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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
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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. 

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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)

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • South Korea
  • Rwanda
  • Thailand
  • Singapore
  • Isreal
  • Russia
  • 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:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lichtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • 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.

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UAE Updates

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:

  1. Proof of permanent residence in the UAE
  2. Return tickets and hotel reservations.
  3. Health Checks (PCR COVID-19 test 72h before departure)
  4. Passenger Locator Form (PLF)
  5. Travel insurance
Israel Updates

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.

PLF Form:

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.

Read More: See our complete guide of countries now reopen for international tourism, which countries are expected to be able to travel to the EU, and which cruise ships have reopened for sailings. 

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


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Lara

Thursday 25th of February 2021

Hi my partner who is Brazilian currently living in brazil and i (eu citizen) would like to visit Greece in April do you think this would be possible?

Giovanna

Friday 19th of February 2021

Hi, last July I was given vouchers from Santorini and Athens to use until the end of July 31,2021 but now I’m worry because Americans are still not allow, hopefully I get my money back or at least extend the vouchers til next year:(

Kashlee Kucheran

Friday 19th of February 2021

Many things can change before now and July, just hang in there a little longer!

Hirra

Monday 15th of February 2021

Hi, I am a US citizen hoping to travel to the Rhodes airport in Greece in August and immediately take a ferry to Turkey. However I would be traveling for a "nonessential" purpose. Would this still be considered "in transit"?

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 16th of February 2021

At this point, I highly doubt your transit will be approved as it would require entry into Greece, sorry. However, in August things are bound to be drastically different.

Jillian Mandy Moskiou

Monday 8th of February 2021

Hello. I was told there would be an update February 8th regarding Canadians traveling to Greece. My parents have tickets for April 1st 2021!

Ria

Monday 1st of February 2021

Hello I am from america and i was looking to travel to greece this july 2021. I just read rt now that americans are not allowed to enter. Do you think by July we will be allowed to come and not be quarantined?

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

As of today's rules, it is not permitted. No one, not even the Greek government, knows what the rules will be in July It's best to wait until May/June to see what the rules are around that time, as they change very frequently