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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

Quarantine requirement at government designated site- subject to PCR.
All travellers arriving in Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7 days. 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.

As of 11.11.2020, proof of a negative PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours before departure will be required to all passengers entering Greece by air or land

Travellers should be laboratory tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab. The negative result certificate should be written in English and include name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

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).

In the event of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed in a 14-day quarantine, with the expenses covered by the Greek state. Children under the age of 10 are not subject to the obligation to perform a PCR test.
In addition to this all travellers must complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF).

Find out more:

travel.gov.gr

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

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.
*Mandatory Travel Documentation: Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form.
*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.

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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: 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.

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    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.

    Read more
    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 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 municipalities of Aspropyrgos, Elefsina and Mandra-Idilia, in West Attica. The measures specific to these regions 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. On Sunday 13 December, this will change to be 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;
    • 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 for the municipalities of Aspropyrgos, Elefsina and Mandra-Idilia, in West Attica. The following measures are in effect in these areas until at least 25 December:
    • curfew from 6pm (3 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.
    *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
    28.12.2020
  • 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:

    Entry Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed.

    As of 21.12.2020, a 7-days quarantine applies to all travellers coming from the United Kingdom. 

    Furthermore, 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 municipalities of Aspropyrgos, Elefsina and Mandra-Idilia, in West Attica. The measures specific to these regions 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. On Sunday 13 December, this will change to be 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;
    • 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 for the municipalities of Aspropyrgos, Elefsina and Mandra-Idilia, in West Attica. The following measures are in effect in these areas until at least 25 December:
    • curfew from 6pm (3 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.
    *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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    24.12.2020
  • 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:

    Entry Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed. As of 11.11.2020, all people traveling 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 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 fulfill 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 traveling 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:
    *Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19): If you’re a British national, you can enter Greece, but you must comply with the Greek authorities’ requirements, including testing before travel and completion of a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before you travel (both into and out of Greece). Read this section of the travel advice in full to check how these requirements apply to you.
    You must wear a face mask at all times when on an aeroplane, bus, train or ferry travelling to or from Greece; and whilst at airports.
    *COVID-19 testing requirements: The following measures are in place with respect to travel to Greece: • if travelling by air, land or sea to Greece, you must provide evidence of a negative result from a PCR test for COVID-19 that has been conducted within the 72 hour period before your arrival time in Greece. Failure to do so may result in your carrier not allowing you to travel and will likely result in the Greek authorities refusing you permission to enter Greece;
    • arrivals into Greece from the UK by air after 6am on 22 December will also need to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test on arrival, and self-isolate for 10 days at the address they record on their PLF, in the event of a negative test result. If you are staying for shorter period of time, then you will need to self-isolate until your departure day. At the end of the 10-day self-isolation, travellers should undergo a fresh PCR test in order to be able to exit quarantine. If the result of your rapid COVID-19 test upon entry to Greece is positive, the Greek authorities will ask you to quarantine until advised otherwise. This is in addition to a negative PCR test conducted within the 72 hour period before your arrival time, and completion of a Passenger Locator Form.
    *Passenger Locator Form: You must herecomplete an online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before your arrival in Greece. Anyone who is a permanent resident of Greece, or a Greek citizen, must also complete the PLF form before departing Greece, at least 24 hours before their scheduled time of departure. (If you are not a permanent resident of Greece, nor a Greek citizen, you only need to complete a PLF form on your way to Greece, and not on the way out of Greece). The form is in English, and is required whichever way you travel to or from Greece (including by ferry, road, rail or air). Failure to do so in advance may result in your carrier not allowing you to travel, a 500 Euro fine on arrival or the Greek authorities not allowing you to enter or re-enter the country.
    Every traveller, including children, must have their details included on a PLF. If you’re travelling with others outside of your household, you should all complete your own form. If you’re travelling together as a household, the Greek authorities ask for you to complete one form with all adults and children included. You can add additional members of your household at the top of the form before you submit.
    Some airlines may require individual PLFs for every traveller over the age of 18 within the same household. Check directly with your airline what you will need to show to be allowed boarding. Remember that you will need to complete PLFs at least 24 hours before your flight.
    Once you have completed the form, you will receive an email acknowledgement. In a separate email, you will also receive a QR code. This code is likely to be sent up to 24 hours before you travel, regardless of how early you fill in your form. When you receive your code, make sure you either print it, or can show it on your mobile phone.
    If you are travelling by air to Greece (and, in cases where you are a permanent resident of Greece or a Greek citizen, also when travelling out of Greece), your airline will ask you to prove that you have completed the PLF form. You should print or show (e.g. on your phone) your email confirming submission of the form (or the QR code you have subsequently received). Failure to do so could result in you being refused boarding to the flight.
    If you are travelling by ferry to or from Greece, the ferry operator will ask you to complete an additional form (‘Pre Boarding Information’), alongside your PLF. This additional form will be provided by the ferry operator, either via their website, or at booking offices: 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, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing.
    On arrival in Greece (or, in cases where you are a permanent resident of Greece, or a Greek citizen, prior to departure from Greece), you will need to show your QR code to the Greek authorities. Make sure you have either a printed copy of the code, or can show it on your phone. Failure to provide your PLF form/ QR code will result in a fine or you may be refused entry to Greece.
    *Testing and quarantine on arrival: From 0600 on 22 December, anyone arriving in Greece by air from the UK will be required to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test. (This is in addition to the mandatory pre-travel testing requirements set out above). You will then need to self-isolate for 10 days at the address you record on your PLF, in the event of a negative test result. If you are staying for shorter period of time, then you will need to self-isolate until your departure day. At the end of the 10-day self-isolation, travellers should undergo a fresh PCR test in order to be able to exit quarantine. If the result of your rapid COVID-19 test upon entry to Greece is positive, the Greek authorities will ask you to quarantine until advised otherwise.
    The Greek authorities’ instructions will differ according to whether you arrive by land, sea or air. Check the requirements that will apply to you on the PLF form page.
    You must comply with all instructions given by the Greek authorities. Failure to do so may result in you being refused permission to enter Greece and/or legal enforcement.
    You should also be aware that if other passengers on your flight subsequently test positive, you may be subject to further quarantine/self isolation requirements. These will be mandatory and you should comply with the Greek authorities’ requirements.
    *Additional restrictions on entry by air: Greece’s air connections with Turkey and Catalonia (Spain) are currently closed to passenger traffic. Air connections with other countries and regions are liable to suspension or amendment, sometimes at short notice. If you are due to fly to or from Greece, you should contact your airline or operator for the latest information.
    *Additional restrictions on entry by sea: All arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are currently prohibited.
    *Additional restrictions on entry by land borders: Greece’s land borders (including those with Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey) are subject to restrictions at the present time. As well as checking the below information, you should refer to the ‘Coronavirus’ pages for details of how local or national measures may affect travel across land borders. The following general restrictions are in place: • entrants into Greece via land borders are likely to be asked to undergo rapid testing for coronavirus. This is in addition to the requirement to show a negative result from a coronavirus test undertaken within the 72-hour period before their arrival into Greece;
    • for arrivals from the UK after 6am on 21 December, a rapid COVID test on arrival will be compulsory and you will also be required to self-isolate for 7 days in the event of a negative test result.
    • arrivals that have not originated from the UK will require a rapid COVID test on arrival and will be required to self-isolate for 3 days. If the result is positive, the Greek authorities will ask you to quarantine until advised otherwise. This is in addition to the requirement to show a negative result from a coronavirus PCR test undertaken within the 72-hour period before their arrival into Greece;
    • the land border with Bulgaria is open at the Promachonas crossing point, without additional restrictions or timed closures;
    • from 6am local time on Friday 20 November, the Krystallopigi border crossing with Albania is closed, as part of measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus; the Kakavia border crossing is limited to a maximum of 750 persons permitted to cross into Greece per day- and anyone crossing the border at Kakavia is required to self-isolate for 7 days after arrival; and the Nimfea border crossing is open only to freight and goods vehicles, such as lorries;
    • all other border crossings are open (for travel permitted within the framework set out by local and national restrictions, as detailed in the ‘Coronavirus’ pages); but operating with reduced hours. They are shut down each night between 11pm and 7am. Outside these hours, you may cross into Greece via these border points only for essential reasons;
    From Wednesday 11 November, in line with new requirements, anyone arriving at any of the above entry points must prove they have completed a Passenger Locator Form prior to arrival in Greece; and will also require proof of a negative COVID PCR test result. The test must have been undertaken within the 72 hour period before your time of arrival into Greece.
    Monitor official information from the Greek authorities on any changes to border arrangements.

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    22.12.2020
  • Greece Latest News: 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 Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed. As of 11.11.2020, all people traveling 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 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 fulfill 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 traveling 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:
    *Entry and borders: Anyone arriving into Greece may be asked to take a test for COVID-19, and required to quarantine in government-provided accommodation until the authorities advise otherwise. You will also need proof of a negative COVID PCR test, conducted within 72 hours of your arrival into Greece, whether arriving by air, land or sea into Greece. Arrivals into Greece from 6am on 18 December will also need to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test on arrival, and self-isolate for 3 days in the event of a negative test result. If the result is positive, the Greek authorities will ask you to quarantine until advised otherwise.
    *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’): Since 7 November, 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 municipalities of Aspropyrgos, Elefsina and Mandra-Idilia, in West Attica. The measures specific to these regions 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. On Sunday 13 December, this will change to be 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;
    • 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 for the municipalities of Aspropyrgos, Elefsina and Mandra-Idilia, in West Attica. The following measures are in effect in these areas until at least 25 December:
    • curfew from 6pm (3 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.
    *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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    18.12.2020
  • Greece Latest News: 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 Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed. As of 11.11.2020, all people traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. This includes air and land arrivals.

    The certificate should be written in English and include 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 fulfill 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. This applies to all travellers including Greek 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 traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have 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:
    *Entry and borders: Anyone arriving into Greece may be asked to take a test for COVID-19, and required to quarantine in government-provided accommodation until the authorities advise otherwise. You will also need proof of a negative COVID PCR test, conducted within 72 hours of your arrival into Greece, whether arriving by air, land or sea into Greece. Arrivals into Greece from 6am on 18 December will also need to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test on arrival, and self-isolate for 3 days in the event of a negative test result. If the result is positive, the Greek authorities will ask you to quarantine until advised otherwise.
    *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’): Since 7 November, Greek authorities have implemented nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) which have replaced all previous measures (including different levels of restrictions in different regions) 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. 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. On Sunday 13 December, this will change to be 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;
    • 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.
    *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
    15.12.2020
  • Greece Latest News: 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:
    Anyone arriving into Greece may be asked to take a test for COVID-19, and required to quarantine in government-provided accommodation until the authorities advise otherwise. You will also need proof of a negative COVID PCR test, conducted within 72 hours of your arrival into Greece, whether arriving by air, land or sea into Greece. Arrivals into Greece from 6am on 18 December will also need to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test on arrival, and self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of the outcome of the test.
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed. As of 11.11.2020, all people traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This includes air and land arrivals to Greece.

    The certificate should be written in English and include 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 fulfill 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. This applies to all travellers including Greek 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 14-day 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 traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020 until 30.11.2020, 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:
    *Entry and borders: Anyone arriving into Greece may be asked to take a test for COVID-19, and required to quarantine in government-provided accommodation until the authorities advise otherwise. You will also need proof of a negative COVID PCR test, conducted within 72 hours of your arrival into Greece, whether arriving by air, land or sea into Greece. Arrivals into Greece from 6am on 18 December will also need to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test on arrival, and self-isolate for 3 days in the event of a negative test result. If the result is positive, the Greek authorities will ask you to quarantine until advised otherwise.
    *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’): Since 7 November, Greek authorities have implemented nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) which have replaced all previous measures (including different levels of restrictions in different regions) 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. 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. On Sunday 13 December, this will change to be 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;
    • 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.
    *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
    11.12.2020
  • Greece Latest News: 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:
    Anyone arriving into Greece may be asked to take a test for COVID-19, and required to quarantine in government-provided accommodation until the authorities advise otherwise. You will also need proof of a negative COVID PCR test, conducted within 72 hours of your arrival into Greece, whether arriving by air, land or sea into Greece. Arrivals into Greece from 6am on 18 December will also need to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test on arrival, and self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of the outcome of the test.
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed. As of 11.11.2020, all people traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This includes air and land arrivals to Greece.

    The certificate should be written in English and include 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 fulfill 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. This applies to all travellers including Greek 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 14-day 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 traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020 until 30.11.2020, 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’):
    Since 7 November, Greek authorities have implemented nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) which have replaced all previous measures (including different levels of restrictions in different regions) 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.
    – 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;
    – 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 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 (currently available only in Greek). (C) Write a handwritten note providing the following information: 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.


    *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
    10.12.2020
  • Greece Latest News: 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 Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed. As of 11.11.2020, all people traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This includes air and land arrivals to Greece.

    The certificate should be written in English and include 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 fulfill 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. This applies to all travellers including Greek 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 14-day 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 traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020 until 30.11.2020, 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’):
    The Greek authorities have announced new measures that will apply in all parts of Greece, with effect from 6 am local time on Saturday 7 November 2020. These nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) replace all previous measures (including different levels of restrictions in different regions) in place until that time. These measures will remain in place until at least 6am local time on 14 December 2020; but given the potential for them to be extended, you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    From 6am on Saturday 7 November, the following nationwide measures are 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; • From Friday 13 November onwards, 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 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 (currently available only in Greek). (C) Write a handwritten note providing the following information: 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.

    *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 (e.g. 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.
    Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. If you are travelling to Greece on a cruise ship, you should follow the advice and instructions of the ship’s crew, including with respect to the requirements of the Greek authorities. Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is permitted within Greece. Entry into Greece by sea from outside Greek waters may be subject to restrictions: you should check carefully through the information above on local and national restrictions, and the ‘Entry Requirements’ pages, for more information. 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. You can read the Greek authorities’ plans for future changes here (in Greek). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *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
    08.12.2020
  • Greece Latest News: 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). Restrictions on domestic flights extended through 7 December; restrictions on international travel extended until 14 December (eKathimerini, 30.11.2020). Government set to extend COVID-19 lockdown amid growing cases (Ekathimerini.com, 23.11.2020). Government tightens lockdown in north as COVID-19 cases climb (Reuters, 19.11.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed. As of 11.11.2020, all people traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This includes air and land arrivals to Greece.

    The certificate should be written in English and include 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 fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted.

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

    The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek 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 14-day 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 traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020 until 30.11.2020, 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’):
    The Greek authorities have announced new measures that will apply in all parts of Greece, with effect from 6 am local time on Saturday 7 November 2020. These nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) replace all previous measures (including different levels of restrictions in different regions) in place until that time. These measures will remain in place until at least 6am local time on 14 December 2020; but given the potential for them to be extended, you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    From 6am on Saturday 7 November, the following nationwide measures are 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; • From Friday 13 November onwards, 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 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 (currently available only in Greek). (C) Write a handwritten note providing the following information: 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.

