What do the current rules for travel to Greece mean for your trip? Here’s our round-up of what you need to know about visiting.
Can I travel to Greece from the UK?
Yes. Greece is on the ‘clear for travel’ list, which means that you can travel there from the UK. Since 18 March 2022 there are no Covid travel restrictions in the UK, regardless of your vaccination status. This means testing, quarantining and even passenger locator forms are no longer necessary upon return from Greece.
What are the entry requirements for Greece?
Greece has been welcoming UK nationals since May 2021. UK travellers who are not fully vaccinated and are aged five and above should present a negative rapid antigen test taken within the 24 hours before arriving by a certified laboratory, a PCR test taken within the 72 hours before arriving, or a certificate of recovery from Covid.
Travellers who are fully vaccinated and had their last jab more than 14 days previously (and no more than nine months has passed since your primary vaccination, unless you have also had a booster jab which is not subject to the nine-month restriction), can enter the country with proof of vaccination. They also have the option to instead present a certificate of recovery from Covid-19, proof of a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before arrival, or an official antigen test taken within 24 hours before arrival.
Arrivals may also be required to take a test once they get to Greece – if the test is positive, they will be required to quarantine in a hotel for at least five days, after which they will be required to wear a specific type of face mask in all public spaces for a further five days. The cost of this will be covered by the Greek state. Also, if other passengers on your flight, bus, train or ferry later test positive, you may have to complete mandatory self-isolation.
No travellers now need to fill out a passenger locator form.
Following some confusion within the travel industry, on 25 April, Greek Minister of Health Thanos Plevris clarified that the current Covid-related requirements for international entry will remain in place for now, however no proof of vaccination or recovery will be required to enter any indoor and outdoor venues from Sunday 1 May. Instead, international entry requirements will be reassessed in early summer. He also announced that domestic Covid passports – the type used to enter bars, restaurants and other public venues – are to be dropped from Sunday 1 May. From Wednesday 1 June, face masks will no longer be mandatory apart from in certain places, such as hospitals and doctors’ surgeries, until at least September, when the ruling will be reassessed in light of how the Covid situation is in Greece at that point.
The UK government recommends always checking information direct from the Greek authorities, as it is liable to change quickly and without warning.
Source : cntraveller.com