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Greece Officially Opens its Doors to Tourists

Greece is officially welcoming international visitors for the Greek Summer Season 2021, as of today, Friday, May 14. 

Domestic travel and lockdown restrictions have also eased, however, certain rules still apply. 

Here is all you need to know! 

International Travellers to Greece

Only  international visitors that have filled out the Passenger Locator Form can travel to Greece. The submission of the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) by all passengers of international flights to Greece is compulsory. This rule applies to all travellers (including all children over 5 years old).

They are also required to have a vaccination certificate, a negative PCR test (performed less than 3 days) or a certificate stating they have recovered from the coronavirus. 

Travelling by Plane and Ferry 

All people in Greece (this includes residents and foreign visitors) will be allowed to travel to the Greek islands by plane or ferry with  one of the following:

• a vaccination certificate (stating that 14 days have passed since full Covid- 19 vaccination.)

• a negative PCR test performed less than three days prior. 

• a negative self-test taken 24 hours prior to travel.

• a negative rapid antigen test taken 24 hours prior to travel. 

Please note, those who have recovered from Covid-19 can present a certificate issued two months after their recovery. And passengers who prefer to travel with a negative self-test must present the negative result before travelling, via

Travelling Around Greece by Car

• Authorities are strongly recommending people take a Covid-19 self-test before travelling by car between mainland regions in Greece. This is optional and people travelling by vehicle will not be checked.

Lockdown Restrictions 

Many lockdown restrictions in Greece are easing as of today, Friday, May 14.

They are as follows: 

• Greece’s new curfew will begin at 12:30 am until 5 am.

• requesting permission for movement via SMS to 13033 and 13032 will no longer be required. 

• restrictions on domestic travel between islands and regions have been lifted. However, rules are in place regarding travelling between islands by ferry and plane (please see above). 

• retail stores will reopen with a rule of one customer per 25 square meters in stores. 

• museums across the country will reopen on May 14.

• open-air cinemas will reopen as of May 21.

• outdoor live cultural events and shows in outdoor areas (all guests required to be seated) will begin on May 28.

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