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🦠 Greece COVID-19 travel requirements

Last updated: 4 October 2021, 10:58 (GMT +4)

Travel to Greece

Please check if you are allowed entry to Greece before you travel. If you are travelling to Greece, you are required to present a vaccination certificate, or take a COVID-19 PCR test before departure, or present proof of recovery from COVID-19. You also need to complete the required forms as early as possible before your departure to Greece.

Traveling from UAE to Greece

UAE citizens and residents of the UAE can travel to Greece under the following conditions:

  • All passengers must complete the required form as early as possible before departure.
  • Vaccinated passengers:
    • Present a vaccination certificate for an approved vaccine by EU/WHO/EMA. Passengers must have completed their COVID-19 vaccination at least 14 days before arrival. A COVID-19 PCR test is not required for vaccinated passengers.
  • Non-vaccinated passengers:
    • Take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before departure, or
    • Take a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test within 48 hours before departure, or
    • Present proof of recovery from COVID-19.
    • All non-vaccinated passengers arriving from the UAE must complete a mandatory molecular Test (PCR) or diagnostic rapid antigen test (rapid test) for COVID-19 upon arrival. Fully vaccinated passengers are exempted, provided they have a vaccination certificate and if the required complete dose of the vaccine was administered 14 days before arrival to Greece. Passengers who were previously infected with COVID-19 are exempt from testing on arrival, provided they can present proof of recovery from COVID-19.

Children below 12 years are exempted from the COVID-19 PCR test.

Exemptions

Only EU citizens can travel to Greece. Exceptions are citizens and permanent residents of Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia And Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Kosovo, Lebanon, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, the Russian Federation, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States Of America, Ukraine and the Vatican.

The following categories of passengers are also exempted from the entry restrictions:

  • Nationals of EU member states and the Schengen agreement, including their spouses or persons with whom they have a cohabitation agreement, as well as their minor children
  • Medical and nursing staff, researchers and health professionals, if they present their professional license to practice or other appropriate evidence of their professional status at the point of entry, and provided that their entry into the country relates to the exercise of their professional duties
  • Long term residents of EU member states or Schengen agreement and third country nationals, holding a residence permit in EU member states or the Schengen agreement
  • Members of government delegations
  • Members of diplomatic delegations or consulate authorities and delegations, members of international and European organisations, members of humanitarian organisations performing their duties, military and security forces officials and of general secretariat for civil protection
  • Personnel employed in the transport sector, including seamen, aircraft crews, the crews and technical personnel of the leased aircraft firefighting equipment, lorry drivers and the absolutely necessary support staff for the transport of goods
  • Transit passengers, provided they remain at the airport transit area and do not exit the airport during the transit time.
  • Students
  • Persons caring for the elderly and people with disability (disabled)
  • Seasonal workers in the field of agriculture

The above persons must present the appropriate document and undergo laboratory medical examination.

Third country nationals subject to the restrictions may request exceptional entry to the Greek consular authority of their place of residence or stay for business or personal reasons.

Suspension of Entry into the United States

Non-US residents (non-immigrants) are not permitted to transit via the EU to the US, unless they have National Interest Exception (NIE) waiver approval or if they fall under exceptions stated here.

COVID-19 testing and other entry requirements

Passengers who test positive for COVID-19 must quarantine under supervision for 10 days, either at home or at a designated temporary residence assigned by the appropriate authorities. Passengers having completed COVID-19 vaccination at least 14 days before arrival and tested positive for COVID-19 are required to quarantine for 7 days. All above passengers are required to take a molecular (PCR) test for COVID-19 on the last day of their quarantine. All passengers, regardless of nationality, must meet one of the following conditions:

  • Completed vaccination for COVID-19 at least fourteen days before scheduled arrival and present a vaccination certificate in either English, Greek, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian, issued by a public authority in accordance with the relevant legislation, or
  • Present a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed by taking an oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal smear, up to 72 hours before the scheduled arrival. The certificate can be in English, Greek, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian, or
  • Present a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test, up to 48 hours prior to the scheduled flight either in Greek, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian.
  • All COVID-19 certificates must include the full name of the passenger, as registered in the passport.
  • Present proof of recovery from COVID 19, supported by a molecular test (PCR) or diagnostic rapid antigen test for COVID-19. The certificate of recovery is issued 30 days after the first positive diagnosis and is valid up to 180 days there on. The first positive diagnosis must originate either from a public authority or from public or private reference laboratories of the country of origin or transit. In case of private laboratories, these must have been certified by the competent national certification authority. The certificate can be in either English, Greek, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian, properly issued in accordance with the relevant legislation.
  • Present a digital or printed EU COVID-19 certificate with proof of any of the below.
    • Vaccination against COVID-19
    • Negative COVID-19 PCR test with a validity of 72 hours
    • Negative Rapid Antigen test with a validity of 48 hours
    • Proof of recovery from COVID-19. The certificate must be issued according to EU requirements.
  • For permanent residents of the Russian Federation, entrance to Greece is permitted under the condition that:
    • They display a negative molecular test (PCR) for COVID-19, performed by taking an oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal smear, up to 72 hours before the scheduled arrival, or a 48 hour diagnostic rapid antigen test prior to the scheduled flight, and
    • They are diagnosed negative by a mandatory molecular (PCR) test or diagnostic rapid antigen test for COVID-19 upon arrival in Greece.

The requirements above also apply to children 12 years old and above.

Transit passengers to Extra-Schengen destinations from Athens are not subject to the COVID-19 PCR test certificate requirement (of Greece).

Required forms

Passengers must complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) as early as possible before their arrival in Greece. Passengers will receive confirmation of their submitted PLF together with a QR code. Families can also be accepted with only one joint PLF confirmation and one unique QR code.

Permanent residents of Greece travelling on international flights from Greece must submit a PLF online at the latest on the day before their departure to Greece.

Along with the QR code proof that they have completed the PLF, passengers from UAE or third countries will have to present their residence permit, work permit, identity card (provided that it states the place of residence), driving license or other document to prove their place of residence.

Other information

Passengers on domestic flights and domestic ship routes must carry one of the following:

  • COVID-19 vaccination certificate 
  • COVID-19 72-hour PCR Molecular test certificate 
  • COVID-19 48-hour rapid antigen test certificate 
  • Proof of recovery from COVID-19

The above requirement applies to minors 12 years old and above. The relevant test certificate must originate from either a private reference laboratory, private clinics, pharmacies or private doctors. Diagnostic tests conducted at municipal health clinics are accepted only if the specified facilities are not available.

Minors from the age of 4 - 11 must present a negative self diagnostic COVID 19 test (self test) conducted 24 hours before the scheduled flight or ship departure, confirmed by a relevant self test certificate completed and issued from the site in Greek or English.

The use of face masks is mandatory at all airport areas. Face masks incorporating filtering respirators with exhalation valve are not permitted.

For more information, check the Protocol for Arrivals in Greece.

Travelling to, from and through Dubai

If you re travelling to, from or transiting through Dubai, please check our Travel requirements for Dubai.