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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
  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Belarus
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • China
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • New Zealand
  • Northern Macedonia
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Turkey  
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

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.

Santorini sunset over the village of Oia in Greece
Santorini sunset over the village of Oia in Greece

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

Tourist wears a protective face mask at the Ancient Greek Parthenon

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.

Scenic Rhodes Island, Lindos Bay,Greece
Scenic Rhodes Island, Lindos Bay,Greece

Greece Covid-19 Entry Requirements:

  1. Complete online Passenger Locator Form at least 24 hours before arriving in Greece.
  2. Check if you need a visa for entry to Greece.
  3. Show proof of a negative PCR test, proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery
  4. Present QR code from Passenger Locator form to border patrol
  5. Follow all mask mandates while in Greece

Read More: 

Countries allowing vaccinated tourists to enter in 2021

Countries Reopening The Complete A-Z List

Travel Insurance That Covers Covid-19

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Sources: Government of Greece / U.S. Embassy in Greece

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


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RogerB

Monday 13th of September 2021

I’m on a cruise ship as crew. I’m from a country not on the current Greece approved list but have a Schengen visa and entered the Zone in another EU country 2 months ago. I will end my current voyage in a month in Athens. Do I need to do a PLF even though I will not pass through Greek immigration? I will have a current PCR test upon commencing 2 months off. May I stay in Greece for two weeks as a tourist?

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 14th of September 2021

From my knowledge, all the same entry rules apply to passengers entering by land, sea, or air If you have been in an approved nation/area for the past 2 weeks, you should be able to enter

Jonas S

Sunday 4th of July 2021

I am planning flying to North Macedonia from the US in August then head to Greece in September from North Macedonia. Do you know if I will need to provide a neg test when I go to Greece from North Macedonia?

Kashlee Kucheran

Sunday 4th of July 2021

Yes, you will either need a negative test, proof of vaccination, or proof of recent recovery

B Canadian

Sunday 27th of June 2021

Hi, I am Canadian and going to Greece next month I got both vaccines but Ontario only gives vaccines receipts indicating the dose etc but no QR code. Will this be accepted in Greece? Thank you!

Kashlee Kucheran

Sunday 27th of June 2021

Yes, the paper proof is fine for now. I believe the QR code is obtained when you fill out your PLF form

Rahul

Thursday 10th of June 2021

Hi Kashlee, so Canadians with negative PCR or fully vaccinated are still not allowed to enter Greece? as of June 2021

Rahul

Thursday 10th of June 2021

@Kashlee Kucheran, thank you. Do you know if the test available at YYZ is sufficient to get entry to Greece?

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 10th of June 2021

Canadians can enter, Canada is clearly listed :)

Fernanda

Saturday 5th of June 2021

Hi, I live in Switzerland and I am coming to Greece for vacations. I have already taken the first dose of Moderna vaccine and I am wondering if I can enter into the country with this certification (first dose only). If it is not possible, is the rapid antigen test valid ? Thanks in advance!

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 5th of June 2021

To be considered for a vaccination exemption, you need to be fully vaccinated. So by only having 1 dose, you will enter as a non-vaccinated passenger and will need to comply with the testing rules we have outlined in this article. (PCR test, antigen not accepted)