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Travel to Greece - Crete during Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

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TRAFFIC LIGHT STATUS: Amber

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Proof of vaccination:

YES

Test pre-travel:

YES

Form pre-travel:

YES

Test on arrival:

NO

Screening on arrival:

YES

Quarantine on arrival:

NO

Test during stay:

NO

RETURN REQUIREMENTS

Test pre-return travel:

YES

Test on return:

YES

Quarantine on return:

YES

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Proof of vaccination:

If you have been fully vaccinated then you may be able to follow different entry requirements to enter this country.  Please read the 'Test time' and 'On Arrival' sections under Entry Requirements for the full details.

Test pre-travel: PCR or Antigen
PCR Test locations: https://covidtraveladvice.kuoni.co.uk/pcr-test-locations
Test time:

Greece will allow entrance to UK travellers as long as they have one of the following:

Non Vaccinated Customers

You should ensure you take a COVID-19 PCR test performed less than 3 days (72 hours) period before arrival into Greece or a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test from an authorised laboratory undertaken within 2 days (48 hours) before your scheduled flight This result must be displayed in English and be negative.  Your name on your certificate, must match that of your passport.

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the above. 

Fully Vaccinated Customers

You should provide a vaccination certificate stating that a full 14 days has passed since full vaccination (both doses) The vaccination certificate must be issued by a public authority and in English.  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. 

The NHS app will be able to provide this for fully vaccinated travellers.

On arrival:

All Non Vaccinated and Fully Vaccinated Travellers

You must complete an online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) no later than 11.59PM of the day before arriving into Greece.  If you do not complete this form you will be denied boarding at your UK airport.  Each traveller, including children, must have their details on the PLF.  if you are travelling as a household then you can complete one form with everyone on from that household.

Once you have submitted your PLF you will receive an email with a QR code.  You you receive this code, make sure you either print it, or can show it on your mobile phone at check in and also on arrival into Greece.

Upon arrival you may be selected to take a rapid COVID-19 test at the airport.  If you are selected and the result is positive, you will need to quarantine.

Form pre-travel: Traveller Health Declaration must be completed 24 hours prior to arrival.
Traveller Health Declaration: https://travel.gov.gr/#/
RETURN REQUIREMENTS
Test pre-return travel:

On your return a negative test must be taken in the 3 days (72 hours) before you depart to the UK. You will be required to show your test results before you board the return flight home.

The test must meet the performance standards of above 97% specificity and above 80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies\ml. The test can be a PCR test, a LAMP test or an antigen test, such as a test from a lateral flow device as long as they meet the performance standards

Your test result can be provided as:

  • a printed document
  • an email or text message you can show on your phone - make sure your device is charged

Many hotels around the world will be able to assist in arranging the test for you, either by having a doctor to visit the hotel, or directing you to the nearest clinic and booking an appointment for you.

It is advisable to speak with the hotel once you arrive on the options available to ensure you are able to book an appointment for an appropriate time.  There are also companies who will provide you with a test from the UK and arrange a video call in your destination to verify the test and the result.

Children under the age of 11 are exempt from this testing prior to returning back to England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

If you are returning back to England on or after the 4th October 2021 and are fully vaccinated, then you will no longer need to do this test.  Anyone who is returning from a red list country, or is not fully vaccinated must continue to follow the guidance above.  Children aged 17 and under are also exempt regardless of their vaccination status.  If you are returning back to Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, you must continue to follow the testing advice above at this time.

Test on return:

You will be required to take a test on your return back to the United Kingdom.  The details of which will vary as below, depending on the classification of the country you are arriving from. 

Children, under the age of 4 will be exempt from any testing on return to England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Children under the age of 5 will be exempt from testing on return to Scotland.

Green list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the green list then you will be required to undergo a further COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 of your return into the country.  You must ensure that this test is booked before returning to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You may need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form.  This need to be completed and submitted before your departure home.

Should you be arriving into Northern Ireland from either Portugal, Israel or Singapore you will also be asked to take an additional free PCR test on Day 8.

If you are returning back to England on or after the 4th October 2021 and are not fully vaccinated, then you will need to undergo two COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 and on day 8.  You may be able to take a third test on day 5 to release from self isolation.  Children aged 5 to 17 will be able to continue to guidance above regardless of their vaccination status.  Should you be returning back to Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, this does not apply and you should continue to follow the Green list advice.

Green watch list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is currently on the green watch list, then you will be required to undergo a further COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 of your return into the country.  Please remember that countries on the green watch list are able to move to the Amber or red lists.  Therefore should the country you are travelling from move before arrival, you will need to follow the guidance below, depending on the new category.  You must ensure that the testing requirements needed are booked before returning to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You may need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form.  This need to be completed and submitted before your departure home.

If you are returning back to England on or after the 4th October 2021 and are not fully vaccinated, then you will need to undergo two COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 and on day 8.  You may be able to take a third test on day 5 to release from self isolation.  Children aged 5 to 17 will be able to continue to guidance above regardless of their vaccination status.  Should you be returning back to Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, this does not apply and you should continue to follow the Green list advice.

Amber list countries

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated

if you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the Amber list and you are not fully vaccinated, alongside your self-isolation period at home, you will be required to undergo 2 further COVID-19 PCR tests at your own expense on your return into the country.  These tests will need to be taken on or before day 2 and on day 8 of your 10 day isolation period.  You may also able to take advantage of the test to release scheme which will allow for a PCR test to be taken on day 5 to release you from isolation.  You must ensure that your 2 tests are booked before returning to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You may need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form.  This needs to be completed and submitted before your departure home.

