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This information on this page currently comes directly from the COVID-19 Information page of the US Consulate & Embassy in Greece and the pages of GTP. Each section title links directly to its source if you would like to explore the information on those sites further.

For quick answers to frequently asked questions, please visit Destination Greece Health First.

COVID-19 Information

From the US Embassy

• Greek authorities have confirmed COVID-19 within its borders. As of June 29, Greece reports 3,390 cases with 191 deaths.

• International flights may now arrive at at any airport in Greece. Flights between Greece and the United Kingdom and Sweden are suspended until July 15.

• Land borders: The Bulgarian Promachonas border station is open to visitors with travelers subject to random COVID-19 testing and NO quarantine requirements. The land borders with Albania, North Macedonia, and Turkey remain closed with no scheduled opening date given.

• For sea arrivals on or after July 1, contact the closest Greek consulate.

Entry and Exit Requirements

• Travelers should be prepared for the possibility that additional travel restrictions could be implemented by the Greek government with little or no advance notice. Contact the closest Greek Embassy or consulate prior to travel or consult directly with the airport if you have questions not addressed on this page.

• Restrictions from entering Greece from outside the European Union (including the United States) remain in place.

• EU passport holders are allowed entry, including permanent residents of Schengen countries, plus Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Romania, Switzerland, Ireland and the UK. Non-EU passport holders with EU permanent residence permits may enter Greece.

• Additionally, residents of these 14 countries are permitted to enter the EU: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.

• Your residence, not your passport, determines whether you can enter the EU. If you reside in the EU or one of the 14 countries, you may enter Greece. The Greek authorities have not detailed the requirements for proving residence. If you do not have a permanent residence (e.g., nomadic lifestyle, live on a boat, etc.), you must contact the closest Greek Embassy or consulate for clarification.

• If you are not in one of the categories above, you cannot enter Greece.

• Exceptions to the travel ban include spouses or minor children of EU/Schengen nationals, long-term residents, members of government delegations and passengers in transit. See the details posted by the Consulate General of Greece in New York or contact the nearest Greek Embassy or consulate for clarification. Consult with your airline regarding any documents they may require to board you. The Embassy cannot request special exceptions to the travel restrictions. You must contact the nearest Greek Embassy or consulate if you believe you have a compelling travel reason.

Greece Opens to Tourism: Who Can Come Safety Rules

From the Greek Travel Pages

Based on European Union guidelines and health experts’ recommendations, the following apply starting July 1 for all travel to Greece.

By Air Flights

Starting on July 1, all of Greece’s airports are open handling direct international flights (from countries listed below) with the exception of flights to and from the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Turkey, which according to the newly released NOTAM will apply until July 15.

Travelers from *Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay are allowed into the country, according to an EU decision on Tuesday.

All residents of EU member states and Schengen zone (based on reciprocity), including Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania as well as Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Ireland can travel to Greece.

Third-country nationals (with proof of identification and residence) who have a Greek residence permit as well as family members of EU citizens, health workers and researchers, caregivers, border point employees, seasonal workers, sailors, diplomats, international personnel, military personnel, humanitarian aid workers on duty are allowed into the country.

In regards to non-European citizens (with the exception of the countries listed above*), the Civil Aviation Authority notes that until further notice, there is a temporary prohibition of entry.

Bans and restrictions on domestic flights in Greece were lifted on May 25.

* Regulations concerning countries on the admission list are subject to change after 14 days, when renewed assessments are made based on epidemiological data from country of origin.

By Land Road Border Points

Entry into Greece by road can be made only through the Promachonas point on the borders with Bulgaria. All other border points (with Albania, Northern Macedonia and Turkey) allow only incoming visitors only for essential travel purposes.

All travelers entering Greece through Promachonas border station as of July 14 will be obliged to present a negative molecular test result (PCR) for coronavirus (Covid-19) upon arrival. The test must performed up to 72 hours before travelers enter Greece through the country’s northern border with Bulgaria (see GTP.gr).

By Sea Ports

Admission into Greece by sea is allowed through the ports of Patra and Igoumenitsa.

