-01-14
COVID-19 Total Vaccination: 18262617
COVID-19 Daily Vaccination: 78769
COVID-19 Vacc. (per 100 citizens, %): 176.1
COVID-19 Daily Vacc. (per 1 million citizens): 7595

THIS COUNTRY IS READY TO CONNECT TO THE EU DIGITAL COVID CERTIFICATE GATEWAY

Holders of “EU Digital COVID certificates” (EUDCC) can enter Greece without being subject to further restrictions (testing or quarantine), at the condition that their certificate contains either: Proof of full vaccination. The vaccination is considered completed 14 days after the second dose of vaccine (for Johnson&Johnson, the vaccination is considered completed 14 days after the single dose has been taken). Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

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Shop and Events

Non-essential shops closure: Partially closed

Restrictive measures mandatory between 18 May 2020 to TBD

From 26 May: reopening of swimming pools. From 18 May: reopening of archaeological sites, zoos and botanical gardens. Museums reopen on June 15 , complying with all necessary protection measures. From 10 June, public services are back in full operation with public service preferably, but not exclusively, by appointment.

Events stop: Partially banned

Restrictive measures mandatory between 02 June 2020 to TBD

From 2.6.2020 the administrations of all types of companies that operate beaches, must ensure that the following rules are observed: up to 1000 sq.m. the presence of 40 people is allowed

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Schools/Univercity closure

Schools/Univ. closure: Partially closed

Restrictive measures mandatory between 18 May 2020 to TBD

From 11-18 May: 3rd Lyceum (high school senior class) and private tuition centers (strong recommendation for distance learning); secondary education – A and B of Lyceum – and A, B and C of Gymnasium and Private tuition centers for secondary education and foreign languages (strong recommendation for distance learning).

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Other

Other: partially closed/partially cancelled

Restrictive measures mandatory between 26 May 2020 to TBD

From 26 May: reopening of swimming pools. From 18 May: reopening of archaeological sites, zoos and botanical gardens.

Full Restrictions

  • Greece Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    All travellers aged 5 or older can enter Greece without further restrictions (testing or quarantine) if they can provide certificates meeting the same requirements listed above for the ‘EU Digital COVID Certificate’.

    All certificates must include critical information (number of doses, dates, etc.) in Greek, English, German, French, Italian Spanish or Russian. The holder’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognised travel document. 

     

    Learn more:
    GreeceHealthFirst – travel advice
    Travel.gov.gr
    Greece’s Ministry of Health

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Entry rules

    Non-essential travel to Greece is allowed only to residents of EU and Schengen Associated countries, and of the countries and entities listed on GreeceHealthFirst(*). Citizens of other non-EU and non-Schengen Associated countries are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

    Children younger than 5 are exempt from the requirements listed below.

    Note: travellers selected randomly might be subject to mandatory rapid testing upon arrival. Travellers who test positive must quarantine for 5 days, if they have no fever. Otherwise, they must remain in isolation until they have no fever. Quarantine is lifted when isolated travellers provide a negative result to a molecular (PCR) test.

    (*)Additional requirements for travellers from specific countries

    • Residents of Argentina, Chile, India, Mexico, Oman, Russia and Uruguay must perform a molecular (PCR) or rapid antigen test upon arrival, regardless of whether or not they are vaccinated.
    • Irrespective of their nationality, travellers without a certificate of vaccination or recovery flying from Albania, Argentina, Brazil, China, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Morocco, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates must perform a test upon arrival. If the test result is positive, they will have to take a molecular (PCR) test to confirm the result.
    • Irrespective of their nationality, travellers flying from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe must perform a molecular (PCR) or rapid antigen test upon arrival, and quarantine for 10 days in a quarantine hotel provided by the Greek state. Quarantine ends on day 10, if travellers perform a negative test result.

    Specific information for travellers arriving by land and by sea is available on Greece Health First – travel advice.

     

    Document checklist

    1. Fill in the Passenger Locator Form(PLF) before departure.
    2. Provide a negative result to a pre-departure test. Both molecular tests (PCR, valid 72 hours) and rapid antigen tests (valid 24 hours) are accepted. Tests must be issued by an accredited testing laboratory in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian.
    3. Provide proof of full vaccination, issued by a certified authority.
      Validity: 14 days after the second dose of vaccine. For Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), the vaccination is considered completed 14 days after the single dose has been administered.
      Accepted vaccines: Comirnaty (Pfizer BioNtech), Spikevax (Moderna), Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca/Oxford), Novavax, Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

      Or

      Proof of recovery from COVID-19, issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory. Validity: between 30 days and 3 months after the first positive result. Certificates issued between 15 July and 31 October 2021 (included) remain valid until 31 January 2022.

    All certificates must include critical information (number of doses, dates etc.) in Greek, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian. The person’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognised travel document.

    These rules apply until 24 January 2022, at 6.00.

     

    Learn more:
    GreeceHealthFirst – travel advice
    Travel.gov.gr
    Greece’s Ministry of Health

    Internal Restrictions:

    *What to do if you test positive while in Greece: If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Greece you must self-isolate for 5 days from the date of the positive test result. You may leave self-isolation after 5 days if you are no longer experiencing symptoms, otherwise you should continue to self-isolate.
    If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive and have received your booster, you are not obliged to self-isolate but must take a PCR or rapid test on day 5 of the exposure. If you are unvaccinated or are vaccinated but have not received your booster, you must take a PCR or rapid test and self-isolate for 5 days.
    The above guidance may not apply in the case of variants of special interest. These cases will be assessed by the EMEA (Greek health authority) and appropriate instructions will be given.
    Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to self-isolate in your current accommodation, or Greek authorities will ask you to self-isolate in a state provided quarantine hotel. The expense of the accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek state. Local authorities will be able to offer further advice on self-isolation requirements.
    If you do not self-isolate or quarantine when required you may be fined by the Hellenic Police. The fine could be as much as €5000. You should comply with any requirement to self-isolate or quarantine.
    *Quarantine hotels: If you test positive for COVID-19 you may have to enter a quarantine hotel. In Greece, the Greek authorities will pay the cost of your quarantine.
    Make sure you have access to funds to cover the costs or take out insurance, checking the policy has adequate cover.
    *Wearing a mask: It is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor public spaces, in all areas of Greece. In certain areas, such as in supermarkets and pharmacies, and on public transport, you will be required to wear either double masks (at least one of which should be surgical), or an N95/FFP2 mask.
    *Public spaces and services: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice. Check the latest local guidance and follow the advice of local authorities.
    Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance .
    • Proof of vaccination is required to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums. You should be prepared to demonstrate your proof of vaccination and present ID (passport or Greek Residence card) when asked. If you are not fully vaccinated (including children).
    • You must use a facemask in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces. In certain areas, such as in supermarkets and pharmacies, and on public transport, you will be required to wear either double masks (at least one of which should be surgical), or an N95/FFP2 mask.
    • Restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    • The Greek government “strongly recommends” that people self-test before any outing.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: Greece will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. It will also accept proof of COVID-19 vaccination issued in the Crown Dependencies. Your final vaccine dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to you presenting your evidence of vaccination. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    From 17 January 2022, if you are 60 years old or over and more than 7 months have elapsed since you completed your initial vaccination course against COVID-19, Greece considers your vaccination status expired unless you have received a booster vaccine. The Greek Government have announced that these measures will be extended to all adults (18 year of age and over) from 1 February 2022.
    This does not affect international travel or entry to Greece, but domestic ‘unvaccinated’ measures will apply within Greece. More information on these measures can be found in the section below.
    *Unvaccinated in Greece: If you have not been fully vaccinated or do not have proof of recovery from COVID-19:
    • Travel by aeroplane, train and bus is allowed subject to either a certified negative PCR test in the last 72 hours before the scheduled time of arrival at destination, or to a certified rapid (antigen) test within 48 hours of scheduled arrival at destination;
    • You will not be allowed to enter nightclubs, restaurants (indoors), theatres, cinemas, museums, exhibitions, conferences, gyms and stadiums;
    • You must present proof of a negative rapid test, taken up to 48 hours before entry, to visit other public spaces including shops and restaurants (outdoors);
    • Failure to comply with these rules may be met with fines of up to €5,000;
    • Unvaccinated children (between the ages 4 and 18) require a negative self-test to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear either double masks (at least one of which should be surgical) or an N95/FFP2 mask at all times on all public transport.
    Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel by air and sea to the rest of Greece is permitted for those aged 12 and above but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose; or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a certified rapid test up to 48 hours before travel; or
    Children aged 5 to 11, can travel with a negative self-test taken up to 24 hours before the scheduled travel time.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.

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    14.01.2022
  • Greece Latest News: Health authorities announce travelers can opt to show rapid antigen test or PCR test to enter country (Reuters, 16.12.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    All travellers aged 5 or older can enter Greece without further restrictions (testing or quarantine) if they can provide certificates meeting the same requirements listed above for the ‘EU Digital COVID Certificate’.

    All certificates must include critical information (number of doses, dates, etc.) in Greek, English, German, French, Italian Spanish or Russian. The holder’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognised travel document. 

     

    Find out more:
    GreeceHealthFirst – travel advice
    Travel.gov.gr
    Greece’s Ministry of Health

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Entry rules

    Non-essential travel to Greece is allowed only to residents of EU and Schengen Associated countries, and of the countries and entities listed on GreeceHealthFirst(*). Citizens of other non-EU and non-Schengen Associated countries are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

    Children younger than 5 are exempt from the requirements listed below.

    Note: travellers selected randomly might be subject to mandatory rapid testing upon arrival. Travellers who test positive must quarantine for 5 days, if they have no fever. Otherwise, they must remain in isolation until they have no fever. Quarantine is lifted when isolated travellers provide a negative result to a molecular (PCR) test.

    (*)Additional requirements for travellers from specific countries

    • Residents of Argentina, Chile, India, Mexico, Oman, Russia and Uruguay must perform a molecular (PCR) or rapid antigen test upon arrival, regardless of whether or not they are vaccinated.
    • Irrespective of their nationality, travellers without a certificate of vaccination or recovery flying from Albania, Argentina, Brazil, China, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Morocco, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates must perform a test upon arrival. If the test result is positive, they will have to take a molecular (PCR) test to confirm the result.
    • Irrespective of their nationality, travellers flying from North Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe must perform a molecular (PCR) or rapid antigen test upon arrival, and quarantine for 10 days in a quarantine hotel provided by the Greek state. Quarantine ends on day 10, if travellers perform a negative test result.

    Specific information for travellers arriving by land and by sea is available on Greece Health First – travel advice.

     

    Document checklist

    1. Fill in the Passenger Locator Form(PLF) before departure.
    2. Provide a negative result to a pre-departure test. Both molecular tests (PCR, valid 72 hours) and rapid antigen tests (valid 24 hours) are accepted. Tests must be issued by an accredited testing laboratory in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian.
    3. Provide proof of full vaccination, issued by a certified authority.
      Validity: 14 days after the second dose of vaccine. For Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), the vaccination is considered completed 14 days after the single dose has been administered.
      Accepted vaccines: Comirnaty (Pfizer BioNtech), Spikevax (Moderna), Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca/Oxford), Novavax, Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

      Or

      Proof of recovery from COVID-19, issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory. Validity: between 30 days and 3 months after the first positive result. Certificates issued between 15 July and 31 October 2021 (included) remain valid until 31 January 2022.

    All certificates must include critical information (number of doses, dates etc.) in Greek, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian. The person’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognised travel document.

    These rules apply until 24 January 2022, at 6.00.

     

    Find out more:
    GreeceHealthFirst – travel advice
    Travel.gov.gr
    Greece’s Ministry of Health

    Internal Restrictions:

    *If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive and have received your booster, you are not obliged to self-isolate but must take a PCR or rapid test on day 5 of the exposure. If you are unvaccinated or are vaccinated but have not received your booster, you must take a PCR or rapid test and self-isolate for 5 days.
    The above guidance may not apply in the case of variants of special interest. These cases will be assessed by the EMEA (Greek health authority) and appropriate instructions will be given.
    Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to self-isolate in your current accommodation, or Greek authorities will ask you to self-isolate in a state provided quarantine hotel. The expense of the accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek state. Local authorities will be able to offer further advice on self-isolation requirements.
    If you do not self-isolate or quarantine when required you may be fined by the Hellenic Police. The fine could be as much as €5000. You should comply with any requirement to self-isolate or quarantine.
    *Quarantine hotels: If you test positive for COVID-19 you may have to enter a quarantine hotel. In Greece, the Greek authorities will pay the cost of your quarantine.
    *Wearing a mask: It is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor public spaces, in all areas of Greece. In certain areas, such as in supermarkets and pharmacies, and on public transport, you will be required to wear either double masks (at least one of which should be surgical), or an N95/FFP2 mask.
    *Public spaces and services: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice. Check the latest local guidance and follow the advice of local authorities.
    Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • Proof of vaccination is required to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums. You should be prepared to demonstrate your proof of vaccination and present ID (passport or Greek Residence card) when asked. If you are not fully vaccinated (including children).

    • You must use a facemask in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces. In certain areas, such as in supermarkets and pharmacies, and on public transport, you will be required to wear either double masks (at least one of which should be surgical), or an N95/FFP2 mask.
    • You must use a facemask (double surgical mask or N65 mask) in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • Restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    • The Greek government “strongly recommends” that people self-test before any outing.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: Greece will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record . It will also accept proof of COVID-19 vaccination issued in the Crown Dependencies. Your final vaccine dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to you presenting your evidence of vaccination. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    As of the 1st February 2022, if more than 7 months has elapsed since you completed your initial vaccination course against COVID-19, and you have not either received a booster vaccine or formally registered a recent positive PCR or rapid Covid test result (which is preventing you getting the booster) through your pharmacy or lab, you will be considered unvaccinated in Greece.
    This does not affect international travel or entry to Greece, but domestic ‘unvaccinated’ measures will apply within Greece. More information on these measures can be found in the section below.
    *Unvaccinated in Greece: If you have not been fully vaccinated or do not have proof of recovery from COVID-19:
    • Travel by aeroplane, train and bus is allowed subject to either a certified negative PCR test in the last 72 hours before the scheduled time of arrival at destination, or to a certified rapid (antigen) test within 48 hours of scheduled arrival at destination;
    • You will not be allowed to enter nightclubs, restaurants (indoors), theatres, cinemas, museums, exhibitions, conferences, gyms and stadiums;
    • You must present proof of a negative rapid test, taken up to 48 hours before entry, to visit other public spaces including shops and restaurants (outdoors);
    • Failure to comply with these rules may be met with fines of up to €5,000;
    • Unvaccinated children (between the ages 4 and 18) require a negative self-test to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums
    From 13 December 2021, if you are 60 years old or over and more than 7 months have passed since your second vaccination dose and you have not received a third dose, Greece considers your vaccination status expired.
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear either double masks (at least one of which should be surgical) or an N95/FFP2 mask at all times on all public transport.
    Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel by air and sea to the rest of Greece is permitted for those aged 12 and above but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose; or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a certified rapid test up to 48 hours before travel; or
    Children aged 5 to 11, can travel with a negative self-test taken up to 24 hours before the scheduled travel time.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.

    Read more
    12.01.2022
  • Greece Latest News: Health authorities announce travelers can opt to show rapid antigen test or PCR test to enter country (Reuters, 16.12.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    All travellers aged 5 or older can enter Greece without further restrictions (testing or quarantine) if they can provide certificates meeting the same requirements listed above for the ‘EU Digital COVID Certificate’.

    All certificates must include critical information (number of doses, dates, etc.) in Greek, English, German, French, Italian Spanish or Russian. The holder’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognised travel document. 

     

    Find out more:
    GreeceHealthFirst – travel advice
    Travel.gov.gr
    Greece’s Ministry of Health

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Non-essential travel to Greece is allowed only to residents of EU and Schengen Associated countries, and of the countries and entities listed on GreeceHealthFirst(*). Citizens of other non-EU and non-Schengen Associated countries are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation
    All travellers must fill in the Passenger Locator Form(PLF) before departure to Greece, providing detailed information on their point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries, and the address of their stay while in Greece. In case of multiple stays, they are required to provide the address for the first 24 hours at least. One PLF should be submitted per family. More information on GreeceHealthFirst and travel.gov.gr.

    Between 19 December 2021 and 10 January 2022 (6am, local time), all travellers who enter Greece must provide a negative result to a pre-departure test. Both molecular tests (PCR, valid 72 hours) and rapid antigen tests (valid 24 hours) are accepted. People who were abroad for less than 48 hours are exempt.

    In addition, all travellers aged 5 and older, regardless of the epidemiological situation of their country of departure, must provide one of the following documents:

    • Proof of full vaccination, issued by a certified authority.
      Validity: 14 days after the second dose of vaccine. For Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), the vaccination is considered completed 14 days after the single dose has been administered.
      Accepted vaccines: Comirnaty (Pfizer BioNtech), Spikevax (Moderna), Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca/Oxford), Novavax, Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.
    • Proof of recovery from COVID-19, issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory. Validity: between 30 days and 3 months after the first positive result. Certificates issued between 15 July and 31 October 2021 (included) remain valid until 31 January 2022.

    All certificates must include critical information (number of doses, dates etc.) in Greek, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian. The person’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognised travel document.

     

    (*)Additional requirements for travellers from specific countries

    • Residents of Argentina, Chile, India, Mexico, Oman, Russia and Uruguay must perform a molecular (PCR) or rapid antigen test upon arrival, regardless of whether or not they are vaccinated.
    • Irrespective of their nationality, travellers without a certificate of vaccination or recovery flying from Albania, Argentina, Brazil, China, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Morocco, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates must perform a test upon arrival.
    • Irrespective of their nationality, travellers flying from North Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe must perform a molecular (PCR) or rapid antigen test upon arrival, and quarantine for 10 days in a quarantine hotel provided by the Greek state. Quarantine ends on day 10, if travellers perform a negative test result.

    Children younger than 5 are exempt from the requirements mentioned above.

     

    Note: travellers selected randomly might be subject to mandatory rapid testing at the entrance gates. Travellers who test positive must quarantine for 10 days. If they are fully vaccinated, quarantine lasts 7 days. In both cases, quarantine ends only if travellers perform a negative molecular (PCR) test on the last day of self-isolation. People who have been in close contact with travellers who tested positive can travel back to their country of departure the same day or the next day, if they perform two negative tests (both molecular and rapid antigen tests are valid) within 24 hours and wear a N95 mask during their travel. If they choose to remain in Greece:

    • Travellers who are fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 must perform a mandatory molecular (PCR) test upon arrival.
    • Travellers who do not hold proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 must quarantine for 7 days (counting from the last day of close contact, if they perform a negative molecular test result on day 7, or for 14 days if they do not perform the test.

     

    Travellers can enter from the land borders through the entry gates of Promachonas, Ormenio, Evzonoi, Nymfaia, Niki, Doirani, Kristallopigi, Kipi (limit of 1500 passengers per week), Kakavia, Kastanies (limit of 1500 passengers per week), and Exohi.

    Cruising and yachting is allowed. Maritime connections with Turkey are temporarily restricted.

     

    Find out more:
    GreeceHealthFirst – travel advice
    Travel.gov.gr
    Greece’s Ministry of Health

    Internal Restrictions:
    *What to do if you test positive while in Greece: If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Greece you must self-isolate for 5 days from the date of the positive test result. You may leave self-isolation after 5 days if you are no longer experiencing symptoms, otherwise you should continue to self-isolate.
    If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive and have received your booster, you are not obliged to self-isolate but must take a PCR or rapid test on day 5 of the exposure. If you are unvaccinated or are vaccinated but have not received your booster, you must take a PCR or rapid test and self-isolate for 5 days.
    The above guidance may not apply in the case of variants of special interest. These cases will be assessed by the EMEA (Greek health authority) and appropriate instructions will be given. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to self-isolate in your current accommodation, or Greek authorities will ask you to self-isolate in a state provided quarantine hotel. The expense of the accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek state. Local authorities will be able to offer further advice on self-isolation requirements.
    If you do not self-isolate or quarantine when required you may be fined by the Hellenic Police. The fine could be as much as €5000. You should comply with any requirement to self-isolate or quarantine.
    Plan ahead and make sure you:
    • can access money
    • understand what your insurance will cover
    • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned
    *Quarantine hotels: If you test positive for COVID-19 you may have to enter a quarantine hotel. In Greece, the Greek authorities will pay the cost of your quarantine.
    EHIC or GHIC cards can not be used to cover any additional expenses you incur whilst staying in a quarantine hotel. Make sure you have access to funds to cover the costs or take out insurance, checking the policy has adequate cover. If you have or are entitled to an EHIC or GHIC and you need medical treatment while staying at a quarantine hotel.
    *Wearing a mask: The Greek government has announced that, from 6am on Friday 24 December, it will be mandatory to wear masks (either double surgical masks or N95 masks) in all indoor and outdoor public spaces, in all areas of Greece.
    *Public spaces and services: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice. Check the latest local guidance and follow the advice of local authorities. Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements. As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • Proof of vaccination is required to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums. You should be prepared to demonstrate your proof of vaccination and present ID (passport or Greek Residence card) when asked. If you are not fully vaccinated (including children), see Unvaccinated in Greece;
    • You must use a facemask (double surgical mask or N65 mask) in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • Restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    • The Greek government “strongly recommends” that people self-test before any outing.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: Greece will accept proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. It will also accept proof of COVID-19 vaccination issued in the Crown Dependencies. Your final vaccine dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to you presenting your evidence of vaccination. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *Unvaccinated in Greece: If you have not been fully vaccinated or do not have proof of recovery from COVID-19:
    • Travel by aeroplane, train and bus is allowed subject to either a certified negative PCR test in the last 72 hours before the scheduled time of arrival at destination, or to a certified rapid (antigen) test within 48 hours of scheduled arrival at destination;
    • You will not be allowed to enter nightclubs, restaurants (indoors), theatres, cinemas, museums, exhibitions, conferences, gyms and stadiums;
    • You must present proof of a negative rapid test, taken up to 48 hours before entry, to visit other public spaces including shops and restaurants (outdoors);
    • Failure to comply with these rules may be met with fines of up to €5,000;
    • Unvaccinated children (between the ages 4 and 18) require a negative self-test to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums
    From 13 December 2021, if you are 60 years old or over and more than 7 months have passed since your second vaccination dose and you have not received a third dose, Greece considers your vaccination status expired. This does not affect entry to Greece (see Entry requirements), but domestic ‘unvaccinated’ measures will apply within Greece.
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport. Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory). Cross-regional travel by air and sea to the rest of Greece is permitted for those aged 12 and above but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose; or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a certified rapid test up to 48 hours before travel; or
    Children aged 5 to 11, can travel with a negative self-test taken up to 24 hours before the scheduled travel time.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.

    Read more
    04.01.2022
  • Greece Latest News: Health authorities announce travelers can opt to show rapid antigen test or PCR test to enter country (Reuters, 16.12.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    All travellers aged 5 or older can enter Greece without further restrictions (testing or quarantine) if they can provide certificates meeting the same requirements listed above for the ‘EU Digital COVID Certificate’.

    All certificates must include critical information (number of doses, dates, etc.) in Greek, English, German, French, Italian Spanish or Russian. The holder’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognised travel document. 

     

    Find out more:
    GreeceHealthFirst – travel advice
    Travel.gov.gr
    Greece’s Ministry of Health

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Non-essential travel to Greece is allowed only to residents of EU and Schengen Associated countries, and of the countries and entities listed on GreeceHealthFirst(*). Citizens of other non-EU and non-Schengen Associated countries are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation
    All travellers must fill in the Passenger Locator Form(PLF) before departure to Greece, providing detailed information on their point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries, and the address of their stay while in Greece. In case of multiple stays, they are required to provide the address for the first 24 hours at least. One PLF should be submitted per family. More information on GreeceHealthFirst and travel.gov.gr.

