Greece

Samos

Travel warning
02.12.2021 - 16.12.2021

Prior to travel

Attention! The Federal Foreign Office on 21 November reinstated its warning against non-essential tourist travel to Greece. However, this is not a travel ban, as has been judicially determined (Leipzig District Court).

Since 24 November, the 3G rule (mandatory proof of vaccination, recovery or negative testing) applies to all flights to, from and via Germany. This means that travellers aged 6 and over departing from Germany must present proof of vaccination, recovery or negative testing before starting their journey, regardless of the destination country's entry requirements.

Entry requirements

Entry from Germany, Austria and Switzerland is permitted, international air traffic to/from Greece has resumed.

Ferry traffic to Turkey is restricted. Travel by sea is possible from/to Italy and Albania. Sports boats and cruise ships (originating in Italy) are now allowed to dock in Greece under certain conditions.

Entry by land is currently permitted via Bulgaria (Ormenio, Promachonas, Nymfaia, Exohi border crossings), Northern Macedonia (Evzoni, Niki, Doirani border crossing), Albania (Kristallopigi, Kakavia, Mertziani, Mavromati border crossings) and Turkey (Kipoi, Castania border crossings). Crossing the border in Kipoi and Castania is permitted for up to 1500 people per week. According to the Federal Foreign Office, rapid tests are being carried out when entering by land; positive results may lead to refusal of entry.

Entry from most third countries, with the exception of the United Kingdom, Russia, Canada, and a number of other countries, remains largely prohibited until at least 3 December.

Prior to arrival, travellers aged 12 and over must complete an online form ('Passenger Locator Form', PLF). Since 10 September, submitting the online form is also possible on the day of arrival.

All family members can be listed in one document. For travellers over 18 years of age and fellow travellers from another household, it is advisable to draw up a separate PLF. If the QR code generated by this form is not presented upon entry, fines of up to 500 Euros may be imposed.

People arriving by ferry are additionally required to complete a Health Statement Form. The previous 'Pre Boarding Health Information' form is also still accepted by authorities.

There are no known restrictions.

Transit (coming from Turkey) is possible for German tourists, but nationals of third countries (such as Turkey) are currently not allowed to enter Greece by land. This is mainly reserved for Greek citizens and persons with a Greek residence permit or permanent residence, as well as persons travelling for urgent professional and health reasons.

Information on quarantine regulations, testing requirements and possible exceptions for transit travellers that have already been vaccinated can be found in the respective categories (if available).

Test to be presented upon entry: PCR-test or Rapid test. PCR-/LAMP-/TMA-Tests to be conducted within hours prior to entry: 72 hours. Rapid-Tests to be conducted within hours prior to entry: 48 hours.
Persons up to and including the age of 11 years are exempt from mandatory testing.

Travellers are required to present a negative PCR test (no older than 72 hours) or rapid antigen test (no older than 48 hours) on arrival.

The test certificate (digital or paper form) needs to be in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, or Russian and must contain information on the diagnosis as well as personal details (address, name; must be identical to ID).

In individual cases, a free rapid test is performed on arrival in Greece. If results come back positive, travellers and those they are travelling with are required to self-isolate in a quarantine hotel for up to 10 days. Regardless of their nationality, travellers who are not fully vaccinated and/or have not recovered from COVID-19 and who arrive from Bulgaria, Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey must take a PCR or antigen test when entering Greece.

When entering via land borders, travellers are required to take a rapid COVID test on arrival. Positive test results may lead to refusal of entry or quarantine.

