Travel rules for internationals planning to enter Greece

Internationals planning to enter Greece will have to follow entry rules carefully after restrictions imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus remain in place, until at least March 7.

According to figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), since the beginning of the pandemic, the authorities of the Hellenic Republic have recorded a total of 2,421,664 cases of COVID-19 infection and 25,860 deaths. Despite these figures, the Greek authorities officially opened their doors to international tourists on March 1, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

Such a decision was confirmed by a statement confirmed by the Minister of Tourism, Vassilis Kikilias. This announcement is part of efforts to ease the travel process and help the travel and tourism industry recover from the damage caused by the virus and its new strains.

Entry requirements for arrivals from EU and non-EU countries

Arrivals from European Union and Schengen countries that have joined the EU’s COVID-19 digital certificate gateway are exempt from testing requirements when planning to enter Greece afterwards, according to the Greek Aviation Authority (CAA), they will be allowed to enter the country by presenting a valid document that proves that they have completed the process of vaccination against the virus or that they have recovered from the virus.

As for travelers from countries outside the European Union, such as the United States, United Kingdom and Canada, they are also exempt from the testing requirements. They are eligible to enter Greece by presenting a vaccination certificate which shows that they have completed their vaccination process against the virus nine months before reaching Greece.

A recovery document valid for a period of 180 days after infection as well as a PCR test dated less than hours before departure or antigen tests dated less than 24 hours before departure are recognized as valid proof for persons interested in entering the Hellenic Republic.

“All travelers to Greece, except EU and Schengen Agreement as well as the 33 non-EU countries that have joined the system, including their spouses or persons with whom they have entered into a cohabitation agreement, and their minor children, regardless of their vaccination status, must have tested negative by PCR within the last 72 hours or have been diagnosed negative in a rapid test within 24 hours before their birth. arrival in Greece, reveals the press release.

Travelers from the EU, UK, Australia and the US, as well as the following countries that are part of the EU DCC gateway, are subject to the same rules:

San Marino, Andorra, Albania, Armenia, North Macedonia, Vatican, Georgia, El Salvador, United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Israel, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Morocco, Montenegro, Lebanon, Moldova, Norway, Monaco, New Zealand, Uruguay, Ukraine, Panama, Cape Verde, Singapore, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey, Togo, Tunisia, Faroe Islands, Taiwan.

Strict rules Keep applying for unvaccinated

However, strict rules continue to apply for people who have not completed their vaccination process against the virus.

Many indoor spaces, including public offices, banks and shopping malls, are inaccessible to people who have not been vaccinated against the virus. Restaurants and bars are open with restricted hours, while masks are mandatory inside and out.

Despite the increase in the number of coronavirus infections, particularly caused by the Omicron variant, the Greek authorities have managed to welcome a large number of international tourists, while the government tries to reach pre-pandemic levels during this year.