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Heathrow Airport: travel rules for holidays in Greece, including Crete, Santorini and Mykonos


Greece is always at the top of people’s lists for a summer getaway, but it can be worth visiting in the spring without the tourists getting in your way.

Known for its many picturesque islands with crystal clear waters, it can be the perfect place to escape the storms that hit the UK.

Part of the Balkan Peninsula, Greece is firmly anchored in southern Europe, surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, allowing it to enjoy abundant sunshine – with island destinations such as Crete, Corfu, Santorini and Mykonos.

Read more:Travel rules for the Canary Islands, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, La Palma and Fuerteventura

With travel rules for various destinations constantly changing, here’s what you need to know to book that Mamma Mia getaway from Heathrow Airport.

Entry requirements

To begin your gyroscope-filled adventure, you need to complete a Passenger Locator Form before you travel to Greece, which provides travel information, where you are and which countries you’ve been to recently.

You are not required to take a pre-departure test if you are able to show proof of full vaccination, otherwise you can show a certified document proving your recovery from Covid-19 infection within the last 180 days.

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If you are unable to show either of these, you can still enter Greece if you can show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival or a rapid antigen test 24 hours before arrival.

There is no quarantine for travelers who meet the entry requirements, so you are free to enjoy your vacation as soon as you land.

Greek authorities have said some people may be subject to random PCR or rapid antigen testing, if you have been selected it is a mandatory requirement for entry.

Back to England

Pre-departure testing has now been scrapped if you are fully vaccinated, as has Day 2 arrival testing so you can return to the UK without having to be covid-19 tested.

You still need to complete a Passenger Locator Form 48 hours before you arrive in England, but you no longer need to self-quarantine.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you must take a pre-departure test two days before your return and take a PCR test on arrival in England.

If you are under 17, you do not need to take Covid-19 tests.

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