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Greece

Greece

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Date of search

7 September 2021


Certificate adoption

Yes, as applicable in the EU state members and for select countries outside this region


Instrument type

Both Immunity and vaccination based


Certificate name

EU Digital COVID certificate / Green Pass / Digital Green Certificate


Timeline

Already launched on 1 July 2021


Certificate details

The EU Digital COVID Certificate identifies:

  • name (first and last name)
  • date of birth
  • date of issuance , issuing country
  • passport number
  • relevant information about vaccine/ test /recovery such as name of vaccine, name of vaccine manufacturer, the date that each dose of COVID-19 vaccination was given
  • a unique identifier (including QR code).

You can issue the certificate if you either have:

  • Complete the vaccination process and
  • The positive result of the test has been registered by the Health Unit / Diagnostic Center / Laboratory / Ladder in which you have performed the test has undergone a diagnostic test (last within 30 days) Rapid or PCR and the negative result has been registered by the Health Unit / Diagnostic Center / Laboratory / Ladder in which you have performed the test

In order for the certificate to be issued, you must have a Greek identity card that states your details in Latin characters or a valid passport. (https://www.gov.gr/ipiresies/ugeia-kai-pronoia/koronoios-covid-19/greencertificate)


Certificate format

Paper or electronic with a QR code. Also, the vaccination certificate is accepted as long as it is issued in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, or Russian by a public authority in each country.


Entry protocol

All flying restrictions from EU and other nations will be removed on May 14th. There will be no need for quarantine. Flights are also welcomed at all of Greece’s international airports. Non-EU/Schengen Area people, on the other hand, are strongly recommended to fly directly to Greece to avoid the need for a stopover country.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the Greek authorities have decided to prolong limitations imposed on foreign flights in order to contain the spread of the COVID-19 and its variations. The ban of flights from third countries impacted by the Coronavirus will be in force until July 15, according to the CAA. As a result of the recently issued order, third-country nationals are no longer permitted to enter Greece.

On internal flights to and from islands, all passengers must fulfill one of the following requirements:

  • Has had both COVID vaccine doses at least 14 days before to travel and can show medical evidence of immunization. For tourists who have been vaccinated overseas, their medical evidence must be in Greek, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, or Russian. Information such as the person’s name, the type of vaccination provided, and the number of doses received must also be included in the document. As the EU Digital COVID-19 Vaccination Passport, the health pass is valid in both paper and digital versions.
  • A PCR test done within the previous 72 hours before traveling, or 48 hours for those tested using a rapid test, has show up negative for Coronavirus. In the case of passengers traveling by air from the islands to mainland Greece, there is the option of boarding with a certificate of negative self-diagnosis (self-test) completed up to 24 hours before the planned departure time.
  • Has been immune of COVID-19 for at least 30 days after getting a positive test, and the certificate is valid for 180 days.

For a general entry (included vaccinated person and person who recovered from COVID-19)

  • There are no further travel restrictions for Delta Variant Countries since Greece permits travelers from countries where travel to and from Greece is allowed to enter the country with merely a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test result.
  • Everyone must fill out the Passenger Locator Form no later than the day before their arrival in Greece. The form requests specific information on the travellers’ departure location, past stays in other countries, and the place where they would be staying in Greece. They must complete an electronic form called the Passenger Locator Form (PFL) before flying to Greece. The traveler receives an e-mail with the completed PLF form, which is considered an essential travel document.
  • All visitors to Greece must provide a COVID-19 test result that is negative within 72 hours of their arrival. Additionally, accepting travellers from the following countries(please read this topic seperately), as well as those from an EU/Schengen Area country, are permitted to visit Greece if they provide one of the following approved documents:
    1) A certificate showing COVID-19 vaccination: for entrance, at least 14 days must have passed after the second dose of the vaccine was administered.
    2) Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result: the test must be less than 72 hours old at the time of entry into Greece. Testing is not necessary for children under the age of six.
    3) A certificate proving COVID-19 recovery within the last nine months: the certificate should be produced by a government agency or an accredited laboratory. Also, travelers areable to present a positive PCR test result obtained at least two months before to arrival but no later than nine months prior to arrival.
  • Travelers may be subjected to required random health screening pulled from a targeted sampling system, which means they must take a rapid antigen test, regardless of the certificate they carry upon arrival. The authorities have the power to prohibit entrance into the nation if someone refuses to comply. RAPID antigen testing for chosen people collected from a targeted sample system based on the “EVA” technology at the entrance gates.
  • If they test positive for SARS-Cov-2 after a sample test, they must be isolated. In this scenario, the passengers and their travel companions will be housed in quarantine hotels and will be subjected to further PCR testing to confirm the original diagnosis. Guests will spend a maximum of 10 days in isolation hotels. The costs of quarantine hotels are paid by the Greek government. Compliance with health regulations during transportation and throughout your stay in Greece is the most important aspect in ensuring that we all stay safe and return to normalcy.

For unvaccinated person

  • According to Greek officials, all unvaccinated passengers traveling from Egypt, Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Georgia, Cuba, United Arab Emirates, India, China, Libya, Morocco, Russia, and Turkey, regardless of nationality, must be tested upon arrival.

For children requirements

  • As of the 13th of August, youngsters aged 12 to 17 have the option of boarding with a 24-hour self-test. Following an upsurge in COVID-19 infection rates, several steps were taken.
  • Children under the age of 12 are exempt from all obligations and are allowed to travel without proof of immunization.
  • Children under the age of six do not require testing.

For additional entry

  • Third-country nationals are no longer permitted to enter the country, even their spouses or persons with whom they have entered into a cohabitation agreement.
  • Third-country nationals, including their spouses or individuals with whom they have signed into a cohabitation arrangement, are now prohibited from entering the country.
  • Permission for passengers traveling for critical reasons and permanent residents of Australia, Northern Macedonia, the United Arab Emirates, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Israel, Canada, Belarus, Bahrain, New Zealand, South Korea, Qatar, China, Kuwait, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei, San Marino, and Andorra
  • Russian travellers traveling to Greece will now be forced to produce a negative COVID-19 test result and perform another test once they arrive, according to Greek officials. Passengers traveling to the Russian Federation must have a negative PCR molecular test result from a testing laboratory obtained up to 72 hours prior to arrival, or a negative antigen (rapid) test result obtained up to 48 hours prior to arrival, regardless of whether they are vaccinated or not, beginning June 30. Non-essential land border entries are permitted through the border crossing sites at Promachonas, Ormenio, Evzonoi, Niki, Nymfaia, Doirani, Kipi, Kristallopigi, Kakavia, Exohi, and Kastanies on a 24-hour basis.
  • The Greek islands were put in the dark red category on August 2nd, according to statistics given by ECDC-The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, after registering more than 500 COVID-19 infection cases per 100,000 people in the previous 14 days. The dark red category contains 13 of Greece’s most popular vacation spots, including Santorini, Mykonos, Samos, Paros, and Naxos, which draw millions of visitors each summer. Travel for vital purposes, on the other hand, should be permitted as long as passengers adhere to the country’s rules and are extra cautious throughout their stay.
  • Face-covering is still required while traveling, and all employees and passengers are required to wear one while exercising social distancing based on the circumstances.
  • Those planning to utilize public transit in Greece must wear a protective mask at all times when in public locations, including airports.

Vaccine authorised to be used in the country

Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Johnson/Janssen


Vaccine accepted for inbound travellers

  • Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty)
  • Moderna (Spikevax)
  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria)
  • Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac)
  • AstraZeneca – Serum Institute of India (Covishield)
  • Novavax
  • Sputnik V
  • Cansino Biologics
  • Sinopharm BIBP

Border status

Open. As of May 14, Greece opened its borders in a safe and attainable manner.


Accepting travellers from the following countries

  • At the moment, all arrivals from European Union and Schengen Area nations, including Andorra, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican, and Monaco, are granted visa-free access to Greece.
  • Greece also invites visitors from other countries that have recently reported low COVID-19 infection rates. As a result, third-country nationals from the following nations are authorized to enter Greece: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, and UK.
  • Arrivals from any nation outside of the EU/Schengen Area, as well as any third country not listed above, are not permitted to enter Greece. Greece has also reopened its borders to passengers from the United States, who had previously been barred from entering the country for more than a year. Travelers from the United States will be subject to the same admission rules as citizens of other nations. For several months, Greece has been extending the entrance restriction for third-country nationals.