Travellers from EU/Schengen countries arriving in Greece by direct flight through the international airports, by land (border crossings Promachonas, Nymfaia, Exochi and Ormeni [Bulgaria], Evzoni, Doirani and Niki [North Macedonia], Castania and Kipoi [Turkey] or Kristallopigi, Kakavia, Mertziani and Mavromati [Albania]) or by sea (Patras, Korfu and Igoumenitsa) are allowed to enter without having to quarantine if they can present one of the following documents:

a) a negative PCR test (no older than 72 hours),

b) a negative antigen rapid test (not older than 48 hours),

c) a medical certificate confirming they are fully vaccinated (digital or paper form; 14 days must have passed since the last dose) or

d) evidence of recovery within the previous 9 months. This can be proved by way of a certificate of recovery (digital or in paper form; issued by public authority/certified laboratory) or alternatively, through a certificate of a positive PCR test confirming the traveller recovered from a COVID-19-infection at least 30 days, but no later than 6 months before arrival.

Other travellers are still required to self-isolate for seven days.

If other passengers on the flight, bus, train or ferry to Greece later test positive, travellers may be required to self-isolate.

There are no known restrictions.

There is no testing or quarantine requirement on entry for fully vaccinated persons. The vaccination must have been completed 14 days before entry.

Travellers from EU/Schengen countries are allowed to enter Greece without having to provide a test or enter quarantine if they can either provide a medical certificate confirming they are fully vaccinated (14 days must have passed since the last dose) or present evidence of recovery within the previous 6 months. This can be proved by way of a certificate of recovery (issued by public authority/certified laboratory) or alternatively, through a certificate of a positive PCR test confirming the traveller recovered from a COVID-19-infection at least 30 days, but no later than 6 months before arrival.

According to the Federal Foreign Office, it has not been conclusively clarified whether Greek authorities regard mix-and-match vaccinations as equal to being fully vaccinated. However, German missions in Greece are not aware of any problems in terms of acceptance.

Many countries only accept vaccines from certain manufacturers. The following website provides an overview of the regulations. However, only the embassies, consulates and national authorities of the individual countries can provide definitive information.

No reliable information is currently available.

There are no eased entry regulations for those who have been partially vaccinated.

Whether Greek authorities regard a single vaccine dose received after having recovered from COVID-19 as equal to being fully vaccinated has not been conclusively clarified. However, German missions in Greece are not aware of any problems in terms of acceptance.

There is no testing or quarantine requirement on entry for those who have recovered.

Travellers from EU/Schengen countries are allowed to enter Greece without having to present a test or enter quarantine if they can show evidence of COVID-recovery within the previous 6 months. This can be proven by way of a certificate of recovery (issued by public authority/certified laboratory) or alternatively, through a certificate of a positive PCR test confirming the traveller recovered from a COVID-19-infection at least 30 days, but no later than 6 months before arrival.

Local regulations

There are facilities on site for those who have tested negative, those who have recovered and those who have been vaccinated.

Access to indoor areas of hospitality venues (e.g. restaurants, bars), entertainment and cultural establishments (e.g. cinemas, museums), nightclubs as well as exhibitions, in-person events, public buildings, shops and banks is restricted to vaccinated and recovered individuals. The respective certificates can be presented by means of an app ('Covid Free GR'). Persons are considered fully vaccinated if they have received the last dose at least 14 days ago; they are considered 'recovered' if they were infected with COVID-19 at least 30 days and no later than 6 months ago

If a person is neither vaccinated nor has recovered, he/she must present a negative rapid antigen test no older than 48 hours. However, in order to access indoor hospitality, sports/football stadiums, gyms, cinemas, theatres, museums and clubs, the presentation of a vaccination or recovery certificate is mandatory. Minors between the ages of 4 and 17 years may present a negative self test result (no older than 24h).

When travelling in Greece by bus, train, ferry or plane, a negative PCR test (no older than 72 hours) or a negative rapid antigen test (no older than 48 hours) is still accepted. Travellers must upload their test results online and print or save the certificate they receive.

Attention: From 13 December, the vaccination certificate for individuals over 60 years of age will expire if the holder has not obtained a third dose seven months after completing vaccination. In addition, authorities have announced that from 16 January 2022 onwards, they will impose a fine of 100€ on every person over the age of 60 who has not received their first COVID-19 shot.

