COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 12/03/21

***  Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight. U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test three (3) days before their flight.  Effective December 6, 2021, all passengers two years of age or older traveling to the United States will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship.

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis. Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption. Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

Country-Specific Information:

  • 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 announced record high numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country during the week of November 29, 2021.  As of December 3, 2021, Greece reports 957,552 cumulative cases according to the National Public Health Organization (https://eody.gov.gr/) and the Government of Greece (covid19.gov.gr/covid19-live-analytics).
  • Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID Test Required for Most Businesses and Public Services:  As of Monday, November 22, 2021, the Government of Greece has restricted access for unvaccinated individuals to many categories of businesses and public services if they cannot prove vaccination or recovery from COVID-19.  Customers seeking access to these facilities are required to present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or documentation of recovery from COVID-19.  Under the new rules, unvaccinated adults:
    • Cannot access/enter: Enclosed eating areas, entertainment facilities (cinemas, theaters), museums, exhibition centers, fitness centers and sports venues. These facilities may be accessed only by those who are fully vaccinated or have documentation of recovery from COVID-19.
    • Can enter only with a negative lab rapid test or PCR test: Unvaccinated individuals seeking access to churches, schools, public and private sector places of work, retail shops, hair salons, or outdoor eating areas may enter by presenting a negative laboratory rapid test no older than 48 hours OR a PCR test no older than 72 hours.
    • Can enter with no documentation required: Unvaccinated individuals can enter supermarkets, bakeries, sweet shops, pharmacies and urban public transportation.
    • Children aged 4 to 17 may access the top two categories of facilities with a negative self-test taken within the last 24 hours, documented via the Self-Test Declaration form. Children under four do not need to show any documentation.
  • U.S. CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card Is Acceptable Proof of Vaccination: The Ministry of Development and Investment issued a press release dated November 10, 2021 which states that “The General Secretariat of Commerce and Consumer Protection of the Ministry of Development and Investment points out to the consumer public and to catering, entertainment and retail companies that according to par. 2 of article 9 of JMD D1a / GP.oik.69136 (B ‘5138) “Emergency public health protection measures against the risk of further spread of the coronavirus COVID-19” that the entry and service of foreign customers holding a certificate of vaccination or recent illness from a country outside the European Union is allowed by simply showing the paper vaccination certificate and showing a document of identity (passport), without requiring the application of COVID Free with GR ».  In addition, 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.  We recommend that you carry a printout of the Ministry of Development and Investment press release and Tourism Ministry press release to show in case you encounter any difficulty with businesses hesitant to accept the CDC card or other U.S. proof of vaccination. 
  • 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 and Mainland Transport:  All passengers traveling to mainland and island destinations by any transport means (train, bus, plane, or ship) must present documentation as described in the “Movement Restrictions” section below and the GreeceHealthFirst.gr website
  • 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.
  • 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.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Greece? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 24 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 PCR 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 12 and above and individuals with certain high-risk health conditions, according to announcements by the National Public Health Organization.  Greece has also announced the availability of booster shots for adults 18 and above.
  • Greece recently announced 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 will allow 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.
  • 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 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 Review detailed information on travel.gov.gr and make sure you review requirements for transit countries prior to departure as well.
    • If you are a resident of a country not listed on travel.gov.gr 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 generalsecretary@civilprotection.gr / generalsecretary@gscp.gr.
    • 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.

 Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
    • There is no countrywide nighttime curfew in effect.  Certain regions with active COVID-19 outbreaks may implement a nighttime curfew.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
    • All passengers traveling to mainland and island destinations by any transport means (train, bus, plane, or ship), must provide the following documents, depending on their age group, as described on the GreeceHealthFirst.gr website:
      • Individuals aged 12 and above:
        • 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 from 4 to 11 years old:
        • Any of the documents listed above for adults; or
        • A self-test taken no more than 24 hours before boarding. Self-test results must be reported by printing and filling out the Self-Test Declaration form.
      • 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.
    • 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.

Quarantine Information:

  • 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.
    • Per the Greek National Tourism Organization, if you test positive for COVID-19 during your stay in Greece, you must return to your place of accommodation, inform the owner of the positive COVID test, and take all necessary personal hygiene measures (quarantine) until further notice.  The Greek Civil Protection authorities may move you to a designated quarantine hotel or allow you to remain in your current accommodation, depending on the circumstances.  The cost of accommodation in designated quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek government.  The length of quarantine is determined by Civil Protection, typically 10-14 days.  If you test positive while in Greece and do not follow the guidance of the Civil Protection authorities, you risk a fine of €5,000, and possible arrest.
    • 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 / generalsecretary@gscp.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.

Transportation Options:

  • 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.

Consular Operations:

Local Resources:

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