Greece New Travel Conditions Starting May 14

Europe May 14, 2021

On May 14, the summer season of 2021 in Greece officially opens. However, some restrictions remain in place. Check out below all the travel conditions and rules that you must follow in order to enter and stay in Greece starting from May 14:

Travel conditions in Greece valid from May 14:

  • All tourists are required to complete the online form (PLF) at least 24 hours before entering Greece
  • All persons, including children over the age of 5, are required to present the result of a negative RT-PCR test, not older than 72 hours. Vaccinated individuals are excluded if 14 days have passed since the last dose of vaccine.

From 14 May, the following rules apply throughout Greece:

  • Travel is free and written declarations or SMS announcements disappear.
  • Traffic is prohibited between 00.30 am - 05.00 am.
  • Wearing a mask is mandatory for all persons, including children aged 4 years or older, both indoors and outdoors. The only exceptions are cafes and restaurants, private cars (for members of the same family / people living together / first-degree relatives) and exercise.
  • The obligation to keep a distance of 1.5 meters is maintained.
  • Up to three people in total (driver + two passengers) are allowed in both private vehicles and taxis. There are exceptions for families with young children, for people in need of medical care and for teachers and students in rural areas.
  • Private boating and recreational fishing are allowed.
  • Nightclubs, theaters and cinemas remain closed.

Functional services in the summer season 2021

  • Currently, taverns, restaurants and cafes operate only outdoors, with no music. There is a maximum of 6 people who can sit at the same table.
  • All retail stores, malls, Supermarkets, bakeries, butchers, fish shops, other grocery stores, kiosks are open.
  • Street markets, zoos, nature reserves, archaeological sites, museums reopen from 14 May

Travel conditions in Greece to the islands, valid between 14 May and 30 June

  • Passengers over the age of 5 will have to take a test before traveling by ferry or plane and show them to the staff of the ferry or airline, as appropriate. Visitors can choose between a PCR test or a quick test.
  • Anyone who has been vaccinated (14 days or more before the trip) or has contacted COVID-19 (2 to 9 months before the trip) and can prove with documents this is exempt from the obligation to test.
  • Important!!! If you enter Greece and spend one or more days on the mainland and then go to the islands and if the test you presented at the entrance in the country expires, you will have to repeat the test. The exceptions are persons vaccinated or that already had COVID-19 as presented at the previous point.

At the time of writing, there is no information on testing when traveling between different islands. Please check this article again, which I will update with all the new information.



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