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Travel to Greece

If you are travelling to Greece, you may be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test and complete the Passenger Locator Form before departure.

COVID-19 testing requirements

All passengers flying to Greece from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia, with the exception of children under 10 years, must present a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate, taken not more than 72 hours before arrival. The certificate must be in English, clearly indicating the passenger’s name and ID number, and presented to officers of the general secretariat for civil protection and the national public health organisation on arrival.

Effective 11 November 2020, all international passengers entering Greece must hold a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate, for a test conducted maximum 72 hours before arrival in Greece.

Transit passengers to Extra-Schengen destinations from Athens are not subject to the COVID-19 PCR test certificate requirement (of Greece).

Passengers may be subject to COVID‑19 tests on arrival. Tested passengers can then continue to their final destination. If the test result is positive, the passenger must stay in quarantine for 14 days under supervision at the passenger’s final destination.

Required forms

Passengers must complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before check‑in for their flight to Greece. Passengers will receive an email notification upon on‑time completion of the e‑PLF or an electronic QR code that must be shown at check‑in. Families can also be accepted with only one joint PLF confirmation and one unique QR code.

Along with the QR code proof that they have completed the e‑PLF and a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate, travellers from UAE or third countries will have to present their residence permit, work permit, identity card (provided that it states the place of residence), driving license or other documents to prove their place of residence.

Exemptions

Only EU citizens can travel to Greece. Exceptions are citizens and permanent residents from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Singapore who are permitted to enter. Permanent residents of UAE may arrive only by direct flights from UAE to Greece.

The following are also exempted from entry restrictions:

  • EU member states nationals and the Schengen agreement, including their spouses or persons with whom they have a cohabitation agreement, as well as their minor children
  • Passengers travelling for essential reasons, including health issues, business purposes, imperative family reasons, persons in need of international protection
  • Medical and nursing staff, researchers and health professionals, if they present their professional license to practice or other appropriate evidence of their professional status at the point of entry and provided that their entry into the country relates to the exercise of their professional duties
  • Long‑term residents of EU member states or Schengen agreement and third country nationals, holding a residence permit in EU member states or the Schengen agreement
  • Members of government delegations
  • Members of diplomatic delegations or consulate authorities and delegations, members of international and European organisations, members of humanitarian organisations performing their duties, military and security forces officials and of general secretariat for civil protection
  • Personnel employed in the transport sector, including seamen, aircraft crews, the crews and technical personnel of the leased aircraft firefighting equipment, lorry drivers and the absolutely necessary support staff for the transport of goods
  • Transit passengers originating from a country that does not require them to present a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate and have completed a Passenger Locator Form (PLF), provided they remain at the airport transit area and do not exit the airport during the transit time
  • Students
  • Persons caring for the elderly and people with disability (disabled)
  • Seasonal workers in the field of agriculture

The above persons must present the appropriate document and undergo laboratory medical examination.

Third country nationals subject to the restrictions may request exceptional entry to the Greek consular authority of their place of residence or stay for business or personal reasons.

Other information

For domestic flights within Greece only essential travel is allowed. Adherence to the essential travel and proof of the relevant reason are the responsibility of each individual passenger.

Third country nationals subject to the restrictions may request exceptional entry to the Greek consular authority of their place of residence or stay for business or personal reasons.

Travel from Greece

Required forms

Effective 10 November, the e-PLF submission via https://travel.gov.gr on the day prior to travel is mandatory for all permanent residents departing on international flights from Greece.

Passengers will receive an email notification upon on‑time completion of the e‑PLF or an electronic QR code that must be shown at check‑in. Families can also be accepted with only one joint PLF confirmation and one unique QR code.

Travelling to, from and through Dubai

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