Greece (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 16 December, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: With the fast vaccination rate and the epidemiologic situation improving in Greece and other countries, the Greek authorities decided to open the borders for EU and third-country travellers back in May.

However, in order to protect public health and ensure safe holidays for the tourists, the authorities imposed entry requirements against travellers, including proof of vaccination, which still remains effective.

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

1. Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty)
2. Moderna (Spikevax)
3. AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria)
4. Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)
5. Sinovac (CoronaVac)
6. AstraZeneca – Serum Institute of India (Covishield)
7. Novavax
8. Sputnik V
9. Cansino Biologics
10. Sinopharm BIBP

“Acceptable vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm among others,” the Government said.
Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test and covid-19 test required for all tourist.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Quarantine required for some travellers.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Yes
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 10.12.2021
1. Until 17 December 2021, passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland and their family members;
– British nationals and residents of the United Kingdom;
– nationals and residents of Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, India, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep), Oman, Qatar, Russian Fed., San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Vatican City (Holy See);
– passengers with a residence permit issued by Greece. A certificate of application for renewal of a residence permit issued by Greece is also accepted;
– passengers with a residence permit issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or the United Kingdom;
– passengers with a long term visa issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland;
– merchant seamen;
– military personnel;
– students.
More details can be found at https://travel.gov.gr/
2. Passengers arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Greece;
– passengers with a permit to travel issued by a Greek diplomatic representation.
3. Passengers must complete a “Passenger Locator Form (PLF)” at https://travel.gov.gr/ before arrival in Greece. A confirmation email or a QR code generated from the completed form must be presented upon arrival. Families can be accepted with one joint confirmation e-mail or a unique QR code.
4. Passengers must have:
– a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before arrival; or
– a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival; or
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival; or
– a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at least 30 days and at most 90 days after having tested positive. Recovery certificates issued before 15 July 2021 are not accepted; or
– a positive COVID-19 antigen, PCR or RT-PCR test result issued at least 30 days and at most 180 days before arrival.
All documents must be in English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish or Russian and the passenger’s name must match the name in the passport. More details can be found at https://travel.gov.gr/
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers who reside permanently in the Russian Fed;
– passengers arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe.
5. Passengers arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe must have a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.
6. Passengers who reside permanently in the Russian Fed. must have:
– a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before arrival; or
– a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival.
They are also subject to an antigen or PCR test upon arrival.
The test result must be in English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish or Russian and the passenger’s name must match the name in the passport. More details can be found at https://travel.gov.gr/
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.
7. Passengers arriving from Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Mexico, Morocco, North Macedonia (Rep.), Oman, Pakistan, Russian Fed., Turkey, United Arab Emirates or Uruguay are subject to a COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test upon arrival.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival; or
– passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate.
8. Passengers arriving from a country other than Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Mexico, Morocco, North Macedonia (Rep.), Oman, Pakistan, Russian Fed., Turkey, United Arab Emirates or Uruguay could be subject to a COVID-19 rapid test upon arrival.
9. Passengers could be subject to self-isolation for up to 10 days. Details can be found at https://travel.gov.gr/

 

Detailed Tourist Information

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

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

Only essential travel is now permitted from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Eswatini, Zambia and Malawi,.

Permitted travelers will need to show:

-either a certificate of vaccination against Covid-19, issued by their country’s national authority, in the English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, or Russian language, on the condition that a fourteen (14) day period has elapsed since these passengers were fully vaccinated;

-either a negative molecular test (PCR) for COVID-19, taken up to 72 hours before their entry. Upon their arrival, they may also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF), which is a document required to be submitted by all passengers of incoming international flights, one day before they arrive in Greece. Greek residents who are passengers of international flights leaving Greece are also required to fill in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF).

-either a medical certificate of a COVID-19 infection, issued by a national authority / an accredited testing laboratory, in the English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, or Russian language. The certificate can be issued thirty (30) days after the positive test result and it is valid for six months.

The Passenger Locator Form (PLF) can be found on the:

-Visit Greece app IOS (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/visit-greece/id1523802597) or Android (https://bit.ly/3pvtWWt)

-travel.gov.gr (https://travel.gov.gr/#/)
 

Lockdown Details

It is mandatory to wear a facemask in all indoor spaces and public transport means. The use of facemask is recommended in crowded outdoor areas.

Citizens are encouraged to apply physical distance rules everywhere. Special social distancing rules have been set for a wide range of places, such as hospitals, medical centres, restaurants, cafés, offices, schools, universities, supermarkets, shopping malls, public transportation vehicles and stations, small shops, barbershops, places of worship, lifts, etc.

Precautionary measures may be subject to variations according to the epidemiological level of the different Regional Units.

Public transportation and taxi passengers are obliged to wear a face mask. This includes passengers of ferries, dayboats and sea taxis.

Tourism accommodations are available under specific hygiene protocols.

Restaurants, cafés, bars, and nightclubs are open for seated customers ONLY.

Up to 10 individuals are allowed per table. Two customers seated on stools are allowed at the counter and a 1.5 m distance must be kept from the next two customers.

Restaurant and café indoor spaces as well as indoor and outdoor areas of nightclubs, late-night bars, pubs, and boîtes admit customers who show a Covid-19 vaccination certificate or a medical document as proof of their Covid-19 infection and recovery. Minors upon their entrance must show any of the above-mentioned tests or a negative self-test certificate done 24 hours earlier, by simply stating their self-test result on the following pdf (download here: https://self-testing.gov.gr/covid19-self-test-print.pdf).

The use of masks is mandatory for customers waiting for a table, and strongly recommended for those already seated.
 

Sources

https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/FRA
Data Source: covidcontrols.co