Security Measures at Points of Entry (see also below)

ATTENTION: All incoming travelers are required to fill in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) online here 48 hours before travel and will be provided with bar codes that will be scanned on arrival (at airports, ports and border areas) to determine whether visitors will be allowed to proceed to or be screened.

On EU guidance, Greece will be able to use the information provided to identify potential risks to the health of individual travelers as well as to destinations. Based on the data collected, Greek health authorities will proceed with targeted Covid-19 testing.

Quarantine Restrictions

Passengers screened for Covid-19 (based on PLF form feedback) on arrival can proceed to their destination of choice but are required to self-isolate for 24 hours at their hotels/accommodation and wait for the test result.

In the case of a positive outcome, the traveler will be moved to a quarantine hotel and undergo treatment. It should be reminded that under the ministry’s action plan, Greece’s islands are linked with the mainland through an interconnected network of emergency health care and medical services.

If the result is negative, movement restrictions no longer apply.

The previously enforced 24-hour stay at a designated hotel under Greek state supervision no longer applies.

Greece Updates Info for post-Covid-19 Travel (July 10)

From the Greek Travel Pages

Passengers arriving to Greece by air, sea or road, are now required to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before entering the country … providing detailed information on their point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries, and the address of their stay while in Greece. In case of multiple stays, they are required to provide the address for the first 24 hours at least. After submitting their PLF form, each traveler will receive a confirmation email and a personal QR code, which must be presented, either via mobile phone or on hard copy, upon their arrival in Greece’s airports.

The PLF can be found on the Visit Greece appIt is strongly recommended that all visitors download the Visit Greece app (GDPR compliant) for free, prior their arrival in Greece.

The following are Greece’s protocols for arrivals by air, sea and road, as announced by the General Secretariat for Civil Protection.

Protocol for passengers arriving by air

Arrival at the entry gate.

Transfer to the area where the screening personnel are located. Travelers are requested to show their QR code either on their mobile phone screen or in print. If travel departure begins prior to the day of arrival, travelers are allowed to board after showing the confirmation email (and not necessarily the QR code which is scheduled to arrive during their trip.)

Depending on their QR code/confirmation, travelers are directed either to the screening area where they will be tested for the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 by a trained health team or to the exit (to baggage claim area or passport control).

Upon completion of the test, travelers are directed towards the exit (to baggage claim area or passport control).

The test results are expected to become available within 24 hours. During that time, passengers who are tested are advised to practise social distancing according to local guidelines and self monitoring for symptoms that could indicate COVID-19. In case of such symptoms, medical advice and/or contact with the National Public Health Organization (EODY) Operations Centre should be immediately sought. Only in case they test positive, the authorities will contact them and proceed with the health protocol in place. Otherwise, they may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines.

If travelers plan to have multiple stop-overs in Greece, they must declare this and report their initial destination and their travel itinerary for the next 7 days.

All travelers must comply with all of the necessary preventive hygiene measures (use of masks and physical distancing) according to local guidance.

Protocol for passengers arriving by sea

Arrival of incoming travelers on foot at the main entry gate.

Incoming travelers arriving in vehicles are directed to the special entry gate.

Transfer to the area where the screening personnel are located. Travelers are requested to show their QR code either on their mobile phone screen or in print. If travel departure begins prior to the day of arrival, travelers are allowed to board after showing the confirmation email (and not necessarily the QR code which is scheduled to arrive during their trip.)

Depending on their QR code/confirmation, travelers are directed either to the screening area where they will be tested for the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 by a trained health team or to the exit (to baggage claim area or passport control).

Upon completion of the test, travelers are directed towards the exit (to baggage claim area or passport control).

The test results are expected to become available within 24 hours. During that time, passengers who are tested are advised to practise social distancing according to local guidelines and self monitoring for symptoms that could indicate COVID-19. In case of such symptoms, medical advice and/or contact with the National Public Health Organization (EODY) Operations Centre should be immediately sought. Only in case they test positive, the authorities will contact them and proceed with the health protocol in place. Otherwise, they may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines.