    *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 (e.g. 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.
    Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. If you are travelling to Greece on a cruise ship, you should follow the advice and instructions of the ship’s crew, including with respect to the requirements of the Greek authorities. Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is permitted within Greece. Entry into Greece by sea from outside Greek waters may be subject to restrictions: you should check carefully through the information above on local and national restrictions, and the ‘Entry Requirements’ pages, for more information. 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. You can read the Greek authorities’ plans for future changes here (in Greek). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *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
    04.12.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Government extends nationwide lockdown until 14 December (Reuters, 03.12.2020). Restrictions on domestic flights extended through 7 December; restrictions on international travel extended until 14 December (eKathimerini, 30.11.2020). Government set to extend COVID-19 lockdown amid growing cases (Ekathimerini.com, 23.11.2020). Government tightens lockdown in north as COVID-19 cases climb (Reuters, 19.11.2020). Domestic flights restricted between 09-30 November due to nationwide lockdown (National Herald, 08.11.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed. As of 11.11.2020, all people traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This includes air and land arrivals to Greece.

    The certificate should be written in English and include 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 fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted.

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

    The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek 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 14-day 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 traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020 until 30.11.2020, 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’):
    The Greek authorities have announced new measures that will apply in all parts of Greece, with effect from 6 am local time on Saturday 7 November 2020. These nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) replace all previous measures (including different levels of restrictions in different regions) in place until that time. These measures will remain in place until at least 6am local time on 14 December 2020; but given the potential for them to be extended, you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    From 6am on Saturday 7 November, the following nationwide measures are 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; • From Friday 13 November onwards, 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 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 (currently available only in Greek). (C) Write a handwritten note providing the following information: 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.

    *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 (e.g. 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.
    Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. If you are travelling to Greece on a cruise ship, you should follow the advice and instructions of the ship’s crew, including with respect to the requirements of the Greek authorities. Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is permitted within Greece. Entry into Greece by sea from outside Greek waters may be subject to restrictions: you should check carefully through the information above on local and national restrictions, and the ‘Entry Requirements’ pages, for more information. 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. You can read the Greek authorities’ plans for future changes here (in Greek). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *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
    03.12.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Restrictions on domestic flights extended through 7 December; restrictions on international travel extended until 14 December (eKathimerini, 30.11.2020). Government set to extend COVID-19 lockdown amid growing cases (Ekathimerini.com, 23.11.2020). Government tightens lockdown in north as COVID-19 cases climb (Reuters, 19.11.2020). Domestic flights restricted between 09-30 November due to nationwide lockdown (National Herald, 08.11.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed. As of 11.11.2020, all people traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This includes air and land arrivals to Greece.

    The certificate should be written in English and include 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 fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted.

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

    The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek 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 14-day 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 traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020 until 30.11.2020, 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’):
    The Greek authorities have announced new measures that will apply in all parts of Greece, with effect from 6 am local time on Saturday 7 November 2020. These nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) replace all previous measures (including different levels of restrictions in different regions) in place until that time. These measures will remain in place until at least 7 December 2020; but given the potential for them to be extended, you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements. From 6am on Saturday 7 November, the following nationwide measures are 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; • From Friday 13 November onwards, 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 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 (currently available only in Greek). (C) Write a handwritten note providing the following information: 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.

    *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 (e.g. 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.
    Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. If you are travelling to Greece on a cruise ship, you should follow the advice and instructions of the ship’s crew, including with respect to the requirements of the Greek authorities. Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is permitted within Greece. Entry into Greece by sea from outside Greek waters may be subject to restrictions: you should check carefully through the information above on local and national restrictions, and the ‘Entry Requirements’ pages, for more information. 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. You can read the Greek authorities’ plans for future changes here (in Greek). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *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
    01.12.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Greece extends border closure until 14 December (MIA,30.11.2020). Government set to extend COVID-19 lockdown amid growing cases (Ekathimerini.com, 23.11.2020). Government tightens lockdown in north as COVID-19 cases climb (Reuters, 19.11.2020). Domestic flights restricted between 09-30 November due to nationwide lockdown (National Herald, 08.11.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed. As of 11.11.2020, all people traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This includes air and land arrivals to Greece.

    The certificate should be written in English and include 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 fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted.

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

    The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek 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 14-day 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 traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020 until 30.11.2020, 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’):
    The Greek authorities have announced new measures that will apply in all parts of Greece, with effect from 6 am local time on Saturday 7 November 2020. These nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) replace all previous measures (including different levels of restrictions in different regions) in place until that time. These measures will remain in place until at least 7 December 2020; but given the potential for them to be extended, you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements. From 6am on Saturday 7 November, the following nationwide measures are 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; • From Friday 13 November onwards, 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 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 (currently available only in Greek). (C) Write a handwritten note providing the following information: 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.

    *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 (e.g. 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.
    Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. If you are travelling to Greece on a cruise ship, you should follow the advice and instructions of the ship’s crew, including with respect to the requirements of the Greek authorities. Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is permitted within Greece. Entry into Greece by sea from outside Greek waters may be subject to restrictions: you should check carefully through the information above on local and national restrictions, and the ‘Entry Requirements’ pages, for more information. 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. You can read the Greek authorities’ plans for future changes here (in Greek). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *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
    27.11.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Government will extend nationwide lockdown until 7 December (Reuters, 26.11.2020). Government set to extend COVID-19 lockdown amid growing cases (Ekathimerini.com, 23.11.2020). Government tightens lockdown in north as COVID-19 cases climb (Reuters, 19.11.2020). Domestic flights restricted between 09-30 November due to nationwide lockdown (National Herald, 08.11.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed. As of 11.11.2020, all people traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This includes air and land arrivals to Greece.

    The certificate should be written in English and include 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 fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted.

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

    The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek 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 14-day 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 traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020 until 30.11.2020, 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’):
    The Greek authorities have announced new measures that will apply in all parts of Greece, with effect from 6 am local time on Saturday 7 November 2020. These nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) replace all previous measures (including different levels of restrictions in different regions) in place until that time. These measures will remain in place until at least 7 December 2020; but given the potential for them to be extended, you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements. From 6am on Saturday 7 November, the following nationwide measures are 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; • From Friday 13 November onwards, 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 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 (currently available only in Greek). (C) Write a handwritten note providing the following information: 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.

    *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 (e.g. 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.
    Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. If you are travelling to Greece on a cruise ship, you should follow the advice and instructions of the ship’s crew, including with respect to the requirements of the Greek authorities. Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is permitted within Greece. Entry into Greece by sea from outside Greek waters may be subject to restrictions: you should check carefully through the information above on local and national restrictions, and the ‘Entry Requirements’ pages, for more information. 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. You can read the Greek authorities’ plans for future changes here (in Greek). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *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
    26.11.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Government will extend nationwide lockdown until 7 December (Reuters, 26.11.2020). Government set to extend COVID-19 lockdown amid growing cases (Ekathimerini.com, 23.11.2020). Government tightens lockdown in north as COVID-19 cases climb (Reuters, 19.11.2020). Domestic flights restricted between 09-30 November due to nationwide lockdown (National Herald, 08.11.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed. As of 11.11.2020, all people traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This includes air and land arrivals to Greece.

    The certificate should be written in English and include 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 fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted.

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

    The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek 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 14-day 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 traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020 until 30.11.2020, 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:
    At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    **(Effective from 6am on Saturday 7 November) National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’).
    The Greek authorities have announced new measures that will apply in all parts of Greece, with effect from 6 am local time on Saturday 7 November 2020. These nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) replace all previous measures (including different levels of restrictions in different regions) in place until that time. The Greek authorities have indicated their intention to review whether these new nationwide measures will remain in place beyond 30 November 2020; but given the potential for them to be extended, you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    From 6am on Saturday 7 November, the following nationwide measures are 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;
    From Friday 13 November onwards, 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 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:
    Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery store), where they cannot be shipped/delivered to your home. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online. 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). 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 textual provisions. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of two people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 meters.
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (currently available only in Greek).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the following information: Name and Surname; Home Address; The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination; 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.

    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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. If you are travelling to Greece on a cruise ship, you should follow the advice and instructions of the ship’s crew, including with respect to the requirements of the Greek authorities. Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is permitted within Greece. Entry into Greece by sea from outside Greek waters may be subject to restrictions. 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.
    You can read the Greek authorities’ plans for future changes here (in Greek). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

    Read more
    25.11.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Government set to extend COVID-19 lockdown amid growing cases (Ekathimerini.com, 23.11.2020). Government tightens lockdown in north as COVID-19 cases climb (Reuters, 19.11.2020). Domestic flights restricted between 09-30 November due to nationwide lockdown (National Herald, 08.11.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed. As of 11.11.2020, all people traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This includes air and land arrivals to Greece.

    The certificate should be written in English and include 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 fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted.

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

    The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek 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 14-day 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 traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020 until 30.11.2020, 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:
    At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    **(Effective from 6am on Saturday 7 November) National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’).
    The Greek authorities have announced new measures that will apply in all parts of Greece, with effect from 6 am local time on Saturday 7 November 2020. These nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) replace all previous measures (including different levels of restrictions in different regions) in place until that time. The Greek authorities have indicated their intention to review whether these new nationwide measures will remain in place beyond 30 November 2020; but given the potential for them to be extended, you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    From 6am on Saturday 7 November, the following nationwide measures are 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;
    From Friday 13 November onwards, 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 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:
    Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery store), where they cannot be shipped/delivered to your home. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online. 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). 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 textual provisions. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of two people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 meters.
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (currently available only in Greek).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the following information: Name and Surname; Home Address; The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination; 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.

    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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. If you are travelling to Greece on a cruise ship, you should follow the advice and instructions of the ship’s crew, including with respect to the requirements of the Greek authorities. Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is permitted within Greece. Entry into Greece by sea from outside Greek waters may be subject to restrictions. 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.
    You can read the Greek authorities’ plans for future changes here (in Greek). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

    Read more
    23.11.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Government tightens lockdown in north as COVID-19 cases climb (Reuters, 19.11.2020). Domestic flights restricted between 09-30 November due to nationwide lockdown (National Herald, 08.11.2020). Greek Civil Aviation Authority extends restrictions on some international flights to 8 November (Tornos News, 26.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed. As of 11.11.2020, all people traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This includes air and land arrivals to Greece.

    The certificate should be written in English and include 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 fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted.

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

    The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek 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 14-day 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 traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020 until 30.11.2020, 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:
    At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    **(Effective from 6am on Saturday 7 November) National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’).
    The Greek authorities have announced new measures that will apply in all parts of Greece, with effect from 6 am local time on Saturday 7 November 2020. These nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) replace all previous measures (including different levels of restrictions in different regions) in place until that time. The Greek authorities have indicated their intention to review whether these new nationwide measures will remain in place beyond 30 November 2020; but given the potential for them to be extended, you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    From 6am on Saturday 7 November, the following nationwide measures are 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;
    From Friday 13 November onwards, 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 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:
    Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery store), where they cannot be shipped/delivered to your home. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online. 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). 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 textual provisions. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of two people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 meters.
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (currently available only in Greek).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the following information: Name and Surname; Home Address; The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination; 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.

    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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. If you are travelling to Greece on a cruise ship, you should follow the advice and instructions of the ship’s crew, including with respect to the requirements of the Greek authorities. Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is permitted within Greece. Entry into Greece by sea from outside Greek waters may be subject to restrictions. 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.
    You can read the Greek authorities’ plans for future changes here (in Greek). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

    Read more
    20.11.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Government tightens lockdown in north as COVID-19 cases climb (Reuters, 19.11.2020). Domestic flights restricted between 09-30 November due to nationwide lockdown (National Herald, 08.11.2020). Greek Civil Aviation Authority extends restrictions on some international flights to 8 November (Tornos News, 26.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed. As of 11.11.2020, all people traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This includes air and land arrivals to Greece.

    The certificate should be written in English and include 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 fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted.

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

    The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek 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 14-day 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 traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020 until 30.11.2020, 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:
    At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    **(Effective from 6am on Saturday 7 November) National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’). The Greek authorities have announced new measures that will apply in all parts of Greece, with effect from 6am local time on Saturday 7 November 2020. These nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) replace all previous measures (including different levels of restrictions in different regions) that are in place until that time. The Greek authorities have indicated their intention to review whether these new nationwide measures will remain in place beyond 30 November 2020; but given the potential for them to be extended, you should keep up-to-date via checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    From 6am on Saturday 7 November, the following nationwide measures are 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;
    From Friday 13 November onwards, 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 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); 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:
    Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery store), where they cannot be shipped/delivered to your home. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online. 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). 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 textual provisions. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of two people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 meters.
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (currently available only in Greek).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the following information: Name and Surname; Home Address; The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination; 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.

    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 ofadult 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is now permitted within Greece. If your vessel is arriving in Greece from another country, you must comply with specific requirements upon your first landing in Greece. No passengers are permitted on the vessel, except for the crew. Upon arrival, you must present to harbour authorities, who will require the completion of a health declaration, and mandatory testing (to be paid for by the occupants of each vessel). 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.
    You can read the Greek authorities’ plans for future changes here (in Greek). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    19.11.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Domestic flights restricted between 09-30 November due to nationwide lockdown (National Herald, 08.11.2020). Greek Civil Aviation Authority extends restrictions on some international flights to 8 November (Tornos News, 26.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed. As of 11.11.2020, all people traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This includes air and land arrivals to Greece.

    The certificate should be written in English and include 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 fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted.

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

    The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek 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 14-day 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 traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020 until 30.11.2020, 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:
    At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    **(Effective from 6am on Saturday 7 November) National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’). The Greek authorities have announced new measures that will apply in all parts of Greece, with effect from 6am local time on Saturday 7 November 2020. These nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) replace all previous measures (including different levels of restrictions in different regions) that are in place until that time. The Greek authorities have indicated their intention to review whether these new nationwide measures will remain in place beyond 30 November 2020; but given the potential for them to be extended, you should keep up-to-date via checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    From 6am on Saturday 7 November, the following nationwide measures are 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;
    From Friday 13 November onwards, 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 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); 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:
    Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery store), where they cannot be shipped/delivered to your home. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online. 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). 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 textual provisions. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of two people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 meters.
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (currently available only in Greek).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the following information: Name and Surname; Home Address; The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination; 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.

    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 ofadult 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is now permitted within Greece. If your vessel is arriving in Greece from another country, you must comply with specific requirements upon your first landing in Greece. No passengers are permitted on the vessel, except for the crew. Upon arrival, you must present to harbour authorities, who will require the completion of a health declaration, and mandatory testing (to be paid for by the occupants of each vessel). 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.
    You can read the Greek authorities’ plans for future changes here (in Greek). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    17.11.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Domestic flights restricted between 09-30 November due to nationwide lockdown (National Herald, 08.11.2020). Greek Civil Aviation Authority extends restrictions on some international flights to 8 November (Tornos News, 26.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Greece’s air connections with Turkey are currently closed to passenger traffic. All travellers visiting Greece by air from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia, will be allowed admission into Greece only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test carried out within 72 hours of arrival. Travellers from these countries will also be subject to sample testing upon arrival.
    All travellers entering Greece by any land border are required to produce a COVID-negative PCR test conducted in the country of departure within 72 hours of arrival in Greece. This applies equally to Greek nationals and Greece residence permit holders. These requirements apply to those arriving by road, air or sea, while not applying to lorry drivers.
    The land border with Bulgaria is open at the Promachonas crossing point. All other land borders (including those with Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey) are subject to restrictions.
    From 7 August, all border crossings except the Promachonas crossing with Bulgaria will be shut down each night between 11pm and 7am. Outside these hours, you may cross into Greece at other border points only for essential reasons. From 16 August, if you enter Greece from Albania, including via the Kakavia land border, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form and quarantine for 7 days at the address you provide on the form. As of 16 August, the number of travellers entering Greece through the Kakavia crossing is limited to 750 persons per day.
    Keep an eye on changes to border arrangements on the Greek authorities’ relevant webpage.


