Travel to Greece 2022 – All about Covid certificates and Covid tests

If you are traveling to Greece in 2022, you will need to be aware of the ever-changing travel restrictions and rules. Here’s all you need to know if you are visiting Greece in 2022.

International Travel to Greece 2022 – Updated on 8 February

Travel to Greece in 2022 is currently open to everyone. However, if you are traveling to Greece in 2022, you should be aware of the existing travel regulations.

This article summarizes the rules that are in place until 21 February 2022 for anyone arriving to Greece by air, sea or land.

In addition, you should be familiar with the Covid-related measures in Greece 2022. Travelers who have not been vaccinated will face certain restrictions while within Greece.

European Union Digital Covid Certificate System

Like many more countries, Greece is following the European Union Digital Covid Certificate System.

According to this system, travellers from the EU / Schengen and 33 non-EU countries and territories can visit Greece with either their vaccination certificate, their recovery certificate, or a PCR / rapid antigen test.

Here are the 33 non-EU countries who have joined the EU Covid Certificate System so far:

Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Cape Verde, Chinese Taipei, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Serbia , Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay and Vatican City.

These requirements apply for all travellers aged 5 and above.

Travelers from countries which haven’t joined the EU Covid Certificate System

Travelers aged 5 and above from all other countries will need a negative PCR / rapid antigen test to travel to Greece, irrespective of their vaccination / recovery status.

Such countries are the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina etc.

EU Covid Certificates 2022

If you are traveling from the EU, the Schengen zone, or one of the 33 countries mentioned above, you can travel to Greece with one of the following types of EU Digital Covid Certificate:

(a) a vaccination certificate including the basic vaccination series – this becomes valid when 14 days have passed since the last dose of your vaccine, and is valid for 270 days thereafter

(b) a vaccination certificate including the booster dose – this is valid indefinitely

(c) a certificate of recovery – this becomes valid when 14 days have passed since the date of the first positive PCR / rapid test result, and remains valid for 180 days since the date the test was taken

(d) a negative PCR testtaken no more than 72 hours before the scheduled arrival time to Greece

(e) a negative rapid antigen testtaken no more than 24 hours before the scheduled arrival time to Greece

Note that, if you are taking a PCR / rapid test, you need to take it no more than 72 / 24 hours of your scheduled arrival time to Greecerather than your scheduled departure time from your country.

PLF form for travel to Greece 2022

Apart from having one of the above documents, all people traveling to Greece will need to complete the inbound Passenger Locator Form (PLF). You can find this at the official Greek travel website.

You can complete the PLF even on the same day of your flight. In case you need to take a Covid test in Greece to return to your country, you will need to use the PLF number, so make sure you keep it somewhere handy.

What happens if you test positive when you arrive to Greece

The Greek authorities will be administering PCR / rapid Covid tests to randomly selected travelers flying into Greece, at their point of entrance.

Passengers who test positive will have to self-isolate for 5 days, either at home or at an appropriate temporary residence designated by the authorities. The 5-day period begins on the next day of the positive diagnosis.

After the 5-day period, travelers with no symptoms and no fever for the past 24 hours no longer need to self-isolate. Travelers who still have fever will need to remain in self-isolation, until the fever recedes.

All travelers who have self-isolated will need to wear a KN95/FFP2 mask for at least 5 days after the end of their self-isolation period.

Always check the official website for more information. In case of doubt, please get in touch with your airline or your embassy.

People traveling together / Close contacts

The following rules apply to passengers traveling together with a person that has been found positive to Covid-19 (close contacts).

These passengers can choose to return to their country on the same or the next day, provided they have tested negative twice within the last 24 hours (PCR test or rapid antigen test). They will need to use a KN95 mask on their return trip.

Close contacts with a valid vaccination / recovery certificate who decide to stay in Greece, will not need to self-isolate to begin with. They will need to use a KN95 mask at all times, and take a PCR test on the fifth day.

Close contacts without a valid vaccination / recovery certificate who decides to stay in Greece, will need to self-isolate for a period of 5 days. They will need to take a PCR / rapid test on the fifth day, and use a KN95 mask for at least 5 days thereafter.

Travelers to Greece 2021 - Aegean flight

How to travel around Greece in 2022

Here are the regulations for domestic travel around Greece by plane / train / ferry / bus in 2022. They are slightly different from the regulations for passengers coming to Greece from abroad.

All passengers aged 4 and above need to have one of the following documents:

(a) a vaccination certificate including the basic vaccination series – this becomes valid when 14 days have passed since the last dose of the vaccine, and is valid for 7 months thereafter (two-dose vaccines) or 3 months thereafter (one-dose vaccines)

(b) a vaccination certificate including the booster dose – this is valid indefinitely

(c) a certificate of recovery – this becomes valid when 14 days have passed since the date of the first positive PCR / rapid test result, and remains valid for 90 days since the date of the first positive test

(d) a negative PCR testtaken no more than 72 hours before the scheduled travel time

(e) a negative rapid antigen testtaken no more than 48 hours before the scheduled travel time

Children from 4 to 17 years old can travel with any of the above documents, and also with a negative self-test, taken in the last 24 hours. Self-tests are available from Greek pharmacies at a cost of 5-8 euro, and you need to register the result in this paper form.

Accepted languages ​​for any of the above documents are Greek, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian, and you can present them either in paper form or electronically. If you are coming from a country which is not following the EU System, it’s safer to have them in paper form.

Here’s a website where you can book your tickets for the Greek islands > Ferryscanner. You can compare all routes and prices, and get your ferry tickets straight to your e-mail!

Are there any Covid restrictions within Greece?

People who don’t have a valid vaccination / recovery certificate are currently not allowed entrance to certain indoor venues in Greece. A test is sufficient for some, but not all venues.

Here is a summary of the Covid restrictions in Greece for 2022. They tend to change every one or two weeks, so return to the article a few days before you are planning to travel to Greece.

Where can I take a Covid test in Greece?

You can take a PCR or Rapid test at medical labs all around Greece. Rapid tests are also available at most pharmacies, along with self tests.

Here’s an article with a list of places where you can take a Covid test in Greece. Includes medical labs in Athens, Santorini, Mykonos and other popular destinations.

Official sources for the above article

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Hello! I’m Vanessa, a travel writer from Athens. I’ve been keeping an eye on travel restrictions for Greece since March 2020. This article, which has last been updated on 8 February 2022, summarizes everything that travelers to Greece 2022 should know. I will be keeping the article up-to-date with all new Greece travel measures throughout 2022. So, bookmark it and check it before you travel to Greece. Please share with people who will find it helpful!

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