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Greece remains open to tourists but from November 11th all visitors are required to bring proof of a negative COVID test.
After several weeks of steadily lifting lockdown restrictions, the Greek government has decided to impose new severe restrictions to travelers and residents in the entire metropolitan area of Athens plus Trikala from September 21 to October 4 due to an increase in coronavirus cases and death toll.
These restrictions include –but are not limited to- indoor and outdoor social activities and work.
Do I need a QR code to enter Greece? How can I get one?
Yes. You 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 you will be denied entry.
Can I travel to the Greek Islands?
Yes, you can. But take into account that several countries are enforcing 14-day quarantine when returning home from Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos, and Zakynthos (also known as Zante). Consult your embassy for further information.
What can I do in Greece during a pandemic?
For now, not too much. The most touristic places are undergoing special restrictions until October 4. Some countries have put 7 of its islands on the pandemic blacklist.
New restrictions for Attica and Trikala – (Enforced from September 21 to October 4)
Attica (Greece metropolitan area)
A maximum of 9 people is now allowed for indoor and outdoor meetings
All concerts are canceled
Cinemas are totally closed
Weddings, baptisms and funerals can be carried out with 50 people at most.
The government also recommends you to limit your outings to what is absolutely necessary for the next 14 days and avoid traveling by public transport.
In order to contain the second wave of coronavirus, the General Secretary of Civil Protection, Vassilios Papageorgiou, has imposed the following restrictions for Trikala, East Macedonia, Thrace, The Regional units of Thessaloniki, Larissa, Corfu, Karditsa, Rethymno, Lassithi, Paros (and Antiparos), The Municipalities of Santorini, Volos, Rhodes and Kos.
These rules were supposed to be enforced until September 30, but the government has not mentioned any policy changes.
Restaurants and entertainment venues must be closed from 12 midnight to 7 am.
Entertainment venues can only take up to 50 people.
Keep in touch to learn about the latest updates on restrictions.
Is it safe to travel to Greece right now regarding COVID-19?
Update on current situation as of OCT. 26
Greece is experiencing 2nd wave of coronavirus infections and has 30782 positive cases in total at the moment. There are 574 confirmed deaths caused by the virus.
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.