    Between 19 December 2021 and 10 January 2022 (6am, local time), all travellers who enter Greece must provide a negative result to a pre-departure test. Both molecular tests (PCR, valid 72 hours) and rapid antigen tests (valid 24 hours) are accepted. People who were abroad for less than 48 hours are exempt.

    In addition, all travellers aged 5 and older, regardless of the epidemiological situation of their country of departure, must provide one of the following documents:

    • Proof of full vaccination, issued by a certified authority.
      Validity: 14 days after the second dose of vaccine. For Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), the vaccination is considered completed 14 days after the single dose has been administered.
      Accepted vaccines: Comirnaty (Pfizer BioNtech), Spikevax (Moderna), Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca/Oxford), Novavax, Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.
    • Proof of recovery from COVID-19, issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory. Validity: between 30 days and 3 months after the first positive result. Certificates issued between 15 July and 31 October 2021 (included) remain valid until 31 January 2022.

    All certificates must include critical information (number of doses, dates etc.) in Greek, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian. The person’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognised travel document.

     

    (*)Additional requirements for travellers from specific countries

    • Residents of Argentina, Chile, India, Mexico, Oman, Russia and Uruguay must perform a molecular (PCR) or rapid antigen test upon arrival, regardless of whether or not they are vaccinated.
    • Irrespective of their nationality, travellers without a certificate of vaccination or recovery flying from Albania, Argentina, Brazil, China, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Morocco, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates must perform a test upon arrival.
    • Irrespective of their nationality, travellers flying from North Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe must perform a molecular (PCR) or rapid antigen test upon arrival, and quarantine for 10 days in a quarantine hotel provided by the Greek state. Quarantine ends on day 10, if travellers perform a negative test result.

    Children younger than 5 are exempt from the requirements mentioned above.

     

    Note: travellers selected randomly might be subject to mandatory rapid testing at the entrance gates. Travellers who test positive must quarantine for 10 days. If they are fully vaccinated, quarantine lasts 7 days. In both cases, quarantine ends only if travellers perform a negative molecular (PCR) test on the last day of self-isolation. People who have been in close contact with travellers who tested positive can travel back to their country of departure the same day or the next day, if they perform two negative tests (both molecular and rapid antigen tests are valid) within 24 hours and wear a N95 mask during their travel. If they choose to remain in Greece:

    • Travellers who are fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 must perform a mandatory molecular (PCR) test upon arrival.
    • Travellers who do not hold proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 must quarantine for 7 days (counting from the last day of close contact, if they perform a negative molecular test result on day 7, or for 14 days if they do not perform the test.

     

    Travellers can enter from the land borders through the entry gates of Promachonas, Ormenio, Evzonoi, Nymfaia, Niki, Doirani, Kristallopigi, Kipi (limit of 1500 passengers per week), Kakavia, Kastanies (limit of 1500 passengers per week), and Exohi.

    Cruising and yachting is allowed. Maritime connections with Turkey are temporarily restricted.

     

    Find out more:
    GreeceHealthFirst – travel advice
    Travel.gov.gr
    Greece’s Ministry of Health

    Internal Restrictions:
    *What to do if you test positive while in Greece: If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Greece you must self-isolate for 5 days from the date of the positive test result. You may leave self-isolation after 5 days if you are no longer experiencing symptoms, otherwise you should continue to self-isolate.
    If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive and have received your booster, you are not obliged to self-isolate but must take a PCR or rapid test on day 5 of the exposure. If you are unvaccinated or are vaccinated but have not received your booster, you must take a PCR or rapid test and self-isolate for 5 days.
    The above guidance may not apply in the case of variants of special interest. These cases will be assessed by the EMEA (Greek health authority) and appropriate instructions will be given. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to self-isolate in your current accommodation, or Greek authorities will ask you to self-isolate in a state provided quarantine hotel. The expense of the accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek state. Local authorities will be able to offer further advice on self-isolation requirements.
    If you do not self-isolate or quarantine when required you may be fined by the Hellenic Police. The fine could be as much as €5000. You should comply with any requirement to self-isolate or quarantine.
    Plan ahead and make sure you:
    • can access money
    • understand what your insurance will cover
    • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned
    *Quarantine hotels: If you test positive for COVID-19 you may have to enter a quarantine hotel. In Greece, the Greek authorities will pay the cost of your quarantine.
    EHIC or GHIC cards can not be used to cover any additional expenses you incur whilst staying in a quarantine hotel. Make sure you have access to funds to cover the costs or take out insurance, checking the policy has adequate cover. If you have or are entitled to an EHIC or GHIC and you need medical treatment while staying at a quarantine hotel.
    *Wearing a mask: The Greek government has announced that, from 6am on Friday 24 December, it will be mandatory to wear masks (either double surgical masks or N95 masks) in all indoor and outdoor public spaces, in all areas of Greece.
    *Public spaces and services: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice. Check the latest local guidance and follow the advice of local authorities. Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements. As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • Proof of vaccination is required to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums. You should be prepared to demonstrate your proof of vaccination and present ID (passport or Greek Residence card) when asked. If you are not fully vaccinated (including children), see Unvaccinated in Greece;
    • You must use a facemask (double surgical mask or N65 mask) in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • Restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    • The Greek government “strongly recommends” that people self-test before any outing.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: Greece will accept proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. It will also accept proof of COVID-19 vaccination issued in the Crown Dependencies. Your final vaccine dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to you presenting your evidence of vaccination. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *Unvaccinated in Greece: If you have not been fully vaccinated or do not have proof of recovery from COVID-19:
    • Travel by aeroplane, train and bus is allowed subject to either a certified negative PCR test in the last 72 hours before the scheduled time of arrival at destination, or to a certified rapid (antigen) test within 48 hours of scheduled arrival at destination;
    • You will not be allowed to enter nightclubs, restaurants (indoors), theatres, cinemas, museums, exhibitions, conferences, gyms and stadiums;
    • You must present proof of a negative rapid test, taken up to 48 hours before entry, to visit other public spaces including shops and restaurants (outdoors);
    • Failure to comply with these rules may be met with fines of up to €5,000;
    • Unvaccinated children (between the ages 4 and 18) require a negative self-test to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums
    From 13 December 2021, if you are 60 years old or over and more than 7 months have passed since your second vaccination dose and you have not received a third dose, Greece considers your vaccination status expired. This does not affect entry to Greece (see Entry requirements), but domestic ‘unvaccinated’ measures will apply within Greece.
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport. Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory). Cross-regional travel by air and sea to the rest of Greece is permitted for those aged 12 and above but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose; or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a certified rapid test up to 48 hours before travel; or
    Children aged 5 to 11, can travel with a negative self-test taken up to 24 hours before the scheduled travel time.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.

    Read more
    30.12.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Health authorities announce travelers can opt to show rapid antigen test or PCR test to enter country (Reuters, 16.12.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    All travellers aged 5 or older can enter Greece without further restrictions (testing or quarantine) if they can provide certificates meeting the same requirements listed above for the ‘EU Digital COVID Certificate’.

    All certificates must include critical information (number of doses, dates, etc.) in Greek, English, German, French, Italian Spanish or Russian. The holder’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognised travel document. 

     

    Find out more:
    GreeceHealthFirst – travel advice
    Travel.gov.gr
    Greece’s Ministry of Health

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Non-essential travel to Greece is allowed only to residents of EU and Schengen Associated countries, and of the countries and entities listed on GreeceHealthFirst(*). Citizens of other non-EU and non-Schengen Associated countries are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation
    All travellers must fill in the Passenger Locator Form(PLF) before departure to Greece, providing detailed information on their point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries, and the address of their stay while in Greece. In case of multiple stays, they are required to provide the address for the first 24 hours at least. One PLF should be submitted per family. More information on GreeceHealthFirst and travel.gov.gr.

    Between 19 December 2021 and 10 January 2022 (6am, local time), all travellers who enter Greece must provide a negative result to a pre-departure test. Both molecular tests (PCR, valid 72 hours) and rapid antigen tests (valid 24 hours) are accepted. People who were abroad for less than 48 hours are exempt.

    In addition, all travellers aged 5 and older, regardless of the epidemiological situation of their country of departure, must provide one of the following documents:

    • Proof of full vaccination, issued by a certified authority.
      Validity: 14 days after the second dose of vaccine. For Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), the vaccination is considered completed 14 days after the single dose has been administered.
      Accepted vaccines: Comirnaty (Pfizer BioNtech), Spikevax (Moderna), Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca/Oxford), Novavax, Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.
    • Proof of recovery from COVID-19, issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory. Validity: between 30 days and 3 months after the first positive result. Certificates issued between 15 July and 31 October 2021 (included) remain valid until 31 January 2022.

    All certificates must include critical information (number of doses, dates etc.) in Greek, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian. The person’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognised travel document.

     

    (*)Additional requirements for travellers from specific countries

    • Residents of Argentina, Chile, India, Mexico, Oman, Russia and Uruguay must perform a molecular (PCR) or rapid antigen test upon arrival, regardless of whether or not they are vaccinated.
    • Irrespective of their nationality, travellers without a certificate of vaccination or recovery flying from Albania, Argentina, Brazil, China, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Morocco, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates must perform a test upon arrival.
    • Irrespective of their nationality, travellers flying from North Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe must perform a molecular (PCR) or rapid antigen test upon arrival, and quarantine for 10 days in a quarantine hotel provided by the Greek state. Quarantine ends on day 10, if travellers perform a negative test result.

    Children younger than 5 are exempt from the requirements mentioned above.

     

    Note: travellers selected randomly might be subject to mandatory rapid testing at the entrance gates. Travellers who test positive must quarantine for 10 days. If they are fully vaccinated, quarantine lasts 7 days. In both cases, quarantine ends only if travellers perform a negative molecular (PCR) test on the last day of self-isolation. People who have been in close contact with travellers who tested positive can travel back to their country of departure the same day or the next day, if they perform two negative tests (both molecular and rapid antigen tests are valid) within 24 hours and wear a N95 mask during their travel. If they choose to remain in Greece:

    • Travellers who are fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 must perform a mandatory molecular (PCR) test upon arrival.
    • Travellers who do not hold proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 must quarantine for 7 days (counting from the last day of close contact, if they perform a negative molecular test result on day 7, or for 14 days if they do not perform the test.

     

    Travellers can enter from the land borders through the entry gates of Promachonas, Ormenio, Evzonoi, Nymfaia, Niki, Doirani, Kristallopigi, Kipi (limit of 1500 passengers per week), Kakavia, Kastanies (limit of 1500 passengers per week), and Exohi.

    Cruising and yachting is allowed. Maritime connections with Turkey are temporarily restricted.

     

    Find out more:
    GreeceHealthFirst – travel advice
    Travel.gov.gr
    Greece’s Ministry of Health

    Internal Restrictions:
    *What to do if you test positive while in Greece: If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Greece you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive test result. If you are symptomatic you must continue to self-isolate until you have shown no symptoms for three days. At the end of this period you will need to take an RAT (antigen test). If the result is positive you should take a further test 48 hours later. You can end your self-isolation once you have a negative RAT (antigen test) result.
    The above guidance does not apply in the case of strains of special interest or variants under surveillance. These cases will be assessed by the EMEA (Greek health authority) and appropriate instructions will be given.
    Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to self-isolate in your current accommodation, or Greek authorities will ask you to self-isolate in a state provided quarantine hotel. The expense of the accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek state. Local authorities will be able to offer further advice on self-isolation requirements.
    If you do not self-isolate or quarantine when required you may be fined by the Hellenic Police. The fine could be as much as €5000. You should comply with any requirement to self-isolate or quarantine.
    *Quarantine hotels: If you test positive for COVID-19 you may have to enter a quarantine hotel. In Greece, the Greek authorities will pay the cost of your quarantine.
    .
    *Wearing a mask: The Greek government has announced that, from 6am on Friday 24 December, it will be mandatory to wear masks (either double surgical masks or N95 masks) in all indoor and outdoor public spaces, in all areas of Greece.
    *Public spaces and services: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice. Check the latest local guidance and follow the advice of local authorities.
    Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • Proof of vaccination is required to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums. You should be prepared to demonstrate your proof of vaccination and present ID (passport or Greek Residence card) when asked. If you are not fully vaccinated (including children).
    • You must use a facemask (double surgical mask or N65 mask) in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • Restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    • The Greek government “strongly recommends” that people self-test before any outing.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: Greece will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. It will also accept proof of COVID-19 vaccination issued in the Crown Dependencies. Your final vaccine dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to you presenting your evidence of vaccination. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *Unvaccinated in Greece: If you have not been fully vaccinated or do not have proof of recovery from COVID-19:
    • Travel by aeroplane, train and bus is allowed subject to either a certified negative PCR test in the last 72 hours before the scheduled time of arrival at destination, or to a certified rapid (antigen) test within 48 hours of scheduled arrival at destination;
    • You will not be allowed to enter nightclubs, restaurants (indoors), theatres, cinemas, museums, exhibitions, conferences, gyms and stadiums;
    • You must present proof of a negative rapid test, taken up to 48 hours before entry, to visit other public spaces including shops and restaurants (outdoors);
    • Failure to comply with these rules may be met with fines of up to €5,000;
    • Unvaccinated children (between the ages 4 and 18) require a negative self-test to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums
    From 13 December 2021, if you are 60 years old or over and more than 7 months have passed since your second vaccination dose and you have not received a third dose, Greece considers your vaccination status expired. This does not affect entry to Greece, but domestic ‘unvaccinated’ measures will apply within Greece.
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel by air and sea to the rest of Greece is permitted for those aged 12 and above but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose; or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a certified rapid test up to 48 hours before travel; or
    Children aged 5 to 11, can travel with a negative self-test taken up to 24 hours before the scheduled travel time.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.

    Read more
    24.12.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Health authorities announce travelers can opt to show rapid antigen test or PCR test to enter country (Reuters, 16.12.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    All travellers aged 5 or older can enter Greece without further restrictions (testing or quarantine) if they can provide certificates meeting the same requirements listed above for the ‘EU Digital COVID Certificate’.

    All certificates must include critical information (number of doses, dates, etc.) in Greek, English, German, French, Italian Spanish or Russian. The holder’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognised travel document. 

     

    Find out more:
    GreeceHealthFirst – travel advice
    Travel.gov.gr
    Greece’s Ministry of Health

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Non-essential travel to Greece is allowed only to residents of EU and Schengen Associated countries, and of the countries and entities listed on GreeceHealthFirst(*). Citizens of other non-EU and non-Schengen Associated countries are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation
    All travellers must fill in the Passenger Locator Form(PLF) before departure to Greece, providing detailed information on their point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries, and the address of their stay while in Greece. In case of multiple stays, they are required to provide the address for the first 24 hours at least. One PLF should be submitted per family. More information on GreeceHealthFirst and travel.gov.gr.

    Between 19 December 2021 and 10 January 2022 (6am, local time), all travellers who enter Greece must provide a negative result to a pre-departure test. Both molecular tests (PCR, valid 72 hours) and rapid antigen tests (valid 24 hours) are accepted. People who were abroad for less than 48 hours are exempt.

    In addition, all travellers aged 5 and older, regardless of the epidemiological situation of their country of departure, must provide one of the following documents:

    • Proof of full vaccination, issued by a certified authority.
      Validity: 14 days after the second dose of vaccine. For Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), the vaccination is considered completed 14 days after the single dose has been administered.
      Accepted vaccines: Comirnaty (Pfizer BioNtech), Spikevax (Moderna), Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca/Oxford), Novavax, Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.
    • Proof of recovery from COVID-19, issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory. Validity: between 30 days and 3 months after the first positive result. Certificates issued between 15 July and 31 October 2021 (included) remain valid until 31 January 2022.

    All certificates must include critical information (number of doses, dates etc.) in Greek, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian. The person’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognised travel document.

     

    (*)Additional requirements for travellers from specific countries

    • Residents of Argentina, Chile, India, Mexico, Oman, Russia and Uruguay must perform a molecular (PCR) or rapid antigen test upon arrival, regardless of whether or not they are vaccinated.
    • Irrespective of their nationality, travellers without a certificate of vaccination or recovery flying from Albania, Argentina, Brazil, China, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Morocco, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates must perform a test upon arrival.
    • Irrespective of their nationality, travellers flying from North Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe must perform a molecular (PCR) or rapid antigen test upon arrival, and quarantine for 10 days in a quarantine hotel provided by the Greek state. Quarantine ends on day 10, if travellers perform a negative test result.

    Children younger than 5 are exempt from the requirements mentioned above.

     

    Note: travellers selected randomly might be subject to mandatory rapid testing at the entrance gates. Travellers who test positive must quarantine for 10 days. If they are fully vaccinated, quarantine lasts 7 days. In both cases, quarantine ends only if travellers perform a negative molecular (PCR) test on the last day of self-isolation. People who have been in close contact with travellers who tested positive can travel back to their country of departure the same day or the next day, if they perform two negative tests (both molecular and rapid antigen tests are valid) within 24 hours and wear a N95 mask during their travel. If they choose to remain in Greece:

    • Travellers who are fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 must perform a mandatory molecular (PCR) test upon arrival.
    • Travellers who do not hold proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 must quarantine for 7 days (counting from the last day of close contact, if they perform a negative molecular test result on day 7, or for 14 days if they do not perform the test.

     

    Travellers can enter from the land borders through the entry gates of Promachonas, Ormenio, Evzonoi, Nymfaia, Niki, Doirani, Kristallopigi, Kipi (limit of 1500 passengers per week), Kakavia, Kastanies (limit of 1500 passengers per week), and Exohi.

    Cruising and yachting is allowed. Maritime connections with Turkey are temporarily restricted.

     

    Find out more:
    GreeceHealthFirst – travel advice
    Travel.gov.gr
    Greece’s Ministry of Health

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Quarantine hotels: If you test positive for COVID-19 you may have to enter a quarantine hotel. In Greece, the Greek authorities will pay the cost of your quarantine.
    EHIC or GHIC cards can not be used to cover any additional expenses you incur whilst staying in a quarantine hotel. Make sure you have access to funds to cover the costs or take out insurance, checking the policy has adequate cover.
    If you have or are entitled to an EHIC or GHIC and you need medical treatment while staying at a quarantine hotel, the UK government will fund treatment as usual through the EHIC/GHIC scheme.
    *Wearing a mask: The Greek government has announced that, from 6am on Friday 24 December, it will be mandatory to wear masks (either double surgical masks or N95 masks) in all indoor and outdoor public spaces, in all areas of Greece.
    *Public spaces and services: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice. Check the latest local guidance and follow the advice of local authorities.
    Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    Proof of vaccination is required to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums. You should be prepared to demonstrate your proof of vaccination and present ID (passport or Greek Residence card) when asked. If you are not fully vaccinated (including children), see Unvaccinated in Greece;
    • You must use a facemask (double surgical mask or N65 mask) in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • Restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    • The Greek government “strongly recommends” that people self-test before any outing.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: Greece will accept proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. It will also accept proof of COVID-19 vaccination issued in the Crown Dependencies. Your final vaccine dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to you presenting your evidence of vaccination. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *Unvaccinated in Greece: If you have not been fully vaccinated or do not have proof of recovery from COVID-19:
    • Travel by aeroplane, train and bus is allowed subject to either a certified negative PCR test in the last 72 hours before the scheduled time of arrival at destination, or to a certified rapid (antigen) test within 48 hours of scheduled arrival at destination;
    • You will not be allowed to enter nightclubs, restaurants (indoors), theatres, cinemas, museums, exhibitions, conferences, gyms and stadiums;
    • You must present proof of a negative rapid test, taken up to 48 hours before entry, to visit other public spaces including shops and restaurants (outdoors);
    • Failure to comply with these rules may be met with fines of up to €5,000;
    • Unvaccinated children (between the ages 4 and 18) require a negative self-test to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums
    From 13 December 2021, if you are 60 years old or over and more than 7 months have passed since your second vaccination dose and you have not received a third dose, Greece considers your vaccination status expired. This does not affect entry to Greece (see Entry requirements), but domestic ‘unvaccinated’ measures will apply within Greece.
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport. Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel by air and sea to the rest of Greece is permitted for those aged 12 and above but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose; or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a certified rapid test up to 48 hours before travel; or
    Children aged 5 to 11, can travel with a negative self-test taken up to 24 hours before the scheduled travel time.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.

    Read more
    23.12.2021
  • Greece The requirement for a negative test for all travellers over five years old while entering the Greek territory has entered force on December 19 and will remain in force until January 10.

    According to the Greek Aviation Authority (CAA), all travellers, regardless of nationality and vaccination status, must provide a PCR test performed within the last 72 hours or present a rapid test within 24 hours pre-departure, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

    Previously, SchengenVisaInfo.com warned this measure would enter force on December 19.

    If the rapid test is positive, it will be repeated immediately with a PCR test. If the PCR test results are positive, a ten-day quarantine requirement follows for unvaccinated travellers, while the quarantine requirement is seven days for vaccinated arrivals.

    In both cases, seven- or ten-day quarantine, in order to lift the quarantine, the persons are subject to mandatory laboratory testing by PCR on the last day of their quarantine.

    Furthermore, third countries nationals excluded for essential reasons includes the following countries:

    Northern Macedonia
    United Kingdom
    Israel
    Belarus
    Bahrain
    Qatar
    Kuwait
    Serbia
    Ukraine
    Russia
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Montenegro
    Albania
    Lebanon
    Azerbaijan
    Armenia
    Jordan
    Moldova
    San Marino
    Andorra
    Vatican City
    Monaco
    Turkey
    Kosovo
    United Arab Emirates
    South Korea
    China
    Saudi Arabia
    Oman
    United States of America
    Canada
    Argentina
    India
    Australia
    New Zealand
    Singapore
    Japan
    Brunei
    Uruguay
    Chile
    Mexico
    Taiwan
    Arrivals from countries not found on this list are obliged to present compelling reasons for travelling to Greece, in addition to other requirements.

    Read more
    21.12.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Health authorities announce travelers can opt to show rapid antigen test or PCR test to enter country (Reuters, 16.12.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    All travellers aged 5 or older can enter Greece without further restrictions (testing or quarantine) if they can provide certificates meeting the same requirements listed above for the ‘EU Digital COVID Certificate’.

    All certificates must include critical information (number of doses, dates, etc.) in Greek, English, German, French, Italian Spanish or Russian. The holder’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognised travel document. 

     

    Find out more:
    GreeceHealthFirst – travel advice
    Travel.gov.gr
    Greece’s Ministry of Health

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Non-essential travel to Greece is allowed only to residents of EU and Schengen Associated countries, and of the countries and entities listed on GreeceHealthFirst(*). Citizens of other non-EU and non-Schengen Associated countries are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation
    All travellers must fill in the Passenger Locator Form(PLF) before departure to Greece, providing detailed information on their point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries, and the address of their stay while in Greece. In case of multiple stays, they are required to provide the address for the first 24 hours at least. One PLF should be submitted per family. More information on GreeceHealthFirst and travel.gov.gr.

    Between 19 December 2021 and 10 January 2022 (6am, local time), all travellers who enter Greece must provide a negative result to a pre-departure test. Both molecular tests (PCR, valid 72 hours) and rapid antigen tests (valid 24 hours) are accepted. People who were abroad for less than 48 hours are exempt.

