Greece (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 20 September, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Fully vaccinated travelers from the following countries may now travel to Greece without quarantine requirements: EU and Schengen Area countries, USA, UK, Albania, Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, UAE and Ukraine.

From July 8, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Jordan, Moldova, and Brunei will be added to this list.

Arrivals from Montenegro must present both a vaccination certificate and a negative PCR test.

Arrivals from the Russian Federation must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, or a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours. Vaccination status does not matter for these passengers.

Acceptable vaccines are Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Novovax, Johnson + Johnson, Sinovac, Sputnik, Cansino and Sinopharm. This is in deviation from official EU policy, which is to only admit those who have received EU-approved vaccines.
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 17.09.2021
1. Until 24 September 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, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep), Qatar, Russian Fed., San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates 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 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.
3. 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 after having tested positive. The certificate is considered valid for at least 30 days and at most 180 days after the initial positive result; 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;
– nationals of Russian Fed.;
– residents of Russian Fed.
4. Nationals and residents of 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.
5. Passengers arriving from Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, China (People’s Rep.), Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Morocco, North Macedonia (Rep.), Pakistan, Russian Fed., Turkey or United Arab Emirates 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.
6. Passengers arriving from a country other than Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, China (People’s Rep.), Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Morocco, North Macedonia (Rep.), Pakistan, Russian Fed., Turkey or United Arab Emirates could be subject to a COVID-19 rapid test upon arrival.
7. Passengers could be subject to self-isolation for up to 10 days. Details can be found at https://travel.gov.gr/

 

Detailed Tourist Information

As of May 14th, travelers arriving in Greece are required to have either a negative PCR certificate from a testing laboratory, for a Covid-19 test taken no later than 72 hours before arrival or a negative antigen (rapid) certificate taken no longer than 48 hours before arrival. This test is mandatory for all tourists (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.

– Proof of a negative test is not required however for all travelers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

Acceptable vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm among others.

– Proof of a negative PCR test is not required if the traveler was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 30 to 180 days. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The certificate is issued 30 days after the day of the first positive COVID-19 test and is valid for 180 days after it.

– Every traveler who arrives in Greece, regardless of the certificate in their possession, may undergo a random health screening. If you are selected, please keep in mind that the screening is mandatory. In case of refusal, authorities reserve the right to refuse entry into the country. The selection is made through a targeted sampling system ”EVA” used also in the summer of 2020.

– Important clarification: Entry of tourists in Greece is not subject to vaccination. Presenting a vaccination certificate greatly facilitates the procedures upon arrival. However, in no case is a vaccination or antibodies certificate considered a “passport”.

– The countries from which entry is allowed, under the aforementioned conditions, without the requirement for subsequent self-isolation are: EU++ (Andorra, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican, the Principality of Monaco), USA, UK, Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrein, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo* (This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence), Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Montenergro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, the Russian Federation*, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, UAE, Ukraine.

*For the Russian Federation, from 30.6 passengers must carry a negative PCR molecular test result from a testing laboratory taken up to 72 hours before arrival, or a negative antigen (rapid) test result taken up to 48 hours before arrival regardless if they are vaccinated or not.

– Non EU citizens are strongly advised to choose direct flights to Greece. In any other case, travelers should abide by the stop-over country requirements.
Passengers are allowed to enter the country through all international airports and all ports.

Travellers are allowed to enter from the land borders through the entry gates of Promachonas, Ormenio, Evzonoi, Nymfaia, Niki, Doirani, Kristallopigi, Kipi, Kakavia, Kastanies and Exohi in a 24h basis.

Cruising and yachting is allowed. Maritime connections with Turkey are temporarily restricted.

REQUIREMENTS FOR VISITORS

Before arrival:
– Tourists must fill in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before arriving in Greece. For more information, please click here.

Prior to departure, all travelers must ensure that they carry an acceptable form of certification of their health condition. Acceptable documents include:

– A negative PCR molecular test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry.

– A negative antigen (rapid) test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry.

– A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.

– A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory. The certificate is issued 30 days after the day of the first positive COVID-19 test and is valid for 180 days after it.

– Proof that the traveler was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 30 to 180 days. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

All certificates must include the critical information (i.e. number of doses and their respective dates) in English, German French, Italian, Spanish, Russian and the person’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognized travel document.

Upon arrival:

Travelers arriving in Greece are subject to:

– Sampling RAPID antigen tests at the entrance gates for selected individuals drawn from a targeted sampling system, based on the ”EVA” system.

– Mandatory isolation if they test positive for SARS-Cov-2, following a sampling test. In this case, the travelers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis. Guests will stay in seclusion hotels for a maximum of 10 days. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

 

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