Greece (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 25 February, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test and covid-19 test required for some countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 14 days required for some countries with a positive test results.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Yes
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational
Shopping: Essential only
Restaurants and Bars: Delivery/Takeout only
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 22.02.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter until 8 March 2021.
-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 who reside in the United Kingdom;
– nationals and residents of Australia, Israel, Korea (Rep.), New Zealand, Russian Fed., Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand and United Arab Emirates;
– passengers with a residence permit issued by Greece. A certificate of application for renewal of a residence permit is not accepted except if the certificate of application is referring to spouse or family member of Greek or EU national;
– 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;
– nationals of North Macedonia (Rep.) returning via Thessaloniki (SKG) to continue by road to North Macedonia (Rep.). Their trip must be prearranged by the authorities;
– military personnel;
– students;
– merchant seamen.
2. Flights from Turkey are suspended.
– This does not apply to humanitarian, medevac, military and repatriation flights.
3. 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.
4. Passengers arriving from Albania and North Macedonia (Rep.) must arrive at Athens (ATH).
5. 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.
6. Passengers are subject to self-isolation for up to 7 days.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

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.

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.

 

Lockdown Details

From 07.11.2020 a general nationwide lockdown is imposed. Citizens in need of going out for essential reasons will have to notify it and to provide specific certificates according to the reasons for their movement. In order to move to/from workplaces, certificate A is required by filling out the form “Employee Traffic Certificate”, while for the other kind of movements type B certificate is necessary. Every time citizens travel, they must also have their police ID or passport with them.

For additional information and for the necessary certificates, please visit www.forma.gov.gr (in Greek).

Furthermore, as of 13.11.2020, from 21:00 to 05:00, a curfew is in place, together with a ban on travelling outside home prefectures. Consequently, only essential movement is allowed (work, health, pet care).

Due to the increased epidemiological burden in the wider region of West Attica and specifically in the Municipalities of Aspropyrgos, Elefsina and Mausoleum, the Greek Government announced the tightening of the current lockdown, with a curfew from 18:00 to 05:00 in place. In these areas, the population is subject to rapid antigen tests, with special emphasis in the areas of Nea Zoi, Neoktista, Ano and Kato Fousa, Goritsa, Sofo of the Municipality of Aspropyrgos, but also in the wider area of Elefsina and Mandra. All the confirmed cases that do not require hospitalization, will be isolated in specific structures, especially if home isolation is not considered feasible.

 

Sources

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