Can I travel to Greece?

A view over Oia in Santorini, Greece

Last updated: 3 October 2021

Yes you can travel to Greece! The country is open to tourists and those arriving from either international or domestic flights must show proof of vaccination, a negative Covid-19 PCR test or proof of recovery from Covid-19.

Official guidelines:

  • Tourists are permitted to enter Greece if they are a permanent resident in the UK, Greece, another EU/EFTA state, or in one of the following countries; Albania, Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Russian Federation, United Arab Emirates, United States and Ukraine.
  • Anyone travelling to Greece must comply with the Greek authorities’ requirements, including completion of a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) no later than 11:59pm (local time Greece) on the day before arriving in Greece. Please see below for further guidance on the Passenger Locator Form.
  • Arrivals from the UK must provide either: proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, undertaken within the 72 hour period before arrival into Greece; proof of a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test from an authorised laboratory, undertaken within the 48 hour period before the scheduled flight; or proof of two COVID-19 vaccinations completed at least 14 days before travel (see Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status). Travellers with proof of either are exempted from the need to self-isolate on arrival to Greece.
  • Greece will also accept proof of recovery from COVID-19 for entry. While the NHS does not provide proof of recovery records, evidence of a positive COVID-19 PCR test result taken between 30 to 180 days of your travel dates can be used.
  • These requirements are compulsory for all travellers above the age of 12.
  • In addition, arrivals into Greece may be required to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test on arrival.

Current local restrictions: You must wear a face mask at all times when on an aeroplane, bus, train or ferry travelling to or from Greece; and whilst at airports. Click below to search for full restrictions between Greece and anywhere else in the world

Why visit?

In 2020 we managed to visit both Athens and Santorini – Greece is high up on our list of favourite summer destinations! Why travel further afield when you have such stunning beaches, delicious food AND ancient history just a few hours away by plane? For younger visitors or groups, the nightlight in destinations like Kos, Zante and Faliraki (on the island of Rhodes) have a reputation but all offer quieter options for those wanting to escape…

Our Top 5 experiences in Greece

  • Island hopping around the Ionian – Made up of 7 islands, including Corfu and Paxos, sailing between these beautiful places is one of the best ways to explore as a group or on a private charter. Ferries are still running as a cheaper alternative, although limited services in some cases. Take a look for more information on CondeNast Traveller’s best Greek islands to visit
  • Athens – If you’re expecting it to be like Rome, it isn’t! But Athens offers a completely different experience, including street art, a buzzing nightlife and fantastic, varied foodie scene
  • Crete – I first visited Elounda many years ago and returned for the relaxed atmosphere, friendly locals and stunning views on one of Greek’s largest islands
  • Hike the Menalon Trail, Peloponnese – A 75km trail taking in stunning vistas and local villages along the way. For more hiking routes, including a trip to the Stefanos Crater on Nisyros, check out the Lonely Planet’s top trails
  • Stay in a cave in Santorini or Mykonos – Many offering plunge pools built into hillside and providing unique and cool accommodation unlike anything else

And for kids?

Laidback family friendly places like Crete offer the perfect place for those with children and if you’ve not visited Sani Resorts, take a look now! You’ll find watersports, hiking and family cooking experiences across Greece and its islands. Currently the vaccination or testing requirements upon arrival into Greece are only compulsory for all travellers above the age of 12.

What to expect upon return to the UK

Based on current restrictions, those returning from Greece who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine. Those yet to be vaccinated will need to quarantine at home for up to 10 days. For more information on testing, local guidelines and travel restrictions, use our free search tool for the very latest updates

Happy travels

Bec x


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