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Airlines Updates

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.

22.10.2020 Greek carrier Ellinair in recent schedule update filed planned scheduled service in winter 2020/21 season, from 25OCT20 to 27MAR21. As of 18OCT20, planned operation includes the following. Additional changes may be filed in the next few weeks.

Thessaloniki – Athens 6 weekly
Thessaloniki – Irakleion 3 weekly
Thessaloniki – Moscow Vnukovo 2 weekly

Published on 20.10.2020
Aegean Airlines to expand Lufthansa codeshare in S21

Published on 12.10.2020
SkyExpress outlines A320neo operations from mid-Dec 2020

Published on 06.10.2020
Aegean Airlines A321neo preliminary operations in S21

07.09.2020 Ellinair in recent schedule update plans to resume service to Russia in late-September 2020, subject to further travel restrictions development. For the period of 01SEP20 – 24OCT20, planned operation includes following routes.

Irakleion – Moscow Vnukovo eff 23SEP20 2 weekly (4 weekly from 30SEP20, 2 weekly from 21OCT20)
Thessaloniki – Athens 6 weekly
Thessaloniki – Irakleion 3 weekly
Thessaloniki – Mineralnye Vody eff 25SEP20 2 weekly (1 weekly from 09OCT20)
Thessaloniki – Moscow Vnukovo eff 22SEP20 4 weekly (3 weekly from 11OCT20)
Thessaloniki – Rostov-on-Don eff 23SEP20 2 weekly until 07OCT20
Thessaloniki – St. Petersburg eff 22SEP20 2 weekly until 09OCT20

20.08.2020 Aegean Airlines during the month of September 2020 plans to operate following routes, based on OAG schedules listing as of 16AUG20. Further changes to planned service remain highly possible.

Athens – Amsterdam 1 daily A320
Athens – Barcelona 4 weekly A320 (3 weekly 18SEP20 – 29SEP20)
Athens – Belgrade 2 weekly A320
Athens – Bologna 3 weekly A320 (No operation 10SEP20 – 20SEP20, 2 weekly from 21SEP20)
Athens – Bordeaux 2 weekly A320
Athens – Brussels 9 weekly A320/320neo
Athens – Bucharest 8 weekly A320 (7 weekly from 08SEP20)
Athens – Budapest 2 weekly A319/320
Athens – Cairo 7 weekly A320
Athens – Catania 2 weekly Dash8-Q400 until 10SEP20
Athens – Copenhagen 4 weekly A320
Athens – Dublin 2 weekly A320
Athens – Dusseldorf 7 weekly A320
Athens – Edinburgh 2 weekly A320
Athens – Frankfurt 7 weekly A321
Athens – Geneva 6 weekly A320
Athens – Hamburg 5 weekly A320
Athens – Hannover 2 weekly A320
Athens – Helsinki 2 weekly A320
Athens – Istanbul 7 weekly A320
Athens – Krakow 2 weekly A320
Athens – Lisbon 2 weekly A320
Athens – London Heathrow 3 daily A320neo
Athens – Luxembourg 3 weekly A320/321
Athens – Lyon 2 weekly A320/321
Athens – Madrid 4 weekly A320
Athens – Malta 2 weekly Dash8-Q400
Athens – Manchester 2 weekly A320
Athens – Marseille 3 weekly A320
Athens – Milan Malpensa 9 weekly A320neo
Athens – Moscow Domodedovo 3 weekly A320
Athens – Munich 11 weekly A320neo/321
Athens – Nantes 2 weekly A320
Athens – Naples 2 weekly Dash8-Q400 until 06SEP20
Athens – Nice 3 weekly A320
Athens – Paris CDG 14 weekly A320/321
Athens – Prague 4 weekly A320
Athens – Rome 9 weekly A320
Athens – Sofia 5 weekly A320
Athens – Stockholm Arlanda 3 weekly A320
Athens – Stuttgart 4 weekly A320
Athens – Tbilisi 2 weekly A320
Athens – Tel Aviv 5 weekly A320 (10 weekly from 19SEP20)
Athens – Tirana 6 weekly A320
Athens – Toulouse 2 weekly A320
Athens – Venice 2 weekly A320
Athens – Warsaw 5 weekly A320
Athens – Yerevan 2 weekly A320
Athens – Zurich 7 weekly A320/320neo
Corfu – Paris CDG 1 weekly A320
Irakleion – Bordeaux 1 weekly A320
Irakleion – Dusseldorf 1 weekly A320
Irakleion – Frankfurt 2 weekly A320 (3 weekly from 18SEP20)
Irakleion – Lyon 1 weekly A320
Irakleion – Marseille 1 weekly A320
Irakleion – Munich 3 weekly A320
Irakleion – Nantes 1 weekly A320
Irakleion – Paris CDG 3 weekly A320
Irakleion – Stuttgart 2 weekly A320
Irakleion – Toulouse 1 weekly A320
Irakleion – Zurich 2 weekly A320
Kalamata – Stockholm Arlanda eff 19SEP20 1 weekly A320
Rhodes – Frankfurt 2 weekly A320
Rhodes – Lyon 1 weekly A320
Rhodes – Munich 2 weekly A320
Rhodes – Paris CDG 1 weekly A320
Rhodes – Zurich eff 19SEP20 2 weekly A320
Thessaloniki – Dusseldorf 7 weekly A321
Thessaloniki – Frankfurt 7 weekly A320
Thessaloniki – Moscow Domodedovo eff 11SEP20 2 weekly A320
Thessaloniki – Munich 12 weekly A320/321
Thessaloniki – Nuremberg 2 weekly A320
Thessaloniki – Stuttgart 6 weekly A320/321
Thessaloniki – Tel Aviv eff 20SEP20 2 weekly A320

06.07.2020 Aegean Airlines in the last few weeks filed additional changes for its planned operation for summer 2020 season. As of 03JUL20, the month of July 2020 sees the Star Alliance carrier operates following routes.

Various travel restrictions continue to impact the airline’s operation.

Athens – Amsterdam 4 weekly
Athens – Barcelona 2 weekly (3 weekly from 14JUL20)
Athens – Belgrade 2 weekly
Athens – Berlin Tegel 3 weekly (4 weekly from 23JUL20)
Athens – Bologna 2 weekly
Athens – Bordeaux eff 18JUL20 2 weekly
Athens – Brussels 6 weekly
Athens – Bucharest 6 weekly (7 weekly from 12JUL20)
Athens – Cairo eff 16JUL20 7 weekly
Athens – Catania eff 2 weekly
Athens – Copenhagen 2 weekly
Athens – Dublin eff 19JUL20 2 weekly
Athens – Dusseldorf 5 weekly
Athens – Frankfurt 7 weekly
Athens – Geneva 3 weekly (4 weekly from 16JUL20)
Athens – Hamburg 3 weekly
Athens – Helsinki eff 20JUL20 2 weekly
Athens – Lisbon 2 weekly
Athens – London Heathrow eff 16JUL20 2 daily
Athens – Luxembourg 2 weekly
Athens – Lyon 1 weekly (2 weekly from 16JUL20)
Athens – Madrid 4 weekly
Athens – Malta 2 weekly
Athens – Marseille 2 weekly (3 weekly from 21JUL20)
Athens – Milan Malpensa 6 weekly
Athens – Munich 7 weekly (10 weekly from 20JUL20)
Athens – Nantes 1 weekly (2 weekly from 11JUL20)
Athens – Naples 2 weekly
Athens – Nice 2 weekly (3 weekly from 24JUL20)
Athens – Paris CDG 9 weekly (14 weekly from 12JUL20)
Athens – Prague 2 weekly (3 weekly from 16JUL20)
Athens – Rome 7 weekly (8 weekly from 20JUL20)
Athens – Sofia 5 weekly
Athens – Stockholm Arlanda eff 19JUL20 2 weekly
Athens – Stuttgart 2 weekly
Athens – Tel Aviv 2 weekly (3 weekly from 20JUL20)
Athens – Tirana 6 weekly
Athens – Venice eff 10JUL20 2 weekly
Athens – Vienna 3 weekly
Athens – Warsaw 2 weekly (3 weekly from 16JUL20)
Athens – Zurich 7 weekly
Corfu – Paris CDG 1 weekly
Irakleion – Bordeaux eff 13JUL20 1 weekly
Irakleion – Frankfurt eff 25JUL20 1 weekly
Irakleion – Lyon eff 13JUL20 1 weekly
Irakleion – Marseille eff 13JUL20 1 weekly
Irakleion – Nantes eff 13JUL20 1 weekly
Irakleion – Paris CDG 2 weekly (4 weekly from 13JUL20)
Irakleion – Toulouse 1 weekly
Irakleion – Zurich eff 25JUL20 1 weekly
Rhodes – Lyon eff 12JUL20 1 weekly
Rhodes – Paris CDG eff 12JUL20 1 weekly
Thessaloniki – Dusseldorf 7 weekly
Thessaloniki – Frankfurt 7 weekly
Thessaloniki – Munich 7 weekly (10 weekly from 15JUL20)
Thessaloniki – Paris CDG eff 24JUL20 2 weekly
Thessaloniki – Stuttgart 6 weekly
02.06.2020 Aegean Airlines last week filed additional changes to its planned operation, which sees the airline scales back planned operation for the month of July and August 2020. Planned operation as of 01JUN20 as follows. Note planned service resumption date and frequency may be impacted by various travel restrictions.

Athens – Amman eff 01SEP20 1 daily A320
Athens – Amsterdam eff 15JUN20 2 weekly A320 (5 weekly from 02JUL20, 1 daily A321 from 01SEP20)
Athens – Barcelona eff 22JUN20 2 weekly A320 (3 weekly from 03JUL20, 12 weekly from 01SEP20)
Athens – Bari eff 04SEP20 2 weekly A320
Athens – Beirut eff 01SEP20 1 daily A320
Athens – Belgrade eff 02JUL20 2 weekly A320 (4 weekly A319/320 from 02SEP20)
Athens – Berlin Tegel eff 13JUN20 2 weekly A320 (3 weekly from 01JUL20, 1 daily A320/321 from 01SEP20)
Athens – Bilbao eff 01SEP20 2 weekly A320
Athens – Birmingham eff 01SEP20 2 weekly A320
Athens – Bologna eff 22JUN20 2 weekly A320 (4 weekly A320 from 01AUG20)
Athens – Bordeaux eff 04JUL20 1 weekly A320 (2 weekly from 18JUL20, 3 weekly from 05SEP20)
Athens – Borg el Arab eff 02SEP20 3 weekly A319
Athens – Brussels eff 01JUN20 Increase from 6 to 7 weekly (13 weekly from 01SEP20)
Athens – Bucharest eff 06JUN20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 11JUN20, 4 weekly from 21JUN20, 7 weekly from 01JUL20, 15 weekly from 01SEP20)
Athens – Budapest eff 02AUG20 2 weekly A320 (4 weekly from 01SEP20)
Athens – Cairo eff 16JUL20 1 daily A320 (17 weekly A320/321 from 01SEP20)
Athens – Casablanca eff 03SEP20 1 weekly A320
Athens – Catania eff 02JUL20 2 weekly A319/320 (3 weekly from 03SEP20)
Athens – Copenhagen eff 25JUN20 2 weekly (3 weekly 01JUL20 – 31JUL20, 5 weekly from 01SEP20)
Athens –Dublin eff 25JUL20 2 weekly A320 (5 weekly A320/321 from 01SEP20)
Athens – Dubrovnik eff 03SEP20 5 weekly A320
Athens – Dusseldorf 3 weekly A320 (5 weekly from 01JUL20, 1 daily from 28AUG20)
Athens – Edinburgh eff 02SEP20 3 weekly A320 (2 weekly from 17SEP20)
Athens – Frankfurt 4 weekly A320 (1 daily from 18JUN20, 1 daily A321 from 01JUL20, 2 daily A320 from 01SEP20)
Athens – Geneva 2 weekly A320 (4 weekly from 01JUL20, 8 weekly from 01SEP20)
Athens – Hamburg eff 25JUN20 2 weekly A320 (3 weekly from 01JUL20, 1 daily from 01SEP20)
Athens – Hannover eff 03SEP20 2 weekly A320
Athens – Helsinki eff 04SEP20 2 weekly A320
Athens – Ibiza eff 02SEP20 2 weekly A320
Athens – Istanbul eff 01JUL20 1 daily A320 (3 daily from 01SEP20)
Athens – Izmir eff 02SEP20 7 weekly Dash8-Q400
Athens – Jeddah eff 01SEP20 3 weekly A320 (2 weekly from 10SEP20)
Athens – Krakow eff 01SEP20 3 weekly A319/320
Athens – Kyiv Borispil eff 02SEP20 3 weekly A320
Athens – Lisbon eff 30JUN20 3 weekly (3 weekly from 21JUN20, 8 weekly from 01SEP20)
Athens – London Heathrow eff 11JUN20 1 daily A320 (2 daily from 25JUN20, 3 daily from 01SEP20)
Athens – Luxembourg eff 26JUN20 2 weekly A320 (3 weekly from 06SEP20)
Athens – Lyon eff 11JUL20 2 weekly A320 (4 weekly from 05SEP20)
Athens – Madrid eff 20JUN20 2 weekly A320 (5 weekly from 01JUL20, 12 weekly from 30AUG20, 11 weekly from 15SEP20)
Athens – Malaga eff 01SEP20 3 weekly A320/321
Athens – Malta eff 26JUN20 2 weekly A320 (3 weekly from 02AUG20, 4 weekly from 04SEP20)
Athens – Manchester eff 27AUG20 3 weekly A320
Athens – Marseille eff 09JUL20 3 weekly A320 (6 weekly from 02SEP20)
Athens –Milan Malpensa eff 15JUN20 4 weekly A320 (1 daily from 01JUL20, 10 weekly from 31JUL20, 17 weekly A320/321 from 01SEP20)
Athens – Moscow Domodedovo eff 01SEP20 10 weekly A320
Athens – Munich 3 weekly A320 (5 weekly from 09JUN20, 1 daily from 18JUN20, 9 weekly from 20JUL20, 2 daily from 01SEP20)
Athens – Nantes eff 11JUL20 2 weekly A320 (3 weekly from 29AUG20)
Athens – Naples eff 23JUN20 2 weekly A320 (3 weekly from 05AUG20, 5 weekly from 30AUG20)
Athens – Nice eff 01JUL20 2 weekly A320 (3 weekly from 01AUG20, 6 weekly from 01SEP20)
Athens – Nuremberg eff 02SEP20 2 weekly A320
Athens – Paris CDG eff 03JUN20 3 weekly A320 (6 weekly from 20JUN20, 1 daily from 01JUL20, 2 daily from 09JUL20, 16 weekly from 01AUG20, 28 weekly from 01SEP20)
Athens – Pisa eff 02SEP20 3 weekly A320
Athens – Podgorica eff 03SEP20 2 weekly Dash8-Q400
Athens – Porto eff 02SEP20 4 weekly A320
Athens – Prague eff 23JUN20 2 weekly A320 (3 weekly from 02JUL20, 4 weekly from 01AUG20, 1 daily from 01SEP20)
Athens – Rome eff 15JUN20 4 weekly A320 (1 daily from 01JUL20, 11 weekly from 24JUL20, 3 daily from 01SEP20)
Athens – Skopje eff 02SEP20 3 weekly Dash8-Q400
Athens – Sofia eff 11JUN20 4 weekly A320 (6 weekly from 02JUL20, 8 weekly from 01SEP20)
Athens – Split eff 01SEP20 4 weekly A319
Athens – St. Petersburg eff 02SEP20 3 weekly A320
Athens – Stockholm Arlanda eff 19JUL20 2 weekly A320 (4 weekly from 02SEP20)
Athens – Stuttgart eff 20JUN20 2 weekly A320 (4 weekly from 01SEP20)
Athens – Tallinn eff 02SEP20 2 weekly A320
Athens – Tbilisi eff 03JUL20 2 weekly A320 (4-5 weekly from 01SEP20)
Athens – Tel Aviv eff 11JUN20 3 weekly A320 (1 daily from 21JUN20, 12 weekly from 01JUL20, 14 weekly from 01AUG20, 20 weekly from 01SEP20)
Athens – Tirana eff 22JUN20 3 weekly A320 (6 weekly from 01JUL20, 1 daily from 01AUG20, 9 weekly from 01SEP20)
Athens – Toulouse eff 18JUL20 2 weekly A320 (4 weekly from 02SEP20)
Athens – Tunis eff 01SEP20 2 weekly A320
Athens – Valencia eff 02SEP20 2 weekly A320
Athens – Venice eff 21JUN20 2 weekly A320 (3 weekly from 03JUL20, 4 weekly from 04AUG20, 1 daily from 01SEP20)
Athens – Vienna eff 21JUN20 3 weekly A320 (4 weekly from 01AUG20, 1 daily from 01SEP20)
Athens – Warsaw eff 04JUL20 2 weekly A320 (3 weekly from 14JUL20, 1 daily from 01SEP20)
Athens – Yerevan eff 01JUL20 2 weekly A320 (3 weekly from 02AUG20, 4 weekly from 01SEP20)
Athens – Zagreb eff 02SEP20 3 weekly A319/320
Athens – Zurich 2 weekly A320 (5 weekly from 22JUN20, 7 weekly from 01JUL20, 10 weekly from 01SEP20)


Corfu – Paris CDG eff 05JUL20 1 weekly A320


Irakleion – Bordeaux eff 06JUL20 1 weekly A320 (reduce from 2 weekly)
Irakleion – Brest 1 weekly cancelled
Irakleion – Deauville 1 weekly cancelled
Irakleion – Dusseldorf eff 05SEP20 1 weekly A320 (reduced from 3 weekly)
Irakleion – Frankfurt eff 25JUL20 1 weekly A320 (2 weekly from 18SEP20; reduced from 4 weekly)
Irakleion – Lyon eff 02JUL20 1 weekly A320 (reduced from 3 weekly)
Irakleion –Marseille eff 03JUL20 1 weekly A320 (reduced from 2 weekly)
Irakleion – Metz/Nancy 1 weekly cancelled
Irakleion – Nantes eff 13JUL20 1 weekly A320 (reduced from 3 weekly)
Irakleion – Paris CDG eff 02JUL20 5 weekly A320 (reduced from 7 weekly)
Irakleion – Toulouse eff 02JUL20 1 weekly A320 (reduced from 2 weekly)
Irakleion – Zurich eff 25JUL20 1 weekly A320 (2 weekly from 05SEP20; reduced from 3 weekly)


Kalamata – Moscow Domodedovo eff 03JUL20 2 weekly A320
Kalamata – Munich eff 02JUL20 2 weekly A320
Kalamata – Paris CDG eff 04JUL20 1 weekly A320 (reduced from 2 weekly)
Kalamata – Stockholm Arlanda eff 04JUL20 1 weekly A320 (service operates in July only)


Rhodes – Frankfurt eff 15AUG20 1 weekly A320 (reduced from 2 weekly)
Rhodes – Lyon eff 05JUL20 1 weekly A320 (reduced from 2 weekly)
Rhodes – Marseille 1 weekly cancelled
Rhodes – Paris CDG eff 03JUL20 2 weekly A320 (reduced from 3 weekly)
Rhodes – Zurich eff 19SEP20 1 weekly A320


Thessaloniki – Barcelona eff 02SEP20 2 weekly A320
Thessaloniki – Berlin Tegel eff 02SEP20 2 weekly A320
Thessaloniki – Brussels eff 27AUG20 2 weekly A320
Thessaloniki – Dusseldorf eff 16JUN20 3 weekly A320 (1 daily A320 from 01JUL20, A321 from 01SEP20)
Thessaloniki –Frankfurt eff 16JUN20 3 weekly A320 (1 daily A321 from 01JUL20)
Thessaloniki – Hannover eff 01SEP20 2 weekly A320
Thessaloniki – Moscow Domodedovoeff 03JUL20 2 weekly A320 (5 weekly from 28AUG20)
Thessaloniki – Munich eff 15JUN20 4 weekly A320 (9 weekly from 01JUL20, 14 weekly from 01SEP20)
Thessaloniki – Nuremberg eff 03SEP20 3 weekly A320
Thessaloniki – Paris CDG eff 02SEP20 3 weekly A320
Thessaloniki – St. Petersburg eff 02SEP20 2 weekly A320
Thessaloniki – Stuttgart eff 17JUN20 2 weekly A320 (4 weekly from 01JUL20, 1 daily from 31AUG20)
Thessaloniki – Tel Aviv eff 02JUL20 3 weekly A320
Thessaloniki – Zurich eff 04SEP20 2 weekly A320

Published on 01.06.2020

Ellinair resumes domestic flights from late-June 2020

31.05 As far as nonstop flights from the US to Greece go:

Emirates is scheduled to resume nonstop Newark to Athens flights as of July 1, 2020
American is scheduled to resume nonstop Chicago to Athens flights as of July 7, 2020
Delta is scheduled to resume nonstop New York to Athens flights as of July 17, 2020
The schedules for all of those flights remain subject to change.

Published on 20.05.2020
Aegean Airlines operations as of 20MAY20

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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 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.

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Quarantine

Self-isolation at own accommodation.

Travellers arriving from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries are exempted from the mandatory 7-day quarantine in the following cases:
– they hold a certificate of vaccination against Covid-19 and a 14 day period has elapsed since these passengers were fully vaccinated;
– they show a negative result to a molecular PCR test for Covid-19, taken within 72 hours before their entry in Greece.
In all other cases, travellers will be required to quarantine for at least 7 days. In case their test result is positive, they will be quarantined for 14 days. Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival. Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

Vaccination

Yellow fever (2017)
Country requirement at entry: no
20
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Malaria (2017)
Very limited malaria risk (P. vivax only) may exist from May through October in certain high-risk agricultural
areas.

WHO recommended prevention in high-risk agricultural areas: A

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: COVID-19 restrictions on domestic flights extended until 14 May (National Herals, 09.05.2021). Government imposes lockdown on Kalymnos Island (Reuters, 04.05.2021). Civil Aviation Authority extends COVID-19 travel restrictions on international flights until 14 May (GTP, 30.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Land border arrivals are allowed through the Promachonas and Nymphaio border checkpoints.

    Arrivals by sea are prohibited. As of 23 April, blue cruising and yachting are allowed with some restrictions.

    Travellers arriving from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries are exempted from the mandatory 7-day quarantine in the following cases:

    • vaccination-benefits they hold a certificate of vaccination against Covid-19, issued by a national authority in the English language, and a 14 day period has elapsed since these passengers were fully vaccinated;
    • they show a negative result to a molecular PCR test for Covid-19, taken within 72 hours before their entry in Greece. Children aged 5 and under are exempted. The certificate should be written in English and must include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

    In all other cases, travellers will be required to quarantine for at least 7 days. In case their test result is positive, they will be quarantined for 14 days.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    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:

    Third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece.

    Exceptions apply to residents of the following countries:

    • United Kingdom
    • USA
    • Australia
    • New Zealand
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
    • Rwanda
    • Singapore
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Russia
    • Serbia
    • Israel

    Travellers arriving from the countries listed above are exempted from the mandatory 7-day quarantine in the following cases:

    • they hold a certificate of vaccination against Covid-19, issued by a national authority in the English language, and a 14 day period has elapsed since these passengers were fully vaccinated;
    • they show a negative result to a molecular PCR test for Covid-19, taken within 72 hours before their entry in Greece. Children aged 5 and under are exempted. The certificate should be written in English and must include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

    In all other cases, travellers will be required to quarantine for at least 7 days. In case their test result is positive, they will be quarantined for 14 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), 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 and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • a curfew is in place from 11pm to 5am;
    • you must have certification of any essential movements (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel). For more detail see below;
    • retail stores (except for shopping malls) are open for ‘click-away’ and ‘click-in-shop’ by appointment. Individuals are only allowed to shop for 3 hours a day, and must book an appointment for ‘click-in-shop’ purchases by sending an SMS message with their name and address to 13032;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between regional units of Greece, except for essential reasons (ie. returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • Maximum 3 persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (unless all members of the same family).
    *Certification of Movement: You must certify all movements outside your accommodation, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested.
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons):
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 3 hours per day). (For ‘click-in-shop’ retail, individuals must book an appointment for purchases by sending an SMS message with their name and address to 13032);
    3. Going to the bank or other essential public services, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, visiting a restaurant, café, archaeological site, public park, and amateur fishing spots. All open for visits of up to 3-member groups or more for family members.
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place. 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
    12.05.2021
  • Greece Latest News: COVID-19 restrictions on domestic flights extended until 14 May (National Herals, 09.05.2021). Government imposes lockdown on Kalymnos Island (Reuters, 04.05.2021). Civil Aviation Authority extends COVID-19 travel restrictions on international flights until 14 May (GTP, 30.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Land border arrivals are allowed through the Promachonas and Nymphaio border checkpoints. 

    Arrivals by sea are prohibited. As of 23 April, blue cruising and yachting will be allowed with some restrictions.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

    Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

    The certificate should be written in English and must include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

    vaccination-benefitsPeople who have completed the vaccination within at least 14 days prior to their arrival and who are able to provide the vaccination certificate, are not required to provide a pre-departure negative PCR test.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    In case of a positive test result, travellers will be quarantined for at least 10 days and additional PCR tests will be carried out at the beginning and end of the isolation period.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    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:

    Third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece. Exceptions apply to residents of the following countries:

    • UK
    • USA
    • Australia
    • New Zealand
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
    • Rwanda
    • Singapore
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Serbia
    • Israel

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers who are allowed to enter are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

    Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

    The certificate should be written in English and must include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

    People who have completed the vaccination within at least 14 days prior to their arrival and who are able to provide the vaccination certificate, are not required to provide a pre-departure negative PCR test.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    In case of a positive test result, travellers will be quarantined for at least 10 days and additional PCR tests will be carried out at the beginning and end of the isolation period.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), 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 and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • a curfew is in place from 11pm to 5am;
    • you must have certification of any essential movements (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel). For more detail see below;
    • retail stores (except for shopping malls) are open for ‘click-away’ and ‘click-in-shop’ by appointment. Individuals are only allowed to shop for 3 hours a day, and must book an appointment for ‘click-in-shop’ purchases by sending an SMS message with their name and address to 13032;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between regional units of Greece, except for essential reasons (ie. returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • Maximum 3 persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (unless all members of the same family).
    *Certification of Movement: You must certify all movements outside your accommodation, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested.
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons):
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 3 hours per day). (For ‘click-in-shop’ retail, individuals must book an appointment for purchases by sending an SMS message with their name and address to 13032);
    3. Going to the bank or other essential public services, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, visiting a restaurant, café, archaeological site, public park, and amateur fishing spots. All open for visits of up to 3-member groups or more for family members.
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place. 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
    11.05.2021
  • Greece Latest News: COVID-19 restrictions on domestic flights extended until 14 May (National Herals, 09.05.2021). Government imposes lockdown on Kalymnos Island (Reuters, 04.05.2021). Civil Aviation Authority extends COVID-19 travel restrictions on international flights until 14 May (GTP, 30.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Land border arrivals are allowed through the Promachonas and Nymphaio border checkpoints. 

    Arrivals by sea are prohibited. As of 23 April, blue cruising and yachting will be allowed with some restrictions.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

    Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

    The certificate should be written in English and must include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

    vaccination-benefitsPeople who have completed the vaccination within at least 14 days prior to their arrival and who are able to provide the vaccination certificate, are not required to provide a pre-departure negative PCR test.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    In case of a positive test result, travellers will be quarantined for at least 10 days and additional PCR tests will be carried out at the beginning and end of the isolation period.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    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:

    Third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece. Exceptions apply to residents of the following countries:

    • UK
    • USA
    • Australia
    • New Zealand
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
    • Rwanda
    • Singapore
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Serbia
    • Israel

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers who are allowed to enter are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

    Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

    The certificate should be written in English and must include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

    People who have completed the vaccination within at least 14 days prior to their arrival and who are able to provide the vaccination certificate, are not required to provide a pre-departure negative PCR test.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    In case of a positive test result, travellers will be quarantined for at least 10 days and additional PCR tests will be carried out at the beginning and end of the isolation period.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Internal Restrictions:

    *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 and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • a curfew is in place from 10pm to 5am;
    • you must have certification of any essential movements (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel). For more detail see below;
    • retail stores (except for shopping malls) are open for ‘click-away’ and ‘click-in-shop’ by appointment. Individuals are only allowed to shop for 3 hours a day, and must book an appointment for ‘click-in-shop’ purchases by sending an SMS message with their name and address to 13032;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between regional units of Greece, except for essential reasons (ie. returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • Maximum 3 persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (unless all members of the same family).
    • Certification of Movement:
    • You must certify all movements outside your accommodation, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested.
    • To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    • (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    • X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    • (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons):
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 3 hours per day). (For ‘click-in-shop’ retail, individuals must book an appointment for purchases by sending an SMS message with their name and address to 13032);
    3. Going to the bank or other essential public services, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, visiting archaeological sites, public parks, and amateur fishing spots. All open for visits of up to 3-member groups or more for family members.
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place. 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
    10.05.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Government imposes lockdown on Kalymnos Island (Reuters, 04.05.2021). Civil Aviation Authority extends COVID-19 travel restrictions on international flights until 14 May (GTP, 30.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Land border arrivals are allowed through the Promachonas and Nymphaio border checkpoints. 

    Arrivals by sea are prohibited. As of 23 April, blue cruising and yachting will be allowed with some restrictions.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

    Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

    The certificate should be written in English and must include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

    vaccination-benefitsPeople who have completed the vaccination within at least 14 days prior to their arrival and who are able to provide the vaccination certificate, are not required to provide a pre-departure negative PCR test.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    In case of a positive test result, travellers will be quarantined for at least 10 days and additional PCR tests will be carried out at the beginning and end of the isolation period.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    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:

    Third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece. Exceptions apply to residents of the following countries:

    • UK
    • USA
    • Australia
    • New Zealand
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
    • Rwanda
    • Singapore
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Serbia
    • Israel

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers who are allowed to enter are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

    Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

    The certificate should be written in English and must include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

    People who have completed the vaccination within at least 14 days prior to their arrival and who are able to provide the vaccination certificate, are not required to provide a pre-departure negative PCR test.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    In case of a positive test result, travellers will be quarantined for at least 10 days and additional PCR tests will be carried out at the beginning and end of the isolation period.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Internal Restrictions:

    *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 and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • a curfew is in place from 10pm to 5am;
    • you must have certification of any essential movements (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel). For more detail see below;
    • retail stores (except for shopping malls) are open for ‘click-away’ and ‘click-in-shop’ by appointment. Individuals are only allowed to shop for 3 hours a day, and must book an appointment for ‘click-in-shop’ purchases by sending an SMS message with their name and address to 13032;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between regional units of Greece, except for essential reasons (ie. returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • Maximum 3 persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (unless all members of the same family).
    • Certification of Movement:
    • You must certify all movements outside your accommodation, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested.
    • To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    • (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    • X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    • (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons):
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 3 hours per day). (For ‘click-in-shop’ retail, individuals must book an appointment for purchases by sending an SMS message with their name and address to 13032);
    3. Going to the bank or other essential public services, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, visiting archaeological sites, public parks, and amateur fishing spots. All open for visits of up to 3-member groups or more for family members.
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place. 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
    05.05.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Civil Aviation Authority extends COVID-19 travel restrictions on international flights until 14 May (GTP, 30.04.2021). Passengers from Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand will also be allowed to enter Greece without quarantine restrictions (Schengen Visa Info, 28.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Land border arrivals are allowed through the Promachonas and Nymphaio border checkpoints. 

    Arrivals by sea are prohibited. As of 23 April, blue cruising and yachting will be allowed with some restrictions.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

    Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

    The certificate should be written in English and must include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

    vaccination-benefitsPeople who have completed the vaccination within at least 14 days prior to their arrival and who are able to provide the vaccination certificate, are not required to provide a pre-departure negative PCR test.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    In case of a positive test result, travellers will be quarantined for at least 10 days and additional PCR tests will be carried out at the beginning and end of the isolation period.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    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:

    Third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece. Exceptions apply to residents of the following countries:

    • UK
    • USA
    • Australia
    • New Zealand
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
    • Rwanda
    • Singapore
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Serbia
    • Israel

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers who are allowed to enter are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

    Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

    The certificate should be written in English and must include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

    People who have completed the vaccination within at least 14 days prior to their arrival and who are able to provide the vaccination certificate, are not required to provide a pre-departure negative PCR test.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    In case of a positive test result, travellers will be quarantined for at least 10 days and additional PCR tests will be carried out at the beginning and end of the isolation period.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Internal Restrictions:

    *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 and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • a curfew is in place from 10pm to 5am;
    • you must have certification of any essential movements (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel). For more detail see below;
    • retail stores (except for shopping malls) are open for ‘click-away’ and ‘click-in-shop’ by appointment. Individuals are only allowed to shop for 3 hours a day, and must book an appointment for ‘click-in-shop’ purchases by sending an SMS message with their name and address to 13032;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between regional units of Greece, except for essential reasons (ie. returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • Maximum 3 persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (unless all members of the same family).
    • Certification of Movement:
    • You must certify all movements outside your accommodation, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested.
    • To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    • (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    • X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    • (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons):
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 3 hours per day). (For ‘click-in-shop’ retail, individuals must book an appointment for purchases by sending an SMS message with their name and address to 13032);
    3. Going to the bank or other essential public services, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, visiting archaeological sites, public parks, and amateur fishing spots. All open for visits of up to 3-member groups or more for family members.
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place. 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
    01.05.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Passengers from Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand will also be allowed to enter Greece without quarantine restrictions (Schengen Visa Info, 28.04.2021). Greek authorities will lift quarantine restrictions from next week for travelers from EU, Israel, Serbia, United Arab Emirates, U.K., U.S. with vaccine or negative COVID-19 test (Reuters, 14.04.2021). Government to reopen country to tourists on 14 May (SchengenInfo, 07.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Land border arrivals are allowed through the Promachonas and Nymphaio border checkpoints. 

    Arrivals by sea are prohibited. As of 23 April, blue cruising and yachting will be allowed with some restrictions.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

    Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

    The certificate should be written in English and must include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

    People who have completed the vaccination within at least 14 days prior to their arrival and who are able to provide the vaccination certificate, are not required to provide a pre-departure negative PCR test.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    In case of a positive test result, travellers will be quarantined for at least 10 days and additional PCR tests will be carried out at the beginning and end of the isolation period.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *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:

    Third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece. Exceptions apply to residents of the following countries:

    • UK
    • USA
    • Australia
    • New Zealand
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
    • Rwanda
    • Singapore
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Serbia
    • Israel

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers who are allowed to enter are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

    Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

    The certificate should be written in English and must include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

    People who have completed the vaccination within at least 14 days prior to their arrival and who are able to provide the vaccination certificate, are not required to provide a pre-departure negative PCR test.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    In case of a positive test result, travellers will be quarantined for at least 10 days and additional PCR tests will be carried out at the beginning and end of the isolation period.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Internal Restrictions:

    *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 and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • a curfew is in place from 10pm to 5am;
    • you must have certification of any essential movements (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel). For more detail see below;
    • retail stores (except for shopping malls) are open for ‘click-away’ and ‘click-in-shop’ by appointment. Individuals are only allowed to shop for 3 hours a day, and must book an appointment for ‘click-in-shop’ purchases by sending an SMS message with their name and address to 13032;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between regional units of Greece, except for essential reasons (ie. returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • Maximum 3 persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (unless all members of the same family).
    • Certification of Movement:
    • You must certify all movements outside your accommodation, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested.
    • To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    • (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    • X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    • (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons):
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 3 hours per day). (For ‘click-in-shop’ retail, individuals must book an appointment for purchases by sending an SMS message with their name and address to 13032);
    3. Going to the bank or other essential public services, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, visiting archaeological sites, public parks, and amateur fishing spots. All open for visits of up to 3-member groups or more for family members.
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place. 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
    29.04.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Greek authorities will lift quarantine restrictions from next week for travelers from EU, Israel, Serbia, United Arab Emirates, U.K., U.S. with vaccine or negative COVID-19 test (Reuters, 14.04.2021). Government to reopen country to tourists on 14 May (SchengenInfo, 07.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Land border arrivals are allowed through the Promachonas and Nymphaio border checkpoints. 

    Arrivals by sea are prohibited. As of 23 April, blue cruising and yachting will be allowed with some restrictions.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

    Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

    The certificate should be written in English and must include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

    People who have completed the vaccination within at least 14 days prior to their arrival and who are able to provide the vaccination certificate, are not required to provide a pre-departure negative PCR test.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    In case of a positive test result, travellers will be quarantined for at least 10 days and additional PCR tests will be carried out at the beginning and end of the isolation period.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *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:

    Third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece. Exceptions apply to residents of the following countries:

    • UK
    • USA
    • Australia
    • New Zealand
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
    • Rwanda
    • Singapore
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Serbia
    • Israel

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers who are allowed to enter are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

    Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

    The certificate should be written in English and must include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

    People who have completed the vaccination within at least 14 days prior to their arrival and who are able to provide the vaccination certificate, are not required to provide a pre-departure negative PCR test.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    In case of a positive test result, travellers will be quarantined for at least 10 days and additional PCR tests will be carried out at the beginning and end of the isolation period.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Internal Restrictions:

    *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 and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • a curfew is in place from 10pm to 5am;
    • you must have certification of any essential movements (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel). For more detail see below;
    • retail stores (except for shopping malls) are open for ‘click-away’ and ‘click-in-shop’ by appointment. Individuals are only allowed to shop for 3 hours a day, and must book an appointment for ‘click-in-shop’ purchases by sending an SMS message with their name and address to 13032;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between regional units of Greece, except for essential reasons (ie. returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • Maximum 3 persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (unless all members of the same family).
    • Certification of Movement:
    • You must certify all movements outside your accommodation, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested.
    • To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    • (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    • X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    • (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons):
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 3 hours per day). (For ‘click-in-shop’ retail, individuals must book an appointment for purchases by sending an SMS message with their name and address to 13032);
    3. Going to the bank or other essential public services, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, visiting archaeological sites, public parks, and amateur fishing spots. All open for visits of up to 3-member groups or more for family members.
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place. 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
    28.04.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Greek authorities will lift quarantine restrictions from next week for travelers from EU, Israel, Serbia, United Arab Emirates, U.K., U.S. with vaccine or negative COVID-19 test (Reuters, 14.04.2021). Government to reopen country to tourists on 14 May (SchengenInfo, 07.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Land border arrivals are allowed through the Promachonas and Nymphaio border checkpoints. 