Travellers who are fully vaccinated

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom and are fully vaccinated with at least 14 days since your last dose and are able to provide proof of this through a vaccination certificate, then you will be not be required to self-isolate on your return to England, Scotland,  Wales or Northern Ireland.  You will be required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 of your return, however the test on day 8 will not be needed.  You must ensure that your test is booked before returning as you may need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form which needs to be submitted before your departure home.

Red list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the red list then you will need to ensure you have booked yourself into government approved hotel quarantine for a 10 day period.  You will be required to undergo 2 further COVID-19 PCR tests at your own expense on your return to the country in your quarantine hotel.  These tests will need to be taken on or before day 2 and on day 8 of your 10 day quarantine period.  You must ensure that your hotel quarantine. along with your test package is booked before returning to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You will need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form.  this needs to be completed and submitted before your departure home.

Quarantine on return:

From the 17th May 2021, the following guidance is in place for quarantine requirements for arrivals into England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Children under 18 do not need to follow quarantine requirements, unless they are returning from France.

Green list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the Green list, then you are not required to quarantine or self-isolate at your home on return.  You will need to follow the testing guidance as above.

If you return back to England on or after the 4th October 2021 and are not fully vaccinated, then you will need to complete 10 days of self-isolation at home.  Children aged 17 and under are exempt from this ruling regardless of their vaccination status.

Green watch list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the Green watch list, then you are not required to quarantine or self-isolate at your home on your return.  You will need to follow the testing guidance as above.  Please remember that countries on the green watch list are able to move to the Amber or Red lists.  Therefore, should the country you are travelling from move before your arrival into England or Scotland,  you will need to follow the guidance below, depending on the new category.

If you return back to England on or after the 4th October 2021 and are not fully vaccinated, then you will need to complete 10 days of self-isolation at home.  Children aged 17 and under are exempt from this ruling regardless of their vaccination status.

Amber list countries

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the Amber list and you are not fully vaccinated then you will be required to complete a self-isolation period in your own home for a period of 10 days. You will also need to follow the testing guidance as above.  You are able to reduce the time in self-isolation should you wish by taking advantage of the test to release scheme.

Travellers who are fully vaccinated

If you are arriving back to the United Kingdom and are fully vaccinated with a least 14 days since your last dose and are able to prove this through a vaccination certificate, then you will not be required to self-isolate on your return.  

Red list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the Red list, then you will be required to book yourself into a government approved hotel quarantine for a 10 day period.  This must be booked before you travel to the country.  You will also need to follow the testing guidance as above.  The cost of the hotel quarantine is to be covered by the traveller.

FURTHER INFORMATION
Foreign Office Advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece
Local regulations:

Face masks must be worn in all indoor public places, however you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor public places.  It is advisable that you consider wearing a mask in outdoor spaces should you be unable to social distance from other people.  You must wear a mask on all public transport.

Both essential and non-essential shops are open, however their opening times may differ from what we are used to.  You should check with the reception of your hotel who will be able to provide guidance.

In Heraklion there is a curfew between the hours of 1am and 6am each day where you are unable to be out of your accommodation.  There is also a music ban in place 24 hours a day at hotels, bars and restaurants.

You will be able to eat outdoors whether you are fully vaccinated or not, however only fully vaccinated individuals will be able to use closed spaces inside cafes, bars and restaurants, upon proof of your vaccination status.

Indoor arts and entertainment venues such as Museums and theatres can be accessed by anyone with a negative rapid test taken 48 hours ahead of the visit, or a COVID-19 vaccination certificate.  If the venues chose to operate as a mixed space (test and certificate) you may find capacity is reduced.

From the 13th September, only vaccinated indiviudals will have access to public heathcare facilities to conduct testing.

If you are travelling on a plane, boat, bus or train and are not fully vaccinated, then you will need to take a rapid antigen test 48 hours before you travel at a private health centre and upload the result to gov.gr.

If you are using a ferry service when in your destination you should follow the below guidance: 

Ferries to/from Mainland Greece to Islands

You should present either a vaccination certificate in line with the Greek entry requirements to show you are fully vaccinated, or a negative PCR test performed less than 3 days prior to travel, or a negative rapid antigen test taken 48 hours before travel. Anyone under 12 are exempt from this guidance.

You will also need to complete a pre-boarding questionnaire online on https://sea.travel.gov.gr/#/

Ferries between islands in the same regional group

You should present either a vaccination certificate in line with Greek entry requirements to show you are fully vaccinated, or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours or a negative antigen test taken with 48 hours.  You do not need to complete a pre boarding questionnaire.

There is no exemption for the use of face coverings if you have a medical lanyard. If you are medically exempt in the UK from wearing a face covering, please carry with you a doctor's note stating that you are exempt.

Remember to check countries you’re due to transit through as well as your destination.

The Information contained on this page is accurate to the best of our knowledge. It is provided as guidance only and is subject to review and change. Please check with official sources before booking and again regularly prior to travel, as information and requirements can change frequently and with little notice. Please visit the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office website at gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or visit gov.uk/travelaware for country-specific information.

Last updated: 10.09.2021 at 09:16