    *From within the EU: Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed. As of 11.11.2020, all people traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This includes air and land arrivals to Greece. The certificate should be written in English and include 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 fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek 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 14-day 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

    *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 traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. (*) Subject to confirmation of reciprocity. (**) From 9.11.2020 until 30.11.2020, 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 rmust complete a Passenger Locator Form.
    Find out more: Protocols for air arrivals in Greece and Travel.gov.gr.

    Internal Restrictions:
    At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    **(Effective from 6am on Saturday 7 November) National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’). The Greek authorities have announced new measures that will apply in all parts of Greece, with effect from 6am local time on Saturday 7 November 2020. These nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) replace all previous measures (including different levels of restrictions in different regions) that are in place until that time. The Greek authorities have indicated their intention to review whether these new nationwide measures will remain in place beyond 30 November 2020; but given the potential for them to be extended, you should keep up-to-date via checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    From 6am on Saturday 7 November, the following nationwide measures are 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;
    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); 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:
    Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery store), where they cannot be shipped/delivered to your home. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online. 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). 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 textual provisions. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of two people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 meters.
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (currently available only in Greek).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the following information: Name and Surname; Home Address; The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination; 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.

    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 ofadult 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is now permitted within Greece. If your vessel is arriving in Greece from another country, you must comply with specific requirements upon your first landing in Greece. No passengers are permitted on the vessel, except for the crew. Upon arrival, you must present to harbour authorities, who will require the completion of a health declaration, and mandatory testing (to be paid for by the occupants of each vessel). 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.
    You can read the Greek authorities’ plans for future changes here (in Greek). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

    Read more
    16.11.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Domestic flights restricted between 09-30 November due to nationwide lockdown (National Herald, 08.11.2020). Greek Civil Aviation Authority extends restrictions on some international flights to 8 November (Tornos News, 26.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Greece’s air connections with Turkey are currently closed to passenger traffic. All travellers visiting Greece by air from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia, will be allowed admission into Greece only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test carried out within 72 hours of arrival. Travellers from these countries will also be subject to sample testing upon arrival.
    All travellers entering Greece by any land border are required to produce a COVID-negative PCR test conducted in the country of departure within 72 hours of arrival in Greece. This applies equally to Greek nationals and Greece residence permit holders. These requirements apply to those arriving by road, air or sea, while not applying to lorry drivers.
    The land border with Bulgaria is open at the Promachonas crossing point. All other land borders (including those with Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey) are subject to restrictions.
    From 7 August, all border crossings except the Promachonas crossing with Bulgaria will be shut down each night between 11pm and 7am. Outside these hours, you may cross into Greece at other border points only for essential reasons. From 16 August, if you enter Greece from Albania, including via the Kakavia land border, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form and quarantine for 7 days at the address you provide on the form. As of 16 August, the number of travellers entering Greece through the Kakavia crossing is limited to 750 persons per day.
    Keep an eye on changes to border arrangements on the Greek authorities’ relevant webpage.


    *From within the EU: Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed. As of 11.11.2020, all people traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This includes air and land arrivals to Greece. The certificate should be written in English and include 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 fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek 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 14-day 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

    *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 traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. (*) Subject to confirmation of reciprocity. (**) From 9.11.2020 until 30.11.2020, 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 rmust complete a Passenger Locator Form.
    Find out more: Protocols for air arrivals in Greece and Travel.gov.gr.

    Internal Restrictions:
    At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    **(Effective from 6am on Saturday 7 November) National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’). The Greek authorities have announced new measures that will apply in all parts of Greece, with effect from 6am local time on Saturday 7 November 2020. These nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) replace all previous measures (including different levels of restrictions in different regions) that are in place until that time. The Greek authorities have indicated their intention to review whether these new nationwide measures will remain in place beyond 30 November 2020; but given the potential for them to be extended, you should keep up-to-date via checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    From 6am on Saturday 7 November, the following nationwide measures are 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;
    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); 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:
    Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery store), where they cannot be shipped/delivered to your home. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online. 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). 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 textual provisions. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of two people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 meters.
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (currently available only in Greek).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the following information: Name and Surname; Home Address; The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination; 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: Pre-school day care centres, primary schools and 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 minumum distance between stalls.


    **(Effective until 6am on Saturday 7 November) Local measures and restrictions. As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. The Greek authorities are currently operating a system of 3 levels of categorisation (’Level A: Surveillance’; ‘Level B: Increased Risk’; Level C: Local lock-downs). You should monitor the situation regularly via media and other information sources, including your accommodation or travel provider. This page will be regularly updated with details of specific local restrictions in place. The Greek government’s website contains a regularly-updated interactive map setting out region-by-region measures (currently available only in Greek).
    *Level A: Surveillance: Aitoloakarnania, Achaia, Andros, Argolida, Arkadia, Arta, Attica Islands, Cephalonia, Chania, Chios, Corfu (Kerkyra), Evia, Evrytania, Florina, Fokida, Fthiotida, Grevena, Heraklion, Ikaria, Ilia, Ithaki, Kalymnos, Karditsa, Karpathos, Kasos, Kea (Kythnos), Corinthia, Kos, Lakonia, Lasithi, Lesvos, Lefkas, Limnos, Messinia, Milos, Mykonos, Paros, Preveza, Rethymnon, Rhodes, Samos, Sporades Islands, Syros, Thassos, Thesprotia, Tinos, Zakynthos (Zante).
    Local restrictions in place: Mandatory use of a mask in all indoor and all outdoor spaces; Curfew from Midnight until 5am: exceptions permitted only for emergencies or night-time working; Non-food markets are restricted to 50% of usual vendors, who must observe a minimum distancing of 5 metres between stalls; Food markets are restricted to 65% of usual vendors, with minimum distancing of 3 metres between stalls; Restaurants and Bars: a maximum of 6 people per table; and obligatory closure between 11pm and 5am, except for take-away and delivery services; Public transport (including ferries) operates at reduced capacity; A maximum of 3 passengers is permitted in a taxi; Children’s playgrounds: limits on capacity of 50 children at a time; Universities may operate only via distance learning; A limit on public gatherings of 50 people (including for religious ceremonies such as weddings, funerals and baptisms);
    Schools remain open; Public entertainments (theatres, cinemas etc.) remain open, but with reduced capacities; Public sports events are permitted, but without any spectators.
    *Level B: Increased Risk: Attica, Chalkidiki, Drama, Evros, Imathia, Ioannina, Kastoria, Kavala, Kilkis, Kozani, Larissa, Magnisia, Naxos, Pella, Pieria, Rodopi, Santorini (Thira), Trikala, Viotia (Boeotia), Xanthi.
    Local restrictions in place: Mandatory use of a mask in all indoor and all outdoor spaces; Curfew from Midnight until 5AM: exceptions permitted only for emergencies or night-time working; Exercise and sports are permitted only in outdoor settings; Museums, archaeological sites and public galleries are closed;
    Gyms are closed; All non-food markets are suspended; Restaurants, bars and other hospitality establishments are closed, except for delivery and take-away services; Cinemas and theatres are closed; Public transport (including ferries) operates at reduced capacity; A maximum of 1 passenger is permitted in a taxi; A maximum of 3 people are permitted in a private car (except for if all passengers are family members); Playgrounds are closed; Universities operate via distance learning only; All public gatherings are banned- except for religious services, where a maximum of 9 people are permitted; Schools remain open.
    *Level C: Local lock-down: Thessaloniki and Serres regions. Local restrictions in place: 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); Certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, or by using the Greek government’s SMS service (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; A total curfew from 9PM to 5AM, except in case of emergencies; A ban on local and domestic flights into or out of airports in the region/s.
    To certify an essential movement: 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: Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery store), where they cannot be shipped/delivered at home. Going to the bank, as long as the online transaction is not possible. Going to help people in need. Going to a ceremony (eg 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 textual provisions. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or a group of two people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 meters. Write a handwritten form on a piece of paper. The handwritten form must include this information: Name and Surname, Home Address, The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination, 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 ofadult 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is now permitted within Greece. If your vessel is arriving in Greece from another country, you must comply with specific requirements upon your first landing in Greece. No passengers are permitted on the vessel, except for the crew. Upon arrival, you must present to harbour authorities, who will require the completion of a health declaration, and mandatory testing (to be paid for by the occupants of each vessel). 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.
    You can read the Greek authorities’ plans for future changes here (in Greek). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    11.11.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Government orders three-week nationwide lockdown from 7 November to halt spread of COVID-19 (Reuters, 05.11.2020). Greek Civil Aviation Authority extends restrictions on some international flights to 8 November (Tornos News, 26.10.2020). Authorities will impose lockdown in Kastoria from 23 October to contain spread of COVID-19 (GTP, 21.10.2020). Flight disruption expected until morning of 16 October as 24-hour public sector strike gets underway (AP, 15.10.2020). Greek authorities extend current restrictions on travelers entering country until 25 October; Bulgaria, Estonia governments announce COVID-19 rules (Sofia Globe, 14.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Greece’s air connections with Turkey are currently closed to passenger traffic. All travellers visiting Greece by air from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia, will be allowed admission into Greece only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test carried out within 72 hours of arrival. Travellers from these countries will also be subject to sample testing upon arrival.
    All travellers entering Greece by any land border are required to produce a COVID-negative PCR test conducted in the country of departure within 72 hours of arrival in Greece. This applies equally to Greek nationals and Greece residence permit holders. These requirements apply to those arriving by road, air or sea, while not applying to lorry drivers.
    The land border with Bulgaria is open at the Promachonas crossing point. All other land borders (including those with Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey) are subject to restrictions.
    From 7 August, all border crossings except the Promachonas crossing with Bulgaria will be shut down each night between 11pm and 7am. Outside these hours, you may cross into Greece at other border points only for essential reasons. From 16 August, if you enter Greece from Albania, including via the Kakavia land border, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form and quarantine for 7 days at the address you provide on the form. As of 16 August, the number of travellers entering Greece through the Kakavia crossing is limited to 750 persons per day.
    Keep an eye on changes to border arrangements on the Greek authorities’ relevant webpage.


    *From within the EU: Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of travellers coming from – or having stayed, in the 14 days prior to arrival – in a country that is classified as “high risk” of COVID-19 infection. Travellers arriving from “high risk” countries will be required to provide a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. An updated list of countries and territories for which a negative PCR test is required upon entry is available at https://travel.gov.gr. The certificate should be written in English and include 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 fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day 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

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries: The following 9 countries are exempted from the entry ban into Greece: Singapore, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay and United Arab Emirates. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia and Israel are concerned, upon arrival they have to show a certificate (in English) confirming a negative RT-PCR test result, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece, as well as the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers rmust complete a Passenger Locator Form.

    Internal Restrictions:
    At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    **(Effective from 6am on Saturday 7 November) National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’). The Greek authorities have announced new measures that will apply in all parts of Greece, with effect from 6am local time on Saturday 7 November 2020. These nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) replace all previous measures (including different levels of restrictions in different regions) that are in place until that time. The Greek authorities have indicated their intention to review whether these new nationwide measures will remain in place beyond 30 November 2020; but given the potential for them to be extended, you should keep up-to-date via checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    From 6am on Saturday 7 November, the following nationwide measures are 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;
    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); 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:
    Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery store), where they cannot be shipped/delivered to your home. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online. 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). 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 textual provisions. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of two people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 meters.
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (currently available only in Greek).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the following information: Name and Surname; Home Address; The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination; 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: Pre-school day care centres, primary schools and 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 minumum distance between stalls.


    **(Effective until 6am on Saturday 7 November) Local measures and restrictions. As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. The Greek authorities are currently operating a system of 3 levels of categorisation (’Level A: Surveillance’; ‘Level B: Increased Risk’; Level C: Local lock-downs). You should monitor the situation regularly via media and other information sources, including your accommodation or travel provider. This page will be regularly updated with details of specific local restrictions in place. The Greek government’s website contains a regularly-updated interactive map setting out region-by-region measures (currently available only in Greek).
    *Level A: Surveillance: Aitoloakarnania, Achaia, Andros, Argolida, Arkadia, Arta, Attica Islands, Cephalonia, Chania, Chios, Corfu (Kerkyra), Evia, Evrytania, Florina, Fokida, Fthiotida, Grevena, Heraklion, Ikaria, Ilia, Ithaki, Kalymnos, Karditsa, Karpathos, Kasos, Kea (Kythnos), Corinthia, Kos, Lakonia, Lasithi, Lesvos, Lefkas, Limnos, Messinia, Milos, Mykonos, Paros, Preveza, Rethymnon, Rhodes, Samos, Sporades Islands, Syros, Thassos, Thesprotia, Tinos, Zakynthos (Zante).
    Local restrictions in place: Mandatory use of a mask in all indoor and all outdoor spaces; Curfew from Midnight until 5am: exceptions permitted only for emergencies or night-time working; Non-food markets are restricted to 50% of usual vendors, who must observe a minimum distancing of 5 metres between stalls; Food markets are restricted to 65% of usual vendors, with minimum distancing of 3 metres between stalls; Restaurants and Bars: a maximum of 6 people per table; and obligatory closure between 11pm and 5am, except for take-away and delivery services; Public transport (including ferries) operates at reduced capacity; A maximum of 3 passengers is permitted in a taxi; Children’s playgrounds: limits on capacity of 50 children at a time; Universities may operate only via distance learning; A limit on public gatherings of 50 people (including for religious ceremonies such as weddings, funerals and baptisms);
    Schools remain open; Public entertainments (theatres, cinemas etc.) remain open, but with reduced capacities; Public sports events are permitted, but without any spectators.
    *Level B: Increased Risk: Attica, Chalkidiki, Drama, Evros, Imathia, Ioannina, Kastoria, Kavala, Kilkis, Kozani, Larissa, Magnisia, Naxos, Pella, Pieria, Rodopi, Santorini (Thira), Trikala, Viotia (Boeotia), Xanthi.
    Local restrictions in place: Mandatory use of a mask in all indoor and all outdoor spaces; Curfew from Midnight until 5AM: exceptions permitted only for emergencies or night-time working; Exercise and sports are permitted only in outdoor settings; Museums, archaeological sites and public galleries are closed;
    Gyms are closed; All non-food markets are suspended; Restaurants, bars and other hospitality establishments are closed, except for delivery and take-away services; Cinemas and theatres are closed; Public transport (including ferries) operates at reduced capacity; A maximum of 1 passenger is permitted in a taxi; A maximum of 3 people are permitted in a private car (except for if all passengers are family members); Playgrounds are closed; Universities operate via distance learning only; All public gatherings are banned- except for religious services, where a maximum of 9 people are permitted; Schools remain open.
    *Level C: Local lock-down: Thessaloniki and Serres regions. Local restrictions in place: 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); Certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, or by using the Greek government’s SMS service (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; A total curfew from 9PM to 5AM, except in case of emergencies; A ban on local and domestic flights into or out of airports in the region/s.
    To certify an essential movement: 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: Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery store), where they cannot be shipped/delivered at home. Going to the bank, as long as the online transaction is not possible. Going to help people in need. Going to a ceremony (eg 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 textual provisions. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or a group of two people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 meters. Write a handwritten form on a piece of paper. The handwritten form must include this information: Name and Surname, Home Address, The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination, 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 ofadult 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is now permitted within Greece. If your vessel is arriving in Greece from another country, you must comply with specific requirements upon your first landing in Greece. No passengers are permitted on the vessel, except for the crew. Upon arrival, you must present to harbour authorities, who will require the completion of a health declaration, and mandatory testing (to be paid for by the occupants of each vessel). 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.
    You can read the Greek authorities’ plans for future changes here (in Greek). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    05.11.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Greek Civil Aviation Authority extends restrictions on some international flights to 8 November (Tornos News, 26.10.2020). Authorities will impose lockdown in Kastoria from 23 October to contain spread of COVID-19 (GTP, 21.10.2020). Flight disruption expected until morning of 16 October as 24-hour public sector strike gets underway (AP, 15.10.2020). Greek authorities extend current restrictions on travelers entering country until 25 October; Bulgaria, Estonia governments announce COVID-19 rules (Sofia Globe, 14.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Greece’s air connections with Turkey are currently closed to passenger traffic. All travellers visiting Greece by air from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia, will be allowed admission into Greece only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test carried out within 72 hours of arrival. Travellers from these countries will also be subject to sample testing upon arrival.
    All travellers entering Greece by any land border are required to produce a COVID-negative PCR test conducted in the country of departure within 72 hours of arrival in Greece. This applies equally to Greek nationals and Greece residence permit holders. These requirements apply to those arriving by road, air or sea, while not applying to lorry drivers.
    The land border with Bulgaria is open at the Promachonas crossing point. All other land borders (including those with Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey) are subject to restrictions.
    From 7 August, all border crossings except the Promachonas crossing with Bulgaria will be shut down each night between 11pm and 7am. Outside these hours, you may cross into Greece at other border points only for essential reasons. From 16 August, if you enter Greece from Albania, including via the Kakavia land border, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form and quarantine for 7 days at the address you provide on the form. As of 16 August, the number of travellers entering Greece through the Kakavia crossing is limited to 750 persons per day.
    Keep an eye on changes to border arrangements on the Greek authorities’ relevant webpage.


