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Last updated: 8/17/2021
*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions, including information on which COVID-19 tests are accepted for U.S. entry.
- The Department of State has issued a Travel Advisory Level 4 for Greece advising U.S. citizens not to travel to Greece due to COVID-19.
- Greek authorities have confirmed COVID-19 within its borders. As of August 11, 2021, Greece reports 524,871 cases according to the National Public Health Organization (https://eody.gov.gr/) and the Government of Greece (covid19.gov.gr/covid19-live-analytics).
- Entry Still Limited; PLF Form Still Required: Greece continues to only allow entry for EU and Schengen citizens and for individuals residing permanently in the United States, EU and Schengen states, and certain other countries. All travelers entering Greece must fill out the Passenger Locator Form before travel and present the QR code received in response in order to board Greece-bound flights. Review the “Entry and Exit Requirements” section below as well as travel.gov.gr for more details.
- COVID Documentation Required for Island Travel: In continental Greece, self-tests are recommended for travel by land but not required. Travelers age 12 or over going to Greek islands must present documentation as described in the “Movement Restrictions” section below.
- Questions on Travel to Greece?: Greek authorities have posted answers to many Frequently Asked Questions about travel to and within Greece at travel.gov.gr and greecehealthfirst.gr. The Greek National Tourism Organization has also launched the Visit Greece app, which includes detailed COVID-19 travel updates, as well as a map of COVID-19 diagnostic testing locations. The Visit Greece App is available for download via Google Play or the App Store.
- Restrictions for Nightclubs, Bars, and Indoor Dining: Customers seeking entry for indoor seating in restaurants and cafes, as well as all areas of nightclubs and bars must present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or documentation of recovery from COVID-19. The Tourism Ministry has clarified by press release that individuals vaccinated in countries that do not belong to the European Certificate program may enter these businesses by presenting their printed or electronic vaccination certificate. The CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card documenting COVID-19 vaccination for many U.S. travelers should be accepted, though customers are recommended to be patient with businesses working to comply with Greek health measures and also have a Plan B to try another business.
- Masks Still Required; Other Restrictions Still in Effect: Greek authorities continue to enforce other restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including restrictions on certain business and entertainment operations, restrictions on the size of gatherings, and capacity limitations for public transport and businesses. Masks are no longer required in uncrowded outdoor areas. Masks are still required in all indoor areas. Additional information is available in English at travel.gov.gr and in Greek at the Civil Protection website and the Greek government’s COVID-19 Measures website.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Greece? Yes
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
- COVID-19 tests are available at many major hospitals in Greece, as well as the Athens Eleftherios Venizelos Airport (at Arrivals level between entrances 2-3; see FAQ for more details). Testing is paid by the individual being tested. The cost for COVID-19 PCR tests is capped at 60 euros, and for antigen (rapid) tests at 20 euros, though additional charges may apply for testing at home or other circumstances. Patients needing COVID-19 tests or exhibiting possible symptoms may contact the COVID-19 hotline at 1135 for guidance on testing and referral for medical care. Travelers are recommended to contact testing centers in advance for appointments and not expect to be able to test and receive results the day of travel.
- Test results may be delivered by e-mail or in hard copy provided in person; consult with the testing facility regarding the method results are communicated for your specific circumstance.
- The Greek National Tourism Organization has published a list of diagnostic testing sites to take a PCR or Antigen (rapid) test via the GreeceHealthFirst.gr website. They have also included a map of COVID-19 diagnostic testing locations in the Visit Greece app, which is available for download via Google Play or the App Store. The U.S. Embassy does not endorse any particular diagnostic testing sites, and recommends that travelers contact sites in advance to make appointments and confirm necessary details.
- For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to the COVID-19 testing requirement for U.S. entry, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html. If you review the information at the preceding link and believe you qualify for a humanitarian exemption despite widespread availability of testing in Greece, use the contact information at the bottom of this page to make your request.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of Greece approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
- Are vaccines available in Greece for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes, for those residing in Greece
- Which vaccines are available in Greece? Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson and Johnson / Janssen vaccines have been approved for use in Greece The Greek government determines which vaccine is administered for specific populations.
