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Traveling to Greece during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

CNN StaffUpdated 28th June 2022
Greece has ancient ruins like the Parthenon, plus some of Europe's loveliest islands.
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 June 28.
(CNN) — 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.

The basics

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.
Any visitors who develop Covid while in the country will need to quarantine in their hotel for a minimum of five days.

What's the Covid situation?

Infection rates are still riding high, but have retreated from their early January peak as the Omicron variant took hold. Nevertheless, the US CDC has placed Greece on its highest risk list and advises citizens not to travel there.
Greece has seen 3,624,556 Covid cases and a total of 30,190 deaths as of June 28. Full vaccinations currently stand at just over 7.6 million -- or more than 73% of the population.

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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