Greece is Open to Tourists

Entry Requirements and other rules

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by Urs Raber

Travellers entering Greece must have a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) completed up to one day before travel and be able to provide one of the following:

=> a vaccination certificate showing that 14 days have elapsed since full vaccination against Covid-19
=> a negative PCR test performed less than three days (72 hours) ago
=> a certificate stating that one has recovered from the coronavirus (between 2-9 months from the date of illness indicated on it and issued 30 days after the first positive examination by a public authority in accordance with the relevant legislation).

The following rules apply (updated: 16.07.2021)

The new rules for the hospitality and entertainment sector, including restaurants, cafés, bars, clubs and entertainment venues, will apply across Greece from Friday 16/07/2021 until 31. August

  • Only seated customers (no dancing or standing at the bar) are allowed at entertainment venues indoors or outdoors.
  • Indoor spaces (restaurants, cinemas and theatres, etc.) can only be operated as Covid-free venues and are operated with a capacity of 85 percent. “Covid-free” - meaning that admit only Covid-immunized customers, either through vaccination or the presence of antibodies from previous infection
  • Indoor entertainment places, in particular, may only be operated as Covid-free venues with a coverage of up to 85 percent of the usable area in compliance with distance and protection rules.
  • All indoor places of entertainments, both indoors and outdoors, must comply with the minimum distance rules applicable to catering.
    Owners of outdoor places ofentertainment can operate them as Covid-free areas.
  • Minors may only enter Covid-free dining or entertainment facilities after they have passed a negative self-test, which is confirmed by a parent.
Patio Dinings the trendy Restaurant,  food and more. Vasiliki - Ionian Sea
Patio Dining the trendy Restaurant, food and more.

All hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars are operating, with strict safety protocols in place. For instance, there is a restriction on numbers in shops (according to their size and you are allowed up to 10 people per table in restaurants).


- Beaches are open, with umbrellas spaced at least 4m apart and a maximum of two sunbeds per umbrella. You are not required to wear a mask on the beach.

outdoor archaeological sites and open-air cinemas are open (with capacity restrictions) and theatres and other live events are also now operating with strict safety protocols in place.

More Info

All information provided is based on official announcements of the Greek authorities.

The Greek government has detailed information on a dedicated website, which includes frequently asked question.

The wearing of non-medical face masks is compulsory indoors and outdoors throughout Greece. The restriction does not apply to:
- Persons for whom the wearing of a face mask is not recommended due to their documented medical condition, e.g. respiratory problems.
- Children under 6 years of age.

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