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2022-01-12
Last update: 06 December, 2021 
  
All travellers must complete their PLF before entering the country, providing detailed information on their point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries, and the address of their stay while in Greece. In case of multiple stays, they are required to provide the address for the first 24 hours at least. One PLF should be submitted per family.
 
 
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Travellers will receive the PLF with their unique Quick Response (QR) code via email (the QR code will be provided in a link in the email).  
 
The PLF can also be found on the Visit Greece app and at travel.gov.gr. It is strongly recommended that all visitors download the Visit Greece app (GDPR compliant) for free, prior their arrival in Greece.
 
Fill out the PLF Greece form.
 
Source of the information https://travel.gov.gr/#/ - we strongly advise you to visit this website before you travel to review the latest changes in the rules for entering Greece. 
 
Last update: 13 January, 2022 
 
 
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We welcome you to Greece and hope you enjoy a wonderful and unforgettable holiday experience.
 
On behalf of the Greek Government and the Greek Ministry of Tourism, we would like to inform you that we have done everything in our power to make sure you stay safe during your stay in Greece. Your health is our absolute priority.
 
Since the 14th of May 2021, Greece has opened its borders in a safe and attainable manner.
 
In the following paragraphs, we provide a step-by-step guide on how each visitor can prepare before traveling to Greece. These guidelines are in place to ensure the protection of your health, as well as the health of your loved ones and all those involved in providing a safe hosting experience:
 
Travellers arriving in Greece, during the period from 10.01.2022 until 24.01.2022, regardless of nationality, their vaccination status or proof of recovery, are required to display a negative molecular test result (PCR) for Covid-19 performed up to 72 hours before the scheduled arrival or a negative Rapid Antigen test result for Covid-19 performed up to 24 hours before the scheduled arrival. The test result must be issued by a certified diagnostic center in Greek, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian and must include the name of the passenger as registered in the passport.
 
This test is mandatory for all travellers entering the country (including children over 5 years old), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
 
Acceptable vaccines are of: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca / Oxford, Novavax, Johnson & Johnson / Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm among others.
All travelers arriving in Greece, regardless of the certificate in their possession, may be subject to random obligatory molecular test (PCR) or Rapid Antigen Test for COVID-19. If you are selected, please note that testing is mandatory. In case of refusal, the authorities reserve the right to refuse entry into the country. The selection is made through a system of targeted sampling with the application of a health algorithm for the best epidemiological observation and shielding of the country, used since summer of 2020.
 
Important clarification: The entry of visitors into the country does not imply their inclusion in vaccination. However, presenting a vaccination certificate significantly facilitates the procedures upon arrival. In any case, a vaccination or antibody certificate is not an "entry passport".
 
Besides nationals of EU member states and Schengen countries, permanent residents of the following third countries are allowed, under the above conditions, to enter Greece:
San Marino, Azerbaijan, Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Vatican City, North Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, United Arab Emirates, USA, United Kingdom, Japan, India, Jordan, Israel, Canada, Qatar, China, “Chinese Taipei (not recognized as a State by Greece)”, Kosovo* (*This name does not prejudice the positions of the regime and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ`s opinion on Kosovo`s declaration of independence), Kuwait, Belarus, Lebanon, Montenegro, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Bahrain, Brunei, New Zealand, South Korea, Ukraine, Uruguay, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Turkey, Chile.
 
Regarding permanent residents of Argentina, India, Mexico, Uruguay, the Russian Federation, the Sultanate of Oman and Chile, entrance to Greece is permitted under the further condition that they are diagnosed negative to a mandatory molecular test (PCR) or Rapid Antigen test for COVID-19 upon arrival. If found positive a quarantine period is imposed as stated below.
 
Travellers to Greece, regardless of nationality and way of entering the country, coming from Egypt, Albania, Argentina, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Brazil, Georgia, Republic of Cuba, United Arab Emirates, India, China, Libya, Morocco, Pakistan, Russian Federation and Turkey, provided their entrance is permitted, can enter the country under the further condition that they are diagnosed negative to a mandatory molecular test (PCR) or Rapid Antigen test for COVID-19 upon arrival. Exempted from the above mandatory test are those who (a) have completed vaccination for COVID-19 at least fourteen (14) days before arrival and present a vaccination certificate in Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian, which has been issued by a Public authority or (b) present proof of recovery from COVID-19 supported by a positive COVID-19 Rapid Αntigen/ PCR test result, issued 30 days after the 1st positive diagnosis and valid up to 90 days there on. Certificates of recovery issued from 15.07.2021 until 31.10.2021 remain valid until 31.01.2022.
 