    Arrivals by sea are prohibited. As of 23 April, blue cruising and yachting will be allowed with some restrictions.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

    Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

    The certificate should be written in English and must include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

    People who have completed the vaccination within at least 14 days prior to their arrival and who are able to provide the vaccination certificate, are not required to provide a pre-departure negative PCR test.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    In case of a positive test result, travellers will be quarantined for at least 10 days and additional PCR tests will be carried out at the beginning and end of the isolation period.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *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:

    Third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece. Exceptions apply to residents of the following countries:

    • UK
    • USA
    • Australia
    • New Zealand
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
    • Rwanda
    • Singapore
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Serbia
    • Israel

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers who are allowed to enter are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

    Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

    The certificate should be written in English and must include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

    People who have completed the vaccination within at least 14 days prior to their arrival and who are able to provide the vaccination certificate, are not required to provide a pre-departure negative PCR test.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    In case of a positive test result, travellers will be quarantined for at least 10 days and additional PCR tests will be carried out at the beginning and end of the isolation period.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), 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 shouldcheck the latest local guidance (in Greek). • you must use a facemask in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport; • a curfew is in place from 9pm to 5am; • you must have certification of any essential movements (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel). For more detail see below; • retail stores (except for shopping malls) are open for ‘click-away’ and ‘click-in-shop’ by appointment. Individuals are only allowed to shop for 3 hours a day, and must book an appointment for ‘click-in-shop’ purchases by sending an SMS message with their name and address to 13032; • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services; • a ban on travel between regional units of Greece, except for essential reasons (ie. returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential); • Maximum 3 persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (unless all members of the same family).
    *Certification of Movement: You must certify all movements outside your accommodation, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested. To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means: (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form: X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address. (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons):
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 3 hours per day). (For ‘click-in-shop’ retail, individuals must book an appointment for purchases by sending an SMS message with their name and address to 13032);
    3. Going to the bank or other essential public services, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, visiting archaeological sites, public parks, and amateur fishing spots. All open for visits of up to 3-member groups or more for family members.
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities(available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it: 1. Name and Surname; 2. Home Address; 3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination; 4. Date, Time and Signature.
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place. 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
    26.04.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Greek authorities will lift quarantine restrictions from next week for travelers from EU, Israel, Serbia, United Arab Emirates, U.K., U.S. with vaccine or negative COVID-19 test (Reuters, 14.04.2021). Government to reopen country to tourists on 14 May (SchengenInfo, 07.04.2021). Government extends restrictions on domestic flights until 12 April, international flights until 19 April (Reuters, 04.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Land border arrivals are allowed through the Promachonas and Nymphaio border checkpoints. 

    Arrivals by sea are prohibited. As of 23 April, blue cruising and yachting will be allowed with some restrictions.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

    Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

    The certificate should be written in English and must include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

    People who have completed the vaccination within at least 14 days prior to their arrival and who are able to provide the vaccination certificate, are not required to provide a pre-departure negative PCR test.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    In case of a positive test result, travellers will be quarantined for at least 10 days and additional PCR tests will be carried out at the beginning and end of the isolation period.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *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:

    Third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece. Exceptions apply to residents of the following countries:

    • UK
    • USA
    • Australia
    • New Zealand
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
    • Rwanda
    • Singapore
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Serbia
    • Israel

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers who are allowed to enter are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

    Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

    The certificate should be written in English and must include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

    People who have completed the vaccination within at least 14 days prior to their arrival and who are able to provide the vaccination certificate, are not required to provide a pre-departure negative PCR test.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    In case of a positive test result, travellers will be quarantined for at least 10 days and additional PCR tests will be carried out at the beginning and end of the isolation period.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), 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 shouldcheck the latest local guidance (in Greek). • you must use a facemask in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport; • a curfew is in place from 9pm to 5am; • you must have certification of any essential movements (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel). For more detail see below; • retail stores (except for shopping malls) are open for ‘click-away’ and ‘click-in-shop’ by appointment. Individuals are only allowed to shop for 3 hours a day, and must book an appointment for ‘click-in-shop’ purchases by sending an SMS message with their name and address to 13032; • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services; • a ban on travel between regional units of Greece, except for essential reasons (ie. returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential); • Maximum 3 persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (unless all members of the same family).
    *Certification of Movement: You must certify all movements outside your accommodation, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested. To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means: (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form: X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address. (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons):
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 3 hours per day). (For ‘click-in-shop’ retail, individuals must book an appointment for purchases by sending an SMS message with their name and address to 13032);
    3. Going to the bank or other essential public services, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, visiting archaeological sites, public parks, and amateur fishing spots. All open for visits of up to 3-member groups or more for family members.
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities(available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it: 1. Name and Surname; 2. Home Address; 3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination; 4. Date, Time and Signature.
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place. 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
    22.04.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Greek authorities will lift quarantine restrictions from next week for travelers from EU, Israel, Serbia, United Arab Emirates, U.K., U.S. with vaccine or negative COVID-19 test (Reuters, 14.04.2021). Government to reopen country to tourists on 14 May (SchengenInfo, 07.04.2021). Government extends restrictions on domestic flights until 12 April, international flights until 19 April (Reuters, 04.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Land border arrivals for non-essential reasons are allowed from Bulgaria through the Promachonas border checkpoint. Travelling from Albania, Turkey, and North Macedonia is allowed for essential reasons only.

    Arrivals by sea are prohibited.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

    Children aged 10 and under are exempted.

    The certificate should be written in English and must include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must complete a 7-day quarantine. In case of a positive test result, they will be quarantined for 14 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *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:

    Third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece. Exceptions apply to residents of the following countries:

    • United Kingdom
    • Australia
    • New Zealand
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Russian Federation
    • Israel

    Travelling from Albania, Turkey, and North Macedonia is allowed for essential reasons only.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece will have to show a negative molecular test (PCR) for COVID-19, taken up to 72 hours before their entry.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

    Flights from the United Kingdom: all incoming passengers from the United Kingdom will have to take a rapid test upon arrival. They will additionally have to take a new PCR test, once their 7-day isolation period ends. If the outcome is negative, then the precautionary mandatory self-isolation will be lifted.

    Flights from the United Arab Emirates: rapid testing is mandatory for all passengers upon arrival.

    Flights from the Russian Federation: Russian residents (limited to 500 per week) are permitted to enter Greece at the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki,and Heraklion, Crete.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7 days. In case of a positive test result, they will be quarantined for 14 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), 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 shouldcheck the latest local guidance (in Greek). • you must use a facemask in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport; • a curfew is in place from 9pm to 5am; • you must have certification of any essential movements (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel). For more detail see below; • retail stores (except for shopping malls) are open for ‘click-away’ and ‘click-in-shop’ by appointment. Individuals are only allowed to shop for 3 hours a day, and must book an appointment for ‘click-in-shop’ purchases by sending an SMS message with their name and address to 13032; • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services; • a ban on travel between regional units of Greece, except for essential reasons (ie. returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential); • Maximum 3 persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (unless all members of the same family).
    *Certification of Movement: You must certify all movements outside your accommodation, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested. To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means: (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form: X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address. (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons):
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 3 hours per day). (For ‘click-in-shop’ retail, individuals must book an appointment for purchases by sending an SMS message with their name and address to 13032);
    3. Going to the bank or other essential public services, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, visiting archaeological sites, public parks, and amateur fishing spots. All open for visits of up to 3-member groups or more for family members.
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities(available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it: 1. Name and Surname; 2. Home Address; 3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination; 4. Date, Time and Signature.
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place. 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
    16.04.2021
  • Greece In Greek Parliament last week, Tourist Minister Harry Theocharis stated that Greece will open to visitors from around the world as of May 14, 2021. According to him, the country has five lines of defense with its plan:

    Passengers will have to either provide proof of full vaccination or a negative coronavirus test result upon arrival to be admitted
    At random, some passengers will be tested
    There will be quarantine hotels, so that sick travelers can be isolated
    Workers will be vaccinated as much as possible; Greece hopes to vaccinate about half of the country’s population by summer, but that doesn’t exactly help with a May reopening
    Health protocols will be strictly enforced (I look forward to seeing this in practice at Jackie O’ in Mykonos)
    As Theocharis describes this plan:

    “We will open on May 14, and we will open safely, despite the danger. Our country’s plan for the opening of tourism is comprehensive. It is an extremely detailed, balanced plan and allows safe tourism throughout the country.”
    OMAAT

    Read more
    15.04.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Greek authorities will lift quarantine restrictions from next week for travelers from EU, Israel, Serbia, United Arab Emirates, U.K., U.S. with vaccine or negative COVID-19 test (Reuters, 14.04.2021). Government to reopen country to tourists on 14 May (SchengenInfo, 07.04.2021). Government extends restrictions on domestic flights until 12 April, international flights until 19 April (Reuters, 04.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Land border arrivals for non-essential reasons are allowed from Bulgaria through the Promachonas border checkpoint. Travelling from Albania, Turkey, and North Macedonia is allowed for essential reasons only.

    Arrivals by sea are prohibited.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

    Children aged 10 and under are exempted.

    The certificate should be written in English and must include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must complete a 7-day quarantine. In case of a positive test result, they will be quarantined for 14 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *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:

    Third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece. Exceptions apply to residents of the following countries:

    • United Kingdom
    • Australia
    • New Zealand
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Russian Federation
    • Israel

    Travelling from Albania, Turkey, and North Macedonia is allowed for essential reasons only.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece will have to show a negative molecular test (PCR) for COVID-19, taken up to 72 hours before their entry.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

    Flights from the United Kingdom: all incoming passengers from the United Kingdom will have to take a rapid test upon arrival. They will additionally have to take a new PCR test, once their 7-day isolation period ends. If the outcome is negative, then the precautionary mandatory self-isolation will be lifted.

    Flights from the United Arab Emirates: rapid testing is mandatory for all passengers upon arrival.

    Flights from the Russian Federation: Russian residents (limited to 500 per week) are permitted to enter Greece at the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki,and Heraklion, Crete.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7 days. In case of a positive test result, they will be quarantined for 14 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), 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 shouldcheck the latest local guidance (in Greek). • you must use a facemask in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport; • a curfew is in place from 9pm to 5am; • you must have certification of any essential movements (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel). For more detail see below; • retail stores (except for shopping malls) are open for ‘click-away’ and ‘click-in-shop’ by appointment. Individuals are only allowed to shop for 3 hours a day, and must book an appointment for ‘click-in-shop’ purchases by sending an SMS message with their name and address to 13032; • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services; • a ban on travel between regional units of Greece, except for essential reasons (ie. returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential); • Maximum 3 persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (unless all members of the same family).
    *Certification of Movement: You must certify all movements outside your accommodation, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested. To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means: (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form: X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address. (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons):
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 3 hours per day). (For ‘click-in-shop’ retail, individuals must book an appointment for purchases by sending an SMS message with their name and address to 13032);
    3. Going to the bank or other essential public services, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, visiting archaeological sites, public parks, and amateur fishing spots. All open for visits of up to 3-member groups or more for family members.
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities(available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it: 1. Name and Surname; 2. Home Address; 3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination; 4. Date, Time and Signature.
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place. 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
    15.04.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Government to reopen country to tourists on 14 May (SchengenInfo, 07.04.2021). Government extends restrictions on domestic flights until 12 April, international flights until 19 April (Reuters, 04.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Land border arrivals for non-essential reasons are allowed from Bulgaria through the Promachonas border checkpoint. Travelling from Albania, Turkey, and North Macedonia is allowed for essential reasons only.

    Arrivals by sea are prohibited.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

    Children aged 10 and under are exempted.

    The certificate should be written in English and must include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must complete a 7-day quarantine. In case of a positive test result, they will be quarantined for 14 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *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:

    Third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece. Exceptions apply to residents of the following countries:

    • United Kingdom
    • Australia
    • New Zealand
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Russian Federation
    • Israel

    Travelling from Albania, Turkey, and North Macedonia is allowed for essential reasons only.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece will have to show a negative molecular test (PCR) for COVID-19, taken up to 72 hours before their entry.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

    Flights from the United Kingdom: all incoming passengers from the United Kingdom will have to take a rapid test upon arrival. They will additionally have to take a new PCR test, once their 7-day isolation period ends. If the outcome is negative, then the precautionary mandatory self-isolation will be lifted.

    Flights from the United Arab Emirates: rapid testing is mandatory for all passengers upon arrival.

    Flights from the Russian Federation: Russian residents (limited to 500 per week) are permitted to enter Greece at the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki,and Heraklion, Crete.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7 days. In case of a positive test result, they will be quarantined for 14 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), 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 shouldcheck the latest local guidance (in Greek). • you must use a facemask in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport; • a curfew is in place from 9pm to 5am; • you must have certification of any essential movements (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel). For more detail see below; • retail stores (except for shopping malls) are open for ‘click-away’ and ‘click-in-shop’ by appointment. Individuals are only allowed to shop for 3 hours a day, and must book an appointment for ‘click-in-shop’ purchases by sending an SMS message with their name and address to 13032; • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services; • a ban on travel between regional units of Greece, except for essential reasons (ie. returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential); • Maximum 3 persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (unless all members of the same family).
    *Certification of Movement: You must certify all movements outside your accommodation, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested. To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means: (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form: X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address. (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons):
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 3 hours per day). (For ‘click-in-shop’ retail, individuals must book an appointment for purchases by sending an SMS message with their name and address to 13032);
    3. Going to the bank or other essential public services, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, visiting archaeological sites, public parks, and amateur fishing spots. All open for visits of up to 3-member groups or more for family members.
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities(available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it: 1. Name and Surname; 2. Home Address; 3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination; 4. Date, Time and Signature.
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece between Regional Units is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place. 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
    13.04.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Government to reopen country to tourists on 14 May (SchengenInfo, 07.04.2021). Government extends restrictions on domestic flights until 12 April, international flights until 19 April (Reuters, 04.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Land border arrivals for non-essential reasons are allowed from Bulgaria through the Promachonas border checkpoint. Travelling from Albania, Turkey, and North Macedonia is allowed for essential reasons only.

    Arrivals by sea are prohibited.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

    Children aged 10 and under are exempted.

    The certificate should be written in English and must include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must complete a 7-day quarantine. In case of a positive test result, they will be quarantined for 14 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *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:

    Third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece. Exceptions apply to residents of the following countries:

    • United Kingdom
    • Australia
    • New Zealand
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Russian Federation
    • Israel

    Travelling from Albania, Turkey, and North Macedonia is allowed for essential reasons only.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece will have to show a negative molecular test (PCR) for COVID-19, taken up to 72 hours before their entry.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

    Flights from the United Kingdom: all incoming passengers from the United Kingdom will have to take a rapid test upon arrival. They will additionally have to take a new PCR test, once their 7-day isolation period ends. If the outcome is negative, then the precautionary mandatory self-isolation will be lifted.

    Flights from the United Arab Emirates: rapid testing is mandatory for all passengers upon arrival.

    Flights from the Russian Federation: Russian residents (limited to 500 per week) are permitted to enter Greece at the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki,and Heraklion, Crete.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7 days. In case of a positive test result, they will be quarantined for 14 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): The Greek authorities have implemented tough measures to help combat the spread of COVID-19.
    There are specific measures in place in the cities of Athens (and surrounding Attica region); and in Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki.
    The rest of Greece is split into a number of categories, with different levels of measures applying in different categories. These categories are: amber areas; red areas; and areas of heightened concern.
    All measures remain under regular review: you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    List of areas in each category of anti-COVID-19 measures: (Athens; Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: specific measures apply)
    Amber category:
    • There are no areas in this category at this time.
    Red category:
    • All areas which are not listed under ‘Areas of heightened concern’.
    Areas of heightened concern:
    • Achaia region;
    • Larissa;
    • Fthiotida;
    • Argolida;
    • Corinthia;
    • Thesprotia;
    • Viotia;
    • Chios municipality;
    • Aitoloakarnania;
    • Heraklion (Crete);
    • Evia Region (with the exception of Skyros island);
    • Kordelio-Evosmos;
    • Kalymnos municipality (Dodecanese);
    • Arcadia Region (Peloponnese);
    • Municipality of Anogeia (Crete);
    • Evrytania;
    • Lesvos;
    • Kilkis;
    • Ioannina Municipality;
    • Metsovo Municipality;
    • Katerini Municipality;
    • Chania Municipality;
    • Skiathos Municipality;
    • Zakynthos (Zante);
    • Municipality of Amphipolis (Serras);
    • Kastoria and Orestida;
    • Karditsa;
    • Island of Leros;
    • Municipal community of Galatini (Voion Municipality).
    Athens and Attica: measures in effect
    (All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below.
    • Operation of any school/ educational service which cannot be delivered online is suspended, including Day Care facilities and preschools;
    • Outdoor markets are suspended at weekends;
    • Those retail outlets which remain open (supermarkets, pharmacies, bakeries, pet shops, dry cleaners, stores relating to telephone services and petrol stations) may operate only between certain hours (7:30am – 8:30pm on weekdays; 7am to 8:30pm on Saturdays; 7am to 5:30pm on Sundays);
    • Food delivery and take away services remain in operation;
    • Churches can hold services but without the presence of worshippers (except for weddings, baptisms and funerals, where up to 9 persons may attend);
    • Public transport is limited to operations at 65% of normal capacity, except for ferries, which are limited to 50% of normal capacity);
    • Movement between neighbourhoods within Attica is permitted subject to the certification system outlined below:
    Movement into or out of Attica region is not permitted except for the following reasons:
    • To go to and from work, with necessary documents;
    • For health reasons;
    • To return to place of main residence;
    • For students returning to their place of study if this is where they currently live;
    • For attending a funeral with the proper documents;
    • For children of divorced families with parental visiting rights in another region;
    • To attend to agricultural work.
    Additionally please note:
    • Public sector services will operate only by appointment and will operate with the absolute minimum number of employees;
    • KTEO and car service will operate only by pre-made appointment;
    • Parents with children up to third year in secondary school can opt to work fulltime online, work different hours, work less hours, up 25%, suspend employment with three days excused absence and one day subsidized by the government.
    Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: measures in effect
    All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below.
    • Retail stores remain in operation only by ‘click away’ methods;
    • Limits on the opening hours of those retail stores which remain open (on weekdays, ‘click away’ retail, hairdressers, barbers, pharmacies, petrol stations, supermarkets, bakeries will be permitted to open only from 7am – 8pm; on weekends, they are permitted to open only from 7am to 5pm- except for hairdressers and barbers, and ‘click away’ retailers, who must close);
    • Schools remain open except for lyceums (‘likeia’) which, like universities, must operate via online teaching only;
    • Outdoor markets will not operate on weekends.
    Amber category; measures in effect:
    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • curfew in place from 9pm to 5am;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below. You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • Primary schools, middle schools, and high schools are open; universities are running, but via online teaching only;
    • Open air food markets remain open; but their operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls;
    • Shops are generally open; but shopping and the use of all retail services must be notified using the certification procedures referenced above (detail on how to certify a movement below); and shopping is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point. (For the purposes of cross border travel, the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons (anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons));
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders (for details on these requirements, see Entry Requirements);
    • Limits on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (either: driver and 2 additional passengers; driver and his/her children (regardless of the total number of children); driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person)
    Red category: measures in effect
    (All measures already in effect in amber zones; and also the following additional measures);
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers;
    • high schools (including Lyceums/ ‘Likeia’) operate only via online lessons;
    • the majority of the retail sector will be closed, except for click-and-collect services;
    • open air markets are banned on weekends;
    • hair salons, beauticians, and dieticians are open for pre-made appointments only;
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons;
    • residents are forbidden to leave the area of residence for all but health reasons;
    Areas of heightened concern: measures in effect
    All measures already in effect in amber and red zones; and also the following additional measures
    • A ban on the opening of all shops (except supermarkets and pharmacies), including for click-and-collect services; and, also, a ban on the opening of hair salons, beauty salons, dieticians, MoT outlets (KTEO), lottery shops (OPAP);
    • Religious services are forbidden, and access to religious buildings is restricted;
    • Public services, including courts and judicial services, are subject to suspension;
    • All schools, regardless of age group, are restricted to online teaching only (except for primary schools in Mykonos and Thira (Santorini));
    • Construction and building works are subject to suspension;
    • Entry and exit from these regions is strictly for work purposes or health reasons only.
    Applies throughout Greece: You must certify essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below. You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested.
    Curfew in place from 9pm to 5pm, for all seven days of the week.
    Changes to the certification of essential movements
    Stricter measures are now in force on essential movements, as of 6am Thursday 4 March. These apply across all of Greece, regardless of category. Certification of movement under the following categories can only be made for journeys within the limits of one’s municipality or within a 2km radius of one’s residence, whichever is further from one’s residence:
    1. Going to the pharmacy
    2. Supply of basic goods
    3. Going to the bank, public sector agencies
    Certification of movement under category 6:
    • physical exercise of walking a pet, is restricted to activities that take place by foot or by bicycle;
    • one cannot travel by car or motorcycle to another location in order to exercise;
    • archaeological sites, public parks, and amateur fishing spots, are all open for visits of up to 3-member groups (or more for family members), and must be reached on foot or by public transport.
    More details of how to certify essential movements are below;
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day).
    3. Going to the bank or other essential public services, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. Visiting archaeological sites, public parks, and amateur fishing spots (all open for visits of up to 3-member groups (or more for family members), and must be reached on foot or by public transport).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature

    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place.
    You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time.
    It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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.
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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
    08.04.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Government extends restrictions on domestic flights until 12 April, international flights until 19 April (Reuters, 04.04.2021). Government to ease some COVID-19 lockdown restrictions; also eases people’s movement restrictions beyond their municipality (Reuters, 31.03.2021). Israeli travelers will be allowed to enter Cyprus and Greece from 1 April (Times of Israel, 23.03.2021). Greek authorities lift restrictions on flights from Albania, North Macedonia, Turkey; passengers from UAE, UK subject to mandatory rapid COVID-19 test (Reuters, 21.03.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Land border arrivals for non-essential reasons are allowed from Bulgaria through the Promachonas border checkpoint. Travelling from Albania, Turkey, and North Macedonia is allowed for essential reasons only.

    Arrivals by sea are prohibited.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

    Children aged 10 and under are exempted.

    The certificate should be written in English and must include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must complete a 7-day quarantine. In case of a positive test result, they will be quarantined for 14 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *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:

    Third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece. Exceptions apply to residents of the following countries:

    • United Kingdom
    • Australia
    • New Zealand
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Russian Federation
    • Israel

    Travelling from Albania, Turkey, and North Macedonia is allowed for essential reasons only.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece will have to show a negative molecular test (PCR) for COVID-19, taken up to 72 hours before their entry.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

    Flights from the United Kingdom: all incoming passengers from the United Kingdom will have to take a rapid test upon arrival. They will additionally have to take a new PCR test, once their 7-day isolation period ends. If the outcome is negative, then the precautionary mandatory self-isolation will be lifted.

    Flights from the United Arab Emirates: rapid testing is mandatory for all passengers upon arrival.

    Flights from the Russian Federation: Russian residents (limited to 500 per week) are permitted to enter Greece at the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki,and Heraklion, Crete.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7 days. In case of a positive test result, they will be quarantined for 14 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): The Greek authorities have implemented tough measures to help combat the spread of COVID-19.
    There are specific measures in place in the cities of Athens (and surrounding Attica region); and in Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki.
    The rest of Greece is split into a number of categories, with different levels of measures applying in different categories. These categories are: amber areas; red areas; and areas of heightened concern.
    All measures remain under regular review: you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    List of areas in each category of anti-COVID-19 measures: (Athens; Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: specific measures apply)
    Amber category:
    • There are no areas in this category at this time.
    Red category:
    • All areas which are not listed under ‘Areas of heightened concern’.
    Areas of heightened concern:
    • Achaia region;
    • Larissa;
    • Fthiotida;
    • Argolida;
    • Corinthia;
    • Thesprotia;
    • Viotia;
    • Chios municipality;
    • Aitoloakarnania;
    • Heraklion (Crete);
    • Evia Region (with the exception of Skyros island);
    • Kordelio-Evosmos;
    • Kalymnos municipality (Dodecanese);
    • Arcadia Region (Peloponnese);
    • Municipality of Anogeia (Crete);
    • Evrytania;
    • Lesvos;
    • Kilkis;
    • Ioannina Municipality;
    • Metsovo Municipality;
    • Katerini Municipality;
    • Chania Municipality;
    • Skiathos Municipality;
    • Zakynthos (Zante);
    • Municipality of Amphipolis (Serras);
    • Kastoria and Orestida;
    • Karditsa;
    • Island of Leros;
    • Municipal community of Galatini (Voion Municipality).
    Athens and Attica: measures in effect
    (All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below.
    • Operation of any school/ educational service which cannot be delivered online is suspended, including Day Care facilities and preschools;
    • Outdoor markets are suspended at weekends;
    • Those retail outlets which remain open (supermarkets, pharmacies, bakeries, pet shops, dry cleaners, stores relating to telephone services and petrol stations) may operate only between certain hours (7:30am – 8:30pm on weekdays; 7am to 8:30pm on Saturdays; 7am to 5:30pm on Sundays);
    • Food delivery and take away services remain in operation;
    • Churches can hold services but without the presence of worshippers (except for weddings, baptisms and funerals, where up to 9 persons may attend);
    • Public transport is limited to operations at 65% of normal capacity, except for ferries, which are limited to 50% of normal capacity);
    • Movement between neighbourhoods within Attica is permitted subject to the certification system outlined below:
    Movement into or out of Attica region is not permitted except for the following reasons:
    • To go to and from work, with necessary documents;
    • For health reasons;
    • To return to place of main residence;
    • For students returning to their place of study if this is where they currently live;
    • For attending a funeral with the proper documents;
    • For children of divorced families with parental visiting rights in another region;
    • To attend to agricultural work.
    Additionally please note:
    • Public sector services will operate only by appointment and will operate with the absolute minimum number of employees;
    • KTEO and car service will operate only by pre-made appointment;
    • Parents with children up to third year in secondary school can opt to work fulltime online, work different hours, work less hours, up 25%, suspend employment with three days excused absence and one day subsidized by the government.
    Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: measures in effect
    All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below.
    • Retail stores remain in operation only by ‘click away’ methods;
    • Limits on the opening hours of those retail stores which remain open (on weekdays, ‘click away’ retail, hairdressers, barbers, pharmacies, petrol stations, supermarkets, bakeries will be permitted to open only from 7am – 8pm; on weekends, they are permitted to open only from 7am to 5pm- except for hairdressers and barbers, and ‘click away’ retailers, who must close);
    • Schools remain open except for lyceums (‘likeia’) which, like universities, must operate via online teaching only;
    • Outdoor markets will not operate on weekends.
    Amber category; measures in effect:
    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • curfew in place from 9pm to 5am;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below. You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • Primary schools, middle schools, and high schools are open; universities are running, but via online teaching only;
    • Open air food markets remain open; but their operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls;
    • Shops are generally open; but shopping and the use of all retail services must be notified using the certification procedures referenced above (detail on how to certify a movement below); and shopping is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point. (For the purposes of cross border travel, the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons (anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons));
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders (for details on these requirements, see Entry Requirements);
    • Limits on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (either: driver and 2 additional passengers; driver and his/her children (regardless of the total number of children); driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person)
    Red category: measures in effect
    (All measures already in effect in amber zones; and also the following additional measures);
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers;
    • high schools (including Lyceums/ ‘Likeia’) operate only via online lessons;
    • the majority of the retail sector will be closed, except for click-and-collect services;
    • open air markets are banned on weekends;
    • hair salons, beauticians, and dieticians are open for pre-made appointments only;
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons;
    • residents are forbidden to leave the area of residence for all but health reasons;
    Areas of heightened concern: measures in effect
    All measures already in effect in amber and red zones; and also the following additional measures
    • A ban on the opening of all shops (except supermarkets and pharmacies), including for click-and-collect services; and, also, a ban on the opening of hair salons, beauty salons, dieticians, MoT outlets (KTEO), lottery shops (OPAP);
    • Religious services are forbidden, and access to religious buildings is restricted;
    • Public services, including courts and judicial services, are subject to suspension;
    • All schools, regardless of age group, are restricted to online teaching only (except for primary schools in Mykonos and Thira (Santorini));
    • Construction and building works are subject to suspension;
    • Entry and exit from these regions is strictly for work purposes or health reasons only.
    Applies throughout Greece: You must certify essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below. You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested.
    Curfew in place from 9pm to 5pm, for all seven days of the week.
    Changes to the certification of essential movements
    Stricter measures are now in force on essential movements, as of 6am Thursday 4 March. These apply across all of Greece, regardless of category. Certification of movement under the following categories can only be made for journeys within the limits of one’s municipality or within a 2km radius of one’s residence, whichever is further from one’s residence:
    1. Going to the pharmacy
    2. Supply of basic goods
    3. Going to the bank, public sector agencies
    Certification of movement under category 6:
    • physical exercise of walking a pet, is restricted to activities that take place by foot or by bicycle;
    • one cannot travel by car or motorcycle to another location in order to exercise;
    • archaeological sites, public parks, and amateur fishing spots, are all open for visits of up to 3-member groups (or more for family members), and must be reached on foot or by public transport.
    More details of how to certify essential movements are below;
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day).
    3. Going to the bank or other essential public services, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. Visiting archaeological sites, public parks, and amateur fishing spots (all open for visits of up to 3-member groups (or more for family members), and must be reached on foot or by public transport).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature

    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place.
    You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time.
    It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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.
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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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    02.04.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Government to ease some COVID-19 lockdown restrictions; also eases people’s movement restrictions beyond their municipality (Reuters, 31.03.2021). All COVID-19 restrictions on domestic flights extended until 5 April (GTP, 29.03.2021). Israeli travelers will be allowed to enter Cyprus and Greece from 1 April (Times of Israel, 23.03.2021). Greek government extends restrictions on domestic flights until 29 March, international flights until 5 April (The National Herald, 22.03.2021). Greek authorities lift restrictions on flights from Albania, North Macedonia, Turkey; passengers from UAE, UK subject to mandatory rapid COVID-19 test (Reuters, 21.03.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Land border arrivals for non-essential reasons are allowed from Bulgaria through the Promachonas border checkpoint. Travelling from Albania, Turkey, and North Macedonia is allowed for essential reasons only.

    Arrivals by sea are prohibited.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

    Children aged 10 and under are exempted.

    The certificate should be written in English and must include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must complete a 7-day quarantine. In case of a positive test result, they will be quarantined for 14 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *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:

    Third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece. Exceptions apply to residents of the following countries:

    • United Kingdom
    • Australia
    • New Zealand
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Russian Federation
    • Israel

    Travelling from Albania, Turkey, and North Macedonia is allowed for essential reasons only.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece will have to show a negative molecular test (PCR) for COVID-19, taken up to 72 hours before their entry.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

    Flights from the United Kingdom: all incoming passengers from the United Kingdom will have to take a rapid test upon arrival. They will additionally have to take a new PCR test, once their 7-day isolation period ends. If the outcome is negative, then the precautionary mandatory self-isolation will be lifted.

    Flights from the United Arab Emirates: rapid testing is mandatory for all passengers upon arrival.

    Flights from the Russian Federation: Russian residents (limited to 500 per week) are permitted to enter Greece at the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki,and Heraklion, Crete.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7 days. In case of a positive test result, they will be quarantined for 14 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): The Greek authorities have implemented tough measures to help combat the spread of COVID-19.
    There are specific measures in place in the cities of Athens (and surrounding Attica region); and in Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki.
    The rest of Greece is split into a number of categories, with different levels of measures applying in different categories. These categories are: amber areas; red areas; and areas of heightened concern.
    All measures remain under regular review: you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    List of areas in each category of anti-COVID-19 measures: (Athens; Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: specific measures apply)
    Amber category:
    • There are no areas in this category at this time.
    Red category:
    • All areas which are not listed under ‘Areas of heightened concern’.
    Areas of heightened concern:
    • Achaia region;
    • Larissa;
    • Fthiotida;
    • Argolida;
    • Corinthia;
    • Thesprotia;
    • Viotia;
    • Chios municipality;
    • Aitoloakarnania;
    • Heraklion (Crete);
    • Evia Region (with the exception of Skyros island);
    • Kordelio-Evosmos;
    • Kalymnos municipality (Dodecanese);
    • Arcadia Region (Peloponnese);
    • Municipality of Anogeia (Crete);
    • Evrytania;
    • Lesvos;
    • Kilkis;
    • Ioannina Municipality;
    • Metsovo Municipality;
    • Katerini Municipality;
    • Chania Municipality;
    • Skiathos Municipality;
    • Zakynthos (Zante);
    • Municipality of Amphipolis (Serras);
    • Kastoria and Orestida;
    • Karditsa;
    • Island of Leros;
    • Municipal community of Galatini (Voion Municipality).
    Athens and Attica: measures in effect
    (All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below.
    • Operation of any school/ educational service which cannot be delivered online is suspended, including Day Care facilities and preschools;
    • Outdoor markets are suspended at weekends;
    • Those retail outlets which remain open (supermarkets, pharmacies, bakeries, pet shops, dry cleaners, stores relating to telephone services and petrol stations) may operate only between certain hours (7:30am – 8:30pm on weekdays; 7am to 8:30pm on Saturdays; 7am to 5:30pm on Sundays);
    • Food delivery and take away services remain in operation;
    • Churches can hold services but without the presence of worshippers (except for weddings, baptisms and funerals, where up to 9 persons may attend);
    • Public transport is limited to operations at 65% of normal capacity, except for ferries, which are limited to 50% of normal capacity);
    • Movement between neighbourhoods within Attica is permitted subject to the certification system outlined below:
    Movement into or out of Attica region is not permitted except for the following reasons:
    • To go to and from work, with necessary documents;
    • For health reasons;
    • To return to place of main residence;
    • For students returning to their place of study if this is where they currently live;
    • For attending a funeral with the proper documents;
    • For children of divorced families with parental visiting rights in another region;
    • To attend to agricultural work.
    Additionally please note:
    • Public sector services will operate only by appointment and will operate with the absolute minimum number of employees;
    • KTEO and car service will operate only by pre-made appointment;
    • Parents with children up to third year in secondary school can opt to work fulltime online, work different hours, work less hours, up 25%, suspend employment with three days excused absence and one day subsidized by the government.
    Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: measures in effect
    All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below.
    • Retail stores remain in operation only by ‘click away’ methods;
    • Limits on the opening hours of those retail stores which remain open (on weekdays, ‘click away’ retail, hairdressers, barbers, pharmacies, petrol stations, supermarkets, bakeries will be permitted to open only from 7am – 8pm; on weekends, they are permitted to open only from 7am to 5pm- except for hairdressers and barbers, and ‘click away’ retailers, who must close);
    • Schools remain open except for lyceums (‘likeia’) which, like universities, must operate via online teaching only;
    • Outdoor markets will not operate on weekends.
    Amber category; measures in effect:
    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • curfew in place from 9pm to 5am;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below. You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • Primary schools, middle schools, and high schools are open; universities are running, but via online teaching only;
    • Open air food markets remain open; but their operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls;
    • Shops are generally open; but shopping and the use of all retail services must be notified using the certification procedures referenced above (detail on how to certify a movement below); and shopping is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point. (For the purposes of cross border travel, the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons (anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons));
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders (for details on these requirements, see Entry Requirements);
    • Limits on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (either: driver and 2 additional passengers; driver and his/her children (regardless of the total number of children); driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person)
    Red category: measures in effect
    (All measures already in effect in amber zones; and also the following additional measures);
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers;
    • high schools (including Lyceums/ ‘Likeia’) operate only via online lessons;
    • the majority of the retail sector will be closed, except for click-and-collect services;
    • open air markets are banned on weekends;
    • hair salons, beauticians, and dieticians are open for pre-made appointments only;
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons;
    • residents are forbidden to leave the area of residence for all but health reasons;
    Areas of heightened concern: measures in effect
    All measures already in effect in amber and red zones; and also the following additional measures
    • A ban on the opening of all shops (except supermarkets and pharmacies), including for click-and-collect services; and, also, a ban on the opening of hair salons, beauty salons, dieticians, MoT outlets (KTEO), lottery shops (OPAP);
    • Religious services are forbidden, and access to religious buildings is restricted;
    • Public services, including courts and judicial services, are subject to suspension;
    • All schools, regardless of age group, are restricted to online teaching only (except for primary schools in Mykonos and Thira (Santorini));
    • Construction and building works are subject to suspension;
    • Entry and exit from these regions is strictly for work purposes or health reasons only.
    Applies throughout Greece: You must certify essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below. You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested.
    Curfew in place from 9pm to 5pm, for all seven days of the week.
    Changes to the certification of essential movements
    Stricter measures are now in force on essential movements, as of 6am Thursday 4 March. These apply across all of Greece, regardless of category. Certification of movement under the following categories can only be made for journeys within the limits of one’s municipality or within a 2km radius of one’s residence, whichever is further from one’s residence:
    1. Going to the pharmacy
    2. Supply of basic goods
    3. Going to the bank, public sector agencies
    Certification of movement under category 6:
    • physical exercise of walking a pet, is restricted to activities that take place by foot or by bicycle;
    • one cannot travel by car or motorcycle to another location in order to exercise;
    • archaeological sites, public parks, and amateur fishing spots, are all open for visits of up to 3-member groups (or more for family members), and must be reached on foot or by public transport.
    More details of how to certify essential movements are below;
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day).
    3. Going to the bank or other essential public services, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. Visiting archaeological sites, public parks, and amateur fishing spots (all open for visits of up to 3-member groups (or more for family members), and must be reached on foot or by public transport).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature

    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place.
    You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time.
    It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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.
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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
    01.04.2021
  • Greece Latest News: All COVID-19 restrictions on domestic flights extended until 5 April (GTP, 29.03.2021). Israeli travelers will be allowed to enter Cyprus and Greece from 1 April (Times of Israel, 23.03.2021). Greek government extends restrictions on domestic flights until 29 March, international flights until 5 April (The National Herald, 22.03.2021). Greek authorities lift restrictions on flights from Albania, North Macedonia, Turkey; passengers from UAE, UK subject to mandatory rapid COVID-19 test (Reuters, 21.03.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU: Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Land border arrivals for non-essential reasons are allowed from Bulgaria through the Promachonas border checkpoint. Travelling from Albania, Turkey, and North Macedonia is allowed for essential reasons only.

