Editor’s Note: Coronavirus cases are in flux across the globe. Health officials caution that staying home is the best way to stem transmission until you’re fully vaccinated. Below is information on what to know if you still plan to travel, last updated on December 5.
If you’re planning to travel to Greece, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Greece is still open to all tourists without the need for proof of vaccine status.
What’s on offer
Ancient monuments, myriad islands, spectacular beaches and vast mountains. Greece attracts millions of visitors each year looking for a sunny seaside escape, or a history-focused trip exploring its long and storied past.
Its popular resorts are perfect for partying during the summer, but there’s plenty of space to get away from the crowds, and outside of summer season you’ll often find yourself the only tourist around.
Who can go
From May 1, Greece has abolished the need to show proof of vaccination or Covid recovery on entering the country, so everyone with valid travel documents should be eligible to visit.
What are the restrictions?
Very few restrictions remain in place in Greece. As of May 1, the country removed any need to show proof of Covid vaccination or recovery to enter the country. Likewise, proof of vaccination/recovery is no longer needed for entry into certain indoor spaces like museums, sporting venues or theaters.
Some rules about wearing masks indoors remain in place, including on public transport.
Any visitors who develop Covid while in the country will need to quarantine in their hotel for a minimum of five days.
What can visitors expect?
Most places in Greece are now open, with unrestricted access to most venues including restaurants, bars, museums and theaters. As of June 1, masks are no longer required in indoor public spaces but remain a requirement on public transport including buses, trains and ferries.
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Joe Minihane, Julia Buckley, Elinda Labropoulou and Barry Neild contributed to this report