COVID 2019: Frequent questions and answers for tourists visiting Greece until the 1st of May

1. How can I travel to Greece?

Greece welcomes visitors applying advanced health protection protocols. Greek Tourism operates with the maximum safety possible, for tourists, employees, and every person involved in the provision of tourist services.

Entry into Greece during the period from 18.04.2022 until 01.05.2022, is allowed under the following conditions:

From 15 March 2022 onwards, travelers visiting Greece are no longer required to fill out the Passenger Locator Form (PLF).
However, a simplified PLF remains in operation, the completion of which is OPTIONAL, for the sole purpose of enabling the traveler/family to issue an EU Certificate of a negative or positive COVID-19 test result.

A. Travellers coming from EU member states and Schengen countries, as well as from the 37 non-EU countries that have joined the EU Digital Covid Certificate system, must hold an EU Digital COVID Certificate.

B. Travellers coming from Australia, Canada and the United States of America must display one of the following:
a) Vaccination certificate (for those who have completed vaccination for COVID-19 at least fourteen (14) days before arrival) valid for 9 months after the completion of the basic vaccination and without time limit for travelers who have received the booster dose, or
b) Proof of recovery from SARS-CoV-2 infection, issued 14 days after the day of the first positive COVID-19 test (PCR or Rapid Antigen test) and valid for 180 days thereafter, or
c) Negative molecular test for COVID-19 (PCR) performed up to 72 hours before arrival, or negative Rapid Antigen test performed up to 24 hours before arrival.

C. Travellers from ALL other countries must show either a negative PCR test performed up to 72 hours prior to arrival or a negative (rapid) antigen test performed up to 24 hours prior to arrival, issued by a certified diagnostic center in the English language.

For more information, please visit the relevant Greek government websites:
Protocol for Arrivals in Greece https://travel.gov.gr/#/
Destination Greece Health First https://greecehealthfirst.gr/

2. What are the health protocols for the people working in the tourism sector?

Employees in the Greek tourism sector are being vaccinated with the general population, according to government planning. Until they are vaccinated, all employees are required to undergo COVID-19 tests at the frequency set by the current Joint Ministerial Decision, as in force. In addition, they are encouraged to test even more frequently to ensure timely isolation.

3. Which vaccines are acceptable for the vaccination certificate?

Acceptable vaccines are among others:
Pfizer BioNtech mRNA / Comirnaty
Moderna mRNA / Spikevax
Astra Zeneca/Oxford ChAdOx1 nCoV (AZD1222) / Vaxzevria
Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Ad26
Sinavac/Coronavac
Gamaleya (Sputnik) Ad26/Ad5, Gam-COVID-Vac, Sputnik vaccine
Cansiνo Biologics AD5-nCOV, trade-named Convidencia
Sinopharm
Covishield ChAdOx1 nCoV
BBV152 COVAXIN Bharat Biotech, India Whole virion inactivated

4. What applies to international flights?

As of 14.05.2021, flight restrictions from EU countries have been lifted and no mandatory quarantine is required. In addition, our country welcomes flights to all international airports.

For further details please visit the Athens International Airport Covid-19 information page: https://www.aia.gr/traveler/travellers-info/faq-for-covid19

5. What applies to land travel?

Travelers are allowed to enter from land borders, through the entrance gates of Promachonas, Ormenios, Evzoni, Nymfaia, Exochi, Niki, Doirani, Krystallopigi, Kipi, Kakavia, Kastania, Kyprinos, Agios Konstantinos and Mavromatiou, on a 24h basis. Through the Mertziani Entrance, Gate entrance is allowed from 8.00 to 22.00.

6. What about ferry connections?

As of 14.05.2021, the quarantine has been lifted for passengers who arrive by ferry through all the port entrances.

7. What will apply to guests during their stay?

During their stay in Greece, foreign visitors must follow all measures that apply to Greek citizens. In particular, access to indoor areas of restaurants, leisure, and sports facilities is allowed only after showing a vaccination certificate valid for nine (9) months after the completion of the basic vaccination and without a time limit for those who have received the booster dose.

8. Are there business activity health protocols in force?

The Greek Ministry of Tourism has released specific Health Protocols against COVID-19 to be applied by all Greek tourism enterprises for their safe operation in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and has introduced the National “Health First” certification seal for tourist accommodation establishments that comply with the relevant requirements.

Health Protocols apply to all Greek tourism enterprises that wish to continue operation during the pandemic and aim to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission to employees and customers.

9. Can I quarantine at my hotel if I am diagnosed with COVID-19?

Visitors who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 upon arrival can optionally isolate themselves at their booked hotel, as long as the length of their stay at the hotel covers the isolation period.

10. Is the departure and arrival of private yachts allowed and from which countries?

The departure and arrival of yachts is allowed with strict protocols, while the same terms and conditions will apply to both Greeks and foreign citizens. The entry of yachts in Greece, regardless of flag, coming from Turkey is only allowed into ports operating as gateways to the Schengen Area.

11. What is the situation regarding cruise ships?

As of 14.05.2021, cruise restrictions have been completely removed, always imposing very strict protocols that apply to these activities.

12. What if the visitor’s country requires a test for his / her return?

It is possible to perform PCR or rapid antigen tests directly at the place where each guest stays if the guest needs a test for returning home. This makes it easier for every tourist to be consistent with his/her obligations, in order to safely return to his/her country.

 

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