Greece is open to most countries without the need for quarantine, but restrictions are tightening as the country tackles the fourth wave of Covid.
What’s on offer
Old buildings, snow-capped mountains or Greek nightlife and restaurants Greece attracts millions of visitors each year looking for a sunny seaside getaway, a history-driven trip or a romantic winter getaway with a lively nightlife.
Winter arrives in Greece from December to February, January and February being the coldest months. Depending on where you are, Greece turns into a white and snowy winter wonderland or a cool and gentle resort for those seeking peace and relaxation, or the perfect place for sports. winter and outdoor adventures if you like hiking, skiing or trekking!
The weather is generally sunny and dry, but there will be heavy rainfall and on colder days snow may even fall in Athens, although it is rare for a snow cover to occur in Attica, with the exception of mountain peaks.
Who can go
Tourists from the following countries can now travel to Greece without quarantine requirements: EU and Schengen countries, USA, UK, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia -Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, UAE and Ukraine.
Travelers from Montenegro and the Russian Federation are also allowed to enter, with different regulations. See below.
Officials say rapid random checks will be carried out at points of entry and that quarantine hotels are equipped to accommodate people who test positive during this process.
What are the restrictions?
Travelers from the main block of EU countries allowed entry can skip the quarantine, provided they have a negative PCR test within 72 hours before travel, a negative rapid antigen test within 48 hours, a proof of infection in the past 2 to 9 months, or proof that they have been fully vaccinated and completed their cycle at least 14 days earlier.
Acceptable vaccines are Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Novovax, Johnson + Johnson, Sinovac, Sputnik, Cansino and Sinopharm. This goes against official EU policy, which is to admit only those who have received EU-approved vaccines.
Arrivals from the Russian Federation must present a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours of arrival or a negative antigen test was carried out within 48 hours. Vaccination status does not matter for these passengers.
Negative PCR tests must have been taken within 72 hours of departure, must be written in English and include the name and passport number of the person traveling. This does not apply to children under 10 years old. For more details on accepted laboratories, see here.
All travelers must complete a Passenger tracking form (PLF) before departure. This includes details of where the person has been and the address they plan to stay in Greece. Each PLF includes a unique QR code which must be scanned upon arrival at the Greek border.
The QR code will tell you if you need to take an additional test at the airport. If you do, you need to self-isolate until you get the results – around 24 hours.
Greek inter-island ferries are fully operational, but passengers over 12 must complete a health declaration and show proof of a recent negative Covid test or full vaccination 14 days before travel.
What is the situation of the Covid?
Greece is currently tightening Covid restrictions, as cases have increased steadily since late summer. The country has recorded 861,117 cases of Covid and a total of 17,075 deaths as of November 19. Complete vaccinations currently amount to nearly 6,493,402 – or 60.59% of the population.
What can visitors expect?
All areas of Greece are now open, but the country’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has announced that from November 22 only those with proof of vaccination will be allowed in most indoor spaces, including museums, theaters, cinemas and sports venues.
The rules already apply to cafes, bars and restaurants.