- The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
- The Greek Ministry of Health has developed a priority system for COVID-19 vaccination and system for appointments, available on the Greek government webpage at https://emvolio.gov.gr/en. The current phase of vaccination is for individuals age 15 and above and individuals with certain high-risk health conditions, according to announcements by the National Public Health Organization.
- The Greek government has been resolving COVID-19 vaccination obstacles for people residing in Greece that do not have AMKA (Greek public health care coverage). The Greek government is now issuing temporary AMKA numbers in order to facilitate vaccination. Individuals without AMKA who believe they qualify for the current phase of vaccination in Greece may enter their personal data at https://emvolio.gov.gr/en/pamka to request a temporary AMKA number needed to obtain a vaccination appointment. Individuals may request a temporary AMKA number through a Citizens’ Service Center (KEP) as well. Once a temporary AMKA number is issued, a vaccination appointment can be obtained either through a pharmacy or a Citizens’ Service Center (KEP), according to recent instructions from Greek officials. Some individuals fully vaccinated in Greece with temporary AMKA numbers have reported difficulties obtaining their digital vaccination certificate which were later resolved with assistance from a Citizens’ Service Center (KEP) office.
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
- Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes, depending on country of residence
- Greece will currently only allow EU and Schengen citizens, EU residents, and residents of certain other specific countries to enter. As of May 14, 2021, third country nationals (including U.S. citizens) can enter Greece only if they are also EU citizens/permanent residents or are residing permanently in one of the following countries: EU & Schengen Area countries, U.S.A., UK, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, the Russian Federation, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, UAE, Ukraine, Vatican City. Review requirements for transit countries prior to travel as well.
- If you are a resident of a country not listed above and/or otherwise need further clarification on whether you may enter Greece, contact the closest Greek Embassy or consulate, as well as your airline prior to travel. The U.S. Embassy in Athens cannot give you permission to enter Greece or request exceptions to Greece or EU travel restrictions. We also cannot assist you with interpreting Greek regulations beyond the information provided on this website.
- The Greek authorities have posted answers to many Frequently Asked Questions about travel to and within Greece at travel.gov.gr and greecehealthfirst.gr.
- All travelers who are eligible to enter Greece must complete the online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before entering Greece. See the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs post on procedures for international arrivals. Travelers with connecting flights to Greece report overnight delays for failing to fill out the PLF prior to travel.
- For any questions regarding this form, the Greek Government has instituted a PLF Hot Line at +30-215-560-5151, available Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm in English and Greek.
- Many land borders open. Per GreeceHealthFirst.gr, travelers are allowed to enter through the land borders at the Promachonas, Ormenio, Evzonoi, Nymfaia, Niki, Doirani, Kristallopigi, Kipoi, Kakavia, Mertziani, Mavromatio, Kastanies, and Exochi entry points. Travelers entering by land must also submit the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) on travel.gov.gr before they arrive.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes, in most cases
- All travelers age 12 or over entering Greece are required to present a negative molecular test result (PCR test) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece, or a negative antigen (rapid) test result performed up to 48 hours before their entry to Greece. This does not apply to children under the age of 12.
- Fully vaccinated individuals who are residents of the U.S., EU, and certain other countries may enter Greece without a PCR test if they present a vaccination certificate. The vaccination certificate must be issued by a public authority in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, or Russian. The vaccination certificate must demonstrate that vaccination was completed at least 14 days before arrival to Greece. The CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card has been accepted by Greek authorities as evidence of vaccination for travelers to and within Greece.
- PCR or other types of COVID-19 tests and/or health declaration forms may still be required by transit countries. Review requirements for all countries in your itinerary prior to travel.
- Refer to travel.gov.gr for detailed information on COVID-19 test requirements for entry to Greece and vaccination certificate requirements. We recommend that you carry a printout of the travel.gov.gr information in case you encounter any questions from airline or port of entry officials at the time of your travel.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- All visitors from air, land or sea, will be subject to random tests upon arrival. Upon being tested, travelers move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on a minimum 10-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. All visitors must abide by all COVID-19 health protocols in place by the Greek Government without exception. The U.S. Embassy in Athens cannot intervene in the mandatory isolation procedures or request an exception on behalf of the traveler. Travelers may contact the General Secretariat for Civil Protection directly at +30 213-15100 or send an email to email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Ferry operators and airlines require travelers to complete a health status questionnaire, submit to a temperature check, and wear a mask. The health form is available here in English and Greek, and provided by transportation operator on site.
