Greece Travel Alerts and Warnings

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in Greece – 2 June 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 a negative PCR certificate from a testing laboratory, for a COVID-19 test taken no later than 72 hours before arrival. This test is mandatory for all tourists (including children over the age of 5), 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
    Acceptable vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.
  • 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
  • The countries from which entry is allowed, under the aforementioned conditions, without the requirement for subsequent self-isolation are: EU & Schengen Area countries, USA, UK, Israel, Serbia, UAE, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore, the Russian Federation, North Macedonia, Canada, Belarus, Bahrein, Qatar, China, Kuwait, Ukraine, and Saudi Arabia
  • 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
  • Important clarification: Entry of tourists in Greece is not subject to vaccination. Presenting a vaccination certificate greatly facilitates the procedures upon arrival. However, in no case is a vaccination or antibodies certificate considered a "passport"
  • 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 the ports of Patras, Igoumenitsa and Corfu
  • All travelers must complete a PLF (Passenger Location Form) at least 24 hours before entering and leaving the country.

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

What to expect in Greece

  • The use of non-medical face masks is mandatory indoors and outdoors throughout Greece.
  • Travel between regions in Greece is permitted as of 14 May 2021.
  • The nighttime curfew has been pushed back, from 12:30am to 5am.

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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4 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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  • Storm said

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

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