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What to know about travelling to Greece from Australia during COVID-19

The latest on quarantine status, COVID-19 vaccine and test requirements, and local restrictions for Australians travelling to Greece.

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For a holiday of crystal clear waters, island retreats and incredible flavours, Australians need look no further than Greece for the perfect escape. With visa-free travel for most Aussies now available, and a variety of ways to prove you're healthy, Greece is also one of the easier options to pick for a getaway right now.

In this guide you'll find the current rules for Australians travelling to Greece, the permits needed and the requirements for quarantine and COVID-19 testing.

TL;DR: Entry requirements for quarantine-free travel to Greece

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What are the entry requirements for Greece coming from Australia?

Do I need a permit or visa to enter Greece?

No, you can enter without a visa if you're travelling to Greece (or any other country that's open in the Schengen Area) for tourism or business purposes for up to 90 days in a 180-day period.

Visa restrictions are the same as before COVID-19 so contact your nearest embassy or consulate to confirm.

Do I need proof that I'm vaccinated?

Yes, you do. To enter the European Union you'll need a certificate showing proof of vaccination in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish or Russian.

Accepted vaccines include:

  • Pfizer BioNtech
  • Moderna
  • Astra Zeneca
  • Novavax
  • Johnson + Johnson
  • Janssen
  • Sinovac Biotech
  • Gamaleya (Sputnik)
  • Cansino Biologics
  • Sinopharm
  • Covishield

Do I need proof I've had a negative test to travel to Greece?

Prior to departure, all travellers must have an acceptable form of certification of their health condition. These include:

  • A negative PCR test result taken up to 72 hours before entry.
  • A negative antigen test result taken up to 24 hours before entry.
  • Proof that the traveller tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 30 to 180 days.

You may need to go through additional screening on entry. RAPID antigen tests at the entrance gates are mandatory for selected individuals drawn from a targeted sampling system.

Do I need to quarantine when I arrive in Greece?

Quarantine upon arrival is not necessary for the vast majority of people who meet Greece's entry requirements.

However, if you are chosen for a sampling test on arrival and test positive for COVID-19, you and your travel companions will be accommodated in quarantine hotels. Guests will stay in quarantine for a maximum of 10 days at the expense of the Greek state.

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Getting to Greece and travelling around once there

Which entry points in Greece are open to travellers from Australia?

All international airports in Greece are open.

Travellers are also allowed to enter from the following land borders:

  • Doirani
  • Exohi
  • Evzonoi
  • Kakavia
  • Kastanies (limit of 1,500 passengers per week)
  • Kipi (limit of 1,500 passengers per week)
  • Kristallopigi
  • Niki
  • Nymfaia
  • Ormenio
  • Promachonas

Passengers can also arrive by ferry through all port entrances excluding maritime connections with Turkey which are still restricted.

Are flights between Australia and Greece available?

Yes, flights to Greece are now available for travel through airlines such as Emirates, Qatar and Singapore Airlines.

Keep in mind that flights to Greece from Australia usually involve at least one stopover so you'll need to make sure you meet transit requirements for each destination.

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As a traveller from Australia, can I travel anywhere once I'm in Greece?

Yes, you can. However, in order to travel between destinations by any transport means (bus, plane, ship or train), passengers must show either:

  • A vaccination or illness certificate (valid up to 6 months after illness).
  • A negative PCR test done up to 72 hours before they travel.
  • A rapid test taken up to 48 hours before their journey.

Minors from 4 to 17 years of age can travel with a negative self-test done up to 24 hours before travel.

Social distancing and the use of masks are mandatory in all indoor spaces such as airports and shops and in crowded outdoor spaces.

Restrictions on movement can change without warning and you may find additional or temporary measures in place in some locations. This can include a restriction on movement between 1-5am or music being forbidden in public places.

Are hotels, hostels and resorts all open to tourists?

Yes, all accommodation options are allowed to open and are operating with strict government-imposed safety protocols.

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Can I cruise to or around Greece?

Yes, cruise ships are allowed in Greece. There are cruises scheduled as early as November 2021 with Viking, and starting from February 2022 with cruise lines such as Princess and Norwegian.

Cruises can not yet sail between Australia and Greece due to an ongoing ban on international cruise ships in Australian waters.

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What's open in Greece?

Most of Greece's national parks, beaches, archaeological sites and other popular attractions are open but some rules apply as safety measures.

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Walking trails, parks and beaches. Most national parks and beaches with amenities have reopened for public access. With the exception of families travelling together, each beach umbrella may be used by 2 individuals only.

Shopping centres and stores. All shops and stores are permitted to be open, including large shopping malls and the bubbly street markets Greece is known for. Depending on the region you are visiting there may be stricter controls in shopping centres. This can include reduced opening hours and the policing of physical distancing.

Restaurants, cafes and bars. Restaurants, bars, cafes and clubs are operating up to a maximum 85% capacity in outdoor spaces, only serving seated customers and have a limit of 10 people per table. Indoor venues require guests to show an official certificate of vaccination or recovery.

Returning to Australia from Greece

Do I have to quarantine when I return to Australia?

Yes, you will need to do some level of quarantine upon arrival back from Greece. However, this depends on which state you're flying into and your vaccination status.

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Do I need proof of a negative test before arrival in Australia from Greece?

Whether you need a negative COVID-19 test result before you arrive in Australia from Greece depends on which state or territory you're travelling to.

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COVID-19 statistics for Australia vs Greece

Note: No data was available on days where the charts may read 0% for vaccination rates.


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