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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. 

November Update:

Greece has entered a 2nd lockdown from November 7 to at least January 6 that will restrict movement.

Santorini, Greece. Oia, white village with cobbled narrow paths, famous attraction of Greek Cyclades Islands, Aegean Sea.
Santorini, Greece: White village with cobbled narrow paths, famous attraction of Greek Cyclades Islands, Aegean Sea.

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: 

  • ALL EU Countries 
  • ALL Schengen Countries
  • United Kingdom
  • Australia
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Uruguay

The U.A.E will need the following to enter Greece

  • 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

Countries not listed on any of the above lists are NOT permitted to visit Greece for tourism. 

Beautiful sunrise at Little Venice on Mykonos island, Cyclades, Greece
Beautiful sunrise at Little Venice on Mykonos island, Cyclades, Greece

Mandatory Passenger Locator Form

All travelers arriving in Greece must fill out the Passenger Locator Form at least 24 hours before arrival. 

Ancient Agora and the Acropolis in Athens, Greece
Ancient Agora and the Acropolis in Athens, Greece

COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements For Greece

Prior to November 11:

Travelers coming from high risk countries will be required to present proof of a negative COVID -19 PCR test no older than 72 hours. (Time swab was taken to arrival in Greece).

The certificates must be in English and the name must be the same as on your passport.

Certificates that do not meet the above criteria will not be accepted.

The following countries are required to present the negative test at border control: Sweden, Belgium Spain, Netherlands, Albania, North Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Malta, UAE.

After November 11:

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.

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

Quarantine Entry Requirements 

Before December 18: Mandatory quarantine is not required for approved nations.

After December 18: In conjunction to the new testing requirement for ALL passengers, everyone entering Greece after December 18 will also have to complete a 10-day quarantine.

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

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 150 euros. 

Tourist wears a protective face mask at the Ancient Greek Parthenon

COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements 

A vaccine for COVID-19 is not yet available to the public. Greece has made any announcements regarding if a proof of vaccine record (POVR) will be mandatory for entry in the future.  

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. Complete COVID-19 test before arrival if required
  4. Present QR code from Passenger Locator form to border patrol
  5. 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


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Originally published August 28, 2020 with updates

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