    In addition, all travellers aged 5 and older, regardless of the epidemiological situation of their country of departure, must provide one of the following documents:

    • Proof of full vaccination, issued by a certified authority.
      Validity: 14 days after the second dose of vaccine. For Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), the vaccination is considered completed 14 days after the single dose has been administered.
      Accepted vaccines: Comirnaty (Pfizer BioNtech), Spikevax (Moderna), Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca/Oxford), Novavax, Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.
    • Proof of recovery from COVID-19, issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory. Validity: between 30 days and 3 months after the first positive result. Certificates issued between 15 July and 31 October 2021 (included) remain valid until 31 January 2022.

    All certificates must include critical information (number of doses, dates etc.) in Greek, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian. The person’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognised travel document.

     

    (*)Additional requirements for travellers from specific countries

    • Residents of Argentina, Chile, India, Mexico, Oman, Russia and Uruguay must perform a molecular (PCR) or rapid antigen test upon arrival, regardless of whether or not they are vaccinated.
    • Irrespective of their nationality, travellers without a certificate of vaccination or recovery flying from Albania, Argentina, Brazil, China, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Morocco, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates must perform a test upon arrival.
    • Irrespective of their nationality, travellers flying from North Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe must perform a molecular (PCR) or rapid antigen test upon arrival, and quarantine for 10 days in a quarantine hotel provided by the Greek state. Quarantine ends on day 10, if travellers perform a negative test result.

    Children younger than 5 are exempt from the requirements mentioned above.

     

    Note: travellers selected randomly might be subject to mandatory rapid testing at the entrance gates. Travellers who test positive must quarantine for 10 days. If they are fully vaccinated, quarantine lasts 7 days. In both cases, quarantine ends only if travellers perform a negative molecular (PCR) test on the last day of self-isolation. People who have been in close contact with travellers who tested positive can travel back to their country of departure the same day or the next day, if they perform two negative tests (both molecular and rapid antigen tests are valid) within 24 hours and wear a N95 mask during their travel. If they choose to remain in Greece:

    • Travellers who are fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 must perform a mandatory molecular (PCR) test upon arrival.
    • Travellers who do not hold proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 must quarantine for 7 days (counting from the last day of close contact, if they perform a negative molecular test result on day 7, or for 14 days if they do not perform the test.

     

    Travellers can enter from the land borders through the entry gates of Promachonas, Ormenio, Evzonoi, Nymfaia, Niki, Doirani, Kristallopigi, Kipi (limit of 1500 passengers per week), Kakavia, Kastanies (limit of 1500 passengers per week), and Exohi.

    Cruising and yachting is allowed. Maritime connections with Turkey are temporarily restricted.

     

    Find out more:
    GreeceHealthFirst – travel advice
    Travel.gov.gr
    Greece’s Ministry of Health

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel by air and sea to the rest of Greece is permitted for those aged 12 and above but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose; or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a certified rapid test up to 48 hours before travel; or
    Children aged 5 to 11, can travel with a negative self-test taken up to 24 hours before the scheduled travel time.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.
    *What to do if you test positive while in Greece: If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Greece you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive test result. If you are symptomatic you must continue to self-isolate until you have shown no symptoms for three days. At the end of this period you will need to take an RAT (antigen test). If the result is positive you should take a further test 48 hours later. You can end your self-isolation once you have a negative RAT (antigen test) result.
    The above guidance does not apply in the case of strains of special interest or variants under surveillance. These cases will be assessed by the EMEA (Greek health authority) and appropriate instructions will be given.
    Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to self-isolate in your current accommodation, or Greek authorities will ask you to self-isolate in a state provided quarantine hotel. The expense of the accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek state. Local authorities will be able to offer further advice on self-isolation requirements.
    If you do not self-isolate or quarantine when required you may be fined by the Hellenic Police. The fine could be as much as €5000. You should comply with any requirement to self-isolate or quarantine.
    *Quarantine hotels: If you test positive for COVID-19 you may have to enter a quarantine hotel. The government will not cover mandatory quarantine costs for foreign nationals. In Greece, the Greek authorities will pay the cost of your quarantine.
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, and crowded outdoor spaces, in all areas of Greece.
    *Public spaces and services: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice. Check the latest local guidance and follow the advice of local authorities.
    Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • Proof of vaccination is required to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums. You should be prepared to demonstrate your proof of vaccination when asked. If you are not fully vaccinated (including children)
    • You must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • Restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    Greece will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. If you are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination status, it must date from 1 November to ensure that the certificate can be scanned successfully, if domestic certification is required. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *Unvaccinated in Greece: If you have not been fully vaccinated or do not have proof of recovery from COVID-19:
    • Travel by aeroplane, train and bus is allowed subject to either a certified negative PCR test in the last 72 hours before the scheduled time of arrival at destination, or to a certified rapid (antigen) test within 48 hours of scheduled arrival at destination;
    • You will not be allowed to enter nightclubs, restaurants (indoors), theatres, cinemas, museums, exhibitions, conferences, gyms and stadiums;
    • You must present proof of a negative rapid test, taken up to 48 hours before entry, to visit other public spaces including shops and restaurants (outdoors);
    • Failure to comply with these rules may be met with fines of up to €5,000;
    • Unvaccinated children (between the ages 4 and 18) require a negative self-test to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums
    From 13 December 2021, if you are 60 years old or over and more than 7 months have passed since your second vaccination dose and you have not received a third dose, Greece considers your vaccination status expired. This does not affect entry to Greece ,but domestic ‘unvaccinated’ measures will apply within Greece.

    Read more
    20.12.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Health authorities announce travelers can opt to show rapid antigen test or PCR test to enter country (Reuters, 16.12.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    All travellers older than 12 can enter Greece without further restrictions (testing or quarantine) if they can provide certificates meeting the same requirements listed above for the ‘EU Digital COVID Certificate’.

    All certificates must include critical information (number of doses, dates, etc.) in Greek, English, German, French, Italian Spanish or Russian. The holder’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognised travel document. 

     

    Find out more:
    GreeceHealthFirst – travel advice
    Travel.gov.gr
    Greece’s Ministry of Health

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Attention: as of 19 December (6 am, local time), all travellers who enter Greece will have to provide a negative result to a pre-peparture test. Both molecular tests (PCR, valid 72 hours) and rapid antigen tests (valid 24 hours) are accepted. People who were abroad for less than 48 hours are exempt.

     

    Non-essential travel to Greece is allowed only to residents of EU and Schengen Associated countries, and of the countries and entities listed on GreeceHealthFirst(*). Citizens of other non-EU and non-Schengen Associated countries are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation
    All travellers must fill in the Passenger Locator Form(PLF) before departure to Greece, providing detailed information on their point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries, and the address of their stay while in Greece. In case of multiple stays, they are required to provide the address for the first 24 hours at least. One PLF should be submitted per family. More information on GreeceHealthFirst and travel.gov.gr.

    In addition, all travellers aged 12 and older, regardless of the epidemiological situation of their country of departure, must provide one of the following documents:

    • Proof of full vaccination, issued by a certified authority.
      Validity: 14 days after the second dose of vaccine. For Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), the vaccination is considered completed 14 days after the single dose has been administered.
      Accepted vaccines: Comirnaty (Pfizer BioNtech), Spikevax (Moderna), Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca/Oxford), Novavax, Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.
    • Proof of recovery from COVID-19, issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory. Validity: between 30 days and 3 months after the first positive result. Certificates issued between 15 July and 31 October 2021 (included) remain valid.
    • Negative result to a COVID-19 test. Both molecular (PCR) tests (performed within 72 hours before arrival) and rapid antigen tests (performed within 48 hours before arrival) are accepted.

    All certificates must include critical information (number of doses, dates etc.) in Greek, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian. The person’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognised travel document.

     

    (*)Additional requirements for travellers from specific countries

    • Residents of the Russian Federation must always provide a negative result to a molecular PCR test (valid 72 hours) or a rapid antigen test (valid 48 hours), and will be subject to additional testing upon arrival, regardless of whether or not they are vaccinated.
    • Residents of Argentina, Chile, India, Mexico, Oman and Uruguay must perform a molecular (PCR) or rapid antigen test upon arrival, regardless of whether or not they are vaccinated.
    • Irrespective of their nationality, travellers without a certificate of vaccination or recovery flying from Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Morocco, North Macedonia, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates must perform a test upon arrival. If the test is positive, they will have to perform a molecular (PCR) test to confirm the result. Residents of Argentina, Chile, India, Oman and Uruguay must be tested upon arrival, even if they are vaccinated or have recovered (see above).

    Children younger than 12 are exempt from the requirements mentioned above.

     

    Note: travellers selected randomly might be subject to mandatory rapid testing at the entrance gates. Travellers who test positive must quarantine for 10 days. If they are fully vaccinated, quarantine lasts 7 days. In both cases, quarantine ends only if travellers perform a negative molecular (PCR) test on the last day of self-isolation.

     

    Travellers can enter from the land borders through the entry gates of Promachonas, Ormenio, Evzonoi, Nymfaia, Niki, Doirani, Kristallopigi, Kipi (limit of 1500 passengers per week), Kakavia, Kastanies (limit of 1500 passengers per week), and Exohi.

    Cruising and yachting is allowed. Maritime connections with Turkey are temporarily restricted.

     

    Find out more:
    GreeceHealthFirst – travel advice
    Travel.gov.gr
    Greece’s Ministry of Health

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel by air and sea to the rest of Greece is permitted for those aged 12 and above but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose; or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a certified rapid test up to 48 hours before travel; or
    Children aged 5 to 11, can travel with a negative self-test taken up to 24 hours before the scheduled travel time.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.
    *What to do if you test positive while in Greece: If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Greece you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive test result. If you are symptomatic you must continue to self-isolate until you have shown no symptoms for three days. At the end of this period you will need to take an RAT (antigen test). If the result is positive you should take a further test 48 hours later. You can end your self-isolation once you have a negative RAT (antigen test) result.
    The above guidance does not apply in the case of strains of special interest or variants under surveillance. These cases will be assessed by the EMEA (Greek health authority) and appropriate instructions will be given.
    Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to self-isolate in your current accommodation, or Greek authorities will ask you to self-isolate in a state provided quarantine hotel. The expense of the accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek state. Local authorities will be able to offer further advice on self-isolation requirements.
    If you do not self-isolate or quarantine when required you may be fined by the Hellenic Police. The fine could be as much as €5000. You should comply with any requirement to self-isolate or quarantine.
    *Quarantine hotels: If you test positive for COVID-19 you may have to enter a quarantine hotel. The government will not cover mandatory quarantine costs for foreign nationals. In Greece, the Greek authorities will pay the cost of your quarantine.
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, and crowded outdoor spaces, in all areas of Greece.
    *Public spaces and services: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice. Check the latest local guidance and follow the advice of local authorities.
    Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • Proof of vaccination is required to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums. You should be prepared to demonstrate your proof of vaccination when asked. If you are not fully vaccinated (including children)
    • You must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • Restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    Greece will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. If you are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination status, it must date from 1 November to ensure that the certificate can be scanned successfully, if domestic certification is required. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *Unvaccinated in Greece: If you have not been fully vaccinated or do not have proof of recovery from COVID-19:
    • Travel by aeroplane, train and bus is allowed subject to either a certified negative PCR test in the last 72 hours before the scheduled time of arrival at destination, or to a certified rapid (antigen) test within 48 hours of scheduled arrival at destination;
    • You will not be allowed to enter nightclubs, restaurants (indoors), theatres, cinemas, museums, exhibitions, conferences, gyms and stadiums;
    • You must present proof of a negative rapid test, taken up to 48 hours before entry, to visit other public spaces including shops and restaurants (outdoors);
    • Failure to comply with these rules may be met with fines of up to €5,000;
    • Unvaccinated children (between the ages 4 and 18) require a negative self-test to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums
    From 13 December 2021, if you are 60 years old or over and more than 7 months have passed since your second vaccination dose and you have not received a third dose, Greece considers your vaccination status expired. This does not affect entry to Greece ,but domestic ‘unvaccinated’ measures will apply within Greece.

    Read more
    17.12.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Health authorities announce travelers can opt to show rapid antigen test or PCR test to enter country (Reuters, 16.12.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    All travellers older than 12 can enter Greece without further restrictions (testing or quarantine) if they can provide certificates meeting the same requirements listed above for the ‘EU Digital COVID Certificate’.

    All certificates must include critical information (number of doses, dates, etc.) in Greek, English, German, French, Italian Spanish or Russian. The holder’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognised travel document. 

     

    Find out more:
    GreeceHealthFirst – travel advice
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Non-essential travel to Greece is allowed only to residents of EU and Schengen Associated countries, and of the countries and entities listed on GreeceHealthFirst(*). Citizens of other non-EU and non-Schengen Associated countries are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation
    All travellers must fill in the Passenger Locator Form(PLF) before departure to Greece, providing detailed information on their point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries, and the address of their stay while in Greece. In case of multiple stays, they are required to provide the address for the first 24 hours at least. One PLF should be submitted per family. More information on GreeceHealthFirst and travel.gov.gr.

    In addition, all travellers aged 12 and older, regardless of the epidemiological situation of their country of departure, must provide one of the following documents:

    • Proof of full vaccination, issued by a certified authority.
      Validity: 14 days after the second dose of vaccine. For Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), the vaccination is considered completed 14 days after the single dose has been administered.
      Accepted vaccines: Comirnaty (Pfizer BioNtech), Spikevax (Moderna), Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca/Oxford), Novavax, Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.
    • Proof of recovery from COVID-19, issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory. Validity: between 30 days and 6 months after the first positive result.
    • Negative result to a COVID-19 test. Both molecular (PCR) tests (performed within 72 hours before arrival) and rapid antigen tests (performed within 48 hours before arrival) are accepted.

    All certificates must include critical information (number of doses, dates etc.) in Greek, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian. The person’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognised travel document.

    (*)Additional requirements for travellers from specific countries

    • Residents of the Russian Federation must always provide a negative result to a molecular PCR test (valid 72 hours) or a rapid antigen test (valid 48 hours), and will be subject to additional testing upon arrival, regardless of whether or not they are vaccinated.
    • Residents of Argentina, Chile, India, Mexico, Oman and Uruguay must perform a molecular (PCR) or rapid antigen test upon arrival, regardless of whether or not they are vaccinated.
    • Irrespective of their nationality, travellers without a certificate of vaccination or recovery flying from Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Morocco, North Macedonia, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates must perform a test upon arrival. If the test is positive, they will have to perform a molecular (PCR) test to confirm the result. Residents of Argentina, Chile, India, Oman and Uruguay must be tested upon arrival, even if they are vaccinated or have recovered (see above).

    Children younger than 12 are exempt from the requirements mentioned above.

     

    Note: travellers selected randomly might be subject to mandatory rapid testing at the entrance gates. Travellers who test positive must quarantine for 10 days. If they are fully vaccinated, quarantine lasts 7 days. In both cases, quarantine ends only if travellers perform a negative molecular (PCR) test on the last day of self-isolation.

     

    Travellers can enter from the land borders through the entry gates of Promachonas, Ormenio, Evzonoi, Nymfaia, Niki, Doirani, Kristallopigi, Kipi (limit of 1500 passengers per week), Kakavia, Kastanies (limit of 1500 passengers per week), and Exohi.

    Cruising and yachting is allowed. Maritime connections with Turkey are temporarily restricted.

     

    Find out more:
    GreeceHealthFirst – travel advice
    Travel.gov.gr

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel by air and sea to the rest of Greece is permitted for those aged 12 and above but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose; or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a certified rapid test up to 48 hours before travel; or
    Children aged 5 to 11, can travel with a negative self-test taken up to 24 hours before the scheduled travel time.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.
    *What to do if you test positive while in Greece: If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Greece you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive test result. If you are symptomatic you must continue to self-isolate until you have shown no symptoms for three days. At the end of this period you will need to take an RAT (antigen test). If the result is positive you should take a further test 48 hours later. You can end your self-isolation once you have a negative RAT (antigen test) result.
    The above guidance does not apply in the case of strains of special interest or variants under surveillance. These cases will be assessed by the EMEA (Greek health authority) and appropriate instructions will be given.
    Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to self-isolate in your current accommodation, or Greek authorities will ask you to self-isolate in a state provided quarantine hotel. The expense of the accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek state. Local authorities will be able to offer further advice on self-isolation requirements.
    If you do not self-isolate or quarantine when required you may be fined by the Hellenic Police. The fine could be as much as €5000. You should comply with any requirement to self-isolate or quarantine.
    *Quarantine hotels: If you test positive for COVID-19 you may have to enter a quarantine hotel. The government will not cover mandatory quarantine costs for foreign nationals. In Greece, the Greek authorities will pay the cost of your quarantine.
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, and crowded outdoor spaces, in all areas of Greece.
    *Public spaces and services: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice. Check the latest local guidance and follow the advice of local authorities.
    Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • Proof of vaccination is required to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums. You should be prepared to demonstrate your proof of vaccination when asked. If you are not fully vaccinated (including children)
    • You must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • Restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    Greece will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. If you are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination status, it must date from 1 November to ensure that the certificate can be scanned successfully, if domestic certification is required. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *Unvaccinated in Greece: If you have not been fully vaccinated or do not have proof of recovery from COVID-19:
    • Travel by aeroplane, train and bus is allowed subject to either a certified negative PCR test in the last 72 hours before the scheduled time of arrival at destination, or to a certified rapid (antigen) test within 48 hours of scheduled arrival at destination;
    • You will not be allowed to enter nightclubs, restaurants (indoors), theatres, cinemas, museums, exhibitions, conferences, gyms and stadiums;
    • You must present proof of a negative rapid test, taken up to 48 hours before entry, to visit other public spaces including shops and restaurants (outdoors);
    • Failure to comply with these rules may be met with fines of up to €5,000;
    • Unvaccinated children (between the ages 4 and 18) require a negative self-test to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums
    From 13 December 2021, if you are 60 years old or over and more than 7 months have passed since your second vaccination dose and you have not received a third dose, Greece considers your vaccination status expired. This does not affect entry to Greece ,but domestic ‘unvaccinated’ measures will apply within Greece.

    Read more
    16.12.2021
  • Greece Travellers eligible to enter Greece, carrying with them proof of recovery from COVID-19, should now be aware that the validity of these certificates has been shortened in half by the Greek authorities.

    The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced on Friday, December 9, that COVID-19 recovery certificates will now be valid for entry into Greece for a shorter period of 90 days instead of 180 as it was previously.

    “Travellers to Greece must bring a certificate of illness issued thirty (30) days after the first positive test, and its validity lasts up to ninety (90) days after that,” the CAA notes in a press release.

    Up until now, travellers who entered Greece on the basis of a recovery certificate could do so if they had proof they had fallen ill from COVID-19 between the last 180 days, but not in the last 30 days. This means that the certificates that remain valid are those issued after July 15 but not later than November 15.

    The decision will affect the travellers from 43 world countries who haven’t been vaccinated but have so far been eligible to enter with proof of having previously fallen ill, in particular those who were infected with COVID 19 between April 15 and July 15 this year.

    These 43 countries are: Australia, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Argentina, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Israel, India, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Mexico, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Oman, Qatar, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, Singapore, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Uruguay, and the Vatican.

    However, the same can enter Greece if they take a PCR test for COVID-19 in the previous 72 hours before reaching Greece or a rapid test within the 48 hours before.

    Residents of these 43 countries who can no longer use their recovery certificate, and decide to get vaccinated against COVID-19, can use proof of vaccination to enter Greece restriction-free as well.

    However, they need “to have completed at least fourteen (14) days before the vaccination for COVID-19 and to present a vaccination certificate, in Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian, which has been issued by a public authority.”

    Aside from the residents of the third countries listed above, permitted to enter Greece from other world countries are the EU and the Schengen Agreement nationals, their spouse (or person with who they are cohabitating) as well as their minor children.

    At the same time, the CAA has extended the entry ban against the southern African countries where the Omicron variant was first detected until December 17. These countries are South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Eswatini, Zambia and Malawi.

    Foreign nationals whose flights depart from these countries must have permission from the Greek authorities or from the local Embassies, Consulates and Consular Authorities of other countries, representing Greece in case of absence of the Greek Embassy in their country.

    Read more
    13.12.2021
  • Greece Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    All travellers older than 12 can enter Greece without further restrictions (testing or quarantine) if they can provide certificates meeting the same requirements listed above for the ‘EU Digital COVID Certificate’.

    All certificates must include critical information (number of doses, dates, etc.) in Greek, English, German, French, Italian Spanish or Russian. The holder’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognised travel document. 

     

    Find out more:
    GreeceHealthFirst – travel advice
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Non-essential travel to Greece is allowed only to residents of EU and Schengen Associated countries, and of the countries and entities listed on GreeceHealthFirst(*). Citizens of other non-EU and non-Schengen Associated countries are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation
    All travellers must fill in the Passenger Locator Form(PLF) before departure to Greece, providing detailed information on their point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries, and the address of their stay while in Greece. In case of multiple stays, they are required to provide the address for the first 24 hours at least. One PLF should be submitted per family. More information on GreeceHealthFirst and travel.gov.gr.

    In addition, all travellers aged 12 and older, regardless of the epidemiological situation of their country of departure, must provide one of the following documents:

    • Proof of full vaccination, issued by a certified authority.
      Validity: 14 days after the second dose of vaccine. For Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), the vaccination is considered completed 14 days after the single dose has been administered.
      Accepted vaccines: Comirnaty (Pfizer BioNtech), Spikevax (Moderna), Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca/Oxford), Novavax, Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.
    • Proof of recovery from COVID-19, issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory. Validity: between 30 days and 6 months after the first positive result.
    • Negative result to a COVID-19 test. Both molecular (PCR) tests (performed within 72 hours before arrival) and rapid antigen tests (performed within 48 hours before arrival) are accepted.

    All certificates must include critical information (number of doses, dates etc.) in Greek, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian. The person’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognised travel document.

    (*)Additional requirements for travellers from specific countries

    • Residents of the Russian Federation must always provide a negative result to a molecular PCR test (valid 72 hours) or a rapid antigen test (valid 48 hours), and will be subject to additional testing upon arrival, regardless of whether or not they are vaccinated.
    • Residents of Argentina, Chile, India, Mexico, Oman and Uruguay must perform a molecular (PCR) or rapid antigen test upon arrival, regardless of whether or not they are vaccinated.
    • Irrespective of their nationality, travellers without a certificate of vaccination or recovery flying from Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Morocco, North Macedonia, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates must perform a test upon arrival. If the test is positive, they will have to perform a molecular (PCR) test to confirm the result. Residents of Argentina, Chile, India, Oman and Uruguay must be tested upon arrival, even if they are vaccinated or have recovered (see above).

    Children younger than 12 are exempt from the requirements mentioned above.

     

    Note: travellers selected randomly might be subject to mandatory rapid testing at the entrance gates. Travellers who test positive must quarantine for 10 days. If they are fully vaccinated, quarantine lasts 7 days. In both cases, quarantine ends only if travellers perform a negative molecular (PCR) test on the last day of self-isolation.

     

    Travellers can enter from the land borders through the entry gates of Promachonas, Ormenio, Evzonoi, Nymfaia, Niki, Doirani, Kristallopigi, Kipi (limit of 1500 passengers per week), Kakavia, Kastanies (limit of 1500 passengers per week), and Exohi.

    Cruising and yachting is allowed. Maritime connections with Turkey are temporarily restricted.

