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

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TRAFFIC LIGHT STATUS: Green

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Proof of vaccination:

YES

Test pre-travel/recovery certificate:

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:

NO

Test on return:

YES

Quarantine on return:

NO

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Proof of vaccination:

NO

Test pre-travel/recovery certificate:

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

Vaccinated Requirements
Entry Requirements for Vaccinated Visitors
Proof of vaccination:

You will be required to show your COVID-19 vaccinations to enter into the country as fully vaccinated.  You will be able to do this using the NHS COVID app.

Test pre-travel/recovery certificate: Whether a test is required, and the type of test, has yet to be confirmed by the destination
Test time:

From the 19th December 2021, you will need to show either a negative PCR test taken no earlier than 3 days (72 hours) before arrival into Greece, or a negative antigen test result taken no more than 1 day (24 hours) before arrival into Greece.

These test results must be from a laboratory and you must be able to provide proof of your negative status.

Children aged 5 and under are exempt from this regardless of vaccination status.

On arrival:

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:

A Traveller Health Declaration form will need to be completed no later than 24 hours before travel.  Please check on the link below to see when you are able to complete the form needed for your destination.  You may need to either complete this form electronically, or print out and take with you to show at the airport of departure and arrival.

Traveller Health Declaration: https://travel.gov.gr/#/
Return Requirements for Vaccinated Visitors
Test pre-return travel:

Not required

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. 

Green / Rest of World list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the green / ROW list, then you will need to book and undergo a Lateral Flow test at your own expense on or before day 2 of your return.  You must ensure that this test is booked before returning back to the United Kingdom and you may need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form.  This will need to be completed and submitted before your departure home.

If you arriving back into the United Kingdom from 4am on 11th February 2022 from a green / ROW list country, then you will no longer need to book and take a test at your own expense once you return.

If you are arriving before 11th February and are aged between 5 and 17 and reside in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, then you will need to book and pay for a day 2 test on your return to the UK.  If you are aged between 11 and 17 and reside in Scotland, then you will also need to book and pay for a day 2 test on your return to the UK.  Anyone under these ages (10 and under in Scotland and 4 and under everywhere else - will be exempt from these tests)

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 to the United Kingdom.

Quarantine on return:

Not required

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

You must wear a double surgical or single N95 face mask in all indoor and outdoor public areas.

Children under the age of 5 are exempt from wearing a face mask.

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.

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.

Unvaccinated Requirements
Entry Requirements for Unvaccinated Visitors
Proof of vaccination: Not required
Test pre-travel/recovery certificate: PCR or Antigen
PCR Test locations: https://covidtraveladvice.kuoni.co.uk/pcr-test-locations
Test time:

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 1 day (24 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 5 are exempt regardless of vaccination status.

On arrival:

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:

A Traveller Health Declaration form will need to be completed no later than 24 hours before travel.  Please check on the link below to see when you are able to complete the form needed for your destination.You may need to either complete this form electronically, or print out and take with you to show at the airport of departure and arrival.

Traveller Health Declaration: https://travel.gov.gr/#/
RETURN REQUIREMENTS FOR UNVACCINATED VISITORS
Test pre-return travel:

If you are arriving back into the United Kingdom then you will need to take either a PCR or Lateral flow test no more than 2 days (48 hours) before you depart for the UK and the result must be negative.  You will need to provide the negative result to board your 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.

The result must include the following information:

  • your name, which should match the name on your travel documents
  • your date of birth or age
  • the result of the test
  • the date the test sample was collected or received by the test provider
  • the name of the test provider and their contact details
  • confirmation of the device used for the test, or that the test was a PCR test

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 aged 11 or under are exempt from taking this test.

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. 

Green / Rest of World list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the green / ROW list, then you will need to book and undergo a PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 and on day 8 of your return.  You must ensure that these tests are booked before returning to the United Kingdom and you may need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form.  This will need to be completed and submitted before your departure home.

If you arrive into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the green / ROW list from 4am on the 11th February, you will need to book and undergo a PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 of your return.  You will need to ensue the test is booked before returning to the United Kingdom and you will need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form.  This will need to be submitted before departure home. 

If you are aged between 5 and 17 and reside in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, then you will need to book and pay for a day 2 test on your return to the UK.  If you are aged between 11 and 17 and reside in Scotland, then you will also need to book and pay for a day 2 test on your return to the UK.  Anyone under these ages (10 and under in Scotland and 4 and under everywhere else - will be exempt from these tests)

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 whether you are fully vaccinated, or not.  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 to the United Kingdom.

Quarantine on return:

Green / Rest of World List countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country on the green / ROW list, then you will need to complete 10 days of quarantine at home once you arrive back into England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You may be able to take a test on day 5 which will release you from quarantine early if negative.

If you are arriving back into the United Kingdom from a country on the green / ROW list after 4am on the 11th February, then you will no longer need 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.  This applies to all travellers whether you are fully vaccinated, or not.  Children will also need to follow these rules.

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

You must wear a double surgical or single N95 face mask in all indoor and outdoor public areas.

Children under the age of 5 are exempt from wearing a face mask.

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.

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: 06.01.2022 at 17:34