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What to expect when travelling to Greece this year post-COVID

If you are planning a trip to Greece this year, then prepare for it to be a little bit different than what you’re used to. As you can imagine, coronavirus has turned the world upside down and we all have to do things a little bit differently. Not only does the UK have their own rules in a bid to tackle the pandemic but so do other countries, Greece included.


Is Greece on the green list?

Greece is currently on the UKs amber list, which means if you dochoose to visit, then upon your arrival home you will have to isolate for 10days. You will also be required to get a PCR test on days two and eight. Youwould still be able to use the test-to-release system on day five, which wouldmean, should you have a negative result, then you no longer need to quarantine.

Whilst it is not illegal to visit an amber country, the Departmentfor Transport has advised travellers that they “should not be travelling to‘amber’ and ‘red’ countries for leisure,” however there aren’t any fines orpenalties for those who go against the advice.

What are the entry requirements to get into Greece?

UK nationals are allowed to enter Greece so long as they are apermanent resident in the UK, Greece, another EU/EFA state, or in one of the following countries; Australia,New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore, United Arab Emirates,Russian Federation, United States, Serbia and Israel.

It is mandatory that you wear aface mask at all times whilst you are on transport be it an aeroplane, bus,train or ferry, travelling to or from Greece, as well as in airports.

What tests do you need to travel to Greece?

If you are travelling to Greece, whether that’s by air, land orsea, then you will need to show evidence that you have a negative PCR test forcoronavirus, which has been done within 72 hours of your arrival. If you do nothave this then likelihood of being let in by authorities is slim to none, sodon’t risk it.

So long as you have arrived from the UK and you have a negativePCR test, then you will not need to isolate when you reach Greece. If you havealready had both coronavirus vaccinations, completed at least 14 days beforeyou go on holiday, and you have proof of this, then you also will not have toself-isolate.

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Will any shops or restaurants be open at the airport?

This will be dependent on which airport you’re flying from. Accordingto both Heathrow and Gatwick’s websites, limited shops are open and food isavailable for takeaway, however given the change in rules and that we nowallowed to eat inside as of the 17th May, this may have changed. Ouradvice is to keep checking the website to see if they update their information.

According to Athens International airport, various cafes and snackbars are open, however they do not mention whether shops in the terminal willbe closed or not. Each airport will have different places open, so it’s best tohave a look at the website for more information.

What happens if on arrival to Greece you don’t feel well?

If you are showing mild symptoms, The Health Check Authority willcarry the preliminary health check and advises of further actions as per EODYguidelines. You’ll have evidence of your negative PCR test, however thatis not to say in this instance they wouldn’t require you to do another.

What precautions are in place at the airport?

Airports in Greece are working closely with the National PublicHealth Organisation (EODY) to make sure all passengers are a safe as possible.Some of the precautions in place include:

Please note these are the specific precautionary measures put inplace by Athens International Airport. Refer to your airports’ website to findout what they are doing to keep passengers safe.

Do you need to wear a mask on the plane?

Masks must be worn on the plane at all times, unless you have arespiratory condition or are a child under the age of six. Fortunately, you’relooking at just over 3 hours depending on which UK airport you’re flying fromand to, so it shouldn’t be too bad!

What is the current covid-19 situation in Greece?

Greece has been tackling coronavirus better than many otherEuropean countries; however that’s not to say that nationwide lockdown measureshave not been put in place throughout the past year. The country has had more than 371,712 covid-19 cases as ofMay 14. Full vaccinations currently stand at around 1,412,273 — or 13.8% of thepopulation.

Are restaurants and bars open in Greece?

Cafes, bars and restaurants are now open across Greece, so long asthey can accommodate customers in open seating areas. This being said, indoor restaurants, bars, and cafes areallowed in hotels but only to serve those staying in their accommodation.

Is there a curfew in Greece?

There is still a curfew in Greece however this has been pushedback to 12:30 am-5 am. Between these hours you should be in your accommodation.

Are museums open in Greece?

Museums and archaeologicalsites, including the Acropolis in Athens, have reopened. This being said thereare capacity limits, so do try and book ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

Can I go shopping in Greece?

Shops are fully open,however there may be some restrictions on capacity, but that would be thedecision of the shop owners.

Do I have to wear a mask at all times in Greece?

You must wear a mask in public apart from when you aredining/drinking or exercising. When you are in your hotel, rules may be alittle bit more relaxed, but do expect to wear a mask whilst walking around thebuilding. For example, you may be expected to wear a mask walking to your sunlounger but once laying down you can take it off.

Can I party in Greece?

Currently in dining venues and bars music is not allowed andguests must remain seated at all times.

All in-all these measures are quite relaxed in comparison to otherEuropean countries. However, if you are hoping for a party kind of holiday,then Greece maybe isn’t the best option at the moment. With most attractionsopen as well shops, restaurants and bars, your sure to have a relaxing and funholiday and whilst it will different than previous years you may have visited,you’ll still find endless things to do.

If you are booking a trip to Greece then be sure to take outtravel insurance as soon as possible. With our enhanced coronavirus cover, youwill have additional protection including cancellation cover if you testpositive for covid-19 before you travel and cover should your airline go intoadministration because of the pandemic. To find out more and see the full listof covid-19 cover available, then click here.

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Information correct at the time of writing and publishing thisarticle 20th May 2021.

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