Last updated on January 9th, 2021 at 05:10 pm
Here is the latest travel advice for Greece for January 2021, according to the latest official government announcements on January 8th.
International travel to Greece January 2021
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, there are several restrictions and measures in place for travellers coming to Greece from abroad. Many of these restrictions have been in place since mid-2020. The new measures are uploaded on the official government website, however sometimes it takes a while for it to be updated.
Here is a summary of the current restrictions, as announced by the Civil Aviation Authority on 8 January 2021.
Passengers arriving to Greece from abroad will need to do the following:
- complete the inbound Passenger Locator Form (PLF), which can be found at the official website
- bring a negative PCR test (taken max 72 hours before arrival)
- self-isolate for 7 days (rather than 3, which was the case in early January). Self-isolation will need to take place at home or place of temporary residence. If travellers are staying in Greece for a shorter period, they will need to self-isolate for their whole stay in Greece.
In addition to the above, rapid tests will be administered to randomly selected travellers upon arrival.
Extra measures apply for travellers arriving from the UK, who will all have a rapid test on arrival. In addition, they will need to take a second PCR test after the end of the 7-day isolation period.
Finally, permanent residents of Greece who are planning to travel internationally will need to fill an outbound PLF.
These measures will be in effect until 21 January 2021.
Further restrictions on travel to Greece January 2021
Until 21 January 2021, travellers are only allowed into Greece if they are permanent residents of the following countries:
- EU+ and Schengen countries
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
In addition, the following restrictions remain in place until 21 January 2021:
- Flights from / to Turkey and Catalonia in Spain remain suspended
- Flights from / to Albania and North Macedonia are only arriving at the Athens airport
- There are limitations on the numbers of inbound travellers who are permanent residents of Israel and Russia.
There are certain exceptions to the above. In case of doubt, it’s always best to get in touch with your embassy.
Land travel to Greece January 2021
Public transportation (road and rail) between Greece and the neighboring countries is currently suspended. The primary land border for international travel is Promachonas border. Passengers arriving to Greece from abroad will need to bring a negative PCR test, taken max 72 hours before arrival.
All other land borders may only be used in exceptional circumstances and further restrictions apply. As an example, there is a daily limit of 750 people coming into Greece through the border in Kakavia. You can find more information in Gazette no 14B/14.1.2021.
Note that there is currently a limit of maximum two people per passenger car throughout Greece, with the exception of families with children under 18 years old. In addition, there are several restrictions on movement around the country. You can read more about the current measures here.
Official sources for the above article (in Greek)
- Civil Aviation Authority 8 January 2021 – International flights
- Civil Aviation Authority 9 January 2021 – Domestic flights
- Gazette no 14B/14.1.2021 – Download from et.gr
With all that said, here are some ideas for future travel to Athens!