COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 11/02/2022

The CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers on CDC’s website.

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

 

Country-Specific Information:

  • Greek authorities reported 54,649 COVID-19 and 4,975,067 cumulative cases according to the National Public Health Organization (https://eody.gov.gr/) and the Government of Greece (covid19.gov.gr/covid19-live-analytics).
    • Masks Required in Limited Spaces:  Face masks are no longer required in most indoor spaces in Greece, including restaurants, schools, museums, and most businesses.  Masks are not required on planes or intercity public transport, where the seats of the passengers are numbered.  Masks are still required in healthcare facilities, pharmacies, and nursing homes.  Masks are also required on taxis and urban public transport (metro, electric railway, buses, trolleybuses, trams), as well as ferries.  Please be respectful of others and the choices they make for themselves to travel and work safely and comfortably.  If someone asks you to wear a mask in their presence, please do so out of consideration and courtesy.
    • Entry Restrictions to Greece Relaxed: As of May 1, 2022, travelers entering Greece are no longer required to display a certificate of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19, or evidence of a negative test result from SARS-CoV-2 infection.
    • What To Do if You Test Positive in Greece:  Many U.S. citizens have reported testing positive for COVID-19 while visiting Greece and had to extend their stay and navigate Greek and U.S. requirements related to quarantine, testing, and travel documentation.  Please review the page of Information for U.S. Citizens Who Test Positive in Greece for guidance on what to do if this happens to you.  Contact your airline for details on what they require in order to board a traveler who recently recovered from COVID-19.
    • 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.Travelers to Greece are recommended to obtain travel insurance that includes coverage of expenses for medical care and/or extension of stay in the event they test positive for COVID-19. Services such as grocery stores, schools/universities, religious services, air/land/sea travel, and museums are operational and face only limited restrictions at present.

 

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are there COVID-related entry requirements for U.S. citizens?  No
  • The Greek authorities have posted answers to many Frequently Asked Questions about travel to and within Greece at travel.gov.gr and greecehealthfirst.gr.  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.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?  No
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  Yes

 

Quarantine Information 

  •  Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  No, unless they test positive for COVID-19
  • Per the Greek Health Authorities, if you test positive for COVID-19 during your stay in Greece, you must return to your place of accommodation, and quarantine for at least five days beginning with the next day of the positive test result.  Travelers should be prepared to cover all expenses of their quarantine period, which might be prolonged if the symptoms persist.  It is highly recommended that all travelers consider obtaining travel insurance that includes COVID-19 medical fees and expenses.  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 generalsecretary@civilprotection.gr.
  • If you develop fever and/or respiratory symptoms, seek medical attention through your hotel and/or by dialing the National Public Health Organization at 1135 or (+30) 210-5212054.  Your hotel, cruise operator, and/or COVID-19 testing laboratory may also be able to assist you in confirming necessary next steps with Civil Protection and other relevant local authorities.
  • For further guidance, review our Information for U.S. Citizens Who Test Positive in Greece.

 

COVID-19 Testing

  • COVID-19 tests are widely available at many major hospitals, pharmacies, and laboratories in Greece, as well as the Athens Eleftherios Venizelos Airport(at Arrivals level between entrances 2-3; see FAQ for more details).  Hotels and tourism facilities may have lists of nearby testing sites or be able to help arrange tests.  Testing is paid by the individual being tested.  The cost for COVID-19 PCR tests is capped at 47 euros, and for rapid antigen tests at 10 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 to obtain appointments and confirm testing timelines.  Travelers should not expect to be able to test and receive PCR results the day of travel.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Are vaccines available in Greece for U.S. citizens to receive?  Yes
  • The Greek Ministry of Health has developed system for COVID-19 vaccination information and appointments, available on the Greek government webpage at https://emvolio.gov.gr/en.  U.S. citizens who do not have a Greek Social Security Number (AMKA) may visit 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).
  • Greece has created a process for individuals who completed some or all prior COVID-19 vaccination doses abroad to register their vaccinations in Greece through a Citizens’ Service Center (KEP).  This allows individuals vaccinated outside of Greece to obtain appointments for booster shots, or complete a partial series of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine in Greece.  Individuals who then complete their two-dose vaccination series or obtain a booster shot in Greece would receive a Greek vaccination certificate, including a QR code.  Review full information on the emvolio.gov.gr website and seek assistance from your local KEP.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.

 

Local Resources:

 

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place?  No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?  No

 

Fines for Non-Compliance (if applicable)

  • 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 falsifying vaccination certificates is 5000 euros.  The fine for non-compliance with mandatory quarantine is 5000 euros, in addition to possible arrest. 

 

Assistance:

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