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.
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
- North Macedonia
- United Arab Emirates
- United States of America
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- Saudi Arabia
- Bosnia – Herzegovina
- San Marino
- Vatican city
- 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 travel.gov.gr, 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.
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:
- United Arab Emirates
- North Macedonia
* 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.
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.
Official sources for the above article
- CAA announcement 14 September – Domestic travel (in Greek)
- CAA announcement 10 September – International travel (in Greek)
- Official Government Gazettes (in Greek) – Gazette 4214B/13.9.2021
- Official Greek travel website (in English)
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