    Arrivals by sea are prohibited.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

    Children aged 10 and under are exempted.

    The certificate should be written in English and must include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must complete a 7-day quarantine. In case of a positive test result, they will be quarantined for 14 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *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:

    Third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece. Exceptions apply to residents of the following countries:

    • United Kingdom
    • Australia
    • New Zealand
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Russian Federation
    • Israel

    Travelling from Albania, Turkey, and North Macedonia is allowed for essential reasons only.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece will have to show a negative molecular test (PCR) for COVID-19, taken up to 72 hours before their entry.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

    Flights from the United Kingdom: all incoming passengers from the United Kingdom will have to take a rapid test upon arrival. They will additionally have to take a new PCR test, once their 7-day isolation period ends. If the outcome is negative, then the precautionary mandatory self-isolation will be lifted.

    Flights from the United Arab Emirates: rapid testing is mandatory for all passengers upon arrival.

    Flights from the Russian Federation: Russian residents (limited to 500 per week) are permitted to enter Greece at the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki,and Heraklion, Crete.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7 days. In case of a positive test result, they will be quarantined for 14 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): The Greek authorities have implemented tough measures to help combat the spread of COVID-19.
    There are specific measures in place in the cities of Athens (and surrounding Attica region); and in Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki.
    The rest of Greece is split into a number of categories, with different levels of measures applying in different categories. These categories are: amber areas; red areas; and areas of heightened concern.
    All measures remain under regular review: you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    List of areas in each category of anti-COVID-19 measures: (Athens; Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: specific measures apply)
    Amber category:
    • There are no areas in this category at this time.
    Red category:
    • All areas which are not listed under ‘Areas of heightened concern’.
    Areas of heightened concern:
    • Achaia region;
    • Larissa;
    • Fthiotida;
    • Argolida;
    • Corinthia;
    • Thesprotia;
    • Viotia;
    • Chios municipality;
    • Aitoloakarnania;
    • Heraklion (Crete);
    • Evia Region (with the exception of Skyros island);
    • Kordelio-Evosmos;
    • Kalymnos municipality (Dodecanese);
    • Arcadia Region (Peloponnese);
    • Municipality of Anogeia (Crete);
    • Evrytania;
    • Lesvos;
    • Kilkis;
    • Ioannina Municipality;
    • Metsovo Municipality;
    • Katerini Municipality;
    • Chania Municipality;
    • Skiathos Municipality;
    • Zakynthos (Zante);
    • Municipality of Amphipolis (Serras);
    • Kastoria and Orestida;
    • Karditsa;
    • Island of Leros;
    • Municipal community of Galatini (Voion Municipality).
    Athens and Attica: measures in effect
    (All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below.
    • Operation of any school/ educational service which cannot be delivered online is suspended, including Day Care facilities and preschools;
    • Outdoor markets are suspended at weekends;
    • Those retail outlets which remain open (supermarkets, pharmacies, bakeries, pet shops, dry cleaners, stores relating to telephone services and petrol stations) may operate only between certain hours (7:30am – 8:30pm on weekdays; 7am to 8:30pm on Saturdays; 7am to 5:30pm on Sundays);
    • Food delivery and take away services remain in operation;
    • Churches can hold services but without the presence of worshippers (except for weddings, baptisms and funerals, where up to 9 persons may attend);
    • Public transport is limited to operations at 65% of normal capacity, except for ferries, which are limited to 50% of normal capacity);
    • Movement between neighbourhoods within Attica is permitted subject to the certification system outlined below:
    Movement into or out of Attica region is not permitted except for the following reasons:
    • To go to and from work, with necessary documents;
    • For health reasons;
    • To return to place of main residence;
    • For students returning to their place of study if this is where they currently live;
    • For attending a funeral with the proper documents;
    • For children of divorced families with parental visiting rights in another region;
    • To attend to agricultural work.
    Additionally please note:
    • Public sector services will operate only by appointment and will operate with the absolute minimum number of employees;
    • KTEO and car service will operate only by pre-made appointment;
    • Parents with children up to third year in secondary school can opt to work fulltime online, work different hours, work less hours, up 25%, suspend employment with three days excused absence and one day subsidized by the government.
    Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: measures in effect
    All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below.
    • Retail stores remain in operation only by ‘click away’ methods;
    • Limits on the opening hours of those retail stores which remain open (on weekdays, ‘click away’ retail, hairdressers, barbers, pharmacies, petrol stations, supermarkets, bakeries will be permitted to open only from 7am – 8pm; on weekends, they are permitted to open only from 7am to 5pm- except for hairdressers and barbers, and ‘click away’ retailers, who must close);
    • Schools remain open except for lyceums (‘likeia’) which, like universities, must operate via online teaching only;
    • Outdoor markets will not operate on weekends.
    Amber category; measures in effect:
    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • curfew in place from 9pm to 5am;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below. You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • Primary schools, middle schools, and high schools are open; universities are running, but via online teaching only;
    • Open air food markets remain open; but their operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls;
    • Shops are generally open; but shopping and the use of all retail services must be notified using the certification procedures referenced above (detail on how to certify a movement below); and shopping is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point. (For the purposes of cross border travel, the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons (anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons));
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders (for details on these requirements, see Entry Requirements);
    • Limits on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (either: driver and 2 additional passengers; driver and his/her children (regardless of the total number of children); driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person)
    Red category: measures in effect
    (All measures already in effect in amber zones; and also the following additional measures);
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers;
    • high schools (including Lyceums/ ‘Likeia’) operate only via online lessons;
    • the majority of the retail sector will be closed, except for click-and-collect services;
    • open air markets are banned on weekends;
    • hair salons, beauticians, and dieticians are open for pre-made appointments only;
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons;
    • residents are forbidden to leave the area of residence for all but health reasons;
    Areas of heightened concern: measures in effect
    All measures already in effect in amber and red zones; and also the following additional measures
    • A ban on the opening of all shops (except supermarkets and pharmacies), including for click-and-collect services; and, also, a ban on the opening of hair salons, beauty salons, dieticians, MoT outlets (KTEO), lottery shops (OPAP);
    • Religious services are forbidden, and access to religious buildings is restricted;
    • Public services, including courts and judicial services, are subject to suspension;
    • All schools, regardless of age group, are restricted to online teaching only (except for primary schools in Mykonos and Thira (Santorini));
    • Construction and building works are subject to suspension;
    • Entry and exit from these regions is strictly for work purposes or health reasons only.
    Applies throughout Greece: You must certify essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below. You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested.
    Curfew in place from 9pm to 5pm, for all seven days of the week.
    Changes to the certification of essential movements
    Stricter measures are now in force on essential movements, as of 6am Thursday 4 March. These apply across all of Greece, regardless of category. Certification of movement under the following categories can only be made for journeys within the limits of one’s municipality or within a 2km radius of one’s residence, whichever is further from one’s residence:
    1. Going to the pharmacy
    2. Supply of basic goods
    3. Going to the bank, public sector agencies
    Certification of movement under category 6:
    • physical exercise of walking a pet, is restricted to activities that take place by foot or by bicycle;
    • one cannot travel by car or motorcycle to another location in order to exercise;
    • archaeological sites, public parks, and amateur fishing spots, are all open for visits of up to 3-member groups (or more for family members), and must be reached on foot or by public transport.
    More details of how to certify essential movements are below;
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day).
    3. Going to the bank or other essential public services, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. Visiting archaeological sites, public parks, and amateur fishing spots (all open for visits of up to 3-member groups (or more for family members), and must be reached on foot or by public transport).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature

    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place.
    You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time.
    It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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.
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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
    31.03.2021
  • Greece Latest News: All COVID-19 restrictions on domestic flights extended until 5 April (GTP, 29.03.2021). Israeli travelers will be allowed to enter Cyprus and Greece from 1 April (Times of Israel, 23.03.2021). Greek government extends restrictions on domestic flights until 29 March, international flights until 5 April (The National Herald, 22.03.2021). Greek authorities lift restrictions on flights from Albania, North Macedonia, Turkey; passengers from UAE, UK subject to mandatory rapid COVID-19 test (Reuters, 21.03.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Land border arrivals for non-essential reasons are allowed from Bulgaria through the Promachonas border checkpoint. Travelling from Albania, Turkey, and North Macedonia is allowed for essential reasons only.

    Arrivals by sea are prohibited.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

    Children aged 10 and under are exempted.

    The certificate should be written in English and must include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must complete a 7-day quarantine. In case of a positive test result, they will be quarantined for 14 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *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:

    Third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece. Exceptions apply to residents of the following countries:

    • United Kingdom
    • Australia
    • New Zealand
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Russian Federation
    • Israel

    Travelling from Albania, Turkey, and North Macedonia is allowed for essential reasons only.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece will have to show a negative molecular test (PCR) for COVID-19, taken up to 72 hours before their entry.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

    Flights from the United Kingdom: all incoming passengers from the United Kingdom will have to take a rapid test upon arrival. They will additionally have to take a new PCR test, once their 7-day isolation period ends. If the outcome is negative, then the precautionary mandatory self-isolation will be lifted.

    Flights from the United Arab Emirates: rapid testing is mandatory for all passengers upon arrival.

    Flights from the Russian Federation: Russian residents (limited to 500 per week) are permitted to enter Greece at the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki,and Heraklion, Crete.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7 days. In case of a positive test result, they will be quarantined for 14 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): The Greek authorities have implemented tough measures to help combat the spread of COVID-19.
    There are specific measures in place in the cities of Athens (and surrounding Attica region); and in Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki.
    The rest of Greece is split into a number of categories, with different levels of measures applying in different categories. These categories are: amber areas; red areas; and areas of heightened concern.
    All measures remain under regular review: you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    List of areas in each category of anti-COVID-19 measures: (Athens; Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: specific measures apply)
    Amber category:
    • There are no areas in this category at this time.
    Red category:
    • All areas which are not listed under ‘Areas of heightened concern’.
    Areas of heightened concern:
    • Achaia region;
    • Larissa;
    • Fthiotida;
    • Argolida;
    • Corinthia;
    • Thesprotia;
    • Viotia;
    • Chios municipality;
    • Aitoloakarnania;
    • Heraklion (Crete);
    • Evia Region (with the exception of Skyros island);
    • Kordelio-Evosmos;
    • Kalymnos municipality (Dodecanese);
    • Arcadia Region (Peloponnese);
    • Municipality of Anogeia (Crete);
    • Evrytania;
    • Lesvos;
    • Kilkis;
    • Ioannina Municipality;
    • Metsovo Municipality;
    • Katerini Municipality;
    • Chania Municipality;
    • Skiathos Municipality;
    • Zakynthos (Zante);
    • Municipality of Amphipolis (Serras);
    • Kastoria and Orestida;
    • Karditsa;
    • Island of Leros;
    • Municipal community of Galatini (Voion Municipality).
    Athens and Attica: measures in effect
    (All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below.
    • Operation of any school/ educational service which cannot be delivered online is suspended, including Day Care facilities and preschools;
    • Outdoor markets are suspended at weekends;
    • Those retail outlets which remain open (supermarkets, pharmacies, bakeries, pet shops, dry cleaners, stores relating to telephone services and petrol stations) may operate only between certain hours (7:30am – 8:30pm on weekdays; 7am to 8:30pm on Saturdays; 7am to 5:30pm on Sundays);
    • Food delivery and take away services remain in operation;
    • Churches can hold services but without the presence of worshippers (except for weddings, baptisms and funerals, where up to 9 persons may attend);
    • Public transport is limited to operations at 65% of normal capacity, except for ferries, which are limited to 50% of normal capacity);
    • Movement between neighbourhoods within Attica is permitted subject to the certification system outlined below:
    Movement into or out of Attica region is not permitted except for the following reasons:
    • To go to and from work, with necessary documents;
    • For health reasons;
    • To return to place of main residence;
    • For students returning to their place of study if this is where they currently live;
    • For attending a funeral with the proper documents;
    • For children of divorced families with parental visiting rights in another region;
    • To attend to agricultural work.
    Additionally please note:
    • Public sector services will operate only by appointment and will operate with the absolute minimum number of employees;
    • KTEO and car service will operate only by pre-made appointment;
    • Parents with children up to third year in secondary school can opt to work fulltime online, work different hours, work less hours, up 25%, suspend employment with three days excused absence and one day subsidized by the government.
    Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: measures in effect
    All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below.
    • Retail stores remain in operation only by ‘click away’ methods;
    • Limits on the opening hours of those retail stores which remain open (on weekdays, ‘click away’ retail, hairdressers, barbers, pharmacies, petrol stations, supermarkets, bakeries will be permitted to open only from 7am – 8pm; on weekends, they are permitted to open only from 7am to 5pm- except for hairdressers and barbers, and ‘click away’ retailers, who must close);
    • Schools remain open except for lyceums (‘likeia’) which, like universities, must operate via online teaching only;
    • Outdoor markets will not operate on weekends.
    Amber category; measures in effect:
    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • curfew in place from 9pm to 5am;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below. You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • Primary schools, middle schools, and high schools are open; universities are running, but via online teaching only;
    • Open air food markets remain open; but their operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls;
    • Shops are generally open; but shopping and the use of all retail services must be notified using the certification procedures referenced above (detail on how to certify a movement below); and shopping is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point. (For the purposes of cross border travel, the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons (anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons));
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders (for details on these requirements, see Entry Requirements);
    • Limits on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (either: driver and 2 additional passengers; driver and his/her children (regardless of the total number of children); driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person)
    Red category: measures in effect
    (All measures already in effect in amber zones; and also the following additional measures);
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers;
    • high schools (including Lyceums/ ‘Likeia’) operate only via online lessons;
    • the majority of the retail sector will be closed, except for click-and-collect services;
    • open air markets are banned on weekends;
    • hair salons, beauticians, and dieticians are open for pre-made appointments only;
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons;
    • residents are forbidden to leave the area of residence for all but health reasons;
    Areas of heightened concern: measures in effect
    All measures already in effect in amber and red zones; and also the following additional measures
    • A ban on the opening of all shops (except supermarkets and pharmacies), including for click-and-collect services; and, also, a ban on the opening of hair salons, beauty salons, dieticians, MoT outlets (KTEO), lottery shops (OPAP);
    • Religious services are forbidden, and access to religious buildings is restricted;
    • Public services, including courts and judicial services, are subject to suspension;
    • All schools, regardless of age group, are restricted to online teaching only (except for primary schools in Mykonos and Thira (Santorini));
    • Construction and building works are subject to suspension;
    • Entry and exit from these regions is strictly for work purposes or health reasons only.
    Applies throughout Greece: You must certify essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below. You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested.
    Curfew in place from 9pm to 5pm, for all seven days of the week.
    Changes to the certification of essential movements
    Stricter measures are now in force on essential movements, as of 6am Thursday 4 March. These apply across all of Greece, regardless of category. Certification of movement under the following categories can only be made for journeys within the limits of one’s municipality or within a 2km radius of one’s residence, whichever is further from one’s residence:
    1. Going to the pharmacy
    2. Supply of basic goods
    3. Going to the bank, public sector agencies
    Certification of movement under category 6:
    • physical exercise of walking a pet, is restricted to activities that take place by foot or by bicycle;
    • one cannot travel by car or motorcycle to another location in order to exercise;
    • archaeological sites, public parks, and amateur fishing spots, are all open for visits of up to 3-member groups (or more for family members), and must be reached on foot or by public transport.
    More details of how to certify essential movements are below;
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day).
    3. Going to the bank or other essential public services, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. Visiting archaeological sites, public parks, and amateur fishing spots (all open for visits of up to 3-member groups (or more for family members), and must be reached on foot or by public transport).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature

    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place.
    You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time.
    It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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.
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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
    29.03.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Israeli travelers will be allowed to enter Cyprus and Greece from 1 April (Times of Israel, 23.03.2021). Greek government extends restrictions on domestic flights until 29 March, international flights until 5 April (The National Herald, 22.03.2021). Greek authorities lift restrictions on flights from Albania, North Macedonia, Turkey; passengers from UAE, UK subject to mandatory rapid COVID-19 test (Reuters, 21.03.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Land border arrivals for non-essential reasons are allowed from Bulgaria through the Promachonas border checkpoint. Travelling from Albania, Turkey, and North Macedonia is allowed for essential reasons only.

    Arrivals by sea are prohibited.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

    Children aged 10 and under are exempted.

    The certificate should be written in English and must include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must complete a 7-day quarantine. In case of a positive test result, they will be quarantined for 14 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *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:

    Third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece. Exceptions apply to residents of the following countries:

    • United Kingdom
    • Australia
    • New Zealand
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Russian Federation
    • Israel

    Travelling from Albania, Turkey, and North Macedonia is allowed for essential reasons only.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece will have to show a negative molecular test (PCR) for COVID-19, taken up to 72 hours before their entry.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

    Flights from the United Kingdom: all incoming passengers from the United Kingdom will have to take a rapid test upon arrival. They will additionally have to take a new PCR test, once their 7-day isolation period ends. If the outcome is negative, then the precautionary mandatory self-isolation will be lifted.

    Flights from the United Arab Emirates: rapid testing is mandatory for all passengers upon arrival.

    Flights from the Russian Federation: Russian residents (limited to 500 per week) are permitted to enter Greece at the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki,and Heraklion, Crete.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: at present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): The Greek authorities have implemented tough measures to help combat the spread of COVID-19. There are specific measures in place in the cities of Athens (and surrounding Attica region); and in Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki. The rest of Greece is split into a number of categories, with different levels of measures applying in different categories. These categories are: amber areas; red areas; and areas of heightened concern.
    All measures remain under regular review: you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    *List of areas in each category of anti-COVID-19 measures: (Athens; Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: specific measures apply)
    Amber category:
    • There are no areas in this category at this time.
    Red category:
    • All areas which are not listed under ‘Areas of heightened concern’.
    Areas of heightened concern:
    • Achaia region;
    • Larissa;
    • Lefkada (with the exception of Meganisio);
    • Fthiotida;
    • Argolida;
    • Corinthia;
    • Thesprotia;
    • Arta;
    • Samos;
    • Viotia;
    • Chios municipality;
    • Aitoloakarnania;
    • Rhodes municipality;
    • Heraklion (Crete);
    • Evia Region (with the exception of Skyros island);
    • Kordelio-Evosmos;
    • Kalymnos municipality (Dodecanese);
    • Arcadia Region (Peloponnese);
    • Fokida (Central Greece);
    • Municipality of Anogeia (Crete);
    • Evrytania;
    • Lesvos;
    • Kilkis;
    • Ioannina Municipality;
    • Metsovo Municipality;
    • Katerini Municipality;
    • Chania Municipality;
    • Skiathos Municipality.
    *Athens and Attica: measures in effect: (All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews);
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 7pm to 5am on weekends;
    • Operation of any school/ educational service which cannot be delivered online is suspended, including Day Care facilities and preschools;
    • Outdoor markets are suspended at weekends;
    • Those retail outlets which remain open (supermarkets, pharmacies, bakeries, pet shops, dry cleaners, stores relating to telephone services and petrol stations) may operate only between certain hours (7:30am – 8:30pm on weekdays; 7am to 8:30pm on Saturdays; 7am to 5:30pm on Sundays);
    • Food delivery and take away services remain in operation;
    • Churches can hold services but without the presence of worshippers (except for weddings, baptisms and funerals, where up to 9 persons may attend);
    • Public transport is limited to operations at 65% of normal capacity, except for ferries, which are limited to 50% of normal capacity);
    • Movement between neighbourhoods within Attica is permitted subject to the certification system outlined below:
    Movement into or out of Attica region is not permitted except for the following reasons:
    • To go to and from work, with necessary documents;
    • For health reasons;
    • To return to place of main residence;
    • For students returning to their place of study if this is where they currently live;
    • For attending a funeral with the proper documents;
    • For children of divorced families with parental visiting rights in another region;
    • To attend to agricultural work.
    Additionally please note:
    • Public sector services will operate only by appointment and will operate with the absolute minimum number of employees;
    • KTEO and car service will operate only by pre-made appointment;
    • Parents with children up to third year in secondary school can opt to work fulltime online, work different hours, work less hours, up 25%, suspend employment with three days excused absence and one day subsidized by the government.
    *Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: measures in effect
    All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews;
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 7pm to 5am on weekends;
    • Retail stores remain in operation only by ‘click away’ methods;
    • Limits on the opening hours of those retail stores which remain open (on weekdays, ‘click away’ retail, hairdressers, barbers, pharmacies, petrol stations, supermarkets, bakeries will be permitted to open only from 7am – 8pm; on weekends, they are permitted to open only from 7am to 5pm- except for hairdressers and barbers, and ‘click away’ retailers, who must close);
    • Schools remain open except for lyceums (‘likeia’) which, like universities, must operate via online teaching only;
    • Outdoor markets will not operate on weekends.
    *Amber category; measures in effect:
    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • curfew in place from 9pm to 5am;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below. You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • Primary schools, middle schools, and high schools are open; universities are running, but via online teaching only;
    • Open air food markets remain open; but their operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls;
    • Shops are generally open; but shopping and the use of all retail services must be notified using the certification procedures referenced above (detail on how to certify a movement below); and shopping is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point. (For the purposes of cross border travel, the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons (anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons));
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders (for details on these requirements, see Entry Requirements);
    • Limits on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (either: driver and 2 additional passengers; driver and his/her children (regardless of the total number of children); driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person)
    Red category: measures in effect
    (All measures already in effect in amber zones; and also the following additional measures);
    • curfew from 9pm until 5am the following morning;
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers;
    • high schools (including Lyceums/ ‘Likeia’) operate only via online lessons;
    • the majority of the retail sector will be closed, except for click-and-collect services;
    • open air markets are banned on weekends;
    • hair salons, beauticians, and dieticians are open for pre-made appointments only;
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons;
    • residents are forbidden to leave the area of residence for all but health reasons;
    Areas of heightened concern: measures in effect
    All measures already in effect in amber and red zones; and also the following additional measures
    • Curfew in place from 7pm to 5am.
    • A ban on the opening of all shops (except supermarkets and pharmacies), including for click-and-collect services; and, also, a ban on the opening of hair salons, beauty salons, dieticians, MoT outlets (KTEO), lottery shops (OPAP);
    • Religious services are forbidden, and access to religious buildings is restricted;
    • Public services, including courts and judicial services, are subject to suspension;
    • All schools, regardless of age group, are restricted to online teaching only (except for primary schools in Mykonos and Thira (Santorini));
    • Construction and building works are subject to suspension;
    • Entry and exit from these regions is strictly for work purposes or health reasons only.
    Applies throughout Greece:
    You must certify essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below. You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested.
    Changes to the certification of essential movements
    Stricter measures are now in force on essential movements, as of 6am Thursday 4 March. These apply across all of Greece, regardless of category. Certification of movement under the following categories can only be made for journeys within the limits of one’s municipality or within a 2km radius of one’s residence, whichever is further from one’s residence:
    1. Going to the pharmacy
    2. Supply of basic goods
    3. Going to the bank, public sector agencies
    Certification of movement under category 6 – physical exercise of walking a pet, is restricted to activities that take place by foot or by bicycle. One cannot travel by car or motorcycle to another location in order to exercise.
    More details of how to certify essential movements are below;
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day).
    3. Going to the bank or other essential public services, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature

    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place.
    You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time.
    It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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.
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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
    26.03.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Greek government extends restrictions on domestic flights until 29 March, international flights until 5 April (The National Herald, 22.03.2021). Greek authorities lift restrictions on flights from Albania, North Macedonia, Turkey; passengers from UAE, UK subject to mandatory rapid COVID-19 test upon arrival (Reuters, 21.03.2021). COVID-19 restrictions to be lifted 22 March (Reuters, 19.03.2021). Flights between UK and Greece expected to resume from 14 May (Edinburgh News, 10.03.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed, subject to the conditions provided hereafter.

    Land border arrivals for non-essential reasons are allowed from Bulgaria through the Promachonas border checkpoint. Travelling from Albania, Turkey, and North Macedonia is allowed for essential reasons only.

    Arrivals by sea are prohibited.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece will have to show a negative molecular test (PCR) for COVID-19, taken up to 72 hours before their entry.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7 days. In case of a positive test result, they will be quarantined for 14 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *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:

    Third-country citizens are not allowed to enter Greece. Exceptions apply to residents of the following countries:

    • United Kingdom
    • Australia
    • New Zealand
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Russian Federation
    • Israel

    Travelling from Albania, Turkey, and North Macedonia is allowed for essential reasons only.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece will have to show a negative molecular test (PCR) for COVID-19, taken up to 72 hours before their entry.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    Upon their arrival, passengers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering from Promachonas will also have to take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.

    Flights from the United Kingdom: all incoming passengers from the United Kingdom will have to take a rapid test upon arrival. They will additionally have to take a new PCR test, once their 7-day isolation period ends. If the outcome is negative, then the precautionary mandatory self-isolation will be lifted.

    Flights from the United Arab Emirates: rapid testing is mandatory for all passengers upon arrival.

    Flights from the Russian Federation: Russian residents (limited to 500 per week) are permitted to enter Greece at the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki,and Heraklion, Crete.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7 days. In case of a positive test result, they will be quarantined for 14 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Destination Greece. Health first!
    Travel.gov.gr
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: at present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): The Greek authorities have implemented tough measures to help combat the spread of COVID-19. There are specific measures in place in the cities of Athens (and surrounding Attica region); and in Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki. The rest of Greece is split into a number of categories, with different levels of measures applying in different categories. These categories are: amber areas; red areas; and areas of heightened concern.
    All measures remain under regular review: you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    *List of areas in each category of anti-COVID-19 measures: (Athens; Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: specific measures apply)
    Amber category:
    • There are no areas in this category at this time.
    Red category:
    • All areas which are not listed under ‘Areas of heightened concern’.
    Areas of heightened concern:
    • Achaia region;
    • Larissa;
    • Lefkada (with the exception of Meganisio);
    • Fthiotida;
    • Argolida;
    • Corinthia;
    • Thesprotia;
    • Arta;
    • Samos;
    • Viotia;
    • Chios municipality;
    • Aitoloakarnania;
    • Rhodes municipality;
    • Heraklion (Crete);
    • Evia Region (with the exception of Skyros island);
    • Kordelio-Evosmos;
    • Kalymnos municipality (Dodecanese);
    • Arcadia Region (Peloponnese);
    • Fokida (Central Greece);
    • Municipality of Anogeia (Crete);
    • Evrytania;
    • Lesvos;
    • Kilkis;
    • Ioannina Municipality;
    • Metsovo Municipality;
    • Katerini Municipality;
    • Chania Municipality;
    • Skiathos Municipality.
    *Athens and Attica: measures in effect: (All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews);
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 7pm to 5am on weekends;
    • Operation of any school/ educational service which cannot be delivered online is suspended, including Day Care facilities and preschools;
    • Outdoor markets are suspended at weekends;
    • Those retail outlets which remain open (supermarkets, pharmacies, bakeries, pet shops, dry cleaners, stores relating to telephone services and petrol stations) may operate only between certain hours (7:30am – 8:30pm on weekdays; 7am to 8:30pm on Saturdays; 7am to 5:30pm on Sundays);
    • Food delivery and take away services remain in operation;
    • Churches can hold services but without the presence of worshippers (except for weddings, baptisms and funerals, where up to 9 persons may attend);
    • Public transport is limited to operations at 65% of normal capacity, except for ferries, which are limited to 50% of normal capacity);
    • Movement between neighbourhoods within Attica is permitted subject to the certification system outlined below:
    Movement into or out of Attica region is not permitted except for the following reasons:
    • To go to and from work, with necessary documents;
    • For health reasons;
    • To return to place of main residence;
    • For students returning to their place of study if this is where they currently live;
    • For attending a funeral with the proper documents;
    • For children of divorced families with parental visiting rights in another region;
    • To attend to agricultural work.
    Additionally please note:
    • Public sector services will operate only by appointment and will operate with the absolute minimum number of employees;
    • KTEO and car service will operate only by pre-made appointment;
    • Parents with children up to third year in secondary school can opt to work fulltime online, work different hours, work less hours, up 25%, suspend employment with three days excused absence and one day subsidized by the government.
    *Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: measures in effect
    All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews;
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 7pm to 5am on weekends;
    • Retail stores remain in operation only by ‘click away’ methods;
    • Limits on the opening hours of those retail stores which remain open (on weekdays, ‘click away’ retail, hairdressers, barbers, pharmacies, petrol stations, supermarkets, bakeries will be permitted to open only from 7am – 8pm; on weekends, they are permitted to open only from 7am to 5pm- except for hairdressers and barbers, and ‘click away’ retailers, who must close);
    • Schools remain open except for lyceums (‘likeia’) which, like universities, must operate via online teaching only;
    • Outdoor markets will not operate on weekends.
    *Amber category; measures in effect:
    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • curfew in place from 9pm to 5am;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below. You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • Primary schools, middle schools, and high schools are open; universities are running, but via online teaching only;
    • Open air food markets remain open; but their operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls;
    • Shops are generally open; but shopping and the use of all retail services must be notified using the certification procedures referenced above (detail on how to certify a movement below); and shopping is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point. (For the purposes of cross border travel, the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons (anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons));
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders (for details on these requirements, see Entry Requirements);
    • Limits on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (either: driver and 2 additional passengers; driver and his/her children (regardless of the total number of children); driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person)
    Red category: measures in effect
    (All measures already in effect in amber zones; and also the following additional measures);
    • curfew from 9pm until 5am the following morning;
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers;
    • high schools (including Lyceums/ ‘Likeia’) operate only via online lessons;
    • the majority of the retail sector will be closed, except for click-and-collect services;
    • open air markets are banned on weekends;
    • hair salons, beauticians, and dieticians are open for pre-made appointments only;
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons;
    • residents are forbidden to leave the area of residence for all but health reasons;
    Areas of heightened concern: measures in effect
    All measures already in effect in amber and red zones; and also the following additional measures
    • Curfew in place from 7pm to 5am.
    • A ban on the opening of all shops (except supermarkets and pharmacies), including for click-and-collect services; and, also, a ban on the opening of hair salons, beauty salons, dieticians, MoT outlets (KTEO), lottery shops (OPAP);
    • Religious services are forbidden, and access to religious buildings is restricted;
    • Public services, including courts and judicial services, are subject to suspension;
    • All schools, regardless of age group, are restricted to online teaching only (except for primary schools in Mykonos and Thira (Santorini));
    • Construction and building works are subject to suspension;
    • Entry and exit from these regions is strictly for work purposes or health reasons only.
    Applies throughout Greece:
    You must certify essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below. You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested.
    Changes to the certification of essential movements
    Stricter measures are now in force on essential movements, as of 6am Thursday 4 March. These apply across all of Greece, regardless of category. Certification of movement under the following categories can only be made for journeys within the limits of one’s municipality or within a 2km radius of one’s residence, whichever is further from one’s residence:
    1. Going to the pharmacy
    2. Supply of basic goods
    3. Going to the bank, public sector agencies
    Certification of movement under category 6 – physical exercise of walking a pet, is restricted to activities that take place by foot or by bicycle. One cannot travel by car or motorcycle to another location in order to exercise.
    More details of how to certify essential movements are below;
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day).
    3. Going to the bank or other essential public services, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature

    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place.
    You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time.
    It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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.
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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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    23.03.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Flights between UK and Greece expected to resume from 14 May (Edinburgh News, 10.03.2021). Civil Aviation Authority extends restrictions on domestic, international flights until 16, 22 March respectively because of COVID-19 (The National Herald, 07.03.2021). Government extends COVID-19 lockdown, tightens restrictions in Athens and other affected regions until 16 March (Reuters, 03.03.2021). Authorities extend COVID-19 lockdown to more areas of the country (Reuters, 26.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed, subject to the conditions provided hereafter.

     

    Entry via land borders

    Due to the epidemiological situation in the Balkans and Turkey, all the external land Greek borders are open only to essential travellers, apart from Promachonas BCP in Bulgaria.

    Land border arrivals from Bulgaria are allowed through Promachonas border station.

    Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece, transport workers and travellers for essential professional reasons can enter from the borders of Kakavia, Evzones, Kipi (daily opening of Promachonas and Kipi only between 07:00 and 23:00 and daily opening of Kakavia and Evzoni between 07:00 and 19:00). All those entering from BCPs of Promahonas, Kakavia, Evzoni and Kipi should have the PLF and QR code and additionally, hold a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken 72 hours prior to their arrival. There is a daily limit of 400 entries per day for those entering from Kakavia and Evzones. 

    Employees of international land transport services, regardless of their nationality, must either transit or head to their destination and then undergo 7-day isolation. There is an exception for members of international or European organisations, regardless of nationality, who may enter in order to work in Greece or transit through Greece, provided that they prove their function with appropriate documentation.

    In the case of Greece-North Macedonia borders, there is an additional exception for EULEX staff and their family members that are allowed to enter for medical reasons in the Greek territory (Evzoni Border Inspection Posts).

     

    Entry via sea

    Sea arrivals with private yachts, cruise ships, ferry ships and any other professional tourist ships, as well as the disembarkation of passengers from these boats, are prohibited.

    Sea connection with Turkey and Albania (with the exemption of cargo ships) is temporarily suspended.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers from foreign countries are required to show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This requirement applies also to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Accepted laboratories for the recognition of the RT-PCR test are:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories accredited by the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    Upon arrival, travellers may be also subject to random tests. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7 days. Travellers entering the country from Kakavia and Evzones should self-isolate for 14 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr
    Protocol for air arrival
    Protocols for arrivals at land borders in Greece
    Protocol for sea arrivals
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *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 Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, UAE and the United Kingdom are allowed to travel to Greece.

    Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: at present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): The Greek authorities have implemented tough measures to help combat the spread of COVID-19. There are specific measures in place in the cities of Athens (and surrounding Attica region); and in Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki. The rest of Greece is split into a number of categories, with different levels of measures applying in different categories. These categories are: amber areas; red areas; and areas of heightened concern.
    All measures remain under regular review: you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    *List of areas in each category of anti-COVID-19 measures: (Athens; Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: specific measures apply)
    Amber category:
    • There are no areas in this category at this time.
    Red category:
    • All areas which are not listed under ‘Areas of heightened concern’.
    Areas of heightened concern:
    • Achaia region;
    • Larissa;
    • Lefkada (with the exception of Meganisio);
    • Fthiotida;
    • Argolida;
    • Corinthia;
    • Thesprotia;
    • Arta;
    • Samos;
    • Viotia;
    • Chios municipality;
    • Aitoloakarnania;
    • Rhodes municipality;
    • Heraklion (Crete);
    • Evia Region (with the exception of Skyros island);
    • Kordelio-Evosmos;
    • Kalymnos municipality (Dodecanese);
    • Arcadia Region (Peloponnese);
    • Fokida (Central Greece);
    • Municipality of Anogeia (Crete);
    • Evrytania;
    • Lesvos;
    • Kilkis;
    • Ioannina Municipality;
    • Metsovo Municipality;
    • Katerini Municipality;
    • Chania Municipality;
    • Skiathos Municipality.
    *Athens and Attica: measures in effect: (All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews);
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 7pm to 5am on weekends;
    • Operation of any school/ educational service which cannot be delivered online is suspended, including Day Care facilities and preschools;
    • Outdoor markets are suspended at weekends;
    • Those retail outlets which remain open (supermarkets, pharmacies, bakeries, pet shops, dry cleaners, stores relating to telephone services and petrol stations) may operate only between certain hours (7:30am – 8:30pm on weekdays; 7am to 8:30pm on Saturdays; 7am to 5:30pm on Sundays);
    • Food delivery and take away services remain in operation;
    • Churches can hold services but without the presence of worshippers (except for weddings, baptisms and funerals, where up to 9 persons may attend);
    • Public transport is limited to operations at 65% of normal capacity, except for ferries, which are limited to 50% of normal capacity);
    • Movement between neighbourhoods within Attica is permitted subject to the certification system outlined below:
    Movement into or out of Attica region is not permitted except for the following reasons:
    • To go to and from work, with necessary documents;
    • For health reasons;
    • To return to place of main residence;
    • For students returning to their place of study if this is where they currently live;
    • For attending a funeral with the proper documents;
    • For children of divorced families with parental visiting rights in another region;
    • To attend to agricultural work.
    Additionally please note:
    • Public sector services will operate only by appointment and will operate with the absolute minimum number of employees;
    • KTEO and car service will operate only by pre-made appointment;
    • Parents with children up to third year in secondary school can opt to work fulltime online, work different hours, work less hours, up 25%, suspend employment with three days excused absence and one day subsidized by the government.
    *Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: measures in effect
    All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews;
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 7pm to 5am on weekends;
    • Retail stores remain in operation only by ‘click away’ methods;
    • Limits on the opening hours of those retail stores which remain open (on weekdays, ‘click away’ retail, hairdressers, barbers, pharmacies, petrol stations, supermarkets, bakeries will be permitted to open only from 7am – 8pm; on weekends, they are permitted to open only from 7am to 5pm- except for hairdressers and barbers, and ‘click away’ retailers, who must close);
    • Schools remain open except for lyceums (‘likeia’) which, like universities, must operate via online teaching only;
    • Outdoor markets will not operate on weekends.
    *Amber category; measures in effect:
    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • curfew in place from 9pm to 5am;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below. You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • Primary schools, middle schools, and high schools are open; universities are running, but via online teaching only;
    • Open air food markets remain open; but their operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls;
    • Shops are generally open; but shopping and the use of all retail services must be notified using the certification procedures referenced above (detail on how to certify a movement below); and shopping is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point. (For the purposes of cross border travel, the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons (anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons));
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders (for details on these requirements, see Entry Requirements);
    • Limits on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (either: driver and 2 additional passengers; driver and his/her children (regardless of the total number of children); driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person)
    Red category: measures in effect
    (All measures already in effect in amber zones; and also the following additional measures);
    • curfew from 9pm until 5am the following morning;
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers;
    • high schools (including Lyceums/ ‘Likeia’) operate only via online lessons;
    • the majority of the retail sector will be closed, except for click-and-collect services;
    • open air markets are banned on weekends;
    • hair salons, beauticians, and dieticians are open for pre-made appointments only;
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons;
    • residents are forbidden to leave the area of residence for all but health reasons;
    Areas of heightened concern: measures in effect
    All measures already in effect in amber and red zones; and also the following additional measures
    • Curfew in place from 7pm to 5am.
    • A ban on the opening of all shops (except supermarkets and pharmacies), including for click-and-collect services; and, also, a ban on the opening of hair salons, beauty salons, dieticians, MoT outlets (KTEO), lottery shops (OPAP);
    • Religious services are forbidden, and access to religious buildings is restricted;
    • Public services, including courts and judicial services, are subject to suspension;
    • All schools, regardless of age group, are restricted to online teaching only (except for primary schools in Mykonos and Thira (Santorini));
    • Construction and building works are subject to suspension;
    • Entry and exit from these regions is strictly for work purposes or health reasons only.
    Applies throughout Greece:
    You must certify essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below. You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested.
    Changes to the certification of essential movements
    Stricter measures are now in force on essential movements, as of 6am Thursday 4 March. These apply across all of Greece, regardless of category. Certification of movement under the following categories can only be made for journeys within the limits of one’s municipality or within a 2km radius of one’s residence, whichever is further from one’s residence:
    1. Going to the pharmacy
    2. Supply of basic goods
    3. Going to the bank, public sector agencies
    Certification of movement under category 6 – physical exercise of walking a pet, is restricted to activities that take place by foot or by bicycle. One cannot travel by car or motorcycle to another location in order to exercise.
    More details of how to certify essential movements are below;
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day).
    3. Going to the bank or other essential public services, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature

    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place.
    You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time.
    It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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.
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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
    19.03.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Flights between UK and Greece expected to resume from 14 May (Edinburgh News, 10.03.2021). Civil Aviation Authority extends restrictions on domestic, international flights until 16, 22 March respectively because of COVID-19 (The National Herald, 07.03.2021). Government extends COVID-19 lockdown, tightens restrictions in Athens and other affected regions until 16 March (Reuters, 03.03.2021). Authorities extend COVID-19 lockdown to more areas of the country (Reuters, 26.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU: Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map. Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed, subject to the conditions provided hereafter.
    -Entry via land borders: Due to the epidemiological situation in the Balkans and Turkey, all the external land Greek borders are open only to essential travellers, apart from Promachonas BCP in Bulgaria. Land border arrivals from Bulgaria are allowed through Promachonas border station. Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece, transport workers and travellers for essential professional reasons can enter from the borders of Kakavia, Evzones, Kipi (daily opening of Promachonas and Kipi only between 07:00 and 23:00 and daily opening of Kakavia and Evzoni between 07:00 and 19:00). All those entering from BCPs of Promahonas, Kakavia, Evzoni and Kipi should have the PLF and QR code and additionally, hold a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken 72 hours prior to their arrival. There is a daily limit of 400 entries per day for those entering from Kakavia and Evzones. Employees of international land transport services, regardless of their nationality, must either transit or head to their destination and then undergo 7-day isolation. There is an exception for members of international or European organisations, regardless of nationality, who may enter in order to work in Greece or transit through Greece, provided that they prove their function with appropriate documentation. In the case of Greece-North Macedonia borders, there is an additional exception for EULEX staff and their family members that are allowed to enter for medical reasons in the Greek territory (Evzoni Border Inspection Posts).
    -Entry via sea: Sea arrivals with private yachts, cruise ships, ferry ships and any other professional tourist ships, as well as the disembarkation of passengers from these boats, are prohibited. Sea connection with Turkey and Albania (with the exemption of cargo ships) is temporarily suspended.
    -Testing: All travellers from foreign countries are required to show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This requirement applies also to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller. Accepted laboratories for the recognition of the RT-PCR test are: National Reference laboratories; National Public Health Laboratories; Private laboratories accredited by the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19). Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test. Upon arrival, travellers may be also subject to random tests. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.
    -Quarantine: All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7 days. Travellers entering the country from Kakavia and Evzones should self-isolate for 14 days.
    -Documentation: Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form
    More information: hereTravel.gov.gr, here Protocol for air arrival, Protocols for arrivals at land borders in Greece, Protocol for sea arrivals, Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

    *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 Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, UAE and the United Kingdom are allowed to travel to Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: at present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): The Greek authorities have implemented tough measures to help combat the spread of COVID-19. There are specific measures in place in the cities of Athens (and surrounding Attica region); and in Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki. The rest of Greece is split into a number of categories, with different levels of measures applying in different categories. These categories are: amber areas; red areas; and areas of heightened concern.
    All measures remain under regular review: you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    *List of areas in each category of anti-COVID-19 measures: (Athens; Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: specific measures apply)
    Amber category:
    • There are no areas in this category at this time.
    Red category:
    • All areas which are not listed under ‘Areas of heightened concern’.
    Areas of heightened concern:
    • Achaia region;
    • Larissa;
    • Lefkada (with the exception of Meganisio);
    • Fthiotida;
    • Argolida;
    • Corinthia;
    • Thesprotia;
    • Arta;
    • Samos;
    • Viotia;
    • Chios municipality;
    • Aitoloakarnania;
    • Rhodes municipality;
    • Heraklion (Crete);
    • Evia Region (with the exception of Skyros island);
    • Kordelio-Evosmos;
    • Kalymnos municipality (Dodecanese);
    • Arcadia Region (Peloponnese);
    • Fokida (Central Greece);
    • Municipality of Anogeia (Crete);
    • Evrytania;
    • Lesvos;
    • Kilkis;
    • Ioannina Municipality;
    • Metsovo Municipality;
    • Katerini Municipality;
    • Chania Municipality;
    • Skiathos Municipality.
    *Athens and Attica: measures in effect: (All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews);
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 7pm to 5am on weekends;
    • Operation of any school/ educational service which cannot be delivered online is suspended, including Day Care facilities and preschools;
    • Outdoor markets are suspended at weekends;
    • Those retail outlets which remain open (supermarkets, pharmacies, bakeries, pet shops, dry cleaners, stores relating to telephone services and petrol stations) may operate only between certain hours (7:30am – 8:30pm on weekdays; 7am to 8:30pm on Saturdays; 7am to 5:30pm on Sundays);
    • Food delivery and take away services remain in operation;
    • Churches can hold services but without the presence of worshippers (except for weddings, baptisms and funerals, where up to 9 persons may attend);
    • Public transport is limited to operations at 65% of normal capacity, except for ferries, which are limited to 50% of normal capacity);
    • Movement between neighbourhoods within Attica is permitted subject to the certification system outlined below:
    Movement into or out of Attica region is not permitted except for the following reasons:
    • To go to and from work, with necessary documents;
    • For health reasons;
    • To return to place of main residence;
    • For students returning to their place of study if this is where they currently live;
    • For attending a funeral with the proper documents;
    • For children of divorced families with parental visiting rights in another region;
    • To attend to agricultural work.
    Additionally please note:
    • Public sector services will operate only by appointment and will operate with the absolute minimum number of employees;
    • KTEO and car service will operate only by pre-made appointment;
    • Parents with children up to third year in secondary school can opt to work fulltime online, work different hours, work less hours, up 25%, suspend employment with three days excused absence and one day subsidized by the government.
    *Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: measures in effect
    All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews;
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 7pm to 5am on weekends;
    • Retail stores remain in operation only by ‘click away’ methods;
    • Limits on the opening hours of those retail stores which remain open (on weekdays, ‘click away’ retail, hairdressers, barbers, pharmacies, petrol stations, supermarkets, bakeries will be permitted to open only from 7am – 8pm; on weekends, they are permitted to open only from 7am to 5pm- except for hairdressers and barbers, and ‘click away’ retailers, who must close);
    • Schools remain open except for lyceums (‘likeia’) which, like universities, must operate via online teaching only;
    • Outdoor markets will not operate on weekends.
    *Amber category; measures in effect:
    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • curfew in place from 9pm to 5am;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below. You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • Primary schools, middle schools, and high schools are open; universities are running, but via online teaching only;
    • Open air food markets remain open; but their operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls;
    • Shops are generally open; but shopping and the use of all retail services must be notified using the certification procedures referenced above (detail on how to certify a movement below); and shopping is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point. (For the purposes of cross border travel, the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons (anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons));
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders (for details on these requirements, see Entry Requirements);
    • Limits on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (either: driver and 2 additional passengers; driver and his/her children (regardless of the total number of children); driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person)
    Red category: measures in effect
    (All measures already in effect in amber zones; and also the following additional measures);
    • curfew from 9pm until 5am the following morning;
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers;
    • high schools (including Lyceums/ ‘Likeia’) operate only via online lessons;
    • the majority of the retail sector will be closed, except for click-and-collect services;
    • open air markets are banned on weekends;
    • hair salons, beauticians, and dieticians are open for pre-made appointments only;
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons;
    • residents are forbidden to leave the area of residence for all but health reasons;
    Areas of heightened concern: measures in effect
    All measures already in effect in amber and red zones; and also the following additional measures
    • Curfew in place from 7pm to 5am.
    • A ban on the opening of all shops (except supermarkets and pharmacies), including for click-and-collect services; and, also, a ban on the opening of hair salons, beauty salons, dieticians, MoT outlets (KTEO), lottery shops (OPAP);
    • Religious services are forbidden, and access to religious buildings is restricted;
    • Public services, including courts and judicial services, are subject to suspension;
    • All schools, regardless of age group, are restricted to online teaching only (except for primary schools in Mykonos and Thira (Santorini));
    • Construction and building works are subject to suspension;
    • Entry and exit from these regions is strictly for work purposes or health reasons only.
    Applies throughout Greece:
    You must certify essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below. You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested.
    Changes to the certification of essential movements
    Stricter measures are now in force on essential movements, as of 6am Thursday 4 March. These apply across all of Greece, regardless of category. Certification of movement under the following categories can only be made for journeys within the limits of one’s municipality or within a 2km radius of one’s residence, whichever is further from one’s residence:
    1. Going to the pharmacy
    2. Supply of basic goods
    3. Going to the bank, public sector agencies
    Certification of movement under category 6 – physical exercise of walking a pet, is restricted to activities that take place by foot or by bicycle. One cannot travel by car or motorcycle to another location in order to exercise.
    More details of how to certify essential movements are below;
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day).
    3. Going to the bank or other essential public services, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature

    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place.
    You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time.
    It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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.
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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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    17.03.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Flights between UK and Greece expected to resume from 14 May (Edinburgh News, 10.03.2021). Civil Aviation Authority extends restrictions on domestic, international flights until 16, 22 March respectively because of COVID-19 (The National Herald, 07.03.2021). Government extends COVID-19 lockdown, tightens restrictions in Athens and other affected regions until 16 March (Reuters, 03.03.2021). Authorities extend COVID-19 lockdown to more areas of the country (Reuters, 26.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed, subject to the conditions provided hereafter.

     

    Entry via land borders

    Due to the epidemiological situation in the Balkans and Turkey, all the external land Greek borders are open only to essential travellers, apart from Promachonas BCP in Bulgaria.

    Land border arrivals from Bulgaria are allowed through Promachonas border station.

    Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece, transport workers and travellers for essential professional reasons can enter from the borders of Kakavia, Evzones, Kipi (daily opening of Promachonas and Kipi only between 07:00 and 23:00 and daily opening of Kakavia and Evzoni between 07:00 and 19:00). All those entering from BCPs of Promahonas, Kakavia, Evzoni and Kipi should have the PLF and QR code and additionally, hold a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken 72 hours prior to their arrival. There is a daily limit of 400 entries per day for those entering from Kakavia and Evzones. 

    Employees of international land transport services, regardless of their nationality, must either transit or head to their destination and then undergo 7-day isolation. There is an exception for members of international or European organisations, regardless of nationality, who may enter in order to work in Greece or transit through Greece, provided that they prove their function with appropriate documentation.

    In the case of Greece-North Macedonia borders, there is an additional exception for EULEX staff and their family members that are allowed to enter for medical reasons in the Greek territory (Evzoni Border Inspection Posts).

     

    Entry via sea

    Sea arrivals with private yachts, cruise ships, ferry ships and any other professional tourist ships, as well as the disembarkation of passengers from these boats, are prohibited.

    Sea connection with Turkey and Albania (with the exemption of cargo ships) is temporarily suspended.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers from foreign countries are required to show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This requirement applies also to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Accepted laboratories for the recognition of the RT-PCR test are:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories accredited by the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    Upon arrival, travellers may be also subject to random tests. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7 days. Travellers entering the country from Kakavia and Evzones should self-isolate for 14 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr
    Protocol for air arrival
    Protocols for arrivals at land borders in Greece
    Protocol for sea arrivals
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *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 Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, UAE and the United Kingdom are allowed to travel to Greece.

    Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers from foreign countries are required to show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This requirement applies also to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Accepted laboratories for the recognition of the RT-PCR test are:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories accredited by the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    Upon arrival, travellers may be also subject to random tests. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7 days. Travellers entering the country from Kakavia and Evzones should self-isolate for 14 days. Travellers from the UK should be tested on the 7th day of self-isolation and should remain in self-isolation until their test results become available.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr
    Protocol for air arrival
    Protocols for arrivals at land borders in Greece
    Protocol for sea arrivals

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): The Greek authorities have implemented tough measures to help combat the spread of COVID-19. There are specific measures in place in the cities of Athens (and surrounding Attica region); and in Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki. The rest of Greece is split into a number of categories, with different levels of measures applying in different categories. These categories are: amber areas; red areas; and areas of heightened concern. All measures remain under regular review: you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    *List of areas in each category of anti-COVID-19 measures. (Athens; Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: specific measures apply)
    Amber category: There are no areas in this category at this time.


    *Red category: • All areas which are not listed under ‘Areas of heightened concern’. Areas of heightened concern:

    • Achaia region; • Larissa; • Lefkada (with the exception of Meganisio); • Fthiotida; • Argolida; • Corinthia; • Thesprotia; • Arta; • Samos; • Viotia; • Chios; • Aitoloakarnania; • Rhodes; • Heraklion (Crete); • Evia Region (with the exception of Skyros island); • Kordelio-Evosmos; • Kalymnos municipality (Dodecanese); • Arcadia Region (Peloponnese); • Fokida (Central Greece); • Municipality of Anogeia (Crete).

    *Athens and Attica: measures in effect: (All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews);
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 7pm to 5am on weekends;

    • Operation of any school/ educational service which cannot be delivered online is suspended, including Day Care facilities and preschools;

    • Outdoor markets are suspended at weekends;
    • Those retail outlets which remain open (supermarkets, pharmacies, bakeries, pet shops, dry cleaners, stores relating to telephone services and petrol stations) may operate only between certain hours (07:30 – 20:30 on weekdays; 07:00 to 20:30 on Saturdays; 07:00 to 17:30 on Sundays);

    • Food delivery and take away services remain in operation;

    • Churches can hold services but without the presence of worshippers (except for weddings, baptisms and funerals, where up to 9 persons may attend);
    • Public transport is limited to operations at 65% of normal capacity, except for ferries, which are limited to 50% of normal capacity);
    • Movement between neighbourhoods within Attica is permitted subject to the certification system outlined below: Movement into or out of Attica region is not permitted except for the following reasons:

    • To go to and from work, with necessary documents;
    • For health reasons;
    • To return to place of main residence;

    • For students returning to their place of study if this is where they currently live;

    • For attending a funeral with the proper documents;
    • For children of divorced families with parental visiting rights in another region;

    • To attend to agricultural work. Additionally please note:
    • Public sector services will operate only by appointment and will operate with the absolute minimum number of employees;
    • KTEO and car service will operate only by pre-made appointment;
    • Parents with children up to third year in secondary school can opt to work fulltime online, work different hours, work less hours, up 25%, suspend employment with three days excused absence and one day subsidized by the government.

    *Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: measures in effect: All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews;
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 7pm to 5am on weekends;

    • Retail stores remain in operation only by ‘click away’ methods;
    • Limits on the opening hours of those retail stores which remain open (on weekdays, ‘click away’ retail, hairdressers, barbers, pharmacies, petrol stations, supermarkets, bakeries will be permitted to open only from 7am – 8pm; on weekends, they are permitted to open only from 7am to 5pm- except for hairdressers and barbers, and ‘click away’ retailers, who must close);
    • Schools remain open except for lyceums (‘likeia’) which, like universities, must operate via online teaching only;

    • Outdoor markets will not operate on weekends.

    *Amber category; measures in effect:

    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • curfew in place from 9pm to 5am;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);

    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below. You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • Primary schools, middle schools, and high schools are open; universities are running, but via online teaching only;
    • Open air food markets remain open; but their operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls;
    • Shops are generally open; but shopping and the use of all retail services must be notified using the certification procedures referenced above (detail on how to certify a movement below); and shopping is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day;

    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;

    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);

    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point. (For the purposes of cross border travel, the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons (anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons));
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders;

    • Limits on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (either: driver and 2 additional passengers; driver and his/her children (regardless of the total number of children); driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person).

    *Red category: measures in effect: (All measures already in effect in amber zones; and also the following additional measures);

    • curfew from 9pm until 5am the following morning;

    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers;

    • high schools (including Lyceums/ ‘Likeia’) operate only via online lessons;
    • the majority of the retail sector will be closed, except for click-and-collect services;
    • open air markets are banned on weekends;
    • hair salons, beauticians, and dieticians are open for pre-made appointments only;

    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons;
    • residents are forbidden to leave the area of residence for all but health reasons;

    *Areas of heightened concern: measures in effect: All measures already in effect in amber and red zones; and also the following additional measures:

    • Curfew in place from 7pm to 5am;
    • A ban on the opening of all shops (except supermarkets and pharmacies), including for click-and-collect services; and, also, a ban on the opening of hair salons, beauty salons, dieticians, MoT outlets (KTEO), lottery shops (OPAP);

    • Religious services are forbidden, and access to religious buildings is restricted;
    • Public services, including courts and judicial services, are subject to suspension;
    • All schools, regardless of age group, are restricted to online teaching only (except for primary schools in Mykonos and Thira (Santorini));

    • Construction and building works are subject to suspension;
    • Entry and exit from these regions is strictly for work purposes or health reasons only.


    *Applies throughout Greece: You must certify essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below. You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested.
    *Changes to the certification of essential movements: Stricter measures are now in force on essential movements, as of 6am Thursday 4 March.
    These apply across all of Greece, regardless of category. Certification of movement under the following categories can only be made for journeys within the limits of one’s municipality or within a 2km radius of one’s residence, whichever is further from one’s residence:

    1. Going to the pharmacy; 2. Supply of basic goods; 3. Going to the bank, public sector agencies.

    Certification of movement under category 6 – physical exercise of walking a pet, is restricted to activities that take place by foot or by bicycle. One cannot travel by car or motorcycle to another location in order to exercise.
    More details of how to certify essential movements are below;
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means: (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form: X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address. (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them;
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day);
    3. Going to the bank or other essential public services, only if the transaction is not possible online;
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school);
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations;
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname; 2. Home Address; 3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination; 4. Date, Time and Signature.

    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place. You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time. It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above. 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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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. Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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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    16.03.2021
  • Greece Greece’s authorities have decided to prolong the restrictions on domestic flights until March 16 and international flights until March 22, after taking into account the COVID-19 situation in other countries, from which only essential travel will be permitted.
    Third countries citizens’ wishing to enter Greece will not be allowed to do so as their states are considered as highly affected by the virus, while those coming from the European Union and the borderless area of Schengen will be eligible to enter Greece, despite the current restrictions.

    According to CAA’s announcement, all persons coming from the following eight countries will be excluded from the aviation directive, Australia, the United Kingdom, South Korea, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Russia and Israel.

    However, all travellers entering Greece from any foreign country, including European Union Member States, will be obliged to follow the seven-day mandatory quarantine requirement to minimize the transmission of the deadly virus in the country.

    All passengers arriving from other states will be checked upon their arrival based on the Passenger Locator form procedures. In case any person tests positive for the Coronavirus pandemic will be obliged to undergo 14 days of mandatory quarantine.

    Greece’s Civil Aviation Authority has announced that the suspension of flights with Turkey has also been further extended.

    The CAA clarified that flights from Albania and North Macedonia and vice versa would be operated only at AIA “Eleftherios Venizelos”.

    This is not the first time that Greece takes such preventive measures. In February, the country’s government announced it decided its travel restrictions for international flights as well as compulsory quarantine rules until March 8. The decision came as a result of the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and its new strains in many countries.

    However, persons who have been vaccinated against the Coronavirus will have some benefits when wishing to enter Greece.

    The Hellenic country previously launched the digital vaccination certificate, which aims to ease the travelling process for all persons who have taken the vaccine against the deadly virus.

    Since this idea was brought to light, Greece was among the first European countries to support it. Among other things, a vaccination document would also help revive the tourism sector, one of the most important industries in the country.

    Greece has registered over 205,119 COVID-19 cases of infections, while 6,758 persons have died, based on figures published by Worldometers.

    Greece Prolongs Restrictions on Domestic & International Flights

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    15.03.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Flights between UK and Greece expected to resume from 14 May (Edinburgh News, 10.03.2021). Civil Aviation Authority extends restrictions on domestic, international flights until 16, 22 March respectively because of COVID-19 (The National Herald, 07.03.2021). Government extends COVID-19 lockdown, tightens restrictions in Athens and other affected regions until 16 March (Reuters, 03.03.2021). Authorities extend COVID-19 lockdown to more areas of the country (Reuters, 26.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed, subject to the conditions provided hereafter.

     

    Entry via land borders

    Due to the epidemiological situation in the Balkans and Turkey, all the external land Greek borders are open only to essential travellers, apart from Promachonas BCP in Bulgaria.

    Land border arrivals from Bulgaria are allowed through Promachonas border station.

    Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece, transport workers and travellers for essential professional reasons can enter from the borders of Kakavia, Evzones, Kipi (daily opening of Promachonas and Kipi only between 07:00 and 23:00 and daily opening of Kakavia and Evzoni between 07:00 and 19:00). All those entering from BCPs of Promahonas, Kakavia, Evzoni and Kipi should have the PLF and QR code and additionally, hold a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken 72 hours prior to their arrival. There is a daily limit of 400 entries per day for those entering from Kakavia and Evzones. 

    Employees of international land transport services, regardless of their nationality, must either transit or head to their destination and then undergo 7-day isolation. There is an exception for members of international or European organisations, regardless of nationality, who may enter in order to work in Greece or transit through Greece, provided that they prove their function with appropriate documentation.

    In the case of Greece-North Macedonia borders, there is an additional exception for EULEX staff and their family members that are allowed to enter for medical reasons in the Greek territory (Evzoni Border Inspection Posts).

     

    Entry via sea

    Sea arrivals with private yachts, cruise ships, ferry ships and any other professional tourist ships, as well as the disembarkation of passengers from these boats, are prohibited.

    Sea connection with Turkey and Albania (with the exemption of cargo ships) is temporarily suspended.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers from foreign countries are required to show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This requirement applies also to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Accepted laboratories for the recognition of the RT-PCR test are:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories accredited by the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    Upon arrival, travellers may be also subject to random tests. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7 days. Travellers entering the country from Kakavia and Evzones should self-isolate for 14 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr
    Protocol for air arrival
    Protocols for arrivals at land borders in Greece
    Protocol for sea arrivals
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *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 Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, UAE and the United Kingdom are allowed to travel to Greece.

    Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers from foreign countries are required to show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This requirement applies also to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Accepted laboratories for the recognition of the RT-PCR test are:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories accredited by the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    Upon arrival, travellers may be also subject to random tests. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7 days. Travellers entering the country from Kakavia and Evzones should self-isolate for 14 days. Travellers from the UK should be tested on the 7th day of self-isolation and should remain in self-isolation until their test results become available.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr
    Protocol for air arrival
    Protocols for arrivals at land borders in Greece
    Protocol for sea arrivals

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): The Greek authorities have implemented tough measures to help combat the spread of COVID-19. There are specific measures in place in the cities of Athens (and surrounding Attica region); and in Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki. The rest of Greece is split into a number of categories, with different levels of measures applying in different categories. These categories are: amber areas; red areas; and areas of heightened concern. All measures remain under regular review: you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    *List of areas in each category of anti-COVID-19 measures. (Athens; Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: specific measures apply)
    Amber category: There are no areas in this category at this time.


    *Red category: • All areas which are not listed under ‘Areas of heightened concern’. Areas of heightened concern:

    • Achaia region; • Larissa; • Lefkada (with the exception of Meganisio); • Fthiotida; • Argolida; • Corinthia; • Thesprotia; • Arta; • Samos; • Viotia; • Chios; • Aitoloakarnania; • Rhodes; • Heraklion (Crete); • Evia Region (with the exception of Skyros island); • Kordelio-Evosmos; • Kalymnos municipality (Dodecanese); • Arcadia Region (Peloponnese); • Fokida (Central Greece); • Municipality of Anogeia (Crete).

    *Athens and Attica: measures in effect: (All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews);
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 7pm to 5am on weekends;
    • Operation of any school/ educational service which cannot be delivered online is suspended, including Day Care facilities and preschools;
    • Outdoor markets are suspended at weekends;
    • Those retail outlets which remain open (supermarkets, pharmacies, bakeries, pet shops, dry cleaners, stores relating to telephone services and petrol stations) may operate only between certain hours (07:30 – 20:30 on weekdays; 07:00 to 20:30 on Saturdays; 07:00 to 17:30 on Sundays);. • Food delivery and take away services remain in operation;
    • Churches can hold services but without the presence of worshippers (except for weddings, baptisms and funerals, where up to 9 persons may attend);
    • Public transport is limited to operations at 65% of normal capacity, except for ferries, which are limited to 50% of normal capacity);
    • Movement between neighbourhoods within Attica is permitted subject to the certification system outlined below: Movement into or out of Attica region is not permitted except for the following reasons:
    • To go to and from work, with necessary documents;
    • For health reasons;
    • To return to place of main residence;
    • For students returning to their place of study if this is where they currently live;
    • For attending a funeral with the proper documents;
    • For children of divorced families with parental visiting rights in another region;
    • To attend to agricultural work. Additionally please note:
    • Public sector services will operate only by appointment and will operate with the absolute minimum number of employees;
    • KTEO and car service will operate only by pre-made appointment;
    • Parents with children up to third year in secondary school can opt to work fulltime online, work different hours, work less hours, up 25%, suspend employment with three days excused absence and one day subsidized by the government.

    *Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: measures in effect: All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews;
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 7pm to 5am on weekends;
    • Retail stores remain in operation only by ‘click away’ methods;
    • Limits on the opening hours of those retail stores which remain open (on weekdays, ‘click away’ retail, hairdressers, barbers, pharmacies, petrol stations, supermarkets, bakeries will be permitted to open only from 7am – 8pm; on weekends, they are permitted to open only from 7am to 5pm- except for hairdressers and barbers, and ‘click away’ retailers, who must close);
    • Schools remain open except for lyceums (‘likeia’) which, like universities, must operate via online teaching only;
    • Outdoor markets will not operate on weekends.

    *Amber category; measures in effect:

    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • curfew in place from 9pm to 5am;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below. You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • Primary schools, middle schools, and high schools are open; universities are running, but via online teaching only;
    • Open air food markets remain open; but their operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls;
    • Shops are generally open; but shopping and the use of all retail services must be notified using the certification procedures referenced above (detail on how to certify a movement below); and shopping is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point. (For the purposes of cross border travel, the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons (anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons));
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders (for details on these requirements, see Entry Requirements);
    • Limits on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (either: driver and 2 additional passengers; driver and his/her children (regardless of the total number of children); driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person).

    *Red category: measures in effect: (All measures already in effect in amber zones; and also the following additional measures);

    • curfew from 9pm until 5am the following morning;
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers;
    • high schools (including Lyceums/ ‘Likeia’) operate only via online lessons;
    • the majority of the retail sector will be closed, except for click-and-collect services;
    • open air markets are banned on weekends;
    • hair salons, beauticians, and dieticians are open for pre-made appointments only;
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons;
    • residents are forbidden to leave the area of residence for all but health reasons;

    *Areas of heightened concern: measures in effect: All measures already in effect in amber and red zones; and also the following additional measures:

    • Curfew in place from 7pm to 5am;
    • A ban on the opening of all shops (except supermarkets and pharmacies), including for click-and-collect services; and, also, a ban on the opening of hair salons, beauty salons, dieticians, MoT outlets (KTEO), lottery shops (OPAP);
    • Religious services are forbidden, and access to religious buildings is restricted;
    • Public services, including courts and judicial services, are subject to suspension;
    • All schools, regardless of age group, are restricted to online teaching only (except for primary schools in Mykonos and Thira (Santorini));
    • Construction and building works are subject to suspension;
    • Entry and exit from these regions is strictly for work purposes or health reasons only.


    *Applies throughout Greece: You must certify essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below. You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested.
    *Changes to the certification of essential movements: Stricter measures are now in force on essential movements, as of 6am Thursday 4 March.
    These apply across all of Greece, regardless of category. Certification of movement under the following categories can only be made for journeys within the limits of one’s municipality or within a 2km radius of one’s residence, whichever is further from one’s residence: 1. Going to the pharmacy; 2. Supply of basic goods; 3. Going to the bank, public sector agencies.

    Certification of movement under category 6 – physical exercise of walking a pet, is restricted to activities that take place by foot or by bicycle. One cannot travel by car or motorcycle to another location in order to exercise.
    More details of how to certify essential movements are below;
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means: (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form: X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address. (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them;
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day);
    3. Going to the bank or other essential public services, only if the transaction is not possible online;
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school);
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations;
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname; 2. Home Address; 3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination; 4. Date, Time and Signature.

    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place. You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time. It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above. 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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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. Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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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    12.03.2021
  • Greece ATHENS, March 9 (Reuters) – People who are vaccinated against COVID-19, have antibodies or test negative can travel to Greece this summer, Tourism Minister Harry Theocharis said on Tuesday.

    Tourism is a major income earner for Greece, which has led calls for an EU-wide vaccination certificate to help unlock travel.

    The industry accounts for about a fifth of the Greek economy and employs one in five workers, but arrivals collapsed last year because of the pandemic.

    Greece is aiming to kick off its vital summer season by mid-May, said Theocharis as he addressed the ITB Berlin trade show from the Athens Acropolis Museum, home to sculptures from Greek antiquity.

    “Greece is ready with a complete protocol for summer 2021,” he said. “Tourists will be welcome if before travel they are either vaccinated, or have antibodies, or test negative. All tourists will be subject to random testing.”

    He said the authorities would prioritise the vaccination of people working in the hospitality sector once the most vulnerable were vaccinated, and were mandating the frequent testing of employees.

    Greece has imposed a lockdown in several parts of the country to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic after a surge in new infections piled pressure on its health system, but it has still fared better than most of Europe with almost 7,000 deaths since the pandemic began. (Reporting by Karolina Tagaris; Editing by Alison Williams)

    Reuters.com

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    11.03.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Civil Aviation Authority extends restrictions on domestic, international flights until 16, 22 March respectively because of COVID-19 (The National Herald, 07.03.2021). Government extends COVID-19 lockdown, tightens restrictions in Athens and other affected regions until 16 March (Reuters, 03.03.2021). COVID-19 restrictions on domestic flights extended until 8 March (Tornos News, 01.03.2021). Authorities extend COVID-19 lockdown to more areas of the country (Reuters, 26.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed, subject to the conditions provided hereafter.

     

    Entry via land borders

    Due to the epidemiological situation in the Balkans and Turkey, all the external land Greek borders are open only to essential travellers, apart from Promachonas BCP in Bulgaria.

    Land border arrivals from Bulgaria are allowed through Promachonas border station.

    Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece, transport workers and travellers for essential professional reasons can enter from the borders of Kakavia, Evzones, Kipi (daily opening of Promachonas and Kipi only between 07:00 and 23:00 and daily opening of Kakavia and Evzoni between 07:00 and 19:00). All those entering from BCPs of Promahonas, Kakavia, Evzoni and Kipi should have the PLF and QR code and additionally, hold a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken 72 hours prior to their arrival. There is a daily limit of 400 entries per day for those entering from Kakavia and Evzones. 

    Employees of international land transport services, regardless of their nationality, must either transit or head to their destination and then undergo 7-day isolation. There is an exception for members of international or European organisations, regardless of nationality, who may enter in order to work in Greece or transit through Greece, provided that they prove their function with appropriate documentation.

    In the case of Greece-North Macedonia borders, there is an additional exception for EULEX staff and their family members that are allowed to enter for medical reasons in the Greek territory (Evzoni Border Inspection Posts).

     

    Entry via sea

    Sea arrivals with private yachts, cruise ships, ferry ships and any other professional tourist ships, as well as the disembarkation of passengers from these boats, are prohibited.

    Sea connection with Turkey and Albania (with the exemption of cargo ships) is temporarily suspended.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers from foreign countries are required to show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This requirement applies also to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Accepted laboratories for the recognition of the RT-PCR test are:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories accredited by the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    Upon arrival, travellers may be also subject to random tests. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7 days. Travellers entering the country from Kakavia and Evzones should self-isolate for 14 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr
    Protocol for air arrival
    Protocols for arrivals at land borders in Greece
    Protocol for sea arrivals
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *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 Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, UAE and the United Kingdom are allowed to travel to Greece.

    Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers from foreign countries are required to show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This requirement applies also to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Accepted laboratories for the recognition of the RT-PCR test are:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories accredited by the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    Upon arrival, travellers may be also subject to random tests. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7 days. Travellers entering the country from Kakavia and Evzones should self-isolate for 14 days. Travellers from the UK should be tested on the 7th day of self-isolation and should remain in self-isolation until their test results become available.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr
    Protocol for air arrival
    Protocols for arrivals at land borders in Greece
    Protocol for sea arrivals

    Internal Restrictions: *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): The Greek authorities have implemented tough measures to help combat the spread of COVID-19. There are specific measures in place in the cities of Athens (and surrounding Attica region); and in Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki. The rest of Greece is split into a number of categories, with different levels of measures applying in different categories. These categories are: amber areas; red areas; and areas of heightened concern. All measures remain under regular review: you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    *List of areas in each category of anti-COVID-19 measures: (Athens; Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: specific measures apply)
    Amber category:
    • There are no areas in this category at this time.
    Red category:
    • All areas which are not listed under ‘Areas of heightened concern’.
    Areas of heightened concern:
    • Achaia region;
    • Larissa;
    • Lefkada (with the exception of Meganisio);
    • Fthiotida;
    • Argolida;
    • Corinthia;
    • Thesprotia;
    • Arta;
    • Samos;
    • Viotia;
    • Chios;

    • Aitoloakarnania;
    • Rhodes;
    • Heraklion (Crete);
    • Evia Region (with the exception of Skyros island);
    • Kordelio-Evosmos;
    • Kalymnos municipality (Dodecanese);
    • Arcadia Region (Peloponnese).
    *Athens and Attica: measures in effect: (All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews);
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 7pm to 5am on weekends;
    • Operation of any school/ educational service which cannot be delivered online is suspended, including Day Care facilities and preschools;
    • Outdoor markets are suspended at weekends;
    • Those retail outlets which remain open (supermarkets, pharmacies, bakeries, pet shops, dry cleaners, stores relating to telephone services and petrol stations) may operate only between certain hours (07:30 – 20:30 on weekdays; 07:00 to 20:30 on Saturdays; 07:00 to 17:30 on Sundays);.
    • Food delivery and take away services remain in operation;
    • Churches can hold services but without the presence of worshippers (except for weddings, baptisms and funerals, where up to 9 persons may attend);
    • Public transport is limited to operations at 65% of normal capacity, except for ferries, which are limited to 50% of normal capacity);
    • Movement between neighbourhoods within Attica is permitted subject to the certification system outlined below:
    Movement into or out of Attica region is not permitted except for the following reasons:
    • To go to and from work, with necessary documents;
    • For health reasons;
    • To return to place of main residence;
    • For students returning to their place of study if this is where they currently live;
    • For attending a funeral with the proper documents;
    • For children of divorced families with parental visiting rights in another region;
    • To attend to agricultural work.
    Additionally please note:
    • Public sector services will operate only by appointment and will operate with the absolute minimum number of employees;
    • KTEO and car service will operate only by pre-made appointment;
    • Parents with children up to third year in secondary school can opt to work fulltime online, work different hours, work less hours, up 25%, suspend employment with three days excused absence and one day subsidized by the government.
    *Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: measures in effect: All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews;
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 7pm to 5am on weekends;
    • Retail stores remain in operation only by ‘click away’ methods;
    • Limits on the opening hours of those retail stores which remain open (on weekdays, ‘click away’ retail, hairdressers, barbers, pharmacies, petrol stations, supermarkets, bakeries will be permitted to open only from 7am – 8pm; on weekends, they are permitted to open only from 7am to 5pm- except for hairdressers and barbers, and ‘click away’ retailers, who must close);
    • Schools remain open except for lyceums (‘likeia’) which, like universities, must operate via online teaching only;
    • Outdoor markets will not operate on weekends.
    *Amber category; measures in effect: obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • curfew in place from 9pm to 5am;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below. You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • Primary schools, middle schools, and high schools are open; universities are running, but via online teaching only;
    • Open air food markets remain open; but their operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls;
    • Shops are generally open; but shopping and the use of all retail services must be notified using the certification procedures referenced above (detail on how to certify a movement below); and shopping is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point. (For the purposes of cross border travel, the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons (anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons));
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders (for details on these requirements, see Entry Requirements);
    • Limits on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (either: driver and 2 additional passengers; driver and his/her children (regardless of the total number of children); driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person)
    *Red category: measures in effect: (All measures already in effect in amber zones; and also the following additional measures);
    • curfew from 9pm until 5am the following morning;
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers;
    • high schools (including Lyceums/ ‘Likeia’) operate only via online lessons;
    • the majority of the retail sector will be closed, except for click-and-collect services;
    • open air markets are banned on weekends;
    • hair salons, beauticians, and dieticians are open for pre-made appointments only;
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons;
    • residents are forbidden to leave the area of residence for all but health reasons;
    *Areas of heightened concern: measures in effect: All measures already in effect in amber and red zones; and also the following additional measures
    • Curfew in place from 7pm to 5am.
    • A ban on the opening of all shops (except supermarkets and pharmacies), including for click-and-collect services; and, also, a ban on the opening of hair salons, beauty salons, dieticians, MoT outlets (KTEO), lottery shops (OPAP);
    • Religious services are forbidden, and access to religious buildings is restricted;
    • Public services, including courts and judicial services, are subject to suspension;
    • All schools, regardless of age group, are restricted to online teaching only (except for primary schools in Mykonos and Thira (Santorini));
    • Construction and building works are subject to suspension;
    • Entry and exit from these regions is strictly for work purposes or health reasons only.
    *Applies throughout Greece: You must certify essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below. You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested.
    *Changes to the certification of essential movements: Stricter measures are now in force on essential movements, as of 6am Thursday 4 March. These apply across all of Greece, regardless of category. Certification of movement under the following categories can only be made for journeys within the limits of one’s municipality or within a 2km radius of one’s residence, whichever is further from one’s residence:
    1. Going to the pharmacy
    2. Supply of basic goods
    3. Going to the bank, public sector agencies
    Certification of movement under category 6 – physical exercise of walking a pet, is restricted to activities that take place by foot or by bicycle. One cannot travel by car or motorcycle to another location in order to exercise.
    More details of how to certify essential movements are below;
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day).
    3. Going to the bank or other essential public services, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place.
    You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time.
    It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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.
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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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    09.03.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Government extends COVID-19 lockdown, tightens restrictions in Athens and other affected regions until 16 March (Reuters, 03.03.2021). COVID-19 restrictions on domestic flights extended until 8 March (Tornos News, 01.03.2021). Authorities extend COVID-19 lockdown to more areas of the country (Reuters, 26.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed, subject to the conditions provided hereafter.

