Covid-19 information by the gr.usemabassy.com
- The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens abroad who wish to return to do so immediately or be prepared to sustain themselves for an indefinite period overseas due to the global impact of COVID-19.
- Greek authorities have confirmed COVID-19 within its borders.
- A mask or facial cover is mandatory in public transportation, taxis, elevators, hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centers. Masks are recommended in supermarkets, hair salons and other enclosed spaces. Violators may be fined 150 Euros. Social distancing measures are in effect until further notice.
- Travel by ferry to and from Greek islands is permitted. Masks are required. Passengers must complete a health status questionnaire and submit to a temperature check prior to boarding for trips longer than 30 minutes. The form is available here in English and Greek, most ferry operator websites, and at the ports.
- Some flights to islands are operational. Contact the airlines directly for the schedule and possible travel requirements, such as masks.
- International flights land in Athens and Thessaloniki only June 15-30. Beginning July 1, international flights land throughout Greece.
- Flights between Greece and the United Kingdom and Turkey are suspended. See Flights to/from the United States.
- Land borders: The Bulgarian Makaza and Kulata checkpoints are open with travelers subject to random COVID-19 testing and NO quarantine requirements. The land borders with Albania, North Macedonia, and Turkey are closed until at least June 30. Health authorities will evaluate epidemiological data at that time to determine whether the borders will open.
- International sea arrivals permitted beginning July 1. Travelers are subject to random testing.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs published updated travel guidance on June 15. Travelers should be prepared for the possibility that additional travel restrictions could be implemented by the Greek government with little or no advance notice. Contact the closest Greek Embassy or consulate prior to travel or consult directly with the airport if you have questions not addressed on this page.
- June 15-30: Greece, along with other EU member states, is limiting entry to EU citizens and residents until July 1. Non-EU citizens are banned from entering Greece for non-essential travel, which includes tourism. Exceptions include spouses or minor children of EU/Schengen nationals, long-term residents, members of government delegations and passengers in transit. Contact the nearest Greek Embassy or consulate for any clarifications and consult with your airline regarding any documents they may require to board you.
- July 1: We are aware of media reports that the EU may bar travelers from the United States this summer. WE CANNOT CONFIRM THESE REPORTS. When the Greek government makes an official and confirmed announcement regarding travel restrictions effective July 1, we will update this page. We cannot answer questions regarding travel to Greece by U.S. citizens on or after July 1 at this time.
- We received reports that recent international flights arrived full with minimal social distancing. If this is a concern, contact your airline prior to travel.
- No particular documentation to enter/exit Greece is needed at this time.
- June 15 – June 30:
- Non-EU citizens may not enter Greece. If you are entering Greece on an EU passport and your travel itinerary includes an airport on the European Union Aviation Security Agency (EASA) affected area list or is from Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Albania or North Macedonia, you will be tested upon arrival. For flights landing in Athens, an overnight stay either at a designated hotel or a hotel/residence of choice in Athens is required. For flights landing in Thessaloniki, all visitors will be tested upon arrival. An overnight stay either at a designated hotel or at a hotel/residence of choice in Thessaloniki is required. In Athens and Thessaloniki, you will be escorted off the plane to fill out a tracing form, receive a throat swab COVID-19 test, collect your luggage and continue to your overnight location where you must remain until the test results arrive the next day. If the test is negative, you are permitted to travel to your final destination without quarantine restrictions. If the test is positive, you are quarantined under supervision for 14 days.
- Non-EU citizens may not enter Greece. If you are entering Greece on an EU passport and your travel itinerary does not include an airport on the EASA affected area list, you are subject to random tests upon arrival. Travelers are recommended to self-isolate in a hotel/residence of their choice until the test results are available the next day. If the test is negative, you may continue your travel without quarantine restrictions. If your test is positive for COVID-19, you will be under supervised quarantine at a designated hotel for 14 days.
- July 1: When the Greek government makes an official and confirmed announcement regarding quarantine effective July 1, we will update this page. We cannot answer questions regarding travel to Greece by U.S. citizens on or after July 1 at this time.
- If you develop fever and/or respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath or cough, stay indoors and immediately seek medical attention by contacting the National Public Health Organization at 1135.
- Medical care in Greece – robust medical care available in major metropolitan areas; less so on islands and rural areas.
- National Public Health Organization of Greece
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
- Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs Travel Restriction Update (June 15, 2020)