Greece (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 07 May, 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: Self-isolation for 7 days required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

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

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 30.04.2021
1. Until 14 May 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 Australia, Israel, Korea (Rep.), New Zealand, Russian Fed., Rwanda, Serbia, Singapore, Thailand, USA 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;
– merchant seamen;
– military personnel;
– students.
More details can be found at https://travel.gov.gr/ .
2. Passengers must complete a “Passenger Locator Form (PLF)” at https://travel.gov.gr/ 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.
3. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival. The test must be in English and must include the name and the passport or identity card number of the passenger.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 5 years;
– permanent residents of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, USA, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued at least 14 days before arrival. The vaccination certificate must be in English. Details can be found at https://travel.gov.gr/ .
4. Passengers could be subject to a COVID-19 rapid test upon arrival.
5. Passengers could be subject to self-isolation for up to 7 days.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

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

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

Is a coronavirus test required?

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

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

Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

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

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

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

Is a quarantine required?

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

Lockdown Details

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. Citizens must also carry identification. There is also a ban on travelling outside home prefectures, except for essential reasons.

Furthermore, a curfew is in place between 21:00 and 05:00. In some regions, depending on epidemiological data, additional restrictions apply (i.e. extended curfew).

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

Authorities have divided the country into “red” and “yellow” areas (in “red” areas additional restrictions apply). This is reviewed on a weekly basis.
 

Sources

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