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Entry Requirements for Holidays in Greece, Covid Face Mask Tests and Rules

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British nationals will travel to Greece again over the summer, with restrictions eased from next week.

But travelers must meet certain requirements before being allowed to enter the country.

The Greek government and the Greek Ministry of Tourism have worked together to make Greece as safe as possible since the trip was hosted on May 14.

While the country is currently on the Orange Travel List, the government is no longer advising against all but essential travel throughout Greece, including all Greek Islands, based on the current risk assessment linked to COVID-19.

Britons who have been fully vaccinated will be able to travel to Greece from July 19 without having to quarantine on their return – although it is currently on the amber list.

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The Covid-19 situation in Greece is constantly changing and vacationers should be aware that travel within the country may be restricted at any time.

Currently, Covid-19 cases are increasing slightly every day in the country but are not yet indicative of a crisis that would force the country to stop traveling.

The British and Greek governments have issued guidelines for tourists wishing to spend time in the Greek sun and it is important that vacationers are aware of these guidelines before booking their vacation.

These guidelines apply to all of Greece and are the same regardless of which part of Greece you travel to.

Passenger Tracking Form for Greece

Each traveler is required to complete a Passenger Tracking Form (PLF) no later than 11.59pm (Greece time) the day before arriving in the country.

The PLF form can be completed on the Greek government website. Travelers will receive an email confirming that the form has been submitted.

The PLF will be received with a unique QR code on the day of intended arrival in Greece, an email containing the QR code will also be received.

Travelers boarding or boarding a day before arrival will be allowed to do so provided they present the confirmation email as the QR code will be sent during the flight.

Vaccines and testing rules for arriving in Greece

Arrivals from the UK must provide one of the following to be allowed entry:

  • Evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, carried out within 72 hours of arrival in Greece;
  • Evidence of a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test from an accredited laboratory, performed within 48 hours of the scheduled flight
  • Or proof of two COVID-19 vaccinations taken at least 14 days prior to travel.

Travelers with proof are exempt from the obligation to self-isolate upon arrival in Greece.

Greece will also accept proof of COVID-19 recovery for entry. Although the NHS does not provide proof of recovery records, proof of a positive COVID-19 PCR test result taken between 30 and 180 days before your travel dates can be used.

If you don’t have one of these documents, you will likely be turned away when you arrive in Greece – these requirements apply to anyone over 12 years old.

Until July 19, travelers returning from Greece to England must quarantine themselves at home for 10 days and take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8.

From July 19, fully vaccinated travelers will not need to self-quarantine upon arrival in England or take a COVID-19 test on day 8.

Social distancing and face masks in Greece

Domestic restrictions have been reintroduced in Greece due to an increase in coronavirus cases since July 8.

This includes complying with local social distancing measures and wearing face coverings, especially in indoor spaces.

Up to 300 people are allowed in outdoor reception areas and 120 people per 1,000 square meters on public beaches.

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