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Updated on September 13th 2021

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Travel to Greece September – October

Travel Measures for Entering & Departing from Greece 
Countries that will NOT BE ABLE TO VISIT GREECE:

We would like to inform you that based on Greek Government’s latest announcement the following are valid until September 17th, 2021:

  • Greece will ΝΟΤ open its borders for non-EU Citizen & Schengen Area countries. Only citizens from the following 36 non-EU countries and territories are excluded from the ban:  Australia, Northern Macedonia, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, United Kingdom, Israel, Canada, Belarus, Bahrain, New Zealand, South Korea, Qatar, China, Kuwait, Ukraine, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei, San Marino, Andorra, the Vatican, Monaco, Turkey, Kosovo and Chinese Taipei.
    (People traveling from countries not mentioned on the list can travel to Greece only for essential reasons.)

Important Notes: 

  • Restrictions are not applied for transit travelers.
  • Travelers from the aforementioned countries and territories are allowed to enter Greece – provided they have the required documentation (see below) – without the requirement for subsequent self-isolation.

Travel from Greece updates until July 2021

COUNTRIES THAT IMPOSE QUARANTINE OR COVID TEST FOR ARRIVALS FROM GREECE:

Travelers out of Greece may be required to a negative PCR COVID test. Please find at this link the list of designated clinics in Greece that offer Covid-19 RNA test service.

Additionally, please find at this link https://travelvitals.amexgbt.com/ the latest travel restrictions worldwide.

Please note that at Athens International Airport a testing facility from IATRIKON ATHINON will be available to perform Rapid tests between 08:30 - 17:00. The test outcome certificate will be provided in English. In order to avoid any potential delay, it is highly recommended to the passengers to be at the airport at least 4,5 hours before their scheduled flight.

TAKE A DOMESTIC FLIGHT with SAFETY
  • People in Greece (residents and foreign visitors) are allowed to travel to the Greek islands by airplane only if they have one of the following:
    • Α vaccination certificate stating that 14 days have passed since full vaccination for Covid-19. Greeks can issue their vaccination certificates here.
    • Α negative rapid antigen test taken 48 hours prior to travel. (The rule is in force for children over the age of 12.). Important note: Unvaccinated individuals should know that only rapid tests conducted at private health centers will be accepted to travel within Greece. From September 13, unvaccinated individuals will no longer be allowed to get tested for Covid-19 for free by the mobile health teams of EODY that carry out daily rapid tests at no charge to citizens in different areas.
    • Α recovery certificate. Travelers can present a medical/recovery certificate issued thirty days after they first tested positive for Covid-19 (the certificate is valid for entry to Greece 180 days after its issue date). The certificate must be issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory. (The rule is in force for children over the age of 12.)
  • Face masks are mandatory for all airline passengers and flight attendants
  • The use of mobile apps is encouraged
  • Passengers must maintain a distance of 1.5 meters from one another in the waiting areas
  • A special boarding process has been set up with passengers boarding in smaller groups, to avoid overcrowding
  • Access to the airport building is strictly for passengers, airline crew & airport staff. All transfer escorts will be waiting outside the building.
  • Immediately upon arrival at the airport, the aircraft cabin must undergo cleaning in accordance with an enhanced antiseptic program, before being allowed to continue flying.
  • Arrival at the airport in due time (3 hours ago)
  • Prepare for a thermal check at the airport
  • Passengers sign electronically a health statement before the boarding pass is issued
  • Reduce in-flight services to a minimum / Reduced food and beverage service
TAKE A FERRY with SAFETY
  • People in Greece (residents and foreign visitors) are allowed to travel to the Greek islands by airplane only if they have one of the following:
    • Α vaccination certificate stating that 14 days have passed since full vaccination for Covid-19. Greeks can issue their vaccination certificates here.
    • Α negative rapid antigen test taken 48 hours prior to travel. (The rule is in force for children over the age of 12.). Important note: Unvaccinated individuals should know that only rapid tests conducted at private health centers will be accepted to travel within Greece. From September 13, unvaccinated individuals will no longer be allowed to get tested for Covid-19 for free by the mobile health teams of EODY that carry out daily rapid tests at no charge to citizens in different areas.
    • Α recovery certificate. Travelers can present a medical/recovery certificate issued thirty days after they first tested positive for Covid-19 (the certificate is valid for entry to Greece 180 days after its issue date). The certificate must be issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory. (The rule is in force for children over the age of 12.)
  • Ferries are allowed to carry 50 percent of their maximum passenger capacity set by current legislation
  • Prior to boarding a ferry at Greek ports of departure, passengers are obliged to hand over a previously filled out health status questionnaire (The form is available in English).
  • Thermal screening will be applied to all passengers entering ferries
  • Passengers must maintain a distance of 1.5 meters between each other during boarding
  • Masks must be worn by passengers and crew members
  • Seating in airplane-type seats is allowed according to a special layout
STAYING IN HOTELS with SAFETY
  • Hotels operating in Greece this summer will be required to have a doctor on calland designated quarantine areas will be set up on popular island destinations as well as a set of rigid guidelines.
  • Hotels will have a COVID Protection Officer & Trainer appointed
  • Daily monitoring of H&S compliance Health protocol
  • All staff to wear Personal Protective Gear when indoors
  • Temperature taken on arrival – Guests & Staff
  • Disinfected process for Key cards & Guest luggages
  • Express and private Check-in and Check outs (Check in hour at 3pm and Check out at 12pm)
  • Frequent cleaning protocols of all guest rooms and public areas as per WHO standards
  • Housekeeping enter room only upon request 
  • Air Humidifiers in all rooms
  • Social distancing will be applied on the layout of pool loungers and outdoor dining facilities.
  • Reception will feature floor markings
  • Staff Accommodation following extreme Health & Safety Protocols
  • Food handlers and supervisors are trained on safe food preparation and service practices. No buffet offerings. Free of charge room service.
  • More details for the hotel protocol here.
CONFERENCES & MEETING ROOMS