Current value: 359. Previous week: 461

Data source: Our World in Data / European Center for Disease Control. The data is only available at country level and is updated daily.

Based on local infection rates, Greece is currently colour-coded into several categories - level 1/green, level 2/yellow, level 3/orange, level 4/red, level 5/dark red.

Level 5 (dark red) is now in place in most of Mainland Greece, in several parts of the Peloponnese and on the islands of Corfu and Lesbos, amongst others (as of 30 November). The rest of the country is largely classified as red and orange, with some islands (e.g. Samos, Pathmos) rated as green.

Travel within Greece and from the mainland to the islands is now permitted, albeit with restrictions (see 'eased restrictions').

Since 22 November, lockdown-like restrictions are in effect for the unvaccinated in some parts of public life. Individuals who are vaccinated or who have recovered are exempt (for details, see 'eased restrictions').

Except for crowded places, the requirement to wear face masks outdoors has been lifted. It remains in place in public indoor areas, however. A safety distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained. Violations are punishable by fines of up to €300.

Shops and businesses are open, subject to restrictions, including entrance limits. Masks are compulsory.

Restaurants, taverns and bars are permitted to open. However, indoor areas are only accessible for people who are vaccinated or who have recovered from COVID-19 (see 'eased restrictions').

A maximum of ten people may be seated together.

Hotel establishments are generally allowed to open, but various conditions (hygiene, distance and occupancy restrictions) must be complied with. Special hygiene protocols have been put in place for this purpose. In addition to a reduced number of hotel rooms, the restrictions include, among other things, that the use of outdoor pools is only permitted to a certain number of people, depending on the size of the pool.

Events and concerts are permitted, subject to restrictions (e.g. occupancy limits, mandatory seating).

Beaches and sports facilities are now open subject to certain restrictions, including occupancy limits. During specific exercises, face masks are not required. Customers will however need to provide a negative COVID-19 test.

Archaeological sites or public parks may be visited by groups of up to 15 people (or more for family members).

Cinemas and other (indoor) entertainment venues are now permitted to open, albeit with restrictions for those not vaccinated (see 'eased restrictions').

Public transport has resumed operations subject to conditions (e.g. occupancy limits), masks are compulsory. Ferry traffic with Italy is possible again, as is domestic ferry travel.

Unvaccinated persons travelling domestically by bus, train or ferry, are subject to restrictions (for further information see 'eased restrictions'). Ferry passengers are also required to complete a Health State Form. Cross-regional travel is permitted if travellers over 12 years can present either a full vaccination, a negative PCR-test (max 72h old) or a negative antigen-test (max 48h old). Children between the ages of 5-11 can travel with a negative self-test no older than 24 hours.

Cruise ships are allowed to dock in Greece.

Unless passengers belong to one family, no more than two people in addition to the driver are permitted to travel in a private vehicle or taxi.

Greek airports are open, but air traffic is still restricted. Domestic flights are no longer restricted to essential travel only. Travelling domestically by plane is permitted, albeit with restrictions (for more information, see 'eased restrictions').

Masks are compulsory at airports.

If travellers test positive for COVID-19 during their stay in Greece, they may have to self-isolate for 10 days. Quarantine regulations may vary depending on whether the traveller is symptomatic and in case the detected strain is considered a 'variant of concern'. Authorities will determine the quarantine location. In any case, a PCR test is mandatory on the last day of quarantine.

In case of problems with the online form necessary for entry ('Passenger Locator Form'), a service number of the Greek authorities (0030 215 5605151) can be dialled, and the country's tourism authority has also set up a hotline which can be reached on 1572.

Departure

There are no known restrictions.

Entry to Germany

Travellers who enter Germany by land-, air- or sea and who within the preceding 10 days have been to a region designated as an high risk area or an area of variants of concern by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) at the time of entry, are generally required to register online. The confirmation (PDF) must be shown to the carrier/the authorities. The information provided is automatically forwarded to the local health authorities at the final point of destination. For travellers entering from a risk-free area, there is no obligation to register on return to Germany. The exact regulations as well as exemptions (e.g. for transit travellers) are available on the Ministry of Health‘s information sheet.

