Greece entry rules remain unchanged, all travelers must present negative Covid-19 tests

Source: EC – Audiovisual Service / Photographer: Yorgos Karahalis

The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) on Sunday extended all Airline guidelines Covid-19 which concern flights and arrivals in Greece from abroad until February 7.

In short, arrivals are allowed from EU and Schengen member states, those traveling for “essential reasons” and residents of 42 non-EU countries and territories.

All inbound travelers (including children over 5 years old), regardless of nationality, Covid vaccination status or proof of recovery, must have a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result taken before entering the country.

PCR tests must be carried out within 72 hours before travel and rapid antigen tests must be carried out within 24 hours before travel.

All travelers to Greece must also submit the Mandatory Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at any time before their flight departs.

The Covid-19 Aviation Guidelines issued weekly by the HCAA, are part of the Greek government’s efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) and the Omicron variant in the country.

Here are the rules in detail.

Travel rules for international arrivals

A Greek policeman scans a passenger's EU digital COVID certificate, upon arrival at Athens International Airport.  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service / Photographer: Yorgos Karahalis

Source: EC – Audiovisual Service / Photographer: Yorgos Karahalis

Who is allowed to enter Greece

Greece is open to travelers from all EU and Schengen countries and prohibits travelers from non-EU countries.

However, people traveling for essential reasons and travelers from the following countries 42 non-EU countries and territories are allowed to enter Greece – provided they have the required documents – with no requirement for further self-isolation: Australia, North Macedonia, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, United Kingdom, Israel, Canada, Belarus, Bahrain, New Zealand, South Korea, Qatar, China, Kuwait, Ukraine, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei, San Marino, Andorra, Vatican, Monaco, Turkey, Mexico, Kosovo, Chinese Taipei, Argentina, India, Uruguay, Omman and Chile.

Entry requirements

Greece will allow entry to travelers who have completed the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at any time before their flight departs. The PLF is mandatory and must be completed by all travelers, regardless of their nationality. The PLF is available here.

Passengers coming from abroad, whatever their nationality, their Covid vaccination status or their proof of recovery, must also have one of the following:

– a negative PCR test made within 72 hours of travel Where
– a negative rapid antigen test made within 24 hours of travel.

Negative test results must be issued by an accredited laboratory and in one of the following languages: Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian. The name on the vaccination certificate must match the name on the passport.

The rule is in effect for children 5 years and older.

Random rapid test for covid on arrival

Any traveler arriving in Greece, regardless of their vaccination/recovery status, may be asked to undergo a random health screening (based on the data provided on the PLF forms and based on the “EVA” system).

5-day quarantine for those who test positive

If a passenger is selected for a rapid test and tests positive for the coronavirus, they must be quarantined for a total of five days at their home or in a temporary facility, as indicated by the Greek authorities. The isolation period begins the next day, after being diagnosed with Covid-19.

Mandatory quarantine can end after five days as long as passengers show no symptoms or their symptoms have subsided (no fever for the last 24 hours without the use of antipyretics). Self-isolation is extended if the fever persists and until it subsides. These passengers are required to wear only a high filtration respirator mask (FFP2 or N95) or a double mask (surgical and cloth) for at least five additional days after the end of the self-isolation period.

Mandatory rapid screening upon arrival for some travelers

permanent residents of Argentina, Russia, India, Uruguay, Omman, Mexico and Chile must present the required documents and also pass a rapid or PCR test for Covid-19 (whether vaccinated or not) upon arrival in Greece. The rule is in effect for children 5 years and older. Travelers who test positive for Covid-19 will receive further instructions.

All travelers, regardless of nationality and means of transport to the country, from Egypt, Albania, Argentina, Bulgaria, Brazil, Georgia, Cuba, United Arab Emirates, India, China, Libya, Morocco, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey must present the required documentation and pass a rapid or PCR test for Covid-19 upon arrival in Greece. The measure is in effect for all unvaccinated passengers arriving from the above-mentioned countries. Travelers who test positive for Covid-19 will receive further instructions.
Passengers from the aforementioned countries who are exempt from test on arrival are those who have:

a vaccination certificate, indicating that 14 days have passed since full vaccination against Covid-19. Vaccination certificates must be issued by a public authority and in one of the following languages: Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian. The name on the vaccination certificate must match the name on the passport and also include the type of vaccine given, the number of doses and the dates they were given. The rule is in effect for children 5 years and older.

Where

a recovery certificate. Travelers can present a medical/recovery certificate issued thirty days after testing positive for Covid-19 for the first time. The certificate is valid for entry into Greece 90 days after the first positive Covid-19 test result. The certificate must be issued by a public authority or an approved laboratory in one of the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian. The rule is in effect for children 5 years and older.

Wearing a mask is compulsory

The result of a passenger's digital EU COVID certificate scan is displayed on a screen at a checkpoint at Athens International Airport.  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service / Photographer: Yorgos Karahalis

Source: EC – Audiovisual Service / Photographer: Yorgos Karahalis

In the arrivals and departures areas of airports, as well as during all domestic and international flights, staff and passengers are required to wear face masks always.

Passengers are also required to comply with the instructions of permanent and temporary airport or airline staff responsible for surveillance, crowd management and passenger assistance, in order to maintain the necessary distances and ensure a safe embarkation/disembarkation to avoid congestion.

Compulsory travel documents that passengers must have with them are checked by airline staff. According to the HCAA, airline staff are responsible for ensuring that travelers have all necessary documents before boarding Greece. In the event of a violation, the airline must repatriate the passenger at its own expense.

The Greek government has detailed information on a dedicated website with the rules for entering Greece. The website includes Frequently Asked Questions.

Travelers are advised to contact their travel agent or airline to confirm requirements prior to travel. Those who need specific details on travel rules for passengers on international flights are advised to contact their embassy or the General Secretariat for Civil Protection.


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