     

    Find out more:
    GreeceHealthFirst – travel advice
    Travel.gov.gr

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel by air and sea to the rest of Greece is permitted for those aged 12 and above but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose; or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a certified rapid test up to 48 hours before travel; or
    Children aged 5 to 11, can travel with a negative self-test taken up to 24 hours before the scheduled travel time.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.
    *What to do if you test positive while in Greece: If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Greece you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive test result. If you are symptomatic you must continue to self-isolate until you have shown no symptoms for three days. At the end of this period you will need to take an RAT (antigen test). If the result is positive you should take a further test 48 hours later. You can end your self-isolation once you have a negative RAT (antigen test) result.
    The above guidance does not apply in the case of strains of special interest or variants under surveillance. These cases will be assessed by the EMEA (Greek health authority) and appropriate instructions will be given.
    Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to self-isolate in your current accommodation, or Greek authorities will ask you to self-isolate in a state provided quarantine hotel. The expense of the accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek state. Local authorities will be able to offer further advice on self-isolation requirements.
    If you do not self-isolate or quarantine when required you may be fined by the Hellenic Police. The fine could be as much as €5000. You should comply with any requirement to self-isolate or quarantine.
    *Quarantine hotels: If you test positive for COVID-19 you may have to enter a quarantine hotel. The government will not cover mandatory quarantine costs for foreign nationals. In Greece, the Greek authorities will pay the cost of your quarantine.
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, and crowded outdoor spaces, in all areas of Greece.
    *Public spaces and services: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice. Check the latest local guidance and follow the advice of local authorities.
    Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • Proof of vaccination is required to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums. You should be prepared to demonstrate your proof of vaccination when asked. If you are not fully vaccinated (including children)
    • You must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • Restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    Greece will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. If you are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination status, it must date from 1 November to ensure that the certificate can be scanned successfully, if domestic certification is required. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *Unvaccinated in Greece: If you have not been fully vaccinated or do not have proof of recovery from COVID-19:
    • Travel by aeroplane, train and bus is allowed subject to either a certified negative PCR test in the last 72 hours before the scheduled time of arrival at destination, or to a certified rapid (antigen) test within 48 hours of scheduled arrival at destination;
    • You will not be allowed to enter nightclubs, restaurants (indoors), theatres, cinemas, museums, exhibitions, conferences, gyms and stadiums;
    • You must present proof of a negative rapid test, taken up to 48 hours before entry, to visit other public spaces including shops and restaurants (outdoors);
    • Failure to comply with these rules may be met with fines of up to €5,000;
    • Unvaccinated children (between the ages 4 and 18) require a negative self-test to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums
    From 13 December 2021, if you are 60 years old or over and more than 7 months have passed since your second vaccination dose and you have not received a third dose, Greece considers your vaccination status expired. This does not affect entry to Greece ,but domestic ‘unvaccinated’ measures will apply within Greece.

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    07.12.2021
  • Greece The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that travellers from Mexico can now enter Greece for non-essential purposes like tourism and business, even if they are not vaccinated, thus expanding the list of third countries, the nationals of which can enter the territory of Greece to 43.

    The move to include Mexico in the list of safe countries was revealed on Friday, December 3.

    “In relation to the pre-existing flight instructions abroad, Mexico was added to the number of countries allowed to enter Greece, with the additional condition that all passengers (regardless of their vaccination status) at the airport must be tested (PCR or rapid) before entering the country,” the CAA explains regarding the rules of entry that now apply to Mexican travellers.

    The country has recently marked a drop in the number of COVID-19 cases compared to the rest of the world. Data by the World Health Organization (WHO) show that Mexico, which is home to a population of 128.9 million, has recorded only 3,345 new cases in the last 24 hours. This means that the country has a way lower rate of infections compared to countries in the European Union.

    Thus, as of December 3, the list of safe third countries, travellers from which can enter Greece for non-essential purposes consists of Australia, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Argentina, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Israel, India, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Mexico, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Oman, Qatar, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, Singapore, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Uruguay, and the Vatican.

    Eligible to enter the country are also all EU and Schengen Area nationals, their spouses, and their minor children.

    All of the travellers from the countries mentioned above, as well as categories permitted to enter from other countries, are obliged to fill in the electronic form PLF (Passenger Locator Form) before their flight to Greece. They should then carry with the PLF confirmation with them when they reach Greece.

    Proof of vaccination, recovery or negative COVID-10 test results in order to be eligible to enter the territory of Greece is mandatory for all.

    Moreover, all travellers will be obliged to perform a rapid test upon arrival. If the test results are positive, the traveller is obliged to undergo quarantine for ten days. Vaccinated travellers can leave quarantine after seven days. A PCR test is mandatory on the last day of quarantine in both cases.

    The CAA has also announced that the restrictions for travellers from nine African countries – South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Eswatini, Zambia and Malawi – will remain effective at least until December 10, due to the spread of the Omicron virus variant.

    Since there are no direct flights from these African countries to Greece, the authorities are tracking down travellers that may have been there through the PLF protocol.

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    06.12.2021
  • Greece Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    All travellers aged 12 and older must provide documents certifying one of these elements: 

    • Proof of full vaccination, issued by a certified authority.
      Validity: 14 days after the second dose of vaccine. For Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), the vaccination is considered completed 14 days after the single dose has been administered).
      Accepted vaccines: Comirnaty (Pfizer BioNtech), Spikevax (Moderna), Vaxzevria (Astra Zeneca/Oxford), Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), Novavax, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

     

    • Proof of recovery from COVID-19. Validity: between 30 and 180 days after the first positive result.

     

    • Negative result to a COVID-19 test. Both molecular (PCR) tests (performed within 72 hours before arrival) and rapid antigen tests (performed within 48 hours before arrival).
      Note: travellers without a certificate or vaccination or recovery flying from Bulgaria must perform a test upon arrival. If the test is positive, they will have to take a molecular (PCR) test to confirm the result.

     

    Find out more:
    GreeceHealthFirst – travel advice
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Besides EU, Schengen Associated and EU++ countries (Andorra, San Marino, Vatican City, Monaco), non essential travel to Greece is allowed only to citizens and residents of the following states and entities: (*)Albania, Armenia, (*)Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrein, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, (*)Chile, (*)China, (*)India, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo (this designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 12144/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence), Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand (*)North Macedonia, (*)Oman, Qatar, (*)Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan (under the category of entities and territorial authorities that are not recognised as states at least by one EU Member State), (*)Turkey, (*)United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, (*)Uruguay.

    Citizens of other non-EU and non-Schengen Associated countries are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

    Passengers can enter the country through all international airports and all ports.

    Travellers can enter from the land borders through the entry gates of Promachonas, Ormenio, Evzonoi, Nymfaia, Niki, Doirani, Kristallopigi, Kipi (limit of 1500 passengers per week), Kakavia, Kastanies (limit of 1500 passengers per week), and Exohi.

    Cruising and yachting is allowed. Maritime connections with Turkey are temporarily restricted.

    Mandatory travel documentation
    All travellers must fill in the Passenger Locator Form(PLF) before departure to Greece, providing detailed information on their point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries, and the address of their stay while in Greece. In case of multiple stays, they are required to provide the address for the first 24 hours at least. One PLF should be submitted per family. More information on GreeceHealthFirst and travel.gov.gr.

    In addition, all travellers aged 12 and olde, regardless of the epidemiological situation of their country of departure, must provide one of the following documents:

    • Proof of full vaccination, issued by a certified authority.
      Validity: 14 days after the second dose of vaccine. For Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), the vaccination is considered completed 14 days after the single dose has been administered.
      Accepted vaccines: Comirnaty (Pfizer BioNtech), Spikevax (Moderna), Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca/Oxford), Novavax, Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.
    • Proof of recovery from COVID-19, issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory. Validity: between 30 and 180 days after the first positive result.
    • Negative result to a COVID-19 test. Both molecular (PCR) tests (performed within 72 hours before arrival) and rapid antigen tests (performed within 48 hours before arrival) are accepted

    All certificates must include critical information (number of doses, dates etc.) in Greek, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian. The person’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognised travel document.

    Note: travellers selected randomly might be subject to mandatory rapid antigen tests at the entrance gates.Travellers who test positive must quarantine for 10 days. If they are fully vaccinated, quarantine lasts 7 days. In both cases, quarantine is lifted only if travellers perform a negative molecular (PCR) test on the last day of self-isolation.

    Children under 12 years old are exempted from the requirements mentioned above.

    Minors aged 12-17 can present any test, including a negative self-test certificate performed 24 hours before travelling by stating their self-test result on the platform self-testing.gov.gr.

     

    (*)Additional requirements for travellers from specific countries

    • Residents of the Russian Federation must always provide a negative result to a molecular PCR test (valid 72 hours) or a rapid antigen test (valid 48 hours), and will be subject to additional testing upon arrival, regardless of whether or not they are vaccinated.
    • In addition to the requirements listed above, residents of Argentina, Chile, India, Oman and Uruguay must perform a molecular (PCR) or rapid antigen test upon arrival.
    • Irrespective of their nationality, travellers without a certificate of vaccination or recovery flying from Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Morocco, North Macedonia, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates must perform a test upon arrival. If the test is positive, they will have to perform a molecular (PCR) test to confirm the result. Residents of Argentina, Chile, India, Oman and Uruguay must be tested upon arrival, even if they are vaccinated or have recovered (see above).

     

    Note: travellers selected randomly might be subject to mandatory rapid testing at the entrance gates. Travellers who test positive must quarantine for 10 days. If they are fully vaccinated, quarantine lasts 7 days. In both cases, quarantine ends only if travellers perform a negative molecular (PCR) test on the last day of self-isolation.

     

    Find out more:
    GreeceHealthFirst – travel advice
    Travel.gov.gr

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, and crowded outdoor spaces, in all areas of Greece.
    *Public spaces and services: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice. Check the latest local guidance and follow the advice of local authorities.
    Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • Proof of vaccination is required to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums. You should be prepared to demonstrate your proof of vaccination when asked. If you are not fully vaccinated (including children);
    • You must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • Restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats.
    *Unvaccinated in Greece: If you have not been fully vaccinated or do not have proof of recovery from COVID-19:
    • Travel by aeroplane, train and bus is allowed subject to either a certified negative PCR test in the last 72 hours before the scheduled time of arrival at destination, or to a certified rapid (antigen) test within 48 hours of scheduled arrival at destination;
    • You will not be allowed to enter nightclubs, restaurants (indoors), theatres, cinemas, museums, exhibitions, conferences, gyms and stadiums;
    • You must present proof of a negative rapid test, taken up to 48 hours before entry, to visit other public spaces including shops and restaurants (outdoors);
    • Failure to comply with these rules may be met with fines of up to €5,000;
    • Unvaccinated children (between the ages 4 and 18) require a negative self-test to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums.
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel by air and sea to the rest of Greece is permitted for those aged 12 and above but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose; or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a certified rapid test up to 48 hours before travel; or
    Children aged 5 to 11, can travel with a negative self-test taken up to 24 hours before the scheduled travel time.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.

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    02.12.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Authorities extend entry ban for several countries until 3 December (SVI, 27.11.2021). Greek government imposes restrictions on travelers from southern African region (Reuters, 26.11.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    Authorities extend entry restrictions on non-essential air travel from third countries until 29 October (SVI, 23.10.2021).
    *From within the EU:

    All travellers aged 12 and older arriving in Greece are required to have one of the following: 

    • A negative COVID-19 test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry in Greece.
    • A negative antigen (rapid) test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry.
    • This test is mandatory for all non-EU DCC holders (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
    • A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
    • A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory. The certificate is issued 30 days after the day of the first positive COVID-19 test and is valid for 180 days after it.
    • Proof that the traveller was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 30 to 180 days. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not required for all travellers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

    Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

    Please note: random sampling of RAPID antigen tests takes place at the entrance gates for selected individuals. Mandatory isolation will follow if a person tests positive for SARS-Cov-2. In this case, the travelers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis. Guests will stay in seclusion hotels for a maximum of 10 days. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

    More info on travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays
    The current restrictions on travel to Greece from countries outside the European Union and the European Economic Area for an additional two weeks, until November 26.
    The decision means that eligible to enter will reman only travelers from the following 41 countries, for which the Greek authorities have removed the entry ban: Australia, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Argentina, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Israel, India, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Oman, Qatar, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Uruguay, and the Vatican.
    Eligible to enter Greece from third countries that are not listed above remain the EU and Schengen Area citizens, as well as their spouses or persons with whom they have entered into a cohabitation agreement, and their minor children.
    Travelers reaching the country for essential reasons are also permitted to enter. Yet, all travelers fall subject to several entry requirements.

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Next to residents of EU Member States and Schengen associated countries (Andorra, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican, the Principality of Monaco), travellers from the USA, the UK, Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrein, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo* (This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence), Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Montenergro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, the Russian Federation*, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, the UAE, and  Ukraine may visit Greece for pleasure, provided they can fulfill the general entry requirements.

    Incoming travellers who are residents of the Russian Federation, whether vaccinated or not, must show a negative result to a molecular PCR test or a rapid (antigen) test, and they will also be subject to new testing upon arrival.

    Non EU citizens are strongly advised to choose direct flights to Greece. In any other case, travelers should abide by the stop-over country requirements. Maritime connections with Turkey are temporarily restricted.

    Important notice: Upon arrival, randomly selected travellers may be requested to undergo a mandatory RAPID antigen test at the entrance gates, drawn from the “EVA” sampling system. Following the sampling test, mandatory isolation is required for travellers testing positive for SARS-Cov-2. In this case, the travellers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis, and stay in isolation for a maximum of 10 days. Passengers, who have been fully vaccinated and the rapid test they take upon arrival is positive, will have to self-isolate for seven (7) days. In both cases, self-isolated travellers will have to show a negative result to a molecular PCR test on the last day of their quarantine, in order for the quarantine to be lifted. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, and crowded outdoor spaces, in all areas of Greece.
    *Public spaces and services: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice. Check the latest local guidance and follow the advice of local authorities.
    Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • Proof of vaccination is required to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums. You should be prepared to demonstrate your proof of vaccination when asked. If you are not fully vaccinated (including children);
    • You must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • Restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats.
    *Unvaccinated in Greece: If you have not been fully vaccinated or do not have proof of recovery from COVID-19:
    • Travel by aeroplane, train and bus is allowed subject to either a certified negative PCR test in the last 72 hours before the scheduled time of arrival at destination, or to a certified rapid (antigen) test within 48 hours of scheduled arrival at destination;
    • You will not be allowed to enter nightclubs, restaurants (indoors), theatres, cinemas, museums, exhibitions, conferences, gyms and stadiums;
    • You must present proof of a negative rapid test, taken up to 48 hours before entry, to visit other public spaces including shops and restaurants (outdoors);
    • Failure to comply with these rules may be met with fines of up to €5,000;
    • Unvaccinated children (between the ages 4 and 18) require a negative self-test to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums.
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel by air and sea to the rest of Greece is permitted for those aged 12 and above but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose; or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a certified rapid test up to 48 hours before travel; or
    Children aged 5 to 11, can travel with a negative self-test taken up to 24 hours before the scheduled travel time.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.

    Read more
    29.11.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Authorities extend current travel restrictions from several countries until 26 November (13.11.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    Authorities extend entry restrictions on non-essential air travel from third countries until 29 October (SVI, 23.10.2021).
    *From within the EU:

    All travellers aged 12 and older arriving in Greece are required to have one of the following: 

    • A negative COVID-19 test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry in Greece.
    • A negative antigen (rapid) test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry.
    • This test is mandatory for all non-EU DCC holders (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
    • A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
    • A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory. The certificate is issued 30 days after the day of the first positive COVID-19 test and is valid for 180 days after it.
    • Proof that the traveller was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 30 to 180 days. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not required for all travellers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

    Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

    Please note: random sampling of RAPID antigen tests takes place at the entrance gates for selected individuals. Mandatory isolation will follow if a person tests positive for SARS-Cov-2. In this case, the travelers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis. Guests will stay in seclusion hotels for a maximum of 10 days. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

    More info on travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays
    The current restrictions on travel to Greece from countries outside the European Union and the European Economic Area for an additional two weeks, until November 26.
    The decision means that eligible to enter will reman only travelers from the following 41 countries, for which the Greek authorities have removed the entry ban: Australia, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Argentina, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Israel, India, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Oman, Qatar, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Uruguay, and the Vatican.
    Eligible to enter Greece from third countries that are not listed above remain the EU and Schengen Area citizens, as well as their spouses or persons with whom they have entered into a cohabitation agreement, and their minor children.
    Travelers reaching the country for essential reasons are also permitted to enter. Yet, all travelers fall subject to several entry requirements.

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Next to residents of EU Member States and Schengen associated countries (Andorra, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican, the Principality of Monaco), travellers from the USA, the UK, Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrein, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo* (This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence), Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Montenergro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, the Russian Federation*, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, the UAE, and  Ukraine may visit Greece for pleasure, provided they can fulfill the general entry requirements.

    Incoming travellers who are residents of the Russian Federation, whether vaccinated or not, must show a negative result to a molecular PCR test or a rapid (antigen) test, and they will also be subject to new testing upon arrival.

    Non EU citizens are strongly advised to choose direct flights to Greece. In any other case, travelers should abide by the stop-over country requirements. Maritime connections with Turkey are temporarily restricted.

    Important notice: Upon arrival, randomly selected travellers may be requested to undergo a mandatory RAPID antigen test at the entrance gates, drawn from the “EVA” sampling system. Following the sampling test, mandatory isolation is required for travellers testing positive for SARS-Cov-2. In this case, the travellers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis, and stay in isolation for a maximum of 10 days. Passengers, who have been fully vaccinated and the rapid test they take upon arrival is positive, will have to self-isolate for seven (7) days. In both cases, self-isolated travellers will have to show a negative result to a molecular PCR test on the last day of their quarantine, in order for the quarantine to be lifted. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Quarantine hotels: If you test positive for COVID-19 you may have to enter a quarantine hotel. The government will not cover mandatory quarantine costs for foreign nationals. In Greece, the Greek authorities will pay the cost of your quarantine.
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, and crowded outdoor spaces, in all areas of Greece.
    *Public spaces and services: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice. Check the latest local guidance and follow the advice of local authorities.
    Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    Proof of vaccination is required to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums. You should be prepared to demonstrate your proof of vaccination when asked. If you are not fully vaccinated (including children).
    • You must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • Restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    Greece will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. If you are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination status, it must date from 1 November to ensure that the certificate can be scanned successfully, if domestic certification is required. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *Unvaccinated in Greece: If you have not been fully vaccinated or do not have proof of recovery from COVID19:
    • Travel by airplane, train and bus is allowed subject to either a certified negative PCR test in the last 72 hours before the scheduled time of arrival at destination, or to a certified rapid (antigen) test within 48 hours of scheduled arrival at destination;
    • You will not be allowed to participate in sports, or enter stadiums;
    • You must present a negative rapid test, taken up to 48 hours before entry, to visit public spaces including shops, restaurants, nightclubs, bars, cinemas, theatres, museums, and archaeological sites;
    • Failure to comply with these rules may be met with fines of up to €5,000
    • Unvaccinated children (between the ages 4 and 18) require a negative self-test to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator: you should contact them directly if you need further information. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding.
    Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel by air and sea to the rest of Greece is permitted for those aged 12 and above but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose; or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a certified rapid test up to 48 hours before travel; or
    Children aged 5 to 11, can travel with a negative self-test taken up to 24 hours before the scheduled travel time.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.
    *What to do if you test positive while in Greece: If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Greece you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive test result. If you are symptomatic you must continue to self-isolate until you have shown no symptoms for three days. At the end of this period you will need to take an RAT (antigen test). If the result is positive you should take a further test 48 hours later. You can end your self-isolation once you have a negative RAT (antigen test) result.
    The above guidance does not apply in the case of strains of special interest or variants under surveillance. These cases will be assessed by the EMEA (Greek health authority) and appropriate instructions will be given.
    Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to self-isolate in your current accommodation, or Greek authorities will ask you to self-isolate in a state provided quarantine hotel. The expense of the accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek state. Local authorities will be able to offer further advice on self-isolation requirements.
    If you do not self-isolate or quarantine when required you may be fined by the Hellenic Police. The fine could be as much as €5000. You should comply with any requirement to self-isolate or quarantine.

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    19.11.2021
  • Greece The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority has extended the current restrictions on travel to Greece from countries outside the European Union and the European Economic Area for an additional two weeks, until November 26.

    The decision means that eligible to enter will reman only travellers from the following 41 countries, for which the Greek authorities have removed the entry ban: Australia, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Argentina, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Israel, India, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Oman, Qatar, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Uruguay, and the Vatican.

    Eligible to enter Greece from third countries that are not listed above remain the EU and Schengen Area citizens, as well as their spouses or persons with whom they have entered into a cohabitation agreement, and their minor children.

    Travellers reaching the country for essential reasons are also permitted to enter. Yet, all travellers fall subject to several entry requirements.

    “All travellers to Greece, regardless of nationality, fill in the electronic form PLF (Passenger Locator Form), at the electronic address travel.gov.gr any time before the departure of the flight to Greece,” the CAA notes.

    It also explains that the proof of completion of the PLF electronic form, which is automatically sent to the traveller’s e-mail by the system, should be carried by the traveller and presented upon arrival.

    One of the following is also mandatory for travellers permitted to enter Greece amid COVID-19:

    Proof of vaccination. The final dose must have taken place at least 14 days before the trip to Greece. The certificate must have been granted by a public authority in either Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian.
    Proof of recovery from COVID-19. The document must be issued 30 days after the first positive test, and its validity lasts up to 180 days after it.
    Negative COVID-19 test results. The test must have been taken within the previous 72 hours if it is a PCR test. If it is a rapid test, it must have been taken within the last 48 hours before reaching Greece.

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    15.11.2021
  • Greece Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    Authorities extend entry restrictions on non-essential air travel from third countries until 29 October (SVI, 23.10.2021).
    *From within the EU:

    All travellers aged 12 and older arriving in Greece are required to have one of the following: 

    • A negative COVID-19 test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry in Greece.
    • A negative antigen (rapid) test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry.
    • This test is mandatory for all non-EU DCC holders (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
    • A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
    • A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory. The certificate is issued 30 days after the day of the first positive COVID-19 test and is valid for 180 days after it.
    • Proof that the traveller was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 30 to 180 days. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not required for all travellers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

    Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

    Please note: random sampling of RAPID antigen tests takes place at the entrance gates for selected individuals. Mandatory isolation will follow if a person tests positive for SARS-Cov-2. In this case, the travelers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis. Guests will stay in seclusion hotels for a maximum of 10 days. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

    More info on travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Next to residents of EU Member States and Schengen associated countries (Andorra, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican, the Principality of Monaco), travellers from the USA, the UK, Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrein, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo* (This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence), Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Montenergro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, the Russian Federation*, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, the UAE, and  Ukraine may visit Greece for pleasure, provided they can fulfill the general entry requirements.

    Incoming travellers who are residents of the Russian Federation, whether vaccinated or not, must show a negative result to a molecular PCR test or a rapid (antigen) test, and they will also be subject to new testing upon arrival.

    Non EU citizens are strongly advised to choose direct flights to Greece. In any other case, travelers should abide by the stop-over country requirements. Maritime connections with Turkey are temporarily restricted.

