On May 14, 2021, Greece opened its borders by air, sea, and road to travellers following months of travel restrictions. However, specific entry requirements and rules are in place as announced by the Greek authorities.
Greece is open for travellers from all EU & Schengen Area countries and has banned travellers from non-EU countries.
However, people travelling for essential reasons and travellers from the following 41 non-EU countries and territories are allowed to enter Greece – provided they have the required documentation – without the requirement for subsequent self-isolation: Australia, Northern Macedonia, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, United Kingdom, Israel, Canada, Belarus, Bahrain, New Zealand, South Korea, Qatar, China, Kuwait, Ukraine, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei, San Marino, Andorra, the Vatican, Monaco, Turkey, Kosovo, Chinese Taipei, Argentina, India, Uruguay, Oman and Chile.
Greece will allow entrance to travellers that have filled out the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) any time before the departure of their flight. The PLF is mandatory and must be filled out by all travellers, regardless of their nationality.
Travellers can find the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) on the: Visit Greece app (IOS) or (Android) OR via https://travel.gov.gr.
Passengers from abroad must also have one of the following:
Every traveller who arrives in Greece, regardless of the certificate in their possession, may be selected to undergo a random health screening. If you are set, please keep in mind that the screening is mandatory. In case of refusal, authorities reserve the right to refuse your entry into the country. The selection is made through Greece’s targeted sampling system “EVA”, also used in the summer of 2020.
Isolation (quarantine) is mandatory if someone tests positive for Covid-19, following a sampling test. In this case, the travellers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis. Guests will stay in seclusion hotels for at least 10 days. The Greek state covers the expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels.
At the moment, travellers from the following countries* are allowed to enter Greece – provided they have the required documentation – without the requirement for subsequent self-isolation: EU & Schengen Area countries, Albania, Australia, Northern Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, United Kingdom, Japan, Israel, Canada, Belarus, Lebanon, Bahrain, New Zealand, South Korea, Qatar, China, Kuwait, Ukraine, Rwanda, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Thailand, Montenegro, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei and Kosovo.
Unvaccinated travellers entering Greece from the following 16 countries – regardless of nationality – must undergo a mandatory Covid-19 rapid test at the airport they arrive at: Egypt, Albania, Argentina, Bulgaria, Brazil, Georgia, Cuba, the United Arab Emirates, India, China, Libya, Morocco, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey. Travellers who test positive for Covid-19 will be obliged to take a PCR test and receive further instructions.
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Every traveller who arrives in Greece, regardless of the certificate in their possession, may undergo a random health screening (depending on the data provided on the PLF forms). If a passenger is selected for a rapid test and is positive for the coronavirus, then they must quarantine for a total of:
In both cases, passengers will have to take a PCR test on the last day of their quarantine. If the test is negative, the mandatory quarantine ends.
Permanent residents of Argentina, India, Mexico, Uruguay, Russia, Omman and Chile must present the required documentation and also take a rapid or PCR test for Covid-19 (regardless if they are vaccinated or not) upon arrival to Greece. The rule is in force for children aged 5 and over. Travelers that test positive for Covid-19 will receive further instructions.
All travelers, regardless of nationality and means of transport to the country, from Egypt, Albania, Argentina, Bulgaria, Brazil, Georgia, Cuba, the United Arab Emirates, India, China, Libya, Morocco, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey must present the required documentation and take a rapid or PCR test for Covid-19 upon arrival to Greece. Exempt from testing upon arrival are passengers from the aforementioned countries that have:
– a vaccination certificate, stating that 14 days have passed since full vaccination for Covid-19. Vaccination certificates must be issued by a public authority and in one of the following languages: Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian. The name on the vaccination certificate must match the name on the passport and also include, the type of vaccine administered, the number of doses and the dates they were administered. The rule is in force for children aged 5 and over.
– a recovery certificate. Travelers can present a medical/recovery certificate issued thirty days after they first tested positive for Covid-19. The certificate is valid for entry to Greece 90 days after the first positive Covid-19 test result. The certificate must be issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory in one of the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian. The rule is in force for children aged 5 and over. Travelers that test positive for Covid-19 will receive further instructions.
At the arrival and departure areas inside airports and during all domestic and international flights, staff and passengers are required to wear a face mask at all times.
Passengers are also required to comply with the instructions of the permanent and temporary staff of airports or airlines responsible for supervising, crowd management, and passenger assistance to maintain the necessary distances and ensure safe boarding/disembarkation to avoid overcrowding.
The compulsory travel documents passengers must have with them are checked by airline staff. According to the HCAA, airline staff must ascertain that travellers have all the necessary documentation before they board the flight to Greece. In the case of violation, the airline will have to repatriate the passenger at its own expense.
The Greek government has detailed information on a dedicated website (https://travel.gov.gr/#/), which includes frequently asked questions about how Greece welcomes visitors this year. Travellers in need of specific details on the travel rules for passengers of international flights are recommended to contact local embassy and airline.