Before your trip

Before your trip

Greece

COVID-19 TRAVEL INFORMATION
Greece

(Updated July 7, 2021)
 
TRAVEL AND IMMIGRATION RESTRICTIONS
Several countries have imposed travel and immigration restrictions due to COVID-19. All customers are required to check relevant travel advisories to and from the countries to which they are traveling. This is a dynamic situation and it is the responsibility of the customer to ensure there are no entry restrictions at their travel destination. Always check travel restrictions for each part of your trip; this includes layovers for connecting flights, as well as entry requirements for your return back to the US.  Please note that the information provided in this addendum is based on the time of print and a country’s requirements can change rapidly at any time. It is the responsibility of the traveler to check all updates and obtain all necessary documents and tests prior to departure, as well as entry back into the US. Peony Tours is not responsible if you are denied entrance for any reason in any country, even if you hold a valid passport and entry visa. Non U.S Passport holders - please check with your local embassy or consulate for detailed visa and travel document/entry requirements.
If you need clarification on whether you may enter Greece, contact the closest Greek Embassy or consulate, as well as your airline prior to travel. The US Embassy in Athens cannot give you permission to enter Greece or request exceptions to Greece or EU travel restrictions.
 
DOCUMENTATION
1. Passenger Locator Form (PLF):
All travelers who are eligible to enter Greece must complete the online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 48 hours before entering Greece. For any questions regarding the PLF form, the Greek Government has instituted a PLF Hot Line at +30-215-560-5151, available Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in English and Greek. For more PLF information, please click here. See the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs post on procedures for international arrivals.
 
2. Covid-19 Testing (PCR and/or Serology) & Other Entry Requirements:
☐ Prior to departure (US to Greece): All travelers must ensure that they carry an acceptable form of certification of their health condition. Acceptable documents include:
✔ A negative PCR molecular test result from a laboratory. The test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry.  All travelers age five or over entering Greece are required to present a negative molecular test result (PCR test) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.
✔ A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority. Fully vaccinated individuals who are residents of the US, EU and certain other countries may enter Greece without a PCR test if they present a vaccination certificate. The vaccination certificate must be issued by a public authority in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish or Russian. The vaccination certificate must demonstrate that vaccination was completed at least 14 days before arrival to Greece.  However, PCR or other types of COVID-19 tests may still be required by transit countries.
✔ A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory.
✔ A certificate of a positive PCR molecular test result, confirming that the holder recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, performed at least 2 months before arrival, and no later than 9 months before arrival.
 
 Prior to returning to the US (Greece to US): Effective May 19, 2021, all airline passengers coming to the United States, including US citizens and fully vaccinated individuals, are required to provide one of the following items:
✔ A negative Covid-19 test result taken within 3 calendar days before traveling back to the US. Testing is paid by the individual being tested. The cost for COVID-19 PCR tests is capped at 60 euros, and for antigen (rapid) tests at 30 euros.  If you plan on arranging the return PCR test on your own, it is strongly recommended to contact testing centers in advance for appointments and plan accordingly (i.e - do not expect to be able to test and receive your results the same day of travel). Alternatively, if you would like assistance in arranging your return PCR test, please notify your tour guide upon arrival in Greece and they will provide you with pricing and further details. 
✔ Documentation from a licensed healthcare provider of having recovered from Covid-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. 
 
All certificates must include the critical information (i.e. number of doses and their respective dates) in English, German French, Italian, Spanish, Russian and the person’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognized travel document. Refer to travel.gov.gr for detailed information on PCR test requirements for entry to Greece and vaccination certificate requirements.
Please see CDC Guidance for more information on International Travel During COVID-19. 
Please see CDC’s FAQ for answers to questions about the new requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States. 
 
ARRIVALS - ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (GREECE)
  • All passengers from air, land or sea will be subjected to random COVID-19 rapid testing upon arrival. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on a 14-day supervised quarantine.
  • Sampling RAPID antigen tests at the entrance gates for selected individuals drawn from a targeted sampling system, based on the ”EVA” system.
  • Mandatory isolation if they test positive for SARS-Cov-2, following a sampling test. In this case, the travelers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis. Guests will stay in seclusion hotels for at least 10 days. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.
  • In the event a guest receives a positive PCR result, the guest will be transferred to a Government isolation/quarantine unit. Any unused tour feature either on air transportation or for land arrangements including but not limited to optional excursions/tours/meals, hotel accommodations and upgrades are non-refundable, non-transferable, or exchangeable.
  • Guests who have purchased the Land + Air package will be met by an Peony Tours tour guide/representative at the Athens(ATH) airport.  
  • Guests who have purchased the Land Only package will need to arrive at the Athens hotel on your own. 

TRAVELING WITHIN GREECE:
As of May 14, 2021, all passengers age 5 years or older traveling within Greece by air or ferry to the Greek Islands must provide either of the following items:
  • Proof of full vaccination at least 14 days prior to travel
  • A negative PCR test no older than 72 hours
  • A negative rpid or self-test no older than 24 hours
  • Documentation by a health care professional of recovery from COVID-19 within the previous 2-9 months.
A nighttime curfew is in effect from 12:30 am to 5:00 am throughout the country.  Travel may be restricted further with little or no advance notice to/from areas with active Covid-19 outbreaks.

MASK REQUIREMENTS:
  • Masks are required everywhere, indoors and outdoors. 
  • The fine for not wearing a mask in areas where it is required, not maintaining required social distancing, and/or violating the movement restrictions is 300 euros
  • The fine for non-compliance with mandatory quarantine is 5000 euros, in addition to possible arrest.
  • All travelers are responsible for bringing their own masks and hand sanitizers for personal use during the tour.
  • Additional information is available in English at travel.gov.gr

GOVERNMENT RESOURCES
We’d like to remind all guests to check their local state travel guidelines regarding travel restrictions when arriving from international destinations or other US States, as this may vary state by state.
US State Department
CDC Travel Resources
WHO
US Embassy & Consulate in Greece – Covid-19 Information 
Protocol for Arrivals in Greece
Emirates Airlines Travel Requirements by Destination

GREECE EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS
+30 6947 56 59 06 (Marjan)
+30 6947 56 59 03 (Thanassis)
+30 6947 56 59 07 (emergency office – after hours)