    *From within the EU: Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of travellers coming from – or having stayed, in the 14 days prior to arrival – in a country that is classified as “high risk” of COVID-19 infection. Travellers arriving from “high risk” countries will be required to provide a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. An updated list of countries and territories for which a negative PCR test is required upon entry is available at https://travel.gov.gr. The certificate should be written in English and include 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 fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day 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

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity), UAE. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia, United Arab Emirates and Israel are concerned, upon arrival they have to show a certificate (in English) confirming a negative RT-PCR test result, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece, as well as the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form.

    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.
    *Local measures and restrictions: As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. The Greek authorities are currently operating a system of 3 levels of categorization (’Level A: Surveillance’; ‘Level B: Increased Risk’; Level C: Local lockdowns). You should monitor the situation regularly via media and other information sources, including your accommodation or travel provider. This page will be regularly updated with details of specific local restrictions in place. The Greek government’s website contains a regularly-updated interactive map setting out region-by-region measures (currently available only in Greek).
    Level A: Surveillance: Aitoloakarnania, Achaia, Andros, Argolida, Arkadia, Arta, Attica Islands, Cephalonia, Chania, Chios, Corfu (Kerkyra), Evia, Evrytania, Florina, Fokida, Fthiotida, Grevena, Heraklion, Ikaria, Ilia, Ithaki, Kalymnos, Karditsa, Karpathos, Kasos, Kea (Kythnos), Corinthia, Kos, Lakonia, Lasithi, Lesvos, Lefkas, Limnos, Messinia, Milos, Mykonos, Paros, Preveza, Rethymnon, Rhodes, Samos, Sporades Islands, Syros, Thassos, Thesprotia, Tinos, Zakynthos (Zante); Local restrictions in place: • Mandatory use of a mask in all indoor and all outdoor spaces; • Curfew from Midnight until 5am: exceptions permitted only for emergencies or night-time working; • Non-food markets are restricted to 50% of usual vendors, who must observe a minimum distancing of 5 metres between stalls; • Food markets are restricted to 65% of usual vendors, with minimum distancing of 3 metres between stalls;
    • Restaurants and Bars: a maximum of 6 people per table; and obligatory closure between 11PM and 5AM, except for take-away and delivery services; • Public transport (including ferries) operates at reduced capacity; • A maximum of 3 passengers is permitted in a taxi; • Children’s playgrounds: limits on capacity of 50 children at a time; • Universities may operate only via distance learning; • A limit on public gatherings of 50 people (including for religious ceremonies such as weddings, funerals and baptisms); • Schools remain open; • Public entertainments (theatres, cinemas etc.) remain open, but with reduced capacities; • Public sports events are permitted, but without any spectators.
    Level B: Increased Risk: Attica, Chalkidiki, Drama, Evros, Imathia, Ioannina, Kastoria, Kavala, Kilkis, Kozani, Larissa, Magnisia, Naxos, Pella, Pieria, Rodopi, Santorini (Thira), Trikala, Viotia (Boeotia), Xanthi Local restrictions in place: • Mandatory use of a mask in all indoor and all outdoor spaces; • Curfew from Midnight until 5AM: exceptions permitted only for emergencies or night-time working; • Exercise and sports are permitted only in outdoor settings; • Museums, archaeological sites and public galleries are closed; • Gyms are closed; • All non-food markets are suspended; • Restaurants, bars and other hospitality establishments are closed, except for delivery and take-away services; • Cinemas and theatres are closed; • Public transport (including ferries) operates at reduced capacity; • A maximum of 1 passenger is permitted in a taxi; • A maximum of 3 people are permitted in a private car (except for if all passengers are family members); • Playgrounds are closed; • Universities operate via distance learning only; • All public gatherings are banned- except for religious services, where a maximum of 9 people are permitted; • Schools remain open. Level C: Local lock-down: Thessaloniki and Serres regions. Local restrictions in place: • 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); • Certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, or by using the Greek government’s SMS service (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; • A total curfew from 9PM to 5AM, except in case of emergencies; • A ban on local and domestic flights into or out of airports in the region/s. To certify an essential movement: • 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 store), where they cannot be shipped/delivered at home. 3. Going to the bank, as long as the online transaction is not possible. 4. Going to help people in need. 5. Going to a ceremony (eg 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 textual provisions. 6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or a group of two people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 meters. Write a handwritten form on a piece of paper. The handwritten form must include this information: Name and Surname; Home Address. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination; Date, Time and Signature

    *Travel in Greece: 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 (e.g. limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    *Travel to and from islands: You may travel throughout Greece, including to the islands. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is now permitted within Greece. If your vessel is arriving in Greece from another country, you must comply with specific requirements upon your first landing in Greece. No passengers are permitted on the vessel, except for the crew. Upon arrival, you must present to harbour authorities, who will require the completion of a health declaration, and mandatory testing (to be paid for by the occupants of each vessel).
    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. You can read the Greek authorities’ plans for future changes here (in Greek). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    03.11.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Greek Civil Aviation Authority extends restrictions on some international flights to 8 November (Tornos News, 26.10.2020). Authorities will impose lockdown in Kastoria from 23 October to contain spread of COVID-19 (GTP, 21.10.2020). Flight disruption expected until morning of 16 October as 24-hour public sector strike gets underway (AP, 15.10.2020). Greek authorities extend current restrictions on travelers entering country until 25 October; Bulgaria, Estonia governments announce COVID-19 rules (Sofia Globe, 14.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Greece’s air connections with Turkey are currently closed to passenger traffic. All travellers visiting Greece by air from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia, will be allowed admission into Greece only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test carried out within 72 hours of arrival. Travellers from these countries will also be subject to sample testing upon arrival.
    All travellers entering Greece by any land border are required to produce a COVID-negative PCR test conducted in the country of departure within 72 hours of arrival in Greece. This applies equally to Greek nationals and Greece residence permit holders. These requirements apply to those arriving by road, air or sea, while not applying to lorry drivers.
    The land border with Bulgaria is open at the Promachonas crossing point. All other land borders (including those with Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey) are subject to restrictions.
    From 7 August, all border crossings except the Promachonas crossing with Bulgaria will be shut down each night between 11pm and 7am. Outside these hours, you may cross into Greece at other border points only for essential reasons. From 16 August, if you enter Greece from Albania, including via the Kakavia land border, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form and quarantine for 7 days at the address you provide on the form. As of 16 August, the number of travellers entering Greece through the Kakavia crossing is limited to 750 persons per day.
    Keep an eye on changes to border arrangements on the Greek authorities’ relevant webpage.


    *From within the EU: Entry is partially permitted.
    Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of travellers coming from – or having stayed, in the 14 days prior to arrival – in a country that is classified as “high risk” of COVID-19 infection. Travellers arriving from “high risk” countries will be required to provide a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. An updated list of countries and territories for which a negative PCR test is required upon entry is available at https://travel.gov.gr.
    The certificate should be written in English and include 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 fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day 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

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity), UAE. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia, United Arab Emirates and Israel are concerned, upon arrival they have to show a certificate (in English) confirming a negative RT-PCR test result, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece, as well as the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form. *Find out more: Protocols for air arrivals in Greece and https://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.
    *Local measures and restrictions: As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. The Greek authorities are currently operating a system of 3 levels of categorization (’Level A: Surveillance’; ‘Level B: Increased Risk’; Level C: Local lockdowns). You should monitor the situation regularly via media and other information sources, including your accommodation or travel provider. This page will be regularly updated with details of specific local restrictions in place. The Greek government’s website contains a regularly-updated interactive map setting out region-by-region measures (currently available only in Greek).
    Level A: Surveillance: Aitoloakarnania, Achaia, Andros, Argolida, Arkadia, Arta, Attica Islands, Cephalonia, Chania, Chios, Corfu (Kerkyra), Evia, Evrytania, Florina, Fokida, Fthiotida, Grevena, Heraklion, Ikaria, Ilia, Ithaki, Kalymnos, Karditsa, Karpathos, Kasos, Kea (Kythnos), Corinthia, Kos, Lakonia, Lasithi, Lesvos, Lefkas, Limnos, Messinia, Milos, Mykonos, Paros, Preveza, Rethymnon, Rhodes, Samos, Sporades Islands, Syros, Thassos, Thesprotia, Tinos, Zakynthos (Zante); Local restrictions in place: • Mandatory use of a mask in all indoor and all outdoor spaces; • Curfew from Midnight until 5am: exceptions permitted only for emergencies or night-time working; • Non-food markets are restricted to 50% of usual vendors, who must observe a minimum distancing of 5 metres between stalls; • Food markets are restricted to 65% of usual vendors, with minimum distancing of 3 metres between stalls;
    • Restaurants and Bars: a maximum of 6 people per table; and obligatory closure between 11PM and 5AM, except for take-away and delivery services; • Public transport (including ferries) operates at reduced capacity; • A maximum of 3 passengers is permitted in a taxi; • Children’s playgrounds: limits on capacity of 50 children at a time; • Universities may operate only via distance learning; • A limit on public gatherings of 50 people (including for religious ceremonies such as weddings, funerals and baptisms); • Schools remain open; • Public entertainments (theatres, cinemas etc.) remain open, but with reduced capacities; • Public sports events are permitted, but without any spectators.
    Level B: Increased Risk: Attica, Chalkidiki, Drama, Evros, Imathia, Ioannina, Kastoria, Kavala, Kilkis, Kozani, Larissa, Magnisia, Naxos, Pella, Pieria, Rodopi, Santorini (Thira), Trikala, Viotia (Boeotia), Xanthi Local restrictions in place: • Mandatory use of a mask in all indoor and all outdoor spaces; • Curfew from Midnight until 5AM: exceptions permitted only for emergencies or night-time working; • Exercise and sports are permitted only in outdoor settings; • Museums, archaeological sites and public galleries are closed; • Gyms are closed; • All non-food markets are suspended; • Restaurants, bars and other hospitality establishments are closed, except for delivery and take-away services; • Cinemas and theatres are closed; • Public transport (including ferries) operates at reduced capacity; • A maximum of 1 passenger is permitted in a taxi; • A maximum of 3 people are permitted in a private car (except for if all passengers are family members); • Playgrounds are closed; • Universities operate via distance learning only; • All public gatherings are banned- except for religious services, where a maximum of 9 people are permitted; • Schools remain open. Level C: Local lock-down: Thessaloniki and Serres regions. Local restrictions in place: • 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); • Certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, or by using the Greek government’s SMS service (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; • A total curfew from 9PM to 5AM, except in case of emergencies; • A ban on local and domestic flights into or out of airports in the region/s. To certify an essential movement: • 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 store), where they cannot be shipped/delivered at home. 3. Going to the bank, as long as the online transaction is not possible. 4. Going to help people in need. 5. Going to a ceremony (eg 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 textual provisions. 6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or a group of two people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 meters. Write a handwritten form on a piece of paper. The handwritten form must include this information: Name and Surname; Home Address. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination; Date, Time and Signature

    *Travel in Greece: 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 (e.g. limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    *Travel to and from islands: You may travel throughout Greece, including to the islands. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is now permitted within Greece. If your vessel is arriving in Greece from another country, you must comply with specific requirements upon your first landing in Greece. No passengers are permitted on the vessel, except for the crew. Upon arrival, you must present to harbour authorities, who will require the completion of a health declaration, and mandatory testing (to be paid for by the occupants of each vessel).
    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. You can read the Greek authorities’ plans for future changes here (in Greek). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    02.11.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Greek Civil Aviation Authority extends restrictions on some international flights to 8 November (Tornos News, 26.10.2020). Authorities will impose lockdown in Kastoria from 23 October to contain spread of COVID-19 (GTP, 21.10.2020). Flight disruption expected until morning of 16 October as 24-hour public sector strike gets underway (AP, 15.10.2020). Greek authorities extend current restrictions on travelers entering country until 25 October; Bulgaria, Estonia governments announce COVID-19 rules (Sofia Globe, 14.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Greece’s air connections with Turkey are currently closed to passenger traffic. All travellers visiting Greece by air from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia, will be allowed admission into Greece only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test carried out within 72 hours of arrival. Travellers from these countries will also be subject to sample testing upon arrival.
    All travellers entering Greece by any land border are required to produce a COVID-negative PCR test conducted in the country of departure within 72 hours of arrival in Greece. This applies equally to Greek nationals and Greece residence permit holders. These requirements apply to those arriving by road, air or sea, while not applying to lorry drivers.
    The land border with Bulgaria is open at the Promachonas crossing point. All other land borders (including those with Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey) are subject to restrictions.
    From 7 August, all border crossings except the Promachonas crossing with Bulgaria will be shut down each night between 11pm and 7am. Outside these hours, you may cross into Greece at other border points only for essential reasons. From 16 August, if you enter Greece from Albania, including via the Kakavia land border, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form and quarantine for 7 days at the address you provide on the form. As of 16 August, the number of travellers entering Greece through the Kakavia crossing is limited to 750 persons per day.
    Keep an eye on changes to border arrangements on the Greek authorities’ relevant webpage.


