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

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TRAFFIC LIGHT STATUS: Green

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:

If you are fully vaccinated and returning from a Green / Rest of World list country, then you will not need to take a pre-departure test before returning to the UK.  Children aged 17 and under are also exempt, regardless of their vaccination status if returning to England, Scotland or Wales.  If you are returning to Northern Ireland and are aged 11 or over, then you must take a pre-departure test before you return.

If you are returning back from a red list destination, or are not fully vaccinated, then you must take a test and return a negative result within 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.

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

Travellers who are fully vaccinated

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the green / ROW 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.

If you are returning back to England from the 24th October 2021, then you will be able to book and undergo a lateral flow test at your own expense on or before day 2 of your return.  You will still need to book this test before returning to England and place a confirmation reference number on your passenger locator form.  If you are returning to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you must continue to follow the PCR guidance as above.

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the green / ROW list, then you will be required to undergo 2 further COVID-19 PCR tests at your own expense on or before day 2 and also on day 8 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 number on your Passenger Locator Form.  This will need to be completed and submitted before your departure home.  You will also need to follow the quarantine requirements, detailed in the 'Quarantine on return' section.

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

Travellers who are fully vaccinated

If you are able to prove that you have been fully vaccinated in the United Kingdom, then you will not need to quarantine on arrival back into England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  This also applies to children aged 17 and under regardless of their vaccination status.

To be classed as fully vaccinated, at least 14 days must have passed since the second of your two dose vaccination was given.

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated

If you are not fully vaccinated, 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.

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:

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.

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: 04.10.2021 at 08:51