COVID-19 Information

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Updated July 7, 2020

Country-Specific Information:

  • The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens abroad who wish to return to do so immediately or be prepared to sustain themselves for an indefinite period overseas due to the global impact of COVID-19.
  • Greek authorities have confirmed COVID-19 within its borders.  As of July 6, Greece reports approximately 3,500 cases.
  • A mask or facial cover is mandatory in public transportation, taxis, elevators, hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centers.  Masks are recommended in supermarkets, hair salons and other enclosed spaces.  Violators may be fined 150 Euros. Social distancing measures are in effect until further notice.
  • Ferry operators and airlines may 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.
  • Direct flights between Greece and the United Kingdom are suspended until July 15.  See additional information about flights to/from the United States.
  • Land borders:  The Bulgarian Promachonas border station is open to visitors with travelers subject to random COVID-19 testing and NO quarantine requirements.  The land borders with Albania, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Turkey are closed with no projected opening date.
  • For sea arrivals on or after July 1, contact the closest Greek consulate.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • 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.
  • Current Travel Restrictions:    
    • Entry restrictions for Greece from outside the European Union (including the United States) remain in place.
    • 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.  At this time, there is no projected date when travelers from the United States will be permitted to enter Greece.
    • 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.
    • EU passport holders are allowed entry, including permanent residents of Schengen countries, plus Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Romania, Switzerland,  Ireland and the UK.  Non-EU passport holders with EU permanent residence permits may enter Greece.  Contact the Greek Embassy in the country of your residence to verify your residency documents will permit you to enter Greece.
    • Additionally, residents of these countries are permitted to enter the Greece:  Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.  (Note:  Serbia was on this list but was removed.)  Contact the Greek Embassy in the country of your residence to verify your documents will permit you to enter Greece.
    • 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.
    • You may not travel from the United States to a country on the list to get around the travel restrictions.

Quarantine Information:

  • US citizens residing in the United States are banned from entering Greece per details above under Current Travel Restrictions.  Per the Greek Embassy in Washington, D.C., all travelers who are eligible to enter Greece must complete the online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 48 hours before entering Greece.  Do not email the Embassy to report the site does not work or to ask how to receive your QR code.  This site is controlled by the Greek authorities, not the U.S. Embassy.
  • COVID-19 testing upon arrival is random.  See the airport website for details.  If you are tested, you are permitted to travel to your final destination where you must self quarantine and wait for the test results.  If positive, you will be quarantined for 14 days.  If negative, there are no additional quarantine restrictions.

Local Resources:

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • My 90 days of visa-free Schengen travel is almost up!  What should I do?  See the Embassy’s webpage.
  • Am I eligible for the economic impact payment of $1,200?  The IRS administers this program.  See the IRS website for eligibility and disbursement details.
  • I can’t remember or don’t have a social security number.  What do I do?  Contact the Federal Benefits Unit directly.

Other links:

Assistance:

  • U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece
  • +30 210-721-2951
  • AthensAmericanCitizenServices@state.gov