    Important notice: Upon arrival, randomly selected travellers may be requested to undergo a mandatory RAPID antigen test at the entrance gates, drawn from the “EVA” sampling system. Following the sampling test, mandatory isolation is required for travellers testing positive for SARS-Cov-2. In this case, the travellers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis, and stay in isolation for a maximum of 10 days. Passengers, who have been fully vaccinated and the rapid test they take upon arrival is positive, will have to self-isolate for seven (7) days. In both cases, self-isolated travellers will have to show a negative result to a molecular PCR test on the last day of their quarantine, in order for the quarantine to be lifted. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Quarantine hotels: If you test positive for COVID-19 you may have to enter a quarantine hotel. The government will not cover mandatory quarantine costs for foreign nationals. In Greece, the Greek authorities will pay the cost of your quarantine.
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, and crowded outdoor spaces, in all areas of Greece.
    *Public spaces and services: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice. Check the latest local guidance and follow the advice of local authorities.
    Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    Proof of vaccination is required to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums. You should be prepared to demonstrate your proof of vaccination when asked. If you are not fully vaccinated (including children).
    • You must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • Restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    Greece will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. If you are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination status, it must date from 1 November to ensure that the certificate can be scanned successfully, if domestic certification is required. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *Unvaccinated in Greece: If you have not been fully vaccinated or do not have proof of recovery from COVID19:
    • Travel by airplane, train and bus is allowed subject to either a certified negative PCR test in the last 72 hours before the scheduled time of arrival at destination, or to a certified rapid (antigen) test within 48 hours of scheduled arrival at destination;
    • You will not be allowed to participate in sports, or enter stadiums;
    • You must present a negative rapid test, taken up to 48 hours before entry, to visit public spaces including shops, restaurants, nightclubs, bars, cinemas, theatres, museums, and archaeological sites;
    • Failure to comply with these rules may be met with fines of up to €5,000
    • Unvaccinated children (between the ages 4 and 18) require a negative self-test to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator: you should contact them directly if you need further information. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding.
    Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel by air and sea to the rest of Greece is permitted for those aged 12 and above but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose; or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a certified rapid test up to 48 hours before travel; or
    Children aged 5 to 11, can travel with a negative self-test taken up to 24 hours before the scheduled travel time.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.
    *What to do if you test positive while in Greece: If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Greece you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive test result. If you are symptomatic you must continue to self-isolate until you have shown no symptoms for three days. At the end of this period you will need to take an RAT (antigen test). If the result is positive you should take a further test 48 hours later. You can end your self-isolation once you have a negative RAT (antigen test) result.
    The above guidance does not apply in the case of strains of special interest or variants under surveillance. These cases will be assessed by the EMEA (Greek health authority) and appropriate instructions will be given.
    Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to self-isolate in your current accommodation, or Greek authorities will ask you to self-isolate in a state provided quarantine hotel. The expense of the accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek state. Local authorities will be able to offer further advice on self-isolation requirements.
    If you do not self-isolate or quarantine when required you may be fined by the Hellenic Police. The fine could be as much as €5000. You should comply with any requirement to self-isolate or quarantine.

    Read more
    09.11.2021
  • Greece Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    Authorities extend entry restrictions on non-essential air travel from third countries until 29 October (SVI, 23.10.2021)
    *From within the EU:

    All travellers aged 12 and older arriving in Greece are required to have one of the following: 

    • A negative COVID-19 test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry in Greece.
    • A negative antigen (rapid) test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry.
    • This test is mandatory for all non-EU DCC holders (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
    • A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
    • A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory. The certificate is issued 30 days after the day of the first positive COVID-19 test and is valid for 180 days after it.
    • Proof that the traveller was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 30 to 180 days. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not required for all travellers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

    Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

    Please note: random sampling of RAPID antigen tests takes place at the entrance gates for selected individuals. Mandatory isolation will follow if a person tests positive for SARS-Cov-2. In this case, the travelers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis. Guests will stay in seclusion hotels for a maximum of 10 days. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

    More info on travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Next to residents of EU Member States and Schengen associated countries (Andorra, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican, the Principality of Monaco), travellers from the USA, the UK, Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrein, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo* (This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence), Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Montenergro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, the Russian Federation*, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, the UAE, and  Ukraine may visit Greece for pleasure, provided they can fulfill the general entry requirements.

    Incoming travellers who are residents of the Russian Federation, whether vaccinated or not, must show a negative result to a molecular PCR test or a rapid (antigen) test, and they will also be subject to new testing upon arrival.

    Non EU citizens are strongly advised to choose direct flights to Greece. In any other case, travelers should abide by the stop-over country requirements. Maritime connections with Turkey are temporarily restricted.

    Important notice: Upon arrival, randomly selected travellers may be requested to undergo a mandatory RAPID antigen test at the entrance gates, drawn from the “EVA” sampling system. Following the sampling test, mandatory isolation is required for travellers testing positive for SARS-Cov-2. In this case, the travellers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis, and stay in isolation for a maximum of 10 days. Passengers, who have been fully vaccinated and the rapid test they take upon arrival is positive, will have to self-isolate for seven (7) days. In both cases, self-isolated travellers will have to show a negative result to a molecular PCR test on the last day of their quarantine, in order for the quarantine to be lifted. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator: you should contact them directly if you need further information. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding.
    Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel by air and sea to the rest of Greece is permitted for those aged 12 and above but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose; or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a certified rapid test up to 48 hours before travel; or
    Children aged 5 to 11, can travel with a negative self-test taken up to 24 hours before the scheduled travel time.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, in all areas of Greece.
    *COVID-19 restrictions: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice.
    A partial lockdown is in force in most of Northern Greece, including Thessaloniki, Chalkidiki, Larissa, Kilkis, Kavala, Imathia, Pieria, Pella, Kastoria, Xanthi and Drama until at least 8 October. Restrictions include a curfew between 1am and 6am, and a ban on playing music at entertainment venues. Check the latest local guidance and follow the advice of local authorities.
    Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • Proof of vaccination is required to enter indoor public spaces such as restaurants and museums. You should be prepared to demonstrate your proof of vaccination when asked.
    • You must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • Restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    *Unvaccinated in Greece: If you have not been fully vaccinated or do not have proof of recovery from COVID19:
    • Travel by airplane, train and bus is allowed subject to either a certified negative PCR test in the last 72 hours before the scheduled time of arrival at destination, or to a certified rapid (antigen) test within 48 hours of scheduled arrival at destination;
    • You will not be allowed to participate in sports, or enter stadiums;
    • You must present a negative rapid test, taken up to 48 hours before entry, to visit closed public spaces including restaurants, nightclubs, bars, cinemas, theatres, museums, and archaeological sites;
    • Failure to comply with these rules may be met with fines of up to €5,000.
    *What to do if you test positive while in Greece: If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Greece you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive test result. If you are symptomatic you must continue to self-isolate until you have shown no symptoms for three days. At the end of this period you will need to take an RAT (antigen test). If the result is positive you should take a further test 48 hours later. You can end your self-isolation once you have a negative RAT (antigen test) result.
    The above guidance does not apply in the case of strains of special interest or variants under surveillance. These cases will be assessed by the EMEA (Greek health authority) and appropriate instructions will be given.
    Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to self-isolate in your current accommodation, or Greek authorities will ask you to self-isolate in a state provided quarantine hotel. The expense of the accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek state. Local authorities will be able to offer further advice on self-isolation requirements.
    If you do not self-isolate or quarantine when required you may be fined by the Hellenic Police. The fine could be as much as €5000. You should comply with any requirement to self-isolate or quarantine.
    *Quarantine hotels: If you test positive for COVID-19 you may have to enter a quarantine hotel. In Greece, the Greek authorities will pay the cost of your quarantine.
    Your health cards can not be used to cover any additional expenses you incur whilst staying in a quarantine hotel. Make sure you have access to funds to cover the costs or take out insurance, checking the policy has adequate cover.

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    22.10.2021
  • Greece The Greek Aviation Authority (CAA) has extended the current air directive regarding international and domestic travel until Friday, October 22, the authorities revealed.

    This means that unvaccinated and unrecovered travellers from Egypt, Albania, Argentina, Bulgaria, Brazil, Georgia, Cuba, United Emirates, India, China, Libya, Morocco, Northern Macedonia, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey, will have to continue presenting a COVID-19 test performed upon reaching Greece, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

    According to the press release issued by CAA, permanent citizens from the following countries will be permitted to enter Greece, regardless of their purpose of entry:

    Northern Macedonia
    Belarus
    Ukraine
    Russia
    Serbia
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Montenegro
    Albania
    Azerbaijan
    Armenia
    San Marino
    Andorra
    Vatican
    Monaco
    Turkey
    Kosovo
    Moreover, travellers from Russia are obliged to present a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of entering the country, regardless of their vaccination status.

    If the antigen test taken upon arrival is positive, the traveller is required to take a PCR test in order to confirm the symptoms. If the test is positive, the traveller has to undergo a ten-day quarantine whereas, for vaccinated travellers, a seven-day quarantine awaits, in addition to performing a COVID-19 test on the last day of their isolation.

    In conclusion, arrivals from all countries entering Greece are required to present a completed entry form or the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) and must have face coverings during their time in the airport and air travelling.

    However, travellers that have been fully vaccinated and can provide the necessary documentation to confirm the claim are exempted from any entry restriction. Moreover, a traveller is considered fully vaccinated if he/she received the last shot of the vaccine at least 14 days before travelling.

    Read more
    19.10.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Civil Aviation Authority extends its COVID-19 restrictions on domestic flights to, from islands (The National Herald, 22.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    All travellers aged 12 and older arriving in Greece are required to have one of the following: 

    • A negative COVID-19 test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry in Greece.
    • A negative antigen (rapid) test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry.
    • This test is mandatory for all non-EU DCC holders (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
    • A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
    • A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory. The certificate is issued 30 days after the day of the first positive COVID-19 test and is valid for 180 days after it.
    • Proof that the traveller was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 30 to 180 days. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not required for all travellers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

    Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

    Please note: random sampling of RAPID antigen tests takes place at the entrance gates for selected individuals. Mandatory isolation will follow if a person tests positive for SARS-Cov-2. In this case, the travelers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis. Guests will stay in seclusion hotels for a maximum of 10 days. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

    More info on travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Next to residents of EU Member States and Schengen associated countries (Andorra, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican, the Principality of Monaco), travellers from the USA, the UK, Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrein, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo* (This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence), Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Montenergro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, the Russian Federation*, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, the UAE, and  Ukraine may visit Greece for pleasure, provided they can fulfill the general entry requirements.

    Incoming travellers who are residents of the Russian Federation, whether vaccinated or not, must show a negative result to a molecular PCR test or a rapid (antigen) test, and they will also be subject to new testing upon arrival.

    Non EU citizens are strongly advised to choose direct flights to Greece. In any other case, travelers should abide by the stop-over country requirements. Maritime connections with Turkey are temporarily restricted.

    Important notice: Upon arrival, randomly selected travellers may be requested to undergo a mandatory RAPID antigen test at the entrance gates, drawn from the “EVA” sampling system. Following the sampling test, mandatory isolation is required for travellers testing positive for SARS-Cov-2. In this case, the travellers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis, and stay in isolation for a maximum of 10 days. Passengers, who have been fully vaccinated and the rapid test they take upon arrival is positive, will have to self-isolate for seven (7) days. In both cases, self-isolated travellers will have to show a negative result to a molecular PCR test on the last day of their quarantine, in order for the quarantine to be lifted. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator: you should contact them directly if you need further information. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding.
    Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel by air and sea to the rest of Greece is permitted for those aged 12 and above but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose; or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a certified rapid test up to 48 hours before travel; or
    Children aged 5 to 11, can travel with a negative self-test taken up to 24 hours before the scheduled travel time.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, in all areas of Greece.
    *COVID-19 restrictions: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice.
    A partial lockdown is in force in most of Northern Greece, including Thessaloniki, Chalkidiki, Larissa, Kilkis, Kavala, Imathia, Pieria, Pella, Kastoria, Xanthi and Drama until at least 8 October. Restrictions include a curfew between 1am and 6am, and a ban on playing music at entertainment venues. Check the latest local guidance and follow the advice of local authorities.
    Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • Proof of vaccination is required to enter indoor public spaces such as restaurants and museums. You should be prepared to demonstrate your proof of vaccination when asked.
    • You must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • Restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    *Unvaccinated in Greece: If you have not been fully vaccinated or do not have proof of recovery from COVID19:
    • Travel by airplane, train and bus is allowed subject to either a certified negative PCR test in the last 72 hours before the scheduled time of arrival at destination, or to a certified rapid (antigen) test within 48 hours of scheduled arrival at destination;
    • You will not be allowed to participate in sports, or enter stadiums;
    • You must present a negative rapid test, taken up to 48 hours before entry, to visit closed public spaces including restaurants, nightclubs, bars, cinemas, theatres, museums, and archaeological sites;
    • Failure to comply with these rules may be met with fines of up to €5,000.
    *What to do if you test positive while in Greece: If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Greece you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive test result. If you are symptomatic you must continue to self-isolate until you have shown no symptoms for three days. At the end of this period you will need to take an RAT (antigen test). If the result is positive you should take a further test 48 hours later. You can end your self-isolation once you have a negative RAT (antigen test) result.
    The above guidance does not apply in the case of strains of special interest or variants under surveillance. These cases will be assessed by the EMEA (Greek health authority) and appropriate instructions will be given.
    Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to self-isolate in your current accommodation, or Greek authorities will ask you to self-isolate in a state provided quarantine hotel. The expense of the accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek state. Local authorities will be able to offer further advice on self-isolation requirements.
    If you do not self-isolate or quarantine when required you may be fined by the Hellenic Police. The fine could be as much as €5000. You should comply with any requirement to self-isolate or quarantine.
    *Quarantine hotels: If you test positive for COVID-19 you may have to enter a quarantine hotel. In Greece, the Greek authorities will pay the cost of your quarantine.
    Your health cards can not be used to cover any additional expenses you incur whilst staying in a quarantine hotel. Make sure you have access to funds to cover the costs or take out insurance, checking the policy has adequate cover.

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    12.10.2021
  • Greece The air directive regarding international and domestic travelling will be extended for another week according to the authorities in Greece.

    The Greek Aviation Authority has revealed that the current entry rules will remain effective for travellers until Friday, October 15, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

    According to the statement, unvaccinated travellers from the following third countries will continue to be permitted in the country by providing a necessary reason for the trip:

    Northern Macedonia
    Belarus
    Ukraine
    Russia
    Serbia
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Montenegro
    Albania
    Azerbaijan
    Armenia
    San Marino
    Andorra
    Vatican
    Monaco
    Turkey
    Kosovo
    However, travellers who fail to present a valid vaccination medical proof arriving from the following countries have to present a COVID-19 test, performed upon arrival:

    Egypt
    Albania
    Argentina
    Bulgaria
    Brazil
    Georgia
    Cuba
    United Emirates
    India
    China
    Libya
    Morocco
    Northern Macedonia
    Pakistan
    Russia and
    Turkey
    If the antigen test result is positive, the traveller is required to take a backup PCR test, which will determine whether the traveller is positive for the virus or not. If the test is positive, a ten-day quarantine is required to be followed by the travellers. Moreover, for vaccinated travellers that test positive for COVID-19, a seven-day quarantine requirement is mandatory, in addition to performing a COVID test on the last day of their isolation.

    In contrast with other arrivals, travellers from Russia have to get tested 24 hours upon reaching Greece, regardless if they have been vaccinated or not.

    In general, all travellers reaching the Hellenic Republic have to present a completed entry form or the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) and must wear a face mask throughout the flight and their stay at the airport.

    Moreover, for the travellers to be eligible for free of quarantine and testing requirement entry, they must provide a vaccination passport, proving that the holder has received both shots of the vaccine at least 14 days before travelling.

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    08.10.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Civil Aviation Authority extends its COVID-19 restrictions on domestic flights to, from islands (The National Herald, 22.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    All travellers aged 12 and older arriving in Greece are required to have one of the following: 

    • A negative COVID-19 test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry in Greece.
    • A negative antigen (rapid) test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry.
    • This test is mandatory for all non-EU DCC holders (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
    • A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
    • A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory. The certificate is issued 30 days after the day of the first positive COVID-19 test and is valid for 180 days after it.
    • Proof that the traveller was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 30 to 180 days. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not required for all travellers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

    Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

    Please note: random sampling of RAPID antigen tests takes place at the entrance gates for selected individuals. Mandatory isolation will follow if a person tests positive for SARS-Cov-2. In this case, the travelers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis. Guests will stay in seclusion hotels for a maximum of 10 days. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

    More info on travel.gov.gr

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    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Next to residents of EU Member States and Schengen associated countries (Andorra, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican, the Principality of Monaco), travellers from the USA, the UK, Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrein, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo* (This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence), Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Montenergro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, the Russian Federation*, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, the UAE, and  Ukraine may visit Greece for pleasure, provided they can fulfill the general entry requirements.

    Incoming travellers who are residents of the Russian Federation, whether vaccinated or not, must show a negative result to a molecular PCR test or a rapid (antigen) test, and they will also be subject to new testing upon arrival.

    Non EU citizens are strongly advised to choose direct flights to Greece. In any other case, travelers should abide by the stop-over country requirements. Maritime connections with Turkey are temporarily restricted.

    Important notice: Upon arrival, randomly selected travellers may be requested to undergo a mandatory RAPID antigen test at the entrance gates, drawn from the “EVA” sampling system. Following the sampling test, mandatory isolation is required for travellers testing positive for SARS-Cov-2. In this case, the travellers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis, and stay in isolation for a maximum of 10 days. Passengers, who have been fully vaccinated and the rapid test they take upon arrival is positive, will have to self-isolate for seven (7) days. In both cases, self-isolated travellers will have to show a negative result to a molecular PCR test on the last day of their quarantine, in order for the quarantine to be lifted. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator: you should contact them directly if you need further information. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding.
    Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel by air and sea to the rest of Greece is permitted for those aged 12 and above but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose; or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a certified rapid test up to 48 hours before travel; or
    Children aged 5 to 11, can travel with a negative self-test taken up to 24 hours before the scheduled travel time.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, in all areas of Greece.
    *COVID-19 restrictions: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice.
    A partial lockdown is in force in most of Northern Greece, including Thessaloniki, Chalkidiki, Larissa, Kilkis, Kavala, Imathia, Pieria, Pella, Kastoria, Xanthi and Drama until at least 8 October. Restrictions include a curfew between 1am and 6am, and a ban on playing music at entertainment venues. Check the latest local guidance and follow the advice of local authorities.
    Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • Proof of vaccination is required to enter indoor public spaces such as restaurants and museums. You should be prepared to demonstrate your proof of vaccination when asked.
    • You must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • Restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    *Unvaccinated in Greece: If you have not been fully vaccinated or do not have proof of recovery from COVID19:
    • Travel by airplane, train and bus is allowed subject to either a certified negative PCR test in the last 72 hours before the scheduled time of arrival at destination, or to a certified rapid (antigen) test within 48 hours of scheduled arrival at destination;
    • You will not be allowed to participate in sports, or enter stadiums;
    • You must present a negative rapid test, taken up to 48 hours before entry, to visit closed public spaces including restaurants, nightclubs, bars, cinemas, theatres, museums, and archaeological sites;
    • Failure to comply with these rules may be met with fines of up to €5,000.
    *What to do if you test positive while in Greece: If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Greece you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive test result. If you are symptomatic you must continue to self-isolate until you have shown no symptoms for three days. At the end of this period you will need to take an RAT (antigen test). If the result is positive you should take a further test 48 hours later. You can end your self-isolation once you have a negative RAT (antigen test) result.
    The above guidance does not apply in the case of strains of special interest or variants under surveillance. These cases will be assessed by the EMEA (Greek health authority) and appropriate instructions will be given.
    Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to self-isolate in your current accommodation, or Greek authorities will ask you to self-isolate in a state provided quarantine hotel. The expense of the accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek state. Local authorities will be able to offer further advice on self-isolation requirements.
    If you do not self-isolate or quarantine when required you may be fined by the Hellenic Police. The fine could be as much as €5000. You should comply with any requirement to self-isolate or quarantine.
    *Quarantine hotels: If you test positive for COVID-19 you may have to enter a quarantine hotel. In Greece, the Greek authorities will pay the cost of your quarantine.
    Your health cards can not be used to cover any additional expenses you incur whilst staying in a quarantine hotel. Make sure you have access to funds to cover the costs or take out insurance, checking the policy has adequate cover.

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    05.10.2021
  • Greece Greek authorities have announced that the current entry restrictions, introduced last week, will be extended for another week, remaining effective until Friday, October 8.

    According to the statement, the following countries are exempted from the entry restrictions, however, unvaccinated third-country nationals are allowed to enter Greece only for essential reasons:

    Northern Macedonia
    Belarus
    Ukraine
    Russia
    Serbia
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Montenegro
    Albania
    Azerbaijan
    Armenia
    San Marino
    Andorra
    Vatican
    Monaco
    Turkey
    Kosovo
    In addition, the same rule applies to the following territories, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, the United States of America, Israel, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Japan, China, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon and Jordan, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

    Moreover, unvaccinated travellers from the 16 following countries are required to undergo a COVID test upon arrival:

    Egypt
    Albania
    Argentina
    Bulgaria
    Brazil
    Georgia
    Cuba
    United Emirates
    India
    China
    Libya
    Morocco
    Northern Macedonia
    Pakistan
    Russia and
    Turkey
    Those who test positive have to undergo a PCR test to determine the final result. Russian travellers, regardless of their vaccination status, have to get tested upon arrival. They must present a PCR test carried out 72 hours before reaching Greece or a rapid test performed 48 hours before arrival. If the test result is positive, the passenger has to self-isolate for ten days.

    On the other hand, the vaccinated passengers whose rapid test shows positive for Coronavirus will have to remain in isolation for only seven days. In both cases (quarantining for ten or seven days), the traveller must get tested on the last day of their isolation.

    In addition to that, CAA informs travellers, regardless of their nationality, to complete the Passenger Locator Form before arriving in Greece. Travellers are also reminded to wear a face mask at all times throughout the flight.

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    04.10.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Civil Aviation Authority extends its COVID-19 restrictions on domestic flights to, from islands (The National Herald, 22.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    All travellers aged 12 and older arriving in Greece are required to have one of the following: 

    • A negative COVID-19 test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry in Greece.
    • A negative antigen (rapid) test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry.
    • This test is mandatory for all non-EU DCC holders (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
    • A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
    • A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory.
    • Proof that the traveller was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 2 to 9 months. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not required for all travellers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

    Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is also not required if the traveller was tested positive and at least 20 days have elapsed since the first positive result. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory, or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The validity of this certificate is 9 months.

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of EU Member States and Schengen associated countries (Andorra, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican, the Principality of Monaco), the USA, the UK, Serbia, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the Russian Federation, Israel, Canada, North Macedonia, Ukraine, China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Belarus, Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei, Kosovo and Turkey may visit Greece for pleasure, provided they can fulfill the general entry requirements.

    Incoming travellers who are residents of the Russian Federation, whether vaccinated or not, must show a negative result to a molecular PCR test or a rapid (antigen) test, and they will also be subject to new testing upon arrival.

    Air travellers arriving from Egypt, Albania, Argentina, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Brazil, Georgia, Cuba, the United Arab Emirates, India, China, Libya, Morocco, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, and Turkey – irrespective of their citizenship – will have to take a test upon arrival at the airport. If the rapid test result is positive, then the passenger will have to take a molecular PCR test to confirm the result. This procedure does not apply to passengers who are vaccinated or have recovered from a Covid-19 infection (except for Russian residents, as above).

    Other third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

    This restriction applies until 3 September 2021, 06.00 AM.