The protocols, currently available on the Diavgeia website, were designed based on the proposals of the Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organizers (HAPCO), Greece’s National Public Health Organization (EODY) and the Tourism Ministry. According to Greece’s new health protocols, professional and other conferences can be held in the form of hybrid events. A hybrid event is a tradeshow, conference, seminar, workshop or other meeting that combines a live in-person event with a virtual online component.

Furthermore, the following measures must be implemented:

  • Only a predetermined number of delegates is allowed in the conference venue. The conference will also be available online (live streaming),
  • In case Greek authorities decide to ban physical presence at conferences due to epidemiological reasons, the event will not be postponed / canceled and can be carried out online,
  • The organizer has the option to hold a conference exclusively online, without the physical presence of delegates,
  • In the case of international conferences, the physical presence of foreign delegates is permitted in accordance with current travel restrictions,
  • Delegates must pre-register online for the sessions the wish to attend in order to secure a seat in the conference room. Delegates that have not pre-registered will not be allowed access to the venue unless there are seats available,
  • The delegates’ conference badges will be scanned upon their entrance to the venue. Only speakers, delegates and technical staff are allowed in the conference room,
  • The conference’s registration, badge, program and certificates must be available in an electronic form (via e-mail, SMS, social media),
  • Commercial stands are allowed in the venue provided that they do not include seats, printed or other material. The screening of commercial messages is recommended.
  • A buffet for coffee / light lunch during breaks is allowed and must operate in accordance with the relevant health regulations. The distribution of individual meal packages is recommended.
  • The use of masks is mandatory for staff and optional for delegates.

* Please note: Restrictions, testing requirements, and mandatory quarantine measures are subject to change depending on how successful Covid-19 management/infection rates reported at airports of origin and according to the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) guidelines.

PLEASE NOTE that every two (2) weeks the list of countries will be reviewed and the information updated. For latest travel updates for Greece please visit this link here.
Please contact us at corporate@kyvernitis.gr and emergency@kyvernitis.gr if you have any further questions about travelling to Greece.