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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As the rules and restrictions are changed rapidly, our information can be out of date and therefore,  we strongly recommend to visit the Greece official website for travelers https://www.gov.gr for the latest information.
 
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/ .
2021-08-10
Last update: 10 August, 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.
 
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 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. 
 
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If you are visiting Greece and have been tested negative against COVID, you can issue an EU Digital COVID Certificate using your PLF registration data here.
 
Dear Traveler,
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.
 
On May 14, Greece opened its borders in a safe and attainable manner.
 
In the paragraphs follow, we provide a step-by-step guide on how to prepare before travelling to Greece as of May 14th.
 
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 offering you a safe hospitality experience:
- As of May 14th, travelers arriving in Greece are required to have either a negative PCR certificate from a testing laboratory, for a Covid-19 test taken no later than 72 hours before arrival or a negative antigen (rapid) certificate taken no longer than 48 hours before arrival.
 
This test is mandatory for all tourists (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
 
- Proof of a negative test is not required however for all travelers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.
Acceptable vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm among others.
 
- Proof of a negative PCR test is not required if the traveler was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 30 to 180 days. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The certificate is issued 30 days after the day of the first positive COVID-19 test and is valid for 180 days after it.
 
- Every traveler who arrives in Greece, regardless of the certificate in their possession, may undergo a random health screening. If you are selected, please keep in mind that the screening is mandatory. In case of refusal, authorities reserve the right to refuse entry into the country. The selection is made through a targeted sampling system ”EVA” used also in the summer of 2020.
 
- Important clarification: Entry of tourists in Greece is not subject to vaccination. Presenting a vaccination certificate greatly facilitates the procedures upon arrival. However, in no case is a vaccination or antibodies certificate considered a "passport".
 
- The countries from which entry is allowed, under the aforementioned conditions, without the requirement for subsequent self-isolation are: EU++ (Andorra, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican, the Principality of Monaco), USA, UK, Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrein, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo* (This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence), Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Montenergro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, the Russian Federation*, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine.
*For the Russian Federation, from 30.6 passengers must carry a negative PCR molecular test result from a testing laboratory taken up to 72 hours before arrival, or a negative antigen (rapid) test result taken up to 48 hours before arrival regardless if they are vaccinated or not.
 
- Non EU citizens are strongly advised to choose direct flights to Greece. In any other case, travelers should abide by the stop-over country requirements.
 
Passengers are allowed to enter the country through all international airports and all ports.
 
Travellers are allowed to enter from the land borders through the entry gates of Promachonas, Ormenio, Evzonoi, Nymfaia, Niki, Doirani, Kristallopigi, Kipi*, Kakavia, Kastanies* and Exohi in a 24h basis.
*For Kipi and Kastanies land borders, there is limit of 1500 passengers per week.
Cruising and yachting is allowed. Maritime connections with Turkey are temporarily restricted.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR VISITORS
Before arrival:
- Tourists must fill in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before arriving in Greece. For more information, please click here.
Prior to departure, all travelers must ensure that they carry an acceptable form of certification of their health condition. Acceptable documents include:
- A negative PCR molecular test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry.
- A negative antigen (rapid) test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry.
- A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
- 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.
- Proof that the traveler was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 30 to 180 days. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.
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:
Travelers arriving in Greece are subject to:
- Sampling RAPID antigen tests at the entrance gates for selected individuals drawn from a targeted sampling system, based on the ”EVA” system.
- Mandatory isolation if they test positive for SARS-Cov-2, following a sampling test. In this case, the travelers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis. Guests will stay in seclusion hotels for a maximum of 10 days. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.
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.
 
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FOR THE OPENING OF TOURISM 2021
 
How can one travel to Greece?
 
Greece is ready to welcome visitors applying advanced health protection protocols. In 2021, Greek Tourism is ready to operate 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 no longer required. However, entry into Greece will be allowed under the following conditions:
A. Travelers must have one of the following:
- Vaccination certificate issued by an appropriate body in the traveler`s country of origin.
- Instead of a vaccination certificate, travelers are required to show either a negative PCR test conducted up to 72 hours before traveling or a negative antigen (rapid) test conducted up to 48 hours before traveling.
- Alternatively, the traveler can show proof that was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 30 to 180 days. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The certificate is issued 30 days after the day of the first positive COVID-19 test and is valid for 180 days after it.
B. All visitors must complete the electronic PLF document before traveling.
C. Upon entering Greece, visitors may undergo targeted 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.
 