    Important notice: Upon arrival, randomly selected travellers may be requested to undergo a mandatory RAPID antigen test at the entrance gates, drawn from the “EVA” sampling system. Following the sampling test, mandatory isolation is required for travellers testing positive for SARS-Cov-2. In this case, the travellers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis, and stay in isolation for a maximum of 10 days. Passengers, who have been fully vaccinated and the rapid test they take upon arrival is positive, will have to self-isolate for seven (7) days. In both cases, self-isolated travellers will have to show a negative result to a molecular PCR test on the last day of their quarantine, in order for the quarantine to be lifted. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator: you should contact them directly if you need further information. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding.
    Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel by air and sea to the rest of Greece is permitted for those aged 12 and above but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose; or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a certified rapid test up to 48 hours before travel; or
    Children aged 5 to 11, can travel with a negative self-test taken up to 24 hours before the scheduled travel time.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, in all areas of Greece.
    *COVID-19 restrictions: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice.
    A partial lockdown is in force in most of Northern Greece, including Thessaloniki, Chalkidiki, Larissa, Kilkis, Kavala, Imathia, Pieria, Pella, Kastoria, Xanthi and Drama until at least 8 October. Restrictions include a curfew between 1am and 6am, and a ban on playing music at entertainment venues. Check the latest local guidance and follow the advice of local authorities.
    Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • Proof of vaccination is required to enter indoor public spaces such as restaurants and museums. You should be prepared to demonstrate your proof of vaccination when asked.
    • You must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • Restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    *Unvaccinated in Greece: If you have not been fully vaccinated or do not have proof of recovery from COVID19:
    • Travel by airplane, train and bus is allowed subject to either a certified negative PCR test in the last 72 hours before the scheduled time of arrival at destination, or to a certified rapid (antigen) test within 48 hours of scheduled arrival at destination;
    • You will not be allowed to participate in sports, or enter stadiums;
    • You must present a negative rapid test, taken up to 48 hours before entry, to visit closed public spaces including restaurants, nightclubs, bars, cinemas, theatres, museums, and archaeological sites;
    • Failure to comply with these rules may be met with fines of up to €5,000.
    *What to do if you test positive while in Greece: If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Greece you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive test result. If you are symptomatic you must continue to self-isolate until you have shown no symptoms for three days. At the end of this period you will need to take an RAT (antigen test). If the result is positive you should take a further test 48 hours later. You can end your self-isolation once you have a negative RAT (antigen test) result.
    The above guidance does not apply in the case of strains of special interest or variants under surveillance. These cases will be assessed by the EMEA (Greek health authority) and appropriate instructions will be given.
    Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to self-isolate in your current accommodation, or Greek authorities will ask you to self-isolate in a state provided quarantine hotel. The expense of the accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek state. Local authorities will be able to offer further advice on self-isolation requirements.
    If you do not self-isolate or quarantine when required you may be fined by the Hellenic Police. The fine could be as much as €5000. You should comply with any requirement to self-isolate or quarantine.
    *Quarantine hotels: If you test positive for COVID-19 you may have to enter a quarantine hotel. In Greece, the Greek authorities will pay the cost of your quarantine.
    Your health cards can not be used to cover any additional expenses you incur whilst staying in a quarantine hotel. Make sure you have access to funds to cover the costs or take out insurance, checking the policy has adequate cover.

    Read more
    01.10.2021
  • Greece Authorities in Greece have announced that travellers from Egypt and the United States will be required to undergo a mandatory testing process upon their arrival in the Hellenic Republic.

    In contrast, travellers from India have been subjected to the relaxation of entry restrictions as the requirement of providing a test result upon arrival has ceased to apply, according to a statement published by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
    Greek authorities have noted that the current air directive will remain effective for another week – Friday, October 1.

    CAA has stressed that third countries’ nationals and their spouses or persons companioning them will continue to be banned from entering the county. However, there won’t be any change on entry requirements from travellers from the EU and Schengen Area, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

    The mandatory testing requirement remains effective for Russian travellers reaching Greece, regardless of their vaccination status. They must present a PCR test performed 72 hours before or a rapid test carried out 48 hours before arrival. In addition, all travelers or permanent residents from Russia will be required to take a test with COVID-19 upon arrival in Greece.

    Furthermore, CAA has revealed that other travellers from third countries that must present a negative test upon arrival include the following:

    Albania
    Argentina
    Bulgaria
    Brazil
    Georgia
    Cuba
    United States
    China
    Libya
    Morocco
    Northern Macedonia
    Pakistan
    Russia
    Turkey
    Travellers from the countries mentioned above will have to undergo an airport check-in rapid test. If it results positive, the traveller has to perform a PCR test to confirm the result.

    Moreover, nationals of third countries have to provide an essential reason for travelling to Greece or have to be permanent residents of the country in order to be allowed back in. Third countries, travellers of which are subject to more stringent entry requirements in Greece, including the following countries:

    Australia, Northern Macedonia, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, United Kingdom, Israel, Canada, Belarus, Bahrain, New Zealand, South Korea, Qatar, China, Kuwait, Ukraine, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei, San Marino, Andorra, Vatican, Monaco, Turkey, Kosovo, Chinese, Taipei.

    Furthermore, CAA reminds all travellers to complete the Passenger Locator Form anytime before departure, regardless of their nationality. The form is considered a necessary travel document as it helps the government contact travellers throughout their stay in the country.

    Travellers are reminded to wear a face mask at all times throughout the flight.

    Moreover, the Authority reveals that in order for travellers to enter the country quarantine free, they have to provide one of the following documents:

    1) A vaccination certificate older than 14 days issued by a public authority in Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian.

    2) Provide a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours or 48 hours before they arrive in Greece for those tested with a rapid test.

    3) Present a recovery certificate issued 30 days after the first positive test, with a validity of 180 days.

    4) Present the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate.

    Children from years and older must present a vaccination, negative test, recovery certificate, or digital certificate to enter Greece.

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    27.09.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Civil Aviation Authority extends its COVID-19 restrictions on domestic flights to, from islands (The National Herald, 22.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    All travellers aged 12 and older arriving in Greece are required to have one of the following: 

    • A negative COVID-19 test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry in Greece.
    • A negative antigen (rapid) test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry.
    • This test is mandatory for all non-EU DCC holders (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
    • A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
    • A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory.
    • Proof that the traveller was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 2 to 9 months. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not required for all travellers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

    Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is also not required if the traveller was tested positive and at least 20 days have elapsed since the first positive result. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory, or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The validity of this certificate is 9 months.

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of EU Member States and Schengen associated countries (Andorra, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican, the Principality of Monaco), the USA, the UK, Serbia, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the Russian Federation, Israel, Canada, North Macedonia, Ukraine, China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Belarus, Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei, Kosovo and Turkey may visit Greece for pleasure, provided they can fulfill the general entry requirements.

    Incoming travellers who are residents of the Russian Federation, whether vaccinated or not, must show a negative result to a molecular PCR test or a rapid (antigen) test, and they will also be subject to new testing upon arrival.

    Air travellers arriving from Egypt, Albania, Argentina, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Brazil, Georgia, Cuba, the United Arab Emirates, India, China, Libya, Morocco, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, and Turkey – irrespective of their citizenship – will have to take a test upon arrival at the airport. If the rapid test result is positive, then the passenger will have to take a molecular PCR test to confirm the result. This procedure does not apply to passengers who are vaccinated or have recovered from a Covid-19 infection (except for Russian residents, as above).

    Other third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

    This restriction applies until 3 September 2021, 06.00 AM.

    Important notice: Upon arrival, randomly selected travellers may be requested to undergo a mandatory RAPID antigen test at the entrance gates, drawn from the “EVA” sampling system. Following the sampling test, mandatory isolation is required for travellers testing positive for SARS-Cov-2. In this case, the travellers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis, and stay in isolation for a maximum of 10 days. Passengers, who have been fully vaccinated and the rapid test they take upon arrival is positive, will have to self-isolate for seven (7) days. In both cases, self-isolated travellers will have to show a negative result to a molecular PCR test on the last day of their quarantine, in order for the quarantine to be lifted. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator: you should contact them directly if you need further information. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, in all areas of Greece.
    *COVID-19 restrictions: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice.
    A partial lockdown is in force in Messinia, Achaia, Ilia and Argolis (Peloponnese), Evrytania (Central Greece), the municipality of Ikaria, and in Heraklion (Crete) until at least 16 September. Restrictions include a curfew between 1am and 6am, and a ban on playing music at entertainment venues. Check the latest local guidance and follow the advice of local authorities.
    Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • you must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    • Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel to the rest of the islands is permitted but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a rapid test or self-test conducted up to 24 hours before travel; or
    • a self-test declaration signed less than 24 hours before travel; or
    • documentary proof of having recovered from Covid-19 (at least 2 months since infection, and no more than 9 months
    *If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Greece you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive test result. If you are symptomatic you must continue to self-isolate until you have shown no symptoms for three days. At the end of this period you will need to take an RAT (antigen test). If the result is positive you should take a further test 48 hours later. You can end your self-isolation once you have a negative RAT (antigen test) result.
    The above guidance does not apply in the case of strains of special interest or variants under surveillance. These cases will be assessed by the EMEA (Greek health authority) and appropriate instructions will be given.
    Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to self-isolate in your current accommodation, or Greek authorities will ask you to self-isolate in a state provided quarantine hotel. The expense of the accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek state. Local authorities will be able to offer further advice on self-isolation requirements.
    If you do not self-isolate or quarantine when required you may be fined by the Hellenic Police. The fine could be as much as €5000. You should comply with any requirement to self-isolate or quarantine.
    *Quarantine hotels: If you test positive for COVID-19 you may have to enter a quarantine hotel. In Greece, the Greek authorities will pay the cost of your quarantine.
    Your health cards cannot be used to cover any additional expenses you incur whilst staying in a quarantine hotel. Make sure you have access to funds to cover the costs or take out insurance, checking the policy has adequate cover.

    Read more
    17.09.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Civil Aviation Authority extends its COVID-19 restrictions on domestic flights to, from islands (The National Herald, 22.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    All travellers aged 12 and older arriving in Greece are required to have one of the following: 

    • A negative COVID-19 test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry in Greece.
    • A negative antigen (rapid) test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry.
    • This test is mandatory for all non-EU DCC holders (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
    • A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
    • A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory.
    • Proof that the traveller was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 2 to 9 months. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not required for all travellers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

    Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is also not required if the traveller was tested positive and at least 20 days have elapsed since the first positive result. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory, or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The validity of this certificate is 9 months.

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of EU Member States and Schengen associated countries (Andorra, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican, the Principality of Monaco), the USA, the UK, Serbia, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the Russian Federation, Israel, Canada, North Macedonia, Ukraine, China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Belarus, Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei, Kosovo and Turkey may visit Greece for pleasure, provided they can fulfill the general entry requirements.

    Incoming travellers who are residents of the Russian Federation, whether vaccinated or not, must show a negative result to a molecular PCR test or a rapid (antigen) test, and they will also be subject to new testing upon arrival.

    Air travellers arriving from Egypt, Albania, Argentina, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Brazil, Georgia, Cuba, the United Arab Emirates, India, China, Libya, Morocco, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, and Turkey – irrespective of their citizenship – will have to take a test upon arrival at the airport. If the rapid test result is positive, then the passenger will have to take a molecular PCR test to confirm the result. This procedure does not apply to passengers who are vaccinated or have recovered from a Covid-19 infection (except for Russian residents, as above).

    Other third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

    This restriction applies until 3 September 2021, 06.00 AM.

    Important notice: Upon arrival, randomly selected travellers may be requested to undergo a mandatory RAPID antigen test at the entrance gates, drawn from the “EVA” sampling system. Following the sampling test, mandatory isolation is required for travellers testing positive for SARS-Cov-2. In this case, the travellers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis, and stay in isolation for a maximum of 10 days. Passengers, who have been fully vaccinated and the rapid test they take upon arrival is positive, will have to self-isolate for seven (7) days. In both cases, self-isolated travellers will have to show a negative result to a molecular PCR test on the last day of their quarantine, in order for the quarantine to be lifted. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator: you should contact them directly if you need further information. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, in all areas of Greece.
    *COVID-19 restrictions: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice.
    A partial lockdown is in force in Messinia, Achaia, Ilia and Argolis (Peloponnese), Evrytania (Central Greece), the municipality of Ikaria, and in Heraklion (Crete) until at least 16 September. Restrictions include a curfew between 1am and 6am, and a ban on playing music at entertainment venues. Check the latest local guidance and follow the advice of local authorities.
    Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • you must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    • Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel to the rest of the islands is permitted but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a rapid test or self-test conducted up to 24 hours before travel; or
    • a self-test declaration signed less than 24 hours before travel; or
    • documentary proof of having recovered from Covid-19 (at least 2 months since infection, and no more than 9 months

    *If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Greece you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive test result. If you are symptomatic you must continue to self-isolate until you have shown no symptoms for three days. At the end of this period you will need to take an RAT (antigen test). If the result is positive you should take a further test 48 hours later. You can end your self-isolation once you have a negative RAT (antigen test) result.
    The above guidance does not apply in the case of strains of special interest or variants under surveillance. These cases will be assessed by the EMEA (Greek health authority) and appropriate instructions will be given.
    Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to self-isolate in your current accommodation, or Greek authorities will ask you to self-isolate in a state provided quarantine hotel. The expense of the accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek state. Local authorities will be able to offer further advice on self-isolation requirements.
    If you do not self-isolate or quarantine when required you may be fined by the Hellenic Police. The fine could be as much as €5000. You should comply with any requirement to self-isolate or quarantine.
    *Quarantine hotels: If you test positive for COVID-19 you may have to enter a quarantine hotel. In Greece, the Greek authorities will pay the cost of your quarantine.
    Your health cards cannot be used to cover any additional expenses you incur whilst staying in a quarantine hotel. Make sure you have access to funds to cover the costs or take out insurance, checking the policy has adequate cover.

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    14.09.2021
  • Greece The Greek Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that the current notal that regulates entry into the country has been extended for another week, up until September 10.

    The extension of the NOTAM has, however, not excluded the United States from the list of countries the permanent residents of which are eligible to enter Greece for non-essential purposes, in spite of a recommendation of the EU block to the Member States to ban from entering US residents, due to a spike up in the number of COVID-19 cases in the territory of the latter.

    In fact, the new NOTAM only included one new country – Chinese Taipei – in the list of the countries the residents of which are permitted to enter, and excluded none.

    “The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announces to the passenger public the increase of the number of third countries, from thirty-five (35) to thirty-six (36), whose permanent residents will enter Greece, plus the countries of the EU and the Agreement Schengen. In relation to the pre-existing airline directive, foreign nationals and permanent residents from Chinese Taipei are added to the list of third-country nationals allowed to enter Greece,” a press release of the CAA notes.

    Thus, with the extension of the NOTAM, eligible to enter Greece remain EU and Schengen Area nationals, as well as their spouses and persons with whom they have a cohabitation agreement, as well as minor children.

    Eligible to enter from third countries are only permanent residents of the following: Australia, North Macedonia, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, United Kingdom, Israel, Canada, Belarus, New Belarus, Bahrain, South Bahrain, Qatar, China, Kuwait, Ukraine, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldavia, Moldavia, Moldavia, Moldavia, Moldova, Kosovo and Chinese Taipei.

    All travellers who reach Greece are obliged to fill in the Passenger Locator Form before leaving for Greece and to either be fully vaccinated against COVID or have been infected with COVID-19 in the last six months. Negative tests are also acceptable if a PCR test has been taken within the last 72 hours or a rapid test performed within 48 hours before their arrival in Greece.

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    06.09.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Civil Aviation Authority extends its COVID-19 restrictions on domestic flights to, from islands (The National Herald, 22.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    All travellers aged 12 and older arriving in Greece are required to have one of the following: 

    • A negative COVID-19 test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry in Greece.
    • A negative antigen (rapid) test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry.
    • This test is mandatory for all non-EU DCC holders (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
    • A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
    • A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory.
    • Proof that the traveller was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 2 to 9 months. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not required for all travellers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

    Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is also not required if the traveller was tested positive and at least 20 days have elapsed since the first positive result. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory, or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The validity of this certificate is 9 months.

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of EU Member States and Schengen associated countries (Andorra, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican, the Principality of Monaco), the USA, the UK, Serbia, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the Russian Federation, Israel, Canada, North Macedonia, Ukraine, China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Belarus, Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei, Kosovo and Turkey may visit Greece for pleasure, provided they can fulfill the general entry requirements.

    Incoming travellers who are residents of the Russian Federation, whether vaccinated or not, must show a negative result to a molecular PCR test or a rapid (antigen) test, and they will also be subject to new testing upon arrival.

    Air travellers arriving from Egypt, Albania, Argentina, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Brazil, Georgia, Cuba, the United Arab Emirates, India, China, Libya, Morocco, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, and Turkey – irrespective of their citizenship – will have to take a test upon arrival at the airport. If the rapid test result is positive, then the passenger will have to take a molecular PCR test to confirm the result. This procedure does not apply to passengers who are vaccinated or have recovered from a Covid-19 infection (except for Russian residents, as above).

    Other third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

    This restriction applies until 3 September 2021, 06.00 AM.

    Important notice: Upon arrival, randomly selected travellers may be requested to undergo a mandatory RAPID antigen test at the entrance gates, drawn from the “EVA” sampling system. Following the sampling test, mandatory isolation is required for travellers testing positive for SARS-Cov-2. In this case, the travellers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis, and stay in isolation for a maximum of 10 days. Passengers, who have been fully vaccinated and the rapid test they take upon arrival is positive, will have to self-isolate for seven (7) days. In both cases, self-isolated travellers will have to show a negative result to a molecular PCR test on the last day of their quarantine, in order for the quarantine to be lifted. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator: you should contact them directly if you need further information. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail. *COVID-19 restrictions: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice.
    A partial lockdown is in force in Messinia, Achaia and Ilia (Peloponnese), the municipality of Ikaria and in Heraklion (Crete) until at least 10 September. Restrictions include a curfew between 1am and 6am, and a ban on playing music at entertainment venues. Check the latest local guidance and follow the advice of local authorities.
    Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • you must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    • Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel to the rest of the islands is permitted but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose, or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a rapid test or self-test conducted up to 24 hours before travel; or
    • a self-test declaration signed less than 24 hours before travel; or
    • documentary proof of having recovered from Covid-19 (at least 2 months since infection, and no more than 9 months)
    *Quarantine hotels: If you test positive for COVID-19 you may have to enter a quarantine hotel. In Greece, the Greek authorities will pay the cost of your quarantine.
    Your health cards can not be used to cover any additional expenses you incur whilst staying in a quarantine hotel. Make sure you have access to funds to cover the costs or take out insurance, checking the policy has adequate cover.
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, in all areas of Greece.
    *What to do if you test positive while in Greece: If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Greece you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive test result. If you are symptomatic you must continue to self-isolate until you have shown no symptoms for three days. At the end of this period you will need to take an RAT (antigen test). If the result is positive you should take a further test 48 hours later. You can end your self-isolation once you have a negative RAT (antigen test) result.
    The above guidance does not apply in the case of strains of special interest or variants under surveillance. These cases will be assessed by the EMEA (Greek health authority) and appropriate instructions will be given.
    Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to self-isolate in your current accommodation, or Greek authorities will ask you to self-isolate in a state provided quarantine hotel. The expense of the accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek state. Local authorities will be able to offer further advice on self-isolation requirements.
    If you do not self-isolate or quarantine when required you may be fined by the Hellenic Police. The fine could be as much as €5000. You should comply with any requirement to self-isolate or quarantine.

    Read more
    03.09.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Civil Aviation Authority extends its COVID-19 restrictions on domestic flights to, from islands (The National Herald, 22.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    All travellers aged 12 and older arriving in Greece are required to have one of the following: 

    • A negative COVID-19 test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry in Greece.
    • A negative antigen (rapid) test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry.
    • This test is mandatory for all non-EU DCC holders (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
    • A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
    • A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory.
    • Proof that the traveller was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 2 to 9 months. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not required for all travellers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

    Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is also not required if the traveller was tested positive and at least 20 days have elapsed since the first positive result. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory, or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The validity of this certificate is 9 months.

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of EU Member States and Schengen associated countries (Andorra, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican, the Principality of Monaco), the USA, the UK, Serbia, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the Russian Federation, Israel, Canada, North Macedonia, Ukraine, China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Belarus, Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei, Kosovo and Turkey may visit Greece for pleasure, provided they can fulfill the general entry requirements.

    Incoming travellers who are residents of the Russian Federation, whether vaccinated or not, must show a negative result to a molecular PCR test or a rapid (antigen) test, and they will also be subject to new testing upon arrival.

    Air travellers arriving from Egypt, Albania, Argentina, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Brazil, Georgia, Cuba, the United Arab Emirates, India, China, Libya, Morocco, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, and Turkey – irrespective of their citizenship – will have to take a test upon arrival at the airport. If the rapid test result is positive, then the passenger will have to take a molecular PCR test to confirm the result. This procedure does not apply to passengers who are vaccinated or have recovered from a Covid-19 infection (except for Russian residents, as above).

    Other third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

    This restriction applies until 3 September 2021, 06.00 AM.

    Important notice: Upon arrival, randomly selected travellers may be requested to undergo a mandatory RAPID antigen test at the entrance gates, drawn from the “EVA” sampling system. Following the sampling test, mandatory isolation is required for travellers testing positive for SARS-Cov-2. In this case, the travellers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis, and stay in isolation for a maximum of 10 days. Passengers, who have been fully vaccinated and the rapid test they take upon arrival is positive, will have to self-isolate for seven (7) days. In both cases, self-isolated travellers will have to show a negative result to a molecular PCR test on the last day of their quarantine, in order for the quarantine to be lifted. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator: you should contact them directly if you need further information. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.
    *What to do if you test positive while in Greece: If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Greece you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive test result. If you are symptomatic you must continue to self-isolate until you have shown no symptoms for three days. At the end of this period you will need to take an RAT (antigen test). If the result is positive you should take a further test 48 hours later. You can end your self-isolation once you have a negative RAT (antigen test) result.
    The above guidance does not apply in the case of strains of special interest or variants under surveillance. These cases will be assessed by the EMEA (Greek health authority) and appropriate instructions will be given.
    Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to self-isolate in your current accommodation, or Greek authorities will ask you to self-isolate in a state provided quarantine hotel. The expense of the accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek state. Local authorities will be able to offer further advice on self-isolation requirements.
    If you do not self-isolate or quarantine when required you may be fined by the Hellenic Police. The fine could be as much as €5000. You should comply with any requirement to self-isolate or quarantine.
    *Quarantine hotels: If you test positive for COVID-19 you may have to enter a quarantine hotel. In Greece, the Greek authorities will pay the cost of your quarantine.
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, in all areas of Greece.
    *COVID-19 restrictions: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice.
    A partial lockdown is in force in Messinia, and in Chania, Heraklion, and Rethymno (Crete) until at least 1 September. Restrictions include a curfew between 1am and 6am, and a ban on playing music at entertainment venues. Check the latest local guidance and follow the advice of local authorities.
    Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • you must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    • Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel to the rest of the islands is permitted but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a rapid test or self-test conducted up to 24 hours before travel; or
    a self-test declaration signed less than 24 hours before travel; or
    • documentary proof of having recovered from Covid-19 (at least 2 months since infection, and no more than 9 months)

    Read more
    30.08.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Civil Aviation Authority extends its COVID-19 restrictions on domestic flights to, from islands (The National Herald, 22.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    All travellers aged 12 and older arriving in Greece are required to have one of the following: 

    • A negative COVID-19 test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry in Greece.
    • A negative antigen (rapid) test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry.
    • This test is mandatory for all non-EU DCC holders (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
    • A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
    • A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory.
    • Proof that the traveller was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 2 to 9 months. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not required for all travellers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

    Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is also not required if the traveller was tested positive and at least 20 days have elapsed since the first positive result. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory, or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The validity of this certificate is 9 months.

