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Greece Travel Restrictions and Resources

Updated: 07 Sept 2021

Greece is again open to American travelers from the US and we are operating all our trips as normal. You can look forward to a hassle-free and enjoyable trip to Greece. We have prepared this information to help you plan your trip, but you should check the official websites and your airline requirements well in advance of travel.

Travel Restrictions

Travelers from the US can now travel to Greece without the need to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated OR present a negative test result. You might be subject to a random test on arrival, and will need to complete an entry form at least 48 hours before arrival. Learn more at the US Embassy in Greece website here.

Additional test requirements may exist for island entry.

State Dept Advisory for Greece: Level 4: Do not travel to Greece due to COVID-19.  Read more >

Proof of Vaccination required: Proof of a negative test is not required for all travelers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate. Acceptable vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm among others.

What can I expect when I arrive in Greece?

Shops, hotels, and restaurants are open. Some restrictions continue, which include facemasks in enclosed public places and public transport, a limit of 6 people per table in restaurants, 1m social distancing and quarantine in case of a positive test or close contact. Full up to date information is available here.

Greece is now operating a similar policy to other European countries, which requires certification to enter restaurants, bars, and similar hospitality venues. The ministry reports that persons from outsude the EU (including USA) "may enter the above enclosed spaces with a simple demonstration of their vaccination certificate or disease certificate in printed or electronic form, with a parallel presentation of an identity document." Check the latest information on the Greek US Embassy website.

What’s it like to travel to Greece?

Here is a helpful article detailing what travel to Greece is currently like.

Where can I get Covid tested in Greece?

Antigen and PCR tests are widely available in Greece, with many pharmacies offering antigen tests (approx. €20), with rapid results and larger centers PCR tests (approx. €60), results normally in 24 hours.

You can find a test center through this government website. Locals also find this site useful for easy testing. Some testing centers require appointments and turnaround over weekends may be slower so we suggest planning well in advance.

Returning from Greece to the USA:

You will need to get tested (PCR or Antigen) no more than 3 days before you travel by air into the United States (US) and show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight, or be prepared to show documentation of recovery (proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel). Read more >

Useful information resources:

US Embassy in Greece Website

US State Department Travel Advisory for Greece

CDC Travel Advice Page

Re-Open EU – Information on various measures in place across the EU.

Greek government portal for arrivals in Greece

 

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