If travelers plan to have multiple stop-overs in Greece, they must declare this and report their initial destination and their travel itinerary for the next 7 days.

All travelers must comply with all of the necessary preventive hygiene measures (use of masks and physical distancing) according to local guidance.

Protocol for arrivals at land borders

All travelers entering Greece through Promachonas border station as of July 14 will be obliged to present a negative molecular test result (PCR) for coronavirus (Covid-19) upon arrival. The test must performed up to 72 hours before travelers enter Greece through the country’s northern border with Bulgaria (see GTP.gr).

Arrival of persons at the checkpoint.

Passport and customs control are carried out.

Transfer to the area where screening personnel is located. Travelers are requested to show their QR code either on their mobile phone screen or in print.

Screening personnel direct travelers, depending on their QR code, either to the screening area where they will be tested for the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 by a trained health team or to the exit. Upon completion of the screening, tested travelers are also directed towards the exit.

The screening results are expected to become available within 24 hours. During that time, passengers who are tested are advised to practise social distancing according to local guidelines and self monitoring for symptoms that could indicate COVID-19. In case of such symptoms, medical advice and/or contact with the National Public Health Organization (EODY) Operations Centre should be immediately sought. Only in case they test positive, the authorities will contact them and proceed with the health protocol in place. Otherwise, they may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines.

If travelers plan to have multiple stop-overs in Greece, they must declare this and report their initial destination and their travel itinerary for the next 7 days.

All travelers must comply with all of the necessary preventive hygiene measures (use of masks and physical/social distancing) according to local guidance.

The Passenger Locator Form (PLF) and detailed instructions can be found here.

Please note: For clarifications on entrance to Greece as of July 1, travelers are advised to contact the closest Greek Embassy or consulate prior to travel or consult directly with the airport.

What Happens If I Get Covid-19 on My Holidays in Greece?

From the Greek Travel Pages

What happens if you come down with Covid-19 while you are on holiday in Greece? The following guidelines have been issued by the National Public Health Organization (EODY) and the health ministry.

A visitor who feels unwell notifies his/her hotel manager, who in turn notifies the hotel or destination physician or, if that doctor is unavailable, the assigned health facility to which he/she will be transferred.

Patients in need of immediate care will be transferred to the closest health facility as a “suspected Covid-19 incident.” Testing will be conducted in cases with mild symptoms.

In the event the health center is unable to manage the incident, the patient will be transferred via emergency air, sea, or road ambulance service to the nearest health center.

After testing, patients with mild symptoms must remain in their rooms in isolation pending the results. No interaction is allowed in this time with hotel staff. Should the need arise, one staff member will be assigned exclusively to that room.

If the outcome is negative, the hotel or destination doctor will be called in for treatment and instructions.

If the outcome is positive, the following will apply:

• The hotel’s health manager will officially declare the incident to EODY on its 24-hour hotline (1135) and list it on the EODY registry.

• The patient will then be required to isolate as a confirmed Covid-19 case at a special quarantine hotel or be transferred to a designated hospital unit if symptoms are severe. (According to GTP, Hydra does have a quarantine hotel.)

• All areas used will be sanitized under specific EODY rules.

• Anyone accompanying the infected person (ie family member, partner, parent) will be required to provide information, wear a mask at all times, and follow hygiene rules.

Close Contact with Confirmed Covid-19 Case

EODY guidelines state that visitors or employees who have come into contact with a confirmed Covid-19 carrier will be required to self-isolate, not use public facilities, eat in their rooms, and follow the testing procedure described above.

Lastly, travelers are advised to adhere to hygiene measures, maintain social distancing, and remain alert.

Most common Covid-19 symptoms: Fever – dry cough – tiredness.

Serious symptoms: difficulty breathing or shortness of breath – chest pain or pressure – loss of speech or movement.

People with mild symptoms (almost 80 percent) but who otherwise feel healthy can manage their symptoms in their accommodation.

*ATTENTION: All guidelines reported have been obtained by the National Public Health Organization (EODY) and are subject to change based on the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic, government decisions, and European Union directives.