How tourists can come to Greece – What is changing

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There are two main changes in Greece’s health control for incoming tourists.

Specifically, regarding the new measures that come into force, the Ministry of Tourism stated:

  1. Recognition of rapid tests: From now on, entry into Greece without further restrictive measures will be allowed to travelers from abroad with a negative rapid test (antigen test) result.
  2. Raising the age limit for checks on children: Following recommendations from the European Union, checks for necessary certificates upon entry will now be performed on children aged 12 and over, instead of six years, as was before.

The specific amendments concern controls for people coming from countries for which tourist travel to and from Greece has been liberalized.

Also, the two changes for the rapid tests and the lower age limit for children simply modify the existing control regime, which is still in force and provides that every incoming tourist is entitled to free entry into Greece if they provide either a:

  • vaccination certificate,
  • or negative PCR test,
  • or disease certificate,
  • or a positive diagnosis in the past two to nine months.

It is also noted that travelers to Greece now have the opportunity to display the Digital Certificate COVID-19 of the European Union in digital or printed form.

The countries from which entry is allowed, under the aforementioned conditions, without the requirement for subsequent self-isolation are EU and Schengen Area countries, as well as the USA, UK, Israel, Serbia, UAE, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore, the Russian Federation, North Macedonia, Canada, Belarus, Bahrein, Qatar, China, Kuwait, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro *, and Saudi Arabia.

Non EU citizens are strongly advised to choose direct flights to Greece. In any other case, travelers should abide by the stop-over country requirements.

All travellers must complete their PLF until the day before entering the country, providing detailed information on their point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries, and the address of their stay while in Greece. In case of multiple stays, they are required to provide the address for the first 24 hours at least. One PLF should be submitted per family.

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