Coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel: The situation around the world is changing dramatically. Various governments have changed their travel warnings to restrict travel during this time. To understand how this may impact cover under your policy, please go to our FAQs and select your country of residence.
For the latest travel warnings and alerts around the world, read about lockdowns and border restrictions.
These requirements may change at short notice. Check here for the latest updates.
During their stay in Greece, visitors must follow all measures that apply to Greek citizens.
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.
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.
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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