    *From within the EU: Entry is partially permitted.
    Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of travellers coming from – or having stayed, in the 14 days prior to arrival – in a country that is classified as “high risk” of COVID-19 infection. Travellers arriving from “high risk” countries will be required to provide a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. An updated list of countries and territories for which a negative PCR test is required upon entry is available at https://travel.gov.gr.
    The certificate should be written in English and include 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 fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day 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

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity), UAE. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia, United Arab Emirates and Israel are concerned, upon arrival they have to show a certificate (in English) confirming a negative RT-PCR test result, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece, as well as the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form. *Find out more: Protocols for air arrivals in Greece and https://travel.gov.gr/#/.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: The following nationwide rules are in place around the use of face masks in Greece: • Within ‘Tier 4’ and ‘Tier 3’ regions, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public spaces (both indoors and outdoors), at all times. (See below for up-to-date information on which regions fall into Tiers 4 and 3); • Mandatory use of a mask on all public transport within Greece, including on ferries; • Mandatory use of a mask at airports and on aeroplanes; • Mandatory use of masks in all public indoor spaces, including medical and healthcare facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship); • Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social and care facilities and accommodation for refugees and migrants; • Mandatory use of a mask in all indoor workplaces; • Mandatory use of a mask in all crowded outdoor spaces, where social distancing cannot be maintained, including at bus stops, in public parks and squares;
    • Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates.
    *Public spaces and services: There is a nationwide limit of 50 people on the number that can gather for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas. Shops, bars and restaurants are open, as are other service providers like driving schools and private tuition centres (‘frontisteria’). Relevant public health regulations apply when visiting shops, bars, restaurants and other public spaces, including limits on the number of customers per square metre. Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes). You should comply with these requirements, and all other advice of the Greek authorities All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended.
    *Local measures and restrictions: As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. The Greek authorities are currently operating a system of 4 tiers of categorisation (Tier 4 specifying the strongest measures; Tier 1 the least strong). You should monitor the situation regularly via media and other information sources, including your accommodation or travel provider. This page will be regularly updated with details of specific local restrictions in place. The Greek government’s website contains a regularly-updated interactive map setting out region-by-region measures (currently available only in Greek).
    Tier 4: Ioannina, Kastoria Kozani, Larissa, Rodopi, Serres, and Thessaloniki Local restrictions in place: • Mandatory use of masks in all outdoor and indoor spaces, including indoor workplaces; • A ban on travelling into or out of the region; • A curfew is in place between 12.30AM and 5AM local time. You should remain in your accommodation between these hours, except in case of emergency; • A ban on all public and private gatherings; • A limit of one person (in addition to the driver) in a taxi; • A limit of three people (including the driver) in a private vehicle; • Closure of shops, gyms, bars, beauty parlours, hairdressers, cinemas, concert venues, theatres (though online performances may continue), museums and archaeological sites; • Suspension of legal services, including courts; other public services may continue to function via telephone or other distance provision, albeit with limits on the number of staff; • Closure of restaurants (though take away and delivery services may continue;, sale of alcohol prohibited); • Changes to the functioning of schools, so that learning is delivered either based on rota-systems (that permit reduced physical presence of pupils); or fully via digital means;
    • Closure of universities, in favour of online learning; closure of playgrounds; • A maximum limit of 9 people at any religious service (including weddings, baptisms and funerals), all of whom must wear masks; • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 50% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters; • Suspension of operation for all outdoor markets.
    Tier 3: Attica (including Athens; Boeotia (Viotia); Drama; Evros; Halkidiki; Imathia; Kavala; Kilkis; Naxos; Pella; Pieria; Samothraki; Santorini and surrounding islands (including Anafi, Folegandros, Ios and Sikinos); Trikala; Xanthi. Local restrictions are in place. These include: • Mandatory use of masks in all outdoor and indoor spaces, including indoor workplaces; • A curfew is in place between 12.30AM and 5AM local time. You should remain in your accommodation between these hours, except in case of emergency; • Mandatory use of face masks in all indoor work-places; • Mandatory use of face masks in all work-places; • Mandatory use of face masks in crowded outdoor areas where minimum social distancing (of 1.5 metres) cannot be maintained, such as in public squares, at bus stops etc.; • Strong recommendation for anyone aged 65 and over to self-isolate, whilst limiting their movement to only what is absolutely necessary, avoiding contact with anyone other than members of their immediate family and avoiding use of public transport; • Strong recommendation for the use of face masks by everyone in all outdoor spaces; limits on the capacity of public markets, and outdoor cinema and theatre screenings ; • A 30% limit on the usual capacity of all public events and entertainment events (including cinemas, theatres and concerts) involving the presence of public; • A maximum limit of 50 people, seated with masks, are allowed to attend weddings, christenings or funerals; • A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors (except religious ceremonies as outlined above); • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 50% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters; • A ban on all other markets; • Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 5am the next day (this does not include delivery or take-away services, sale of alcohol prohibited); • A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant; • A limit of 2 passengers allowed in a taxi, in addition to the driver.

    Tier 2: Aegina; Aitoloakarnania; Angistri; Argolida; Chios (including Psara); Corfu; Evia (including Skyros); Florina; Heraklion; Hydra; Karditsa; Korinthia; Kos (and surrounding smaller islands); Lesbos; Mykonos; Poros; Preveza; Rhodes (and surrounding smaller islands); Salamis; Samos; Spetses; Magnisia
    Local restrictions in place: • Prohibition of operation for restaurants, bars, clubs, entertainment venues etc. starting midnight until 5am. • A 50% limit on the usual capacity of all public events and entertainment events (including cinemas, theatres and concerts) involving the presence of public. • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 65% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters. • In restaurants/bars etc. a maximum number of 6 people per table is allowed; • Mandatory use of masks in crowded outdoor spaces (such as bus stops, in public squares), as well as indoors and on public transport; • A maximum of 50 people are allowed in all public and social events and gatherings, except for in the case of religious services, where the limit is 100 people, seated, with social distancing; • A ban on gatherings of more than 50 people, either indoors or outdoors (except religious ceremonies as outlined above); • A limit of 3 passengers allowed in a taxi, in addition to the driver.
    Tier 1: all regions not listed above: Local restrictions in place: • A 65% limit on the usual capacity of all public events and entertainment events (including cinemas, theatres and concerts) involving the presence of the public; • Prohibition of operation for restaurants, bars, clubs, entertainment venues etc. starting at 1am, until 5am; • Operation of outdoor grocery markets subject to distancing between stalls, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters; • In restaurants/bars etc. a maximum number of 6 people per table is allowed;
    • Mandatory use of masks in indoor workplaces, crowded outdoor places (such as bus stops and public squares), as well as on public transport; • A maximum of 200 people (all seated, and wearing masks) are allowed in public and social events and gatherings, except for at large sporting events, where the limit is 500 people; • A ban on private gatherings of more than 100 people, either indoors or outdoors (except religious ceremonies, whose limit is 200 people with social distancing).

    *Travel in Greece: 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 limited to a maximum of 3 adult passengers per vehicle, in addition to the driver. Any children in the vehicle do not count towards this limit. When travelling in a taxi, all passengers must wear face masks.
    *Travel to and from islands: You may travel throughout Greece, including to the islands. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is now permitted within Greece. If your vessel is arriving in Greece from another country, you must comply with specific requirements upon your first landing in Greece. No passengers are permitted on the vessel, except for the crew. Upon arrival, you must present to harbour authorities, who will require the completion of a health declaration, and mandatory testing (to be paid for by the occupants of each vessel).
    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. You can read the Greek authorities’ plans for future changes here (in Greek). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    30.10.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Greek Civil Aviation Authority extends restrictions on some international flights to 8 November (Tornos News, 26.10.2020). Authorities will impose lockdown in Kastoria from 23 October to contain spread of COVID-19 (GTP, 21.10.2020). Flight disruption expected until morning of 16 October as 24-hour public sector strike gets underway (AP, 15.10.2020). Greek authorities extend current restrictions on travelers entering country until 25 October; Bulgaria, Estonia governments announce COVID-19 rules (Sofia Globe, 14.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Greece’s air connections with Turkey are currently closed to passenger traffic. All travellers visiting Greece by air from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia, will be allowed admission into Greece only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test carried out within 72 hours of arrival. Travellers from these countries will also be subject to sample testing upon arrival.
    All travellers entering Greece by any land border are required to produce a COVID-negative PCR test conducted in the country of departure within 72 hours of arrival in Greece. This applies equally to Greek nationals and Greece residence permit holders. These requirements apply to those arriving by road, air or sea, while not applying to lorry drivers.
    The land border with Bulgaria is open at the Promachonas crossing point. All other land borders (including those with Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey) are subject to restrictions.
    From 7 August, all border crossings except the Promachonas crossing with Bulgaria will be shut down each night between 11pm and 7am. Outside these hours, you may cross into Greece at other border points only for essential reasons. From 16 August, if you enter Greece from Albania, including via the Kakavia land border, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form and quarantine for 7 days at the address you provide on the form. As of 16 August, the number of travellers entering Greece through the Kakavia crossing is limited to 750 persons per day.
    Keep an eye on changes to border arrangements on the Greek authorities’ relevant webpage.


    *From within the EU: Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of travellers coming from – or having stayed, in the 14 days prior to arrival – in a country that is classified as “high risk” of COVID-19 infection. Travellers arriving from “high risk” countries will be required to provide a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. An updated list of countries and territories for which a negative PCR test is required upon entry is available at https://travel.gov.gr. The certificate should be written in English and include 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 fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day 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

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity), UAE. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia, United Arab Emirates and Israel are concerned, upon arrival they have to show a certificate (in English) confirming a negative RT-PCR test result, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece, as well as the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form. *Find out more: Protocols for air arrivals in Greece and https://travel.gov.gr/#/.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: The following nationwide rules are in place around the use of face masks in Greece: • Within ‘Tier 4’ and ‘Tier 3’ regions, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public spaces (both indoors and outdoors), at all times. (See below for up-to-date information on which regions fall into Tiers 4 and 3); • Mandatory use of a mask on all public transport within Greece, including on ferries; • Mandatory use of a mask at airports and on aeroplanes; • Mandatory use of masks in all public indoor spaces, including medical and healthcare facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship); • Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social and care facilities and accommodation for refugees and migrants; • Mandatory use of a mask in all indoor workplaces; • Mandatory use of a mask in all crowded outdoor spaces, where social distancing cannot be maintained, including at bus stops, in public parks and squares; • Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates.
    *Public spaces and services: There is a nationwide limit of 50 people on the number that can gather for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas.
    Shops, bars and restaurants are open, as are other service providers like driving schools and private tuition centres (‘frontisteria’). Relevant public health regulations apply when visiting shops, bars, restaurants and other public spaces, including limits on the number of customers per square metre.
    Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes).
    You should comply with these requirements, and all other advice of the Greek authorities. All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended.
    *Local measures and restrictions: As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. The Greek authorities are currently operating a system of 4 tiers of categorisation (Tier 4 specifying the strongest measures; Tier 1 the least strong). You should monitor the situation regularly via media and other information sources, including your accommodation or travel provider. This page will be regularly updated with details of specific local restrictions in place. The Greek government’s website contains a regularly-updated interactive map setting out region-by-region measures (currently available only in Greek). Tier 4: Kozani and Kastoria. Local restrictions in place: • Mandatory use of masks in all outdoor and indoor spaces, including indoor workplaces; • A ban on travelling into or out of the region; • A curfew is in place between 12.30AM and 5AM local time. You should remain in your accommodation between these hours, except in case of emergency; • A ban on all public and private gatherings; • A limit of one person (in addition to the driver) in a taxi; • A limit of three people (including the driver) in a private vehicle; • Closure of shops, gyms, bars, beauty parlours, hairdressers, cinemas, concert venues, theatres (though online performances may continue), museums and archaeological sites; • Suspension of legal services, including courts; other public services may continue to function via telephone or other distance provision, albeit with limits on the number of staff;
    • Closure of restaurants (though take away and delivery services may continue;, sale of alcohol prohibited); • Changes to the functioning of schools, so that learning is delivered either based on rota-systems (that permit reduced physical presence of pupils); or fully via digital means; • Closure of universities, in favour of online learning; closure of playgrounds; • A maximum limit of 9 people at any religious service (including weddings, baptisms and funerals), all of whom must wear masks; • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 50% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters; • Suspension of operation for all outdoor markets. Tier 3: Achaia; Attica (including Athens, and the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis, and Spetses); Boeotia (Viotia); Heraklion; Imathia; Ioannina; Karditsa; Kea; Kythnos; Larissa; Lesbos; Mykonos; Pella; Samos; Santorini and surrounding islands (including Anafi, Folegandros, Ios and Sikinos; Serres; Thessaloniki; Trikala; Zakynthos (Zante); Local restrictions are in place. These include: • Mandatory use of masks in all outdoor and indoor spaces, including indoor workplaces;
    • A curfew is in place between 12.30AM and 5AM local time. You should remain in your accommodation between these hours, except in case of emergency; • Mandatory use of face masks in all indoor work-places; • Mandatory use of face masks in all work-places; • Mandatory use of face masks in crowded outdoor areas where minimum social distancing (of 1.5 metres) cannot be maintained, such as in public squares, at bus stops etc.; • Strong recommendation for anyone aged 65 and over to self-isolate, whilst limiting their movement to only what is absolutely necessary, avoiding contact with anyone other than members of their immediate family and avoiding use of public transport; • Strong recommendation for the use of face masks by everyone in all outdoor spaces; limits on the capacity of public markets, and outdoor cinema and theatre screenings;
    • A 30% limit on the usual capacity of all public events and entertainment events (including cinemas, theatres and concerts) involving the presence of public; • A maximum limit of 50 people, seated with masks, are allowed to attend weddings, christenings or funerals; • A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors (except religious ceremonies as outlined above); • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 50% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters; • A ban on all other markets;
    • Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 5am the next day (this does not include delivery or take-away services, sale of alcohol prohibited); • A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant; • A limit of 2 passengers allowed in a taxi, in addition to the driver. Tier 2: Aitoloakarnania; Argolida; Chios (including Psara); Corfu; Evia (including Skyros); Florina; Grevena; Halkidiki; Kilkis; Korinthia; Kos (and surrounding smaller islands) Lakonia; Naxos (and surrounding islands, including Amorgos and Iraklia); Paros and Antiparos; Pieria; Preveza; Rhodes (and surrounding smaller islands); Rodopi; Veria; Volos; Xanthi; Local restrictions in place: • Prohibition of operation for restaurants, bars, clubs, entertainment venues etc. starting midnight until 5am. • A 50% limit on the usual capacity of all public events and entertainment events (including cinemas, theatres and concerts) involving the presence of public. • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 65% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters. • In restaurants/bars etc. a maximum number of 6 people per table is allowed; • Mandatory use of masks in crowded outdoor spaces (such as bus stops, in public squares), as well as indoors and on public transport • A maximum of 50 people are allowed in all public and social events and gatherings, except for in the case of religious services, where the limit is 100 people, seated, with social distancing; • A ban on gatherings of more than 50 people, either indoors or outdoors (except religious ceremonies as outlined above); • A limit of 3 passengers allowed in a taxi, in addition to the driver. Tier 1: all regions not listed above Local restrictions in place: • A 65% limit on the usual capacity of all public events and entertainment events (including cinemas, theatres and concerts) involving the presence of the public; • Prohibition of operation for restaurants, bars, clubs, entertainment venues etc. starting at 1am, until 5am; • Operation of outdoor grocery markets subject to distancing between stalls, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters; • In restaurants/bars etc. a maximum number of 6 people per table is allowed; • Mandatory use of masks in indoor workplaces, crowded outdoor places (such as bus stops and public squares), as well as on public transport • A maximum of 200 people (all seated, and wearing masks) are allowed in public and social events and gatherings, except for at large sporting events, where the limit is 500 people; • A ban on private gatherings of more than 100 people, either indoors or outdoors (except religious ceremonies, whose limit is 200 people with social distancing).
    *Travel in Greece: 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 limited to a maximum of 3 adult passengers per vehicle, in addition to the driver. Any children in the vehicle do not count towards this limit. When travelling in a taxi, all passengers must wear face masks.
    *Travel to and from islands: You may travel throughout Greece, including to the islands. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is now permitted within Greece. If your vessel is arriving in Greece from another country, you must comply with specific requirements upon your first landing in Greece. No passengers are permitted on the vessel, except for the crew. Upon arrival, you must present to harbour authorities, who will require the completion of a health declaration, and mandatory testing (to be paid for by the occupants of each vessel).
    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. You can read the Greek authorities’ plans for future changes here (in Greek). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    27.10.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Authorities will impose lockdown in Kastoria from 23 October to contain spread of COVID-19 (GTP, 21.10.2020). Flight disruption expected until morning of 16 October as 24-hour public sector strike gets underway (AP, 15.10.2020). Greek authorities extend current restrictions on travelers entering country until 25 October; Bulgaria, Estonia governments announce COVID-19 rules (Sofia Globe, 14.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Greece’s air connections with Turkey are currently closed to passenger traffic. All travellers visiting Greece by air from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia, will be allowed admission into Greece only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test carried out within 72 hours of arrival. Travellers from these countries will also be subject to sample testing upon arrival.
    All travellers entering Greece by any land border are required to produce a COVID-negative PCR test conducted in the country of departure within 72 hours of arrival in Greece. This applies equally to Greek nationals and Greece residence permit holders. These requirements apply to those arriving by road, air or sea, while not applying to lorry drivers.
    The land border with Bulgaria is open at the Promachonas crossing point. All other land borders (including those with Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey) are subject to restrictions.
    From 7 August, all border crossings except the Promachonas crossing with Bulgaria will be shut down each night between 11pm and 7am. Outside these hours, you may cross into Greece at other border points only for essential reasons. From 16 August, if you enter Greece from Albania, including via the Kakavia land border, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form and quarantine for 7 days at the address you provide on the form. As of 16 August, the number of travellers entering Greece through the Kakavia crossing is limited to 750 persons per day.
    Keep an eye on changes to border arrangements on the Greek authorities’ relevant webpage.