Citizens of third countries are strongly advised to choose direct flights to Greece. In any other case, travelers must comply with the requirements of the transit country. Passengers are allowed to enter the country through all international airports and all ports under the above conditions.
 
According to the above, travellers are also allowed to enter from land borders, through the entrance gates of Promachonas, Ormenios, Evzoni, Nymfaia, Exochis, Nikis, Doirani, Krystallopigi, Kipi*, Kakavia, Kastania* and Mavromatiou, on a 24h bases.
 
*For land borders of Kipi and Kastania, on a 24h basis, there is a limit of 1.500 passengers per week. For the Mertziani Entrance Gate entrance is allowed from 8.00 to 20.00.
Cruising and yachting is allowed. Maritime connections with Turkey are temporarily restricted.
 
Requirements for visitors
  
Before arrival:
Tourists are required to fill in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before entering the country. For more information, please click here.
Prior to departure, all travelers older than 5 years old must ensure that they carry an acceptable form of certification of their health condition.
Acceptable documents, until 24.01.22, include:
  
- Negative molecular test result (PCR) for Covid-19 by a certified diagnostic center. The test must have been performed up to 72 hours before entry.
- Negative Rapid Antigen test result for Covid-19 by a certified diagnostic center. Τhe test must have been performed up to 24 hours before entry.
Additionally, if exiting:
- A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
- Certificate of recovery from SARS-CoV-2 infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory. The certificate is issued 30 days after the day of the first positive COVID-19 test and is valid for 90 days after that.
 
All certificates must include the critical information (i.e. number of doses and their respective dates) in English, German French, Italian, Spanish, Russian and the person’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognized travel document.
 
Upon arrival:
 
All travellers are subject to random obligatory Covid-19 tests upon arrival.
If found positive, a five (5) day quarantine under supervision is required either at home or at a designated temporary residence assigned by the appropriate authorities. The quarantine period starts the next day of their positive diagnosis. Following the five (5) day period and if the symptoms have receded and the travellers are feverless for 24 hours without the use of antipyretics, they are released from quarantine. If the fever insists, the travellers remain in isolation until the fever has fully receded. The above travellers have to wear high protection breathing mask or a combination of masks for at least 5 days after their release from isolation.
 
Compliance with the health protocols during transport and throughout your entire stay in Greece is the key factor that will allow all of us to stay safe and return to normality.
We appreciate your understanding and apologize in advance for any additional inconvenience.
 
We extend a warm thank you for the cooperation and for choosing our country for your holidays.
 
We look forward to welcoming you to Greece.
 
 
Frequent questions and answers
 
 
1. How can one travel to Greece?
 
Greece welcomes visitors applying advanced health protection protocols. Greek Tourism operates with the maximum safety possible, for tourists, employees and every person involved in the provision of tourist services.
Isolation (quarantine) for visitors from abroad is not required. However, entry into Greece will be allowed under the following conditions:
All visitors must complete the electronic PLF document before traveling.
Travelers must show either a negative PCR test performed up to 72 hours prior to arrival or a negative (rapid) antigen test performed up to 24 hours prior to arrival.
Upon entering Greece, visitors may undergo targeted COVID-19 tests. In the event of a positive result, travelers will be temporarily accommodated in an isolation hotel, free of charge. If a positive incident is detected following a sampling test at the land borders, then entry into the country may not be allowed.
 
2. What are the health protocols for the people working in the tourism sector?
 
Employees in the Greek tourism sector are being vaccinated with the general population, according to government planning. Until they are vaccinated, all employees are required to undergo examinations at the frequency set by the current Joint Ministerial Decision, as in force. In addition, they are encouraged to test even more frequently to ensure timely isolation.
 
3. Which vaccines are acceptable for the vaccination certificate?
 
Acceptable vaccines are among others:
Pfizer BioNtech mRNA / Comirnaty
Moderna mRNA / Spikevax
Astra Zeneca/Oxford ChAdOx1 nCoV (AZD1222) / Vaxzevria
Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Ad26
Sinavac/Coronavac
Gamaleya (Sputnik) Ad26/Ad5, Gam-COVID-Vac, Sputnik vaccine
Cansiνo Biologics AD5-nCOV, trade-named Convidencia
Sinopharm
Covishield ChAdOx1 nCoV
BBV152 COVAXIN Bharat Biotech, India Whole virion inactivated
 
4. What applies to international flights?
 
As of 14.05.2021, flight restrictions from EU countries have been lifted and no mandatory quarantine is required. In addition, our country welcomes flights to all international airports.
 
