Covid-19 measures in Greece for 2022. Includes everything you need to know for vaccination passports, recovery certificates and how to enter any venue in Greece.
Covid restrictions in Greece for 2022 – Certificates and tests needed
Here are the main Covid-19 restrictions in Greece which are in place for adults until 17 January 2022:
- Supermarkets, grocery stores, food markets, pharmacies, pet shops, and urban public transportation are accessible to everyone.
- Indoor cafes, restaurants, bars, clubs, gyms, cinemas, theatres, museums, galleries and indoor stadiums are only accessible with a certificate of vaccination or recovery.
- All other indoor venues, outdoor cafes and restaurants and inter-regional transport can be accessed with a certificate of vaccination, certificate of recovery, OR PCR / rapid test, taken max 72 / 48 hours before visiting.
- When used for athletic events, all sports stadiums (indoor and outdoor) only accept adults with a certificate of vaccination or recovery. A maximum of 10% of their total capacity will be allowed.
Cafes / tavernas / bars / clubs will operate from 05.00 until midnight. Recreational events and music are not allowed. Only up to 6 customers are allowed per table, and standing customers are not allowed.
In all venues where a certificate or test is needed for adults, children and teenagers aged 4-17 can also enter with a self-test, taken max 24 hours before their visit. The result of the self-test needs to be uploaded here, or declared in this paper form.
Children under 4 years old do not need to show any documents.
All customers will need to show their documents as described above, along with their ID or other proof of name and age.
Covid restrictions in Greece for 2022 – Masks and N95 masks
Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor venues and in all outdoor areas, for everyone aged 4 and above, whether vaccinated or not.
There are exceptions for restaurants and gyms, though customers are required to wear masks when entering and moving around these venues.
Masks are also mandatory in private cars, unless the passengers belong to the same family (1st and 2nd degree relatives) or live in the same household.
People visiting supermarkets or using public transportation (metro, buses, tram and long distance buses) will need to use either a double mask (medical + cloth mask) or a FFP2 / N95 mask.
Employees at cafes / restaurants / bars are also required to wear a FFP2 / N95 mask, or a double mask (medical + cloth mask).
The fine for not wearing a mask has been set to 150 or 300 euro, depending on the individual circumstances.
EU Covid certificates
A certificate of vaccination is considered valid when 14 days have elapsed since the first or second dose of vaccination. For people who have taken a booster dose, the validity of the certificate is updated on the next day.
The latest list of accepted vaccines is available on the official Greek travel website. Among others, these include Pfizer, Astra Zeneca, Moderna, Johnson + Johnson etc.
If a fully vaccinated person contracts Covid-19, the vaccination certificate becomes invalid for 14 days after the day the person was found positive to Covid, and becomes valid again on the 15th day.
Most store employees will check Greek / EU certificates with the Covid-Free app, which they have installed on their phones. Customers can show their certificates in paper or digital form, along with proof of ID.
Tip: EU-vaccination certificate holders can download the Covid Free Wallet app, and keep several certificates (e.g. all family certificates) in one place. You will still need to show proof of ID for each person.
Covid certificates for people over 60 years old
People over 60 years of age will only be considered fully vaccinated if they have taken a booster dose. If a period over 7 months has passed since their last vaccination dose, their vaccination certificate will be considered invalid.
From 16 January 2022, anyone over 60 years of age who is not vaccinated, will be facing a fine of 100 euro / month. This will be traced through the national Greek Taxis system.
Non-EU Covid certificates
If you have been vaccinated outside the EU, the Covid-free app will not scan your documents. In this case, the employee will check them visually instead. It’s best to bring them in paper (rather than digital) form, alongside proof of your ID.
While most store owners / employees are aware of this by now, you may come across someone who isn’t. Still, non-EU certificates are perfectly valid.
If for some reason you are not allowed entry, ask to see the manager, and point out the below statement from the Government Gazette, where these restrictions are officially published.