    *Travel from the EU: Entry Restrictions: Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of travellers coming from – or having stayed, in the 14 days prior to arrival – in a country that is classified as “high risk” of COVID-19 infection. Travellers arriving from “high risk” countries will be required to provide a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.
    An updated list of countries and territories for which a negative PCR test is required upon entry is available at https://travel.gov.gr.
    The certificate should be written in English and include 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 fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.
    *Travelling from Greece or returning to Greece: The same rules apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab.
    *Mandatory Travel Documentation: Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form. *Find out more: Travel.gov.gr.

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *Third Countries: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity), UAE. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia, United Arab Emirates and Israel are concerned, upon arrival they have to show a certificate (in English) confirming a negative RT-PCR test result, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece, as well as the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form.
    *Find out more: Protocols for air arrivals in Greece here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: The following nationwide rules are in place around the use of face masks in Greece: • Within ‘Tier 4’ and ‘Tier 3’ regions, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public spaces (both indoors and outdoors), at all times. (See below for up-to-date information on which regions fall into Tiers 4 and 3); • Mandatory use of a mask on all public transport within Greece, including on ferries; • Mandatory use of a mask at airports and on aeroplanes; • Mandatory use of masks in all public indoor spaces, including medical and healthcare facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship); • Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social and care facilities and accommodation for refugees and migrants; • Mandatory use of a mask in all indoor workplaces; • Mandatory use of a mask in all crowded outdoor spaces, where social distancing cannot be maintained, including at bus stops, in public parks and squares; • Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates.
    *Public spaces and services: There is a nationwide limit of 50 people on the number that can gather for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas.
    Shops, bars and restaurants are open, as are other service providers like driving schools and private tuition centres (‘frontisteria’). Relevant public health regulations apply when visiting shops, bars, restaurants and other public spaces, including limits on the number of customers per square metre.
    Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes).
    You should comply with these requirements, and all other advice of the Greek authorities. All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended.
    *Local measures and restrictions: As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. The Greek authorities are currently operating a system of 4 tiers of categorisation (Tier 4 specifying the strongest measures; Tier 1 the least strong). You should monitor the situation regularly via media and other information sources, including your accommodation or travel provider. This page will be regularly updated with details of specific local restrictions in place. The Greek government’s website contains a regularly-updated interactive map setting out region-by-region measures (currently available only in Greek). Tier 4: Kozani and Kastoria. Local restrictions in place: • Mandatory use of masks in all outdoor and indoor spaces, including indoor workplaces; • A ban on travelling into or out of the region; • A curfew is in place between 12.30AM and 5AM local time. You should remain in your accommodation between these hours, except in case of emergency; • A ban on all public and private gatherings; • A limit of one person (in addition to the driver) in a taxi; • A limit of three people (including the driver) in a private vehicle; • Closure of shops, gyms, bars, beauty parlours, hairdressers, cinemas, concert venues, theatres (though online performances may continue), museums and archaeological sites; • Suspension of legal services, including courts; other public services may continue to function via telephone or other distance provision, albeit with limits on the number of staff;
    • Closure of restaurants (though take away and delivery services may continue;, sale of alcohol prohibited); • Changes to the functioning of schools, so that learning is delivered either based on rota-systems (that permit reduced physical presence of pupils); or fully via digital means; • Closure of universities, in favour of online learning; closure of playgrounds; • A maximum limit of 9 people at any religious service (including weddings, baptisms and funerals), all of whom must wear masks; • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 50% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters; • Suspension of operation for all outdoor markets. Tier 3: Achaia; Attica (including Athens, and the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis, and Spetses); Boeotia (Viotia); Heraklion; Imathia; Ioannina; Karditsa; Kea; Kythnos; Larissa; Lesbos; Mykonos; Pella; Samos; Santorini and surrounding islands (including Anafi, Folegandros, Ios and Sikinos; Serres; Thessaloniki; Trikala; Zakynthos (Zante); Local restrictions are in place. These include: • Mandatory use of masks in all outdoor and indoor spaces, including indoor workplaces;
    • A curfew is in place between 12.30AM and 5AM local time. You should remain in your accommodation between these hours, except in case of emergency; • Mandatory use of face masks in all indoor work-places; • Mandatory use of face masks in all work-places; • Mandatory use of face masks in crowded outdoor areas where minimum social distancing (of 1.5 metres) cannot be maintained, such as in public squares, at bus stops etc.; • Strong recommendation for anyone aged 65 and over to self-isolate, whilst limiting their movement to only what is absolutely necessary, avoiding contact with anyone other than members of their immediate family and avoiding use of public transport; • Strong recommendation for the use of face masks by everyone in all outdoor spaces; limits on the capacity of public markets, and outdoor cinema and theatre screenings;
    • A 30% limit on the usual capacity of all public events and entertainment events (including cinemas, theatres and concerts) involving the presence of public; • A maximum limit of 50 people, seated with masks, are allowed to attend weddings, christenings or funerals; • A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors (except religious ceremonies as outlined above); • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 50% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters; • A ban on all other markets;
    • Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 5am the next day (this does not include delivery or take-away services, sale of alcohol prohibited); • A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant; • A limit of 2 passengers allowed in a taxi, in addition to the driver. Tier 2: Aitoloakarnania; Argolida; Chios (including Psara); Corfu; Evia (including Skyros); Florina; Grevena; Halkidiki; Kilkis; Korinthia; Kos (and surrounding smaller islands) Lakonia; Naxos (and surrounding islands, including Amorgos and Iraklia); Paros and Antiparos; Pieria; Preveza; Rhodes (and surrounding smaller islands); Rodopi; Veria; Volos; Xanthi; Local restrictions in place: • Prohibition of operation for restaurants, bars, clubs, entertainment venues etc. starting midnight until 5am. • A 50% limit on the usual capacity of all public events and entertainment events (including cinemas, theatres and concerts) involving the presence of public. • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 65% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters. • In restaurants/bars etc. a maximum number of 6 people per table is allowed; • Mandatory use of masks in crowded outdoor spaces (such as bus stops, in public squares), as well as indoors and on public transport • A maximum of 50 people are allowed in all public and social events and gatherings, except for in the case of religious services, where the limit is 100 people, seated, with social distancing; • A ban on gatherings of more than 50 people, either indoors or outdoors (except religious ceremonies as outlined above); • A limit of 3 passengers allowed in a taxi, in addition to the driver. Tier 1: all regions not listed above Local restrictions in place: • A 65% limit on the usual capacity of all public events and entertainment events (including cinemas, theatres and concerts) involving the presence of the public; • Prohibition of operation for restaurants, bars, clubs, entertainment venues etc. starting at 1am, until 5am; • Operation of outdoor grocery markets subject to distancing between stalls, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters; • In restaurants/bars etc. a maximum number of 6 people per table is allowed; • Mandatory use of masks in indoor workplaces, crowded outdoor places (such as bus stops and public squares), as well as on public transport • A maximum of 200 people (all seated, and wearing masks) are allowed in public and social events and gatherings, except for at large sporting events, where the limit is 500 people; • A ban on private gatherings of more than 100 people, either indoors or outdoors (except religious ceremonies, whose limit is 200 people with social distancing).
    *Travel in Greece: 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 limited to a maximum of 3 adult passengers per vehicle, in addition to the driver. Any children in the vehicle do not count towards this limit. When travelling in a taxi, all passengers must wear face masks.
    *Travel to and from islands: You may travel throughout Greece, including to the islands. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is now permitted within Greece. If your vessel is arriving in Greece from another country, you must comply with specific requirements upon your first landing in Greece. No passengers are permitted on the vessel, except for the crew. Upon arrival, you must present to harbour authorities, who will require the completion of a health declaration, and mandatory testing (to be paid for by the occupants of each vessel).
    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. You can read the Greek authorities’ plans for future changes here (in Greek). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    23.10.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Authorities will impose lockdown in Kastoria from 23 October to contain spread of COVID-19 (GTP, 21.10.2020). Flight disruption expected until morning of 16 October as 24-hour public sector strike gets underway (AP, 15.10.2020). Greek authorities extend current restrictions on travelers entering country until 25 October; Bulgaria, Estonia governments announce COVID-19 rules (Sofia Globe, 14.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Greece’s air connections with Turkey are currently closed to passenger traffic. All travellers visiting Greece by air from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia, will be allowed admission into Greece only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test carried out within 72 hours of arrival. Travellers from these countries will also be subject to sample testing upon arrival.
    All travellers entering Greece by any land border are required to produce a COVID-negative PCR test conducted in the country of departure within 72 hours of arrival in Greece. This applies equally to Greek nationals and Greece residence permit holders. These requirements apply to those arriving by road, air or sea, while not applying to lorry drivers.
    The land border with Bulgaria is open at the Promachonas crossing point. All other land borders (including those with Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey) are subject to restrictions.
    From 7 August, all border crossings except the Promachonas crossing with Bulgaria will be shut down each night between 11pm and 7am. Outside these hours, you may cross into Greece at other border points only for essential reasons. From 16 August, if you enter Greece from Albania, including via the Kakavia land border, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form and quarantine for 7 days at the address you provide on the form. As of 16 August, the number of travellers entering Greece through the Kakavia crossing is limited to 750 persons per day.
    Keep an eye on changes to border arrangements on the Greek authorities’ relevant webpage.


    *Travel from the EU: Entry Restrictions: Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of travellers coming from – or having stayed, in the 14 days prior to arrival – in a country that is classified as “high risk” of COVID-19 infection. Travellers arriving from “high risk” countries will be required to provide a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.
    An updated list of countries and territories for which a negative PCR test is required upon entry is available at https://travel.gov.gr.
    The certificate should be written in English and include 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 fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.
    *Travelling from Greece or returning to Greece: The same rules apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab.
    *Mandatory Travel Documentation: Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form. *Find out more: Travel.gov.gr.

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *Third Countries: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity), UAE. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia, United Arab Emirates and Israel are concerned, upon arrival they have to show a certificate (in English) confirming a negative RT-PCR test result, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece, as well as the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form.
    *Find out more: Protocols for air arrivals in Greece here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: The following nationwide rules are in place around the use of face masks in Greece:
    • Mandatory use of a mask on all public transport within Greece, including on ferries;
    • Mandatory use of a mask at airports and on aeroplanes;
    • Mandatory use of masks in all public indoor spaces, including medical and healthcare facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship);
    • Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social and care facilities and accommodation for refugees and migrants;
    • Mandatory use of a mask in all indoor workplaces;
    • Mandatory use of a mask in all crowded outdoor spaces, where social distancing cannot be maintained, including at bus stops, in public parks and squares;
    • Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates

    *Public spaces and services: There is a nationwide limit of 50 people on the number that can gather for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas.
    Shops, bars and restaurants are open, as are other service providers like driving schools and private tuition centres (‘frontisteria’). Relevant public health regulations apply when visiting shops, bars, restaurants and other public spaces, including limits on the number of customers per square metre.
    Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes).
    You should comply with these requirements, and all other advice of the Greek authorities. All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended.

