The conditions for entering Greece, after May 14, the date on which the tourist season officially began.
Starting today, Greece opens the borders to anyone who wants to travel for tourism. From May 14, the tourist season in Greece officially started. During their stay in Greece, tourists must respect measures existing in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. In Greece, masks are still worn in all public spaces and in the car, except for families.
Thus, those who want to travel to Greece, from today until May 24, must meet the following requirements:
- Negative PCR test performed a maximum of 72 hours before entry into Greece. The essential information must also be in English. It is a mandatory measure for all tourists (including children over 5 years of age), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
- Those vaccinated with both doses, as appropriate, and 14 days have elapsed since the booster, can travel to Greece on the basis of the vaccination certificate (with information and in English), without the need for a test. Greece recognizes the following vaccines: 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 tourist has recovered from COVID in the last 9 months. This can be proven by a certificate of recovery issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory. Another option is the certificate of a positive PCR molecular test result, which confirms that the holder has recovered from SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, performed at least 2 months before arrival and no later than 9 months before arrival.
Random border tests
- Every passenger who arrives in Greece, regardless of the certificate they hold, can be subjected to a health check by random selection. If selected, verification is required. Otherwise, his entry into Greece may be refused. The selection is based on the EVA system used in the summer of 2020. The control consists of rapid testing with COVID-19 antigen test. If the test is positive, the tourist and travel partners will be transported to a quarantine hotel where another test will be performed, this time PCR, to confirm or deny the test. If the PCR test is also positive, the quarantine will be for 10 days, and other tests will be performed. Accommodation costs will be borne by the Greek state.
- Each tourist must complete the PLF (Passenger Location Form) by 23:59 of the day before the trip to Greece.
Greece does not make access to the country conditional on the act of vaccination
Greece would like to point out that access to the country is not conditional on the act of vaccination, only that the valid vaccination certificate can greatly facilitate the formalities on arrival. However, in no case shall the vaccination certificate or antibody certificate be considered a "passport".
The countries from which entry is allowed, under the above conditions, without the requirement of further self-isolation are: EU countries and the Schengen area, USA, United Kingdom, Israel, Serbia, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore, the Russian Federation, Northern Macedonia, Canada, Belarus, Bahrain, Qatar, China, Kuwait, Ukraine and Saudi Arabia.
Non-EU citizens are advised to choose direct flights to Greece
Non-EU citizens are advised to choose direct flights to Greece. In any other case, passengers should comply with the requirements of transit countries. Passengers are allowed to enter the country through all international airports and ports of Patras, Igoumenitsa and Corfu.
Travelers are allowed to enter the Promachonas and Ormenio borders 24/24 and Evzonoi from 07:00 to 23:00. Cruises and yachts are allowed. Maritime connections with Albania and Turkey are temporarily restricted.
In conclusion, a beautiful trip and a relaxing holiday in Greece.