The Greek Islands: Travel Requirements

Those looking for some Hellenic island-hopping will continue to face specific entry requirements when returning to the Greek mainland. Authorities have announced an extension on the testing requirements for domestic travel as the vaccine rollout has been slower than anticipated.

Travellers returning to the mainland from an island must have a vaccination certificate, proof of recovery, or a negative PCR test or antigen test result. The details are as follows:

  • Vaccinated Travellers: Have received the full dose of an accepted vaccine no sooner than 14 days before travel. The certificate must be in either Greek, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian. Travellers must carry both printed and digital versions of their certificate with them. Greece accepts the highest number of vaccine types in the EU.
  • Recovered Travellers: Travellers who recovered from Covid-19 at least 30 days before travel can submit a recovery certificate. A recovery certificate is valid for 180 days.
  • Testing: Negative PCR tests no older than 72 hours, or negative antigen tests no older than 48 hours will be accepted.

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from travel restrictions.

>> Vaccinations for Travel: Who Accepts What?

Greece’s Restrictions-Free List

A beautiful view over the sea is a great way to see Greece, but make sure you know the island hopping travel requirements
Make sure you know the travel requirements when island hopping through Greece

Visitors from the following countries and principalities can visit Greece without facing quarantine or self-isolation requirements:

  • All European Union countries
  • EU++ countries – 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
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • New Zealand
  • North Macedonia
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Turkey
  • UAE
  • Ukraine

What to Expect

Restaurants are open, and offer outdoor seating

Masks must be worn in all public spaces, as well as in public transport.

Restaurants, cafes and bars are open, however seating is only available outside and limited to 6 per table. Archaeological sites are open, and allow 20 visitors at one time. If you want to catch a show while in Greece, it’s advised to book in advance, as theatre and concert capacity is capped at 75%.

Greece is known for sparkling white beaches and turquoise seas. Get to your lounger early though, as only 80 people are allowed on 1000m2 of beach. Plus, with the exceptions of families, only 2 people can share an umbrella.

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Austria Eases Restrictions for the UK, South Africa and others

Pastries by the Danube, and refreshing hikes through the Alps, Austria should be on everyone’s bucket list. And, the country has recently lifted quarantine requirements for vaccinated travellers arriving from more countries.

The government has announced that fully vaccinated arrivals from the following countries no longer need to undergo quarantine:

  • Botswana
  • India
  • Nepal
  • Russia
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • Zambia

The news comes after it was announced that these countries would no longer be listed as ‘virus variant’ locations.

Prior to the easing of restrictions, only non-essential travel to Austria from these countries was allowed. This meant that only travel for business or medical reasons was permitted, and required a 10-day quarantine on arrival.

In order to skip quarantine, travellers must have received a full dose of one of the following vaccines:

  • BioNTech/Pfizer
  • AstraZeneca
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Moderna
  • Sinovac
  • Sinopharm
  • Covishield

The Austrian government accepts mixed vaccines. So, a traveller is still considered fully vaccinated even if they have received a combination of two of the above vaccines.

>>Vaccines for Travel: Who Accepts What?

Belvedere Palace, in Vienna, is open to visitors

Other Entry Requirements

If a traveller is arriving from one of Austria’s ‘safe’ countries where there is a lower incidence of Covid-19, then they will not have to undergo quarantine. If they are not vaccinated then they must present a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours – an antigen test will not be accepted.

Alternatively, if the traveller have recovered from Covid-19 in the last 90 days, then a proof of recovery certificate can be submitted.

Travellers from countries not on the ‘safe’ or ‘virus variant’ list and who are not vaccinated, need to register online to get pre-travel clearance. These travellers must present a negative PCR test, or recovery document and undergo 10-days self isolation.

Once in Austria

There is no curfew in Austria and hotels, restaurants, and attractions are open. A negative Covid-19 result, vaccination, or recovery certificate is needed when checking-in or visiting places such as museums. Masks must be worn on public transport and in public spaces.

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