     

    Entry via land borders

    Due to the epidemiological situation in the Balkans and Turkey, all the external land Greek borders are open only to essential travellers, apart from Promachonas BCP in Bulgaria.

    Land border arrivals from Bulgaria are allowed through Promachonas border station.

    Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece, transport workers and travellers for essential professional reasons can enter from the borders of Kakavia, Evzones, Kipi (daily opening of Promachonas and Kipi only between 07:00 and 23:00 and daily opening of Kakavia and Evzoni between 07:00 and 19:00). All those entering from BCPs of Promahonas, Kakavia, Evzoni and Kipi should have the PLF and QR code and additionally, hold a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken 72 hours prior to their arrival. There is a daily limit of 400 entries per day for those entering from Kakavia and Evzones. 

    Employees of international land transport services, regardless of their nationality, must either transit or head to their destination and then undergo 7-day isolation. There is an exception for members of international or European organisations, regardless of nationality, who may enter in order to work in Greece or transit through Greece, provided that they prove their function with appropriate documentation.

    In the case of Greece-North Macedonia borders, there is an additional exception for EULEX staff and their family members that are allowed to enter for medical reasons in the Greek territory (Evzoni Border Inspection Posts).

     

    Entry via sea

    Sea arrivals with private yachts, cruise ships, ferry ships and any other professional tourist ships, as well as the disembarkation of passengers from these boats, are prohibited.

    Sea connection with Turkey and Albania (with the exemption of cargo ships) is temporarily suspended.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers from foreign countries are required to show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This requirement applies also to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Accepted laboratories for the recognition of the RT-PCR test are:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories accredited by the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    Upon arrival, travellers may be also subject to random tests. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7 days. Travellers entering the country from Kakavia and Evzones should self-isolate for 14 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr
    Protocol for air arrival
    Protocols for arrivals at land borders in Greece
    Protocol for sea arrivals
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *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 Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, UAE and the United Kingdom are allowed to travel to Greece.

    Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers from foreign countries are required to show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This requirement applies also to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Accepted laboratories for the recognition of the RT-PCR test are:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories accredited by the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    Upon arrival, travellers may be also subject to random tests. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7 days. Travellers entering the country from Kakavia and Evzones should self-isolate for 14 days. Travellers from the UK should be tested on the 7th day of self-isolation and should remain in self-isolation until their test results become available.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr
    Protocol for air arrival
    Protocols for arrivals at land borders in Greece
    Protocol for sea arrivals

    Internal Restrictions: *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): The Greek authorities have implemented tough measures to help combat the spread of COVID-19. There are specific measures in place in the cities of Athens (and surrounding Attica region); and in Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki. The rest of Greece is split into a number of categories, with different levels of measures applying in different categories. These categories are: amber areas; red areas; and areas of heightened concern. All measures remain under regular review: you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    *List of areas in each category of anti-COVID-19 measures: (Athens; Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: specific measures apply)
    Amber category:
    • There are no areas in this category at this time.
    Red category:
    • All areas which are not listed under ‘Areas of heightened concern’.
    Areas of heightened concern:
    • Achaia region;
    • Larissa;
    • Lefkada (with the exception of Meganisio);
    • Fthiotida;
    • Argolida;
    • Corinthia;
    • Thesprotia;
    • Arta;
    • Samos;
    • Viotia;
    • Chios;

    • Aitoloakarnania;
    • Rhodes;
    • Heraklion (Crete);
    • Evia Region (with the exception of Skyros island);
    • Kordelio-Evosmos;
    • Kalymnos municipality (Dodecanese);
    • Arcadia Region (Peloponnese).
    *Athens and Attica: measures in effect: (All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews);
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 7pm to 5am on weekends;
    • Operation of any school/ educational service which cannot be delivered online is suspended, including Day Care facilities and preschools;
    • Outdoor markets are suspended at weekends;
    • Those retail outlets which remain open (supermarkets, pharmacies, bakeries, pet shops, dry cleaners, stores relating to telephone services and petrol stations) may operate only between certain hours (07:30 – 20:30 on weekdays; 07:00 to 20:30 on Saturdays; 07:00 to 17:30 on Sundays);.
    • Food delivery and take away services remain in operation;
    • Churches can hold services but without the presence of worshippers (except for weddings, baptisms and funerals, where up to 9 persons may attend);
    • Public transport is limited to operations at 65% of normal capacity, except for ferries, which are limited to 50% of normal capacity);
    • Movement between neighbourhoods within Attica is permitted subject to the certification system outlined below:
    Movement into or out of Attica region is not permitted except for the following reasons:
    • To go to and from work, with necessary documents;
    • For health reasons;
    • To return to place of main residence;
    • For students returning to their place of study if this is where they currently live;
    • For attending a funeral with the proper documents;
    • For children of divorced families with parental visiting rights in another region;
    • To attend to agricultural work.
    Additionally please note:
    • Public sector services will operate only by appointment and will operate with the absolute minimum number of employees;
    • KTEO and car service will operate only by pre-made appointment;
    • Parents with children up to third year in secondary school can opt to work fulltime online, work different hours, work less hours, up 25%, suspend employment with three days excused absence and one day subsidized by the government.
    *Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: measures in effect: All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews;
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 7pm to 5am on weekends;
    • Retail stores remain in operation only by ‘click away’ methods;
    • Limits on the opening hours of those retail stores which remain open (on weekdays, ‘click away’ retail, hairdressers, barbers, pharmacies, petrol stations, supermarkets, bakeries will be permitted to open only from 7am – 8pm; on weekends, they are permitted to open only from 7am to 5pm- except for hairdressers and barbers, and ‘click away’ retailers, who must close);
    • Schools remain open except for lyceums (‘likeia’) which, like universities, must operate via online teaching only;
    • Outdoor markets will not operate on weekends.
    *Amber category; measures in effect: obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • curfew in place from 9pm to 5am;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below. You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • Primary schools, middle schools, and high schools are open; universities are running, but via online teaching only;
    • Open air food markets remain open; but their operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls;
    • Shops are generally open; but shopping and the use of all retail services must be notified using the certification procedures referenced above (detail on how to certify a movement below); and shopping is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point. (For the purposes of cross border travel, the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons (anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons));
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders (for details on these requirements, see Entry Requirements);
    • Limits on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (either: driver and 2 additional passengers; driver and his/her children (regardless of the total number of children); driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person)
    *Red category: measures in effect: (All measures already in effect in amber zones; and also the following additional measures);
    • curfew from 9pm until 5am the following morning;
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers;
    • high schools (including Lyceums/ ‘Likeia’) operate only via online lessons;
    • the majority of the retail sector will be closed, except for click-and-collect services;
    • open air markets are banned on weekends;
    • hair salons, beauticians, and dieticians are open for pre-made appointments only;
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons;
    • residents are forbidden to leave the area of residence for all but health reasons;
    *Areas of heightened concern: measures in effect: All measures already in effect in amber and red zones; and also the following additional measures
    • Curfew in place from 7pm to 5am.
    • A ban on the opening of all shops (except supermarkets and pharmacies), including for click-and-collect services; and, also, a ban on the opening of hair salons, beauty salons, dieticians, MoT outlets (KTEO), lottery shops (OPAP);
    • Religious services are forbidden, and access to religious buildings is restricted;
    • Public services, including courts and judicial services, are subject to suspension;
    • All schools, regardless of age group, are restricted to online teaching only (except for primary schools in Mykonos and Thira (Santorini));
    • Construction and building works are subject to suspension;
    • Entry and exit from these regions is strictly for work purposes or health reasons only.
    *Applies throughout Greece: You must certify essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below. You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested.
    *Changes to the certification of essential movements: Stricter measures are now in force on essential movements, as of 6am Thursday 4 March. These apply across all of Greece, regardless of category. Certification of movement under the following categories can only be made for journeys within the limits of one’s municipality or within a 2km radius of one’s residence, whichever is further from one’s residence:
    1. Going to the pharmacy
    2. Supply of basic goods
    3. Going to the bank, public sector agencies
    Certification of movement under category 6 – physical exercise of walking a pet, is restricted to activities that take place by foot or by bicycle. One cannot travel by car or motorcycle to another location in order to exercise.
    More details of how to certify essential movements are below;
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day).
    3. Going to the bank or other essential public services, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place.
    You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time.
    It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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.
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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
    05.03.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Government extends COVID-19 lockdown, tightens restrictions in Athens and other affected regions until 16 March (Reuters, 03.03.2021). COVID-19 restrictions on domestic flights extended until 8 March (Tornos News, 01.03.2021). Authorities extend COVID-19 lockdown to more areas of the country (Reuters, 26.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed, subject to the conditions provided hereafter.

     

    Entry via land borders

    Due to the epidemiological situation in the Balkans and Turkey, all the external land Greek borders are open only to essential travellers.

    Land border arrivals from Bulgaria are allowed through Promachonas border station.

    Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece, transport workers and travellers for essential professional reasons can enter from the borders of Kakavia, Evzoni, Kipi (daily open only between 07:00 and 11:00). There is a daily limit of 750 entries per day in Kakavia.

    Employees of international land transport services, regardless of their nationality, must either transit or head to their destination and then undergo 7-day isolation. There is an exception for members of international or European organisations, regardless of nationality, who may enter in order to work in Greece or transit through Greece, provided that they prove their function with appropriate documentation.

    In the case of Greece-North Macedonia borders, there is an additional exception for EULEX staff and their family members that are allowed to enter for medical reasons in the Greek territory (Evzoni Border Inspection Posts).

     

    Entry via sea

    Sea arrivals with private yachts, cruise ships, ferry ships and any other professional tourist ships, as well as the disembarkation of passengers from these boats, are prohibited.

    Sea connection with Turkey and Albania (with the exemption of cargo ships) is temporarily suspended.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers from foreign countries are required to show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This requirement applies also to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Accepted laboratories for the recognition of the RT-PCR test are:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories accredited by the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    Upon arrival, travellers may be also subject to random tests. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr
    Protocol for air arrival
    Protocols for arrivals at land borders in Greece
    Protocol for sea arrivals
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *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 Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, UAE and the United Kingdom are allowed to travel to Greece.

    Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers from foreign countries are required to show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This requirement applies also to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Accepted laboratories for the recognition of the RT-PCR test are:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories accredited by the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    Upon arrival, travellers may be also subject to random tests. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr
    Protocol for air arrival
    Protocols for arrivals at land borders in Greece
    Protocol for sea arrivals

    Internal Restrictions: *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): The Greek authorities have implemented tough measures to help combat the spread of COVID-19. There are specific measures in place in the cities of Athens (and surrounding Attica region); and in Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki. The rest of Greece is split into a number of categories, with different levels of measures applying in different categories. These categories are: amber areas; red areas; and areas of heightened concern. All measures remain under regular review: you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    *List of areas in each category of anti-COVID-19 measures: (Athens; Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: specific measures apply)
    Amber category:
    • There are no areas in this category at this time.
    Red category:
    • All areas which are not listed under ‘Areas of heightened concern’.
    Areas of heightened concern:
    • Achaia region;
    • Larissa;
    • Lefkada (with the exception of Meganisio);
    • Fthiotida;
    • Argolida;
    • Corinthia;
    • Thesprotia;
    • Arta;
    • Samos;
    • Viotia;
    • Chios;

    • Aitoloakarnania;
    • Rhodes;
    • Heraklion (Crete);
    • Evia Region (with the exception of Skyros island);
    • Kordelio-Evosmos;
    • Kalymnos municipality (Dodecanese);
    • Arcadia Region (Peloponnese).
    *Athens and Attica: measures in effect: (All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews);
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 7pm to 5am on weekends;
    • Operation of any school/ educational service which cannot be delivered online is suspended, including Day Care facilities and preschools;
    • Outdoor markets are suspended at weekends;
    • Those retail outlets which remain open (supermarkets, pharmacies, bakeries, pet shops, dry cleaners, stores relating to telephone services and petrol stations) may operate only between certain hours (07:30 – 20:30 on weekdays; 07:00 to 20:30 on Saturdays; 07:00 to 17:30 on Sundays);.
    • Food delivery and take away services remain in operation;
    • Churches can hold services but without the presence of worshippers (except for weddings, baptisms and funerals, where up to 9 persons may attend);
    • Public transport is limited to operations at 65% of normal capacity, except for ferries, which are limited to 50% of normal capacity);
    • Movement between neighbourhoods within Attica is permitted subject to the certification system outlined below:
    Movement into or out of Attica region is not permitted except for the following reasons:
    • To go to and from work, with necessary documents;
    • For health reasons;
    • To return to place of main residence;
    • For students returning to their place of study if this is where they currently live;
    • For attending a funeral with the proper documents;
    • For children of divorced families with parental visiting rights in another region;
    • To attend to agricultural work.
    Additionally please note:
    • Public sector services will operate only by appointment and will operate with the absolute minimum number of employees;
    • KTEO and car service will operate only by pre-made appointment;
    • Parents with children up to third year in secondary school can opt to work fulltime online, work different hours, work less hours, up 25%, suspend employment with three days excused absence and one day subsidized by the government.
    *Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: measures in effect: All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews;
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 7pm to 5am on weekends;
    • Retail stores remain in operation only by ‘click away’ methods;
    • Limits on the opening hours of those retail stores which remain open (on weekdays, ‘click away’ retail, hairdressers, barbers, pharmacies, petrol stations, supermarkets, bakeries will be permitted to open only from 7am – 8pm; on weekends, they are permitted to open only from 7am to 5pm- except for hairdressers and barbers, and ‘click away’ retailers, who must close);
    • Schools remain open except for lyceums (‘likeia’) which, like universities, must operate via online teaching only;
    • Outdoor markets will not operate on weekends.
    *Amber category; measures in effect: obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • curfew in place from 9pm to 5am;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below. You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • Primary schools, middle schools, and high schools are open; universities are running, but via online teaching only;
    • Open air food markets remain open; but their operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls;
    • Shops are generally open; but shopping and the use of all retail services must be notified using the certification procedures referenced above (detail on how to certify a movement below); and shopping is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point. (For the purposes of cross border travel, the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons (anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons));
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders (for details on these requirements, see Entry Requirements);
    • Limits on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (either: driver and 2 additional passengers; driver and his/her children (regardless of the total number of children); driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person)
    *Red category: measures in effect: (All measures already in effect in amber zones; and also the following additional measures);
    • curfew from 9pm until 5am the following morning;
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers;
    • high schools (including Lyceums/ ‘Likeia’) operate only via online lessons;
    • the majority of the retail sector will be closed, except for click-and-collect services;
    • open air markets are banned on weekends;
    • hair salons, beauticians, and dieticians are open for pre-made appointments only;
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons;
    • residents are forbidden to leave the area of residence for all but health reasons;
    *Areas of heightened concern: measures in effect: All measures already in effect in amber and red zones; and also the following additional measures
    • Curfew in place from 7pm to 5am.
    • A ban on the opening of all shops (except supermarkets and pharmacies), including for click-and-collect services; and, also, a ban on the opening of hair salons, beauty salons, dieticians, MoT outlets (KTEO), lottery shops (OPAP);
    • Religious services are forbidden, and access to religious buildings is restricted;
    • Public services, including courts and judicial services, are subject to suspension;
    • All schools, regardless of age group, are restricted to online teaching only (except for primary schools in Mykonos and Thira (Santorini));
    • Construction and building works are subject to suspension;
    • Entry and exit from these regions is strictly for work purposes or health reasons only.
    *Applies throughout Greece: You must certify essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below. You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested.
    *Changes to the certification of essential movements: Stricter measures are now in force on essential movements, as of 6am Thursday 4 March. These apply across all of Greece, regardless of category. Certification of movement under the following categories can only be made for journeys within the limits of one’s municipality or within a 2km radius of one’s residence, whichever is further from one’s residence:
    1. Going to the pharmacy
    2. Supply of basic goods
    3. Going to the bank, public sector agencies
    Certification of movement under category 6 – physical exercise of walking a pet, is restricted to activities that take place by foot or by bicycle. One cannot travel by car or motorcycle to another location in order to exercise.
    More details of how to certify essential movements are below;
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day).
    3. Going to the bank or other essential public services, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place.
    You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time.
    It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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.
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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
    04.03.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Government extends COVID-19 lockdown, tightens restrictions in Athens and other affected regions until 16 March (Reuters, 03.03.2021). COVID-19 restrictions on domestic flights extended until 8 March (Tornos News, 01.03.2021). Authorities extend COVID-19 lockdown to more areas of the country (Reuters, 26.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed, subject to the conditions provided hereafter.

     

    Entry via land borders

    Due to the epidemiological situation in the Balkans and Turkey, all the external land Greek borders are open only to essential travellers.

    Land border arrivals from Bulgaria are allowed through Promachonas border station.

    Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece, transport workers and travellers for essential professional reasons can enter from the borders of Kakavia, Evzoni, Kipi (daily open only between 07:00 and 11:00). There is a daily limit of 750 entries per day in Kakavia.

    Employees of international land transport services, regardless of their nationality, must either transit or head to their destination and then undergo 7-day isolation. There is an exception for members of international or European organisations, regardless of nationality, who may enter in order to work in Greece or transit through Greece, provided that they prove their function with appropriate documentation.

    In the case of Greece-North Macedonia borders, there is an additional exception for EULEX staff and their family members that are allowed to enter for medical reasons in the Greek territory (Evzoni Border Inspection Posts).

     

    Entry via sea

    Sea arrivals with private yachts, cruise ships, ferry ships and any other professional tourist ships, as well as the disembarkation of passengers from these boats, are prohibited.

    Sea connection with Turkey and Albania (with the exemption of cargo ships) is temporarily suspended.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers from foreign countries are required to show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This requirement applies also to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Accepted laboratories for the recognition of the RT-PCR test are:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories accredited by the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    Upon arrival, travellers may be also subject to random tests. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr
    Protocol for air arrival
    Protocols for arrivals at land borders in Greece
    Protocol for sea arrivals
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *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 Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, UAE and the United Kingdom are allowed to travel to Greece.

    Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers from foreign countries are required to show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This requirement applies also to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Accepted laboratories for the recognition of the RT-PCR test are:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories accredited by the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    Upon arrival, travellers may be also subject to random tests. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr
    Protocol for air arrival
    Protocols for arrivals at land borders in Greece
    Protocol for sea arrivals

    Internal Restrictions: *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): The Greek authorities have implemented tough measures to help combat the spread of COVID-19.
    There are specific measures in place in the cities of Athens (and surrounding Attica region); and in Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki. The rest of Greece is split into a number of categories, with different levels of measures applying in different categories. These categories are: amber areas; red areas; and areas of heightened concern. All measures remain under regular review: you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    List of areas in each category of anti-COVID-19 measures: (Athens; Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: specific measures apply)
    Amber category:
    • All areas of Greece not listed below (besides Athens; Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki, where specific measures apply)
    Red category:
    • Heraklion, Crete
    • Lefkada (except Meganissi)
    • Thesprotia
    • Syros
    • Samos
    • Arta municipality
    • Dimimoticho municipality
    • Lokron municipality
    • Amfilochia municipality
    • Corinthia
    • Rethymo, Crete;
    • Pydna-Kolindros, municipality of Pierria;
    • Andravida Kilinis, municipality of Ilia;
    • Distia Roma settlement, Kimi-Alivery municipality;
    • Thiva and Tanagra municipalities of Voiotia;
    • Rethymnon Region (Crete)
    • Nafplion Municipality
    Areas of heightened concern:
    • Halkida municipality in Evia;
    • Patras municipality, Achaia;
    • Achaia Region
    • Evia Region (with the exception of Skyros island)
    • Kordelio-Evosmos;
    • Kalymnos municipality (Dodecanese).
    • Arcadia Region (Peloponnese).
    Athens and Attica: measures in effect
    (All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews);
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 6pm to 5am on weekends;
    • Operation of any school/ educational service which cannot be delivered online is suspended, including Day Care facilities and preschools;
    • Outdoor markets are suspended at weekends;
    • Those retail outlets which remain open (supermarkets, pharmacies, bakeries, pet shops, dry cleaners, stores relating to telephone services and petrol stations) may operate only between certain hours (07:30 – 20:30 on weekdays; 07:00 to 20:30 on Saturdays; 07:00 to 17:30 on Sundays);
    • ( Food delivery and take away services remain in operation;)
    • Churches can hold services but without the presence of worshippers (except for weddings, baptisms and funerals, where up to 9 persons may attend);
    • Public transport is limited to operations at 65% of normal capacity, except for ferries, which are limited to 50% of normal capacity);
    • Movement between neighbourhoods within Attica is permitted subject to the certification system outlined below:
    Movement into or out of Attica region is not permitted except for the following reasons:
    • To go to and from work, with necessary documents;
    • For health reasons;
    • To return to place of main residence;
    • For students returning to their place of study if this is where they currently live;
    • For attending a funeral with the proper documents;
    • For children of divorced families with parental visiting rights in another region;
    • To attend to agricultural work.
    Additionally please note:
    • Public sector services will operate only by appointment and will operate with the absolute minimum number of employees;
    • KTEO and car service will operate only by pre-made appointment;
    • Parents with children up to third year in secondary school can opt to work fulltime online, work different hours, work less hours, up 25%, suspend employment with three days excused absence and one day subsidized by the government.
    Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: measures in effect
    All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews;
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 6pm to 5am on weekends;
    • Retail stores remain in operation only by ‘click away’ methods;
    • Limits on the opening hours of those retail stores which remain open (on weekdays, ‘click away’ retail, hairdressers, barbers, pharmacies, petrol stations, supermarkets, bakeries will be permitted to open only from 7am – 8pm; on weekends, they are permitted to open only from 7am to 5pm- except for hairdressers and barbers, and ‘click away’ retailers, who must close).
    • Schools remain open except for lyceums (‘likeia’) which, like universities, must operate via online teaching only;
    • Outdoor markets will not operate on weekends.
    Amber category; measures in effect:
    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • curfew in place from 9pm to 5am;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • Primary schools, middle schools, and high schools are open; universities are running, but via online teaching only;
    • Open air food markets remain open; but their operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls;
    • Shops are generally open; but shopping and the use of all retail services must be notified using the certification procedures referenced above (detail on how to certify a movement below); and shopping is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point. (For the purposes of cross border travel, the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons (anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons));
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders (for details on these requirements, see Entry Requirements);
    • Limits on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (either: driver and 2 additional passengers; driver and his/her children (regardless of the total number of children); driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person)
    Red category: measures in effect
    (All measures already in effect in amber zones; and also the following additional measures);
    • curfew from 6pm (three hours earlier than in amber zones) until 5am the following morning;
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers;
    • high schools (including Lyceums/ ‘Likeia’) operate only via online lessons;
    • the majority of the retail sector will be closed, except for click-and-collect services;
    • open air markets are banned on weekends;
    • hair salons, beauticians, and dieticians are open for pre-made
    appointments only;
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons;
    • residents are forbidden to leave the area of residence for all but health reasons;
    Areas of heightened concern: measures in effect
    All measures already in effect in amber and red zones; and also the following additional measures
    • A ban on the opening of all shops (except supermarkets and pharmacies), including for click-and-collect services; and, also, a ban on the opening of hair salons, beauty salons, dieticians, MoT outlets (KTEO), lottery shops (OPAP);
    • Religious services are forbidden, and access to religious buildings is restricted;
    • Public services, including courts and judicial services, are subject to suspension;
    • All schools, regardless of age group, are restricted to online teaching only (except for primary schools in Mykonos and Thira (Santorini));
    • Construction and building works are subject to suspension;
    • Entry and exit from these regions is strictly for work purposes or health reasons only.
    Applies throughout Greece:
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day).
    3. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. (Physical exercise should be conducted only in the local area around your home or accommodation (i.e. you should not travel any further). Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place.
    You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time.
    It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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.
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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
    02.03.2021
  • Greece Latest News: COVID-19 restrictions on domestic flights extended until 8 March (Tornos News, 01.03.2021). Authorities extend COVID-19 lockdown to more areas of the country (Reuters, 26.02.2021). Lockdown restrictions in Athens will be extended beyond 1 March as COVID-19 infection rates increase (Reuters, 24.02.2021). Greek government extends incoming flight restrictions and obligatory self-isolation on international arrivals until 8 March (Greek Reporter, 21.02.2021). Restrictions on Domestic Flights Extended to March 1 (The National Herald, 12.02.2021). COVID-19 restrictions tightened in several areas to stop spread of infection (Reuters, 05.02.2021). Flights to, from Greece and Singapore to resume 8 February as spread of COVID-19 slows (Reuters, 28.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed, subject to the conditions provided hereafter.

     

    Entry via land borders

    Due to the epidemiological situation in the Balkans and Turkey, all the external land Greek borders are open only to essential travellers.

    Land border arrivals from Bulgaria are allowed through Promachonas border station.

    Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece, transport workers and travellers for essential professional reasons can enter from the borders of Kakavia, Evzoni, Kipi (daily open only between 07:00 and 11:00). There is a daily limit of 750 entries per day in Kakavia.

    Employees of international land transport services, regardless of their nationality, must either transit or head to their destination and then undergo 7-day isolation. There is an exception for members of international or European organisations, regardless of nationality, who may enter in order to work in Greece or transit through Greece, provided that they prove their function with appropriate documentation.

    In the case of Greece-North Macedonia borders, there is an additional exception for EULEX staff and their family members that are allowed to enter for medical reasons in the Greek territory (Evzoni Border Inspection Posts).

     

    Entry via sea

    Sea arrivals with private yachts, cruise ships, ferry ships and any other professional tourist ships, as well as the disembarkation of passengers from these boats, are prohibited.

    Sea connection with Turkey and Albania (with the exemption of cargo ships) is temporarily suspended.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers from foreign countries are required to show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This requirement applies also to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Accepted laboratories for the recognition of the RT-PCR test are:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories accredited by the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    Upon arrival, travellers may be also subject to random tests. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr
    Protocol for air arrival
    Protocols for arrivals at land borders in Greece
    Protocol for sea arrivals
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *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 Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, UAE and the United Kingdom are allowed to travel to Greece.

    Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers from foreign countries are required to show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This requirement applies also to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Accepted laboratories for the recognition of the RT-PCR test are:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories accredited by the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    Upon arrival, travellers may be also subject to random tests. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr
    Protocol for air arrival
    Protocols for arrivals at land borders in Greece
    Protocol for sea arrivals

    Internal Restrictions: *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): The Greek authorities have implemented tough measures to help combat the spread of COVID-19.
    There are specific measures in place in the cities of Athens (and surrounding Attica region); and in Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki. The rest of Greece is split into a number of categories, with different levels of measures applying in different categories. These categories are: amber areas; red areas; and areas of heightened concern. All measures remain under regular review: you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    List of areas in each category of anti-COVID-19 measures: (Athens; Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: specific measures apply)
    Amber category:
    • All areas of Greece not listed below (besides Athens; Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki, where specific measures apply)
    Red category:
    • Heraklion, Crete
    • Lefkada (except Meganissi)
    • Thesprotia
    • Syros
    • Samos
    • Arta municipality
    • Dimimoticho municipality
    • Lokron municipality
    • Amfilochia municipality
    • Corinthia
    • Rethymo, Crete;
    • Pydna-Kolindros, municipality of Pierria;
    • Andravida Kilinis, municipality of Ilia;
    • Distia Roma settlement, Kimi-Alivery municipality;
    • Thiva and Tanagra municipalities of Voiotia;
    • Rethymnon Region (Crete)
    • Nafplion Municipality
    Areas of heightened concern:
    • Halkida municipality in Evia;
    • Patras municipality, Achaia;
    • Achaia Region
    • Evia Region (with the exception of Skyros island)
    • Kordelio-Evosmos;
    • Kalymnos municipality (Dodecanese).
    • Arcadia Region (Peloponnese).
    Athens and Attica: measures in effect
    (All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews);
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 6pm to 5am on weekends;
    • Operation of any school/ educational service which cannot be delivered online is suspended, including Day Care facilities and preschools;
    • Outdoor markets are suspended at weekends;
    • Those retail outlets which remain open (supermarkets, pharmacies, bakeries, pet shops, dry cleaners, stores relating to telephone services and petrol stations) may operate only between certain hours (07:30 – 20:30 on weekdays; 07:00 to 20:30 on Saturdays; 07:00 to 17:30 on Sundays);
    • ( Food delivery and take away services remain in operation;)
    • Churches can hold services but without the presence of worshippers (except for weddings, baptisms and funerals, where up to 9 persons may attend);
    • Public transport is limited to operations at 65% of normal capacity, except for ferries, which are limited to 50% of normal capacity);
    • Movement between neighbourhoods within Attica is permitted subject to the certification system outlined below:
    Movement into or out of Attica region is not permitted except for the following reasons:
    • To go to and from work, with necessary documents;
    • For health reasons;
    • To return to place of main residence;
    • For students returning to their place of study if this is where they currently live;
    • For attending a funeral with the proper documents;
    • For children of divorced families with parental visiting rights in another region;
    • To attend to agricultural work.
    Additionally please note:
    • Public sector services will operate only by appointment and will operate with the absolute minimum number of employees;
    • KTEO and car service will operate only by pre-made appointment;
    • Parents with children up to third year in secondary school can opt to work fulltime online, work different hours, work less hours, up 25%, suspend employment with three days excused absence and one day subsidized by the government.
    Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: measures in effect
    All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews;
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 6pm to 5am on weekends;
    • Retail stores remain in operation only by ‘click away’ methods;
    • Limits on the opening hours of those retail stores which remain open (on weekdays, ‘click away’ retail, hairdressers, barbers, pharmacies, petrol stations, supermarkets, bakeries will be permitted to open only from 7am – 8pm; on weekends, they are permitted to open only from 7am to 5pm- except for hairdressers and barbers, and ‘click away’ retailers, who must close).
    • Schools remain open except for lyceums (‘likeia’) which, like universities, must operate via online teaching only;
    • Outdoor markets will not operate on weekends.
    Amber category; measures in effect:
    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • curfew in place from 9pm to 5am;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • Primary schools, middle schools, and high schools are open; universities are running, but via online teaching only;
    • Open air food markets remain open; but their operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls;
    • Shops are generally open; but shopping and the use of all retail services must be notified using the certification procedures referenced above (detail on how to certify a movement below); and shopping is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point. (For the purposes of cross border travel, the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons (anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons));
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders (for details on these requirements, see Entry Requirements);
    • Limits on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (either: driver and 2 additional passengers; driver and his/her children (regardless of the total number of children); driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person)
    Red category: measures in effect
    (All measures already in effect in amber zones; and also the following additional measures);
    • curfew from 6pm (three hours earlier than in amber zones) until 5am the following morning;
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers;
    • high schools (including Lyceums/ ‘Likeia’) operate only via online lessons;
    • the majority of the retail sector will be closed, except for click-and-collect services;
    • open air markets are banned on weekends;
    • hair salons, beauticians, and dieticians are open for pre-made
    appointments only;
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons;
    • residents are forbidden to leave the area of residence for all but health reasons;
    Areas of heightened concern: measures in effect
    All measures already in effect in amber and red zones; and also the following additional measures
    • A ban on the opening of all shops (except supermarkets and pharmacies), including for click-and-collect services; and, also, a ban on the opening of hair salons, beauty salons, dieticians, MoT outlets (KTEO), lottery shops (OPAP);
    • Religious services are forbidden, and access to religious buildings is restricted;
    • Public services, including courts and judicial services, are subject to suspension;
    • All schools, regardless of age group, are restricted to online teaching only (except for primary schools in Mykonos and Thira (Santorini));
    • Construction and building works are subject to suspension;
    • Entry and exit from these regions is strictly for work purposes or health reasons only.
    Applies throughout Greece:
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day).
    3. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. (Physical exercise should be conducted only in the local area around your home or accommodation (i.e. you should not travel any further). Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place.
    You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time.
    It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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.
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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
    01.03.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Lockdown restrictions in Athens will be extended beyond 1 March as COVID-19 infection rates increase (Reuters, 24.02.2021). Greek government extends incoming flight restrictions and obligatory self-isolation on international arrivals until 8 March (Greek Reporter, 21.02.2021). Restrictions on Domestic Flights Extended to March 1 (The National Herald, 12.02.2021). COVID-19 restrictions tightened in several areas to stop spread of infection (Reuters, 05.02.2021). Flights to, from Greece and Singapore to resume 8 February as spread of COVID-19 slows (Reuters, 28.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed, subject to the conditions provided hereafter.

     

    Entry via land borders

    Due to the epidemiological situation in the Balkans and Turkey, all the external land Greek borders are open only to essential travellers.

    Land border arrivals from Bulgaria are allowed through Promachonas border station.

    Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece, transport workers and travellers for essential professional reasons can enter from the borders of Kakavia, Evzoni, Kipi (daily open only between 07:00 and 11:00). There is a daily limit of 750 entries per day in Kakavia.

    Employees of international land transport services, regardless of their nationality, must either transit or head to their destination and then undergo 7-day isolation. There is an exception for members of international or European organisations, regardless of nationality, who may enter in order to work in Greece or transit through Greece, provided that they prove their function with appropriate documentation.

    In the case of Greece-North Macedonia borders, there is an additional exception for EULEX staff and their family members that are allowed to enter for medical reasons in the Greek territory (Evzoni Border Inspection Posts).

     

    Entry via sea

    Sea arrivals with private yachts, cruise ships, ferry ships and any other professional tourist ships, as well as the disembarkation of passengers from these boats, are prohibited.

    Sea connection with Turkey and Albania (with the exemption of cargo ships) is temporarily suspended.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers from foreign countries are required to show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This requirement applies also to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Accepted laboratories for the recognition of the RT-PCR test are:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories accredited by the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    Upon arrival, travellers may be also subject to random tests. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr
    Protocol for air arrival
    Protocols for arrivals at land borders in Greece
    Protocol for sea arrivals
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *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 Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, UAE and the United Kingdom are allowed to travel to Greece.

    Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers from foreign countries are required to show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This requirement applies also to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Accepted laboratories for the recognition of the RT-PCR test are:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories accredited by the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    Upon arrival, travellers may be also subject to random tests. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr
    Protocol for air arrival
    Protocols for arrivals at land borders in Greece
    Protocol for sea arrivals

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): The Greek authorities have implemented tough measures to help combat the spread of COVID-19.
    There are specific measures in place in the cities of Athens (and surrounding Attica region); and in Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki.
    The rest of Greece is split into a number of categories, with different levels of measures applying in different categories. These categories are: amber areas; red areas; and areas of heightened concern.
    All measures remain under regular review: you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    *List of areas in each category of anti-COVID-19 measures: (Athens; Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: specific measures apply): Amber category:
    • All areas of Greece not listed below (besides Athens; Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki, where specific measures apply
    Red category:
    • Rethymo, Crete;
    • Pydna-Kolindros, municipality of Pierria;
    • Andravida Kilinis, municipality of Ilia;
    • Tembi, municipality of Larissa;
    • Distia Roma settlement, Kimi-Alivery municipality;
    • Thiva and Tanagra municipalities of Voiotia;
    • Rethymnon Region (Crete)
    • Karpathos municipality (Dodecanese)
    • Nafplion Municipality
    Areas of heightened concern:
    • Halkida municipality in Evia;
    • the island of Mykonos;
    • Patras municipality, Achaia;
    • Achaia Region
    • Evia Region (with the exception of Skyros island)
    • Kordelio-Evosmos;
    • Kalymnos municipality (Dodecanese).
    • Arcadia Region (Peloponnese)
    *Athens and Attica: measures in effect: (All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews);
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 6pm to 5am on weekends;
    • Operation of any school/ educational service which cannot be delivered online is suspended, including Day Care facilities and preschools;
    • Outdoor markets are suspended at weekends;
    • Those retail outlets which remain open (supermarkets, pharmacies, bakeries, pet shops, dry cleaners, stores relating to telephone services and petrol stations) may operate only between certain hours (07:30 – 20:30 on weekdays; 07:00 to 20:30 on Saturdays; 07:00 to 17:30 on Sundays);.
    • (Food delivery and take away services remain in operation;).
    • Churches can hold services but without the presence of worshippers (except for weddings, baptisms and funerals, where up to 9 persons may attend);
    • Public transport is limited to operations at 65% of normal capacity, except for ferries, which are limited to 50% of normal capacity);
    • Movement between neighbourhoods within Attica is permitted subject to the certification system outlined below:
    Movement into or out of Attica region is not permitted except for the following reasons:
    • To go to and from work, with necessary documents;.
    • For health reasons;.
    • To return to place of main residence;.
    • For students returning to their place of study if this is where they currently live;.
    • For attending a funeral with the proper documents;.
    • For children of divorced families with parental visiting rights in another region;.
    • To attend to agricultural work.
    Additionally please note:
    • Public sector services will operate only by appointment and will operate with the absolute minimum number of employees;
    • KTEO and car service will operate only by pre-made appointment;
    • Parents with children up to third year in secondary school can opt to work fulltime online, work different hours, work less hours, up 25%, suspend employment with three days excused absence and one day subsidized by the government.
    *Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: measures in effect: All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews;
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 6pm to 5am on weekends;
    • Retail stores remain in operation only by ‘click away’ methods;
    • Limits on the opening hours of those retail stores which remain open (on weekdays, ‘click away’ retail, hairdressers, barbers, pharmacies, petrol stations, supermarkets, bakeries will be permitted to open only from 7am – 8pm; on weekends, they are permitted to open only from 7am to 5pm- except for hairdressers and barbers, and ‘click away’ retailers, who must close).
    • Schools remain open except for lyceums (‘likeia’) which, like universities, must operate via online teaching only;
    • Outdoor markets will not operate on weekends.
    *Amber category; measures in effect:
    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • curfew in place from 9pm to 5am;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • Primary schools, middle schools, and high schools are open; universities are running, but via online teaching only;
    • Open air food markets remain open; but their operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls;
    • Shops are generally open; but shopping and the use of all retail services must be notified using the certification procedures referenced above (detail on how to certify a movement below); and shopping is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point. (For the purposes of cross border travel, the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons (anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons));
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders (for details on these requirements, see Entry Requirements);
    • Limits on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (either: driver and 2 additional passengers; driver and his/her children (regardless of the total number of children); driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person)
    *Red category: measures in effect: (All measures already in effect in amber zones; and also the following additional measures);
    • curfew from 6pm (three hours earlier than in amber zones) until 5am the following morning;
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers;
    • high schools (including Lyceums/ ‘Likeia’) operate only via online lessons;
    • the majority of the retail sector will be closed, except for click-and-collect services;
    • open air markets are banned on weekends;
    • hair salons, beauticians, and dieticians are open for pre-made appointments only;
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons;
    • residents are forbidden to leave the area of residence for all but health reasons;
    *Areas of heightened concern: measures in effect: All measures already in effect in amber and red zones; and also the following additional measures
    • A ban on the opening of all shops (except supermarkets and pharmacies), including for click-and-collect services; and, also, a ban on the opening of hair salons, beauty salons, dieticians, MoT outlets (KTEO), lottery shops (OPAP);
    • Religious services are forbidden, and access to religious buildings is restricted;
    • Public services, including courts and judicial services, are subject to suspension;
    • All schools, regardless of age group, are restricted to online teaching only (except for primary schools in Mykonos and Thira (Santorini));
    • Construction and building works are subject to suspension;
    • Entry and exit from these regions is strictly for work purposes or health reasons only.
    *Applies throughout Greece: To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day).
    3. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. (Physical exercise should be conducted only in the local area around your home or accommodation (i.e. you should not travel any further). Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place. You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time.
    It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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. Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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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    26.02.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Greek government extends incoming flight restrictions and obligatory self-isolation on international arrivals until 8 March (Greek Reporter, 21.02.2021). Restrictions on Domestic Flights Extended to March 1 (The National Herald, 12.02.2021). Authorities announce full lockdown in Athens to curb surge in COVID-19 cases (Reuters, 09.02.2021). Government extends restrictions on domestic, international flights until 15, 22 February respectively because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 07.02.2021). COVID-19 restrictions tightened in several areas to stop spread of infection (Reuters, 05.02.2021). Flights to, from Greece and Singapore to resume 8 February as spread of COVID-19 slows (Reuters, 28.01.2021). Government extends nationwide COVID-19 lockdown measures indefinitely; shopping centers, stores to reopen on 18 January with strict entrance limits (AP, 15.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed, subject to the conditions provided hereafter.

     

    Entry via land borders

    Due to the epidemiological situation in the Balkans and Turkey, all the external land Greek borders are open only to essential travellers.

    Land border arrivals from Bulgaria are allowed through Promachonas border station.

    Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece, transport workers and travellers for essential professional reasons can enter from the borders of Kakavia, Evzoni, Kipi (daily open only between 07:00 and 11:00). There is a daily limit of 750 entries per day in Kakavia.

    Employees of international land transport services, regardless of their nationality, must either transit or head to their destination and then undergo 7-day isolation. There is an exception for members of international or European organisations, regardless of nationality, who may enter in order to work in Greece or transit through Greece, provided that they prove their function with appropriate documentation.

    In the case of Greece-North Macedonia borders, there is an additional exception for EULEX staff and their family members that are allowed to enter for medical reasons in the Greek territory (Evzoni Border Inspection Posts).

     

    Entry via sea

    Sea arrivals with private yachts, cruise ships, ferry ships and any other professional tourist ships, as well as the disembarkation of passengers from these boats, are prohibited.

    Sea connection with Turkey and Albania (with the exemption of cargo ships) is temporarily suspended.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers from foreign countries are required to show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This requirement applies also to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Accepted laboratories for the recognition of the RT-PCR test are:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories accredited by the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    Upon arrival, travellers may be also subject to random tests. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr
    Protocol for air arrival
    Protocols for arrivals at land borders in Greece
    Protocol for sea arrivals
    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *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 Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, UAE and the United Kingdom are allowed to travel to Greece.

    Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers from foreign countries are required to show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This requirement applies also to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Accepted laboratories for the recognition of the RT-PCR test are:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories accredited by the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    Upon arrival, travellers may be also subject to random tests. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7 days.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr
    Protocol for air arrival
    Protocols for arrivals at land borders in Greece
    Protocol for sea arrivals

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): The Greek authorities have implemented tough measures to help combat the spread of COVID-19.
    There are specific measures in place in the cities of Athens (and surrounding Attica region); and in Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki.
    The rest of Greece is split into a number of categories, with different levels of measures applying in different categories. These categories are: amber areas; red areas; and areas of heightened concern.
    All measures remain under regular review: you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    *List of areas in each category of anti-COVID-19 measures: (Athens; Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: specific measures apply): Amber category:
    • All areas of Greece not listed below (besides Athens; Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki, where specific measures apply
    Red category:
    • Rethymo, Crete;
    • Pydna-Kolindros, municipality of Pierria;
    • Andravida Kilinis, municipality of Ilia;
    • Tembi, municipality of Larissa;
    • Distia Roma settlement, Kimi-Alivery municipality;
    • Thiva and Tanagra municipalities of Voiotia;
    • Rethymnon Region (Crete)
    • Karpathos municipality (Dodecanese)
    Areas of heightened concern:
    • Halkida municipality in Evia;
    • the island of Mykonos;
    • Patras municipality, Achaia;
    • Achaia Region
    • Evia Region (with the exception of Skyros island)
    • Kordelio-Evosmos;
    • Kalymnos municipality (Dodecanese).
    *Athens and Attica: measures in effect: (All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews);
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 6pm to 5am on weekends;
    • Operation of any school/ educational service which cannot be delivered online is suspended, including Day Care facilities and preschools;
    • Outdoor markets are suspended at weekends;
    • Those retail outlets which remain open (supermarkets, pharmacies, bakeries, pet shops, dry cleaners, stores relating to telephone services and petrol stations) may operate only between certain hours (07:30 – 20:30 on weekdays; 07:00 to 20:30 on Saturdays; 07:00 to 17:30 on Sundays);.
    • (Food delivery and take away services remain in operation;).
    • Churches can hold services but without the presence of worshippers (except for weddings, baptisms and funerals, where up to 9 persons may attend);
    • Public transport is limited to operations at 65% of normal capacity, except for ferries, which are limited to 50% of normal capacity);
    • Movement between neighbourhoods within Attica is permitted subject to the certification system outlined below:
    Movement into or out of Attica region is not permitted except for the following reasons:
    • To go to and from work, with necessary documents;.
    • For health reasons;.
    • To return to place of main residence;.
    • For students returning to their place of study if this is where they currently live;.
    • For attending a funeral with the proper documents;.
    • For children of divorced families with parental visiting rights in another region;.
    • To attend to agricultural work.
    Additionally please note:
    • Public sector services will operate only by appointment and will operate with the absolute minimum number of employees;
    • KTEO and car service will operate only by pre-made appointment;
    • Parents with children up to third year in secondary school can opt to work fulltime online, work different hours, work less hours, up 25%, suspend employment with three days excused absence and one day subsidized by the government.
    *Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: measures in effect: All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews;
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 6pm to 5am on weekends;
    • Retail stores remain in operation only by ‘click away’ methods;
    • Limits on the opening hours of those retail stores which remain open (on weekdays, ‘click away’ retail, hairdressers, barbers, pharmacies, petrol stations, supermarkets, bakeries will be permitted to open only from 7am – 8pm; on weekends, they are permitted to open only from 7am to 5pm- except for hairdressers and barbers, and ‘click away’ retailers, who must close).
    • Schools remain open except for lyceums (‘likeia’) which, like universities, must operate via online teaching only;
    • Outdoor markets will not operate on weekends.
    *Amber category; measures in effect:
    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • curfew in place from 9pm to 5am;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • Primary schools, middle schools, and high schools are open; universities are running, but via online teaching only;
    • Open air food markets remain open; but their operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls;
    • Shops are generally open; but shopping and the use of all retail services must be notified using the certification procedures referenced above (detail on how to certify a movement below); and shopping is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point. (For the purposes of cross border travel, the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons (anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons));
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders (for details on these requirements, see Entry Requirements);
    • Limits on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (either: driver and 2 additional passengers; driver and his/her children (regardless of the total number of children); driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person)
    *Red category: measures in effect: (All measures already in effect in amber zones; and also the following additional measures);
    • curfew from 6pm (three hours earlier than in amber zones) until 5am the following morning;
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers;
    • high schools (including Lyceums/ ‘Likeia’) operate only via online lessons;
    • the majority of the retail sector will be closed, except for click-and-collect services;
    • open air markets are banned on weekends;
    • hair salons, beauticians, and dieticians are open for pre-made appointments only;
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons;
    • residents are forbidden to leave the area of residence for all but health reasons;
    *Areas of heightened concern: measures in effect: All measures already in effect in amber and red zones; and also the following additional measures
    • A ban on the opening of all shops (except supermarkets and pharmacies), including for click-and-collect services; and, also, a ban on the opening of hair salons, beauty salons, dieticians, MoT outlets (KTEO), lottery shops (OPAP);
    • Religious services are forbidden, and access to religious buildings is restricted;
    • Public services, including courts and judicial services, are subject to suspension;
    • All schools, regardless of age group, are restricted to online teaching only (except for primary schools in Mykonos and Thira (Santorini));
    • Construction and building works are subject to suspension;
    • Entry and exit from these regions is strictly for work purposes or health reasons only.
    *Applies throughout Greece: To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day).
    3. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. (Physical exercise should be conducted only in the local area around your home or accommodation (i.e. you should not travel any further). Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place. You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time.
    It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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. Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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
    23.02.2021
  • Greece Latest News: COVID-19 restrictions on domestic flights extended to 1 March (National Herals, 12.02.2021). Restrictions on Domestic Flights Extended to March 1 (The National Herald, 12.02.2021). Authorities announce full lockdown in Athens to curb surge in COVID-19 cases (Reuters, 09.02.2021). Government extends restrictions on domestic, international flights until 15, 22 February respectively because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 07.02.2021). COVID-19 restrictions tightened in several areas to stop spread of infection (Reuters, 05.02.2021). Flights to, from Greece and Singapore to resume 8 February as spread of COVID-19 slows (Reuters, 28.01.2021). Government extends nationwide COVID-19 lockdown measures indefinitely; shopping centers, stores to reopen on 18 January with strict entrance limits (AP, 15.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed, subject to the conditions hereafter.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    YES.

    All travellers from foreign countries are required to show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This requirement applies also to visitors entering Greece via its land borders, including citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Accepted laboratories for the recognition of the RT-PCR test are:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories which are accredited by the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test. 

    Upon arrival, travellers may be also subject to random tests.

     

    Entry via land borders

    Due to the epidemiological situation in the Balkans and Turkey, all the external land Greek borders are open only to essential travellers. Land border arrivals from Bulgaria are allowed through Promachonas border station.
    Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece, transport workers and travellers for essential professional reasons can enter from the borders of Kakavia, Evzoni, Kipi (daily open only between 07:00 and 11:00). There is a daily limit of 750 entries per day in Kakavia.

    Employees of international land transport services, regardless of their nationality, must either transit or head to their destination and then undergo a 7-days isolation. There is an exception for members of international or European organizations, regardless of nationality, who may enter in order to work in Greece or transit through Greece, provided that they prove their function with appropriate documentation.

    In the case of Greece-North Macedonia borders, there is an additional exception for EULEX staff and their family members that are allowed to enter for medical reasons in the Greek territory (Evzoni Border Inspection Posts).

     

    Entry via sea 

    As of 09.11.2020, sea arrivals with private yachts, cruise ships, ferry ships and any other professional tourist ships, as well as the disembarkation of passengers from these boats, are prohibited.

    Sea from/to connection with Turkey and Albania (with the exemption of cargo ships) is temporarily suspended. 

    All visitors from air, land or sea, will be subject to random tests upon arrival. Upon being tested, travellers move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-days quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    YES.

    After a 7-days self-isolation, travellers may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines. In case of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on a 14-days quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:

    Travel.gov.gr

    Protocol for air arrival

    Protocols for arrivals at land borders in Greece

    Protocol for sea arrivals

    Arrangements for the smooth movement of coastal passengers during curfew hours

     

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *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 following 9 countries are exempted from the entry ban into Greece: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, Singapore, China*, UAE**. 

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020, permanent residents of the UAE may arrive only by direct flights. In order to enter the territory, they need to present to the air border control authorities the following documents: 

    • Proof of permanent residence in the UAE;
    • Return tickets and hotel reservations;
    • Health checks (PCR COVID-19 test carried out 72h before departure);
    • Passenger Locator Form (PLF);
    • Travel insurance. 

    Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    YES.

    As of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before the entrance.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    YES.

    After a 7-days self-isolation, travellers may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines. In case of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on a 14-days quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:

    Protocols for air arrivals in Greece

    travel.gov.gr/#

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): The Greek authorities have implemented tough measures to help combat the spread of COVID-19.There are specific measures in place in the cities of Athens (and surrounding Attica region); and in Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki. The rest of Greece is split into a number of categories, with different levels of measures applying in different categories. These categories are: amber areas; red areas; and areas of additional concern. All measures remain under regular review: you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    *List of areas in each category of anti-COVID-19 measures:
    (Athens; Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: specific measures apply)
    Amber category:
    • All areas of Greece not listed below (besides Athens; Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki, where specific measures apply)
    Red category:
    • Rethymo, Crete;
    • Pydna-Kolindros, municipality of Pierria;
    • Andravida Kilinis, municipality of Ilia;
    • Tembi, municipality of Larissa;
    • the island of Lesvos (moving to ‘Amber category’ as of 15 February);
    • the island of Zakynthos (Zante);
    • Distia Roma settlement, Kimi-Alivery municipality;
    • the municipalities of Eordea, in the Regional Unit of Kozani;
    • Sparti municipality, Lakonia;
    • Thiva and Tanagra municipalities of Voiotia;
    • Rethymnon Region (Crete) (as of 13 February);
    • Kalymnos municipality (Dodecanese) (as of 13 February);
    • Karpathos municipality (Dodecanese) (as of 13 February).
    Areas of additional concern:
    • Agios Nikolaos, municipality of Lassithi, Crete;
    • Halkida municipality in Evia;
    • the island of Mykonos;
    • Patras municipality, Achaia;
    • Thira Municipality, Thira (Santorini);
    • Achaia Region (as of 13 February);
    • Evia Region (with the exception of Skyros island) (as of 13 February).
    *Athens and Attica: measures in effect: (All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews);
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 6pm to 5am on weekends;
    • Operation of any school/ educational service which cannot be delivered online is suspended, including Day Care facilities and preschools;
    • Outdoor markets are suspended at weekends;
    • Those retail outlets which remain open (supermarkets, pharmacies, bakeries, pet shops, dry cleaners, stores relating to telephone services and petrol stations) may operate only between certain hours (07:30 – 20:30 on weekdays; 07:00 to 20:30 on Saturdays; 07:00 to 17:30 on Sundays);
    • ( Food delivery and take away services remain in operation;)
    • Churches can hold services but without the presence of worshippers (except for weddings, baptisms and funerals, where up to 9 persons may attend);
    • Public transport is limited to operations at 65% of normal capacity, except for ferries, which are limited to 50% of normal capacity);
    • Movement between neighbourhoods within Attica is permitted subject to the certification system outlined below:
    Movement into or out of Attica region is not permitted except for the following reasons:
    • To go to and from work, with necessary documents;
    • For health reasons;
    • To return to place of main residence;
    • For students returning to their place of study if this is where they currently live;
    • For attending a funeral with the proper documents;
    • For children of divorced families with parental visiting rights in another region;
    • To attend to agricultural work.
    Additionally please note:
    • Public sector services will operate only by appointment and will operate with the absolute minimum number of employees;
    • KTEO and car service will operate only by pre-made appointment;
    • Parents with children up to third year in secondary school can opt to work fulltime online, work different hours, work less hours, up 25%, suspend employment with three days excused absence and one day subsidized by the government.
    *Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: measures in effect: All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews;
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 6pm to 5am on weekends;
    • Retail stores remain in operation only by ‘click away’ methods;
    • Limits on the opening hours of those retail stores which remain open (on weekdays, ‘click away’ retail, hairdressers, barbers, pharmacies, petrol stations, supermarkets, bakeries will be permitted to open only from 7am – 8pm; on weekends, they are permitted to open only from 7am to 5pm- except for hairdressers and barbers, and ‘click away’ retailers, who must close).
    • Schools remain open except for lyceums (‘likeia’) which, like universities, must operate via online teaching only;

    • Outdoor markets will not operate on weekends.
    *Amber category; measures in effect: obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • curfew in place from 9pm to 5am;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • Primary schools, middle schools, and high schools are open; universities are running, but via online teaching only;
    • Open air food markets remain open; but their operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls;
    • Shops are generally open; but shopping and the use of all retail services must be notified using the certification procedures referenced above (detail on how to certify a movement below); and shopping is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point. (For the purposes of cross border travel, the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons (anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons));
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders (for details on these requirements, see Entry Requirements);
    • Limits on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (either: driver and 2 additional passengers; driver and his/her children (regardless of the total number of children); driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person)
    *Red category: measures in effect
    (All measures already in effect in amber zones; and also the following additional measures);
    • curfew from 6pm (three hours earlier than in amber zones) until 5am the following morning;
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers;
    • high schools (including Lyceums/ ‘Likeia’) operate only via online lessons;
    • the majority of the retail sector will be closed, except for click-and-collect services;
    • open air markets are banned on weekends;
    • hair salons, beauticians, and dieticians are open for pre-made
    appointments only;
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons;
    • residents are forbidden to leave the area of residence for all but health reasons;
    *Areas of heightened concern: measures in effect: All measures already in effect in amber and red zones; and also the following additional measures
    • A ban on the opening of all shops (except supermarkets and pharmacies), including for click-and-collect services; and, also, a ban on the opening of hair salons, beauty salons, dieticians, MoT outlets (KTEO), lottery shops (OPAP);
    • Religious services are forbidden, and access to religious buildings is restricted;
    • Public services, including courts and judicial services, are subject to suspension;
    • All schools, regardless of age group, are restricted to online teaching only (except for primary schools in Mykonos and Thira (Santorini));
    • Construction and building works are subject to suspension;
    • Entry and exit from these regions is strictly for work purposes or health reasons only.
    *Applies throughout Greece:
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day).
    3. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. (Physical exercise should be conducted only in the local area around your home or accommodation (i.e. you should not travel any further). Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English) .
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination

    4. Date, Time and Signature
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place. You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time. It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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.
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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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    19.02.2021
  • Greece Latest News: COVID-19 restrictions on domestic flights extended to 1 March (National Herals, 12.02.2021). Restrictions on Domestic Flights Extended to March 1 (The National Herald, 12.02.2021). Authorities announce full lockdown in Athens to curb surge in COVID-19 cases (Reuters, 09.02.2021). Government extends restrictions on domestic, international flights until 15, 22 February respectively because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 07.02.2021). COVID-19 restrictions tightened in several areas to stop spread of infection (Reuters, 05.02.2021). Flights to, from Greece and Singapore to resume 8 February as spread of COVID-19 slows (Reuters, 28.01.2021). Government extends nationwide COVID-19 lockdown measures indefinitely; shopping centers, stores to reopen on 18 January with strict entrance limits (AP, 15.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed, subject to the conditions hereafter.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    YES.

    All travellers from foreign countries are required to show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This requirement applies also to visitors entering Greece via its land borders, including citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Accepted laboratories for the recognition of the RT-PCR test are:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test. 

    Upon arrival travellers may be also subject to random tests.

    Is a quarantine required?

    YES.

    After a 7-days self-isolation, travellers may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines. In case of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on a 14-days quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:

    Travel.gov.gr

    Protocol for air arrival

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permited

    *From Third Countries:

    The following 9 countries are exempted from the entry ban into Greece: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, Singapore, China*, UAE**. 

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020, permanent residents of the UAE may arrive only by direct flights. In order to enter the territory, they need to present to the air border control authorities the following documents: 

    • Proof of permanent residence in the UAE;
    • Return tickets and hotel reservations;
    • Health checks (PCR COVID-19 test carried out 72h before departure);
    • Passenger Locator Form (PLF);
    • Travel insurance. 

    Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    YES.

    As of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before the entrance.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    YES.

    After a 7-days self-isolation, travellers may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines. In case of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on a 14-days quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:

    Protocols for air arrivals in Greece

    travel.gov.gr/#

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): The Greek authorities have implemented tough measures to help combat the spread of COVID-19.There are specific measures in place in the cities of Athens (and surrounding Attica region); and in Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki. The rest of Greece is split into a number of categories, with different levels of measures applying in different categories. These categories are: amber areas; red areas; and areas of additional concern. All measures remain under regular review: you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    *List of areas in each category of anti-COVID-19 measures:
    (Athens; Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: specific measures apply)
    Amber category:
    • All areas of Greece not listed below (besides Athens; Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki, where specific measures apply)
    Red category:
    • Rethymo, Crete;
    • Pydna-Kolindros, municipality of Pierria;
    • Andravida Kilinis, municipality of Ilia;
    • Tembi, municipality of Larissa;
    • the island of Lesvos (moving to ‘Amber category’ as of 15 February);
    • the island of Zakynthos (Zante);
    • Distia Roma settlement, Kimi-Alivery municipality;
    • the municipalities of Eordea, in the Regional Unit of Kozani;
    • Sparti municipality, Lakonia;
    • Thiva and Tanagra municipalities of Voiotia;
    • Rethymnon Region (Crete) (as of 13 February);
    • Kalymnos municipality (Dodecanese) (as of 13 February);
    • Karpathos municipality (Dodecanese) (as of 13 February).
    Areas of additional concern:
    • Agios Nikolaos, municipality of Lassithi, Crete;
    • Halkida municipality in Evia;
    • the island of Mykonos;
    • Patras municipality, Achaia;
    • Thira Municipality, Thira (Santorini);
    • Achaia Region (as of 13 February);
    • Evia Region (with the exception of Skyros island) (as of 13 February).
    *Athens and Attica: measures in effect: (All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews);
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 6pm to 5am on weekends;
    • Operation of any school/ educational service which cannot be delivered online is suspended, including Day Care facilities and preschools;
    • Outdoor markets are suspended at weekends;
    • Those retail outlets which remain open (supermarkets, pharmacies, bakeries, pet shops, dry cleaners, stores relating to telephone services and petrol stations) may operate only between certain hours (07:30 – 20:30 on weekdays; 07:00 to 20:30 on Saturdays; 07:00 to 17:30 on Sundays);
    • ( Food delivery and take away services remain in operation;)
    • Churches can hold services but without the presence of worshippers (except for weddings, baptisms and funerals, where up to 9 persons may attend);
    • Public transport is limited to operations at 65% of normal capacity, except for ferries, which are limited to 50% of normal capacity);
    • Movement between neighbourhoods within Attica is permitted subject to the certification system outlined below:
    Movement into or out of Attica region is not permitted except for the following reasons:
    • To go to and from work, with necessary documents;
    • For health reasons;
    • To return to place of main residence;
    • For students returning to their place of study if this is where they currently live;
    • For attending a funeral with the proper documents;
    • For children of divorced families with parental visiting rights in another region;
    • To attend to agricultural work.
    Additionally please note:
    • Public sector services will operate only by appointment and will operate with the absolute minimum number of employees;
    • KTEO and car service will operate only by pre-made appointment;
    • Parents with children up to third year in secondary school can opt to work fulltime online, work different hours, work less hours, up 25%, suspend employment with three days excused absence and one day subsidized by the government.
    *Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: measures in effect: All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews;
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 6pm to 5am on weekends;
    • Retail stores remain in operation only by ‘click away’ methods;
    • Limits on the opening hours of those retail stores which remain open (on weekdays, ‘click away’ retail, hairdressers, barbers, pharmacies, petrol stations, supermarkets, bakeries will be permitted to open only from 7am – 8pm; on weekends, they are permitted to open only from 7am to 5pm- except for hairdressers and barbers, and ‘click away’ retailers, who must close).
    • Schools remain open except for lyceums (‘likeia’) which, like universities, must operate via online teaching only;

    • Outdoor markets will not operate on weekends.
    *Amber category; measures in effect: obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • curfew in place from 9pm to 5am;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • Primary schools, middle schools, and high schools are open; universities are running, but via online teaching only;
    • Open air food markets remain open; but their operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls;
    • Shops are generally open; but shopping and the use of all retail services must be notified using the certification procedures referenced above (detail on how to certify a movement below); and shopping is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point. (For the purposes of cross border travel, the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons (anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons));
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders (for details on these requirements, see Entry Requirements);
    • Limits on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (either: driver and 2 additional passengers; driver and his/her children (regardless of the total number of children); driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person)
    *Red category: measures in effect
    (All measures already in effect in amber zones; and also the following additional measures);
    • curfew from 6pm (three hours earlier than in amber zones) until 5am the following morning;
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers;
    • high schools (including Lyceums/ ‘Likeia’) operate only via online lessons;
    • the majority of the retail sector will be closed, except for click-and-collect services;
    • open air markets are banned on weekends;
    • hair salons, beauticians, and dieticians are open for pre-made
    appointments only;
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons;
    • residents are forbidden to leave the area of residence for all but health reasons;
    *Areas of heightened concern: measures in effect: All measures already in effect in amber and red zones; and also the following additional measures
    • A ban on the opening of all shops (except supermarkets and pharmacies), including for click-and-collect services; and, also, a ban on the opening of hair salons, beauty salons, dieticians, MoT outlets (KTEO), lottery shops (OPAP);
    • Religious services are forbidden, and access to religious buildings is restricted;
    • Public services, including courts and judicial services, are subject to suspension;
    • All schools, regardless of age group, are restricted to online teaching only (except for primary schools in Mykonos and Thira (Santorini));
    • Construction and building works are subject to suspension;
    • Entry and exit from these regions is strictly for work purposes or health reasons only.
    *Applies throughout Greece:
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day).
    3. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. (Physical exercise should be conducted only in the local area around your home or accommodation (i.e. you should not travel any further). Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English) .
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination

    4. Date, Time and Signature
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place. You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time. It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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.
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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
    16.02.2021
  • Greece Latest News: COVID-19 restrictions on domestic flights extended to 1 March (National Herals, 12.02.2021). Restrictions on Domestic Flights Extended to March 1 (The National Herald, 12.02.2021). Authorities announce full lockdown in Athens to curb surge in COVID-19 cases (Reuters, 09.02.2021). Government extends restrictions on domestic, international flights until 15, 22 February respectively because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 07.02.2021). COVID-19 restrictions tightened in several areas to stop spread of infection (Reuters, 05.02.2021). Flights to, from Greece and Singapore to resume 8 February as spread of COVID-19 slows (Reuters, 28.01.2021). Government extends nationwide COVID-19 lockdown measures indefinitely; shopping centers, stores to reopen on 18 January with strict entrance limits (AP, 15.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed, subject to the conditions hereafter.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    YES.

    All travellers from foreign countries are required to show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This requirement applies also to visitors entering Greece via its land borders, including citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Accepted laboratories for the recognition of the RT-PCR test are:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test. 

    Upon arrival travellers may be also subject to random tests.

    Is a quarantine required?

    YES.

    After a 7-days self-isolation, travellers may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines. In case of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on a 14-days quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:

    Travel.gov.gr

    Protocol for air arrival

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permitted

    *From Third Countries:

    The following 9 countries are exempted from the entry ban into Greece: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, Singapore, China*, UAE**. 

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020, permanent residents of the UAE may arrive only by direct flights. In order to enter the territory, they need to present to the air border control authorities the following documents: 

    • Proof of permanent residence in the UAE;
    • Return tickets and hotel reservations;
    • Health checks (PCR COVID-19 test carried out 72h before departure);
    • Passenger Locator Form (PLF);
    • Travel insurance. 

    Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    YES.

    As of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before the entrance.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    YES.

    After a 7-days self-isolation, travellers may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines. In case of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on a 14-days quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:

    Protocols for air arrivals in Greece

    travel.gov.gr/#

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): The Greek authorities have implemented tough measures to help combat the spread of COVID-19.There are specific measures in place in the cities of Athens (and surrounding Attica region); and in Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki. The rest of Greece is split into a number of categories, with different levels of measures applying in different categories. These categories are: amber areas; red areas; and areas of additional concern. All measures remain under regular review: you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    *List of areas in each category of anti-COVID-19 measures:
    (Athens; Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: specific measures apply)
    Amber category:
    • All areas of Greece not listed below (besides Athens; Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki, where specific measures apply)
    Red category:
    • Rethymo, Crete;
    • Pydna-Kolindros, municipality of Pierria;
    • Andravida Kilinis, municipality of Ilia;
    • Tembi, municipality of Larissa;
    • the island of Lesvos (moving to ‘Amber category’ as of 15 February);
    • the island of Zakynthos (Zante);
    • Distia Roma settlement, Kimi-Alivery municipality;
    • the municipalities of Eordea, in the Regional Unit of Kozani;
    • Sparti municipality, Lakonia;
    • Thiva and Tanagra municipalities of Voiotia;
    • Rethymnon Region (Crete) (as of 13 February);
    • Kalymnos municipality (Dodecanese) (as of 13 February);
    • Karpathos municipality (Dodecanese) (as of 13 February).
    Areas of additional concern:
    • Agios Nikolaos, municipality of Lassithi, Crete;
    • Halkida municipality in Evia;
    • the island of Mykonos;
    • Patras municipality, Achaia;
    • Thira Municipality, Thira (Santorini);
    • Achaia Region (as of 13 February);
    • Evia Region (with the exception of Skyros island) (as of 13 February).
    *Athens and Attica: measures in effect: (All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews);
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 6pm to 5am on weekends;
    • Operation of any school/ educational service which cannot be delivered online is suspended, including Day Care facilities and preschools;
    • Outdoor markets are suspended at weekends;
    • Those retail outlets which remain open (supermarkets, pharmacies, bakeries, pet shops, dry cleaners, stores relating to telephone services and petrol stations) may operate only between certain hours (07:30 – 20:30 on weekdays; 07:00 to 20:30 on Saturdays; 07:00 to 17:30 on Sundays);
    • ( Food delivery and take away services remain in operation;)
    • Churches can hold services but without the presence of worshippers (except for weddings, baptisms and funerals, where up to 9 persons may attend);
    • Public transport is limited to operations at 65% of normal capacity, except for ferries, which are limited to 50% of normal capacity);
    • Movement between neighbourhoods within Attica is permitted subject to the certification system outlined below:
    Movement into or out of Attica region is not permitted except for the following reasons:
    • To go to and from work, with necessary documents;
    • For health reasons;
    • To return to place of main residence;
    • For students returning to their place of study if this is where they currently live;
    • For attending a funeral with the proper documents;
    • For children of divorced families with parental visiting rights in another region;
    • To attend to agricultural work.
    Additionally please note:
    • Public sector services will operate only by appointment and will operate with the absolute minimum number of employees;
    • KTEO and car service will operate only by pre-made appointment;
    • Parents with children up to third year in secondary school can opt to work fulltime online, work different hours, work less hours, up 25%, suspend employment with three days excused absence and one day subsidized by the government.
    *Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki: measures in effect: All measures that apply in amber, red and areas of special concern also apply – unless a difference is noted below, e.g. on curfews;
    • Curfew in operation: from 9pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 6pm to 5am on weekends;
    • Retail stores remain in operation only by ‘click away’ methods;
    • Limits on the opening hours of those retail stores which remain open (on weekdays, ‘click away’ retail, hairdressers, barbers, pharmacies, petrol stations, supermarkets, bakeries will be permitted to open only from 7am – 8pm; on weekends, they are permitted to open only from 7am to 5pm- except for hairdressers and barbers, and ‘click away’ retailers, who must close).
    • Schools remain open except for lyceums (‘likeia’) which, like universities, must operate via online teaching only;

    • Outdoor markets will not operate on weekends.
    *Amber category; measures in effect: obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • curfew in place from 9pm to 5am;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • Primary schools, middle schools, and high schools are open; universities are running, but via online teaching only;
    • Open air food markets remain open; but their operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls;
    • Shops are generally open; but shopping and the use of all retail services must be notified using the certification procedures referenced above (detail on how to certify a movement below); and shopping is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point. (For the purposes of cross border travel, the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons (anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons));
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders (for details on these requirements, see Entry Requirements);
    • Limits on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle (either: driver and 2 additional passengers; driver and his/her children (regardless of the total number of children); driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person)
    *Red category: measures in effect
    (All measures already in effect in amber zones; and also the following additional measures);
    • curfew from 6pm (three hours earlier than in amber zones) until 5am the following morning;
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers;
    • high schools (including Lyceums/ ‘Likeia’) operate only via online lessons;
    • the majority of the retail sector will be closed, except for click-and-collect services;
    • open air markets are banned on weekends;
    • hair salons, beauticians, and dieticians are open for pre-made
    appointments only;
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons;
    • residents are forbidden to leave the area of residence for all but health reasons;
    *Areas of heightened concern: measures in effect: All measures already in effect in amber and red zones; and also the following additional measures
    • A ban on the opening of all shops (except supermarkets and pharmacies), including for click-and-collect services; and, also, a ban on the opening of hair salons, beauty salons, dieticians, MoT outlets (KTEO), lottery shops (OPAP);
    • Religious services are forbidden, and access to religious buildings is restricted;
    • Public services, including courts and judicial services, are subject to suspension;
    • All schools, regardless of age group, are restricted to online teaching only (except for primary schools in Mykonos and Thira (Santorini));
    • Construction and building works are subject to suspension;
    • Entry and exit from these regions is strictly for work purposes or health reasons only.
    *Applies throughout Greece:
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day).
    3. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. (Physical exercise should be conducted only in the local area around your home or accommodation (i.e. you should not travel any further). Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English) .
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination

    4. Date, Time and Signature
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place. You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time. It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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.
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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
    12.02.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Government extends restrictions on domestic, international flights until 15, 22 February respectively because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 07.02.2021). COVID-19 restrictions tightened in several areas to stop spread of infection (Reuters, 05.02.2021). Flights to, from Greece and Singapore to resume 8 February as spread of COVID-19 slows (Reuters, 28.01.2021).Greece extends COVID-19 restrictions on international flights until 8 February (The National Hearald, 22.01.2021). Government extends nationwide COVID-19 lockdown measures indefinitely; shopping centers, stores to reopen on 18 January with strict entrance limits (AP, 15.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed, subject to the conditions hereafter.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    YES.

    All travellers from foreign countries are required to show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This requirement applies also to visitors entering Greece via its land borders, including citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Accepted laboratories for the recognition of the RT-PCR test are:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    YES.

    After a 7-days self-isolation, travellers may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines. In case of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on a 14-days quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permitted

    *From Third Countries:

    The following 9 countries are exempted from the entry ban into Greece: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, Singapore, China*, UAE**. 

