COVID-19 Entry and Exit Requirements for Americans Visiting Greece in 2020
The U.S. Embassy in Greece has released information regarding the entry and exit requirements for American tourists visiting Greece during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic in 2020.
We recommend to all of our clients traveling to Greece to take a COVID-19 test 3 days prior to departure. You may receive another test at the airport in Greece, but having results prior will give you peace of mind.
A mask or facial cover is mandatory in public transportation, taxis, elevators, hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centers. Masks are recommended in supermarkets, hair salons and other enclosed spaces. Violators may be fined 150 Euros. Restaurants and coffee shops are open, and seasonal tourist accommodations are open as of June 15th. Social distancing measures are in effect until further notice.
Ferry operators and airlines may require travelers to complete a health status questionnaire, submit to a temperature check, and wear a mask. The health form is available here in English and Greek, and provided by transportation operator on site.
If you are traveling to Greece, the Greek Government is requiring you fill out a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) 48 hours prior to departure. https://travel.gov.gr/#/
This is very important per your entry into the country.
As of July 1, 2020
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Travelers should be prepared for the possibility that additional travel restrictions could be implemented by the Greek government with little or no advance notice. Contact the closest Greek Embassy or consulate prior to travel or consult directly with the airport if you have questions not addressed on this page.
- Current Travel Restrictions:
- Entry restrictions for Greece from outside the European Union (including the United States) remain in place.
- Per the Greek Embassy in Washington, D.C., U.S. citizens residing in the United States are banned from entering Greece for non-essential travel, which includes tourism, unless you have an EU passport or meet one of the very narrow exceptions detailed in their posted information on entrance into the European Union/Schengen Area. At this time, there is no projected date when travelers from the United States will be permitted to enter Greece.
- The Embassy cannot request special exceptions to the travel restrictions. You must contact the nearest Greek Embassy or consulate if you believe you have a compelling travel reason.
- EU passport holders are allowed entry, including permanent residents of Schengen countries, plus Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Romania, Switzerland, Ireland, and the UK. Non-EU passport holders with EU permanent residence permits may enter Greece. Contact the Greek Embassy in the country of your residence to verify your residency documents will permit you to enter Greece.
- Additionally, residents of these countries are permitted to enter the Greece: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. (Note: Serbia was on this list but was removed.) Contact the Greek Embassy in the country of your residence to verify your documents will permit you to enter Greece.
- If you do not have a permanent residence (e.g., nomadic lifestyle, live on a boat, etc.), you must contact the closest Greek Embassy or consulate for guidance.
- You may not travel from the United States to a country on the list to get around the travel restrictions.
- US citizens residing in the United States are banned from entering Greece per details above under Current Travel Restrictions. Per the Greek Embassy in Washington, D.C., all travelers who are eligible to enter Greece must complete the online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 48 hours before entering Greece. Do not email the Embassy to report the site does not work or to ask how to receive your QR code. This site is controlled by the Greek authorities, not the U.S. Embassy.
- COVID-19 testing upon arrival is random. See the airport website for details. If you are tested, you are permitted to travel to your final destination where you must self quarantine and wait for the test results. If positive, you will be quarantined for 14 days. If negative, there are no additional quarantine restrictions.
Source: For more information and updates, please visit the U.S. Embassy website here: https://gr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
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