Travellers to Greece 2021 – Information for travel to and within 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 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.

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, and has last been updated on 14 September. 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!


Who can travel to Greece in Summer 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
  • Australia
  • North Macedonia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States of America
  • Israel
  • Canada
  • Belarus
  • Bahrein
  • New Zealand
  • South Korea
  • Qatar
  • China
  • Kuwait
  • Ukraine
  • Russia*
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Bosnia – Herzegovina
  • Montenegro
  • Albania
  • Japan
  • Lebanon
  • Azerbaijan
  • Armenia
  • Jordan
  • Moldova
  • Brunei
  • San Marino
  • Andorra
  • Vatican city
  • Monaco
  • Kosovo
  • Turkey
  • 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.

Requirements for travel to Greece autumn – winter 2021

To be allowed entry into Greece, permanent residents of the above countries aged 12 and above must comply with any of the following:

(A) Have completed their final round of vaccination at least 14 days before arriving to Greece AND carry a vaccination certificate including their name, surname, type of vaccination and number of doses they have taken. Acceptable languages are Greek, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian – OR

(B) Present a negative PCR test, which has been taken maximum 72 hours before their arrival – OR

(C) Present a negative Rapid test which has been taken maximum 48 hours before their arrival – OR

(D) Present a certificate, issued by a public authority, that they have contracted COVID-19 30 to 180 days before travel. Quoting, infection with Covid “…can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The certificate is issued 30 days after the day of the first positive COVID-19 test and is valid for 180 days after it”.

Travellers can also present the “EU Digital Covid-19 Certificate”, in paper or electronic form.

Children under 12 years old do not need any of the above documents.

Travel Greece 2021 - Restrictions and measures

What you need to know when arriving in Greece

Rapid Covid-19 tests will be administered to selected travellers flying into Greece, at their point of entrance. 

As of 27 August, all unvaccinated passengers arriving from certain countries will need to take a Covid test upon arrival. This applies to arrivals from the following 16 countries, irrespective of the citizenship of the passengers:

  • Egypt
  • Albania
  • Argentina
  • Bulgaria
  • Brazil
  • Georgia
  • Cuba
  • United Arab Emirates
  • India
  • China
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • North Macedonia
  • Pakistan
  • Russia*
  • Turkey

* All passengers arriving from Russia will have a rapid test on arrival.

Any passengers who are found positive to the rapid test 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.

Further instructions will be given. Always check the official website for more information. In case of doubt, please get in touch with your embassy.

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How to travel around Greece autumn – winter 2021

Here is a breakdown of the regulations concerning all domestic travel around Greece by plane / train / ferry / bus, from 13 September onwards.

All passengers over 12 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 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 180 days before travel.

Children from 4 to 11 years old can travel with any of the above documents. In addition, they can travel with a negative self-test, available from Greek pharmacies at a cost of 5-8 euro. 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 lockdown restrictions within Greece?

As of 13 September 2021, unvaccinated people will not be allowed entrance to certain indoors venues in Greece. Here is a summary of the restrictions which you need to be aware of if you are visiting Greece in autumn / winter 2021 – 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 certain pharmacies, along with self tests.

Here’s an article with a list of places where you can take a Covid test in Greece. Includes Athens, Santorini, Mykonos and other popular destinations.

Official sources for the above article

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18 thoughts on “Travellers to Greece 2021 – Information for travel to and within 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.

  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

    • 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 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!

  2. Hi Vanessa,
    Thanks for the infromation, it is really wonderful to find everything in one place. I have a question, we are arriving on 9th May sunday.
    So, movement is restricted until 10th May. Does that mean even the tourist have to send code and go out on 9th? I have heard that the validity is only for 3hrs. Is this for only Greek citizens or for tourists also. Can can we visit the Restaurants?
    Thanks for your reply!

    • Hi Sradha, thanks for your question. Yes, inter-regional movement is unfortunately not allowed until at least the 10th, and it is very likely that it will be extended to the 14th, we should know tomorrow evening.
      Now, to move around, you won’t be able to send an sms unless you have a Greek SIM card. Instead, you can carry this paper with you. These days we use code 6 for exercise, archaeological sites, restaurants, cafes and most of the activities you will be doing. If you don’t have access to a printer, just write your details on a piece of paper, and use code 6.
      Now, for shopping, we use another sms (no paper form). However, for most stores, they would need to be able to send you an sms. I’ve described this in this article.
      We don’t know yet when the sms will stop – hopefully next week.
      With all that said, in all honesty, I can’t see that you would ever be checked – I’ve only been checked once since November. But it doesn’t hurt to have the paper form with you. And there is no time limitation on anything, apart from the curfew at 23.00. Hope it helps! Enjoy your vacation!

  3. Thanks for the updates from today 14 May and this article.

    We are hoping to visit Lefkada and the islands in June – we will be sailing. We have everything organised for our travel from Spain to Greece, via Germany but it’s organising the test needed to travel home again (to Spain via Germany) at the beginning of July that is proving difficult. We need to be able to book PCR tests for the results to be back quickly within 48 hours for Germany and 72 hours for Spain. Flights are on Sunday 4th July, so need testing on Friday 2nd July in the afternoon………..this does limit us somewhat, especially if labs do not work at the weekend.

    • Here in Athens, some labs work on weekends. As the islands are tourist destinations I am sure that you will be fine, however it would be advisable to pre-book your PCR-test appointment well in advance since you know your dates. I have found that Googlemaps works ok when you use the words “PCR test” here in Athens, but haven’t checked it for other areas yet. Planning to write an article on where to get tested in Greece at some point in the future!

  4. Hello Vanessa,
    I’ll be arriving to Athens on may 20th or after from lebanon,
    I have a valid greek residency, but i just wanted to know if i should quarantine for a week, i had caught covid tho 6 months ago.
    Thanks for all the wonderful info you always share.

    • Hello Mustapha, I hope you have recovered ok! Please check, my understanding is that you will have to self-isolate as Lebanon is still not in the list of the permitted countries. You could also check with the embassy. Have a nice trip 🙂

  5. Hi
    We are permanent US residents, US passports and fully vaccinated in the US. Traveling from Egypt to Greece on June 1. Will we be allowed entry without quarantine? Alternatively, do you think we would be allowed entry with quarantine/self isolation? If so, how does that work? What are the guidelines on self isolation? I can’t find anything clear. Any information you have would be appreciated. We are going to celebrate the marriage of our daughter and really need to get there!!

    • First of all, congrats on your daughter’s marriage! Based on the current restrictions (that will be updated around May 24th), my understanding is that you would be allowed in without self-isolation. However, if I were you, I would prefer to take this up with the US Embassy, for official confirmation. They now seem to update more quickly, so please have a look there as well. Have a safe trip and enjoy!

      • Thanks for the suggestion. I will check with the US Embassy. I’m just worried about the flying in from Egypt part since Egypt is not on the list of accepted countries.

  6. Hi Vanessa,
    I’m a Dutch citizen travelling from Indonesia to Greece, is this allowed at the moment and do I have to quarantaine? I’m not vaccinated yet, regards Ben

    • Hi Ben… according to our official travel website, Indonesia does not belong to the permitted countries, but I’ve read about people from non-permitted countries who have travelled here nevertheless. Please ask your embassy for official information. Good luck!


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