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020, permanent residents of the UAE may arrive only by direct flights. In order to enter the territory, they need to present to the air border control authorities the following documents: 

    • Proof of permanent residence in the UAE;
    • Return tickets and hotel reservations;
    • Health checks (PCR COVID-19 test carried out 72h before departure);
    • Passenger Locator Form (PLF);
    • Travel insurance. 

    Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    YES.

    As of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before the entrance.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    YES.

    After a 7-days self-isolation, travellers may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines. In case of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on a 14-days quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:

    Protocols for air arrivals in Greece

    travel.gov.gr/#

    Internal Restrictions:

    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): Greek authorities have implemented nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) which apply to all parts of Greece. The country is additionally split into two categories – red and amber. These measures remain under regular review: you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements. In addition to these nationwide measures, additional local measures are in force in specific regions of Greece. These additional measures, along with the regions to which they apply, are listed below the nationwide measures that follow.
    The following nationwide measures are currently in place
    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • Primary schools, middle schools, and high schools are open;
    • open air food markets remain open; but their operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point.
    • the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons ( anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons);
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders (for details on these requirements, see Entry Requirements);
    A maximum limit on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle:
    • driver and 2 additional passengers;
    • driver and his/her children;
    • driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day).
    3. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. (Physical exercise should be conducted only in the local area around your home or accommodation (i.e. you should not travel any further). Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature
    In addition to the above nationwide measures, the following measures apply to Amber zones:
    • shopping and the use of all retail services must continue to be notified using the certification procedures outlined above, and is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day;
    • nursery schools, special education schools, primary schools, middle schools and high schools are open. Universities remain in distance or online-learning formats;
    All areas of Greece except those listed below are Amber zones. The areas below are red zones and have tighter measures in place.
    • Athens;
    • Attica;
    • Rethymo, Crete;
    • Agios Nikolaos, municipality of Lassithi, Crete;
    • Pydna-Kolindros, municipality of Pierria;
    • Andravida Kilinis, municipality of Ilia;
    • Tembi, municipality of Larissa;
    • the island of Lesvos;
    • the island of Mykonos;
    • the island of Zakynthos (Zante);
    • Thira Municipality, Thira (Santorini);
    • Halkida municipality in Evia;
    • Dyrfis Messapion, Evia;
    • Distia Roma settlement, Kimi-Alivery municipality;
    • Chalkidiki;
    • Patras municipality, Achaia;
    • the municipalities of Eordea, in the Regional Unit of Kozani;
    • Thiva and Tanagra municipalities of Voiotia;
    In these locations the following measures apply;
    • curfew from 6pm (three hours earlier than the rest of the country) until 5am the following morning; EXCEPT ATTICA (including Athens) which has a 9pm – 5am curfew Monday-Friday and 6pm – 5am curfew on Saturday and Sunday;
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers;
    • nursery schools, special education schools, primary schools and middle schools are open, high schools and universities will continue with online lessons;
    • the majority of the retail sector will be closed, except for click-and-collect services. Clothing, footwear and bookshops are open by appointment (click in);
    • hair salons, beauticians, and dieticians are open for appointments only;
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons;
    • residents are forbidden to leave the area of residence for all but health reasons;
    In addition to these measures for Attica (including Athens), Thessaloniki, Chalkidiki also have the following further measures:
    • Extended curfew on weekends, 5am – 6pm. Weekend curfew will end on Monday, 15 February at 5am.
    • All retail stores will operate only on a click-away basis from 7am – 8pm Monday- Friday.
    • On Saturdays only pharmacies, petrol stations, supermarkets, bakeries will be open from 7am – 5pm.
    • Open air markets will not operate on weekends, beginning Saturday, 13 February.
    Agios Nikolaos, municipality of Lassithi, Crete; Chalkida, Evia; Patras, Achaia; Thira municipality, Thira (Santorini), and Mykonos have the following further measures:
    • All schools closed except in Santorini and Mykonos where pre-schools and elementary schools will operate.
    • All retail stores are closed except pharmacies, and supermarkets.
    • Hair salons, beauty salons, dieticians, KTEO, OPAP are closed.
    • Courts, Religious services except funerals and personal prayer, athletic and cultural services are all suspended.
    • Construction is suspended.
    • Entry and exit from these regions is strictly for work purposes or health reasons.
    Local restrictions are reviewed regularly; and you should keep up to date with announcements from the local and national authorities.
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place.
    You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time.
    It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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.
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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
    09.02.2021
  • Greece Latest News: COVID-19 restrictions tightened in several areas to stop spread of infection (Reuters, 05.02.2021). Flights to, from Greece and Singapore to resume 8 February as spread of COVID-19 slows (Reuters, 28.01.2021).Greece extends COVID-19 restrictions on international flights until 8 February (The National Hearald, 22.01.2021). Government extends nationwide COVID-19 lockdown measures indefinitely; shopping centers, stores to reopen on 18 January with strict entrance limits (AP, 15.01.2021). Government extends restrictions on international flights until 21 January, toughens quarantine requirement (Reuters, 08.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed, subject to the conditions hereafter.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    YES.

    All travellers from foreign countries are required to show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This requirement applies also to visitors entering Greece via its land borders, including citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Accepted laboratories for the recognition of the RT-PCR test are:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    YES.

    After a 7-days self-isolation, travellers may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines. In case of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on a 14-days quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit in this country is permitted

    *From Third Countries:

    The following 9 countries are exempted from the entry ban into Greece: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, Singapore, China*, UAE**. 

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020, permanent residents of the UAE may arrive only by direct flights. In order to enter the territory, they need to present to the air border control authorities the following documents: 

    • Proof of permanent residence in the UAE;
    • Return tickets and hotel reservations;
    • Health checks (PCR COVID-19 test carried out 72h before departure);
    • Passenger Locator Form (PLF);
    • Travel insurance. 

    Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    YES.

    As of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before the entrance.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    YES.

    After a 7-days self-isolation, travellers may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines. In case of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on a 14-days quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:

    Protocols for air arrivals in Greece

    travel.gov.gr/#

    Internal Restrictions:

    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): Greek authorities have implemented nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) which apply to all parts of Greece. The country is additionally split into two categories – red and amber. These measures remain under regular review: you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements. In addition to these nationwide measures, additional local measures are in force in specific regions of Greece. These additional measures, along with the regions to which they apply, are listed below the nationwide measures that follow.
    The following nationwide measures are currently in place
    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • Primary schools, middle schools, and high schools are open;
    • open air food markets remain open; but their operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point.
    • the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons ( anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons);
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders (for details on these requirements, see Entry Requirements);
    A maximum limit on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle:
    • driver and 2 additional passengers;
    • driver and his/her children;
    • driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day).
    3. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. (Physical exercise should be conducted only in the local area around your home or accommodation (i.e. you should not travel any further). Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature
    In addition to the above nationwide measures, the following measures apply to Amber zones:
    • shopping and the use of all retail services must continue to be notified using the certification procedures outlined above, and is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day;
    • nursery schools, special education schools, primary schools, middle schools and high schools are open. Universities remain in distance or online-learning formats;
    All areas of Greece except those listed below are Amber zones. The areas below are red zones and have tighter measures in place.
    • Athens;
    • Attica;
    • Rethymo, Crete;
    • Agios Nikolaos, municipality of Lassithi, Crete;
    • Pydna-Kolindros, municipality of Pierria;
    • Andravida Kilinis, municipality of Ilia;
    • Tembi, municipality of Larissa;
    • the island of Lesvos;
    • the island of Mykonos;
    • the island of Zakynthos (Zante);
    • Thira Municipality, Thira (Santorini);
    • Halkida municipality in Evia;
    • Dyrfis Messapion, Evia;
    • Distia Roma settlement, Kimi-Alivery municipality;
    • Chalkidiki;
    • Patras municipality, Achaia;
    • the municipalities of Eordea, in the Regional Unit of Kozani;
    • Thiva and Tanagra municipalities of Voiotia;
    In these locations the following measures apply;
    • curfew from 6pm (three hours earlier than the rest of the country) until 5am the following morning; EXCEPT ATTICA (including Athens) which has a 9pm – 5am curfew Monday-Friday and 6pm – 5am curfew on Saturday and Sunday;
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers;
    • nursery schools, special education schools, primary schools and middle schools are open, high schools and universities will continue with online lessons;
    • the majority of the retail sector will be closed, except for click-and-collect services. Clothing, footwear and bookshops are open by appointment (click in);
    • hair salons, beauticians, and dieticians are open for appointments only;
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons;
    • residents are forbidden to leave the area of residence for all but health reasons;
    In addition to these measures for Attica (including Athens), Thessaloniki, Chalkidiki also have the following further measures:
    • Extended curfew on weekends, 5am – 6pm. Weekend curfew will end on Monday, 15 February at 5am.
    • All retail stores will operate only on a click-away basis from 7am – 8pm Monday- Friday.
    • On Saturdays only pharmacies, petrol stations, supermarkets, bakeries will be open from 7am – 5pm.
    • Open air markets will not operate on weekends, beginning Saturday, 13 February.
    Agios Nikolaos, municipality of Lassithi, Crete; Chalkida, Evia; Patras, Achaia; Thira municipality, Thira (Santorini), and Mykonos have the following further measures:
    • All schools closed except in Santorini and Mykonos where pre-schools and elementary schools will operate.
    • All retail stores are closed except pharmacies, and supermarkets.
    • Hair salons, beauty salons, dieticians, KTEO, OPAP are closed.
    • Courts, Religious services except funerals and personal prayer, athletic and cultural services are all suspended.
    • Construction is suspended.
    • Entry and exit from these regions is strictly for work purposes or health reasons.
    Local restrictions are reviewed regularly; and you should keep up to date with announcements from the local and national authorities.
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place.
    You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time.
    It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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.
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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
    06.02.2021
  • Greece Latest News: COVID-19 restrictions tightened in several areas to stop spread of infection (Reuters, 05.02.2021). Flights to, from Greece and Singapore to resume 8 February as spread of COVID-19 slows (Reuters, 28.01.2021).Greece extends COVID-19 restrictions on international flights until 8 February (The National Hearald, 22.01.2021). Government extends nationwide COVID-19 lockdown measures indefinitely; shopping centers, stores to reopen on 18 January with strict entrance limits (AP, 15.01.2021). Government extends restrictions on international flights until 21 January, toughens quarantine requirement (Reuters, 08.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed, subject to the conditions hereafter.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    YES.

    All travellers from foreign countries are required to show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This requirement applies also to visitors entering Greece via its land borders, including citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Accepted laboratories for the recognition of the RT-PCR test are:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    YES.

    After a 7-days self-isolation, travellers may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines. In case of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on a 14-days quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit in this country is permitted

    *From Third Countries:

    The following 9 countries are exempted from the entry ban into Greece: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, Singapore, China*, UAE**. 

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020, permanent residents of the UAE may arrive only by direct flights. In order to enter the territory, they need to present to the air border control authorities the following documents: 

    • Proof of permanent residence in the UAE;
    • Return tickets and hotel reservations;
    • Health checks (PCR COVID-19 test carried out 72h before departure);
    • Passenger Locator Form (PLF);
    • Travel insurance. 

    Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    YES.

    As of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before the entrance.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    YES.

    After a 7-days self-isolation, travellers may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines. In case of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on a 14-days quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:

    Protocols for air arrivals in Greece

    travel.gov.gr/#

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): Greek authorities have implemented nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) which apply to all parts of Greece. The country is additionally split into two categories – red and amber. These measures remain under regular review: you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements. In addition to these nationwide measures, additional local measures are in force in specific regions of Greece. These additional measures, along with the regions to which they apply, are listed below the nationwide measures that follow. The following nationwide measures are currently in place:
    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • Primary schools, middle schools, and high schools are open;
    • open air food markets remain open; but their operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point.
    • the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons ( anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons);
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders;
    A maximum limit on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle:
    • driver and 2 additional passengers;
    • driver and his/her children;
    • driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person
    -To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day).
    3. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. (Physical exercise should be conducted only in the local area around your home or accommodation (i.e. you should not travel any further). Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature.
    -In addition to the above nationwide measures, the following measures apply to Amber zones:
    • shopping and the use of all retail services must continue to be notified using the certification procedures outlined above, and is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day;
    • nursery schools, special education schools, primary schools, middle schools and high schools are open. Universities remain in distance or online-learning formats;
    -All areas of Greece except those listed below are Amber zones. The areas below are red zones and have additional measures in place.
    • North Athens, East Athens, West Athens, South Athens, Central Athens
    • West Attica
    • East Attica
    • Piraeus
    • Lasithi, Crete
    • the municipality of Sparti (Sparta) in the Peoloponnese;
    • the island of Lesvos;
    • the island of Mykonos;
    • the island of Zakynthos (Zante);
    • Thira Municipality, Thira (Santorini);
    • Halkida municipality in Evia;
    • Distia Roma settlement, Kimi-Alivery municipality;
    • The Chalkidiki peninsula;
    • Patras municipality, Achaia;
    • the municipalities of Eordea, in the Regional Unit of Kozani
    • Thiva and Tanagra municipalities of Voiotia
    In these locations the following measures apply;
    • curfew from 6pm (three hours earlier than the rest of the country) until 5am the following morning; EXCEPT ATTICA which has a 9pm – 5am curfew
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers;
    • nursery schools, special education schools, primary schools and middle schools are open, high schools and universities will continue with online lessons;
    • the majority of the retail sector will be closed, except for click-and-collect services. Clothing, footwear and bookshops are open by appointment (click in);
    • hair salons, beauticians, and dieticians are open for appointments only;
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons;
    • residents are forbidden to leave the area of residence for all but health reasons.
    Local restrictions are reviewed regularly; and you should keep up to date with announcements from the local and national authorities.
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place. You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time. It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above. 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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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. Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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
    05.02.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Flights to, from Greece and Singapore to resume 8 February as spread of COVID-19 slows (Reuters, 28.01.2021).Greece extends COVID-19 restrictions on international flights until 8 February (The National Hearald, 22.01.2021). Government extends nationwide COVID-19 lockdown measures indefinitely; shopping centers, stores to reopen on 18 January with strict entrance limits (AP, 15.01.2021). Government extends restrictions on international flights until 21 January, toughens quarantine requirement (Reuters, 08.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed, subject to the conditions hereafter.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    YES.

    All travellers from foreign countries are required to show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This requirement applies also to visitors entering Greece via its land borders, including citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Accepted laboratories for the recognition of the RT-PCR test are:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    YES.

    After a 7-days self-isolation, travellers may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines. In case of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on a 14-days quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit in this country is permitted

    *From Third Countries:

    The following 9 countries are exempted from the entry ban into Greece: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, Singapore, China*, UAE**. 

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020, permanent residents of the UAE may arrive only by direct flights. In order to enter the territory, they need to present to the air border control authorities the following documents: 

    • Proof of permanent residence in the UAE;
    • Return tickets and hotel reservations;
    • Health checks (PCR COVID-19 test carried out 72h before departure);
    • Passenger Locator Form (PLF);
    • Travel insurance. 

    Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    YES.

    As of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before the entrance.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    YES.

    After a 7-days self-isolation, travellers may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines. In case of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on a 14-days quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:

    Protocols for air arrivals in Greece

    travel.gov.gr/#

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): Greek authorities have implemented nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) which apply to all parts of Greece. The country is additionally split into two categories – red and amber. These measures remain under regular review: you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements. In addition to these nationwide measures, additional local measures are in force in specific regions of Greece. These additional measures, along with the regions to which they apply, are listed below the nationwide measures that follow. The following nationwide measures are currently in place:
    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • Primary schools, middle schools, and high schools are open;
    • open air food markets remain open; but their operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point.
    • the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons ( anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons);
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders;
    A maximum limit on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle:
    • driver and 2 additional passengers;
    • driver and his/her children;
    • driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person
    -To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day).
    3. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. (Physical exercise should be conducted only in the local area around your home or accommodation (i.e. you should not travel any further). Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature.
    -In addition to the above nationwide measures, the following measures apply to Amber zones:
    • shopping and the use of all retail services must continue to be notified using the certification procedures outlined above, and is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day;
    • nursery schools, special education schools, primary schools, middle schools and high schools are open. Universities remain in distance or online-learning formats;
    -All areas of Greece except those listed below are Amber zones. The areas below are red zones and have additional measures in place.
    • North Athens, East Athens, West Athens, South Athens, Central Athens
    • West Attica
    • East Attica
    • Piraeus
    • Lasithi, Crete
    • the municipality of Sparti (Sparta) in the Peoloponnese;
    • the island of Lesvos;
    • the island of Mykonos;
    • the island of Zakynthos (Zante);
    • Thira Municipality, Thira (Santorini);
    • Halkida municipality in Evia;
    • Distia Roma settlement, Kimi-Alivery municipality;
    • The Chalkidiki peninsula;
    • Patras municipality, Achaia;
    • the municipalities of Eordea, in the Regional Unit of Kozani
    • Thiva and Tanagra municipalities of Voiotia
    In these locations the following measures apply;
    • curfew from 6pm (three hours earlier than the rest of the country) until 5am the following morning; EXCEPT ATTICA which has a 9pm – 5am curfew
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers;
    • nursery schools, special education schools, primary schools and middle schools are open, high schools and universities will continue with online lessons;
    • the majority of the retail sector will be closed, except for click-and-collect services. Clothing, footwear and bookshops are open by appointment (click in);
    • hair salons, beauticians, and dieticians are open for appointments only;
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons;
    • residents are forbidden to leave the area of residence for all but health reasons.
    Local restrictions are reviewed regularly; and you should keep up to date with announcements from the local and national authorities.
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place. You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time. It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above. 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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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. Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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
    02.02.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Flights to, from Greece and Singapore to resume 8 February as spread of COVID-19 slows (Reuters, 28.01.2021).Greece extends COVID-19 restrictions on international flights until 8 February (The National Hearald, 22.01.2021). Government extends nationwide COVID-19 lockdown measures indefinitely; shopping centers, stores to reopen on 18 January with strict entrance limits (AP, 15.01.2021). Government extends restrictions on international flights until 21 January, toughens quarantine requirement (Reuters, 08.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed, subject to the conditions hereafter.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    YES.

    All travellers from foreign countries are required to show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This requirement applies also to visitors entering Greece via its land borders, including citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Accepted laboratories for the recognition of the RT-PCR test are:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    YES.

    After a 7-days self-isolation, travellers may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines. In case of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on a 14-days quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    The following 9 countries are exempted from the entry ban into Greece: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, Singapore, China*, UAE**. 

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020, permanent residents of the UAE may arrive only by direct flights. In order to enter the territory, they need to present to the air border control authorities the following documents: 

    • Proof of permanent residence in the UAE;
    • Return tickets and hotel reservations;
    • Health checks (PCR COVID-19 test carried out 72h before departure);
    • Passenger Locator Form (PLF);
    • Travel insurance. 

    Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    Yes, as of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before the entrance.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    As of 21.12.2020, a 7-days quarantine applies to all travellers coming from the United Kingdom.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:

    Protocols for air arrivals in Greece

    travel.gov.gr/#

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): Greek authorities have implemented nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) which apply to all parts of Greece. The country is additionally split into two categories – red and amber. These measures remain under regular review: you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements. In addition to these nationwide measures, additional local measures are in force in specific regions of Greece. These additional measures, along with the regions to which they apply, are listed below the nationwide measures that follow. The following nationwide measures are currently in place:
    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • Primary schools, middle schools, and high schools are open;
    • open air food markets remain open; but their operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point.
    • the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons ( anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons);
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders;
    A maximum limit on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle:
    • driver and 2 additional passengers;
    • driver and his/her children;
    • driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person
    -To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day).
    3. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. (Physical exercise should be conducted only in the local area around your home or accommodation (i.e. you should not travel any further). Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature.
    -In addition to the above nationwide measures, the following measures apply to Amber zones:
    • shopping and the use of all retail services must continue to be notified using the certification procedures outlined above, and is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day;
    • nursery schools, special education schools, primary schools, middle schools and high schools are open. Universities remain in distance or online-learning formats;
    -All areas of Greece except those listed below are Amber zones. The areas below are red zones and have additional measures in place.
    • North Athens, East Athens, West Athens, South Athens, Central Athens
    • West Attica
    • East Attica
    • Piraeus
    • Lasithi, Crete
    • the municipality of Sparti (Sparta) in the Peoloponnese;
    • the island of Lesvos;
    • the island of Mykonos;
    • the island of Zakynthos (Zante);
    • Thira Municipality, Thira (Santorini);
    • Halkida municipality in Evia;
    • Distia Roma settlement, Kimi-Alivery municipality;
    • The Chalkidiki peninsula;
    • Patras municipality, Achaia;
    • the municipalities of Eordea, in the Regional Unit of Kozani
    • Thiva and Tanagra municipalities of Voiotia
    In these locations the following measures apply;
    • curfew from 6pm (three hours earlier than the rest of the country) until 5am the following morning; EXCEPT ATTICA which has a 9pm – 5am curfew
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers;
    • nursery schools, special education schools, primary schools and middle schools are open, high schools and universities will continue with online lessons;
    • the majority of the retail sector will be closed, except for click-and-collect services. Clothing, footwear and bookshops are open by appointment (click in);
    • hair salons, beauticians, and dieticians are open for appointments only;
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons;
    • residents are forbidden to leave the area of residence for all but health reasons.
    Local restrictions are reviewed regularly; and you should keep up to date with announcements from the local and national authorities.
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place. You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time. It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above. 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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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. Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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
    01.02.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Flights to, from Greece and Singapore to resume 8 February as spread of COVID-19 slows (Reuters, 28.01.2021).Greece extends COVID-19 restrictions on international flights until 8 February (The National Hearald, 22.01.2021). Government extends nationwide COVID-19 lockdown measures indefinitely; shopping centers, stores to reopen on 18 January with strict entrance limits (AP, 15.01.2021). Government extends restrictions on international flights until 21 January, toughens quarantine requirement (Reuters, 08.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed, subject to the conditions hereafter.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    YES.

    All travellers from foreign countries are required to show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This requirement applies also to visitors entering Greece via its land borders, including citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Accepted laboratories for the recognition of the RT-PCR test are:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    YES.

    After a 7-days self-isolation, travellers may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines. In case of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on a 14-days quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    The following 9 countries are exempted from the entry ban into Greece: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, Singapore, China*, UAE**. 

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020, permanent residents of the UAE may arrive only by direct flights. In order to enter the territory, they need to present to the air border control authorities the following documents: 

    • Proof of permanent residence in the UAE;
    • Return tickets and hotel reservations;
    • Health checks (PCR COVID-19 test carried out 72h before departure);
    • Passenger Locator Form (PLF);
    • Travel insurance. 

    Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    Yes, as of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before the entrance.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    As of 21.12.2020, a 7-days quarantine applies to all travellers coming from the United Kingdom.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:

    Protocols for air arrivals in Greece

    travel.gov.gr/#

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): Greek authorities have implemented nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) which apply to all parts of Greece. The country is additionally split into two categories – red and amber. These measures remain under regular review: you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements. In addition to these nationwide measures, additional local measures are in force in specific regions of Greece. These additional measures, along with the regions to which they apply, are listed below the nationwide measures that follow.
    The following nationwide measures are currently in place:
    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • Primary schools, middle schools, and high schools are open;
    • open air food markets remain open; but their operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point.
    • the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons ( anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons);
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders.
    A maximum limit on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle:
    • driver and 1 additional passenger;
    • driver and his/her children;
    • driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person
    -To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), or another retail outlet (permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day).
    3. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. (Physical exercise should be conducted only in the local area around your home or accommodation (i.e. you should not travel any further). Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname;
    2. Home Address;
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination;
    4. Date, Time and Signature.
    -In addition to the above nationwide measures, the following measures apply to Amber zones:
    • shopping and the use of all retail services must continue to be notified using the certification procedures outlined above, and is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day;
    • nursery schools, special education schools, primary schools, middle schools and high schools are open. Universities remain in distance or online-learning formats.
    -All areas of Greece except those listed below are Amber zones. The areas below are red zones and have additional measures in place.
    • North Athens, East Athens, West Athens, South Athens
    • West Attica
    • East Attica
    • Piraeus
    • the municipality of Sparti (Sparta) in the Peoloponnese;
    • the island of Lesvos;
    • the island of Mykonos;
    • Thira Municipality, Thira (Santorini);
    • Halkida municipality in Evia;
    • Distia Roma settlement, Kimi-Alivery municipality;
    • Nea Propontida municipality, Chalkidiki;
    • Patras municipality, Achaia;
    • the municipalities of Eordea, in the Regional Unit of Kozani
    • Thiva and Tanagra municipalities of Voiotia
    In these locations the following measures apply;
    • curfew from 6pm (three hours earlier than the rest of the country) until 5am the following morning; EXCEPT ATTICA which has a 9pm – 5am curfew
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers;
    • nursery schools, special education schools, primary schools and middle schools are open, high schools and universities will continue with online lessons;
    • the majority of the retail sector will be closed, except for click-and-collect services. Clothing, footwear and bookshops are open by appointment (click in);
    • hair salons, beauticians, and dieticians are open for appointments only;
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons;
    • residents are forbidden to leave the area of residence for all but health reasons.
    Local restrictions are reviewed regularly; and you should keep up to date with announcements from the local and national authorities.
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place. You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time.
    It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above. 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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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. Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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
    30.01.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Flights to, from Greece and Singapore to resume 8 February as spread of COVID-19 slows (Reuters, 28.01.2021).Greece extends COVID-19 restrictions on international flights until 8 February (The National Hearald, 22.01.2021). Government extends nationwide COVID-19 lockdown measures indefinitely; shopping centers, stores to reopen on 18 January with strict entrance limits (AP, 15.01.2021). Government extends restrictions on international flights until 21 January, toughens quarantine requirement (Reuters, 08.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed, subject to the conditions hereafter.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    YES.

    All travellers from foreign countries are required to show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This requirement applies also to visitors entering Greece via its land borders, including citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    Accepted laboratories for the recognition of the RT-PCR test are:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    YES.

    After a 7-days self-isolation, travellers may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines. In case of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on a 14-days quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    The following 9 countries are exempted from the entry ban into Greece: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, Singapore, China*, UAE**. 

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020, permanent residents of the UAE may arrive only by direct flights. In order to enter the territory, they need to present to the air border control authorities the following documents: 

    • Proof of permanent residence in the UAE;
    • Return tickets and hotel reservations;
    • Health checks (PCR COVID-19 test carried out 72h before departure);
    • Passenger Locator Form (PLF);
    • Travel insurance. 

    Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    Yes, as of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before the entrance.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    As of 21.12.2020, a 7-days quarantine applies to all travellers coming from the United Kingdom.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

     

    Find out more:

    Protocols for air arrivals in Greece

    travel.gov.gr/#

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): Greek authorities have implemented nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) which replaced all previous measures and apply to all parts of Greece. These measures will remain in place until at least 6am local time on 18 January 2021; but given the potential for them to be extended or adapted, you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements. In addition to these nationwide measures, additional local measures are in force in specific regions of Greece. These additional measures, along with the regions to which they apply, are listed below the nationwide measures that follow. The following nationwide measures are currently in place:
    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • shopping and the use of all retail services must continue to be notified using the certification procedures outlined below, and is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day;
    • primary schools are open, but other schools and educational establishments (including universities) are likely to remain in distance- or online-learning formats;
    • open air food markets remain open; but their operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • churches are closed and religious services are suspended;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point.
    • the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons ( anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons);
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders.
    • a maximum limit on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle:
    • driver and 1 additional passenger;
    • driver and his/her children;
    • driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person.
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), where they cannot be shipped/delivered to your home.
    3. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. (Physical exercise should be conducted only in the local area around your home or accommodation (i.e. you should not travel any further). Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities ( available only in English ).
    .(C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature
    During the period in which the above measures are in place, all non-essential shops and service providers will close or move to distance-based provision of services (eg online or by telephone). However, the following will remain open:
    • special education schools;
    • supermarkets; essential supply shops; pharmacies; kiosks; pet shops;
    • open air food markets- whose operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls.
    *Local areas with enhanced measures in place (in addition to national measures):
    In addition to the above nationwide measures, stricter local measures are currently in place in the following places;
    • the Regional Unit of Argolida in the Peloponnese;
    • the municipality of Sparti (Sparta) in the Peoloponnese;
    • the island of Lesvos;
    • the municipalities of Eordea, Krokos and Siatista in the Regional Unit of Kozani
    • Acharnes municipality in Attica;
    • West Attica (prefecture of Aspropyrgos);
    • the island of Kalymnos;
    • the village of Strofi in the Regional Unit of Rodope;
    • Thessally;
    • Eastern Macedonia and Thrace;
    • Paleokastro in the Municipality of Sitia (Crete);
    • The region of Viotia.
    In these locations the following measures apply;
    • curfew from 6pm (three hours earlier than the rest of the country) until 5am the following morning.
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers.
    • the entire retail sector will be closed
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons.
    • residents of Kalymnos are forbidden to leave the island for all but health reasons.
    Local restrictions are reviewed regularly; and you should keep up to date with announcements from the local and national authorities.

    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place.
    You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time.
    It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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.
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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
    29.01.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Greece extends COVID-19 restrictions on international flights until 8 February (The National Hearald, 22.01.2021). Government extends nationwide COVID-19 lockdown measures indefinitely; shopping centers, stores to reopen on 18 January with strict entrance limits (AP, 15.01.2021). Government extends restrictions on international flights until 21 January, toughens quarantine requirement (Reuters, 08.01.2021). Greek Aviation Authority mandates 10-day quarantine, additional COVID-19 test for travelers from the U.K. until 7 January (KTG, 22.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Note: Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed.

    As of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This includes arrivals by land and by air. 

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders, including citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    In the event of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on a 14-days quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. Otherwise, after a 7-days self-isolation, travellers may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines.

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe.

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    The following 9 countries are exempted from the entry ban into Greece: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, Singapore, China*, UAE**. As of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before the entrance.

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020, permanent residents of the UAE may arrive only by direct flights. In order to enter the territory, they need to present to the air border control authorities the following documents: 

    • proof of permanent residence in the UAE;
    • return tickets and hotel reservations;
    • health checks (PCR COVID-19 test taken 72h before departure);
    • passenger Locator Form (PLF);
    • travel insurance. 

    Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

    As of 21.12.2020, a 7-days quarantine applies to all travellers coming from the United Kingdom.

    See also:
    Commission adopts Recommendation on EU coordinated approach to travel and transport in response to a new variant of coronavirus in the UK (22 December 2020)

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

    Find out more:

    Protocols for air arrivals in Greece

    travel.gov.gr/#

    .

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): Greek authorities have implemented nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) which replaced all previous measures and apply to all parts of Greece. These measures will remain in place until at least 6am local time on 18 January 2021; but given the potential for them to be extended or adapted, you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements. In addition to these nationwide measures, additional local measures are in force in specific regions of Greece. These additional measures, along with the regions to which they apply, are listed below the nationwide measures that follow. The following nationwide measures are currently in place:
    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • shopping and the use of all retail services must continue to be notified using the certification procedures outlined below, and is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day;
    • primary schools are open, but other schools and educational establishments (including universities) are likely to remain in distance- or online-learning formats;
    • open air food markets remain open; but their operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • churches are closed and religious services are suspended;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point.
    • the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons ( anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons);
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders.
    • a maximum limit on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle:
    • driver and 1 additional passenger;
    • driver and his/her children;
    • driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person.
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), where they cannot be shipped/delivered to your home.
    3. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. (Physical exercise should be conducted only in the local area around your home or accommodation (i.e. you should not travel any further). Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities ( available only in English ).
    .(C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature
    During the period in which the above measures are in place, all non-essential shops and service providers will close or move to distance-based provision of services (eg online or by telephone). However, the following will remain open:
    • special education schools;
    • supermarkets; essential supply shops; pharmacies; kiosks; pet shops;
    • open air food markets- whose operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls.
    *Local areas with enhanced measures in place (in addition to national measures):
    In addition to the above nationwide measures, stricter local measures are currently in place in the following places;
    • the Regional Unit of Argolida in the Peloponnese;
    • the municipality of Sparti (Sparta) in the Peoloponnese;
    • the island of Lesvos;
    • the municipalities of Eordea, Krokos and Siatista in the Regional Unit of Kozani
    • Acharnes municipality in Attica;
    • West Attica (prefecture of Aspropyrgos);
    • the island of Kalymnos;
    • the village of Strofi in the Regional Unit of Rodope;
    • Thessally;
    • Eastern Macedonia and Thrace;
    • Paleokastro in the Municipality of Sitia (Crete);
    • The region of Viotia.
    In these locations the following measures apply;
    • curfew from 6pm (three hours earlier than the rest of the country) until 5am the following morning.
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers.
    • the entire retail sector will be closed
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons.
    • residents of Kalymnos are forbidden to leave the island for all but health reasons.
    Local restrictions are reviewed regularly; and you should keep up to date with announcements from the local and national authorities.

    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place.
    You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time.
    It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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.
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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
    26.01.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Greece extends COVID-19 restrictions on international flights until 8 February (The National Hearald, 22.01.2021). Government extends nationwide COVID-19 lockdown measures indefinitely; shopping centers, stores to reopen on 18 January with strict entrance limits (AP, 15.01.2021). Government extends restrictions on international flights until 21 January, toughens quarantine requirement (Reuters, 08.01.2021). Greek Aviation Authority mandates 10-day quarantine, additional COVID-19 test for travelers from the U.K. until 7 January (KTG, 22.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Note: Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed.

    As of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This includes arrivals by land and by air. 

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders, including citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    In the event of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on a 14-days quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. Otherwise, after a 7-days self-isolation, travellers may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines.

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    The following 9 countries are exempted from the entry ban into Greece: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, Singapore, China*, UAE**. As of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before the entrance.

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020, permanent residents of the UAE may arrive only by direct flights. In order to enter the territory, they need to present to the air border control authorities the following documents: 

    • proof of permanent residence in the UAE;
    • return tickets and hotel reservations;
    • health checks (PCR COVID-19 test taken 72h before departure);
    • passenger Locator Form (PLF);
    • travel insurance. 

    Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

    As of 21.12.2020, a 7-days quarantine applies to all travellers coming from the United Kingdom.

    See also:
    Commission adopts Recommendation on EU coordinated approach to travel and transport in response to a new variant of coronavirus in the UK (22 December 2020)

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

    Find out more:

    Protocols for air arrivals in Greece

    travel.gov.gr/#

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): Greek authorities have implemented nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) which replaced all previous measures and apply to all parts of Greece. These measures will remain in place until at least 6am local time on 18 January 2021; but given the potential for them to be extended or adapted, you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements. In addition to these nationwide measures, additional local measures are in force in specific regions of Greece. These additional measures, along with the regions to which they apply, are listed below the nationwide measures that follow. The following nationwide measures are currently in place:
    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • shopping and the use of all retail services must continue to be notified using the certification procedures outlined below, and is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day;
    • primary schools are open, but other schools and educational establishments (including universities) are likely to remain in distance- or online-learning formats;
    • open air food markets remain open; but their operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • churches are closed and religious services are suspended;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point.
    • the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons ( anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons);
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders.
    • a maximum limit on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle:
    • driver and 1 additional passenger;
    • driver and his/her children;
    • driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person.
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), where they cannot be shipped/delivered to your home.
    3. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. (Physical exercise should be conducted only in the local area around your home or accommodation (i.e. you should not travel any further). Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities ( available only in English ).
    .(C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature
    During the period in which the above measures are in place, all non-essential shops and service providers will close or move to distance-based provision of services (eg online or by telephone). However, the following will remain open:
    • special education schools;
    • supermarkets; essential supply shops; pharmacies; kiosks; pet shops;
    • open air food markets- whose operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls.
    *Local areas with enhanced measures in place (in addition to national measures):
    In addition to the above nationwide measures, stricter local measures are currently in place in the following places;
    • the Regional Unit of Argolida in the Peloponnese;
    • the municipality of Sparti (Sparta) in the Peoloponnese;
    • the island of Lesvos;
    • the municipalities of Eordea, Krokos and Siatista in the Regional Unit of Kozani
    • Acharnes municipality in Attica;
    • West Attica (prefecture of Aspropyrgos);
    • the island of Kalymnos;
    • the village of Strofi in the Regional Unit of Rodope;
    • Thessally;
    • Eastern Macedonia and Thrace;
    • Paleokastro in the Municipality of Sitia (Crete);
    • The region of Viotia.
    In these locations the following measures apply;
    • curfew from 6pm (three hours earlier than the rest of the country) until 5am the following morning.
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers.
    • the entire retail sector will be closed
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons.
    • residents of Kalymnos are forbidden to leave the island for all but health reasons.
    Local restrictions are reviewed regularly; and you should keep up to date with announcements from the local and national authorities.

    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place.
    You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time.
    It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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.
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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
    22.01.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Government extends nationwide COVID-19 lockdown measures indefinitely; shopping centers, stores to reopen on 18 January with strict entrance limits (AP, 15.01.2021). Government extends restrictions on international flights until 21 January, toughens quarantine requirement (Reuters, 08.01.2021). Greek Aviation Authority mandates 10-day quarantine, additional COVID-19 test for travelers from the U.K. until 7 January (KTG, 22.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Note: Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed.

    As of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This includes arrivals by land and by air. 

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders, including citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    In the event of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on a 14-days quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. Otherwise, after a 7-days self-isolation, travellers may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines.

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    The following 9 countries are exempted from the entry ban into Greece: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, Singapore, China*, UAE**. As of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before the entrance.

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020, permanent residents of the UAE may arrive only by direct flights. In order to enter the territory, they need to present to the air border control authorities the following documents: 

    • proof of permanent residence in the UAE;
    • return tickets and hotel reservations;
    • health checks (PCR COVID-19 test taken 72h before departure);
    • passenger Locator Form (PLF);
    • travel insurance. 

    Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

    As of 21.12.2020, a 7-days quarantine applies to all travellers coming from the United Kingdom.

