greece reopening to tourism with covid travel restrictions

Greece tourism reopening remains indefinite, only essential-travel allowed

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All international travelers aged two years and older are required to provide a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 3 days before departure. Additionally, passengers will be subjected to take a rapid test upon arrival. If the test returns positive, they will have to quarantine for 14 days.

Greece’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced the extension of non-essential travel restrictions for domestic flights until February 8. 

Greece Opening Tourism – LATEST UPDATES

February 3

According to Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis, the country is reportedly working on a plan to safely re-open to tourism.

Theoharis also said the country is preparing for the upcoming tourism season. One of their core strategies is to vaccine tourism workers first.  

“We’ve drawn up a plan for how tourism will open, which includes making the vaccination of people in the industry a matter of priority. The plan will be examined by the experts and opening will depend on the course of vaccination in our country.” Said Theoharis. 

Vaccination progress in Greece

So far, the country has vaccinated 3.0 inhabitants per 100 people

December 7 – How safe is to travel to Greece now?

According to the CDC, Greece is at warning level 4 and all travel should be avoided due to the high risk of getting and spreading Coronavirus. (Source: CDC.gov)

November 18

From November 11, all visitors entering Greece via land or air are required for proof of a negative PCR COVID test, taken no more than 72hours before arrival. The certificate should be in English!

Exemptions are Greek citizens, residents or people traveling for essential purposes.

(Source: Protocol for Arrivals in and Departures from Greece)

Which countries can travel to Greece now?

If you have a passport from the following countries you can enter Greece:

  • EU member countries, plus
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway
  • Switzerland

As well as these non-European nations

  • Australia
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Uruguay
  • UAE
  • Singapore

Are Greek land borders open for tourism? 

Greece is currently open for essential travel only. To enter the country travelers must show the QR code and a negative COVID-19 test result (no older than 72 hours) to port authorities. 

Do travelers need a QR code to enter Greece? How can they get one?

Yes. Travelers must complete Greece’s Passenger Locator Form (link here) in the 24 hours before your arrival. The PCL will generate the QR code without which they will be denied entry.

Once in Greece can travelers visit the Greek Islands?

Domestic travel is allowed only for essential reasons. 

What are the new COVID-19 related restrictions in the country?

Greece color-coded risk-assessment map

Greek authorities have restarted their country’s color-coded risk-assessment map, giving areas a coronavirus (Covid-19) risk rating of yellow or red.

The decision was taken due to the recent surge in Covid-19 cases in certain areas of the country. Athens (Attica) and Piraeus remain at the top of the list with a total of 2,597 active cases. 

Is it safe to travel to Greece right now regarding COVID-19?

As of February 3, Greece has reported 159,866 COVID-19 cases and 5,878 deaths caused by the virus. Daily rates are between 900-2000 new cases.

COVID-19 situation in Greece

Source

Emmanouil Dermitzakis, a Geneticist from the University of Geneva has reportedly stated that the situation in Greece is “stable but critical.” According to the scientist, the biggest challenge is to break the chain of infection between young and old people since the young population believes this is an old-people disease leading to 90% of community transmission.

Greece

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