Covid Restrictions for Greece autumn / winter 2021 – 2022

The Greek government has announced the new Covid restrictions which will be in place from 13th September 2021. Here is everything you need to know if you are currently in Greece.

Summary of Covid restrictions for autumn / winter 2021 – 2022

Here is a summary of the current Covid restrictions in Greece which are in place for all adults:

  • Vaccinated people have access to all venues
  • People who have a certificate proving they have contracted Covid in the past 6 months have access to all venues 
  • Indoors tavernas, cafes, bars, internet cafes, all clubs, all sports stadiums, escape rooms and pool / bowling venues are only accessible to vaccinated people, or anyone who has contracted Covid in the past 6 months   
  • Other entertainment venues (cinemas, museums, gyms etc) can also choose to accept visitors with a negative rapid test, taken in the last 48 hours.  

None of the above documents are currently needed for outdoors tavernas, cafes, beach bars, cafe-bars and open-air archaeological sites.

In addition, no documents are needed for all shops, markets, hair salons, beauty parlours, wellness services, amusement parks and churches.

Masks remain mandatory in all indoors spaces and in crowded outdoors areas. This applies for everyone aged 4 and above, whether they have been vaccinated or not.

Documentation for people under 18 years old

Here is what applies for people under 18 years old at all venues where access is restricted for adults:

  • Children and teenagers aged 12 and over are also allowed with a negative rapid test, taken max 48 hours before their visit
  • Children aged 4-11 can also visit with proof of a negative self-test, taken max 24 hours before their visit. The result needs to be registered in this paper form.
  • Children under 4 years old do not need to produce any documents.

Each customer’s status will be checked with the Covid-free app, which was launched in summer 2021. All customers will need to show their documents as described above, along with their ID or other proof of name and age. 

Let’s check all venues in detail: 

Indoors cafes, tavernas, bars, all nightclubs

Indoors food and drink venues (cafes, tavernas, restaurants, bars) and all nightclubs will only be accessible to 

  • vaccinated customers
  • people who have contracted Covid in the past 6 months.

The above applies for all adult customers, and unvaccinated adults will not be accepted in these venues. 

People under 18 years old can also visit cafes or tavernas with a negative rapid or self test, as described above.

If you are going to a live concert, check with the venue, as they might also accept customers with a rapid test.

Outdoors cafes, tavernas and restaurants

Outdoors cafes, tavernas and restaurants currently operate with no restrictions, other than the number of people per table and social distancing.

The same applies for beach bars and outdoors venues registered as cafe-bars.

Shops, markets, hair salons, beauty parlours, wellness services, amusement parks 

These establishments currently operate with no restrictions, other than the number of people who can enter at the same time. An appointment is needed to visit hair salons, beauty parlours and similar businesses.

Cinemas, theatres, museums, galleries  

Other entertainment venues, for example cinemas, theatres, museums, galleries, art museums, archaeological sites with enclosed spaces and casinos will accept

  • vaccinated visitors
  • people who have contracted Covid in the past 6 months 
  • in addition, these venues may choose to also accept non-vaccinated visitors who can provide a negative rapid test, taken max 48 hours before their visit. Check with each venue before your visit.

People under 18 years old are accepted with a negative rapid or self test, as described above.  

Open-air archaeological sites like Ancient Epidaurus, Mycenae or Ancient Delos currently operate with no restrictions. However, if you are visiting with an organized group tour, check with your tour company as further rules may be in place.

Here are some museums and archaeological sites you can visit in Athens.  

Sports stadiums, escape rooms, pool / bowling venues

These venues are only accessible to 

  • vaccinated customers
  • people who have contracted Covid in the past 6 months.

This applies for all adult customers, while anyone under 18 years old can also visit with a negative rapid or self test, as described above.

Gyms 

Gyms in Greece will accept

  • people who have been vaccinated
  • those who have contracted Covid in the past 6 months
  • in addition, they may choose to accept customers who can provide a negative rapid test, taken max 48 hours before their visit.

