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Greece is open for tourism with new nightlife restrictions from August 17

Greece is open to tourists from multiple countries. The country dropped quarantine requirements for E.U. and Schengen areas plus 32 third-party countries. 

Travelers aged five and older are now required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours before arrival or a vaccine certificate.  

Additionally, some passengers will have to take a rapid test at the airport. If the test returns positive, they will have to quarantine for 14 days.

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The new nightlife and entertainment restrictions only apply to Chania (Crete) and Zante (Zakynthos) until at least August 17, announced the FCDO.

For the time being, there will be a 24-hour ban on music at all entertainment venues.

“We call on the residents and visitors in these areas to fully comply with the measures to limit the spread of the virus,” the Civil Protection agency said.

Coronavirus activity has increased by 69% over the last week in Zakynthos and 54% in Crete. 

Source: Express UK

Which countries can travel to Greece now?

If you have a passport from the following countries you can enter Greece without quarantine requirements. (See other requirements above)

Current at August 13

  1. EU
  2. Schengen Area
  3. Albania
  4. Armenia
  5. Australia
  6. Azerbaijan
  7. Bahrain
  8. Belarus
  9. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  10. Brunei
  11. Canada
  12. China
  13. Israel
  14. Japan
  15. Jordan
  16. Kosovo
  17. Kuwait
  18. Lebanon
  19. Moldova
  20. Montenegro
  21. New Zealand
  22. North Macedonia
  23. Qatar
  24. Russia
  25. Rwanda
  26. Saudi Arabia
  27. Serbia
  28. Singapore
  29. South Korea
  30. Thailand
  31. UK
  32. Ukraine 
  33. United Arab Emirates
  34. US


Are Greek land borders open for tourism? 

Greece is open to multiple countries. To enter, travelers must show the QR code and a negative COVID-19 test result (no older than 72 hours) to port authorities. 

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.

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

As of August 13, Greece has reported 528,474 COVID-19 cases and 13,126 deaths caused by the virus. Daily contagion rates are between 2,800-3200 new cases.

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