- For information on requesting extension of 90 day visa free travel or obtaining residence permits for U.S. citizens in Greece, please see the corresponding pages on this website.
- Is a curfew in place? No
- The countrywide nighttime curfew is no longer in effect, as of 5:00am on Monday, June 28, 2021. Certain regions with active COVID-19 outbreaks may implement a nighttime curfew.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- As of May 14, 2021, Greek authorities lifted prior restrictions on travel between regions in Greece. Individuals traveling by land in continental Greece are strongly recommended to self-test before departure, but are not required to do so.
- All passengers traveling to Greek islands by air or ferry must provide the following documents, depending on their age group, as described on the GreeceHealthFirst.gr website:
- Adults (18 and over)
- Proof of full vaccination at least 14 days prior to travel; or
- A negative PCR test no older than 72 hours; or
- A negative antigen (rapid) test no older than 48 hours; or
- Documentation by a health care professional of recovery from COVID-19 within the previous 2-9 months.
- Minors (aged 12 to 17):
- Children under the age of 12 are not required to provide COVID-19 documentation for travel within Greece.
- Passengers traveling to Greek islands must fill in the Pre-boarding Health Declaration questionnaire (on their cell phone/tablet or on paper) within 24 hrs before their embarkation.
- Adults (18 and over)
- International flights to/from Athens and other points in Greece continue and U.S. citizens wishing to return to the United States are able to do so.
- Travel may be restricted further with little or no advance notice to/from areas with active COVID-19 outbreaks.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No, unless they test positive for COVID-19
- On May 14, 2021, the Greek government posted procedures for international arrivals. See the airport website for additional details. All travelers may be subject to random COVID-19 tests upon arrival. If you are tested for COVID-19, you are permitted to travel to your final destination where you must self quarantine for 24 hours. If positive, you will be notified and quarantined for a minimum of 7 days and possibly up to 14 days, depending on your vaccination status and other circumstances. If negative, you will not be notified.
- All visitors must abide by all COVID-19 health protocols in place by the Greek Government without exception. The U.S. Embassy in Athens cannot intervene in the mandatory isolation procedures or request an exception on behalf of the traveler. Travelers may contact the General Secretariat for Civil Protection directly at +30 213-15100 or send an email to email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- The Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos is open and operational. Direct flights have resumed between the United States and Greece. Many airlines also operate flights departing Greece from which travelers can connect to flights to the United States.
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
- Masks are required while using public transportation and taxis. Taxis are limited to three passengers, except for minor children.
Fines for Non-Compliance:
- The fine for not wearing a mask in areas where it is required or not maintaining required social distancing is 300 euros. The fine for non-compliance with mandatory quarantine is 5000 euros, in addition to possible arrest.
- The U.S. Embassy in Athens is handling routine U.S. citizen services, including passport processing, reports of birth abroad, notary actions, voting assistance, and federal benefits assistance. U.S. citizens should see the corresponding pages on this website to make appointments for these services. We will continue to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens.
- Embassy Athens is currently processing limited categories of non-immigrant visa and immigrant visa applications. At this time, we are prioritizing services for citizens and residents of Greece. More information is available in the Embassy’s recent notice regarding limited visa services.
- The U.S. Consulate General in Thessaloniki has resumed notarial services.
- If you develop fever and/or respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath or cough, stay indoors and immediately seek medical attention by contacting the National Public Health Organization by dialing 1135.
- Robust medical care is available in major metropolitan areas; less so on islands and rural areas.
- National Public Health Organization of Greece
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
- Other links:
- Destination Greece — Health First: COVID-19 Travel FAQ for Tourists in Greece
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- Information for U.S. citizens returning from Greece
- FAQs on Presidential Proclamation regarding travel from Europe
- Centers for Disease Control: COVID-19 Test Requirement for All Air Passengers Entering U.S.
- Centers for Disease Control: COVID-19 Information
- Centers for Disease Control: Information for Travelers
- Greece Country Specific Information
- What the Department of State Can and Can’t Do in a Crisis
- U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece
- +30 210-721-2951