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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

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 April 26, 2021: 

  • ALL EU Countries 
  • ALL Schengen/EU+ Countries
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Rwanda
  • Singapore
  • USA
  • UK
  • Israel
  • Serbia
  • UAE

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 at this time. However, Greece plans to reopen to all countries starting May 15, 2021

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

Updated April 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. The test must show the passenger’s name and passport or ID number (like driver’s licence number) in English.

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.

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

Quarantine Entry Requirements 

From December 18, 2020 to April 19, 2021 all passengers had to complete a 7-day quarantine.

This quarantine has now been dropped for the above mentioned countries if they either present a negative PCR test or proof of vaccination.

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 

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”.

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

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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mike

Wednesday 21st of April 2021

Hi Kashlee,

Thanks for the updates! Do you know what kind of vacc certificates that Greece or Croatia is expecting ? Because so far only the EU as a Union is drafting a proper certificate and France is trialling it too.

But for example, in the US , the govt is not issuing any certificate per-se for fully vaccinated individuals. Just basically a small card with a stamp .... I guess my question is in terms of standards, because the cards that people receive in the US , how can the Greek officers tell whether it's legit or not ?

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 21st of April 2021

This is going to be a 'learn as we go' process ;) Just like each country has different rules, I am sure each country is going to have different ways the recognize certificates, etc. For now, we have heard reports of the nations that are already open for vaccinated tourists accepting the CDC cards. As this gets more advanced, I imagine more will be required, but I really don't know at this point.

Emily Goergen

Monday 19th of April 2021

Best news I’ve heard all year <3 now I won’t have to stress like last year haha

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 19th of April 2021

Yes! This simplifies things for you a lot! :)

Petar Petkovic

Thursday 10th of December 2020

Is there any news regarding Serbian nationality. It says that all NON-EU countries are not allowed to enter Greek borders until 14/12. Will it be any changes for Serbian passport holders, since we are not on the list for entering? Kind regards!

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 10th of December 2020

No that is just when the current rules expire, but 99% of the time they are just simply renewed for another 30 days or so. We do not expect any changes for NON-EU entry at all

Alain

Tuesday 24th of November 2020

I am French nationality residing in Indonesia . I wish to come to Greece from Indonesia . What are the regulations please ?

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 24th of November 2020

Although EU citizens are welcome into Greece, I cannot be sure there won't be additional requirements coming from a non-approved country. A PCR test would be needed, but you should contact Greek border police to be sure

Valeska

Friday 16th of October 2020

I have a Brazilian passport and live in the UK for years... i have a residency card, would i be ok to travel to Greece?

Kashlee Kucheran

Friday 16th of October 2020

Greece is permitting residents of the UK :)