Greece has spent the winter of 2020/21 in strict quarantine. May 14th is the day that Greece reopened its borders in a safe and attainable manner to travelers. The “tavernas” and the “ouzeris” are getting back to work and all the country is feeling energized and willing to provide you with memories of an unforgettable summer!
Who can enter the country?
Everyone! All foreign tourists can now visit Greece without the need for quarantine on arrival, provided they have a negative PCR test within 72 hours before travel or proof they have been fully vaccinated. This also applies to visitors from Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein, and Iceland.
Officials say targeted rapid checks will be carried out at entry points and quarantine hotels are ready to accommodate those who test positive during this process.
Bear in Mind (for travelers)
All arrivals must provide a negative test result or proof of full vaccination.
Negative tests must have been taken within 72 hours of departure, must be written in English and include the name and passport number of the person traveling. This does not apply to children under 10. For full details of the laboratories accepted, see here.
All travelers must complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) prior to departure. This includes details of where the individual has been and the address they plan to stay at in Greece. Each PLF includes a unique QR code which must be scanned upon arrival at the Greek border.
The QR code will tell you whether you need to have an additional test done at the airport. If you do, you must self-isolate until you have the results around 24 hours.
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.
Travelers are allowed to enter from the land borders through the entry gates of Promachonas and Ormenio in a 24h basis and Evzonoi and Nymfaia from 07:00 to 23:00.
Cruising and yachting are allowed. Maritime connections with Albania and Turkey are temporarily restricted.
What if I do not feel well?
Please remain calm. The General Secretariat for Civil Protection of Greece is here 24/7 to provide you with all the information needed regarding your health. Please the following link will redirect you to the official page:
Also some important numbers:
112 for The Emergency Communications Service.
1135 for any information regarding Covid-19 related queries.
166 for all the hospitals and pharmacies on duty.
For more information please visit the official site of the Greek Government regarding travel guidelines https://travel.gov.gr/#/
All the links provided are available in English as well as in Greek.