Travellers to Greece 2021 – Travel information for arriving in Greece

Travellers to Greece 2021 will need to be aware of travel restrictions and rules. Here’s all you need to know about travelling to Greece in 2021. 

International Travel to Greece 2021

If you are travelling to Greece in 2021, you should know that certain travel regulations apply. Many of these restrictions have been in place since early 2020.

The regulations on this page are currently in effect until 26 April 2021, at which point they are due for revision and / or extension. While the Greek government intends to open for tourism in mid-May, this is dependent upon the changeable circumstances around the world. 

You can normally find all new measures on our official Greek travel website. Unfortunately, sometimes they take a few days to update it.

Lockdown measures in Greece April 2021

Hello! I’m Vanessa, a travel writer from Athens. I’ve been keeping an eye on lockdown Greece and travel restrictions for Greece since March 2020. This article gives an overview of everything that travellers to Greece 2021 should know. I am constantly updating this article with new Greece travel measures in 2021. You can bookmark it and check it before you travel to Greece. Please share this with people who will find it helpful!

Restrictions for Travel to Greece 2021 – Who can travel to Greece?

Currently, travellers are only allowed into Greece if they are permanent residents of the following countries:

  • EU and Schengen countries (includes Switzerland, Norway, Lichtenstein and Iceland)
  • United Kingdom
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Singapore
  • Rwanda
  • Israel
  • Russia*
  • United States of America (as of 19 April 2021)
  • Serbia (as of 19 April 2021)

Travellers can enter Greece through the following airports: Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Chania, Rhodes, Kos, Mykonos, Santorini and Corfu.

*At the moment, travellers from Russia can only land at the airports in Athens, Thessaloniki and Heraklion. In addition, there is a limit of maximum 4,000 travellers to Greece per week for permanent residents of Russia.

Rapid Covid-19 tests will be administered to randomly selected travellers to Greece, at their point of entrance. Any passengers who are found positive to the rapid test will have to self-isolate for 14 days. They will also be given further instructions.

People arriving from these countries must still complete the inbound PLF (Passenger Locator Form), at the official Greece travel website.

In case of doubt, you can always get in touch with your embassy.

Travellers to Greece 2021 - Aegean flight

Travellers from EU, UK, USA, Serbia, Israel, UAE

As of 19 April 2021, new rules apply for travellers from the following countries:

  • EU and Schengen countries
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Serbia
  • Israel
  • United Arab Emirates

No self-isolation will be necessary for permanent residents of the above countries who comply with EITHER of the following:

(A) Have completed their second round of vaccination at least 14 days before arriving to Greece AND carry a vaccination certificate (in English) including their name, surname, type of vaccination and number of doses they have taken 

OR

(B) Bring a negative PCR test, which has been taken maximum 72 hours before their arrival. 

Travellers from other countries

Different rules apply for travellers to Greece 2021 from the following countries:

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Singapore
  • Rwanda
  • Russia

Permanent residents of these countries who are arriving from abroad will need to do the following:

  • complete the inbound PLF (Passenger Locator Form), at the official Greece travel website
  • bring with them a negative PCR test, taken max 72 hours before arrival to Greece
  • self-isolate / quarantine for seven days at home or place of temporary residence. Travellers who are staying in Greece for under 7 days will need to self-isolate for the whole time.

Travel Greece 2021 - Restrictions and measures

Land travel to Greece 2021

Public transportation (rail and road) between Greece and our neighbouring countries has been suspended for a while now.

Promachonas and Nymphea borders between Greece and Bulgaria are the main land borders for international travel. The other land borders are currently used for essential travel (in exceptional circumstances). Further regulations apply.

At the time of writing, there is a limit of max three people per regular car when travelling within Greece. There is an exception for families with children under 18 years old.

How about lockdown restrictions within Greece?

There are further measures within Greece. Here are the movement restrictions around Greece – Lockdown measures in Greece April 2021.

Domestic Flights within Greece

Domestic flights within Greece are running. However, only essential travel is allowed, for the following reasons:

  • work reasons
  • health reasons
  • returning to the primary area of residence (passengers will need to have proof of permanent address, obtained through the Taxis system)
  • families reuniting (including divorced families)
  • funeral of a close relative.

Official sources for the above article

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4 thoughts on “Travellers to Greece 2021 – Travel information for arriving in Greece”

    • Yes, if you are arriving until 19 April, and you will also have to go in a 7-day self-isolation. There is no solid official information regarding when the vaccination certificate will be adequate on its own, with no need for testing. I will be updating this article with all news, so feel free to come back to it now and then. As always, check the official travel website.

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  1. Hi Vanessa
    Unreal information thank you so much!
    Two questions:
    Do you have to get paper form certified before you leave your home or do you just carry it with you?
    Also can I get train from Athens to Thessaloniki? For volunteering reasons

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    • Thank you for your kind words! The situation is unreal indeed! I hope that in a year’s time we will all be laughing at this!
      The paper form for reasons 1-6 is very easy, you can just print it off forma.gov.gr and just carry it with you. If you don’t have a printer you can just write your details on a piece of paper. However, if you are talking about a paper form from an employer, this needs to be certified by the employer.
      Now in terms of volunteering in another region, I am not sure, it’s best to discuss this with the organization that you will volunteer for, there are no explicit rules as far as I know. Just so you know, the current speculation is that intra-regional travel will reopen on the day tourism restarts, 14th May, but we are all waiting to see… hope this helps!

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