    See also:
    Commission adopts Recommendation on EU coordinated approach to travel and transport in response to a new variant of coronavirus in the UK (22 December 2020)

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

    Find out more:

    Protocols for air arrivals in Greece

    travel.gov.gr/#

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): Greek authorities have implemented nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) which replaced all previous measures and apply to all parts of Greece. These measures will remain in place until at least 6am local time on 18 January 2021; but given the potential for them to be extended or adapted, you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements. In addition to these nationwide measures, additional local measures are in force in specific regions of Greece. These additional measures, along with the regions to which they apply, are listed below the nationwide measures that follow. The following nationwide measures are currently in place:
    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • shopping and the use of all retail services must continue to be notified using the certification procedures outlined below, and is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours per day;
    • primary schools are open, but other schools and educational establishments (including universities) are likely to remain in distance- or online-learning formats;
    • open air food markets remain open; but their operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • churches are closed and religious services are suspended;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point.
    • the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons ( anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons);
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders.
    • a maximum limit on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle:
    • driver and 1 additional passenger;
    • driver and his/her children;
    • driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person.
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), where they cannot be shipped/delivered to your home.
    3. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. (Physical exercise should be conducted only in the local area around your home or accommodation (i.e. you should not travel any further). Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities ( available only in English ).
    .(C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature
    During the period in which the above measures are in place, all non-essential shops and service providers will close or move to distance-based provision of services (eg online or by telephone). However, the following will remain open:
    • special education schools;
    • supermarkets; essential supply shops; pharmacies; kiosks; pet shops;
    • open air food markets- whose operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls.
    *Local areas with enhanced measures in place (in addition to national measures):
    In addition to the above nationwide measures, stricter local measures are currently in place in the following places;
    • the Regional Unit of Argolida in the Peloponnese;
    • the municipality of Sparti (Sparta) in the Peoloponnese;
    • the island of Lesvos;
    • the municipalities of Eordea, Krokos and Siatista in the Regional Unit of Kozani
    • Acharnes municipality in Attica;
    • West Attica (prefecture of Aspropyrgos);
    • the island of Kalymnos;
    • the village of Strofi in the Regional Unit of Rodope;
    • Thessally;
    • Eastern Macedonia and Thrace;
    • Paleokastro in the Municipality of Sitia (Crete);
    • The region of Viotia.
    In these locations the following measures apply;
    • curfew from 6pm (three hours earlier than the rest of the country) until 5am the following morning.
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers.
    • the entire retail sector will be closed
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons.
    • residents of Kalymnos are forbidden to leave the island for all but health reasons.
    Local restrictions are reviewed regularly; and you should keep up to date with announcements from the local and national authorities.

    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place.
    You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time.
    It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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.
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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
    18.01.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Government extends restrictions on international flights until 21 January, toughens quarantine requirement (Reuters, 08.01.2021). Greek Aviation Authority mandates 10-day quarantine, additional COVID-19 test for travelers from the U.K. until 7 January (KTG, 22.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Note: Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed.

    As of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This includes arrivals by land and by air. 

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders, including citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    In the event of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on a 14-days quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. Otherwise, after a 7-days self-isolation, travellers may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines.

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    The following 9 countries are exempted from the entry ban into Greece: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, Singapore, China*, UAE**. As of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before the entrance.

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020, permanent residents of the UAE may arrive only by direct flights. In order to enter the territory, they need to present to the air border control authorities the following documents: 

    • proof of permanent residence in the UAE;
    • return tickets and hotel reservations;
    • health checks (PCR COVID-19 test taken 72h before departure);
    • passenger Locator Form (PLF);
    • travel insurance. 

    Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

    As of 21.12.2020, a 7-days quarantine applies to all travellers coming from the United Kingdom.

    See also:
    Commission adopts Recommendation on EU coordinated approach to travel and transport in response to a new variant of coronavirus in the UK (22 December 2020)

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

    Find out more:

    Protocols for air arrivals in Greece

    travel.gov.gr/#

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): Greek authorities have implemented nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) which replaced all previous measures and apply to all parts of Greece. These measures will remain in place until at least 6am local time on 18 January 2021; but given the potential for them to be extended or adapted, you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements. In addition to these nationwide measures, additional local measures are in force in specific regions of Greece. These additional measures, along with the regions to which they apply, are listed below the nationwide measures that follow. The following nationwide measures are currently in place:
    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • obligatory carrying of an official identity card or passport at all times outside of your home or accommodation;
    • a near-complete curfew from 9PM to 5AM local time. During these hours, all movements (including those considered essential movements) are prohibited, except for in the following cases: for travel to or from work; to walk a dog (in which case, movement must be limited to an area close to your home or accommodation); or for medical emergencies. Any such movements should continue to be certified in line with the guidance given above and below;
    • a removal of all retail sector conveniences. From 3 January to 6am on 18 January, bookshops, hairdressers and beauty salons will be closed, and the collection of e-orders by customers (‘click-away’ method) will also be closed;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • churches are closed and religious services are suspended;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point;
    • the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons ( anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons);
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders;
    • a maximum limit on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle:
    • driver and 1 additional passenger;
    • driver and his/her children;
    • driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person.
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), where they cannot be shipped/delivered to your home.
    3. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. (Physical exercise should be conducted only in the local area around your home or accommodation (i.e. you should not travel any further). Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities ( available only in English ).
    .(C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature
    During the period in which the above measures are in place, all non-essential shops and service providers will close or move to distance-based provision of services (eg online or by telephone). However, the following will remain open:
    • special education schools;
    • supermarkets; essential supply shops; pharmacies; kiosks; pet shops;
    • open air food markets- whose operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls.
    *Local areas with enhanced measures in place (in addition to national measures):
    In addition to the above nationwide measures, stricter local measures are currently in place in the following places;
    • the island of Lesvos
    • the Regional Unit of Kozani (prefectures of Kozani, Eordea and Voio);
    • West Attica (prefectures of Aspropyrgos and Elefsina);
    • the Kelli village (prefecture of Amideo);
    • the island of Kalymnos;
    • the Strofi Local Community in the prefecture of Arriances (Regional Unit of Rodope);
    • Sperchiada in the Municipality of Fthiotida;
    • Thessally, Neda, Agiochori and Ipio of the Municipality of Arrianon in Rodopi;
    • Eastern Macedonia and Thrace;
    • Paleokastro in the Municipality of Sitia (Crete);
    • The region of Viotia.
    In these locations the following measures apply;
    • curfew from 6pm (three hours earlier than the rest of the country) until 5am the following morning.
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers.
    • the entire retail sector will be closed
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons.
    • residents of Kalymnos are forbidden to leave the island for all but health reasons.
    Additional measures have been lifted in prefectures of Mandra Ilias, Servies and Velvento. However, further areas of concern are: Regional Unit of Florina; prefectures of Keratsini, Drapetsona, Peristeri, Ilion and Axarnes; Zefyri (Fylis prefecture). Restrictions in these areas may be reviewed regularly; and you should keep up to date with announcements from the local and national authorities.
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place.
    You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time.
    It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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.
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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
    15.01.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Government extends restrictions on international flights until 21 January, toughens quarantine requirement (Reuters, 08.01.2021). Greek Aviation Authority mandates 10-day quarantine, additional COVID-19 test for travelers from the U.K. until 7 January (KTG, 22.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Note: Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed.

    As of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This includes arrivals by land and by air. 

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders, including citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    In the event of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on a 14-days quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. Otherwise, after a 7-days self-isolation, travellers may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines.

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is partially permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    The following 9 countries are exempted from the entry ban into Greece: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, Singapore, China*, UAE**. As of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before the entrance.

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020, permanent residents of the UAE may arrive only by direct flights. In order to enter the territory, they need to present to the air border control authorities the following documents: 

    • proof of permanent residence in the UAE;
    • return tickets and hotel reservations;
    • health checks (PCR COVID-19 test taken 72h before departure);
    • passenger Locator Form (PLF);
    • travel insurance. 

    Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

    As of 21.12.2020, a 7-days quarantine applies to all travellers coming from the United Kingdom.

    See also:
    Commission adopts Recommendation on EU coordinated approach to travel and transport in response to a new variant of coronavirus in the UK (22 December 2020)

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

    Find out more:

    Protocols for air arrivals in Greece

    travel.gov.gr/#

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): Greek authorities have implemented nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) which replaced all previous measures and apply to all parts of Greece. These measures will remain in place until at least 6am local time on 18 January 2021; but given the potential for them to be extended or adapted, you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements. In addition to these nationwide measures, additional local measures are in force in specific regions of Greece. These additional measures, along with the regions to which they apply, are listed below the nationwide measures that follow. The following nationwide measures are currently in place:
    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • obligatory carrying of an official identity card or passport at all times outside of your home or accommodation;
    • a near-complete curfew from 9PM to 5AM local time. During these hours, all movements (including those considered essential movements) are prohibited, except for in the following cases: for travel to or from work; to walk a dog (in which case, movement must be limited to an area close to your home or accommodation); or for medical emergencies. Any such movements should continue to be certified in line with the guidance given above and below;
    • a removal of all retail sector conveniences. From 3 January to 6am on 18 January, bookshops, hairdressers and beauty salons will be closed, and the collection of e-orders by customers (‘click-away’ method) will also be closed;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • churches are closed and religious services are suspended;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point;
    • the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons ( anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons);
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders;
    • a maximum limit on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle:
    • driver and 1 additional passenger;
    • driver and his/her children;
    • driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person.
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), where they cannot be shipped/delivered to your home.
    3. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. (Physical exercise should be conducted only in the local area around your home or accommodation (i.e. you should not travel any further). Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities ( available only in English ).
    .(C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname
    2. Home Address
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
    4. Date, Time and Signature
    During the period in which the above measures are in place, all non-essential shops and service providers will close or move to distance-based provision of services (eg online or by telephone). However, the following will remain open:
    • special education schools;
    • supermarkets; essential supply shops; pharmacies; kiosks; pet shops;
    • open air food markets- whose operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls.
    *Local areas with enhanced measures in place (in addition to national measures):
    In addition to the above nationwide measures, stricter local measures are currently in place in the following places;
    • the island of Lesvos
    • the Regional Unit of Kozani (prefectures of Kozani, Eordea and Voio);
    • West Attica (prefectures of Aspropyrgos and Elefsina);
    • the Kelli village (prefecture of Amideo);
    • the island of Kalymnos;
    • the Strofi Local Community in the prefecture of Arriances (Regional Unit of Rodope);
    • Sperchiada in the Municipality of Fthiotida;
    • Thessally, Neda, Agiochori and Ipio of the Municipality of Arrianon in Rodopi;
    • Eastern Macedonia and Thrace;
    • Paleokastro in the Municipality of Sitia (Crete);
    • The region of Viotia.
    In these locations the following measures apply;
    • curfew from 6pm (three hours earlier than the rest of the country) until 5am the following morning.
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers.
    • the entire retail sector will be closed
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons.
    • residents of Kalymnos are forbidden to leave the island for all but health reasons.
    Additional measures have been lifted in prefectures of Mandra Ilias, Servies and Velvento. However, further areas of concern are: Regional Unit of Florina; prefectures of Keratsini, Drapetsona, Peristeri, Ilion and Axarnes; Zefyri (Fylis prefecture). Restrictions in these areas may be reviewed regularly; and you should keep up to date with announcements from the local and national authorities.
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place.
    You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time.
    It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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.
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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
    13.01.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Government extends restrictions on international flights until 21 January, toughens quarantine requirement (Reuters, 08.01.2021). Greek Aviation Authority mandates 10-day quarantine, additional COVID-19 test for travelers from the U.K. until 7 January (KTG, 22.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Note: Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed.

    As of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This includes arrivals by land and by air. 

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders, including citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    In the event of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on a 14-days quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. Otherwise, after a 7-days self-isolation, travellers may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines.

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    The following 9 countries are exempted from the entry ban into Greece: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, Singapore, China*, UAE**. As of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before the entrance.

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020, permanent residents of the UAE may arrive only by direct flights. In order to enter the territory, they need to present to the air border control authorities the following documents: 

    • proof of permanent residence in the UAE;
    • return tickets and hotel reservations;
    • health checks (PCR COVID-19 test taken 72h before departure);
    • passenger Locator Form (PLF);
    • travel insurance. 

    Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

    As of 21.12.2020, a 7-days quarantine applies to all travellers coming from the United Kingdom.

    See also:
    Commission adopts Recommendation on EU coordinated approach to travel and transport in response to a new variant of coronavirus in the UK (22 December 2020)

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

    Find out more:

    Protocols for air arrivals in Greece

    travel.gov.gr/#

    Internal Restrictions:
    **Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): Greek authorities have implemented nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) which replaced all previous measures and apply to all parts of Greece. These measures will remain in place until at least 6am local time on 11 January 2021; but given the potential for them to be extended or adapted, you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements. In addition to these nationwide measures, additional local measures are in force in specific regions of Greece. These additional measures, along with the regions to which they apply, are listed below the nationwide measures that follow. The following nationwide measures are currently in place:
    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • obligatory carrying of an official identity card or passport at all times outside of your home or accommodation;
    • a near-complete curfew from 9PM to 5AM local time. During these hours, all movements (including those considered essential movements) are prohibited, except for in the following cases: for travel to or from work; to walk a dog (in which case, movement must be limited to an area close to your home or accommodation); or for medical emergencies. Any such movements should continue to be certified in line with the guidance given above and below;
    • a removal of all retail sector conveniences. From 3 January – 6AM on 11 January, bookshops, hairdressers and beauty salons will be closed, and the collection of e-orders by customers (‘click-away’ method) will also be closed;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • churches are closed and religious services are suspended;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point;
    • the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons ( anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons);
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders;
    • a maximum limit on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle:
    • driver and 1 additional passenger;
    • driver and his/her children;
    • driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person.
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them;
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), where they cannot be shipped/delivered to your home;
    3. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online;
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school);
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations;
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. (Physical exercise should be conducted only in the local area around your home or accommodation (i.e. you should not travel any further). Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname;
    2. Home Address;
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination;
    4. Date, Time and Signature.
    During the period in which the above measures are in place, all non-essential shops and service providers will close or move to distance-based provision of services (eg online or by telephone). However, the following will remain open:
    • special education schools;
    • supermarkets; essential supply shops; pharmacies; kiosks; pet shops;
    • open air food markets- whose operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls.
    In addition to the above nationwide measures, stricter local measures are currently in place in the following places:
    • the Regional Unit of Kozani (prefectures of Kozani, Eordea and Voio);
    • West Attica (prefectures of Aspropyrgos and Elefsina);
    • the Kelli village (prefecture of Amideo);
    • the island of Kalymnos;
    • the Strofi Local Community in the prefecture of Arriances (Regional Unit of Rodope);
    • Sperchiada in the Municipality of Fthiotida;
    • Thessally, Neda, Agiochori and Ipio of the Municipality of Arrianon in Rodopi;
    • Eastern Macedonia and Thrace;
    • Paleokastro in the Municipality of Sitia (Crete);
    • Aliartos-Thespies in the region of Viotia.
    In these locations the following measures apply;
    • curfew from 6pm (three hours earlier than the rest of the country) until 5am the following morning;
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers;
    • the entire retail sector will be closed;
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons;
    • residents of Kalymnos are forbidden to leave the island for all but health reasons.
    Additional measures have been lifted in prefectures of Mandra Ilias, Servies and Velvento. However, further areas of concern are: Regional Unit of Florina; prefectures of Keratsini, Drapetsona, Peristeri, Ilion and Axarnes; Zefyri (Fylis prefecture). Restrictions in these areas may be reviewed.
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place. You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time. It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above. 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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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.
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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
    11.01.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Government extends restrictions on international flights until 21 January, toughens quarantine requirement (Reuters, 08.01.2021). Greek Aviation Authority mandates 10-day quarantine, additional COVID-19 test for travelers from the U.K. until 7 January (KTG, 22.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Note: Greece adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Greece are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed.

    As of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This includes arrivals by land and by air. 

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders, including citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    In the event of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on a 14-days quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    The following 9 countries are exempted from the entry ban into Greece: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, Singapore, China*, UAE**. As of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before the entrance.

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020, permanent residents of the UAE may arrive only by direct flights. In order to enter the territory, they need to present to the air border control authorities the following documents: 

    • proof of permanent residence in the UAE;
    • return tickets and hotel reservations;
    • health checks (PCR COVID-19 test taken 72h before departure);
    • passenger Locator Form (PLF);
    • travel insurance. 

    Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

    As of 21.12.2020, a 7-days quarantine applies to all travellers coming from the United Kingdom.

    See also:
    Commission adopts Recommendation on EU coordinated approach to travel and transport in response to a new variant of coronavirus in the UK (22 December 2020)

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

    Find out more:

    Protocols for air arrivals in Greece

    travel.gov.gr/#

    Internal Restrictions:
    **Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): Greek authorities have implemented nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) which replaced all previous measures and apply to all parts of Greece. These measures will remain in place until at least 6am local time on 11 January 2021; but given the potential for them to be extended or adapted, you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements. In addition to these nationwide measures, additional local measures are in force in specific regions of Greece. These additional measures, along with the regions to which they apply, are listed below the nationwide measures that follow. The following nationwide measures are currently in place:
    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • obligatory carrying of an official identity card or passport at all times outside of your home or accommodation;
    • a near-complete curfew from 9PM to 5AM local time. During these hours, all movements (including those considered essential movements) are prohibited, except for in the following cases: for travel to or from work; to walk a dog (in which case, movement must be limited to an area close to your home or accommodation); or for medical emergencies. Any such movements should continue to be certified in line with the guidance given above and below;
    • a removal of all retail sector conveniences. From 3 January – 6AM on 11 January, bookshops, hairdressers and beauty salons will be closed, and the collection of e-orders by customers (‘click-away’ method) will also be closed;
    • game hunting and fishing is forbidden;
    • churches are closed and religious services are suspended;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point;
    • the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons ( anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons);
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders;
    • a maximum limit on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle:
    • driver and 1 additional passenger;
    • driver and his/her children;
    • driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person.
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them;
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), where they cannot be shipped/delivered to your home;
    3. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online;
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school);
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations;
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. (Physical exercise should be conducted only in the local area around your home or accommodation (i.e. you should not travel any further). Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it:
    1. Name and Surname;
    2. Home Address;
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination;
    4. Date, Time and Signature.
    During the period in which the above measures are in place, all non-essential shops and service providers will close or move to distance-based provision of services (eg online or by telephone). However, the following will remain open:
    • special education schools;
    • supermarkets; essential supply shops; pharmacies; kiosks; pet shops;
    • open air food markets- whose operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls.
    In addition to the above nationwide measures, stricter local measures are currently in place in the following places:
    • the Regional Unit of Kozani (prefectures of Kozani, Eordea and Voio);
    • West Attica (prefectures of Aspropyrgos and Elefsina);
    • the Kelli village (prefecture of Amideo);
    • the island of Kalymnos;
    • the Strofi Local Community in the prefecture of Arriances (Regional Unit of Rodope);
    • Sperchiada in the Municipality of Fthiotida;
    • Thessally, Neda, Agiochori and Ipio of the Municipality of Arrianon in Rodopi;
    • Eastern Macedonia and Thrace;
    • Paleokastro in the Municipality of Sitia (Crete);
    • Aliartos-Thespies in the region of Viotia.
    In these locations the following measures apply;
    • curfew from 6pm (three hours earlier than the rest of the country) until 5am the following morning;
    • employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers;
    • the entire retail sector will be closed;
    • no movement outside municipality borders for all but health reasons;
    • residents of Kalymnos are forbidden to leave the island for all but health reasons.
    Additional measures have been lifted in prefectures of Mandra Ilias, Servies and Velvento. However, further areas of concern are: Regional Unit of Florina; prefectures of Keratsini, Drapetsona, Peristeri, Ilion and Axarnes; Zefyri (Fylis prefecture). Restrictions in these areas may be reviewed.
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place. You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time. It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above. 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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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.
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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
    08.01.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Greek Aviation Authority mandates 10-day quarantine, additional COVID-19 test for travelers from the U.K. until 7 January (KTG, 22.12.2020). Most COVID-19 restrictions will remain until 7 January 2021, including movement between regions (Reuters, 07.12.2020). Aviation Authority extends travel restrictions on domestic flights to 14 December (GTP), 07.12.2020). Most COVID-19 restrictions will remain until 7 January 2021, including movement between regions (Reuters, 07.12.2020). Aviation Authority extends travel restrictions on domestic flights to 14 December (GTP, 07.12.2020). Government extends nationwide lockdown until 14 December (Reuters, 03.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed.

    As of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This includes arrivals by land and by air. 

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders, including citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    In the event of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on a 14-days quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    *Transit: Transit is permitted.
    *From Third Countries:

    The following 9 countries are exempted from the entry ban into Greece: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, Singapore, China*, UAE**. As of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before the entrance.

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020, permanent residents of the UAE may arrive only by direct flights. In order to enter the territory, they need to present to the air border control authorities the following documents: 

    • proof of permanent residence in the UAE;
    • return tickets and hotel reservations;
    • health checks (PCR COVID-19 test taken 72h before departure);
    • passenger Locator Form (PLF);
    • travel insurance. 

    Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

    As of 21.12.2020, a 7-days quarantine applies to all travellers coming from the United Kingdom.

    See also:
    Commission adopts Recommendation on EU coordinated approach to travel and transport in response to a new variant of coronavirus in the UK (22 December 2020)

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

    Find out more:

    Protocols for air arrivals in Greece

    travel.gov.gr/#

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): Greek authorities have implemented nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) which replaced all previous measures and apply to all parts of Greece. These measures will remain in place until at least 6am local time on 07 January 2021; but given the potential for them to be extended or adapted, you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    In addition to these nationwide measures, stricter measures are in force in the Regional Unit of Kozani (prefectures of Kozani, Eordea and Voio) and West Attica (prefectures of Aspropyrgos and Elefsina) until at least 6 January, the Kelli village (prefecture of Amideo) until at least 8 January, and the island of Kalymnos until 9 January. The measures specific to these regions are listed below the nationwide measures that follow.
    The following nationwide measures are currently in place:
    • New Year’s Eve gatherings limited to a maximum of 9 people across 2 families. Standard curfew (10PM – 5AM) remains. Churches are limited to 1 person per 15 square meters, with a maximum of 25-50 people. Masks are obligatory;
    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • obligatory carrying of an official identity card or passport at all times outside of your home or accommodation;
    • a near-complete curfew from 10PM to 5AM local time. During these hours, all movements (including those considered essential movements) are prohibited, except for in the following cases: for travel to or from work; to walk a dog (in which case, movement must be limited to an area close to your home or accommodation); or for medical emergencies. Any such movements should continue to be certified in line with the guidance given above and below;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point.
    • the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons ( anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons);
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders (for details on these requirements, see Entry Requirements);
    • a maximum limit on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle:
    • driver and 1 additional passenger;
    • driver and his/her children;
    • driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person.
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address;
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), where they cannot be shipped/delivered to your home.
    3. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. (Physical exercise should be conducted only in the local area around your home or accommodation (i.e. you should not travel any further). Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English) ;
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it;
    1. Name and Surname,
    2. Home Address,
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination,
    4. Date, Time and Signature.
    During the period in which the above measures are in place, all non-essential shops and service providers will close or move to distance-based provision of services (eg online or by telephone). However, the following will remain open:
    • special education schools;
    • supermarkets; essential supply shops; pharmacies; kiosks; pet shops;
    • open air food markets- whose operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls.
    In addition to the above nationwide measures, stricter measures are in place in the Regional Unit of Kozani (prefectures of Kozani, Eordea and Voio),West Attica (prefectures of Aspropyrgos and Elefsina) and in the Kelli village (prefecture of Amideo) until at least 6 January:
    • curfew from 6pm (4 hours earlier than the rest of the country) until 5am the following morning. Employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers.
    • the entire retail sector will be closed.
    • churches and all places of worship will be closed and all services suspended except for funerals, which will be limited to 10 attendees.
    Additional measures have been lifted in prefectures of Mandra Ilias, Servies and Velvento. However, further areas of concern are: Regional Unit of Florina; prefectures of Keratsini, Drapetsona, Peristeri, Ilion and Axarnes; Zefyri (Fylis prefecture), Calymnos island. Restriction measures in these areas may be reviewed.
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place.
    You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time.
    It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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.
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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
    05.01.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Greek Aviation Authority mandates 10-day quarantine, additional COVID-19 test for travelers from the U.K. until 7 January (KTG, 22.12.2020). Most COVID-19 restrictions will remain until 7 January 2021, including movement between regions (Reuters, 07.12.2020). Aviation Authority extends travel restrictions on domestic flights to 14 December (GTP), 07.12.2020). Most COVID-19 restrictions will remain until 7 January 2021, including movement between regions (Reuters, 07.12.2020). Aviation Authority extends travel restrictions on domestic flights to 14 December (GTP, 07.12.2020). Government extends nationwide lockdown until 14 December (Reuters, 03.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed.

    As of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This includes arrivals by land and by air. 

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders, including citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    In the event of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on a 14-days quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    The following 9 countries are exempted from the entry ban into Greece: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, Singapore, China*, UAE**. As of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before the entrance.

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020, permanent residents of the UAE may arrive only by direct flights. In order to enter the territory, they need to present to the air border control authorities the following documents: 

    • proof of permanent residence in the UAE;
    • return tickets and hotel reservations;
    • health checks (PCR COVID-19 test taken 72h before departure);
    • passenger Locator Form (PLF);
    • travel insurance. 

    Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

    Find out more:

    Protocols for air arrivals in Greece

    travel.gov.gr/#

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): Greek authorities have implemented nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) which replaced all previous measures and apply to all parts of Greece. These measures will remain in place until at least 6am local time on 07 January 2021; but given the potential for them to be extended or adapted, you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    In addition to these nationwide measures, stricter measures are in force in the Regional Unit of Kozani (prefectures of Kozani, Eordea and Voio) and West Attica (prefectures of Aspropyrgos and Elefsina) until at least 6 January, the Kelli village (prefecture of Amideo) until at least 8 January, and the island of Kalymnos until 9 January. The measures specific to these regions are listed below the nationwide measures that follow.
    The following nationwide measures are currently in place:
    • New Year’s Eve gatherings limited to a maximum of 9 people across 2 families. Standard curfew (10PM – 5AM) remains. Churches are limited to 1 person per 15 square meters, with a maximum of 25-50 people. Masks are obligatory;
    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • obligatory carrying of an official identity card or passport at all times outside of your home or accommodation;
    • a near-complete curfew from 10PM to 5AM local time. During these hours, all movements (including those considered essential movements) are prohibited, except for in the following cases: for travel to or from work; to walk a dog (in which case, movement must be limited to an area close to your home or accommodation); or for medical emergencies. Any such movements should continue to be certified in line with the guidance given above and below;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point.
    • the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons ( anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons);
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders (for details on these requirements, see Entry Requirements);
    • a maximum limit on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle:
    • driver and 1 additional passenger;
    • driver and his/her children;
    • driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person.
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address;
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), where they cannot be shipped/delivered to your home.
    3. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. (Physical exercise should be conducted only in the local area around your home or accommodation (i.e. you should not travel any further). Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English) ;
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it;
    1. Name and Surname,
    2. Home Address,
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination,
    4. Date, Time and Signature.
    During the period in which the above measures are in place, all non-essential shops and service providers will close or move to distance-based provision of services (eg online or by telephone). However, the following will remain open:
    • special education schools;
    • supermarkets; essential supply shops; pharmacies; kiosks; pet shops;
    • open air food markets- whose operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls.
    In addition to the above nationwide measures, stricter measures are in place in the Regional Unit of Kozani (prefectures of Kozani, Eordea and Voio),West Attica (prefectures of Aspropyrgos and Elefsina) and in the Kelli village (prefecture of Amideo) until at least 6 January:
    • curfew from 6pm (4 hours earlier than the rest of the country) until 5am the following morning. Employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers.
    • the entire retail sector will be closed.
    • churches and all places of worship will be closed and all services suspended except for funerals, which will be limited to 10 attendees.
    Additional measures have been lifted in prefectures of Mandra Ilias, Servies and Velvento. However, further areas of concern are: Regional Unit of Florina; prefectures of Keratsini, Drapetsona, Peristeri, Ilion and Axarnes; Zefyri (Fylis prefecture), Calymnos island. Restriction measures in these areas may be reviewed.
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place.
    You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time.
    It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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.
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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
    04.01.2021
  • Greece Latest News: Greek Aviation Authority mandates 10-day quarantine, additional COVID-19 test for travelers from the U.K. until 7 January (KTG, 22.12.2020). Most COVID-19 restrictions will remain until 7 January 2021, including movement between regions (Reuters, 07.12.2020). Aviation Authority extends travel restrictions on domestic flights to 14 December (GTP), 07.12.2020). Most COVID-19 restrictions will remain until 7 January 2021, including movement between regions (Reuters, 07.12.2020). Aviation Authority extends travel restrictions on domestic flights to 14 December (GTP, 07.12.2020). Government extends nationwide lockdown until 14 December (Reuters, 03.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Specific measures for the new variant of coronavirus

    As of 21.12.2020, a 7-days quarantine applies to all travellers coming from the United Kingdom.

    See also:
    Commission adopts Recommendation on EU coordinated approach to travel and transport in response to a new variant of coronavirus in the UK (22 December 2020)

    ____________________

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed.

    As of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This includes arrivals by land and by air. 

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders, including citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    In the event of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on a 14-days quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    The following 9 countries are exempted from the entry ban into Greece: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, Singapore, China*, UAE**. As of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before the entrance.

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020, permanent residents of the UAE may arrive only by direct flights. In order to enter the territory, they need to present to the air border control authorities the following documents: 

    • proof of permanent residence in the UAE;
    • return tickets and hotel reservations;
    • health checks (PCR COVID-19 test taken 72h before departure);
    • passenger Locator Form (PLF);
    • travel insurance. 

    Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

    Find out more:

    Protocols for air arrivals in Greece

    travel.gov.gr/#

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): Greek authorities have implemented nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) which replaced all previous measures and apply to all parts of Greece. These measures will remain in place until at least 6am local time on 07 January 2021; but given the potential for them to be extended or adapted, you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    In addition to these nationwide measures, stricter measures are in force in the Regional Unit of Kozani (prefectures of Kozani, Eordea and Voio) and West Attica (prefectures of Aspropyrgos and Elefsina) until at least 6 January, the Kelli village (prefecture of Amideo) until at least 8 January, and the island of Kalymnos until 9 January. The measures specific to these regions are listed below the nationwide measures that follow.
    The following nationwide measures are currently in place:
    • New Year’s Eve gatherings limited to a maximum of 9 people across 2 families. Standard curfew (10PM – 5AM) remains. Churches are limited to 1 person per 15 square meters, with a maximum of 25-50 people. Masks are obligatory;
    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • obligatory carrying of an official identity card or passport at all times outside of your home or accommodation;
    • a near-complete curfew from 10PM to 5AM local time. During these hours, all movements (including those considered essential movements) are prohibited, except for in the following cases: for travel to or from work; to walk a dog (in which case, movement must be limited to an area close to your home or accommodation); or for medical emergencies. Any such movements should continue to be certified in line with the guidance given above and below;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point.
    • the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons ( anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons);
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders (for details on these requirements, see Entry Requirements);
    • a maximum limit on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle:
    • driver and 1 additional passenger;
    • driver and his/her children;
    • driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person.
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address;
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), where they cannot be shipped/delivered to your home.
    3. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. (Physical exercise should be conducted only in the local area around your home or accommodation (i.e. you should not travel any further). Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English) ;
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it;
    1. Name and Surname,
    2. Home Address,
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination,
    4. Date, Time and Signature.
    During the period in which the above measures are in place, all non-essential shops and service providers will close or move to distance-based provision of services (eg online or by telephone). However, the following will remain open:
    • special education schools;
    • supermarkets; essential supply shops; pharmacies; kiosks; pet shops;
    • open air food markets- whose operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls.
    In addition to the above nationwide measures, stricter measures are in place in the Regional Unit of Kozani (prefectures of Kozani, Eordea and Voio),West Attica (prefectures of Aspropyrgos and Elefsina) and in the Kelli village (prefecture of Amideo) until at least 6 January:
    • curfew from 6pm (4 hours earlier than the rest of the country) until 5am the following morning. Employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers.
    • the entire retail sector will be closed.
    • churches and all places of worship will be closed and all services suspended except for funerals, which will be limited to 10 attendees.
    Additional measures have been lifted in prefectures of Mandra Ilias, Servies and Velvento. However, further areas of concern are: Regional Unit of Florina; prefectures of Keratsini, Drapetsona, Peristeri, Ilion and Axarnes; Zefyri (Fylis prefecture), Calymnos island. Restriction measures in these areas may be reviewed.
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place.
    You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time.
    It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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.
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.
    *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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    31.12.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Greek Aviation Authority mandates 10-day quarantine, additional COVID-19 test for travelers from the U.K. until 7 January (KTG, 22.12.2020). Most COVID-19 restrictions will remain until 7 January 2021, including movement between regions (Reuters, 07.12.2020). Aviation Authority extends travel restrictions on domestic flights to 14 December (GTP), 07.12.2020). Most COVID-19 restrictions will remain until 7 January 2021, including movement between regions (Reuters, 07.12.2020). Aviation Authority extends travel restrictions on domestic flights to 14 December (GTP, 07.12.2020). Government extends nationwide lockdown until 14 December (Reuters, 03.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Specific measures for the new variant of coronavirus

    As of 21.12.2020, a 7-days quarantine applies to all travellers coming from the United Kingdom.

    See also:
    Commission adopts Recommendation on EU coordinated approach to travel and transport in response to a new variant of coronavirus in the UK (22 December 2020)

    ____________________

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed.

    As of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This includes arrivals by land and by air. 

    The certificate should be written in English and include the name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be:

    • National Reference laboratories
    • National Public Health Laboratories
    • Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation of a PCR test.

    The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders, including citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    In the event of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on a 14-days quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

    Find out more:
    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    The following 9 countries are exempted from the entry ban into Greece: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, Singapore, China*, UAE**. As of 11.11.2020, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before the entrance.

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020, permanent residents of the UAE may arrive only by direct flights. In order to enter the territory, they need to present to the air border control authorities the following documents: 

    • proof of permanent residence in the UAE;
    • return tickets and hotel reservations;
    • health checks (PCR COVID-19 test taken 72h before departure);
    • passenger Locator Form (PLF);
    • travel insurance. 

    Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

    Find out more:

    Protocols for air arrivals in Greece

    travel.gov.gr/#

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’): Greek authorities have implemented nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) which replaced all previous measures and apply to all parts of Greece. These measures will remain in place until at least 6am local time on 07 January 2021; but given the potential for them to be extended or adapted, you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    In addition to these nationwide measures, stricter measures are in force in the Regional Unit of Kozani (prefectures of Kozani, Eordea and Voio) and West Attica (prefectures of Aspropyrgos and Elefsina) until at least 6 January, but are subject to review, and in the Kelli village (prefecture of Amideo) until at least 8 January. The measures specific to these regions are listed below the nationwide measures that follow.
    The following nationwide measures are currently in place:
    • New Year’s Eve gatherings limited to a maximum of 9 people across 2 families. Standard curfew (10PM – 5AM) remains. Churches are limited to 1 person per 15 square meters, with a maximum of 25-50 people. Masks are obligatory;
    • obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    • a ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    • obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    • obligatory carrying of an official identity card or passport at all times outside of your home or accommodation;
    • a near-complete curfew from 10PM to 5AM local time. During these hours, all movements (including those considered essential movements) are prohibited, except for in the following cases: for travel to or from work; to walk a dog (in which case, movement must be limited to an area close to your home or accommodation); or for medical emergencies. Any such movements should continue to be certified in line with the guidance given above and below;
    • a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    • closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point.
    • the Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons ( anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons);
    • all arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited;
    • Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders (for details on these requirements, see Entry Requirements);
    • a maximum limit on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle:
    • driver and 1 additional passenger;
    • driver and his/her children;
    • driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person.
    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form:
    X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address
    (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
    2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery shop), where they cannot be shipped/delivered to your home.
    3. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online.
    4. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school).
    5. Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the regulations.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of up to three people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 metres. (Physical exercise should be conducted only in the local area around your home or accommodation (i.e. you should not travel any further). Activities including fishing and hunting are explicitly prohibited).
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (available only in English) ;
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the information below. You should be ready to show this to local authorities who ask for it;
    1. Name and Surname,
    2. Home Address,
    3. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination,
    4. Date, Time and Signature.
    During the period in which the above measures are in place, all non-essential shops and service providers will close or move to distance-based provision of services (eg online or by telephone). However, the following will remain open:
    • special education schools;
    • supermarkets; essential supply shops; pharmacies; kiosks; pet shops;
    • open air food markets- whose operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls.
    In addition to the above nationwide measures, stricter measures are in place in the Regional Unit of Kozani (prefectures of Kozani, Eordea and Voio),West Attica (prefectures of Aspropyrgos and Elefsina) and in the Kelli village (prefecture of Amideo) until at least 6 January:
    • curfew from 6pm (4 hours earlier than the rest of the country) until 5am the following morning. Employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers.
    • the entire retail sector will be closed.
    • churches and all places of worship will be closed and all services suspended except for funerals, which will be limited to 10 attendees.
    Additional measures have been lifted in prefectures of Mandra Ilias, Servies and Velvento. However, further areas of concern are: Regional Unit of Florina; prefectures of Keratsini, Drapetsona, Peristeri, Ilion and Axarnes; Zefyri (Fylis prefecture), Calymnos island. Restriction measures in these areas may be reviewed.
    *Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place.
    You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time.
    It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    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; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. 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.
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.

    Read more
    30.12.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Greek Aviation Authority mandates 10-day quarantine, additional COVID-19 test for travelers from the U.K. until 7 January (KTG, 22.12.2020). Most COV