Rough translation: “Alternatively, if the above certificates are displayed by a non-EU citizen, the employees verify the certificates in paper form, while also checking the holder’s ID”.
In addition, you can point out this helpful link (in Greek), which says the same thing.
Certificate of recovery from Covid
The validity of recovery certificates is as follows:
Recovery certificates issued from 30.6.2021 to 31.10.2021: the certificates are considered valid if the person was tested positive with Covid-19 (PCR or rapid antigen test) in the past 30 to 180 days / until 31.1.2022 at the latest.
Recovery certificates issued from 1.11.2021 to 4.12.2021: the certificates are considered valid if the person was tested positive with Covid-19 (PCR or rapid antigen test) in the past 30 to 90 days.
Recovery certificates issued after 4.12.2021: these certificates are considered valid if the person was tested positive with Covid-19 (PCR test only), in the past 30 to 90 days.
If a person who already has a recovery certificate performs a second PCR test after 90+1 days have passed and is found positive again, they will no longer be provided with a new recovery certificate.
PCR / rapid antigen tests
Customers who do not have a certificate of vaccination / recovery can use a negative PCR / rapid antigen test to enter some (but not all) venues.
A PCR test normally costs 40-60 euro, and you can take it at medical labs. You will generally need to book an appointment. In most cases, a PCR test is valid for 72 hours.
A rapid antigen test costs 10 euro, and you can take it at medical labs and most pharmacies, some of which might ask you for an appointment. In most cases, a rapid test is valid for 48 hours.
Note that, in order for the test result to be registered officially, you will need to have an AMKA, pAMKA or PLF. Both AMKA and pAMKA are social security numbers, which are relevant to people living in Greece.
And now, let’s check out what is needed to enter different types of venues:
A. Venues where no certificate / test is needed
Customers can visit the following venues and businesses without any vaccination / recovery certificate or test:
- All other grocery stores (e.g. bakeries, butchers, fishmongers)
- Food markets, e.g. the Varvakios market
- Take-away cafes / restaurants / bars
- Pet shops
- All urban transportation, e.g. the Athens metro, tram, trolleys and buses
No documents are currently needed to visit any open-air archaeological sites, like the seven ancient sites in Athens, Ancient Epidaurus, Ancient Mycenae or Ancient Delos. If you are visiting with an organized group tour, check with your tour company as they may have further rules in place.
Note that, in order to visit museums and other enclosed spaces within the archaeological sites, you will need to show a certificate of vaccination / recovery, and tests are not adequate for adults.
As an example, adults can visit the open-air site of the Ancient Agora in Athens without any documents, but in order to visit the museum in the Stoa of Attalos they will need a certificate of vaccination / recovery.
Ski resorts can be visited without a certificate. However, you will need a certificate or test to enter shops renting equipment, chalets with indoor / outdoor sitting areas, and guest houses / hotels.
B. Venues only accepting customers with certificate of vaccination / recovery
Some venues will only accept adults with a certificate of vaccination / recovery. This means that adult customers cannot visit these venues with a rapid / PCR test.
This applies for the following types of venues:
- Museums, galleries, archaeological sites with enclosed spaces
- Indoor cinemas, theatres, stadiums, music stages (e.g. Megaron Athens Concert Hall, where performances will happen as planned)
- Indoor cafes, bars, tavernas and restaurants (including those in shopping malls and chalets at ski centers). These venues will operate from o5.00 to midnight (02.00 on New Year’s Eve)
- Indoor play centers for children
- Gyms and sports facilities
- Conferences / Trade fairs
- Internet cafes
- Escape rooms
- Pool and bowling venues
- Christmas parks (indoor / outdoor)
- All sports stadiums (indoor / outdoor), when used for athletic events
Children and teenagers 4 – 17 years old can also visit these venues with a negative self test, as described above.
