Crete Greece Opens to More non-EU Tourists, Extends Travel Rules
Jul 5, 2021
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Greece is easing Covid-19 travel restrictions for more non-EU citizens, the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) said on Friday.
According to the HCAA’s revised aviation directive (NOTAM), six non-EU destinations have been added to the list of countries and territories whose citizens are eligible to enter Greece – provided they have the required documentation – without the requirement for subsequent self-isolation. Greece is now open to 32 non-EU countries and territories.
The Greek authorities have added Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei and Kosovo to Greece’s “safe list”, which already includes all EU & Schengen Area countries and: Albania, Australia, Northern Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, United Kingdom, Japan, Israel, Canada, Belarus, Lebanon, Bahrain, New Zealand, South Korea, Qatar, China, Kuwait, Ukraine, Rwanda, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Thailand, and Montenegro. (People traveling from countries not mentioned on the list can travel to Greece only for essential reasons.)
Travelers from the aforementioned countries and territories are allowed to enter Greece – provided they have the required documentation (see below) – without the requirement for subsequent self-isolation.
Moreover, the HCAA informed that it has extended all other aviation directives (below) concerning arrivals from abroad until Thursday, July 8, at 6am.
Travel rules for international arrivals
Greece will allow entrance to travelers that have filled out the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) one day before travel. The PLF is mandatory and must be filled out by all travelers, regardless of their nationality.
Passengers from abroad must also have one of the following:
1. a vaccination certificate, stating that 14 days have passed since full vaccination for Covid-19. Vaccination certificates must be issued by a public authority and in one of the following languages: Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian. The name on the vaccination certificate must match the name on the passport and also include, the type of vaccine administered, the number of doses and the dates they were administered.
2. a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours before travel or a negative rapid antigen test performed within 48 hours before travel. Negative test results must be issued by an authorized laboratory and in one of the following languages: Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian. The name on the vaccination certificate must match the name on the passport. (The rule is in force for children over the age of 12.)
3. recovery certificate. Travelers can present a medical/recovery certificate issued thirty days after they first tested positive for Covid-19 (the certificate is valid for entry to Greece 180 days after its issue date). The certificate must be issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory in one of the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian. (The rule is in force for children over the age of 12.)
4. an EU Digital COVID Certificate in digital or print form which will contain information on whether passengers have been vaccinated against Covid-19 or have a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours before travel or a negative rapid test performed within 48 hours before travel or have recovered from the virus.
Important for travelers from Russia
All travelers from Russia arriving in Greece must have a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours before travel or a negative rapid antigen test performed within 48 hours before travel. The measure is mandatory and applies to all travelers from Russia, whether they are vaccinated for Covid-19 or not.
All travelers from Russia must also undergo a rapid test at the airport upon arrival in Greece. The measure is mandatory.
Rapid testing on arrival
Every traveler who arrives in Greece, regardless of the certificate in their possession, may undergo a random health screening (depending on the data provided on the PLF forms). If a passenger is selected for a rapid test and is positive for the coronavirus then he/she must quarantine for a total of:
– 7 days if the passenger has been vaccinated against Covid-19
– 10 days if the passenger is unvaccinated
In both cases, passengers will have to take a PCR test on the last day of their quarantine. If the test is negative the mandatory quarantine ends.
Greece’s aviation directives are part of the Greek government’s efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country.
The Greek government has detailed information on a dedicated website, which includes frequently asked questions, on how Greece is welcoming visitors this year.
Travelers in need of information regarding specific details on the travel rules for passengers of international and domestic flights are recommended to contact their embassy, airline or the General Secretariat for Civil Protection.