COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 08/26/2022

*** Pre-departure Testing Requirements for Air Travelers to the U.S. Lifted Effective June 12, 2022:  The CDC order from December 2, 2021, requiring persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded, effective June 12, 2022, at 12:01AM ET.  This means that starting at 12:01AM ET on June 12, 2022, air passengers will not need to get tested and show a negative COVID-19 test result or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 prior to boarding a flight to the United States regardless of vaccination status or citizenship.  Of note, 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.  Please see the CDC website for further information.

** Proof of vaccination still required for travel to the United States by non-citizen nonimmigrants: Since November 8, 2021 all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States are required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.  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:

  • Greek authorities continue to announce very high numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country.  As of the week starting August 15, 2022, Greece reports 55,769 cases and 4,712,025 cumulative cases according to the National Public Health Organization (https://eody.gov.gr/) and the Government of Greece (covid19.gov.gr/covid19-live-analytics).
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Greece due to COVID-19, indicating a high level of COVID-19 in the country and advising Americans to make sure they are vaccinated and up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines before traveling to Greece. If you are not up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, avoid travel to Greece.  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.
    • 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.state.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.

     

    COVID-19 Testing

    • Are either PCR or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Greece? Yes
    • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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 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.  U.S. citizens who do not have a Greek Social Security Number (AMKA) may visit https://emvolio.gov.gr/en/pamkato 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.
    • The U.S. 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.

     

    Entry and Exit Requirements

    • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  Yes
    • The Greek authorities have posted answers to many Frequently Asked Questions about travel to and within Greece at travel.gov.gr and greecehealthfirst.gr.
    • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?  No
    • 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.
    • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  Yes
    • Visitors entering by air, land, or sea may be subject to random tests upon arrival. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on a minimum 5 day quarantine, 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.
    • 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
    • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?  No

     

    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 seeking to return to the United States after ending quarantine, follow the guidance provided by the CDC and your airline’s instructions regarding documentation of recovery if you are not able to obtain a negative COVID-19 test.  According to the CDC, if you have had a positive viral test on a sample taken during the past 90 days, and you have met the criteria to travel, you may travel instead with your positive viral test results and a signed letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official that states you have been cleared for travel according to CDC’s travel guidance.  The positive test result and letter together are referred to as “documentation of recovery.” A letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official that clears you to travel, must have information that identifies you personally (e.g., name and date of birth) that matches the personal identifiers on your passport or other travel documents. The letter must be signed and dated on official letterhead that contains the name, address, and phone number of the healthcare provider or public health official who signed the letter.  If you test positive using an at-home test, you are recommended to obtain a laboratory test result in order to fulfill the CDC’s (and airlines’) documentation requirements.
    • 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.

     

    Transportation Options

    • Are commercial flights operating?  Yes
    • Is public transportation operating?  Yes
    • Double or heavy duty masks are required while using public transportation and taxis. Taxis are limited to three passengers, except for minor children.

     

    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. 

     

    Consular Operations

     

    Local Resources:

     

    Assistance:

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