Greece Travel Restrictions
Greece Coronavirus Travel Updates
This travel hub for leisure travel to Greece, has the most current information available regarding travel requirements for entry to Greece in 2021 and will be updated daily, as soon as the information becomes available.
In 2019, there were 31.3 million international visitors to Greece, an increase from 24 million in 2015 and Greece and her islands had become one of the most popular destinations in the world. Due to the global events in 2020 and with the closing of the borders and travel restrictions that affected the entire globe, visitor numbers fell.
Greece closed its borders on March 18th 2020 and brought in a quarantine scheme to control the virus. The positive result of this quarantine scheme was that the country was able to open up for tourism as the summer approached and the number of cases to the virus were minimized. Greece is principally a summer destination and the economy relies heavily on international tourism so fortunately the country did experience a tourist season in 2020.
Greece was one of the only major European countries, welcoming a significant number of tourists from July through to October 2020. For many of the islands including Corfu, Kos, Zakynthos and Rhodes, it was business as normal for much of the summer and the reports from our clients and staff based on the ground, was that the service provided by the locals was as welcoming as ever, if not more so.
Coronavirus Situation in Greece as of March 2, 2021
- CountryNew Covid CasesActive Covid CasesCritical Covid CasesTotal Covid Deaths
The chart above shows the 24 hour Coronavirus data for Greece. We’ve included other European countries so that the results of Greece can be compared against some of the main European competitors.
Greece Travel Restrictions for travelers from USA
The current regulations for entry to Greece are fast-changing and will be updated on a regular basis during the forthcoming early months of 2021. The main tourist season runs from May to October. It is likely that the government of Greece will ease the border restrictions and requirements of entry, as the year progresses, in time for the main summer tourist season, which is of vital importance to the Greek economy. The Greek government adopted a similar approach in 2020 and opened its borders for international visitors in May/ June 2020.
As of January 18, 2021, Greek authorities have reimposed a lockdown in Greece, continuing until further notice. Authorities have announced a mandatory three day quarantine for travelers arriving from abroad.
Arrivals 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). Passengers are subject to random tests upon arrival. In the event of a positive result, passengers will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.
Travelers from USA, Traveling to Greece
At present, US citizens are not permitted to enter Greece for leisure trips. All passengers over the age of 10, must have a negative PCR test in their possession upon entry, taken no more than 48 hours prior to arrival.
Passengers can currently only enter Greece if they are traveling for urgent personal/ family reasons, business reasons or other economic interests. Therefore, at present, visitors traveling on vacation, are not permitted to enter the country.
Travelers from USA, Traveling from Greece
Effective as of January 26, 2021. All air passengers arriving to the US from any other country must get tested for the COVID-19 virus, no more than 72 hours before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. Unforgettable Greece, will support all passengers on the ground, with the pre-departure testing process.
Greece Travel Restrictions for Travelers from Canada
The regulations for entry to Greece are extremely fluid and will be updated on a regular basis. The main tourist season runs from May to October. It is likely that the government of Greece will ease the border restrictions and requirements of entry, in time for the main summer tourist season, which is of significance to the Greek economy. The Greek government adopted a similar approach in 2020 and opened its borders for international visitors in May/ June 2020.
Travelers from Canada, Traveling to Greece
All passengers over the age of 10, must have a negative PCR test in their possession upon entry, taken no more than 48 hours prior to arrival and would be subject to random tests on arrival.
The Canadian government currently advises against any non-essential travel outside Canada. Visitors can currently only enter Greece if they are traveling for urgent personal/ family reasons, business reasons or other economic interests. Therefore, at present, visitors traveling on vacation, are not permitted to enter the country.
Travelers from Canada, Traveling from Greece
Air passengers returning to Canada from any foreign country must get tested for the COVID-19 infection, no more than 72 hours before their flight departs and to have in their possession, evidence of the negative result or documentation for the airline before boarding the flight. All Canadian clients booked to travel to Croatia with Unforgettable Croatia, will be supported on the ground with pre-departure testing.
Greece Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions
What travel documents do I need for entry to Greece?
For entering the country, it is vital that all travelers complete a Passenger Locator Form that can be downloaded here;
Once you have completed this form, you must keep a copy of the QR code confirmation with you, as you’ll need to show this to border control in Greece. It is imperative that you have this document prior to departure – otherwise you may be fined on entry. You may still be tested for Covid-19 on arrival into Greece by border control.
All US passengers must have a negative PCR test in their possession upon entry, taken not more than 48 hours prior to entry. Passengers can currently only enter Croatia if they are traveling for urgent personal/ family reasons, business reasons or other economic interests. Therefore, at present, visitors traveling on vacation, are not permitted to enter the country.
How will I receive a PCR test, prior to my return flight to the US / Canada?
There are PCR testing offices in Athens and in some of the larger Greek islands, where pre-departure testing can be actioned. Our operational team in Athens will support our clients that have booked with Unforgettable Greece to ensure that the testing is carried out in a timely manner and meets the requirements of the authorities.
Do children need to be tested with a PCR for entry to Greece?
Children under 10 years old do not need to carry a PCR test on arrival. However, all travellers will still have to complete and submit their PLF form and may be subject to random testing upon arrival to the Greek border.
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If you have any further questions regarding travel to Greece, please contact the customer service team by email: [email protected]
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