    *Local measures and restrictions: As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. The Greek authorities are currently operating a system of 4 tiers of categorisation (Tier 4 specifying the strongest measures; Tier 1 the least strong). You should monitor the situation regularly via media and other information sources, including your accommodation or travel provider. This page will be regularly updated with details of specific local restrictions in place. The Greek government’s website contains a regularly-updated interactive map setting out region-by-region measures (currently available only in Greek).
    Tier 4: Kozani and Kastoria. Local restrictions in place:
    • Mandatory use of masks in all outdoor and indoor spaces, including indoor workplaces;
    • A ban on travelling into or out of the region;
    • A ban on all public and private gatherings;
    • A limit of one person (in addition to the driver) in a taxi;
    • A limit of three people (including the driver) in a private vehicle;
    • Closure of shops, gyms, bars, beauty parlours, hairdressers, cinemas, concert venues, theatres (though online performances may continue), museums and archaeological sites;
    • Suspension of legal services, including courts; other public services may continue to function via telephone or other distance provision, albeit with limits on the number of staff;
    • Closure of restaurants (though take away and delivery services may continue;, sale of alcohol prohibited);
    • Changes to the functioning of schools, so that learning is delivered either based on rota-systems (that permit reduced physical presence of pupils); or fully via digital means;
    • Closure of universities, in favour of online learning; closure of playgrounds;
    • A maximum limit of 9 people at any religious service (including weddings, baptisms and funerals), all of whom must wear masks;
    • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 50% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters;
    • Suspension of operation for all outdoor markets.
    Tier 3: Achaia; Attica (including Athens, and the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis, and Spetses); Boeotia (Viotia); Heraklion; Imathia; Ioannina; Karditsa; Kea; Kythnos; Larissa; Lesbos; Mykonos; Pella; Samos; Santorini and surrounding islands (including Anafi, Folegandros, Ios and Sikinos; Serres; Thessaloniki; Trikala; Zakynthos (Zante)
    Local restrictions are in place. These include:
    • Mandatory use of face masks in all indoor work-places;
    • Mandatory use of face masks in all work-places;
    • Mandatory use of face masks in crowded outdoor areas where minimum social distancing (of 1.5 metres) cannot be maintained, such as in public squares, at bus stops etc.;
    • Strong recommendation for anyone aged 65 and over to self-isolate, whilst limiting their movement to only what is absolutely necessary, avoiding contact with anyone other than members of their immediate family and avoiding use of public transport;
    • Strong recommendation for the use of face masks by everyone in all outdoor spaces; limits on the capacity of public markets, and outdoor cinema and theatre screenings ;
    • A 30% limit on the usual capacity of all public events and entertainment events (including cinemas, theatres and concerts) involving the presence of public;
    • A maximum limit of 50 people, seated with masks, are allowed to attend weddings, christenings or funerals;
    • A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors (except religious ceremonies as outlined above);
    • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 50% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters;
    • A ban on all other markets;
    • Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 5am the next day (this does not include delivery or take-away services, sale of alcohol prohibited);
    • A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant
    • A limit of 2 passengers allowed in a taxi, in addition to the driver.

    Tier 2: Aitoloakarnania; Argolida; Chios (including Psara); Corfu; Evia (including Skyros); Florina; Grevena; Halkidiki; Kilkis; Korinthia; Kos (and surrounding smaller islands) Lakonia; Naxos (and surrounding islands, including Amorgos and Iraklia); Paros and Antiparos; Pieria; Preveza; Rhodes (and surrounding smaller islands); Rodopi; Xanthi; Veria; Volos
    Local restrictions in place:
    • Prohibition of operation for restaurants, bars, clubs, entertainment venues etc. starting midnight until 5am.
    • A 50% limit on the usual capacity of all public events and entertainment events (including cinemas, theatres and concerts) involving the presence of public.
    • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 65% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters.
    • In restaurants/bars etc. a maximum number of 6 people per table is allowed;
    • Mandatory use of masks in crowded outdoor spaces (such as bus stops, in public squares), as well as indoors and on public transport
    • A maximum of 50 people are allowed in all public and social events and gatherings, except for in the case of religious services, where the limit is 100 people, seated, with social distancing;
    • A ban on gatherings of more than 50 people, either indoors or outdoors (except religious ceremonies as outlined above);
    • A limit of 3 passengers allowed in a taxi, in addition to the driver.
    Tier 1: all regions not listed above
    Local restrictions in place:
    • A 65% limit on the usual capacity of all public events and entertainment events (including cinemas, theatres and concerts) involving the presence of the public.
    • Prohibition of operation for restaurants, bars, clubs, entertainment venues etc. starting at 1am, until 5am.
    • Operation of outdoor grocery markets subject to distancing between stalls, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters.
    • In restaurants/bars etc. a maximum number of 6 people per table is allowed;
    • Mandatory use of masks in indoor workplaces, crowded outdoor places (such as bus stops and public squares), as well as on public transport
    • A maximum of 200 people (all seated, and wearing masks) are allowed in public and social events and gatherings, except for at large sporting events, where the limit is 500 people.
    • A ban on private gatherings of more than 100 people, either indoors or outdoors (except religious ceremonies, whose limit is 200 people with social distancing).
    *Travel in Greece:
    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 limited to a maximum of 3 adult passengers per vehicle, in addition to the driver. Any children in the vehicle do not count towards this limit. When travelling in a taxi, all passengers must wear face masks.
    * Travel to and from islands:
    You may travel throughout Greece, including to the islands.
    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.
    Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review.
    Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is now permitted within Greece. If your vessel is arriving in Greece from another country, you must comply with specific requirements upon your first landing in Greece. No passengers are permitted on the vessel, except for the crew. Upon arrival, you must present to harbour authorities, who will require the completion of a health declaration, and mandatory testing (to be paid for by the occupants of each vessel).
    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.
    You can read the Greek authorities’ plans for future changes here (in Greek). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.

    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    22.10.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Flight disruption expected until morning of 16 October as 24-hour public sector strike gets underway (AP, 15.10.2020). Greek authorities extend current restrictions on travelers entering country until 25 October; Bulgaria, Estonia governments announce COVID-19 rules (Sofia Globe, 14.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Greece’s air connections with Turkey are currently closed to passenger traffic. All travellers visiting Greece by air from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia, will be allowed admission into Greece only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test carried out within 72 hours of arrival. Travellers from these countries will also be subject to sample testing upon arrival.
    All travellers entering Greece by any land border are required to produce a COVID-negative PCR test conducted in the country of departure within 72 hours of arrival in Greece. This applies equally to Greek nationals and Greece residence permit holders. These requirements apply to those arriving by road, air or sea, while not applying to lorry drivers.
    The land border with Bulgaria is open at the Promachonas crossing point. All other land borders (including those with Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey) are subject to restrictions.
    From 7 August, all border crossings except the Promachonas crossing with Bulgaria will be shut down each night between 11pm and 7am. Outside these hours, you may cross into Greece at other border points only for essential reasons. From 16 August, if you enter Greece from Albania, including via the Kakavia land border, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form and quarantine for 7 days at the address you provide on the form. As of 16 August, the number of travellers entering Greece through the Kakavia crossing is limited to 750 persons per day.
    Keep an eye on changes to border arrangements on the Greek authorities’ relevant webpage.


    *Travel from the EU: Entry Restrictions: Entry from EU+ countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of travellers coming from – or having stayed, in the 14 days prior to arrival – in a country that is classified as “high risk” of COVID-19 infection. Travellers arriving from “high risk” countries will be required to provide a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.
    An updated list of countries and territories for which a negative PCR test is required upon entry is available at https://travel.gov.gr.
    The certificate should be written in English and include 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 fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.
    *Travelling from Greece or returning to Greece: The same rules apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab.
    *Mandatory Travel Documentation: Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form. *Find out more: Travel.gov.gr.

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *Third Countries: Travellers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity) are allowed to enter Greece without restrictions. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia, United Arab Emirates and Israel are concerned, upon arrival they have to show a certificate (in English) confirming a negative RT-PCR test result, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece, as well as the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: The following nationwide rules are in place around the use of face masks in Greece: • Mandatory use of a mask on all public transport within Greece, including on ferries; • Mandatory use of a mask at airports and on aircraft; • Mandatory use of masks in all public indoor spaces, including medical and healthcare facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship); • Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social and care facilities and accommodation for refugees and migrants; • Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates; Recommendation for the use of a mask in all enclosed spaces and in outdoor gatherings where normal social distancing cannot be observed.

    *Public spaces and services: There is a nationwide limit of 50 people on the number that can gather for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas. Shops, bars and restaurants are open, as are other service providers like driving schools and private tuition centres (‘frontisteria’). Relevant public health regulations apply when visiting shops, bars, restaurants and other public spaces, including limits on the number of customers per square metre. Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes). You should comply with these requirements, and all other advice of the Greek authorities All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended.

    *Local measures and restrictions: As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. You should monitor the situation regularly via media and other information sources, including your accommodation or travel provider. This page will be regularly updated with details of specific local restrictions in place.
    Attica (including Athens, and the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis, and Spetses). Local restrictions are in place in the regions of Attica, which includes the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis and Spetses. These include: • Mandatory use of face masks in all indoor public spaces; • Mandatory use of face masks in all work-places; • Mandatory use of face masks in crowded outdoor areas where minimum social distancing (of 1.5 metres) cannot be maintained, such as in public squares, at bus stops etc; • Strong recommendation for anyone aged 65 and over to self-isolate for the next 14 days, whilst limiting their movement to only what is absolutely necessary, avoiding contact with anyone other than members of their immediate family and avoiding use of public transport; • Strong recommendation for the use of face masks by everyone in all outdoor spaces; limits on the capacity of public markets, and outdoor cinema and theatre screenings; • A maximum limit of 20 people are allowed to attend weddings, christenings or funerals; • A ban on the holding of any concerts, and on indoor cinema and theatre screenings; • A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors;• Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day; • Prohibition of retail shops opening before 10am (this measure does not apply to food and drink outlets, such as supermarkets, grocery stores and bakeries);• A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people;
    Pella, Pieria, Imathia, Kilkis, Lesvos, Zakynthos (Zante), Mykonos, Halkidiki, Chania and Heraklion (Crete):
    Local restrictions in place: • Suspension of all entertainment events involving the presence of public. • Prohibition of operation for restaurants, bars, clubs, entertainment venues etc. starting midnight until 5am. • Suspension of all retail sale of goods, such as kiosks, mini markets (including those located in gas stations), liquor stores, tobacco stores, grocery stores, bakeries, confectioneries starting midnight until 5am. Pharmacies, gas stations and vending machines are excluded, except for sale of alcoholic beverages. • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 50% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 5 meters between the counters. • Suspension of operation for all outdoor markets. • In restaurants/bars etc. a maximum number of 4 people per table is allowed, unless they are first degree relatives where up to 6 people are allowed.• Mandatory use of mask both outdoors and indoors, as well as on public transport • A maximum of 50 people are allowed in all public and social events and gatherings.Kythnos, Ioannina and Achaia – in addition to the above • Prohibition of all gatherings of over 9 people for any reason, both in public and in private. Thessaloniki, East Macedonia & Thrace, Larissa, Corfu, Karditsa, Trikala, Volos, Rethymnon, Lashithi, Paros & Antiparos, Santorini, Rhodes, Kos: • Restaurants, bars and entertainment venues will remain closed from midnight to 7am. • A ban of gatherings of more than 50 people, either indoors and outdoors. This list of areas may be expanded.

    *Travel in Greece: 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 limited to a maximum of 3 adult passengers per vehicle, in addition to the driver. Any children in the vehicle do not count towards this limit. When travelling in a taxi, all passengers must wear face-masks.

    *Travel to and from islands: You may travel throughout Greece, including to the islands. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is now permitted within Greece. If your vessel is arriving in Greece from another country, you must comply with specific requirements upon your first landing in Greece. No passengers are permitted on the vessel, except for the crew. Upon arrival, you must present to harbour authorities, who will require the completion of a health declaration, and mandatory testing (to be paid for by the occupants of each vessel).
    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.
    You can read the Greek authorities’ plans for future changes here (in Greek). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.

    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    20.10.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Flight disruption expected until morning of 16 October as 24-hour public sector strike gets underway (AP, 15.10.2020). Greek authorities extend current restrictions on travelers entering country until 25 October; Bulgaria, Estonia governments announce COVID-19 rules (Sofia Globe, 14.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Greece’s air connections with Turkey are currently closed to passenger traffic. All travellers visiting Greece by air from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia, will be allowed admission into Greece only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test carried out within 72 hours of arrival. Travellers from these countries will also be subject to sample testing upon arrival.
    All travellers entering Greece by any land border are required to produce a COVID-negative PCR test conducted in the country of departure within 72 hours of arrival in Greece. This applies equally to Greek nationals and Greece residence permit holders. These requirements apply to those arriving by road, air or sea, while not applying to lorry drivers.
    The land border with Bulgaria is open at the Promachonas crossing point. All other land borders (including those with Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey) are subject to restrictions.
    From 7 August, all border crossings except the Promachonas crossing with Bulgaria will be shut down each night between 11pm and 7am. Outside these hours, you may cross into Greece at other border points only for essential reasons. From 16 August, if you enter Greece from Albania, including via the Kakavia land border, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form and quarantine for 7 days at the address you provide on the form. As of 16 August, the number of travellers entering Greece through the Kakavia crossing is limited to 750 persons per day.
    Keep an eye on changes to border arrangements on the Greek authorities’ relevant webpage.


    *Travel from the EU: Entry Restrictions: Entry from EU+ countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of travellers coming from – or having stayed, in the 14 days prior to arrival – in a country that is classified as “high risk” of COVID-19 infection. Travellers arriving from “high risk” countries will be required to provide a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino. An updated list of countries and territories for which a negative PCR test is required upon entry is available at https://travel.gov.gr
    . The certificate should be written in English and include 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 fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. *Travelling from Greece or returning to Greece: The same rules apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab. *Mandatory Travel Documentation: Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form. *Find out more: Travel.gov.gr


    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *Third Countries: Travellers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity) are allowed to enter Greece without restrictions. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia, United Arab Emirates and Israel are concerned, upon arrival they have to show a certificate (in English) confirming a negative RT-PCR test result, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece, as well as the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: The following nationwide rules are in place around the use of face masks in Greece: • Mandatory use of a mask on all public transport within Greece, including on ferries; • Mandatory use of a mask at airports and on aircraft; • Mandatory use of masks in all public indoor spaces, including medical and healthcare facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship); • Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social and care facilities and accommodation for refugees and migrants; • Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates; Recommendation for the use of a mask in all enclosed spaces and in outdoor gatherings where normal social distancing cannot be observed.

    *Public spaces and services: There is a nationwide limit of 50 people on the number that can gather for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas. Shops, bars and restaurants are open, as are other service providers like driving schools and private tuition centres (‘frontisteria’). Relevant public health regulations apply when visiting shops, bars, restaurants and other public spaces, including limits on the number of customers per square metre. Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes). You should comply with these requirements, and all other advice of the Greek authorities All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended.

    *Local measures and restrictions: As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. You should monitor the situation regularly via media and other information sources, including your accommodation or travel provider. This page will be regularly updated with details of specific local restrictions in place.
    Attica (including Athens, and the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis, and Spetses). Local restrictions are in place in the regions of Attica, which includes the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis and Spetses. These include: • Mandatory use of face masks in all indoor public spaces; • Mandatory use of face masks in all work-places; • Mandatory use of face masks in crowded outdoor areas where minimum social distancing (of 1.5 metres) cannot be maintained, such as in public squares, at bus stops etc; • Strong recommendation for anyone aged 65 and over to self-isolate for the next 14 days, whilst limiting their movement to only what is absolutely necessary, avoiding contact with anyone other than members of their immediate family and avoiding use of public transport; • Strong recommendation for the use of face masks by everyone in all outdoor spaces; limits on the capacity of public markets, and outdoor cinema and theatre screenings; • A maximum limit of 20 people are allowed to attend weddings, christenings or funerals; • A ban on the holding of any concerts, and on indoor cinema and theatre screenings; • A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors;• Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day; • Prohibition of retail shops opening before 10am (this measure does not apply to food and drink outlets, such as supermarkets, grocery stores and bakeries);• A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people;
    Pella, Pieria, Imathia, Kilkis, Lesvos, Zakynthos (Zante), Mykonos, Halkidiki, Chania and Heraklion (Crete):
    Local restrictions in place: • Suspension of all entertainment events involving the presence of public. • Prohibition of operation for restaurants, bars, clubs, entertainment venues etc. starting midnight until 5am. • Suspension of all retail sale of goods, such as kiosks, mini markets (including those located in gas stations), liquor stores, tobacco stores, grocery stores, bakeries, confectioneries starting midnight until 5am. Pharmacies, gas stations and vending machines are excluded, except for sale of alcoholic beverages. • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 50% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 5 meters between the counters. • Suspension of operation for all outdoor markets. • In restaurants/bars etc. a maximum number of 4 people per table is allowed, unless they are first degree relatives where up to 6 people are allowed.• Mandatory use of mask both outdoors and indoors, as well as on public transport • A maximum of 50 people are allowed in all public and social events and gatherings.Kythnos, Ioannina and Achaia – in addition to the above • Prohibition of all gatherings of over 9 people for any reason, both in public and in private. Thessaloniki, East Macedonia & Thrace, Larissa, Corfu, Karditsa, Trikala, Volos, Rethymnon, Lashithi, Paros & Antiparos, Santorini, Rhodes, Kos: • Restaurants, bars and entertainment venues will remain closed from midnight to 7am. • A ban of gatherings of more than 50 people, either indoors and outdoors. This list of areas may be expanded.