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of EU Member States and Schengen associated countries (Andorra, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican, the Principality of Monaco), the USA, the UK, Serbia, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the Russian Federation, Israel, Canada, North Macedonia, Ukraine, China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Belarus, Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei, Kosovo and Turkey may visit Greece for pleasure, provided they can fulfill the general entry requirements.

    For the Russian Federation, passengers must carry a negative PCR molecular test result from a testing laboratory taken up to 72 hours before arrival, or a negative antigen (rapid) test result taken up to 48 hours before arrival regardless if they are vaccinated or not.

    Other third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

    Important notice: Upon arrival, randomly selected travellers may be requested to undergo a mandatory RAPID antigen test at the entrance gates, drawn from the “EVA” sampling system. Following the sampling test, mandatory isolation is required for travellers testing positive for SARS-Cov-2. In this case, the travellers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis, and stay in isolation for a maximum of 10 days. Passengers, who have been fully vaccinated and the rapid test they take upon arrival is positive, will have to self-isolate for seven (7) days. In both cases, self-isolated travellers will have to show a negative result to a molecular PCR test on the last day of their quarantine, in order the quarantine is to be lifted. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator: you should contact them directly if you need further information. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.
    *What to do if you test positive while in Greece: If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Greece you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive test result. If you are symptomatic you must continue to self-isolate until you have shown no symptoms for three days. At the end of this period you will need to take an RAT (antigen test). If the result is positive you should take a further test 48 hours later. You can end your self-isolation once you have a negative RAT (antigen test) result.
    The above guidance does not apply in the case of strains of special interest or variants under surveillance. These cases will be assessed by the EMEA (Greek health authority) and appropriate instructions will be given.
    Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to self-isolate in your current accommodation, or Greek authorities will ask you to self-isolate in a state provided quarantine hotel. The expense of the accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek state. Local authorities will be able to offer further advice on self-isolation requirements.
    If you do not self-isolate or quarantine when required you may be fined by the Hellenic Police. The fine could be as much as €5000. You should comply with any requirement to self-isolate or quarantine.
    *Quarantine hotels: If you test positive for COVID-19 you may have to enter a quarantine hotel. In Greece, the Greek authorities will pay the cost of your quarantine.
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, in all areas of Greece.
    *COVID-19 restrictions: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice.
    A partial lockdown is in force in Messinia, and in Chania, Heraklion, and Rethymno (Crete) until at least 1 September. Restrictions include a curfew between 1am and 6am, and a ban on playing music at entertainment venues. Check the latest local guidance and follow the advice of local authorities.
    Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • you must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    • Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel to the rest of the islands is permitted but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a rapid test or self-test conducted up to 24 hours before travel; or
    a self-test declaration signed less than 24 hours before travel; or
    • documentary proof of having recovered from Covid-19 (at least 2 months since infection, and no more than 9 months)

    Read more
    26.08.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Civil Aviation Authority extends its COVID-19 restrictions on domestic flights to, from islands (The National Herald, 22.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    All travellers aged 12 and older arriving in Greece are required to have one of the following: 

    • A negative COVID-19 test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry in Greece.
    • A negative antigen (rapid) test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry.
    • This test is mandatory for all non-EU DCC holders (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
    • A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
    • A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory.
    • Proof that the traveller was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 2 to 9 months. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not required for all travellers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

    Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is also not required if the traveller was tested positive and at least 20 days have elapsed since the first positive result. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory, or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The validity of this certificate is 9 months.

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of EU Member States and Schengen associated countries (Andorra, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican, the Principality of Monaco), the USA, the UK, Serbia, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the Russian Federation, Israel, Canada, North Macedonia, Ukraine, China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Belarus, Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei, Kosovo and Turkey may visit Greece for pleasure, provided they can fulfill the general entry requirements.

    For the Russian Federation, passengers must carry a negative PCR molecular test result from a testing laboratory taken up to 72 hours before arrival, or a negative antigen (rapid) test result taken up to 48 hours before arrival regardless if they are vaccinated or not.

    Other third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

    Important notice: Upon arrival, randomly selected travellers may be requested to undergo a mandatory RAPID antigen test at the entrance gates, drawn from the “EVA” sampling system. Following the sampling test, mandatory isolation is required for travellers testing positive for SARS-Cov-2. In this case, the travellers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis, and stay in isolation for a maximum of 10 days. Passengers, who have been fully vaccinated and the rapid test they take upon arrival is positive, will have to self-isolate for seven (7) days. In both cases, self-isolated travellers will have to show a negative result to a molecular PCR test on the last day of their quarantine, in order the quarantine is to be lifted. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator: you should contact them directly if you need further information. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.
    **What to do if you test positive while in Greece: If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Greece you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive test result. If you are symptomatic you must continue to self-isolate until you have shown no symptoms for three days. At the end of this period you will need to take an RAT (antigen test). If the result is positive you should take a further test 48 hours later. You can end your self-isolation once you have a negative RAT (antigen test) result.
    The above guidance does not apply in the case of strains of special interest or variants under surveillance. These cases will be assessed by the EMEA (Greek health authority) and appropriate instructions will be given.
    Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to self-isolate in your current accommodation, or Greek authorities will ask you to self-isolate in a state provided quarantine hotel. The expense of the accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek state. Local authorities will be able to offer further advice on self-isolation requirements.
    If you do not self-isolate or quarantine when required you may be fined by the Hellenic Police. The fine could be as much as €5000. You should comply with any requirement to self-isolate or quarantine.
    Plan ahead and make sure you: can access money; understand what your insurance will cover; can make arrangements to etend your stay and be away for longer than planned.
    *Quarantine hotels: If you test positive for COVID-19 you may have to enter a quarantine hotel. In Greece, the Greek authorities will pay the cost of your quarantine.
    Make sure you have access to funds to cover the costs or take out insurance, checking the policy has adequate cover.
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, in all areas of Greece.
    *COVID-19 restrictions: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice.
    A partial lockdown is in force in Chania (Crete) and on the island of Zakynthos (Zante) until at least 18 August, and in Heraklion (Crete) until at least 17 August. Restrictions include a curfew between 1am and 6am, and a ban on playing music at entertainment venues.
    Check the latest local guidance and follow the advice of local authorities.
    Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • you must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    • Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory)
    Cross-regional travel to the rest of the islands is permitted but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose), or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a rapid test or self-test conducted up to 24 hours before travel; or
    a
    self-test declaration signed less than 24 hours before travel; or
    • documentary proof of having recovered from Covid-19 (at least 2 months since infection, and no more than 9 months)

    Read more
    23.08.2021
  • Greece Latest News: COVID-19-related restrictions on domestic flights extended to 9 August (GCT, 01.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    All travellers aged 12 and older arriving in Greece are required to have one of the following: 

    • A negative COVID-19 test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry in Greece.
    • A negative antigen (rapid) test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry.
    • This test is mandatory for all non-EU DCC holders (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
    • A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
    • A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory.
    • Proof that the traveller was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 2 to 9 months. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not required for all travellers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

    Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is also not required if the traveller was tested positive and at least 20 days have elapsed since the first positive result. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory, or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The validity of this certificate is 9 months.

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of EU Member States and Schengen associated countries (Andorra, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican, the Principality of Monaco), the USA, the UK, Serbia, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the Russian Federation, Israel, Canada, North Macedonia, Ukraine, China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Belarus, Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei, Kosovo and Turkey may visit Greece for pleasure, provided they can fulfill the general entry requirements.

    For the Russian Federation, passengers must carry a negative PCR molecular test result from a testing laboratory taken up to 72 hours before arrival, or a negative antigen (rapid) test result taken up to 48 hours before arrival regardless if they are vaccinated or not.

    Other third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

    Important notice: Upon arrival, randomly selected travellers may be requested to undergo a mandatory RAPID antigen test at the entrance gates, drawn from the “EVA” sampling system. Following the sampling test, mandatory isolation is required for travellers testing positive for SARS-Cov-2. In this case, the travellers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis, and stay in isolation for a maximum of 10 days. Passengers, who have been fully vaccinated and the rapid test they take upon arrival is positive, will have to self-isolate for seven (7) days. In both cases, self-isolated travellers will have to show a negative result to a molecular PCR test on the last day of their quarantine, in order the quarantine is to be lifted. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator: you should contact them directly if you need further information. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.
    *What to do if you test positive while in Greece: What you need to do if you test positive for COVID-19 while in Greece will depend on your vaccination status. If you have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days, you will need to self-isolate for 7 days. If you are not fully vaccinated, or have not been so for 14 days, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days.
    If you are not fully vaccinated and have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
    Depending on circumstances, you may be able to self-isolate in your current accommodation, or Greek authorities will ask you to self-isolate in a state provided quarantine hotel. The expense of the accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek state. Local authorities will be able to offer further advice on self-isolation requirements.
    If you do not self-isolate or quarantine when required you may be fined by the Hellenic Police. The fine could be as much as €5000. You should comply with any requirement to self-isolate or quarantine.

    Plan ahead and make sure you: can access money; understand what your insurance will cover; can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned
    *Quarantine hotels: If you test positive for COVID-19 you may have to enter a quarantine hotel. In Greece, the Greek authorities will pay the cost of your quarantine.
    Make sure you have access to funds to cover the costs or take out insurance, checking the policy has adequate cover.
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, in all areas of Greece.
    *COVID-19 restrictions: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice.
    A partial lockdown is in force in Chania (Crete) and on the island of Zakynthos (Zante) until at least 18 August, and in Heraklion (Crete) until at least 17 August. Restrictions include a curfew between 1am and 6am, and a ban on playing music at entertainment venues.
    Check the latest local guidance and follow the advice of local authorities.
    Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • you must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    • Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory)
    Cross-regional travel to the rest of the islands is permitted but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose), or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a rapid test or self-test conducted up to 24 hours before travel; or
    a
    self-test declaration signed less than 24 hours before travel; or
    • documentary proof of having recovered from Covid-19 (at least 2 months since infection, and no more than 9 months)

    Read more
    20.08.2021
  • Greece Latest News: COVID-19-related restrictions on domestic flights extended to 9 August (GCT, 01.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    All travellers aged 12 and older arriving in Greece are required to have one of the following: 

    • A negative COVID-19 test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry in Greece.
    • A negative antigen (rapid) test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry.
    • This test is mandatory for all non-EU DCC holders (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
    • A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
    • A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory.
    • Proof that the traveller was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 2 to 9 months. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not required for all travellers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

    Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is also not required if the traveller was tested positive and at least 20 days have elapsed since the first positive result. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory, or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The validity of this certificate is 9 months.

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of EU Member States and Schengen associated countries (Andorra, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican, the Principality of Monaco), the USA, the UK, Serbia, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the Russian Federation, Israel, Canada, North Macedonia, Ukraine, China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Belarus, Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei, Kosovo and Turkey may visit Greece for pleasure, provided they can fulfill the general entry requirements.

    For the Russian Federation, from 30 July passengers must carry a negative PCR molecular test result from a testing laboratory taken up to 72 hours before arrival, or a negative antigen (rapid) test result taken up to 48 hours before arrival regardless if they are vaccinated or not.

    Other third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

    This restriction applies until 5 August 2021 at 06:00 AM.

    Important notice: Upon arrival, randomly selected travellers may be requested to undergo a mandatory RAPID antigen test at the entrance gates, drawn from the “EVA” sampling system. Following the sampling test, mandatory isolation is required for travellers testing positive for SARS-Cov-2. In this case, the travellers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis, and stay in isolation for a maximum of 10 days. Passengers, who have been fully vaccinated and the rapid test they take upon arrival is positive, will have to self-isolate for seven (7) days. In both cases, self-isolated travellers will have to show a negative result to a molecular PCR test on the last day of their quarantine, in order the quarantine is to be lifted. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator: you should contact them directly if you need further information. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.
    *What to do if you test positive while in Greece: What you need to do if you test positive for COVID-19 while in Greece will depend on your vaccination status. If you have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days, you will need to self-isolate for 7 days. If you are not fully vaccinated, or have not been so for 14 days, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days.
    If you are not fully vaccinated and have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
    Depending on circumstances, you may be able to self-isolate in your current accommodation, or Greek authorities will ask you to self-isolate in a state provided quarantine hotel. The expense of the accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek state. Local authorities will be able to offer further advice on self-isolation requirements.
    If you do not self-isolate or quarantine when required you may be fined by the Hellenic Police. The fine could be as much as €5000. You should comply with any requirement to self-isolate or quarantine.

    Plan ahead and make sure you: can access money; understand what your insurance will cover; can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned
    *Quarantine hotels: If you test positive for COVID-19 you may have to enter a quarantine hotel. In Greece, the Greek authorities will pay the cost of your quarantine.
    Make sure you have access to funds to cover the costs or take out insurance, checking the policy has adequate cover.
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, in all areas of Greece.
    *COVID-19 restrictions: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice.
    A partial lockdown is in force in Chania (Crete) and on the island of Zakynthos (Zante) until at least 18 August, and in Heraklion (Crete) until at least 17 August. Restrictions include a curfew between 1am and 6am, and a ban on playing music at entertainment venues.
    Check the latest local guidance and follow the advice of local authorities.
    Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • you must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    • Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory)
    Cross-regional travel to the rest of the islands is permitted but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose), or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a rapid test or self-test conducted up to 24 hours before travel; or
    a
    self-test declaration signed less than 24 hours before travel; or
    • documentary proof of having recovered from Covid-19 (at least 2 months since infection, and no more than 9 months)

    Read more
    17.08.2021
  • Greece Latest News: COVID-19-related restrictions on domestic flights extended to 9 August (GCT, 01.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    All travellers aged 12 and older arriving in Greece are required to have one of the following: 

    • A negative COVID-19 test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry in Greece.
    • A negative antigen (rapid) test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry.
    • This test is mandatory for all non-EU DCC holders (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
    • A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
    • A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory.
    • Proof that the traveller was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 2 to 9 months. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not required for all travellers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

    Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is also not required if the traveller was tested positive and at least 20 days have elapsed since the first positive result. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory, or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The validity of this certificate is 9 months.

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of EU Member States and Schengen associated countries (Andorra, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican, the Principality of Monaco), the USA, the UK, Serbia, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the Russian Federation, Israel, Canada, North Macedonia, Ukraine, China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Belarus, Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei, Kosovo and Turkey may visit Greece for pleasure, provided they can fulfill the general entry requirements.

    For the Russian Federation, from 30 July passengers must carry a negative PCR molecular test result from a testing laboratory taken up to 72 hours before arrival, or a negative antigen (rapid) test result taken up to 48 hours before arrival regardless if they are vaccinated or not.

    Other third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

    This restriction applies until 5 August 2021 at 06:00 AM.

    Important notice: Upon arrival, randomly selected travellers may be requested to undergo a mandatory RAPID antigen test at the entrance gates, drawn from the “EVA” sampling system. Following the sampling test, mandatory isolation is required for travellers testing positive for SARS-Cov-2. In this case, the travellers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis, and stay in isolation for a maximum of 10 days. Passengers, who have been fully vaccinated and the rapid test they take upon arrival is positive, will have to self-isolate for seven (7) days. In both cases, self-isolated travellers will have to show a negative result to a molecular PCR test on the last day of their quarantine, in order the quarantine is to be lifted. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator: you should contact them directly if you need further information. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *COVID-19 restrictions: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice.
    A partial lockdown is in force in Chania (Crete) and on the island of Zakynthos (Zante) until at least 13 August. Restrictions include a curfew between 1am and 6am, and a ban on playing music at entertainment venues. Check the latest local guidance and follow the advice of local authorities.
    Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • you must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    • Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel to the rest of the islands is permitted but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a rapid test or self-test conducted up to 24 hours before travel; or a self-test declaration signed less than 24 hours before travel; or
    • documentary proof of having recovered from Covid-19 (at least 2 months since infection, and no more than 9 months)
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, in all areas of Greece.
    *Be prepared for your plans to change: No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
    *What to do if you test positive while in Greece: What you need to do if you test positive for COVID-19 while in Greece will depend on your vaccination status. If you have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days, you will need to self-isolate for 7 days. If you are not fully vaccinated, or have not been so for 14 days, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days.
    If you are not fully vaccinated and have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
    Depending on circumstances, you may be able to self-isolate in your current accommodation, or Greek authorities will ask you to self-isolate in a state provided quarantine hotel. The expense of the accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek state. Local authorities will be able to offer further advice on self-isolation requirements.
    If you do not self-isolate or quarantine when required you may be fined by the Hellenic Police. The fine could be as much as €5000. You should comply with any requirement to self-isolate or quarantine.
    Plan ahead and make sure you: can access money; understand what your insurance will cover; can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned.
    *Quarantine hotels: If you test positive for COVID-19 you may have to enter a quarantine hotel. In Greece, the Greek authorities will pay the cost of your quarantine.
    Make sure you have access to funds to cover the costs or take out insurance, checking the policy has adequate cover.

    Read more
    10.08.2021
  • Greece “Zakynthos and Chania islands have been transferred to the red, the fourth level of epidemiological danger (an increase in the number of cases of covid, plus 69% for Zakynthos and plus 54% for Chania week to week). In this regard, the authorities have tightened restrictions in the regions until August 13, ”the newspaper writes.

    As the newspaper notes, the curfew is imposed from 01:00 am to 06:00 am, with the exception of travel to work and in connection with serious health problems.

    In addition, 24-hour music is prohibited in restaurants, bars, clubs and other entertainment venues. In case of violations, the tenant or owner will pay an administrative fine in the amount of 50 to 200 thousand euros.

    “The measures will be reviewed next Friday,” notes Kathimerini.

    It is also recalled that in these areas and throughout the country, it is prohibited to hold any events with the participation of more than 20 people on private territory.

    Meanwhile, as the newspaper writes, the epidemiological situation on the islands of Rhodes and Ios is no better: there is now an “orange level” of epidemiological security.

    In addition to the deterioration of the situation with the coronavirus in Greece, due to the abnormal heat, fires are raging. The outbreaks were recorded on the Peloponnese peninsula, on the island of Euboea, in Rhodes, and on Tuesday the flame flared up in the Athens region, now the main road leading to the popular resort city of Thessaloniki is blocked there.

    Read more
    09.08.2021
  • Greece With the fast vaccination rate and the epidemiologic situation improving in Greece and other countries, the Greek authorities decided to open the borders for EU and third-country travellers back in May.
    However, in order to protect public health and ensure safe holidays for the tourists, the authorities imposed entry requirements against travellers, including proof of vaccination, which still remains effective.

    As such, according to a travel protocol issued by the Government of Greece, the country accepts as valid proof of vaccination all of the vaccines listed below:

    Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty)
    Moderna (Spikevax)
    AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria)
    Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)
    Sinovac (CoronaVac)
    AstraZeneca – Serum Institute of India (Covishield)
    Novavax
    Sputnik V
    Cansino Biologics
    Sinopharm BIBP
    “Acceptable vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm among others,” the Government said.

    Read more
    06.08.2021
  • Greece Latest News: COVID-19-related restrictions on domestic flights extended to 9 August (GCT, 01.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Travellers arriving in Greece are required to have: 

    • A negative COVID-19 test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry in Greece.
    • A negative antigen (rapid) test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry.
    • This test is mandatory for all non-EU DCC holders (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
    • A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
    • A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory.
    • Proof that the traveller was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 2 to 9 months. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not required for all travellers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

    Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is also not required if the traveller was tested positive and at least 20 days have elapsed since the first positive result. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory, or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The validity of this certificate is 9 months.

    All passengers aged 12 and older must carry any one of the above documents.

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of EU Member States and Schengen associated countries, the U.S.A., the U.K., Serbia, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the Russian Federation, Israel, Canada, North Macedonia, Ukraine, China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Belarus, Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei, and Kosovo may visit Greece for pleasure, provided they can fulfill the general entry requirements. Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican should be considered as EU residents for this purpose.

    For the Russian Federation, from 30 July passengers must carry a negative PCR molecular test result from a testing laboratory taken up to 72 hours before arrival, or a negative antigen (rapid) test result taken up to 48 hours before arrival regardless if they are vaccinated or not.

    Other third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

    This restriction applies until 5 August 2021 at 06.00 AM.

    Important notice: Upon arrival, randomly selected travellers may be requested to undergo a mandatory RAPID antigen test at the entrance gates, drawn from the “EVA” sampling system. Following the sampling test, mandatory isolation is required for travellers testing positive for SARS-Cov-2. In this case, the travellers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis, and stay in isolation for a maximum of 10 days. Passengers, who have been fully vaccinated and the rapid test they take upon arrival is positive, will have to self-isolate for seven (7) days. In both cases, self-isolated travellers will have to show a negative result to a molecular PCR test on the last day of their quarantine, in order for the quarantine to be lifted. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator: you should contact them directly if you need further information. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Quarantine hotels: If you test positive for COVID-19 you may have to enter a quarantine hotel. In Greece, the Greek authorities will pay the cost of your quarantine.
    EHIC or GHIC cards can not be used to cover any additional expenses you incur whilst staying in a quarantine hotel. Make sure you have access to funds to cover the costs or take out insurance, checking the policy has adequate cover.
    If you have or are entitled to an EHIC or GHIC and you need medical treatment while staying at a quarantine hotel, the UK government will fund treatment as usual through the EHIC/GHIC scheme.
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, in all areas of Greece.
    *COVID-19 restrictions: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice.
    Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • you must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    • Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel to the rest of the islands is permitted but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a rapid test or self-test conducted up to 24 hours before travel; or
    • a self-test declaration signed less than 24 hours before travel; or
    • documentary proof of having recovered from Covid-19 (at least 2 months since infection, and no more than 9 months)
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.
    *Be prepared for your plans to change: No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
    *What to do if you test positive while in Greece: What you need to do if you test positive for COVID-19 while in Greece will depend on your vaccination status. If you have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days, you will need to self-isolate for 7 days. If you are not fully vaccinated, or have not been so for 14 days, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days.
    If you are not fully vaccinated and have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
    Depending on circumstances, you may be able to self-isolate in your current accommodation, or Greek authorities will ask you to self-isolate in a state provided quarantine hotel. The expense of the accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek state. Local authorities will be able to offer further advice on self-isolation requirements.
    If you do not self-isolate or quarantine when required you may be fined by the Hellenic Police. The fine could be as much as €5000. You should comply with any requirement to self-isolate or quarantine.
    Plan ahead and make sure you: can access money; understand what your insurance will cover; can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

    Read more
    02.08.2021
  • Greece Latest News: COVID-19-related restrictions on domestic flights extended to 9 August (GCT, 01.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Travellers arriving in Greece are required to have: 

    • A negative COVID-19 test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry in Greece.
    • A negative antigen (rapid) test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry.
    • This test is mandatory for all non-EU DCC holders (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
    • A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
    • A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory.
    • Proof that the traveller was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 2 to 9 months. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not required for all travellers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

    Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is also not required if the traveller was tested positive and at least 20 days have elapsed since the first positive result. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory, or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The validity of this certificate is 9 months.

    All passengers aged 12 and older must carry any one of the above documents.

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of EU Member States and Schengen associated countries, the U.S.A., the U.K., Serbia, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the Russian Federation, Israel, Canada, North Macedonia, Ukraine, China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Belarus, Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei, and Kosovo may visit Greece for pleasure, provided they can fulfill the general entry requirements. Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican should be considered as EU residents for this purpose.

    For the Russian Federation, from 30 July passengers must carry a negative PCR molecular test result from a testing laboratory taken up to 72 hours before arrival, or a negative antigen (rapid) test result taken up to 48 hours before arrival regardless if they are vaccinated or not.

