Greece Reopening for US, UK, EU and Other Tourists Without Quarantine

Greece Reopening for US, UK, EU and Other Tourists Without Quarantine

Greece will begin reopening for selected tourists starting next week without quarantine restrictions.

Tourists from the EU, UK, US, Serbia, Israel, and United Arab Emirates are permitted to enter the territory. The conditions are that these travellers have to be either vaccinated or hold a negative COVID-19 test certificate.

The scheme is part of a pilot project to allow entry to people with the so-called vaccine passports, an exception until now open only to Israeli visitors.

Originally Greece had announced that it would reopen for tourism from all countries beginning in May.

All international tourists must arrive through the airports in Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Chania, Rhodes, Kos, Mykonos, Santorini or Corfu. Land border crossings will also be permitted.

Greece Travel Timeline

On 14 May 2021, all countries under regular visa requirements will be allowed to enter Greece for non-essential travel.

Testing Requirements

  • Non-Vaccinated Tourists: Travellers entering Greece are required to present a negative molecular test result (PCR test) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.
  • Vaccinated Tourists: Testing is not required for travellers who have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days.

Travellers need to be aware that Greece will be conducting random COVID-19 rapid tests at airports and those who test positive will face government quarantine covered by the state for 14 days.

Upon Arrival

Fully vaccinated travellers must present proof of vaccination at least 2 weeks prior to arriving in Greece.

There are no quarantines for vaccinated travellers or travellers who present proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

All visitors arriving in Greece must fill out the Passenger Locator Form at least 24 hours before arrival. All visitors should have travel insurance that covers COVID-19 for the duration of their trip to Greece but it is not mandatory for entry.

Prevention Protocols

All visitors will be subject to the same rules that locals do to maintain safety. Lockdown orders and COVID-19 prevention measures can come without warning. The use of facemasks in public spaces and social distancing are required.

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