What are the health protocols for the people working in the tourism sector?
 
Employees in the Greek tourism sector are vaccinated with the general population, according to government planning. Until their vaccination, all employees are obliged to undergo tests twice per week (self-test or rapid test). Furthermore, they are encouraged to test even more frequently, in order to ensure timely isolation.
 
Which vaccines are acceptable for the vaccination certificate?
 
Acceptable vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm among others.
What applies to international flights?
 
As of May 14th, flight restrictions from EU countries will be lifted, as well as from a number of other countries.
 
Quarantine will not be required.
 
Furthermore, our country welcome flights at all international airports.
 
What will apply to land travel?
 
Travellers are allowed to enter from the land borders through the entry gates of Promachonas, Ormenio, Evzonoi, Nymfaia, Niki, Doirani, Kristallopigi, Kipi*, Kakavia, Kastanies* and Exohi in a 24h basis.
*For Kipi and Kastanies land borders, there is limit of 1500 passengers per week.
 
What about ferry connections?
 
As of 14/5/21 the quarantine is lifted for passengers who arrive by ferry through all the port entrances. Maritime connections with Turkey are restricted.
 
What will apply to guests during their stay?
 
During their stay in Greece, visitors must follow all measures that apply to Greek citizens.
 
Will there be business activity protocols?
 
In all tourist activities, tourist transport and tourist visits to other places of interest, the same protocols as those in 2020 will apply, with some small adjustments. These protocols have proved effective and will be updated according to epidemiological conditions. The Ministry of Tourism and the Hotel Chamber of Greece will provide certification to all lodgings that apply these protocols. Moreover, training material will be provided to the employees of these businesses, in order to ensure the correct application of all health and safety measures against Covid-19.
 
Will there be quarantine hotels?
 
The plan for the opening of Greek Tourism provides for the existence of specific isolation (quarantine) hotels near each entrance gate, as well as in other strategic points nationwide. This way, an adequate safety net for case management will be 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.
 
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 informed to the Civil Protection authorities. According legislation, the visitor upon arrival can request from the Civil Protection authorities to contact her/his booked hotel regarding the availability of the service.
 
What will apply to minors under the age of 12?
 
Only children under the age of 12 will not be required to undergo a PCR test.
 
When will the departure and arrival of private yachts be allowed and from which countries?
 
The departure and arrival of yachts (except those coming from Turkey) is allowed with some restrictions, while the same terms and conditions will apply both for Greek and foreign citizens.
 
What will apply to cruise ships?
 
From May 14th, cruise restrictions are completely removed, always enforcing very strict protocols that are applied to these activities.
 
What if the visitor’s country requires a test for his/her return?
 
It is possible to perform PCR or 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: 10 August, 2021
 
 
  
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2021-07-19
 
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.
2021-05-12
 
If you need to perform a PCR test for COVID-19 in Kefalonia, you can contact the laboratories that offer this service.
 
Depending on the kind of test, the type of test certificate and other factors, the price varies from about 60 to 120 euros.
 
One of the laboratories in Kefalonia, according to its manager, has all the necessary equipment to get the test result on the spot, in its own laboratory, without samples sending to Athens.
 
In this laboratory you can take the following tests:
 
Fit2Fly U.K. - RT-qPCR test - 120 euros;
Fit2Fly EU. Corona RT-PCR test for most European Destinations - 90 euros;
Certified clinical antigen test - 40 euros.
 
The company also offers discounts for families, testing packages and other related service.
 
Please note: prices are indicated for the beginning of the summer season 2021 and are subject to change.
  
You can check the prices by visiting the laboratory website  https://www.kefaloniancoronatestcentre.com/ . There you can also register for a PCR test in Kefalonia or other tests.
  
Tests can also be taken at https://bioanalysislaboratory.gr/el/ergastirio-argostoliou and other certificated centers.
 
2021-04-14
 
In March 2021, about 55 people tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus in Kefalonia.
 
The vaccination process for Kefalonians is actively ongoing.
 
 
 
Information according to local press reports.
 
 

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