Greece Travel Alerts and Warnings

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How are coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions affecting travel to Greece? Read the latest travel warnings and alerts.


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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in Greece – 27 October, 2020

Who can travel to Greece?

Residents of the EU, UK, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and Republic of San Marino are permitted to travel to Greece.

All passengers (over the age of 10) on flights from high risk countries are required to have a negative molecular PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before entry to Greece. These countries include: Bulgaria, Romania, UAE, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania, North Macedonia, Hungary and the Czech Republic (as of 28 September) or Poland (as of 3 October).

Non-essential travel to Greece from approved countries outside the EU includes visitors from: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. Travel from China and the UAE is subject to confirmation of reciprocity. Check Re-open EU for the latest list of eligible travelers to Greece.

What are the requirements?

  • Everyone must complete an online Passenger Locator Form at least 24 hours before arrival
  • All visitors entering Greece via land borders, including Greek citizens returning home, will need to show proof of a negative test result for COVID-19, no older than 72 hours prior to entry
  • Any passenger arriving by air, land or sea transport may be subject to random COVID-19 testing, and once tested you must self-isolate at the address given on your entry form, and wait for the call with your results
  • If the result is positive, you will be required to undergo 14 days of mandatory quarantine
  • It is mandatory to wear a face mask on public transport, and during your flight
  • Requirements for other visitors may be imposed at short notice – stay across the latest information.

Wondering how your travel insurance might be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak? Find answers to some of our common questions about COVID-19.

Wildfires in Greece – July 2018

More than 50 people are feared dead and more than 150 injured as several wildfires rage out of control in Greece. Fire crews are battling blazes in the following locations: northeast of Athens in the Penteli region, Rafina region and the coastal seaside towns of Mati and Kineta. Greece is currently experiencing heatwave conditions with temperatures exceeding 104°F (40°C), and the fires are being fanned by high winds.

The Athens-Corinth motorway has been closed by authorities. The motorway is one of two major routes to the Peloponnese peninsula. Train and other transport services in affected areas been canceled.

A state of emergency has been declared, and the Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, has cut short a trip to Bosnia to return home. Spain and Cyprus have offered firefighting assistance.

Travelers in Greece should heed government warnings and keep up to date with local news and alerts. Those with respiratory health issues should travel away from affected areas and avoid breathing in the smoke where possible.

Also, check with your insurer as cover for this event may be excluded from a certain date.

Image: Getty/Angelos Tzortzinis. 23 July. People watch a wildfire in the town of Rafina

Before you buy a travel insurance policy, check your government travel warnings and health advice – there may be no travel insurance cover for locations with a government travel ban or health advice against travel.

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