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Last updated: 09/17/2020
- The Department of State has issued a Travel Advisory Level 3 for Greece advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to Greece due to COVID-19.
- Greek authorities have confirmed COVID-19 within its borders. As of September 16, 2020, Greece reports 14,041 cases according to National Public Health Organization (https://eody.gov.gr/).
- Masks—A mask or facial cover is mandatory in supermarkets and all food stores (bakeries, butchers), all retail stores, all forms of public transportation, taxis, elevators, hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centers, banks, public sector services offices, hair and beauty salons and other enclosed spaces. Some regions have made face coverings mandatory in outdoor areas as well. The fine for not wearing a mask in areas where it is required is 150 euros.
- Local Restrictions in Athens—Authorities have announced a series of restrictive measures in the Attica region, effective September 16. These include mandatory use of masks in all indoor workspaces, public or private, as well as all outdoor areas where it is not possible to maintain a distance of 1.5 meters between individuals; suspension of live music venues and nightclubs for 14 days; limits of six people per table in restaurants and cafes; and capacity limits and additional guidelines for open air music venues, open air markets, and both open air and indoor cinemas and theaters.
- Local Restrictions in Certain Regions—Authorities have announced more restrictive measures for the Regional Units of Heraklion, Chania, Halkidiki, Mykonos, Zakynthos, Lesbos, Pella, Pieria, Imathia, and Kilkis through September 30. These restrictions include suspension of any kind of public events, prohibition of public or private gatherings of more than nine people, maximum limits of four people per table in restaurants (six people if they are immediate family), and mandatory use of face masks indoors and outdoors. Restrictive measures such as expansion of face mask requirements, curfews, limits to gatherings, and other measures may be imposed in any region with higher incidence of COVID-19 with little to no advance notice.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No
- Per the Greek Embassy in Washington, D.C., U.S. citizens residing in the United States are banned from entering Greece for non-essential travel, which includes tourism, unless you have an EU passport or meet one of the very narrow exceptions detailed in their posted information on entrance into the European Union/Schengen Area. There is no projected date when entry will be permitted.
- Travelers should be prepared for the possibility that additional travel restrictions could be implemented by the Greek government with little or no advance notice. Contact the closest Greek Embassy or consulate prior to travel or consult directly with the airport if you have questions not addressed on this page.
- If you are in the EU on a military base, you must check the EUCOM travel policy and with your unit commander prior to official or personal travel to Greece. The Embassy’s consular section cannot authorize or confirm your ability to enter Greece. If authorized by your command to travel, you MUST complete the online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) 48 hours before entering Greece, regardless of purpose of travel.
- The Embassy cannot request special exceptions to the travel restrictions. You must contact the nearest Greek Embassy or consulate if you believe you have a compelling travel reason.
- On August 7, the European Union Council recommended a list of non-EU countries whose residents may be permitted to enter. The United States is NOT on this list. If you RESIDE in one of these countries (a visit is not residence), contact the Greek Embassy in the country of your residence to verify your documents will permit you to enter Greece. The EU Council will review this list every 15 days.
- You may not travel from the United States to a country on the EU Council’s list to get around the travel restrictions.
- If you do not have a permanent residence (e.g., nomadic lifestyle, live on a boat, etc.), you must contact the closest Greek Embassy or consulate for guidance.
- All travelers who are eligible to enter Greece must complete the online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 48 hours 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.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes, for some travelers.
- Refer to travel.gov.gr for detailed information on PCR test requirements, depending on departure point and port of entry into Greece.
- 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 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.
- 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
- There is no curfew on a countrywide basis, but curfews may be imposed by local authorities with little or no advance notice.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- There are no on intercity travel on a countrywide basis, but travel may be restricted with little or no advance notice to islands or areas with active COVID-19 outbreaks.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No, unless tested for COVID-19
- US citizens residing in the United States are banned from entering Greece per details above under Entry and Exit Requirements.
- On July 9, the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted procedures for international arrivals. See the airport website for additional details. 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 14 days. If negative, you will not be notified, and there are no additional quarantine restrictions.
- 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). Testing is paid by the individual being tested. The average cost for COVID-19 testing is 100-120 euros. 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.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- International airports in Greece are open and operational; however, there are no direct flights between the United States and Greece at this time. Many airlines currently operate flights departing Greece from which travelers can connect to flights to the United States. Travelers connecting through Paris should be aware of additional airport limitations and requirements. Flights to and from the United Kingdom began on July 15, but may be stopped abruptly if random testing reveals a percentage of COVID-19 positive results deemed too high. Flights from Turkey are banned through September 30.
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
- Masks are required while using public transportation and taxis. Taxis are limited to three passengers.
Fines for Non-Compliance:
- The fine for not wearing a mask in areas where it is required is 150 euros. The fine for non-compliance with mandatory quarantine is 5000 euros, in addition to possible arrest.
- The U.S. Mission in Greece has resumed the following regular services – 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.
- Embassy Athens has resumed 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.
- 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)
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs Travel Restriction Update (July 9, 2020)
- Other links:
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- Information for U.S. citizens returning from Greece
- Presidential Proclamation on Travel from Europe to the United Statesand FAQs
- Centers for Disease Control: COVID-19 Information
- Centers for Disease Control: Information for Travelers
- CDC US Traveler Health Declaration (pdf)required to enter the United States
- Greece Country Specific Information
- What the Department of State Can and Can’t Do in a Crisis
- Presidential Proclamation Restricting Immigration for 60 Days
- U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece
- +30 210-721-2951