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Risk Ratings  

    LOW MEDICAL RISK for Greece
    LOW TRAVEL RISK for Greece

COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Medium -

Inbound travel is possible, but with notable inconvenience; restrictions affect a wide range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a wide range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Low -

COVID-related precautions and restrictions causing some inconvenience to business operations. Most businesses are operating.

Both essential and non-essential businesses are operating, though outbreaks may impact medical and/or logistic factors  and cause disruption, often at short notice. Pre-existing security risks likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns in the near/medium term, though these disruptions will not affect the stability of the overall security environment. Elective surgery may not be accessible at times and VERY HIGH and HIGH Medical Risk Rated countries will be under pressure. Basic elements of BCPs – such as reduced or staggered staffing, social distancing, limited face to face interaction – may be active, with clear escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundEntry restrictions
A) Inbound travel for European nationals
EU nationals are allowed entry subject to compliance to the relevant testing requirements.

B) Inbound travel for 'third country' nationals
Non-EU citizens are not allowed to enter Greece unless:
- They are coming from Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Israel, Kuwait, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Ukraine, the UAE, the UK and the US.
- Passengers travelling for essential reasons, including health issues, business purposes, imperative family reasons, persons in need of international protection.
- Medical and nursing staff, researchers and health professionals if they demonstrate at the points of entry evidence of their professional status and provided that their entry into the country relates to the exercise of their duties.
- Long-term residents of EU or Schengen member states and third country nationals holding a residence permit or in EU or Schengen member states.
- Members of government delegations.
- Members of diplomatic delegations or consulate authorities and delegations, members of international and European organisations, members of humanitarian organisations performing their duties, military and security forces officials and of general secretariat of civil protection.
- Personnel employed in the transport section, including seamen, aircraft crews and the crews and technical personnel of the leased aircraft firefighting equipment, lorry drivers and the absolutely necessary support staff for the transport of goods.
- Transit passengers.
- Students.
- Persons caring for the elderly and people with a disability.
- Seasonal workers in the field of agriculture.
(Until further notice)
Testing requirements
All passengers over the age of five arriving in Greece via international flight will have to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, taken in the 72 hours before their entry. The certificate must be in English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish or Russian and include the name of the person as it appears on the passport. Laboratories that issue the test must be National Reference laboratories, National Public Health Laboratories or private facilities which have been accredited (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19) by the relevant national authorities. Additionally, upon arrival, travellers will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF).

- Travellers who have been fully vaccinated and 14 days have elapsed since the last dose. List of acceptable vaccines: AstraZeneca/Oxford, Cansino Biologics, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, Moderna, Novavax, Pfizer BioNtech, Sinopharm and Sinovac Biotech.
- Travellers who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two to nine months. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorised laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder tested positive for COVID-19.

The certificate proving the above must include the critical information (i.e. number of doses and their respective dates) in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish or Russian and the person’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognized travel document.

See details here:
(Until further notice)
All passengers travelling to Greece are required to fill in and electronically submit the compulsory Passenger Locator Form (PLF) not later than 23.59 on the day before they travel. Families may submit a joint e-PLF form. The Form can be found here: https://travel.gov.gr/#/
Failure to do so in advance may result in your denied boarding by your airline, a 500 euro fine on arrival, or the Greek authorities not allowing you to enter or re-enter the country.
(Until further notice)
Passengers are allowed to enter the country through nine airports (Athens, Chania, Corfu, Heraklion, Kos, Mykonos, Rhodes, Santorini,Thessaloniki).

Land borders are open.
(Until further notice)
The ports of Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo reopened to cruise ships.

Completing a clearance by dock staff at the first Greek port will allow ships to continue to any of the other open ports.
(Until further notice)
Transit passengers transferring in Athens from international to international flight, are not required to be tested against COVID-19, nor to display a negative molecular test result (PCR) or vaccination certificate upon arrival in Athens. Furthermore, they are not required to submit the Greek Passenger Locator Form (e-PLF).
(Until further notice)
• Are there any border restrictions? No
• Are there any entry restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? Yes
• Are there any vaccine requirements? Yes
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticA nationwide traffic ban is in place from 01.30 to 05.00. During curfew hours, movement is strictly limited to work and health reasons or for walking a pet. People are no longer required to send a text message to obtain permission to leave their homes. Work movement requires special permission signed by the employer.

Face masks are mandatory nationwide in public indoor and outdoor areas.

Retail shops, shopping centres, hairdressers, bookstores and museums are open subject to social distancing. Restaurants, bars and cafes are open until midnight. Public transport is operating at a reduced capacity. Taxis are allowed to carry two passengers at a time.
Beaches have reopened with social distance restrictions in place.
(Until further notice)
Domestic flights have resumed
(Until further notice)
• Is a state of emergency in place? No
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? Yes
• Can businesses operate? Restricted
• Are there restrictions on internal travel? No
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any vaccination requirements? No
• Are there any other restrictions in place? Yes
(Until further notice)
OutboundFlights to Turkey and Catalonia (Spain) remain suspended.

Eleftherios Venizelos Athens International Airport will be the only one serving flights to Albania and North Macedonia.
(Until further notice)
• Are there any border restrictions? No
• Are there any exit restrictions? No
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Planned changes and internal conditionsSummary - Changes to the following measures:
• Border restrictions? No
• Entry restrictions? No
• Testing requirements? No
• Quarantine requirements? No
• Vaccination requirements? No
• Transit restrictions? No
• COVID-19-related documentation required? No
• Internal restrictions? No
• Outbound restrictions? No
• Other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)

Risk Summary


Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Greece

COVID-19 information for Greece

Dedicated COVID-19 website


Petty theft and opportunistic crime pose the most credible risks. Strikes and anti-austerity protests, as well as anti-government unrest, also pose a risk and can lead to travel disruption or localised clashes between the police and protesters. Minor attacks by ultra-leftist and anarchist groups may target government and police buildings or vehicles, as well as diplomatic missions, multinational companies, and financial or foreign institutions. However, such attacks generally occur overnight and are intended to cause damage property rather than injury.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.


Vaccinations For Greece
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for most travellers and expatriates,
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Routine Vaccinations

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