Travelling to Greece? Here’s what you need to know…

As the tourist season begins, find out everything you need to know about travelling to Greece as a tourist


Having dealt extremely efficiently with the Covid-19 outbreak, the Greek government are gradually lifting lockdown restrictions across the country. Athens & Thessaloniki airports have been open since 15th June and Coronavirus cases remain low and under control.

International flights to the Greek islands and the mainland begin today, Wednesday 1st July, but who is allowed to arrive?

Greece has opened up it’s borders to the EU member states with the exception of Sweden and the UK from which there continue to be no direct flights until after 15th July. There is a temporary ban of entry to all non-EU citizens as announced by the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority. Exemptions apply to citizens from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia & Uruguay. The Greek Government are reviewing this list on a 2 week basis.

I am from the UK, when can I fly to Greece?

Greece is set to allow direct flights in from the UK from 15th July. UPDATE 6/7/20 – Greece WILL allow in direct flights from the UK from 15th July –

Sea borders are open to ferries arriving into Igoumenitsa and Patras and the land border from Bulgaria is also open. Other land borders are expected to open soon.

Before you travel

24 – 48 hours (updated 9/7) before you travel to Greece, you must complete the Greek Government issued Passenger Locator Form online HERE. Upon completion of the online form, you will receive a bar code which is then scanned upon arrival and some passengers may be tested for Covid-19.

What to expect upon arrival

If you have been selected, you may be Covid-19 tested. There are no requirements to quarantine if the test comes back negative. In the 27 airports that opened today (1/7) in Greece, a total of 5634 test are scheduled.

You can still take a taxi or public transport – both of which are operating with reduced capacity. A taxi can currently take 3 adult passengers plus the driver – you will be required to wear a face mask whilst in the taxi/minibus.

Are the tavernas and shops open?

Yes! As of now, the majority of tavernas, caf├ęs, bars & shops are open.

All arrivals must follow social distancing measures

Read our Sail Safe policy here to learn about the Covid-19 policies in place during your holiday

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