This summer, Greece is a must-visit travel destination for those eager to explore more by sailing and island-hopping, while staying safe from COVID-19. From the Aegean picturesque islands to the pristine Ionian landscapes, the morphology offers you hidden gems and secret coves away from the crowds and the fuss.
You can find secluded beaches of the Cycladic islands only accessible by boat, to avoid well-trodden paths and crowded beaches. If you prefer the untouched and wild Ionian islands, there are countless possibilities to find shelter in anchorages around the islands and enjoy breathtaking views.
If you plan a short sailing trip, consider the option of Evia, whose proximity to Athens makes it an ideal destination for weekend getaways to isolated beaches surrounded by lush nature.
Whatever your travel plans in Greece might be, you should keep the travel restrictions and safety measures for COVID-19 in mind. That’s why we collected all the important information you may possibly need while traveling during summer 2021.
Actions Before you Travel
According to the official announcements of the Greek government, whoever travels to Greece during COVID-19 pandemic safety measures needs to fill in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) up to 24 hours prior to their flight.
The PLF contains information on:
- Point of departure
- Duration of previous stays in other countries
- Address of stay in Greece
In addition, flight passengers who wish to travel to Greece should present a negative Covid-19 PCR test (up to 72hrs before arrival) to the authorities in order to travel.
Note: Children up to 10 and transit passengers are exempt from this measure.
Alternatively, passengers can present their Vaccination certificate issued by an appropriate authority.
As of April 19, Greece has now opened its borders to travelers from the USA, along with Australia, the European Union, Israel, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom without quarantine needed.
To see further information and check specific travel restrictions according to country of origin click here.
There is currently a restriction in force for recreational boats. The marinas and anchorages have banned arrivals and departures for the time being. This will likely change as of May. For detailed info and announcements consult the official website of the Greek government.
During your Trip
Upon arrival, the authorities take RAPID antigen sample tests at the entrance gates from a group of people selected systemically.
As of April 2021, there is a curfew in place from 9 pm to 5 am. Essential shops such as supermarkets, pharmacies, bakeries, and petrol stations are open.
Commercial stores and chain brands are now open only with prior appointment and SMS verification.
Citizens should send an SMS to 13033 (for free) for these transfer options:
- Doctor or Pharmacy
- Shopping (essential goods: supermarkets, etc.)
- Bank services and ATMs
- Attendance of ceremony (e.g., funeral)
- Assistance to a person in need (e.g., elderly people)
- Outdoor exercise (e.g., walking, jogging)
Tips to stay safe from COVID-19 while traveling in Greece:
During your trip, remember to stay safe while enjoying your travel experience.
- Wear the obligatory face mask
- Wash your hands regularly
- Avoid unnecessary contact with people
- Keep safe distances (2 meters)
- Use disinfectant
- Choose contactless payment options (e.g credit/debit cards)
If you notice any symptoms, including fever, respiratory difficulties, such as coughing, and shortness of breath, report it immediately and go for a test. Do not come in contact with other people.
For detailed information on the safety of travelers from the General Secretariat for Civil Protection, click here.
Useful Contact Information for COVID-19:
Call 1135 or 210-5212054 (landline) National Public Health Organisation
Call 1572 for the Greek Ministry of Tourism for reporting or information on COVID-19
Q: What happens if I am diagnosed with COVID-19 while traveling at the airport?
A: Mandatory isolation for tourists who tested positive for SARS-Cov-2, following a sampling test. These travelers and their escorts are transported to quarantine hotels and undergo further PCR tests to confirm the initial diagnosis. Guests will stay in seclusion hotels for at least 10 days, and they will undergo new tests again. Read here.
Q: Who wil cover my quarantine expenses?
A: The Greek state will cover your transfer to the hospital and any medical costs. They will also cover the costs of your stay in a quarantine hotel.
Q: If I miss my return flight because of COVID-19 or symptoms or misses prepaid accommodation is there a refund policy?
A: Airlines and hotels are advised by the government to offer flexibility in lieu of the pandemic. Different policies may apply according to the provider. Contact them to find out.
After your Trip
- Monitor your health for any symptoms for the following 14 days.
- If you present any symptoms such as fever and respiratory difficulties, stay at home and arrange to get tested. In the meantime, contact the National Public Health Organisation 1135 or 210-5212054 and mention all the details of your trip.
Q&A Health Protocols of Hotels
Q: What happens if an infection is confirmed at a hotel?
A: In this event, close contacts of the person diagnosed will be transferred to a separate quarantine accommodation, again at the expense of the Greek state. The rest of the guests will continue their holidays.
Disclaimer: These measures are in force as of April 2021 and do not hold true indefinitely. As of May 14, 2021, new measures may ensue. For detailed and updated information check the official website of the Greek government.