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
- On November 7, 2020 Greece entered into a lockdown that was renewed again on January 15, 2021 for at least another 4 months
- In April 2021, a curfew from 9pm to 5am is still in effect
- May 3, 2021 the curfew is expected to be extended to 11pm and restaurants will reopen for outdoor dining
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
- South Korea
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Complete COVID-19 test before arrival if required
- 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