COVID-19 travel restrictions: Greece

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Can I enter Greece?

Due to the COVID-19 situation, Greece is now open to a limited number of countries.

Please take your time to learn the facts presented below to find out if you can enter Greece.

Please note that the first thing you have to do when travelling to Greece is complete the Passenger Locator Form.

The next steps vary depending on your vaccination status and country of departure.

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Can I enter Greece if I am vaccinated?

You can enter Greece if you are vaccinated. You are considered fully vaccinated if you have received the full course of the vaccine at least 14 days before arriving in Greece.

As of January 2022, the following vaccines are approved in Greece:

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • Astra Zeneca / Oxford
  • Novavax
  • Johnson / Johnson
  • Sinovac Biotech
  • Gamaleya (Sputnik)
  • Cansino Biologics
  • Sinopharm

Travel documents if I am vaccinated

If you are fully vaccinated, please present both documents to enter Greece:

  • A negative PCR test result taken up to 72 hours or a negative rapid antigen test taken up to 24 hours before arriving in Greece
  • A certificate confirming your vaccination status (for the EU citizens — the EU Digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate)

Can I enter Greece if I am unvaccinated?

You can enter Greece if you are unvaccinated. However, please be aware that there are now several restrictions for unvaccinated visitors in Greece.

Travel documents if I am unvaccinated

If you are unvaccinated, you have to present one of the following documents:

  • A negative PCR test result taken up to 72 hours or a negative rapid antigen test taken up to 48 hours before arriving in Greece
  • A certificate that proves recovery from COVID-19 no older than 90 days old (instead of 180 days as in most other countries)

Who can enter Greece?

Presently, Greece is open to a limited number of countries. As of January 2022, these countries are:

  • The EU and Schengen Area countries
  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Belarus
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • India
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • New Zealand
  • North Macedonia
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Russian Federation
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirate
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay
  • USA
  • Vatican City

Nevertheless, please note that you are obliged to take a mandatory PCR test or rapid antigen test upon arrival in Greece if you are travelling from the following countries:

  • Albania
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Chile
  • China
  • Egypt
  • Georgia
  • India
  • Libya
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • North Macedonia
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Republic of Cuba
  • Russian Federation
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uruguay

This rule does not apply to:

  • Fully vaccinated travelers
  • Those who have recovered from COVID-19 (a certificate is only valid for 90 days)

Please note that if you are travelling from the countries mentioned directly above, you are not permitted to enter Greece for tourism.

Can I leave Greece?

Both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers can leave Greece. However, please note that the government recommends avoiding travelling for non-essential purposes.

Travel documents if I am vaccinated

  • To travel within the EU — the EU digital COVID certificate
  • To travel outside the EU — a printed document confirming vaccination status

In addition, please check the necessity of a COVID-19 negative test in your destination country in advance.

Travel documents if I am unvaccinated

  • A certificate of recovery from COVID-19 (no more than 180 days old before the day of crossing the border of a particular country)
  • A negative COVID-19 test result (the relevant period and kind of test may vary, please check the requirements of the destination country)

COVID-19 situation in Greece currently

As of January 2022, Greece is in the midst of the fourth wave of COVID-19. However, more than 60% of the total Greek population has been fully vaccinated, making international travel safer.

Is it safe to travel to Greece right now?

International flights to Greece are possible now if you follow local COVID-19 regulations:

  • Masks are mandatory both indoors and outdoors
  • Only vaccinated visitors can enter nightclubs, restaurants (indoors), theaters, cinemas, museums, exhibitions, etc
  • Unvaccinated visitors can only enter retail shops and outdoor eating areas if they have a negative rapid antigen test no older than 48 hours or a PCR test no older than 72 hours
  • Vaccination must be no older than seven months if you are 60 years old or more

Is Athens open for travel now?

Athens, the capital of Greece, is open for tourists now. Please note that there are the same countywide COVID-19 restrictions in place.

Do I have to quarantine if I go to Greece?

All foreign travellers may be subject to a mandatory random health screening upon arriving in Greece.

In the case of a positive result, unvaccinated travellers must undergo quarantine for ten days, and fully vaccinated people for seven days. In both cases, quarantine ends only if travellers have a negative PCR test on the last day of self-isolation. In addition, when Greek residents come back from the following countries, they are obliged to a ten-day self-isolation due to omicron:

  • Botswana
  • Eswatini
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

How do I get a health pass to travel to Greece?

If you are travelling from the EU and Schengen Area, it would be a great benefit to install ahead of time the EU Digital COVID Certificate. Travellers from outside the EU countries should carry their paper documents.