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.
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. 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)
- Bosnia – Herzegovina
- United Kingdom
- North Macedonia
- New Zealand
- United States of America
- United Arab Emirates
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
Rapid Covid-19 tests will be administered to all 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, and will 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.
Requirements for travel to Greece Summer 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 English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian.
(B) Present a negative PCR test, which has been taken maximum 72 hours before their arrival
(C) Present a negative rapid test which has been taken maximum 48 hours before their arrival
(D) Present a certificate, issued by a public authority, that they have contracted COVID-19 two to nine months before travel. Quoting travel.gov.gr: “A certificate of a positive PCR molecular test result, confirming that the holder recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, performed at least 2 months before arrival, and no later than 9 months before arrival”.
The above is currently in effect until Saturday 26h June 2021, 6am.
Land travel to Greece 2021
Promachonas, Ormenio, Evzones, Eksohi and Nymphea borders are the main land borders for international travel. Kakavia and Kipoi borders are open for special categories of travellers. Further regulations apply.
Land travel within Greece is now allowed, with a maximum limit of four people per regular car when travelling within Greece. There is an exception for families with children under 18 years old.
Domestic Flights and Ferries within Greece
Travel within Greece is running normally. For domestic flights and ferries from the mainland to the islands (e.g. Athens to Milos) all passengers over 5 years old needs to meet one of the following conditions:
- Have completed the vaccination for COVID-19 at least 14 days before arrival and to present a vaccination certificate issued by a public authority
- Display a negative PCR test, taken up to 72 hours before scheduled travel time (in paper form or electronically)
- Display a negative rapid test, taken up to 24 hours before the scheduled travel time (in paper form or electronically)
- Have been diagnosed negative in a self-test, taken up to 24 hours before the scheduled travel time. This can be bought from a pharmacy, at a cost of 5-10 euro. You will need to declare the result in this form.
- Present a certificate, issued by a public authority, that they have contracted COVID-19 two to nine months before travel. Quoting travel.gov.gr: “A certificate of a positive PCR molecular test result, confirming that the holder recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, performed at least 2 months before arrival, and no later than 9 months before arrival”.
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 employees during boarding.
In all cases, you will additionally need to use the paper form provided by your ferry company / airline when booking your tickets.
No vaccination or test is necessary
- for domestic flights from the mainland to the mainland (e.g. Athens to Thessaloniki)
- for domestic flights / ferry travel from an island to the mainland (e.g. Santorini to Athens).
If you are in doubt, check with your airline or ferry company. Here is some more info on COVID-19 information for ferries in Greece.
How about lockdown restrictions within Greece?
There are further measures within Greece. Here are the movement restrictions around Greece and how they may affect your travel – Restrictions in Greece Summer 2021. Please read them, especially if you are planning to island-hop in Greece.
Official sources for the above article
- CAA announcement 21 June – International and domestic travel (in Greek)
- CAA announcement 14 May – Domestic travel to the islands (in both Greek and English)
- Official Greek travel website
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