On 1st May 2022, most of the Covid restrictions in Greece were lifted. Here’s all you need to know if you are visiting Greece in summer 2022.
Travelling to Greece has now gone back to normal!
As of 1 May 2022, people travelling to Greece are no longer required to show a valid vaccination / recovery passport or negative PCR / rapid antigen test.
Travel is back to what it used to be!! The only exception is that, for the time being, masks remain mandatory in airplanes, international ferries etc. This will change on 1st June – more on this below.
Most Covid restrictions in Greece have ended on 1st May 2022
As you probably know, Greece has followed certain Covid restrictions throughout the first months of 2022.
Certain venues were only accepting customers with a vaccination / recovery certificate. Others were also accepting customers with a rapid antigen / PCR test.
All this is has now changed! Here is a summary of the most important changes for when you are in Greece.
Note that the measures will be re-evaluated at the end of August.
Changes for Covid restrictions in Greece – No documents required
Between 1 May and 31 August, everyone can enter all indoor and outdoor venues without the need to present any documents. This means that showing your vaccination / recovery passport or test is no longer necessary.
For example, life returns to normal when it comes to restaurants / bars / nightclubs. If you are visiting Greece from abroad, this may already be the case in your country, but it’s a big deal for us after having the measures in place for so long!
The same applies for internal flights and domestic ferry travel – though wearing a mask is still required when travelling. For more ferry information, have a look at Ferryscanner.
All venues will now operate at full (100%) capacity. This includes restaurants, bars, cinemas, theatres, ferries, trains, gyms etc.
From May the 1st, students will no longer need to take self-tests to go to school. Also, unvaccinated employees will only need to take one test per week, rather than two.
Mask wearing in Greece Summer 2022
Until the 31st of May, wearing a mask remains mandatory in indoor venues in Greece. This includes shops, supermarkets, museums, and all methods of transportation such as ferries, planes or the Athens metro.
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. (In practice, is is very unlikely that visitors who are renting a car will ever be checked for this…)
From June the 1st until September the 15th, masks will no longer be mandatory for most indoor venues . This includes supermarkets, shops, restaurants, bars, airplanes, trains and long-distance (KTEL) buses.
Masks will remain mandatory for all urban transport, including the Athens metro, buses, trolleys, suburban railway and tram. They will also remain mandatory in hospitals, old people’s homes and similar facilities.
There has been no decision yet for ferries and schools.
More Athens and Greece travel guides
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- What to do in Athens on May Day
- Combined ticket for the ancient sites in Athens
- Santorini in June
- How to order Greek food
- Greek Orthodox Easter traditions
Hi! I’m Vanessa from Athens and I’m here to help you make sense of the ever-changing Covid restrictions in Greece! The information above has been taken from the official Gazette no 2369B/14.5.2022. Follow my FB page for more Greece-related info!