Greece began reopening for tourism in June 2020, and as of 2021, many countries are still permitted.
We have the full list updated below, which includes the EU/EFTA nations that can currently travel to Greece, as well as the third-party countries outside the EU that have just been given permission.
Temporary Restrictions and Updated News for Greece
- On November 7, 2020 Greece entered into a lockdown that was renewed until at least March 16, 2021, although some services have reopened.
- In 2021, a curfew from 9pm to 5am is still in effect
On June 30th, The EU officially published the list of ‘safe’ countries that will be allowed to travel to the European Union for the purpose of tourism starting on July 1st, 2020. The press release made by the EU was only a recommendation. Each country will still make their own travel restrictions based on the recommendation.
Greece first decided on allowing all 15 of the suggested 15 nations into the country for the purposes of tourism, starting on July 1, 2020, but has now removed some from the list.
Third-Party countries allowed entry into Greece
In line with European guidelines, Greece is extending permission to enter the country to permanent residents of the following third countries:
(accurate as of March 7, 2021)
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- UAE * With additional rapid test upon arrival
This list of countries is to be regularly updated, at least every two weeks.
Update Aug 17 – Permanent Residents from the UAE are now permitted into Greece. Please see more details below.
EU/EFTA nations allowed to travel into Greece:
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom * With additional rapid test upon arrival
PCR Test Requirement Updates
As of November 11, 2020:
Starting on Wednesday November 11th, proof of a negative PCR test will be required from all passengers entering Greece, taken no longer than 72
hours before departure into the country when arriving by air or land.
Now as of August 12, 2020, permanent residents of the UAE can now enter Greece for tourism, IF they are coming directly from the UAE. No transits, and no coming from other nations.
There are some additional entry requirements, of which residents will show to border control:
- Proof of permanent residence in the UAE
- Return tickets and hotel reservations.
- Health Checks (PCR COVID-19 test 72h before departure)
- Passenger Locator Form (PLF)
- Travel insurance
Reports are saying that tourists from Israel, with a 72-hour PCR test, are also permitted into Greece, however not ALL government websites reflect the information. If you are Israeli coming directly from Isreal with the PCR test, you MAY be permitted entry into Greece. Please contact Greek border police or the consulate for confirmation.
Is entry into Greece based on physical location for the last 14-days, or nationality?
Greece has stated ‘permanent resident’ on their government site, which brings us to the assumption it is based on residency/nationality, as well as physical location.
Is there testing or quarantines upon arrival in Greece?
Testing as of November 11 is mandatory for ALL arrivals into Greece. All arrivals must bring with them proof of a negative PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival in the country.
As of March 2021: ALL passengers will also have to quarantine for 7-days, even if they are bringing a negative test.
Before arriving, ALL visitors are obliged to submit the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) which is available online, up to 48 hours before travelling. The visitors will receive a QR code which will be scanned upon arrival. QR code screening personnel direct passengers, depending on their QR code, either to the Covid-19 testing area or the exit. Visitors subjected into testing are obliged to self-isolate at the address of their final destination as declared on their passenger locator form (PLF) for 24 hours until the testing outcome. In case they are tested positive to Covid-19, they will have to stay isolated for 14 days to the dedicated quarantine hotels across the country.
There is no quarantine requirement for travellers arriving from the approved countries listed above.
Have Flights Resumed Into Greece?
Yes, flights from all over the EU are flying directly into Greek airports multiple times daily. Flights from the newly approved ‘third-party’ countries are also starting to resume.
Starting on 1 July, international flights may land at all airports in Greece. Direct flights from the United Kingdom and Sweden are not allowed (until 15 July). All other direct flights are allowed.
What Ports are open in Greece?
Patra and Igoumenitsa. Arrivals at these ports are welcome for ferries and yachts.
Can Canada Travel To Greece?
As of October 25th, no.
Canadians were first approved to travel to Greece in July, but have been removed on October 25th due to a rise in cases.
Can the USA Travel To Greece?
No, not at this time.
Who else can travel to Greece?
There are a few other exceptions being made by Greece. Of course any Greek citizen can always return to the country at any time, but some other exceptions include; citizens of third party countries who have Greek residency permits, immediate family members of Greek citizens, transit passengers, employees and researchers in health and other skilled sectors, and more.
Sources: Government of Greece
Disclaimer: Greece’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.
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Originally Published: July 1, 2020 with updates