5. What applies to land travel?
 
It is allowed to enter Greece from the aforementioned land borders on a 24h bases.
* For land border of Kipi and Kastania there is a limit of 1500 passengers per week.
 
6. What about ferry connections?
 
As of 14.05.2021, the quarantine is lifted for passengers who arrive by ferry through all the port entrances. Maritime connections with Turkey are temporarily restricted.
 
7. What will apply to guests during their stay?
 
During their stay in Greece, visitors must follow all measures that apply to Greek citizens.
 
8. Are there business activity health protocols in force?
 
The Greek Ministry of Tourism has released specific Health Protocols against COVID-19 to be applied by all Greek tourism enterprises for their safe operation in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and has introduced the National “Health First” certification seal for tourist accommodation establishments that comply with the relevant requirements.
Health Protocols apply to all Greek tourism enterprises that wish to continue operation during the pandemic and aim to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission to employees and customers.
 
9. Are there quarantine hotels?
 
Specific isolation (quarantine) hotels operate near each entrance gate, as well as in other strategic points nationwide. This way, an adequate safety net for case management is in place, combined with an early detection upon the arrival of tourists from abroad. The cost for the isolation hotels is covered by the Greek state.
 
10. Can I quarantine at my hotel if I am diagnosed with COVID-19?
 
Visitors who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 upon arrival can isolate at their booked hotel, only in the case the hotel is a 4* and 5* and provides the service of quarantine rooms as specified by the competent Health Authorities. According to legislation, the visitor upon arrival can request from the Civil Protection authorities to contact her/his booked hotel regarding the availability of such service.
 
11. Is the departure and arrival of private yachts allowed and from which countries?
 
The departure and arrival of yachts (except those coming from Turkey) is allowed with strict protocols, while the same terms and conditions will apply to both Greeks and foreign citizens.
 
12. What is the situation with cruise ships?
 
As of 14.05.2021, cruise restrictions have been completely removed, always imposing very strict protocols that apply to these activities.
 
13. What if the visitor`s country requires a test for his / her return?
It is possible to perform PCR or rapid antigen tests directly at the place where each guest stays if the guest needs a test for returning home. This makes it easier for every tourist to be consistent with his/her obligations in order to safely return to his/her country.
 
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Last update: 13 January, 2022
 
 
  
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2022-01-03
Information according to local press reports.

 January 2022
 
The last month of 2021, up to the 28th, was pleasing with a low number of positive test results for coronavirus COVID-19. And only from December 28, the number of positive results increased to 32-57. On the first day of 2022, 71 cases were recorded, and on January 2, only 27. 
 
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December 2021
 
The situation with the incidence of coronavirus in the island of Kefalonia in November, 2021 looked as following: from 2 to 18 positive COVID-19 test results were recorded daily. Totally, 9 patients were hospitalized. Nor of them required intubation.
 
At the end of November, about 75% of the island`s population has been vaccinated. The third dose is being vaccinated.
 
 
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2021-10-31
 
The month of October 2021 revealed about 78 positive test results for the Covid-19 coronavirus.
As of October 31, 2021, about 62% of Kefalonia`s population is fully vaccinated.
 
 
 
Information according to local press reports.
 
 
 
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2021-09-24
In September, in Kefalonia the number of daily registered positive test results for coronavirus COVID-19  has not yet exceeded 14 accoring to the information that we were able to find in the local press.
 
In August, Kefalonia recorded between 0 and approximately 17 positive test results for the coronavirus COVID-19 daily.
 
At the end of August, 2021, about 60% of the inhabitants of the island of Kefalonia were fully vaccinated.
 
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In July 2021, the island of Kefalonia registers about 0 - 5 positive test results for the coronavirus COVID-19 daily.
 
Just over 50% of the islanders are fully vaccinated and the vaccination process continues.
 
At the moment taverns and restaurants are open, service takes place outside the premises.
When entering nightclubs, either a vaccination certificate or a medical document confirming previous Covid-19 infection, issued no earlier than thirty (30) days after a positive test result, or a negative Rapid test result obtained within 48 hours, has to be presented.
 
 
 
 
Information according to local press reports.
2021-09-13
As the rules and restrictions are changed rapidly, our information can be out of date and therefore,  we strongly recommend to visit the Greece official website for travelers https://www.gov.gr for the latest information. Our site is not responsible for any discrepancies with the information published on the resource https://travel.gov.gr.
 