    *Travel in Greece: 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 limited to a maximum of 3 adult passengers per vehicle, in addition to the driver. Any children in the vehicle do not count towards this limit. When travelling in a taxi, all passengers must wear face-masks.

    *Travel to and from islands: You may travel throughout Greece, including to the islands. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is now permitted within Greece. If your vessel is arriving in Greece from another country, you must comply with specific requirements upon your first landing in Greece. No passengers are permitted on the vessel, except for the crew. Upon arrival, you must present to harbour authorities, who will require the completion of a health declaration, and mandatory testing (to be paid for by the occupants of each vessel).
    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.
    You can read the Greek authorities’ plans for future changes here (in Greek). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    16.10.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Greek authorities extend current restrictions on travelers entering country until 25 October; Bulgaria, Estonia governments announce COVID-19 rules (Sofia Globe, 14.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Greece’s air connections with Turkey are currently closed to passenger traffic. All travellers visiting Greece by air from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia, will be allowed admission into Greece only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test carried out within 72 hours of arrival. Travellers from these countries will also be subject to sample testing upon arrival.
    All travellers entering Greece by any land border are required to produce a COVID-negative PCR test conducted in the country of departure within 72 hours of arrival in Greece. This applies equally to Greek nationals and Greece residence permit holders. These requirements apply to those arriving by road, air or sea, while not applying to lorry drivers.
    The land border with Bulgaria is open at the Promachonas crossing point. All other land borders (including those with Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey) are subject to restrictions.
    From 7 August, all border crossings except the Promachonas crossing with Bulgaria will be shut down each night between 11pm and 7am. Outside these hours, you may cross into Greece at other border points only for essential reasons. From 16 August, if you enter Greece from Albania, including via the Kakavia land border, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form and quarantine for 7 days at the address you provide on the form. As of 16 August, the number of travellers entering Greece through the Kakavia crossing is limited to 750 persons per day.
    Keep an eye on changes to border arrangements on the Greek authorities’ relevant webpage.


    From the EU: Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU+ countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of travellers coming from – or having stayed, in the 14 days prior to arrival – in a country that is classified as “high risk” of COVID-19 infection. Travellers arriving from “high risk” countries will be required to provide a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino. An updated list of countries and territories for which a negative PCR test is required upon entry is available at here. The certificate should be written in English and include 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 fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. *Travelling from Greece or returning to Greece- The same rules apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab. *Mandatory Travel Documentation- Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form. *Find out more: here.

    Transit: Transit is permitted.

    Third Country: Travellers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity) are allowed to enter Greece without restrictions. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia, United Arab Emirates and Israel are concerned, upon arrival they have to show a certificate (in English) confirming a negative RT-PCR test result, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece, as well as the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete Passenger Locator Form

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: The following nationwide rules are in place around the use of face masks in Greece: • Mandatory use of a mask on all public transport within Greece, including on ferries; • Mandatory use of a mask at airports and on aircraft; • Mandatory use of masks in all public indoor spaces, including medical and healthcare facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship); • Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social and care facilities and accommodation for refugees and migrants; • Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates; Recommendation for the use of a mask in all enclosed spaces and in outdoor gatherings where normal social distancing cannot be observed.

    *Public spaces and services: There is a nationwide limit of 50 people on the number that can gather for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas. Shops, bars and restaurants are open, as are other service providers like driving schools and private tuition centres (‘frontisteria’). Relevant public health regulations apply when visiting shops, bars, restaurants and other public spaces, including limits on the number of customers per square metre. Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes). You should comply with these requirements, and all other advice of the Greek authorities All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended.

    *Local measures and restrictions: As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. You should monitor the situation regularly via media and other information sources, including your accommodation or travel provider. This page will be regularly updated with details of specific local restrictions in place.
    Attica (including Athens, and the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis, and Spetses). Local restrictions are in place in the regions of Attica, which includes the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis and Spetses. These include: • Mandatory use of face masks in all indoor public spaces; • Mandatory use of face masks in all work-places; • Mandatory use of face masks in crowded outdoor areas where minimum social distancing (of 1.5 metres) cannot be maintained, such as in public squares, at bus stops etc; • Strong recommendation for anyone aged 65 and over to self-isolate for the next 14 days, whilst limiting their movement to only what is absolutely necessary, avoiding contact with anyone other than members of their immediate family and avoiding use of public transport; • Strong recommendation for the use of face masks by everyone in all outdoor spaces; limits on the capacity of public markets, and outdoor cinema and theatre screenings; • A maximum limit of 20 people are allowed to attend weddings, christenings or funerals; • A ban on the holding of any concerts, and on indoor cinema and theatre screenings; • A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors;• Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day; • Prohibition of retail shops opening before 10am (this measure does not apply to food and drink outlets, such as supermarkets, grocery stores and bakeries);• A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people;
    Pella, Pieria, Imathia, Kilkis, Lesvos, Zakynthos (Zante), Mykonos, Halkidiki, Chania and Heraklion (Crete):
    Local restrictions in place: • Suspension of all entertainment events involving the presence of public. • Prohibition of operation for restaurants, bars, clubs, entertainment venues etc. starting midnight until 5am. • Suspension of all retail sale of goods, such as kiosks, mini markets (including those located in gas stations), liquor stores, tobacco stores, grocery stores, bakeries, confectioneries starting midnight until 5am. Pharmacies, gas stations and vending machines are excluded, except for sale of alcoholic beverages. • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 50% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 5 meters between the counters. • Suspension of operation for all outdoor markets. • In restaurants/bars etc. a maximum number of 4 people per table is allowed, unless they are first degree relatives where up to 6 people are allowed.• Mandatory use of mask both outdoors and indoors, as well as on public transport • A maximum of 50 people are allowed in all public and social events and gatherings.Kythnos, Ioannina and Achaia – in addition to the above • Prohibition of all gatherings of over 9 people for any reason, both in public and in private. Thessaloniki, East Macedonia & Thrace, Larissa, Corfu, Karditsa, Trikala, Volos, Rethymnon, Lashithi, Paros & Antiparos, Santorini, Rhodes, Kos: • Restaurants, bars and entertainment venues will remain closed from midnight to 7am. • A ban of gatherings of more than 50 people, either indoors and outdoors. This list of areas may be expanded.

    *Travel in Greece: 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 limited to a maximum of 3 adult passengers per vehicle, in addition to the driver. Any children in the vehicle do not count towards this limit. When travelling in a taxi, all passengers must wear face-masks.

    *Travel to and from islands: You may travel throughout Greece, including to the islands. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is now permitted within Greece. If your vessel is arriving in Greece from another country, you must comply with specific requirements upon your first landing in Greece. No passengers are permitted on the vessel, except for the crew. Upon arrival, you must present to harbour authorities, who will require the completion of a health declaration, and mandatory testing (to be paid for by the occupants of each vessel).
    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.
    You can read the Greek authorities’ plans for future changes here (in Greek). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    14.10.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Greece extends restriction on visitors from Russia until 5 October (Pledge Times, 20.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Greece’s air connections with Turkey are currently closed to passenger traffic. All travellers visiting Greece by air from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia, will be allowed admission into Greece only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test carried out within 72 hours of arrival. Travellers from these countries will also be subject to sample testing upon arrival.
    All travellers entering Greece by any land border are required to produce a COVID-negative PCR test conducted in the country of departure within 72 hours of arrival in Greece. This applies equally to Greek nationals and Greece residence permit holders.
    The land border with Bulgaria is open at the Promachonas crossing point. All other land borders (including those with Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey) are subject to restrictions.
    From 7 August, all border crossings except the Promachonas crossing with Bulgaria will be shut down each night between 11pm and 7am. Outside these hours, you may cross into Greece at other border points only for essential reasons. From 16 August, if you enter Greece from Albania, including via the Kakavia land border, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form and quarantine for 7 days at the address you provide on the form. As of 16 August, the number of travellers entering Greece through the Kakavia crossing is limited to 750 persons per day.
    Keep an eye on changes to border arrangements on the Greek authorities’ relevant webpage.


    From the EU: Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU+ countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of travellers coming from – or having stayed, in the 14 days prior to arrival – in a country that is classified as “high risk” of COVID-19 infection. Travellers arriving from “high risk” countries will be required to provide a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino. An updated list of countries and territories for which a negative PCR test is required upon entry is available at here. The certificate should be written in English and include 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 fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. *Travelling from Greece or returning to Greece- The same rules apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab. *Mandatory Travel Documentation- Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form. *Find out more: here.

    Transit: Transit is permitted.

    Third Country: Travellers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity) are allowed to enter Greece without restrictions. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia, United Arab Emirates and Israel are concerned, upon arrival they have to show a certificate (in English) confirming a negative RT-PCR test result, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece, as well as the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete Passenger Locator Form

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: The following nationwide rules are in place around the use of face masks in Greece: • Mandatory use of a mask on all public transport within Greece, including on ferries; • Mandatory use of a mask at airports and on aircraft; • Mandatory use of masks in all public indoor spaces, including medical and healthcare facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship); • Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social and care facilities and accommodation for refugees and migrants; • Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates; Recommendation for the use of a mask in all enclosed spaces and in outdoor gatherings where normal social distancing cannot be observed.

    *Public spaces and services: There is a nationwide limit of 50 people on the number that can gather for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas. Shops, bars and restaurants are open, as are other service providers like driving schools and private tuition centres (‘frontisteria’). Relevant public health regulations apply when visiting shops, bars, restaurants and other public spaces, including limits on the number of customers per square metre. Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes). You should comply with these requirements, and all other advice of the Greek authorities All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended.

    *Local measures and restrictions: As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. You should monitor the situation regularly via media and other information sources, including your accommodation or travel provider. This page will be regularly updated with details of specific local restrictions in place.
    Attica (including Athens, and the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis, and Spetses). Local restrictions are in place in the regions of Attica, which includes the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis and Spetses. These include: • Mandatory use of face masks in all indoor public spaces; • Mandatory use of face masks in all work-places; • Mandatory use of face masks in crowded outdoor areas where minimum social distancing (of 1.5 metres) cannot be maintained, such as in public squares, at bus stops etc; • Strong recommendation for anyone aged 65 and over to self-isolate for the next 14 days, whilst limiting their movement to only what is absolutely necessary, avoiding contact with anyone other than members of their immediate family and avoiding use of public transport; • Strong recommendation for the use of face masks by everyone in all outdoor spaces; limits on the capacity of public markets, and outdoor cinema and theatre screenings; • A maximum limit of 20 people are allowed to attend weddings, christenings or funerals; • A ban on the holding of any concerts, and on indoor cinema and theatre screenings; • A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors;• Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day; • Prohibition of retail shops opening before 10am (this measure does not apply to food and drink outlets, such as supermarkets, grocery stores and bakeries);• A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people;
    Pella, Pieria, Imathia, Kilkis, Lesvos, Zakynthos (Zante), Mykonos, Halkidiki, Chania and Heraklion (Crete):
    Local restrictions in place: • Suspension of all entertainment events involving the presence of public. • Prohibition of operation for restaurants, bars, clubs, entertainment venues etc. starting midnight until 5am. • Suspension of all retail sale of goods, such as kiosks, mini markets (including those located in gas stations), liquor stores, tobacco stores, grocery stores, bakeries, confectioneries starting midnight until 5am. Pharmacies, gas stations and vending machines are excluded, except for sale of alcoholic beverages. • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 50% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 5 meters between the counters. • Suspension of operation for all outdoor markets. • In restaurants/bars etc. a maximum number of 4 people per table is allowed, unless they are first degree relatives where up to 6 people are allowed.• Mandatory use of mask both outdoors and indoors, as well as on public transport • A maximum of 50 people are allowed in all public and social events and gatherings.Kythnos, Ioannina and Achaia – in addition to the above • Prohibition of all gatherings of over 9 people for any reason, both in public and in private. Thessaloniki, East Macedonia & Thrace, Larissa, Corfu, Karditsa, Trikala, Volos, Rethymnon, Lashithi, Paros & Antiparos, Santorini, Rhodes, Kos: • Restaurants, bars and entertainment venues will remain closed from midnight to 7am. • A ban of gatherings of more than 50 people, either indoors and outdoors. This list of areas may be expanded.

    *Travel in Greece: 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 limited to a maximum of 3 adult passengers per vehicle, in addition to the driver. Any children in the vehicle do not count towards this limit. When travelling in a taxi, all passengers must wear face-masks.

    *Travel to and from islands: You may travel throughout Greece, including to the islands. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is now permitted within Greece. If your vessel is arriving in Greece from another country, you must comply with specific requirements upon your first landing in Greece. No passengers are permitted on the vessel, except for the crew. Upon arrival, you must present to harbour authorities, who will require the completion of a health declaration, and mandatory testing (to be paid for by the occupants of each vessel).
    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.
    You can read the Greek authorities’ plans for future changes here (in Greek). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

    Read more
    10.10.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Greece extends restriction on visitors from Russia until 5 October (Pledge Times, 20.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:


    From the EU: Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU+ countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of travellers coming from – or having stayed, in the 14 days prior to arrival – in a country that is classified as “high risk” of COVID-19 infection. Travellers arriving from “high risk” countries will be required to provide a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino. An updated list of countries and territories for which a negative PCR test is required upon entry is available at here. The certificate should be written in English and include 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 fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. *Travelling from Greece or returning to Greece- The same rules apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab. *Mandatory Travel Documentation- Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form. *Find out more: here.

    Transit: Transit is permitted.

    Third Country: Travellers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity) are allowed to enter Greece without restrictions. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia, United Arab Emirates and Israel are concerned, upon arrival they have to show a certificate (in English) confirming a negative RT-PCR test result, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece, as well as the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete Passenger Locator Form

    Internal Restrictions:
    The following nationwide rules are in place around the use of face masks in Greece: Mandatory use of a mask on all public transport within Greece, including on ferries; Mandatory use of a mask at airports and on aeroplanes; Mandatory use of masks in all public indoor spaces, including medical and healthcare facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship); Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within cam