If you are visiting Greece during 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
This article will no longer be updated. Here is all information about travelling to Greece in 2022.
If you are travelling to Greece in 2021, you will know that certain travel regulations apply. Many of these restrictions have been in place since early 2020.
You can normally find all new measures on our official Greek travel website. Unfortunately, sometimes they take a few days to update it.
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 – 2022 should know, and was last updated on 30 December 2021. I am constantly revising 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!
Requirements for travel to Greece 2021 – Update
Latest update, 23 December 2021:
All travellers aged 5 and above, arriving to Greece from any of the permitted countries, will need to
– show a negative PCR test, taken within the last 72 hours, OR
– show a negative Rapid antigen test, taken within the last 24 hours.
This is regardless of whether passengers are vaccinated or not, and applies to everyone, irrespective of citizenship and way of entering Greece.
These measures are currently scheduled to remain in place until Monday 10 January 2022, 6 am.
Who can travel to Greece in 2021?
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
- North Macedonia
- United Arab Emirates
- United States of America
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- Saudi Arabia
- Bosnia – Herzegovina
- San Marino
- Vatican city
- Sultanate of Oman
- Chinese Taipei
* Permanent residents of Russia will need to bring a negative PCR test (taken max 72 hours before arrival) or a negative Rapid test (taken max 48 hours before arrival). This is mandatory for all permanent residents of Russia, whether they have been vaccinated or not.
The above is extended to spouses and families. Passengers travelling for essential reasons are also allowed to travel to Greece.
People arriving to Greece must complete the inbound PLF (Passenger Locator Form), which can be found at the official Greece travel website. The PLF can now be completed even on the same day of your flight.
The above list is due to be revised on 17 December.
What you need to know when you arrive to Greece
Rapid Covid-19 tests will be administered to selected travellers flying into Greece, at their point of entrance.
Passengers aged 5 and above arriving from the following 16 countries, will need to take a Covid test upon arrival, unless they are vaccinated or have a valid (30 to 90 days*) recovery certificate . This is irrespective of the citizenship of the passengers:
- United Arab Emirates
- North Macedonia
In addition, permanent residents of Russia, Argentina, India, Uruguay, Sultanate of Oman, Mexico and Chile, will be subject to a PCR / rapid test upon arrival.
*Recovery certificates issued from 15.7.2021 to 31.10.2021 will be valid until 31.1.2022.
Any passengers who are found positive to the tests will subsequently take a PCR test. If the PCR rest shows a positive result, the passenger will have to self-isolate for 7 days (if they are vaccinated) or 10 days (if they are not vaccinated), in quarantine hotels provided by the Greek state, and further instructions will be given.
Always check the official website for more information, but do bear in mind that it’s not always up to date. In case of doubt, please get in touch with your embassy.
Close contacts (people travelling with a passenger that has been found positive to Covid-19), can choose to return to their country on the same or the next day, provided they have tested negative twice within the last 24 hours (PCR test or rapid antigen test). They will need to use an N95 mask on their return trip.
Close contacts with a valid vaccination / recovery certificate who decide to stay in Greece, will need to take a PCR test to enter the country.
Close contacts without a valid vaccination / recovery certificate who decide to stay in Greece, will be required to self-isolate for a period of 7 or 14 days, depending on their circumstances. Further instructions will be given.
Arriving in Greece from countries in South Africa
Additional restrictions are in place for passengers on flights from nine (9) African countries:
- South Africa
Greek nationals and other people arriving from the above countries are only allowed to travel to Greece for essential reasons, and regardless of their vaccination status. They must fulfill the following conditions:
- a special entry permit to the Greek territory, issued by the competent Consular Authorities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- a negative PCR test, taken max 72 hours before their scheduled arrival time
- a negative rapid test, taken on arrival
- a 10-day quarantine period in a specially designated hotel, followed by another PCR test upon completion of the 10-day quarantine period.
This applies for all passengers aged 5 and above.
How to travel around Greece winter 2021 – 2022
Here is a breakdown of the regulations concerning all domestic travel around Greece by plane / train / ferry / bus, from 6 November onwards.
All passengers over 4 years old need to meet one of the following conditions:
- Have completed the vaccination for COVID-19 at least 14 days before arrival, and can present a vaccination certificate issued by a public authority
- Display a negative PCR test, taken up to 72 hours before the scheduled travel time
- Display a negative rapid test, taken up to 48 hours before the scheduled travel time
- Present a certificate, issued by a public authority, that they have contracted COVID-19, 30 to 90 days before travel. Recovery certificates issued from 15.7.2021 to 31.10.2021 will be valid until 31.1.2022.
Children from 4 to 17 years old can travel with any of the above documents, and also with a negative self-test, taken in the last 24 hours. These are available from Greek pharmacies at a cost of 5-8 euro, and the result needs to be registered in this paper form.
Accepted languages for any of the above paperwork are Greek, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian. The documents will be checked by the airline / ferry / train / bus employees during boarding, and they can be presented either in paper form or electronically.
In case of ferry travel, you will additionally need to use the travel forms provided by your ferry company (Passenger Health Declaration Form).
Here’s a website where you can book your tickets for the Greek islands > Ferryscanner.
How about restrictions within Greece?
As of 22 November 2021, people who have not been vaccinated / contracted Covid will not be allowed entrance to certain indoors venues in Greece.
Here is a summary of the Covid restrictions in Greece for 2022.
Where can I take a Covid test in Greece?
You can take a PCR or Rapid test at labs all around Greece. Rapid tests are also available at many pharmacies, along with self tests.
Official sources for the above article
- CAA announcement 17 December – International travel (in Greek)
- CAA announcement 27 November – Restrictions on travellers arriving from Africa (in Greek)
- CAA announcement 9 November – Domestic travel (in Greek)
- Official Government Gazettes (in Greek) – Gazette 5401B/20.11.2021 and 5951B/17.12.2021
- Official Greek travel website (in English)
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