Overall classification as a high risk area according to the Robert Koch Institute.

Greece is classified as a high risk area since21 November.

There is a test obligation for entry into Germany by air, land and sea. The test must have been carried out 48 hours before entry.

Since 1 August, all persons entering the Federal Republic of Germany must provide proof of complete vaccination, recovery or a negative test, regardless of the means of transport. This applies regardless of whether the country of departure is classified as a risk or risk-free area. The proof can be requested by the Federal Police or by the competent authority during the control of cross-border traffic to Germany and must already be presented to airlines prior to carriage.

The test, which is subject to a charge, must have been carried out at most 48 hours (antigen test) or 72 hours (PCR, LAMP, TMA test) before arrival. Antibody tests are not permitted. Children under twelve years of age are exempt from the testing requirement.

For air travel, the proof of testing should always include the passport/ID number of the traveller(s) as this is required by some airlines for carriage.

There may be exceptions for delivery traffic, commuters and other groups of people.

Different regulation for virus variant areas: For antigen tests, the period before entry is reduced to 24 hours.

Further information on the new entry regulation can be found at the Federal Government's website and at the Federal Ministry of Health.

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Returnees from virus-variant areas are generally required to present all test certificates on entry. In the case of virus variant areas, the antigen tests may not be older than 24 hours at the time of entry. A proof of vaccination or recovery can not replace the negative test result.

Exceptions for delivery traffic, commuters and other groups of people do not apply to returnees for virus variant areas.

Information about Covid-19 testing in Greece (test centers & costs) can be found here.

There is no obligation to test after entering Germany.

Since 13 May, entry quarantine has been regulated nationwide by the new Coronavirus Entry Ordinance (CoronaEinreiseV). Since 1 August, self-isolation ends automatically as soon as the affected area is no longer listed on the website of the Robert Koch Institute (delisting).

Entry from a high-incidence area (also called high risk area): Proof of testing must always be presented before entry, regardless of the means of transport. A new test after 5 days enables an early termination of the 10-day home quarantine. For children under 12 years of age, quarantine ends automatically after the fifth day of entry following a previous stay in a high risk area. Proof of completed vaccination or recovery also exempts from testing and quarantine requirements. (Upload required on entry portal of the Federal Republic).

Entry from a virus variant area: In any case quarantine period of 14 days. In case of non-compliance, severe fines must be expected. If the virus variant area is downgraded during the isolation period in Germany, the regulations for high risk or risk-free areas apply for the termination of isolation.

Notes for vaccinated and recovered persons: Vaccinated persons must present proof of complete vaccination. At least 14 days must have passed since receiving the final dose. Those who have recovered need proof of a positive PCR test (or other nucleic acid detection) at least 28 days and no more than six months old. Travellers must not have symptoms of possible COVID-19 infection.

There is no testing or quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated persons on entry/return. The vaccination must have been completed 14 days before entry.

Vaccinated persons are exempt from national quarantine and testing obligations. However, this does not apply to travellers entering from virus variant areas. Vaccinated persons must present proof of complete vaccination protection. At least 14 days must have passed since the last required vaccination. (Caution: In Germany, only four vaccines - BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson - have been approved so far. Only persons who have been vaccinated with one of those will be considered fully vaccinated.) Vaccinated persons must not have any symptoms of a possible COVID-19 infection. Further information is available from the Federal Government.

There are no eased entry/return travel requirements for partially vaccinated persons.

There is no testing or quarantine requirement on entry/return for those who have recovered.

Recovered persons are exempt from quarantine and testing obligations nationwide, area of active circulation of highly contagious virus variants. Those who have recovered need proof of a positive PCR test (or other nucleic acid detection) at least 28 days and no more than six months ago. Recovered persons must not have any symptoms of a possible COVID-19 infection. Further information is available from the Federal Government.

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