COVID-19 travel restrictions: Greece

COVID-19 travel restrictions: Greece

Travel restrictions


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This article was published on January 21, 2022, and all the information in the article is correct as of this time. Before you book your trip, we highly recommend that you also check official sources for the most up-to-date travel requirements, as they are subject to constant change.

Can I enter Greece?

You can enter Greece. Nevertheless, due to the COVID-19 situation, certain restrictions are still in place.

From March 15, 2022, there is no obligation to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF). You can fill in a simplified PLF optionally. It gives you an opportunity to get an EU Certificate with a negative or positive COVID-19 test result. The next steps vary depending on your vaccination status and place of departure.

Can I enter Greece if I am vaccinated?

Woman sitting on a rock next to a Greek flagpole by the coast at sunset — ShutterstockPlanning a Greek getaway? Make sure you’re aware of any Covid-related documentation that you need to have — Shutterstock

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

Vaccinated travels from certain countries are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test. Please, check the official website since the rules are updated weekly.

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 24 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)

Please, be aware that presenting a test is mandatory even for holders of a recovery status unless they travel from:

Can I leave Greece?

Both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers can leave Greece. However, please note that the government recommends avoiding traveling 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.


Woman wearing a cloth mask walking down a street busy with traffic in AthensAthens is welcoming tourists — Shutterstock

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 travelers may be subject to a mandatory random health screening upon arriving in Greece.

In the case of a positive result, travelers must undergo quarantine for five days.

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

If you are traveling from the EU and Schengen Area, it would be a great benefit to install the EU Digital COVID Certificate. Travelers from outside the EU countries should carry their paper documents. In addition, it is recommended to install the Visit Greece app prior to arrival in the country.

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