C. Venues accepting customers with either a certificate or test
All other venues will be accessible to people with either a vaccination / recovery certificate, or people who can show a negative rapid antigen / PCR test, taken in the last 48 / 72 hours. This applies for the following venues:
- Public services, including KEPS and courts (with the exception of an emergency, esp. a visit to a police station)
- Banks, post offices, all utility services (e.g. DEH, EYDAP)
- Churches and religious spaces
- Outdoor tavernas, restaurants, cafes and cafe-bars, including outdoor chalets at ski centres. These venues will operate from o5.00 to midnight (02.00 on New Year’s Eve)
- Outdoor children’s playgrounds
- Commercial stores, including the ones in malls and those renting skiing equipment
- Hair salons, nail salons, beauty parlours
- Zoos and national parks (this mostly refers to ticketed parks)
- Amusement parks
- Hotels and guest houses *
- Inter-regional public transportation (more on this below)
*Hotel residents who have not been vaccinated / contracted Covid might need to take more than one tests, to cover the duration of their stay. This is not clear on the Gazette, so you will need to check with your hotel.
Children and teenagers 4 – 17 years old can also visit these venues with a negative self test, as described above.
Hospitals, medical centres, care homes
People who are going for a routine visit or routine check (e.g. blood checkup) will not need to show any of the above documents.
Patients going to hospital for an operation will need to produce a certificate of vaccination / recovery or Covid-19 test, and also take a PCR or rapid test, depending on their circumstances. Companions may also be required to take a test.
The same applies for vets (as opposed to pet shops, where no documents are necessary).
People visiting care homes will need to bring a negative PCR test, taken a maximum of 48 hours before their visit. Visitors and patients are required to wear a FFP2 / N95 mask.
Employees / workspace
Employees who have not been vaccinated will need to take two rapid tests per week at private medical labs. Rapid tests are usually priced at 10 euro.
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, at their own expense.
Commercial events and gatherings
It is forbidden to carry out a) any public recreational festive events, b) any form of recreational gatherings and events in a private, non-commercial venue that has been rented or leased for this purpose, (c) any form of recreational gatherings and events in a private venue involving either a ticket / fee, or leasing music equipment or services.
Exact text in Greek: Απαγορεύονται: α) η διενέργεια δημόσιων ψυχαγωγικών εορταστικών εκδηλώσεων, β) η διενέργεια
οποιασδήποτε μορφής ψυχαγωγικών συναθροίσεων και εκδηλώσεων σε ιδιωτικό μη επαγγελματικό χώρο που μισθώνεται ή παραχωρείται προς τον σκοπό αυτό, γ) η διενέργεια οποιασδήποτε μορφής ψυχαγωγικών συναθροίσεων και εκδηλώσεων σε ιδιωτικό χώρο έναντι ανταλλάγματος ή εφόσον αυτές εμπεριέχουν τη μίσθωση εξοπλισμού ή υπηρεσιών μουσικής διασκέδασης.
Unlike last year, there is no explicit mention against private gatherings at homes.
Travelling around Greece
In order to travel between different Regional Units in Greece, all passengers over 4 years old should carry with them either a vaccination / recovery certificate, or a negative PCR / rapid test taken max 72 / 48 hours before travel.
Children aged 4-17 can also take a self test, valid for 24 hours.
Note that, in order to enter Greece, all passengers are now required to take a test prior to travelling irrespective of their vaccination status. Additionally, there is a strong recommendation for anyone travelling to Greece from abroad to take a test on the 2nd and 4th day of their stay.
Hello! I’m Vanessa from Athens and I’ve been following Covid restrictions in Greece since spring 2020. This article has first been published on 30 December 2021, with information from the official Government Gazette (ΦΕΚ) no 6289B/29.12.2021. I will be updating this article throughout 2022, so feel free to bookmark it and refer to it from time to time. For more info, you can follow my FB page, where I post all information about Covid-19 restrictions in Greece as soon as it’s announced.