Greece Travel Alerts and Warnings

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in Greece – 24 August 2021

Who can travel to Greece? And what are the requirements?

  • As of June 1, Greece began issuing and accepting the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate as proof of vaccination/negative PCR test/recovery from COVID-19. (Currently this certificate is available to EU citizens only.)
  • As of 14 May, travelers arriving in Greece are required to have either a negative PCR certificate from a testing laboratory, for a COVID-19 test taken no later than 72 hours before arrival, or a negative antigen (rapid) certificate taken no more than 48 hours before arrival. This test is mandatory for all tourists (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure
  • Proof of a negative test is not required, however, for all travelers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority. 
    Acceptable vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm among others.
  • Proof of a negative test is not required if the traveler has recovered from COVID in the past 9 months. This can be proved through a certificate of recovery issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory. Another option is a certificate of a positive PCR molecular test result, confirming that the holder recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, performed at least 2 months before arrival, and no later than 9 months before arrival.
  • All certificates must include the critical information (i.e. number of doses and their respective dates) in English, German French, Italian, Spanish, Russian and the person’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognized travel document.
  • Check here for a list of countries from which entry is allowed, under the aforementioned conditions, without the requirement for subsequent self-isolation.
  • Every traveler who arrives in Greece, regardless of the certificate in their possession, may undergo a random health screening. If you are selected, please keep in mind that the screening is mandatory. In case of refusal, authorities reserve the right to refuse entry into the country. 
  • Travelers arriving in Greece are subject to:
    • Sampling RAPID antigen tests at the entrance gates for selected individuals drawn from a targeted sampling system
    • Mandatory isolation if they test positive for SARS-Cov-2, following a sampling test. In this case, the travelers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis. Guests will stay in seclusion hotels for a maximum of 10 days. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.
  • Non-EU citizens are strongly advised to choose direct flights to Greece. In any other case, travelers should abide by the stop-over country requirements. Passengers are allowed to enter the country through all international airports and all ports.
  • All travelers must complete a PLF (Passenger Location Form) at least 24 hours before entering and leaving the country. The official portal to complete the PLF is travel.gov.gr. Any other websites that act as intermediaries are not approved and are considered to be fraudulent.

These requirements may change at short notice. Check here for the latest updates.

What to expect in Greece

During their stay in Greece, visitors must follow all measures that apply to Greek citizens.

  • The use of face masks is mandatory in all indoor public places throughout Greece. The fine for not wearing a mask in areas where it is required or not maintaining social distancing is 300 euros.
  • Customers seeking entry for indoor seating in restaurants and cafes, as well as all areas of nightclubs and bars must present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or documentation of recovery from COVID-19.
  • Cross-regional travel is allowed for mainland Greece (use of self-tests ahead of travel is strongly recommended but is not mandatory). Cross-regional travel to the rest of the islands is permitted but only with either:
    • proof of full vaccination at least 14 days prior to travel, or
    • a negative result from a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours prior to travel; or
    • a negative antigen (rapid) test no older than 48 hours; or
    • documentary proof of having recovered from Covid-19 (at least 2 months since infection, and no more than 9 months) 
  • Passengers traveling to Greek islands must fill in the Pre-boarding Health Declaration questionnaire (on their cell phone/tablet or on paper) within 24 hrs before their embarkation.
  • Greece has instituted a four-level preparedness map corresponding to four colors (red, orange, yellow and green). Restrictions vary depending on the region's color. Check the latest guidelines here.

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19 while in Greece

What you need to do if you test positive while in Greece will depend on your vaccination status. If you have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days, you will need to self-isolate for 7 days. If you are not fully vaccinated, or have not been so for 14 days, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days. In all cases you will need to take a PCR test at the end of your period of self-isolation.

If you are not fully vaccinated and have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Depending on circumstances, you may be able to self-isolate in your current accommodation, or Greek authorities will ask you to self-isolate in a state provided quarantine hotel. The expense of the accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek state. Local authorities will be able to offer further advice on self-isolation requirements.

If you do not self-isolate or quarantine when required you may be fined by the Hellenic Police. The fine could be as much as €5000 (USD $6,873). You should comply with any requirement to self-isolate or quarantine.

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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8 Comments

  • Noreen said

    hi. I am uk resident currently in Pakistan can i travel to Greece without mandatory 7 day quaratine and stay for 11 days. Thank you

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  • Tim said

    I am living in the Uk on a British passport and my girlfriend is Tanzanian living in Tanzania ,where is the best place to meet due to Covid restrictions

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  • Corne Jansen van rensburg said

    Hello. I am from South Africa. Are we allowed entry into greece yet?

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    • Palla Coole said

      I have a Greek passport,my husband does not have a greek passport. We are from South Africa. Are we allowed entry into Greece?

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  • Storm said

    I want to inquire about when Nigerians are allowed tourist entry to Greece

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  • Christine lee said

    We are from South Africa and vaccinated
    Are we allow to travel to Greece yet?
    We booked for end of September 2021

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  • Margaret Kotze said

    Wanting to travel to Athens & Crete end September from South Africa , is this still possible, fully vaccinated.

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  • REBECCA DE FIGUEIREDO said

    Im a Uk passport holder travelling from South Africa. Will I be able to enter Greece in September or October please? SINOVAC vaccinated

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