Health Alert – U.S. Mission Greece, June 14, 2022
Event: U.S. Entry COVID-19 Testing Requirement Lifted
Starting June 12, 2022, COVID testing is no longer required for travelers entering the United States. Air passengers no longer need to show a negative test result or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 prior to boarding a flight to the United States.
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.
Although the testing requirement has been lifted, travelers who have tested positive for COVID-19 or show symptoms while in Greece must follow Greek quarantine requirements, or face fines of up to 5000 Euros. 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. If you test positive for COVID-19, you should self-isolate and delay your return to the United States until you meet CDC’s criteria to travel. Airlines must refuse travel to anyone who has not met the criteria to travel. Contact your airline for details on what they require in order to board a traveler who recently recovered from COVID-19. Your hotel or travel operator should also be able to help you locate medical assistance, further COVID testing, and other resources you may need if you have to isolate. Check the CDC website for detailed information and Frequently Asked Questions.
All visitors must abide by all COVID-19 health protocols in place by the Greek Government without exception. The Embassy cannot intervene in the mandatory isolation procedures or request an exception on your behalf. Further restrictive measures, including travel restrictions, may be imposed in any region with higher incidence of COVID-19 with little to no advance notice. Additional information is available in English at travel.gov.gr and GreeceHealthFirst.gr, and in Greek at the Civil Protection website and the Greek government’s COVID-19 Measures website.
Actions to Take:
- For full details, visit the COVID-19 page on our website.
- If you develop a 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.
- Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19. Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before any international travel.
- Read the country information page for Greece.
- Follow the instructions of local authorities.
- Monitor local media for breaking news and adjust your plans accordingly.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
- U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki
State Department – Consular Affairs
(888) 407-4747 or (202) 501-4444