Covid-19 measures in Greece for 2022. Includes everything you need to know for vaccination passports, recovery certificates and how to enter venues in Greece in 2022.
Greece relaxes most Covid restrictions on 1 May 2022
As of 1 of May 2022, life in Greece has almost gone back to “normal”. Showing a vaccination / recovery certificate or negative PCR / rapid antigen test is no longer necessary. All venues are accessible to everyone, without the need to show any of these documents.
For the time being, masks remain mandatory for indoor venues such as shops, museums, ferries, trains, airplanes, the Athens metro etc.
Moreover, travel to Greece has gone back to normal. People visiting Greece will no longer need to show a vaccination / recovery certificate or Covid test when travelling to Greece.
You can read more information in this article.
**The information below refers to the period before 1 May 2022 – it’s here only for historical purposes**.
Summary of Covid restrictions in Greece for 2022
Here is a summary of the main Covid-19 restrictions in Greece which are in place for adults until the 1st May 2022.
- Supermarkets, grocery stores, food markets, pharmacies, pet shops, urban public transportation and open-air archaeological sites are accessible to everyone
- Indoor cafes, restaurants, bars, clubs, gyms, cinemas, theatres, museums, galleries and 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, OR
- a certificate of recovery, OR
- a PCR test, taken max 72 hours before visiting, OR
- a rapid test, taken max 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.
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.
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, passport 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, for everyone aged 4 and above, whether vaccinated or not. There are exceptions for restaurants and gyms, but customers are required to wear masks when entering and moving around these venues.
Masks remain mandatory in private cars, unless the passengers belong to the same family (1st and 2nd degree relatives) or live in the same household.
The use of a mask is no longer mandatory in most outdoors areas, with the exception of stadiums, live gigs etc.
People visiting supermarkets or using any public transportation 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 – Validity and booster dose
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.
A certificate of vaccination is considered valid when 14 days have elapsed since the first or second dose of vaccination. The certificate’s validity expires if a period of 9 months has elapsed since the first dose, for the J+J vaccine, or the second dose, for other vaccines.
People who take a booster dose in Greece, can issue their new vaccination certificate on the next day.
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.
From 16 January 2022, anyone over 60 years old who is not vaccinated, needs to pay a fine of 100 euro / month. This will be traced through the national Greek Taxis system. The fine was abolished on 15 April 2022.
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 employees will check them visually instead. It’s best to carry them in paper (rather than digital) form, along with 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”.
Or you can point out this helpful link (in Greek), which says the same thing.
Certificate of recovery from Covid is valid for 180 days
If you have contracted Covid, you can issue your recovery certificate after the 14th day since the date you were first tested positive. The certificate is now valid for 180 days since the day of the first positive test, but you will have to get it reissued.
For the result to be registered officially, vaccinated people can use either a PCR or rapid test, while unvaccinated people will need to use a PCR test.
People who were vaccinated and were later infected with Covid will need to show their combined vaccination / recovery certificate. This is valid for 180 days after the first positive test.
If an unvaccinated person who already has a recovery certificate performs a second PCR test after 180+1 days have passed and is found positive again, they will not 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 47 euro, and you can take it at medical labs all around Greece or perhaps at your own home (with an extra charge). You will generally need to book an appointment. In most cases, a PCR test is valid for 72 hours.
A rapid antigen test usually costs 10 euro, and you can take it at medical labs and most pharmacies. Some of them might ask you for an appointment. A rapid test is valid for 48 hours for most activities.
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 needed to visit any open-air archaeological sites, like the 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. Tests are adequate for children and teenagers, but not 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.
You can visit ski resorts 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)
- Indoor cafes, bars, tavernas and restaurants, including those in shopping malls and chalets at ski centers
- Indoor play centers for children
- Gyms and sports facilities
- Conferences / Trade fairs
- Internet cafes
- Escape rooms
- Pool and bowling venues
- 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
- 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 will need to take more than one tests, to cover the duration of their stay.
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 1 free self test per week, which they will need to use in the 24-hour period before going to school on Tuesday morning.
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.
Passengers from the EU / Schengen countries, and passengers from the 37 countries following the European Union Digital Covid Certificate (EUDCC) System, can travel to Greece with their vaccination / recovery certificate.
Here is more information about travelling to and around Greece.
Hello! I’m Vanessa from Athens and I’ve been following Covid restrictions in Greece since spring 2020. This article has last been updated on 1 May 2022, with information from the official Government Gazette (ΦΕΚ) no 2137B/30.4.2022. 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, follow my FB page, where I post all information about Covid-19 restrictions in Greece as soon as it’s announced.