If you are, like some of us, stuck in a sunless country you might have been keeping an eye on the situation in countries such as Spain, Italy and Greece, hoping to eventually escape to real summer at some point.
We are also keeping ourselves updated on the re-opening process of the country and we thought we would gather a few updates here. 2 weeks ago now, things have started to officially re-open in Greece. But what does that actually mean? Well, it will always depend on where you are starting from but the base lines are as follow:
Do I still need a PCR test? 3 situations possible here: - Yes, If you are not vaccinated. Then regardless of where you are coming from, you need to take a PCR test no longer than 72h before you arrive and obviously it needs to be negative. Kids from the age of 5 are also expected to show a negative test. - No If you have been vaccinated at least 14 days ago and have a vaccination certificate.
- No if you have recovered from COVID in the past 9 months (you will also need a recovery certificate from a laboratory). Do I need to fill in a form? Yes. It is a called a Passenger Locator Form (PLF), you can read more about it here. One form per family, per visit. Are the authority testing passengers on arrival? In addition to presenting the above documentation, random health screening are being performed on arrival. If you are picked at random, remember these checks are mandatory. Do I have to quarantine? Only if you were to be tested positive to Covid-19 on arrival (or if you are not arriving from one of the countries listed below). You and your travel buddies/family would then be placed in a hotel for a period of quarantine. Those cost would be covered by the authorities.
At the moment ( May 2021, and please note this list can be updated at any time), this only applies to passengers coming from: EU & Schengen Area countries, Australia, Northern Macedonia, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, United Kingdom, Israel, Canada, Belarus, Bahrain, New Zealand, Cuba, South Korea, Ukraine, Rwanda, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore and Thailand.
People coming from other countries might still have to face flight restrictions and go through an isolation / quarantine period on arrival. Please make sure to double check with the greek embassy in your country of residence.
Do I have to wear a mask? Yes you do. It is mandatory to wear a mask in and outdoor in public spaces. Are restaurants & bars open? Yes but only doing terrace service to table up to 6 people. Are cultural sites open? Only the outdoor ones Are shops open?
Food shops, pharmacies, filling stations, pet shops, dry cleaning businesses are with specific rules. Other retails shops can provide online order and click & collect.
We hope this helps a bit and of course we advise you to regularly check the official government website for the latest updates: https://travel.gov.gr/#/
We will see you there...