Get the latest travel measures for Greece in a snapshot. Designed by Eclectic Greece for its valued clients around the world.
Updated on October 6th
Updated on October 6th
For information on traveling to Greece in the post-Covid-19 era, press here.
For all passengers arriving to Greece:
Restrictions to specific groups:
We wish to remind our travelers to check the latest travel requirements applicable to your destination country, as well as your point of origin, as you prepare for your travel. Before your trip, please take the following three (3) ACTIONS:
According to the latest decision published, the below restrictions for the region of Athens will run until October 12th.
Local Restrictions in Athens—Authorities have announced a series of restrictive measures in the Attica region, effective September 21. These include prohibition of public or private gatherings of more than nine people; suspension of concerts, cinemas, live music venues, and nightclubs; a limit of 20 attendees at weddings and funerals; mandatory use of masks in all indoor workspaces, public or private, as well as all outdoor areas where it is not possible to maintain a distance of 1.5 meters between individuals; limits of six people per table in restaurants and cafes; staggered arrival hours in the civil sector to prevent congestion in mass transportation; and a requirement for 40 percent of employees in both the public and private sector to work from home.
Important note: Athens International Airport (AIA) has announced that it will offer coronavirus (Covid-19) testing, upon request, to the traveling public. According to an announcement by AIA, arriving or departing passengers and any employee of the airport can get a diagnostic molecular test (rRT-PCR), daily from 7am to 11pm, at facilities that will be set up at the Arrivals Level, between entrances 2 & 3.
Travelers out of Greece will be required to self-isolate for a given period after several European countries revised their travel restrictions due to a surge in Covid-19 infections this month. Please find at this link the list of designated clinics in Greece that offer Covid-19 RNA test service.
New York (Newark EWR) to Athens (ATH) - Every day September 1st
Montreal to Athens - 2 flight per week
Starting July 1st
Toronto to Athens - 2 flights per week
Starting July 3rd
NO DIRECT FLIGHTS FOR THE SEASON
Canada to Athens (Montreal x 4 days / week, Toronto x 4 days/ week, Vancouver x 4 days/ week, Calgary)
Starting July 27th
New York (JFK) to Athens (ATH) - Every day from September 8th
Arrivals by sea by ferry ships are allowed only in Patras, Corfu and Igoumenitsa ports. Travelers must complete 24 hours before their arrival in Greece a Passenger Locator Factor (PLF) form and a confirmation email will be received upon its submission. An electronic or hard copy of the PLF confirmation should be presented to the designated crew members before embarkation onboard a ship at any Italian port. Travelers will also receive the PLF with a QR code on the day of their scheduled arrival in Greece (at midnight) and will be notified via email (the QR code will be provided in a link in the confirmation email). No such restriction applies on yachting.
· Arrival at the entry gate.
· Transfer to the area where the screening personnel are located. Travelers are requested to show their QR code either on their mobile phone screen or in print. If travel departure begins prior to the day of arrival, travelers are allowed to board after showing the confirmation email (and not necessarily the QR code which is scheduled to arrive during their trip.)
· Depending on their QR code/confirmation, travelers are directed either to the screening area where they will be tested for the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 by a trained health team or to the exit (to baggage claim area or passport control).
· Upon completion of the test, travelers are directed towards the exit (to baggage claim area or passport control).
· The test results are expected to become available within 24 hours. During that time, passengers who are tested are advised to practise social distancing according to local guidelines and self monitoring for symptoms that could indicate COVID-19. In case of such symptoms, medical advice and/or contact with the National Public Health Organization (EODY) Operations Centre should be immediately sought. Only in case they test positive, the authorities will contact them and proceed with the health protocol in place. Otherwise, they may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines.
· If travelers plan to have multiple stop-overs in Greece, they must declare this and report their initial destination and their travel itinerary for the next 7 days.
All travelers must comply with all of the necessary preventive hygiene measures (use of masks and physical distancing) according to local guidance.
CRUISE SHIPS UPDATE: Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis once again said cruise travel in Greece may possibly resume in August. “I want to believe that within the first 15 days of August, Greece will be able to open to cruise travel,” Minister Theoharis said, adding that cruise lines are interested in including Greece in their itineraries. When asked if large cruise lines are interested in launching itineraries in Greece, the president of the Union of Cruise Ship Owners & Associated Members (EEKFN), Theodore Kontes said that no itineraries should be expected before September.
Please note: For clarifications on entrance to Greece, travelers can find further information here.
The Greek state will cover expenses related to hospitalization of visitors suffering from Covid-19 symptoms.
In the event of a confirmed infection, close contacts of the case will be transferred to a separate quarantine accommodation at the expense of the Greek state. Remaining guests will continue their holidays.
Greece will cover transfer to hospital and medical costs as well as stay in quarantine hotel if needed. We urge airlines travel agents and hotels to offer maximum flexibility during this time of customer and regulatory uncertainty.
Subject to evaluation, such tests can be accepted.
Please note that only travelers who carry a certificate of a negative RT-PCR test result will be allowed by the border authorities to enter the country. The certificates should be written in English and bear the name and passport/national ID number of the traveler.
The Laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing should be:
Certificates that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be accepted. Certificate forgery is punished by Greek Law.
The Ministry of Tourism has a plan of audits and we encourage all enterprises to seek third party accreditation. We have also set up a training and information website for employees and owners in order to ensure that the knowledge of the protocols is disseminated in a timely and responsible manner. Finally, we have established steep fines for those neglecting their duties. In case of complaints, visitors can call the four-digit number 1572 of the Ministry of Tourism.
* 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 email@example.com if you have any further questions about travelling to Greece.
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