People under 18 years old are accepted with a negative rapid or self test, as described above.  

Employees / workspace

Employees who have not been vaccinated will need to take one rapid test per week at private medical labs. The rapid tests will be priced at 10 euro.

Unvaccinated employees working in education, tourism, tavernas – cafes – bars, theatres, music, dance will need to take two rapid tests per week.

Note that those people will not be able to take advantage of the free rapid tests that are administered around the country (link in Greek).

School students will receive 2 free self tests per week. University students who have not been vaccinated will need to take 2 rapid tests per week.

Here are some private labs where you can take a Covid test in Greece.

Documentation checks for non-EU visitors 

For people visiting Greece from outside the EU, the Covid-free app will probably not scan their documents. In this case, a visual check of your paper document will be made instead.

A well-known example are US citizens who may not have a QR code. Don’t worry – if your vaccination certificate is good enough to fly to Greece, you can visit any of the above venues!   

Travelling around Greece

In order to travel around Greece on a ferry, train, planes, or inter-regional KTEL bus, passengers over 12 years old should carry with them one of the following:

  • vaccination certificate 
  • proof that they have contracted Covid in the past 6 months 
  • a negative rapid test, taken max 48 hours before travel. Children aged 4-11 can also take a self test.

The above also applies for tourist buses / coaches. However, it’s always best to ask your travel company if they have any additional rules.

Here is more information about travelling to and around Greece.

Vanessa from Real Greek ExperiencesHello! I’m Vanessa from Athens and I’ve been following Covid restrictions in Greece since spring 2020. If the last months have taught us anything, is that these restrictions can change very often. I will be updating this article throughout autumn / winter 2021-2022, so feel free to bookmark it and refer to it from time to time. You can also follow my FB page where I post all information about Covid restrictions in Greece. This article has last been updated on 13 September 2021, as per Gazette (ΦΕΚ) no 4214B/13-9-2021.

 

 

12 thoughts on “Covid Restrictions for Greece autumn / winter 2021 – 2022”

  1. Thank you very, very much for the time and effort you put in to keep posting these follow ups on the rules.
    Your blog is an immense help for people going to Greece.

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  2. Thats all very well but, I have a Full AMKA my chemist inTavronitis cant book me an appointment as the system dosent like me, KEP Platania have tried for 2 days no luck they are on the case. Time for the PM to know we are not being allowed the Vaccination, dont like the idea of eating outside this winter.All imposed lockdowns etc are not working, look at the stats.
    Have a nice day
    Charles Sawyer

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    • I’ve heard this before and I am really sorry. I really hope things work out for you and everyone in the same situation

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      • Try applying without your AMKA number, the system is faulty, it took me 4 months. The Greek Government want you to have the jab so if you have to tweak the system in different ways – DO IT. Try every possible permutation. I then travelled 30 minutes away from home to get the Janssen (Johnson) one jab and got my certificate 3 days later at my local KEP office. Being a responsible person I still kept my distance for a month as then the jab is at it’s maximum protection level. Good luck.

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  3. Hej hvis min mand og jeg rejser til grækenland her d.12. sep og vi har vores 2 børn med på 5 og 8 år, skal de så have disse selvtest som du beskriver?
    På forhånd tak

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    • Hi, since you are travelling here on the 12th you will also need to check this article and this article. As of the 13th September onwards the rules will change, and your children should both take a self-test to travel. I will update this article when there are more news, so check back before you travel.

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  4. Hi
    I am doubled vaccinated and travelling from UK to Athens on 1 October. Do I need to do an antigen test for entry into Greece? Is my UK Covid certificate satisfactory?

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  5. Do you have any information about rules for
    Excursion in Groups in A Coach ,do the need to show they have been vaccinated or use a self test if it’s possible
    Thanks

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    • The same rules that apply for inter-regional buses apply for tourist coaches. Self tests are only applicable for children aged 4-11. However, it’s best to ask your company directly, as they may have additional rules.

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