Destination Greece Health First tel: 1572
I WANT TO TRAVEL TO GREECE, CAN I?
For the protection of passengers and citizens from COVID-19, the following restrictions apply until 6:00 a.m., May 14th 2021:
- All passengers of international flights arriving in Greece will have to show a negative molecular test (PCR) for COVID-19, taken up to 72 hours before their entry. Upon their arrival, they will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF), which is a document required to be submitted by all passengers of incoming international flights.
Greek residents who are passengers of international flights leaving Greece are also required to fill in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF).
- All flight passengers entering Greece will have to self-isolate for seven (7) days, as a precaution, at home or at their sojourn address stated in the PLF form. If they remain in Greece for a period shorter than seven days, then they will have to self-isolate until their departure. In case their test result is positive, they will be quarantined for 14 days.
- Third country citizens, i.e. outside the EU and the Schengen Area, are not allowed to enter Greece. Exceptions apply to residents of the U.S.A., the United Kingdom, Serbia, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the Russian Federation and Israel.
- Residents of a European Union Member State / Schengen Area country, the U.S.A., U.K., Serbia, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, the Russian Federation, and Singapore will not be subject to the seven-day quarantine applicable to everyone else, provided that:
• they hold a certificate of vaccination against Covid-19, issued by a national authority in the English language, AND a fourteen (14) day period has elapsed since these passengers were fully vaccinated,
• they show a negative result to a molecular PCR test for Covid-19, taken within 72 hrs before their entry in Greece.
- Flights from the Russian Federation: Russian residents (limited to 4,000 per week) are permitted to enter Greece at the airports of Athens; Thessaloniki; Heraklion, Crete; Corfu; Rhodes; Kos; Mykonos; Santorini; and Chania, Crete. They must also show both documents (i.e. their vaccination certificate and their PCR test), as described above.
- Until 6 a.m., May 10th 2021, domestic flights across the country will be allowed only for essential travel (i.e., for health / business / family re-uniting reasons, or for returning to place of residence).
Protocol for passengers travelling by air
Land border arrivals for non essential reasons are allowed from Bulgaria through Promachonas and Nymfea border checkpoints. Travellers will have to fill in and submit the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) one day before they arrive. Upon arrival, they will have to show a negative molecular test (PCR) for Covid-19 taken within 72 hours before they arrive. They will also take a Rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.
Entry is permitted to residents of EU+ countries, i.e. European Union countries, the United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland. Entry is also allowed to residents of the U.S.A., Serbia, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates.
All travellers entering Greece will have to self-isolate for seven (7) days, as a precaution, at home or at their sojourn address stated in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF). If they remain in Greece for a period of time shorter than seven days, then they will have to self-isolate until their departure.
Residents of a European Union Member State and a Schengen Area country, the U.S.A., U.K., Serbia, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates will not be subject to the seven-day quarantine applicable to everyone else, if
- they have been vaccinated against Covid-19 and they show a vaccination certificate issued by a national authority in the English language, and a fourteen (14) day period has elapsed since these travellers were fully vaccinated, OR
- they have a negative result to a molecular PCR test taken within 72 hrs before their entry in Greece.
Travelling from Albania, Turkey, and North Macedonia is allowed for essential reasons only.
Protocol for passengers arriving by land
More information and update at https://travel.gov.gr/#/
As of November 9, 2020 arrivals by sea (e.g. of private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other type of tourist boat), regardless of flag or port of origin, are prohibited. Ferry service with Turkey and Albania has been discontinued until further notice.
More information at https://travel.gov.gr/#/
Do I have to take a medical test to enter Greece? Will I be placed on a 14-day quarantine when I arrive?
With the exception of children under the age of ten, all travellers must show a negative molecular test (PCR) for Covid-19, taken up to 72 hours before their arrival at the border checkpoint. Visitors travelling to Greece by air will be subject to random testing upon arrival. All travellers crossing the land borders will be subject to a rapid test for Covid-19. In the event of a positive test result, they will be placed on a 14-day quarantine, and the expenses will be covered by the Greek state. Arrivals by boat are prohibited.
Can a visitor provide the results of a molecular test (conducted up to 72 hours prior to arrival) to avoid being tested?
Τravellers who show a negative molecular test for Covid-19 at the border checkpoints are still subject to random testing, or rapid tests.
Are hotels open?
Yes. Hotels are open, in compliance with the health protocols in place.
What about entertainment? Are restaurants, cafés, bars, archaeological sites and beaches open?
Following the imposed lockdown and the curfew which is in place from 9pm until 5 am in the following morning, all amusement/ recreation businesses and cultural venues will be closed until further notice. If open, restaurants, bars, and cafeterias are required to operate via delivery or takeaway ONLY. An exception applies to hotel bars and restaurants, which may continue to provide their services to hotel customers.
Can I travel within Greece by train, bus, plane or ferry?
As a result of the lockdown, travelling by boat, train, bus, or aeroplane across the country is prohibited until further notice.
Are there any general rules I need to know in advance about the use of public transport (metro, buses, trolleybuses) and taxis?
It is mandatory to wear a face mask in open air spaces as well as in buildings, including the public transport means. A fine is payable for not wearing one. People may leave their place of residence / stay for a limited number of reasons and, when doing so, an sms - stating that reason - must be sent to 13033. Until further notice, travelling by intercity bus or train, boat, or aeroplane is not allowed, except when travelling for essential reasons.
PASSENGER LOCATOR FORM (PLF)
Travellers are expected to fill in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF – GDPR compliant) one day before they enter the country, providing information on their point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries, and the address of their stay in Greece. The PLF must also be filled in – one day before departure - by those Greek residents who plan to travel abroad.
The Passenger Locator Form (PLF) can be found on the: