Updated December 28th
COVID-19 testing requirements
The following measures are in place with respect to travel to Greece:
- If travelling by air, land or sea to Greece, you must provide evidence of a negative result from a PCR test for COVID-19 that has been conducted within the 72 hour period before your arrival time in Greece. Failure to do so may result in your carrier not allowing you to travel and will likely result in the Greek authorities refusing you permission to enter Greece;
- Arrivals into Greece from the UK by air from 22-24 December will also need to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test on arrival, and if the result is negative, self-isolate for 7 days at the address they record on their PLF. At the end of your 7 day self-isolation period, travellers are required to arrange and undergo a fresh PCR test in order to be able to exit quarantine. If you are staying for shorter period of time, then you will need to self-isolate until your departure day.
- Arrivals into Greece from the UK by air between 6am on 25 December to midnight on 7 January, will also need to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test on arrival, and if the result is negative, self-isolate for 10 days. At the end of your 10 day self-isolation period, travellers are required to arrange and undergo a fresh PCR test in order to be able to exit quarantine. If you are staying for a shorter period of time, then you will need to self-isolate until your departure day.
- If you test positive on arrival in Greece, the location where you will need to self-isolate will depend on your accommodation arrangements. If you have your own accommodation, you may self-isolate there. If you are staying with friends or family, you will be able to self-isolate at their address, as long as you have access to a separate room within your accommodation. However, if you have a hotel booking, you will not be able to proceed as planned; instead, the Greek authorities are likely to require you to transfer to a specific self-isolation hotel. In all cases, the Greek authorities will provide you with COVID-safe transport to your accommodation. Any new accommodation costs will be covered by the Greek authorities.
- Arrivals from other countries will be required to self-isolate for 3 days in the event of a negative test result. If the result is positive, the Greek authorities will ask you to quarantine until advised otherwise.
The Greek authorities’ instructions will differ according to whether you arrive by land, sea or air. Check the requirements that will apply to you on the PLF form page.
ON THE GROUND
Greece’s second lockdown is currently active, and is due to be reviewed/ end on January 7th. The essentials are below.
Travel between different municipalities is restricted.
SMS messages must be sent for authorisation to leave the home, reasons to leave include:
- Essential shopping – and hairdressers and bookstores are included in this category – are open. Very civilized!
- Health reasons
- Essential work
- Compassionate visits