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This information comes from the COVID-19 Information page of the US Consulate & Embassy in Greece and the pages of KathimeriniGTP, Keep Talking Greece, Greek City Times, H Foni tis Hydras, and Hydras Politeia.

Travel to Greece

From June 15, Greece will allow the entrance of incoming tourists initially from countries chosen based on “epidemiological criteria”. The ministry will release a list of countries from which visitors will be able to arrive in Greece by the end of May. As of July 1, all Greek airports are scheduled to begin allowing international flights to land. People from all countries will be allowed to travel to Greece, except from countries that have negative epidemiological criteria. A list of those countries will be released in a timely manner. Greece’s incoming tourists will not need to have a coronavirus test prior to travel nor will they be quarantined after arrivalHowever, visitors will undergo sample tests when deemed required.

Quarantine Information: On March 16, Greek authorities announced a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine on all international arrivals. All international passengers must take a COVID-19 test upon arrival. If you do not agree to the test or to quarantine, you will not be permitted entry into Greece. If you are resident in Greece, you MAY be permitted to self-quarantine at home; if you are not resident in Greece, you MAY be taken to a designated hotel for 14 days; however, the airport authorities can change their procedures at anytime. For any arrival questions, you must consult directly with the airport for details. The quarantine requirement will be in place until May 31.

Social distancing regulations: A mask or facial cover is mandatory in public transportation, taxis, elevators, hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centers. Masks are recommended in supermarkets, hair salons and other enclosed spaces. Violators may be fined 150 Euros. Movement certificates are no longer required; however, travel restrictions from one prefecture to another remain in force. Individual outdoor exercise is permitted while organized beaches remain closed. Certain shops are open including small shops, bookstores, sports stores, garden shops, consumer goods stores, flower shops, electric appliance stores, optical shops, and – by appointment only – hairdressers.

Saturday, May 16: Organized beaches in Greece may reopen and operate under specific terms and conditions.

Monday, May 18: Public parks and archeological sites will reopen, and travel between prefectures will once again be permitted. Travel to the islands, however, is still restricted to permanent residents. The ban on private yachts and commercial pleasure boats arriving from abroad and entering Greek harbors is lifted. It seems that these boats cannot at this point have passengers, only crew, and are subject to certain restrictions, which expire on June 15.

Tuesday, May 19: Shuttles to Metoxi and Ermioni resume on a limited schedule.

Monday, May 25: Outdoor seating at restaurants and cafes will again be permitted with strict social distancing observed: 2 metres between tables/max 6 people per table (not including families with children). Waiters will wear single-use gloves and face masks. General domestic travel to the islands, including Hydra, will open up on May 25. Yachting restrictions will be lifted.

According to the Greek Reporter,

“If all goes well [with the phased reopening of the economy and recommencement of travel within Greece], access to the islands will be free for Greeks and foreign travelers from June 1st. Pertinent authorities say that if all goes well, unrestricted travel to the islands might recommence on May 25th.

The Ministry of the Interior also stresses that there will be strict measures in regards to the means of transport, such as a maximum number of passengers, seating, etc.

Before embarking on a ship or airplane, passengers will have their temperature checked, while each will have to fill out a health condition questionnaire.

Ships will be allowed to carry only 50 percent passenger capacity, there will be one empty seat next to each passenger in aircraft-type seats, while only one person is allowed per cabin unless the passengers are family.”

Monday, June 1: Year-round hotels will reopen. Summer cinemas to reopen. Camps and campsites reopen.

Early June: Opening of entertainment and sports venues (cinemas, theaters, entertainment centers, gyms, etc.), with social distancing and at 60% capacity. Interior spaces of restaurants and coffee shops open.

June 15: Museums to reopen. International travel to Greece (initially Athens International Airport only) will recommence. Greece will not require health certificates to enter the country, and travelers will not be required to quarantine, but they may be required to submit to a COVID test once in Greece. Sseasonal hotels and resorts and all other accommodation will open. On the same day, the first stage of lifting restrictions on international flights will take place, with aircraft landing initially only at Athens Airport

Mid-June: Seasonal tourist accommodations open, restoration of regular sea ferry traffic to the islands. This is when the Greek government expects to open the islands for tourism. 

July 1: All Greek airports will be open to flights from abroad.

July 15: Open-air events to recommence at 40 percent capacity. Festivals like Miaoulia and civil holiday celebrations may well not be held this summer. Gradual lifting of remaining restrictions commences.