    Other third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

    This restriction applies until 29 July 2021 at 06.00 AM.

    Important notice: Upon arrival, randomly selected travellers may be requested to undergo a mandatory RAPID antigen test at the entrance gates, drawn from the “EVA” sampling system. Following the sampling test, mandatory isolation is required for travellers testing positive for SARS-Cov-2. In this case, the travellers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis, and stay in isolation for a maximum of 10 days. Passengers, who have been fully vaccinated and the rapid test they take upon arrival is positive, will have to self-isolate for seven (7) days. In both cases, self-isolated travellers will have to show a negative result to a molecular PCR test on the last day of their quarantine, in order for the quarantine to be lifted. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator: you should contact them directly if you need further information. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Quarantine hotels: If you test positive for COVID-19 you may have to enter a quarantine hotel. In Greece, the Greek authorities will pay the cost of your quarantine.
    EHIC or GHIC cards can not be used to cover any additional expenses you incur whilst staying in a quarantine hotel. Make sure you have access to funds to cover the costs or take out insurance, checking the policy has adequate cover.
    If you have or are entitled to an EHIC or GHIC and you need medical treatment while staying at a quarantine hotel, the UK government will fund treatment as usual through the EHIC/GHIC scheme.
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, in all areas of Greece.
    *COVID-19 restrictions: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice.
    Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • you must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    • Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel to the rest of the islands is permitted but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a rapid test or self-test conducted up to 24 hours before travel; or
    • a self-test declaration signed less than 24 hours before travel; or
    • documentary proof of having recovered from Covid-19 (at least 2 months since infection, and no more than 9 months)
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.
    *Be prepared for your plans to change: No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
    *What to do if you test positive while in Greece: What you need to do if you test positive for COVID-19 while in Greece will depend on your vaccination status. If you have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days, you will need to self-isolate for 7 days. If you are not fully vaccinated, or have not been so for 14 days, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days.
    If you are not fully vaccinated and have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
    Depending on circumstances, you may be able to self-isolate in your current accommodation, or Greek authorities will ask you to self-isolate in a state provided quarantine hotel. The expense of the accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek state. Local authorities will be able to offer further advice on self-isolation requirements.
    If you do not self-isolate or quarantine when required you may be fined by the Hellenic Police. The fine could be as much as €5000. You should comply with any requirement to self-isolate or quarantine.
    Plan ahead and make sure you: can access money; understand what your insurance will cover; can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

    Read more
    30.07.2021
  • Greece Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Travellers arriving in Greece are required to have: 

    • A negative COVID-19 test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry in Greece.
    • A negative antigen (rapid) test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry.
    • This test is mandatory for all non-EU DCC holders (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
    • A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
    • A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory.
    • Proof that the traveller was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 2 to 9 months. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not required for all travellers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

    Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is also not required if the traveller was tested positive and at least 20 days have elapsed since the first positive result. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory, or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The validity of this certificate is 9 months.

    All passengers aged 12 and older must carry any one of the above documents.

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of EU Member States and Schengen associated countries, the U.S.A., the U.K., Serbia, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the Russian Federation, Israel, Canada, North Macedonia, Ukraine, China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Belarus, Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei, and Kosovo may visit Greece for pleasure, provided they can fulfill the general entry requirements.

    For the Russian Federation, from 30 July passengers must carry a negative PCR molecular test result from a testing laboratory taken up to 72 hours before arrival, or a negative antigen (rapid) test result taken up to 48 hours before arrival regardless if they are vaccinated or not.

    Other third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

    This restriction applies until 29 July 2021, 06.00 AM.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, in all areas of Greece.
    *COVID-19 restrictions: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice.
    Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • you must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    • Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel to the rest of the islands is permitted but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a rapid test or self-test conducted up to 24 hours before travel; or
    a self-test declaration signed less than 24 hours before travel; or
    • documentary proof of having recovered from Covid-19 (at least 2 months since infection, and no more than 9 months)
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator: you should contact them directly if you need further information. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.
    *Be prepared for your plans to change: No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
    *What to do if you test positive while in Greece: What you need to do if you test positive for COVID-19 while in Greece will depend on your vaccination status. If you have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days, you will need to self-isolate for 7 days. If you are not fully vaccinated, or have not been so for 14 days, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days.
    If you are not fully vaccinated and have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
    Depending on circumstances, you may be able to self-isolate in your current accommodation, or Greek authorities will ask you to self-isolate in a state provided quarantine hotel. The expense of the accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek state. Local authorities will be able to offer further advice on self-isolation requirements.
    If you do not self-isolate or quarantine when required you may be fined by the Hellenic Police. The fine could be as much as €5000. You should comply with any requirement to self-isolate or quarantine.
    Plan ahead and make sure you: can access money; understand what your insurance will cover; can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

    Read more
    28.07.2021
  • Greece Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Travellers arriving in Greece are required to have: 

    • A negative COVID-19 test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry in Greece.
    • A negative antigen (rapid) test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry.
    • This test is mandatory for all non-EU DCC holders (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
    • A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
    • A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory.
    • Proof that the traveller was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 2 to 9 months. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not required for all travellers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

    Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is also not required if the traveller was tested positive and at least 20 days have elapsed since the first positive result. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory, or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The validity of this certificate is 9 months.

    All passengers aged 12 and older must carry any one of the above documents.

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of EU Member States and Schengen associated countries, the U.S.A., the U.K., Serbia, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the Russian Federation, Israel, Canada, North Macedonia, Ukraine, China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Belarus, Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei, and Kosovo may visit Greece for pleasure, provided they can fulfill the general entry requirements.

    For the Russian Federation, from 30 July passengers must carry a negative PCR molecular test result from a testing laboratory taken up to 72 hours before arrival, or a negative antigen (rapid) test result taken up to 48 hours before arrival regardless if they are vaccinated or not.

    Other third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

    This restriction applies until 29 July 2021, 06.00 AM.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator: you should contact them directly if you need further information. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, in all areas of Greece.
    *COVID-19 restrictions: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice.
    Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance .
    • you must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    • Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel to the rest of the islands is permitted but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a rapid test or self-test conducted up to 24 hours before travel; or
    • a self-test declaration signed less than 24 hours before travel; or
    • documentary proof of having recovered from Covid-19 (at least 2 months since infection, and no more than 9 months)
    *Be prepared for your plans to change: No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
    *What to do if you test positive while in Greece: What you need to do if you test positive for COVID-19 while in Greece will depend on your vaccination status. If you have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days, you will need to self-isolate for 7 days. If you are not fully vaccinated, or have not been so for 14 days, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days. In all cases you will need to take a PCR test at the end of your period of self-isolation.
    If you are not fully vaccinated and have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
    Depending on circumstances, you may be able to self-isolate in your current accommodation, or Greek authorities will ask you to self-isolate in a state provided quarantine hotel. The expense of the accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek state. Local authorities will be able to offer further advice on self-isolation requirements.
    If you do not self-isolate or quarantine when required you may be fined by the Hellenic Police. The fine could be as much as €5000. You should comply with any requirement to self-isolate or quarantine.
    Plan ahead and make sure you: can access money; understand what your insurance will cover; can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

    Read more
    27.07.2021
  • Greece Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Travellers arriving in Greece are required to have: 

    • A negative COVID-19 test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry in Greece.
    • A negative antigen (rapid) test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry.
    • This test is mandatory for all non-EU DCC holders (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
    • A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
    • A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory.
    • Proof that the traveller was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 2 to 9 months. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not required for all travellers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

    Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is also not required if the traveller was tested positive and at least 20 days have elapsed since the first positive result. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory, or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The validity of this certificate is 9 months.

    All passengers aged 12 and older must carry any one of the above documents.

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of EU Member States and Schengen associated countries, the U.S.A., the U.K., Serbia, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the Russian Federation, Israel, Canada, North Macedonia, Ukraine, China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Belarus, Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei, and Kosovo may visit Greece for pleasure, provided they can fulfill the general entry requirements.

    For the Russian Federation, from 30 July passengers must carry a negative PCR molecular test result from a testing laboratory taken up to 72 hours before arrival, or a negative antigen (rapid) test result taken up to 48 hours before arrival regardless if they are vaccinated or not.

    Other third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

    This restriction applies until 29 July 2021, 06.00 AM.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, in all areas of Greece.
    *COVID-19 restrictions: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice. Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • you must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    • Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel to the rest of the islands is permitted but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose
    , or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a rapid test or self-test conducted up to 24 hours before travel; or
    • a self-test declarationsigned less than 24 hours before travel; or
    • documentary proof of having recovered from Covid-19 (at least 2 months since infection, and no more than 9 months)
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator: you should contact them directly if you need further information. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.

    Read more
    26.07.2021
  • Greece Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Travellers arriving in Greece are required to have: 

    • A negative COVID-19 test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry in Greece.
    • A negative antigen (rapid) test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry.
    • This test is mandatory for all non-EU DCC holders (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
    • A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
    • A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory.
    • Proof that the traveller was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 2 to 9 months. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not required for all travellers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

    Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is also not required if the traveller was tested positive and at least 20 days have elapsed since the first positive result. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory, or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The validity of this certificate is 9 months.

    All passengers aged 12 and older must carry any one of the above documents.

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of EU Member States and Schengen associated countries, the U.S.A., the U.K., Serbia, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the Russian Federation, Israel, Canada, North Macedonia, Ukraine, China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Belarus, Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei, and Kosovo may visit Greece for pleasure, provided they can fullfill the general entry requirements.

    Other third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

    This restriction applies until 22 July 2021, 06.00 AM.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, in all areas of Greece.
    *COVID-19 restrictions: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice. Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • you must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    • Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel to the rest of the islands is permitted but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose
    , or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a rapid test or self-test conducted up to 24 hours before travel; or
    • a self-test declarationsigned less than 24 hours before travel; or
    • documentary proof of having recovered from Covid-19 (at least 2 months since infection, and no more than 9 months)
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator: you should contact them directly if you need further information. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.

    Read more
    22.07.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Civil aviation authority extends COVID-19 travel restrictions for international flights until 15 July (GTP, 08.07.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Travellers arriving in Greece are required to have: 

    • A negative COVID-19 test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry in Greece.
    • A negative antigen (rapid) test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry.
    • This test is mandatory for all non-EU DCC holders (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
    • A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
    • A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory.
    • Proof that the traveller was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 2 to 9 months. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not required for all travellers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

    Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is also not required if the traveller was tested positive and at least 20 days have elapsed since the first positive result. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory, or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The validity of this certificate is 9 months.

    All passengers aged 12 and older must carry any one of the above documents.

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit: <

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of EU Member States and Schengen associated countries, the U.S.A., the U.K., Serbia, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the Russian Federation, Israel, Canada, North Macedonia, Ukraine, China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Belarus, Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei, and Kosovo may visit Greece for pleasure, provided they can fullfill the general entry requirements.

    Other third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

    This restriction applies until 22 July 2021, 06.00 AM.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, in all areas of Greece.
    *COVID-19 restrictions: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice. Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • you must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    • Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel to the rest of the islands is permitted but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose
    , or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a rapid test or self-test conducted up to 24 hours before travel; or
    • a self-test declarationsigned less than 24 hours before travel; or
    • documentary proof of having recovered from Covid-19 (at least 2 months since infection, and no more than 9 months)
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator: you should contact them directly if you need further information. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.

    Read more
    21.07.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Civil aviation authority extends COVID-19 travel restrictions for international flights until 15 July (GTP, 08.07.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Travellers arriving in Greece are required to have: 

    • A negative COVID-19 test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry in Greece.
    • A negative antigen (rapid) test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry.
    • This test is mandatory for all non-EU DCC holders (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
    • A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
    • A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory.
    • Proof that the traveller was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 2 to 9 months. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not required for all travellers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

    Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is also not required if the traveller was tested positive and at least 20 days have elapsed since the first positive result. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory, or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The validity of this certificate is 9 months.

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of EU Member States and Schengen associated countries, the U.S.A., the U.K., Serbia, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the Russian Federation, Israel, Canada, North Macedonia, Ukraine, China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Belarus, Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei, and Kosovo may visit Greece for pleasure, provided they can fullfill the general entry requirements.

    Other third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

    This restriction applies until 15 July 2021, 06.00 AM.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, in all areas of Greece.
    *COVID-19 restrictions: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice. Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • you must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    • Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel to the rest of the islands is permitted but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose
    , or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a rapid test or self-test conducted up to 24 hours before travel; or
    • a self-test declarationsigned less than 24 hours before travel; or
    • documentary proof of having recovered from Covid-19 (at least 2 months since infection, and no more than 9 months)
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator: you should contact them directly if you need further information. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.

    Read more
    14.07.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Civil aviation authority extends COVID-19 travel restrictions for international flights until 15 July (GTP, 08.07.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Travellers arriving in Greece are required to have: 

    • A negative COVID-19 test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry in Greece.
    • A negative antigen (rapid) test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry.
    • This test is mandatory for all non-EU DCC holders (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
    • A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
    • A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory.
    • Proof that the traveller was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 2 to 9 months. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not required for all travellers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

    Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is also not required if the traveller was tested positive and at least 20 days have elapsed since the first positive result. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory, or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The validity of this certificate is 9 months.

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of EU Member States and Schengen associated countries, the U.S.A., the U.K., Serbia, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the Russian Federation, Israel, Canada, North Macedonia, Ukraine, China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Belarus, Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei, and Kosovo may visit Greece for pleasure, provided they can fullfill the general entry requirements.

    Other third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

    This restriction applies until 8 July 2021, 06.00 AM.

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of EU Member States and Schengen associated countries, the U.S.A., the U.K., Serbia, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the Russian Federation, Israel, Canada, North Macedonia, Ukraine, China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Belarus, Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei, and Kosovo may visit Greece for pleasure, provided they can fullfill the general entry requirements.

    Other third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

    This restriction applies until 8 July 2021, 06.00 AM.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, in all areas of Greece.
    *COVID-19 restrictions: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice. Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • you must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    • Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel to the rest of the islands is permitted but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose
    , or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a rapid test or self-test conducted up to 24 hours before travel; or
    • a self-test declarationsigned less than 24 hours before travel; or
    • documentary proof of having recovered from Covid-19 (at least 2 months since infection, and no more than 9 months)
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator: you should contact them directly if you need further information. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.

    Read more
    07.07.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Negative COVID-19 rapid antigen tests now accepted to enter country (SVI, 21.06.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Travellers arriving in Greece are required to have: 

    • A negative COVID-19 test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry in Greece.
    • A negative antigen (rapid) test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry.
    • This test is mandatory for all non-EU DCC holders (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
    • A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
    • A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory.
    • Proof that the traveller was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 2 to 9 months. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not required for all travellers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

    Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is also not required if the traveller was tested positive and at least 20 days have elapsed since the first positive result. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory, or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The validity of this certificate is 9 months.

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of EU Member States and Schengen associated countries, the U.S.A., the U.K., Serbia, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the Russian Federation, Israel, Canada, North Macedonia, Ukraine, China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Belarus, Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei, and Kosovo may visit Greece for pleasure, provided they can fullfill the general entry requirements.

    Other third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece for non-essential reasons.

    This restriction applies until 8 July 2021, 06.00 AM.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, in all areas of Greece.
    *COVID-19 restrictions: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice. Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • you must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    • Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel to the rest of the islands is permitted but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose
    , or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a rapid test or self-test conducted up to 24 hours before travel; or
    • a self-test declarationsigned less than 24 hours before travel; or
    • documentary proof of having recovered from Covid-19 (at least 2 months since infection, and no more than 9 months)
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator: you should contact them directly if you need further information. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.

    Read more
    06.07.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Negative COVID-19 rapid antigen tests now accepted to enter country (SVI, 21.06.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Travellers arriving in Greece are required to have a negative COVID-19 certificate from a testing laboratory, for a PCR test taken no later than 72 hours before arrival. or a Rapid Antigen test taken no later than 48 hours before arrival.
    This test is mandatory for all non-DCC holders (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not required for all travellers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

    Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is also not required if the traveller was tested positive and at least 20 days have elapsed since the first positive result. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory, or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The validity of this certificate is 9 months.

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    The updated list of third countries from which entry is allowed is available at travel.gov.gr.

    From 30 June 2021 (at 6:00 am), all travellers arriving in Greece from Russia must:

    1. present a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours before arrival, or a negative rapid antigen test performed within 48 hours before arrival;
    2. undergo a PCR test or rapid test at the entrance gates upon arrival in Greece. This means that they should stay at the gate control until their test result is negative, otherwise in case of a positive result they have to follow the mandatory isolation. This measure is mandatory also for children over 12 years old.

    Non-EU citizens are strongly advised to choose direct flights to Greece. In any other case, travellers should abide by the stop-over country requirements.
    Passengers are allowed to enter the country through all international airports and the ports of Patras, Igoumenitsa and Corfu.

    All travellers (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in their country of departure, are required to have a negative COVID-19 certificate for a PCR test taken no later than 72 hours before arrival, or a Rapid Antigen test taken no later than 48 hours before arrival.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not required for travellers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

    Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is also not required if the traveller was tested positive and at least 20 days have elapsed since the first positive result. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory, or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The validity of this certificate is 9 months.

    Every traveller who arrives in Greece, regardless of the certificate in their possession, may undergo a random health screening. If you are selected, please keep in mind that the screening is mandatory. In case of refusal, authorities reserve the right to refuse entry into the country. The selection is made through a targeted sampling system, called ”EVA”, used also in summer 2020.

     

    Requirements for Visitors

    Before arrival:
    Tourists must fill in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) no later than 23:59 of the day before arriving in Greece, providing detailed information on their point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries, and the address of their stay while in Greece. In case of multiple stays, they are required to provide the address for the first 24 hours at least. One PLF should be submitted per family.

    • Travelers will receive a confirmation email upon submission of the PLF.
    • Travelers will receive the PLF with their unique Quick Response (QR) code on the day of their scheduled arrival in Greece and will be notified via email (the QR code will be provided in a link in the confirmation email).
    • Travelers boarding or embarking on the previous day of the arrival will be allowed to do so upon showing the confirmation email, since they will receive their QR code during their flight or voyage.

    The PLF can also be found on the Visit Greece app and at travel.gov.gr
    It is strongly recommended that all visitors download the Visit Greece app (GDPR compliant) for free, prior their arrival in Greece.

    Prior to departure, all travelers must ensure that they carry an acceptable form of certification of their health condition. Acceptable documents include:

    • A negative COVID-19 test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry in Greece (48 hours in case of a Rapid Antigen test).
    • A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
    • A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory.
    • Proof that the traveler was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 2 to 9 months. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

    All certificates must include the critical information in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian. The person’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognised travel document.

    Upon arrival, travellers are subject to:

    • Sampling RAPID antigen tests at the entrance gates for selected individuals drawn from a targeted sampling system, based on the ”EVA” system.
    • Mandatory isolation if they test positive for SARS-Cov-2, following a sampling test. In this case, the travellers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis. Guests will stay in seclusion hotels for at least 10 days. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    travel.gov.gr

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, in all areas of Greece.
    *COVID-19 restrictions: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice. Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
    • you must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    • Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel to the rest of the islands is permitted but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose
    , or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a rapid test or self-test conducted up to 24 hours before travel; or
    • a self-test declarationsigned less than 24 hours before travel; or
    • documentary proof of having recovered from Covid-19 (at least 2 months since infection, and no more than 9 months)
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator: you should contact them directly if you need further information. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.

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    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Travellers arriving in Greece are required to have a negative COVID-19 certificate from a testing laboratory, for a PCR test taken no later than 72 hours before arrival. or a Rapid Antigen test taken no later than 48 hours before arrival.
    This test is mandatory for all non-DCC holders (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not required for all travellers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

    Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is also not required if the traveller was tested positive and at least 20 days have elapsed since the first positive result. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory, or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The validity of this certificate is 9 months.

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr

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    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    The updated list of third countries from which entry is allowed is available at travel.gov.gr.

    From 30 June 2021 (at 6:00 am), all travellers arriving in Greece from Russia must:

    1. present a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours before arrival, or a negative rapid antigen test performed within 48 hours before arrival;
    2. undergo a PCR test or rapid test at the entrance gates upon arrival in Greece. This means that they should stay at the gate control until their test result is negative, otherwise in case of a positive result they have to follow the mandatory isolation. This measure is mandatory also for children over 12 years old.

    Non-EU citizens are strongly advised to choose direct flights to Greece. In any other case, travellers should abide by the stop-over country requirements.
    Passengers are allowed to enter the country through all international airports and the ports of Patras, Igoumenitsa and Corfu.

    All travellers (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in their country of departure, are required to have a negative COVID-19 certificate for a PCR test taken no later than 72 hours before arrival, or a Rapid Antigen test taken no later than 48 hours before arrival.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not required for travellers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

    Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

    Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is also not required if the traveller was tested positive and at least 20 days have elapsed since the first positive result. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory, or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The validity of this certificate is 9 months.

    Every traveller who arrives in Greece, regardless of the certificate in their possession, may undergo a random health screening. If you are selected, please keep in mind that the screening is mandatory. In case of refusal, authorities reserve the right to refuse entry into the country. The selection is made through a targeted sampling system, called ”EVA”, used also in summer 2020.

     

    Requirements for Visitors

    Before arrival:
    Tourists must fill in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) no later than 23:59 of the day before arriving in Greece, providing detailed information on their point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries, and the address of their stay while in Greece. In case of multiple stays, they are required to provide the address for the first 24 hours at least. One PLF should be submitted per family.

    • Travelers will receive a confirmation email upon submission of the PLF.
    • Travelers will receive the PLF with their unique Quick Response (QR) code on the day of their scheduled arrival in Greece and will be notified via email (the QR code will be provided in a link in the confirmation email).
    • Travelers boarding or embarking on the previous day of the arrival will be allowed to do so upon showing the confirmation email, since they will receive their QR code during their flight or voyage.

    The PLF can also be found on the Visit Greece app and at travel.gov.gr
    It is strongly recommended that all visitors download the Visit Greece app (GDPR compliant) for free, prior their arrival in Greece.

    Prior to departure, all travelers must ensure that they carry an acceptable form of certification of their health condition. Acceptable documents include:

    • A negative COVID-19 test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry in Greece (48 hours in case of a Rapid Antigen test).
    • A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
    • A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory.
    • Proof that the traveler was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 2 to 9 months. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

    All certificates must include the critical information in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian. The person’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognised travel document.

    Upon arrival, travellers are subject to:

    • Sampling RAPID antigen tests at the entrance gates for selected individuals drawn from a targeted sampling system, based on the ”EVA” system.
    • Mandatory isolation if they test positive for SARS-Cov-2, following a sampling test. In this case, the travellers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis. Guests will stay in seclusion hotels for at least 10 days. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    travel.gov.gr

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, in all areas of Greece.
    *COVID-19 restrictions: All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice.
    Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance (in Greek).
    • you must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of 3 persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to 7 seats, or 4 persons in a private vehicle with up to 9 seats;
    • Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory).
    Cross-regional travel to the rest of the islands is permitted but only with either:
    • proof of vaccination and 14 days since second dose (see Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status), or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative result from a rapid test or self-test conducted up to 24 hours before travel; or
    • documentary proof of having recovered from Covid-19 (at least 2 months since infection, and no more than 9 months)
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You must wear a mask at all times on all public transport.
    If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator: you should contact them directly if you need further information. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. However, you should note that many operators are likely to reduce their offer and close some accommodation during the winter months, particularly in light of measures put in place by the Greek authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.

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    29.06.2021
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