You can entry into Greece if you are a citizen of the EU, the Schengen Area, or a recognised nation. If you arrive from one of these countries and match the criteria, you will be excused from the seven-day self-isolation period. You must also have documentation of a negative COVID-19 (PCR or quick) test, a vaccination certificate, or a COVID-19 recovery certificate to be exempt. Under the EU Digital Certificate Scheme, Greece accepts certificates issued by other EU member states.
If you are not a citizen of the EU or the Schengen Area, or if you are travelling from a country that is not on the authorised list, you may be denied entry into Greece. For additional information, contact the Greek Embassy or Consulate in your area. You may visit Greece if you have a pressing need to do so. You may be required to undergo testing, self-isolation, and quarantine.
You must submit an online Passenger Location Form (PLF) 24 hours before your flight, ship, or land arrival in Greece. It is preferable to fill out the form on your mobile device. You will be emailed a QR code that must be submitted for scanning at the airport. Authorities prefer to scan a QR code that has been converted into an electronic version. If you don’t have a smart device, you can make a paper copy. See Protocols for entry into Greece for further information and frequently asked questions (Greek Government).
Choosing to stay in Greece
Authorities may issue further health and hygiene precautions at any time.
Face masks are required in all interior venues outside of your lodging. Masks should also be worn outside if you will be in close contact with others, such as in crowded shopping areas or during events such as open-air concerts.
Indoor cafés, restaurants, bars, cinemas, theatres, museums, and gyms can only allow clients who have been properly vaccinated against COVID-19 or who have a proof of recovery certificate issued within six months of diagnosis.
Unvaccinated persons who want to access banks, retail stores, Greek government offices, hair and beauty salons, cafés and bars with outdoor seating, and places of worship must show a recent negative COVID-19 PCR or fast test result. This restriction does not apply to pharmacies, grocery shops, or supermarkets.
The VDS-NC Checker app, which is accessible internationally for Android and Apple devices, may be used to examine and validate an Australian vaccination certificate. It is advised that you print a copy of your vaccination certificate to scan using the app or save the vaccination certificate to a mobile device so that someone travelling with you may scan the picture on your phone using the app.
Social distance must be followed, and retail shop and site numbers will be controlled to allow for separation.
Australian residents who are permanently residing in Greece and have already been vaccinated locally can receive their COVID-19 digital certificate by visiting a Citizen Service Centre (known in Greek as “KEP”). ERMIS – List of Citizens’ Service Centres (KEP) has a list of KEP centres in Greece.
Unvaccinated persons travelling between regions or provinces in Greece by road, sea, air, rail, or bus must submit a negative quick test performed up to 48 hours before departure. The test results must be uploaded to ww.gov.gr, where a certificate certifying the negative rest result will be provided. This must be shown during check-in. A negative self-test done no more than 24 hours before travel, accompanied by a completed COVID-19 Self-Test Declaration, is necessary for travellers aged 5 to 12 years.
If staying in Greece:
- Follow the advice of local authorities.
- Take care to protect yourself from exposure to COVID-19.
- Ensure you have arrangements in place for an extended stay.
- Keep in contact with family and friends so they know you’re safe and well.