Greece has long been known as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world before the COVID-19 outbreak. Looking to revitalize its tourism, Greece has implemented COVID-19 entry requirements to help keep its residents and tourists safe during the pandemic.
Here is everything you need to know before booking your trip and the health protocols that need to be followed once arriving. Make sure to bookmark this page as it will be updated as new entry requirements are released.
Temporary Restrictions and Updated News for Greece
- May 14, 2021 many services, business and tourism attractions have reopened
- August 2021, more countries were added to the approved list for entry (see below)
- September 2021, proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test needed to fly domestically within Greece
Entry Requirements For Countries Permitted to Visit Greece For Tourism
The following countries are permitted to enter Greece for tourism under the following entry requirements, last updated Sept 29, 2021:
- ALL EU Countries
- ALL Schengen/EEA Countries
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- New Zealand
- Northern Macedonia
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
Countries not listed on any of the above lists are NOT permitted to visit Greece for tourism at this time.
Mandatory Passenger Locator Form
All travelers arriving in Greece must fill out the Passenger Locator Form at least 24 hours before arrival.
COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements For Greece
Proof of a negative PCR test, proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery needed for entry
Updated September 2021
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. Antigen within 48 hours is also accepted as of mid-2021.
Vaccination exemption as of April 19, 2021: If the traveler 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 PCR test is not required.
Proof of Recovery Exemption as of May 14, 2021: – This can be done in two ways. Either a medical certificate within 9 months that’s been issued from a doctor, health authority, or a certified lab – or – a positive PCR test issued between 2 months to 9 months.
Quarantine Entry Requirements
Quarantine has now been dropped for all approved countries if they either present a negative PCR test, proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery.
COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements
All travelers are highly recommended to have travel insurance the covers COVID-19 for the duration of their trip to Greece.
Symptomatic Passengers Arriving Into Greece
All tourists visiting Greece should be aware that if they are displaying symptoms upon arrival at the border, a test could be randomly conducted, no matter what proof/exemption like vaccination the traveler might have. Random sampling may also occur.
Greece’s official government site reads: “Every traveler who arrives in Greece, regardless of the certificate in their possession, may undergo a random health screening. If you are selected, please keep in mind that the screening is mandatory. In case of refusal, authorities reserve the right to refuse entry into the country. The selection is made through a targeted sampling system ”EVA” used also in the summer of 2020”
In the case a tourist tests positive upon entry into Greece, themselves and their party will be transferred to a quarantine hotel for 10-days, at the cost of the Greek government.
Antigen Testing at Athens Airport
Some travelers, notably tourists from the U.S. will need to obtain a negative Antigen test before returning to their home country (as dictated by their country’s entry requirements, not Greece)
Athens airport has a Athens Medical Center satellite testing booth located on the Arrivals level, between exits 2 and 3. The testing booth is open 24 hours a day, giving antigen results in 15-20 minutes at a cost of €20. PCR tests with results in 24 hours are also available for €60.
Air, Land and Sea Borders Open
Travelers are permitted to enter the Greece through:
- All international airports (many direct flights have restarted)
- Seaports of Patras, Igoumenitsa, and Corfu
- Land borders of Promachonas and Ormenio in a 24h basis and Evzonoi from 07:00 to 23:00
COVID-19 Health Requirements While in Greece
All travelers must follow Greek health protocols to help protect against the transmission of COVID-19.
Mask are required in all indoor public spaces including grocery stores, banks, public transportation, malls, salons and all enclosed spaces. Masks are also required in some outdoor areas in Greece. Follow all signage and instructions. Failure to abide by mandatory mask rules where required could result in fines up to 300 euros.
Note: Children under 5 years of age are exempt
COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements
As of April 19, 2021, Greece is now recognizing proof of vaccination for entry and a substitute for presenting a negative PCR test.
They state: “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 a vaccination or an antibodies certificate considered a “passport”.
Vaccines accepted by Greek officials include: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.
Visa Entry Requirements For Greece During COVID-19
All travelers arriving in Greece must follow all regular visa entry rules.
Use this government page to find out if you need a visa before traveling to Greece.
Travelers that require a visa must apply at a Greek embassy in their home country before traveling.
Greece Covid-19 Entry Requirements:
- Complete online Passenger Locator Form at least 24 hours before arriving in Greece.
- Check if you need a visa for entry to Greece.
- Show proof of a negative PCR test, proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery
- Present QR code from Passenger Locator form to border patrol
- Follow all mask mandates while in Greece
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Disclaimer: Current Greece entry requirements can change without notice and are 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. Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories
Originally published August 28, 2020 with updates