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Last updated: 6/11/2021
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- 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 June 10, 2021, Greece reports 413,170 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: As of May 14, 2021, Greece will 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. Review the “Entry and Exit Requirements” section below as well as travel.gov.gr for more details.
- Restrictions Gradually Relaxing: Greek officials announced that several restrictions have been relaxed as of May 14, 2021. Changes announced include:
- Restrictions on Travel Between Regions Lifted: Travel between regions in Greece is permitted as of May 14, 2021. In continental Greece, self-tests are recommended for travel by land but not required. Travelers going to Greek islands must present documentation as described in the “Movement Restrictions” section below.
- Movement Restrictions and Use of SMS System Abolished: As of May 14, 2021, restrictions on movement outside the home have been lifted and the use of the SMS system to report movements will no longer be required.
- Curfew: The nighttime curfew has been pushed back, from 01:30am to 5:00am, starting June 12, 2021.
- Museums and Retail Reopening: As of May 14, 2021, museums are allowed to reopen. Retail stores may operate without requiring appointments, though limitations on capacity will apply to allow for social distancing.
- Restaurants Reopened: Restaurants are open for outdoor dining as of Monday, May 3, 2021.
- 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 required everywhere, indoors and outdoors. 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 15 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. 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.
- 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 18 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.
- 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: U.S.A., Canada, UK, Australia, North Macedonia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, U.A.E., Belarus, Bahrain, Serbia, Russia, Israel, Rwanda, Qatar, China, Kuwait, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore. Review requirements for transit countries prior to travel as well.
- If you need 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Land border entry is restricted. Per Travel.gov.gr, travelers are allowed to enter through the land borders at the Promochonas and Ormenio entry points (24 hours a day), and through Evzonoi and Nymfaia from 7:00am to 11:00pm.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes, in most cases
- All travelers age five 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.
- 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. However, PCR or other types of COVID-19 tests may still be required by transit countries.
- Refer to travel.gov.gr for detailed information on PCR 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 7-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 firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com.
- 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? Yes
- A nighttime curfew is in effect from 12:30am to 5:00am throughout the country.
- During nighttime curfew hours, movements outside the home are allowed only for work, health (with prior appointment), and pet care. Individuals circulating during curfew for the above reasons must carry movement permits as described at https://forma.gov.gr/en/.
- 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.
- As of May 14, 2021, all passengers age 5 years or older traveling within Greece by air or ferry to the Greek islands must provide either:
- Proof of full vaccination at least 14 days prior to travel; or
- A negative PCR test no older than 72 hours; or
- A negative rapid or self-test no older than 24 hours; or
- Documentation by a health care professional of recovery from COVID-19 within the previous 2-9 months.
- For tests administered by a health professional, documentation of negative results must be provided either electronically or on paper. Self-test results must be reported either electronically via the https://self-testing.gov.gr/ website or by printing and filling out the Self-Test Declaration form.
- 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
- 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 14 days. If negative, you will not be notified.
- 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, not maintaining required social distancing, and/or violating the movement restrictions 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:
- 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 States and FAQs
- 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