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Traveling to Greece during the coronavirus pandemic: What to expect

Greece COIVD-19 measures update today!

Traveling to Greece this summer? Here is all the information you need to know!

As of May 14, 2021 the country has officially reopened its borders to travelers without the need for quarantine, and Athens is no exception.  However, we are still living in the Covid-19 situation and we still have to be cautious in order to be safe and sound.

What you need to know beforehand

  • All travelers need to complete a Passenger Locator Form prior to their arrival.
  • All travelers over the age of 5 need to have either proof of full vaccination (electronically or on paper in English, French, German, Spanish or Russian), a negative PRC test at least 72 hours before arrival, or a negative rapid test 24 hours before arrival.
  • In Athens (and all over Greece) mask use in outdoor and indoor public spaces is mandatory, including public transportation. You may not wear the mask in outdoor places if there are no crowds or you are walking on your own. Standing in lines or being around a lot of people, the mask is mandatory.
  • The maximum passenger allowance in taxis is 3 adults.
  • Non-compliance to the above-mentioned rules means a fine of 300 Euros.

Please have in mind although that regional authorities might request extra measures such as curfew, depending on the situation at the time you visit. Please check with your hotel or the local authorities for additional information.

What is open now

  • Museums and archaeological sites are open. At Museums you will need to present one of the following documents and a photo ID (identification card or passport):
    • Vaccination certificate
    • Medical certificate of a COVID19 infection valid up to 6 months
    • A negative antigen (rapid) certificate taken no longer than 48 hours
    • The above requirement applies also to minors aged over 12 years old.
    • Children from 5 to 11 years old must provide a parental/legal guardian declaration that the child has undertaken a self-test taken no longer than 24 hours.
  • Restaurants, cafes, bars are open only for seated, following all health protocols (all waiters wear masks, and customers remove their masks only when seated, there is safety distance between tables, etc.). Outdoor spaces are accessible to all. At indoor places, you need to present either a Full Vaccination certificate or an official certificate stating that you were infected and have fully recovered from Covid-19 (between 2-9 months from the date of illness indicated on it and issued 30 days after the first positive examination by a public authority in accordance with the relevant legislation).
  • Shops accept a specific number of customers (with masks) depending on their spatial capacity.
  • Organized beaches are open, again with distancing restrictions.
  • Hair, nail, and beauty salons are open strictly with appointments.
  • Open-air cinemas are open with 75% capacity.
  • Open-air venues (for concerts, theatrical performances, live shows, etc.) are open only for seated attendance.
  • Gyms, day spas, and wellness centers are open(Covid-19 test requirements and distancing protocols will apply).

Have fun, while staying safe

Always in accordance with the safety standards and guidelines issued by the World Health Organization, you still need to follow closely the following measures, in order to protect yourself and those around you:

  • Avoid as much as possible very crowded places and try to keep the 1.5 meters rule.
  • Use antiseptics or wash your hands frequently with soap.
  • When you cough or sneeze cover your nose and mouth with a tissue.
  • In case you or your company experience fever, shortness of breath, cough, or other Covid-19 related symptoms (i.e. loss of smell or taste), please dial the National Health Organization’ Covid-19 hotline at 1135 for immediate guidance.

Appointed hospitals in Athens (close to the city center) that you can refer a possible Covid-19 case

  1. Sotiria Hospital, 152 Mesogion Αve., Athens, T: +30 210 7763100
  2. Evangelismos General Hospital, 45-47 Ipsilandou Str., Athens, T: +30 213 2041000
  3. Attikon University Hospital, 1 Rimini Str., Chaidari, T: +30 210 5831000

Appointed hospitals in Thessaloniki that you can refer a possible Covid-19 case

  1. AHEPA University General Hospital, 1 Kyriakidi Str., T: +30 2313 303110

Appointed hospitals in the rest of Greece

  1. General University Hospital of Larissa, Mezourlo, Larissa, T: +30 241350 1000
  2. General University Hospital of Patra, 26504 Rio, Patra. T: +30 2613 603000
  3. General University Hospital of Heraklion, Voutes, Heraklion, Crete island. T: +30 2813 402111

Overall, in Greece, the authorities take all necessary safety measures, including the disinfection of public spaces, in order to keep everyone safe.  We wish you a happy, and above all, healthy and worry-free summer!

Stay Aware & Take Care!

♦All information in this article is subject to change according to the protocols issued by the Hellenic Ministry of Health and the National Health Organization.

This article was updated on September 14, 2021

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