COVID-19 in Greece [updated]

COVID-19 in Greece [updated]

[Travel update: Aug 17th, 2021]

Greece has re-opened its borders to foreign citizens and international travel on May 14th
in a safe and attainable manner.

We are excited to welcome you to Greece and hope you enjoy a wonderful and
unforgettable holiday experience!

On behalf of the Greek Government, we would like to inform you that we have done everything in our power to make sure you stay safe during your stay in Greece. Your health is our absolute priority.

Below you will find the requirements in order to enter Greece:

  • As of May 14th, travellers arriving in Greece are required to have a negative PCR certificate from a testing laboratory, for a Covid-19 test taken no later than 72 hours before arrival or a RAPID test performed within 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 travellers 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.

  • Proof of a negative test is not required if the traveller has recovered from COVID in the past 30 to 180 days. This can be proved through a certificate of recovery issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory. 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 traveller 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: The 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 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, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, the Russian Federation*, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine. The quarantine will not be required.

*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.

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 on a 24h basis.

*For Kipi and Kastanies land borders, there is a limit of 1500 passengers per week.

Only travellers who carry a certificate of a negative RT-PCR test result or have a vaccination certificate will be allowed by the border authorities to enter the country. The certificates should be written in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian and bear the name and passport/national ID number of the traveller. Certificate forgery is punished by Greek Law.

All travellers will still have to complete and submit their PLF form and may be subject to random testing upon arrival at the Greek border.

Compliance with the health protocols during tourist transport and throughout your entire hospitality in Greece is the decisive factor that will allow for all of us to stay safe and return to our normality. We ask for your understanding and apologize in advance for any additional inconvenience. Thank you for the cooperation, thank you for choosing our country for your vacation and we look forward to welcoming you to Greece.

Testing will be performed by a ladder of the Civil Protection Team. If you seeking information on COVID-19, you can call the National Corovirus Helpline on 24/7 basis:

1135


This is the four-digit number of the Ministry of Tourism for any issue arising during the pandemic crisis.

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