COVID-19 in Greece
[Travel update: November 3rd, 2020]
Thessaloniki International Airport (SKG) is closed for two weeks from 03-Nov-2020
due to new lockdown measures.
All non-essential domestic and international flights to Thessaloniki’s Makedonia airport are being suspended.
Essential travel should include travel for health issues, business purposes, for imperative family reasons, and persons in need of international protection. For further information and updates, you are kindly advised to contact your airline/travel agent.
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.
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: Australia, United Arab Emirates, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Rwanda, Uruguay, Thailand, China (based on reciprocity). This list will be updated every fortnight.
Passengers of flights from Bulgaria, Romania, UAE, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania, North Macedonia and Hungary (as of September 16, 2020, until November 8, 2020) from the Czech Republic (as of September 28, 2020) and Poland (as of October 3, 2020) and Israel (up to 5.000 passengers per week) to Greece will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.
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.
24 hours before entering Greece, visitors will have to fill in a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) where they will provide their contact details in the country. Targeted or random testing will take place to aid the epidemiological research. Please, download the PLF here.
Land border arrivals from Bulgaria are allowed through Promachonas border station. Entry from other border stations with Bulgaria is allowed for essential travel. With regards to Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey entry is allowed for essential travel. Please note that, as of July 6th, Serbian citizens are not allowed to enter Greece. Border crossing will be allowed only for essential reasons. All travellers entering the Promachonas border station are obliged to submit a negative molecular test (PCR) which has been contacted at least 72 hours before their arrival.
Regarding sea travel, incoming vessels are allowed to dock at Corfu, 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 Nov, 8th. 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.
This is the four-digit number of the Ministry of Tourism for any issue arising during the pandemic crisis.
The line is operating from Monday - Friday 08:00 -16:00.