The Greek Islands: Travel Requirements

White and blue buildings on a Greek island at sunset

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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