Information regarding inland Greece flights
 
Domestic air travel is possible on presentation of one of the following documents (valid for all persons over 12 years of age (inclusive)):
 
1) A certificate of vaccination at least 14 days after the end of the process.
Persons vaccinated in Greece can withdraw the certificate on this platform  https://www.gov.gr/ipiresies/ugeia-kai-pronoia/koronoios-covid-19/pistopoietiko-emboliasmou .
 
Foreign tourists present the same vaccination certificate as when entering the country.
 
2) Certificate (electronic or printed) of negative Covid-19 test (PCR) performed not earlier than 72 hours prior to flight. The PCR molecular test must be performed on a sample from the nasopharynx or mouth and throat. The certificate must contain the name of the person corresponding to the particulars in the travel document.
 
3) Certificate (electronic or printed) of negative RAPID Covid-19 test performed not earlier than 48 hours prior to flight.
 
4) A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory. The certificate is issued 30 days after the day of the first positive COVID-19 test and is valid for 180 days after it.
 
5) Minor passengers aged 12-17 may present a certificate of negative Covid-19 self test performed not earlier than 24 hours prior to flight. The certificate form in Greek and English can be found on this page or by filling in a questionnaire https://self-testing.gov.gr/covid19-self-test-print.pdf
 
Regarding travel by ferry to the Greek islands
 
Inland waterway travel is possible on presentation of one of the following documents:
 
1) A certificate of vaccination at least 14 days after the end of the process.
 
Persons vaccinated in Greece can withdraw the certificate on this platform https://www.gov.gr/ipiresies/ugeia-kai-pronoia/koronoios-covid-19/pistopoietiko-emboliasmou
 
Foreign tourists present the same vaccination certificate as when entering the country.
 
2) Certificate (electronic or printed) of negative Covid-19 test (PCR) performed not earlier than 72 hours prior to flight. The PCR molecular test must be performed on a sample from the nasopharynx or mouth and throat. The certificate must contain the name of the person corresponding to the particulars in the travel document.
 
3) Certificate (electronic or printed) of negative RAPID Covid-19 test performed not earlier than 48 hours prior to flight.
4) A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory. The certificate is issued 30 days after the day of the first positive COVID-19 test and is valid for 180 days after it.
 
5) Minor passengers aged 12-17 may present a certificate of negative Covid-19 self test performed not earlier than 24 hours prior to flight. The certificate form in Greek and English can be found on this page or by filling in a questionnaire https://self-testing.gov.gr/covid19-self-test-print.pdf
 
These requirements do not apply to the following routes:
 
Perama-Paloukia Salamis;
Perama Megaridos - Faneromeni Salaminas;
Couples - Galata Troizino and Rio Antirio;
for all routes to the islands of Evia and Lefkada.
 
According to the current Health Protocols of EODY, all travelers within 24 hours prior to each voyage
 must submit a Shipping Health Statement and have it with them in digital form or printed before boarding the ship. The questionnaire can be filled on this page https://sea.travel.gov.gr/#/
 
Other major restrictions within Greece
 
The use of a protective mask indoors and in places of mass gathering outdoors is obligatory for persons over 4 years of age throughout the country;
 
Only vaccinated or diseased COVID19 individuals (up to 6 months after diagnosis) may sit at tables in catering establishments. This requirement also applies to visitors to entertainment centers, as well as to spectators of sports events both indoors and outdoors.
 
Contact for non-standard situations and issues Greek officials:
 
Travel.gov.gr consultation line (in Greek and English): +30 215 560 5151 (Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 17:00).
 
General Secretariat for Civil Protection: + 302131510932-3, +302131510171, +302131510196; el. email: generalsecretary@civilprotection.gr / generalsecretary@gscp.gr
 
National Public Health Organization (EODY) Operations Center +30 210 5212054; el. email: kepix@eody.gov.gr
 
Official pages of the Greek authorities providing information on the COVID19 epidemic or travel:
 
Information on travel conditions to / from Greece - https://travel.gov.gr/#/
 
The main website with the most important information about the situation in the country is https://covid19.gov.gr/ (Greek).
 
2021-08-10
Like any other country, Greece has certain restrictions to minimize the risk of COVID-19 and its modifications. You can learn the rules that currently apply in Greece to restaurants, shops, travel, etc. visiting this website https://greecehealthfirst.gr/ .

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