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Greece Travel Updates

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Last updated May 26, 2022

Yes, Greece is open to American tourists

Greece has officially opened to tourism since May 14th 2021.

At the World Travel Awards 2020, Greece was recognized as the “World’s Leading Tourist Board” for successfully opening Greece to tourism during the pandemic. The Greek government is set to ensure a smooth tourism season for Greece in 2021. 

Entry Requirements

Can American tourists enter Greece? Yes

Can Canadian tourists enter Greece? Yes

There are no test requirements to enter Greece.

Getting to Greece by Air

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. 

The Greek authorities have added Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei and Kosovo to Greece’s “safe list”, which already includes all EU & Schengen Area countries and: Albania, Australia, Northern Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, United Kingdom, Japan, Israel, Canada, Belarus, Lebanon, Bahrain, New Zealand, South Korea, Qatar, China, Kuwait, Ukraine, Rwanda, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Thailand, and Montenegro

Random Health Screening upon Arrival 

All travelers arriving in Greece are subject to undergoing random health screening, regardless of what certification they hold, drawn from a targeted sampling system (EVA system). If selected, the RAPID antigen test is mandatory. If the traveler tests positive for SARS-Cov-2, following a sampling test, mandatory isolation will apply. 

The travelers and their travel companions will be accommodated in quarantine hotels where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis. Guests will stay in seclusion hotels for at least 10 days. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

Antigen or PCR Testing for Returning Home

If you need to get tested for your journey home, whether it is required by the airline or for re-entry into the U.S. we will help you schedule that at the most convenient location possible, at the appropriate time. For re-entry to the US you need to have a negative result from a Covid-19 viral test taken no more than one day before your arrival. Since May 12 2021, the CDC have approved Antigen tests for travel. Antigen tests are quicker (results in 30 minutes, not 24 hours) and cheaper (around 1/3 the price or less) than PCR tests and often more readily available. If you are flying direct back to the US, the only test you’ll need is an Antigen test. If you are transferring in another country on the way back to the US other requirements may apply. We advise to check with the airline in this case.

General COVID-19 measures to be aware of

  • maintain physical distance
  • maintain hand hygiene and disinfection (we will provide a personal bottle of hand sanitizer to you upon arrival)
  • for as long as face masks are required, we will provide one disposable mask per day of your vacation

Masks

Indoor Public Spaces & Crowded Outdoor Public Spaces & Public Transport

Note: Passengers that do not wear masks will not be allowed to board airplanes to travel

Restaurants & Dining

Proof of covid status required to enter restaurants: Nothing

Sightseeing

Proof of covid status required to enter sights: Nothing

Travel to the Greek islands by Ferry 

Residents and foreign visitors (all over the age of 5 years old) are allowed to travel to the Greek islands by ferry only if they present one of the following: 

  • a vaccination certificate (stating that 14 days have passed since full vaccination for Covid-19)
  • Those who recovered from Covid-19 can present a certificate issued two months after their recovery (valid for 9 months).
  • a negative PCR test performed less than 72 hours
  • a negative rapid antigen test taken 24 hours prior to travel

Young people aged 12 (with date of birth before June 30, 2009) to 18 may present a self-test to board a domestic flight. They must fill out the self-test declaration form
– Minors up to 12 years old (with date of birth after July 1, 2009) can travel on a domestic flight without presenting a test.

Returning from the Greek islands to the mainland (e.g. Athens)

Passengers returning to the mainland (e.g. back to Athens) from an island are recommended to conduct a self-test (the recommendation is for all passengers over the age of 12). Negative self-test results must be filled out on the self-test declaration form on the self-testing.gov.gr platform found here

Useful links

U.S. Embassy in Greece Covid-19 Page (note, not always up-to-date)

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