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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.
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 April 19, 2021)
- New Zealand
- South Korea
This list of countries is to be regularly updated, at least every two weeks.
EU/EFTA nations allowed to travel into Greece:
- Czech Republic
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.
This PCR test requirement is still in place for 2021, but travelers from the approved nations listed above also have the choice to show proof of vaccination in lieu of a PCR test.
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.
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 25, 2020, 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?
YES. Greece granted access to American tourists as of April 19, 2021
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
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