Travel to Greece: PCR test, vaccination certificate, curfew… everything you need to know about health rules in the country

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The Greek government announced, on May 14, the reopening to tourists. Museums have reopened, as well as outdoor bars and restaurants. French tourists escape quarantine. Here are the necessary details before leaving for Greece.

Do you want to spend a holiday on the beaches and Greek islands? Here are the conditions under which your stay should take place this summer 2021.

How come?

To enter Greek soil, it is first necessary to be able to present a PCR test less than 72 hours old or a vaccination certificate dating back at least 14 days.

When it comes to travel, there are several options available to you. By air via one of the 9 airports: Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Corfu, Rhodes, Kos, Chania, Mykonos, Santorini. Or by road via the land borders of the country. To get to Greece, since May 14, it is also possible to take the sea route since there are no longer any restrictions on cruises, even if very strict protocols continue to apply to these activities.

What documents to provide?

You are not vaccinated? Do not panic. Even if you do not have the vaccination certificate, you will be able to enter Greek territory thanks to a PCR test. To do this, it is necessary to present the results in English of a negative PCR test carried out no later than 72 hours before arrival in Greece, issued by a laboratory. It must include surname, first name, identity card or passport number.

This test is required for all travelers (including children over 5 years old), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure. In addition, you must complete the PLF document online, no later than the day before your arrival in Greece. This document makes it possible to obtain a QR code to present to airline staff on boarding, and to local authorities on arrival in Greece.

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If you are vaccinated, the presentation of the official vaccination certificate in English with surname, first name, type of vaccine and number of doses is required. Again, the PLF document must be completed online beforehand, no later than the day before arrival in Greece.

What are the restrictions in Greece?

In Greece as in France, wearing a mask is compulsory, both outdoors and indoors in public spaces, in transport throughout Greece, including the islands. A curfew is in effect between 12:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. throughout Greece: outings and travel without derogatory certificates are prohibited during the curfew under penalty of a fine of 300 euros and up to 500 euros in case of misrepresentation. Only trips related to work, health, walking pets are authorized between 12:30 a.m. and 5:00 a.m., on presentation of a certificate.

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Private beaches have been able to reopen since May 8 as well as museums since May 14, while archaeological sites (we think of the Acropolis of Athens) have already been open since March 22. The theaters raised their curtains on May 28. The terraces of bars and restaurants have been able to reopen in Greece since May 3 despite the curfew still in force.

Finally, most of the country’s large hotel complexes have been reopening since April 29, such as Porto Carras, in Calcidice or Sani, in the same region, as well as hotels in the Cyclades and Crete. They will apply the health charter established last year.

Can we travel from mainland Greece to the Greek islands?

Anyone, 5 years of age and over, wishing to travel from mainland Greece to the Greek islands (except the islands of Lefkada-Lefkada, Euboea-Evia and Salamis), must present an official certificate of full vaccination completed at least 14 days before the trip, an RT-PCR test less than 72 hours before the trip (in electronic or paper form), a rapid antigenic test less than 24 hours before the trip (in electronic or paper form) or a certificate of recovery (post-infection immunity certificate) issued by an approved laboratory.

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