Greece is open for tourists from EU and 21 other countries since mid-May
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Greece is open to tourists from multiple countries. The country dropped quarantine requirements for E.U. and Schengen areas plus 21 third-party countries. 

Travelers aged five and older are now required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours before arrival or a vaccine certificate.  

Additionally, some passengers will have to take a rapid test at the airport. If the test returns positive, they will have to quarantine for 14 days.

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Greece Opening Tourism – LATEST UPDATES

June 16 – Greece to maintain current travel and entry restrictions as of June 14

The Greece government will maintain the already imposed travel restrictions it had before June 14, as a prophylactic measure to prevent the spread of the virus.

This means that visitors from the EU and Schengen area countries, as well as other 23 third-party countries, are permitted entry after completing Greece’s Passenger Locator Form (PLF) and presenting either a vaccination certificate or a negative COVID-19 test result.

Also the nationwide curfew that runs from 01:30-05:00 will remain in force. 

Businesses and tourist venues are permitted to operate as long as customers can observe social distancing and wear a mask in indoor settings. 

(Source: GardaWorld)

June 4 – Legendary nightlife hotspot Mykonos Island in Greece is ready to receive party visitors again

Greece is now open to visitors who are either vaccinated or can produce a negative COVID-19 test. 

In mid-May the tourist season was officially declared open but this announcement has not had the traction local authorities and business owners were expecting.

“Mykoneans were shocked to see their island with only a trickle of the tourists they are accustomed to,” […] “But this year all indications show arrivals could double those of 2020.” Says mayor Konstantinos Koukas. 

With most of its population fully vaccinated, the Greek Island wants travelers to know they are ready to party as the way they used to do before COVID-19.

(Source: CNN)

May 19 – Greece has finally reopened for tourism without quarantine to multiple countries

Effective May 14, Greece reopened for tourism to visitors form the E.U. and Schengen areas, United States, U.K., Israel, Serbia, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore, Russia, North Macedonia, Canada, Belarus, Bahrain, Qatar, China, Kuwait, Ukraine and Saudi Arabia without quarantine requirements -if- visitors from these countries can produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours upon arrival or a vaccine certificate proving the traveler has received two doses of an approved vaccine.

Greece accepts a wide variety of vaccines. These are Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics and Sinopharm.

Once travelers are free from airport screenings, they will be allowed to enjoy beaches, shops, museums and other cultural venues at a limited capacity. Booking in advance is highly recommended.

Additionally, the Royal Caribbean International, and AIDA Cruises are set to reopen 7-day trips from Greece on May 23.

April 17 – Greece to remove quarantine to EU members and other countries from this week

As part of their preparation for the big reopening for tourism on May 14, the Greek authorities decided to remove its quarantine requirements from travelers arriving from the European Union, United States, United Kingdom, Serbia, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates. 

Of course, conditions apply. These visitors need to bring either a vaccine certificate or a negative COVID-19 test result.

Travelers from the UK or UAE must need to take a second mandatory test upon arrival even if they bring their vaccination and negative test certificates. 

“We will gradually lift the restrictions at the beginning of next week ahead of the opening on May 14,” said a senior tourism ministry official at a press conference. 

Which countries can travel to Greece now?

If you have a passport from the following countries you can enter Greece without quarantine requirements. (See other requirements above)

Current at June 16

  1. E.U. and Schengen area +
  2. Australia
  3. Bahrain
  4. Belarus
  5. Bosnia-Herzegovina
  6. Canada
  7. China
  8. Israel
  9. Kuwait
  10. New Zealand
  11. North Macedonia
  12. Qatar
  13. Russia
  14. Rwanda
  15. Saudi Arabia
  16. Serbia
  17. Singapore
  18. South Korea
  19. Thailand
  20. U.K.
  21. Ukraine
  22. United Arab Emirates
  23. United States

Are Greek land borders open for tourism? 

Greece is open to multiple countries. To enter, travelers must show the QR code and a negative COVID-19 test result (no older than 72 hours) to port authorities. 

What are the new COVID-19 related restrictions in the country?

Greece epidemiology map
Greece’s epidemiology map June 16

Greek authorities have restarted their country’s color-coded risk-assessment map, giving areas a coronavirus (Covid-19) risk rating of yellow or red.

The decision was taken due to the recent surge in Covid-19 cases in certain areas of the country.

Is it safe to travel to Greece right now regarding COVID-19?

As of June 16, Greece has reported 416,195 COVID-19 cases and 12,459 deaths caused by the virus. Daily contagion rates are between 500-800 new cases.

COVID-19 cases in Greece
Source
Greece

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