COVID-19 in Greece
[Travel update: April 19th, 2021]
Greece is opening its borders gradually, in a safe and doable manner. The first stage, from the 19th of April, has some limitations compared to the generalized opening. In the following paragraphs, we describe what applies as of the 19th of April. Information relating to the generalized opening, which will be affected as of the 14th of May, will be announced in due time.
- As of April 19, 2021, all people travelling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This includes air and land arrivals to Greece. This test is mandatory for all tourists (including children over the age of 5), regardless of the epidemiological situation prevalent in the country of departure.
- If the traveller has completed his/her vaccination (i.e. 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and is in a position to confirm it by presenting the relevant vaccination certificate, then proof of a negative test is not required.
- Vaccination certificates with vaccines Sputnik, Sinovac, etc., which have not been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) also exempt visitors from the obligation of a negative PCR test. For the list of acceptable vaccines, see here: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.
- Every traveller who arrives in Greece, regardless of the certificate he carries, may undergo a random health check. If selected, the check is mandatory. Otherwise, we reserve the right to refuse entry into the country. The selection is made through a targeted sampling system, based on the EVA system used in the summer of 2020.
- Attention: We clarify that the entry of tourists in Greece is not subject to vaccination. The presentation of a vaccination certificate greatly facilitates the formalities on arrival. However, in no case is vaccination or an antibodies certificate considered a "passport".
The countries from which entry is allowed, under the aforementioned conditions, without the requirement for isolation are EU + New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore, USA, UK, Israel, Serbia and UAE.
Permanent residents of other countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential travel. Please also be aware that other travellers entering Greece will be required to self-isolate (at their home or temporary residence, for example, hotel) for seven (7) days upon their arrival. If they remain in Greece for a shorter period, they have to self-isolate until their departure.Passengers are allowed to enter the country through 9 airports (Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Corfu, Rhodes, Kos, Chania, Mykonos, Santorini). Travellers are allowed to enter from the land borders of the country through the land entry gates of Promachonas and Nymphaio.
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 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.
For travellers arriving in Greece, the following are provided:
- Sampling RAPID antigen tests at the entrance gates, the selection of individuals drawn from a targeted sampling system, based on the EVA system used in the summer of 2020.
- Mandatory isolation for tourists who have tested positive for SARS-Cov-2, following a sampling test. In this case, the travellers and their escorts are transported to quarantine hotels and undergo further PCR tests to confirm the initial diagnosis. Guests will stay in seclusion hotels for at least 10 days, and they will undergo new tests again. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.
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. 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.