COVID-19 in Greece
[Travel update: July 6th, 2020]
Greece has had among the lowest number of Covid-19 cases in Europe. As restrictions aimed at minimising the spread of the virus are gradually eased across Europe, Greece -after the successful management of the health crisis- proceeds gradually to the lift of measures taken against the spread of Covid-19 throughout the country. The government has announced a two-month plan to open again Greece’s market in several stages.
More information about the 2-month plan can be found here
Greece has re-opened its borders to foreign citizens and international travellers on July 1st. Year-round hotels and camping sites opened on June 1st, while seasonal hotels/resorts are gradually open as of June 15th.
As of July 1st, all Greek airports have reopened to all residents of the Schengen area countries (including Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania), as well as to non-EU Schengen area countries (Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Lichtenstein), to Ireland and the United Kingdom. In conformity with the European guidelines, Greece has reopened its borders to residents of the following third countries: Algeria, Australia, Georgia, Japan, Canada, Morocco, Montenegro, New Zealand, South Korea, Rwanda, Uruguay, Thailand, Tunisia, China (based on reciprocity). This list will be updated every fortnight.
International flights have resumed to all Greek airports. However, direct flights from the United Kingdom, Turkey and Sweden will resume as of July 15th. The same rules apply to direct and transit flights.
The list of the countries was drawn up after a study of the epidemiological profile of the countries of origin of tourists and after taking into account the announcements of the European Air Safety Agency (EASA), as well as the relevant proposal of the Infectious Disease Committee.
Tourists will be allowed to enter Greece without taking a COVID-19 test or remaining in quarantine, but health officials will conduct spot tests when required.
Land borders have reopened only to visitors from Bulgaria (Promachonas border station), whereas crossing the borders from Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey are allowed only for a compelling reason. Please note that as of July 6th (until July 15th) Serbian citizens are not allowed to enter Greece. Border crossing will be allowed only for essential reasons.
Regarding sea travel, incoming vessels are allowed to dock at Igoumenitsa and Patras harbours.
For all other countries, travel restrictions will continue to apply after July 15, however, the list will be updated and expanded as of July 16th. It should be noted that the current restrictions relate to where flights originate from and not to individual travellers’ nationalities.
Testing will be performed by a ladder of the Civil Protection Team. For more info regarding the testing, you must contact only the National Public Health Organization and the Civil Protection of Greece.