update for covid restrictions faced by travellers in Greece today

Wearing a mask

At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.

Local measures and restrictions

As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. The Greek authorities are currently operating a system of 3 levels of categorisation (’Level A: Surveillance’; ‘Level B: Increased Risk’; Level C: Local lock-downs). You should monitor the situation regularly via media and other information sources, including your accommodation or travel provider. This page will be regularly updated with details of specific local restrictions in place. The Greek government’s website contains a regularly-updated interactive map setting out region-by-region measures (currently available only in Greek).

Level A: Surveillance: Aitoloakarnania, Achaia, Andros, Argolida, Arkadia, Arta, Attica Islands, Cephalonia, Chania, Chios, Corfu (Kerkyra), Evia, Evrytania, Florina, Fokida, Fthiotida, Grevena, Heraklion, Ikaria, Ilia, Ithaki, Kalymnos, Karditsa, Karpathos, Kasos, Kea (Kythnos), Corinthia, Kos, Lakonia, Lasithi, Lesvos, Lefkas, Limnos, Messinia, Milos, Mykonos, Paros, Preveza, Rethymnon, Rhodes, Samos, Sporades Islands, Syros, Thassos, Thesprotia, Tinos, Zakynthos (Zante)

Local restrictions in place:

  • Mandatory use of a mask in all indoor and all outdoor spaces;
  • Curfew from Midnight until 5am: exceptions permitted only for emergencies or night-time working;
  • Non-food markets are restricted to 50% of usual vendors, who must observe a minimum distancing of 5 metres between stalls;
  • Food markets are restricted to 65% of usual vendors, with minimum distancing of 3 metres between stalls;
  • Restaurants and Bars: a maximum of 6 people per table; and obligatory closure between 11PM and 5AM, except for take-away and delivery services;
  • Public transport (including ferries) operates at reduced capacity;
  • A maximum of 3 passengers is permitted in a taxi;
  • Children’s playgrounds: limits on capacity of 50 children at a time;
  • Universities may operate only via distance learning;
  • A limit on public gatherings of 50 people (including for religious ceremonies such as weddings, funerals and baptisms);
  • Schools remain open;
  • Public entertainments (theatres, cinemas etc.) remain open, but with reduced capacities;
  • Public sports events are permitted, but without any spectators.

Level B: Increased Risk: Attica, Chalkidiki, Drama, Evros, Imathia, Ioannina, Kastoria, Kavala, Kilkis, Kozani, Larissa, Magnisia, Naxos, Pella, Pieria, Rodopi, Santorini (Thira), Trikala, Viotia (Boeotia), Xanthi

Local restrictions in place:

  • Mandatory use of a mask in all indoor and all outdoor spaces;
  • Curfew from Midnight until 5AM: exceptions permitted only for emergencies or night-time working;
  • Exercise and sports are permitted only in outdoor settings;
  • Museums, archaeological sites and public galleries are closed;
  • Gyms are closed;
  • All non-food markets are suspended;
  • Restaurants, bars and other hospitality establishments are closed, except for delivery and take-away services;
  • Cinemas and theatres are closed;
  • Public transport (including ferries) operates at reduced capacity;
  • A maximum of 1 passenger is permitted in a taxi;
  • A maximum of 3 people are permitted in a private car (except for if all passengers are family members);
  • Playgrounds are closed;
  • Universities operate via distance learning only;
  • All public gatherings are banned- except for religious services, where a maximum of 9 people are permitted;
  • Schools remain open.

Level C: Local lock-down: Thessaloniki and Serres regions

Local restrictions in place:

  • A ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
  • Certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, or by using the Greek government’s SMS service (for more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
  • A total curfew from 9PM to 5AM, except in case of emergencies;
  • A ban on local and domestic flights into or out of airports in the region/s. To certify an essential movement:
  • Send a free SMS to 13033.

The SMS should be in the form:

X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address

(Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:

  1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them.
  2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery store), where they cannot be shipped/delivered at home.
  3. Going to the bank, as long as the online transaction is not possible.
  4. Going to help people in need.
  5. Going to a ceremony (eg funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the textual provisions.
  6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or a group of two people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 meters.

Write a handwritten form on a piece of paper.

The handwritten form must include this information:

Name and Surname
Home Address
The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination
Date, Time and Signature

Travel in Greece

It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis.

Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (e.g. limited to a maximum number ofadult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.

Travel to and from islands

You may travel throughout Greece, including to the islands.

If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator: you should contact them directly if you need further information. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.

If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. Specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.

Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review.

Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is now permitted within Greece. If your vessel is arriving in Greece from another country, you must comply with specific requirements upon your first landing in Greece. No passengers are permitted on the vessel, except for the crew. Upon arrival, you must present to harbour authorities, who will require the completion of a health declaration, and mandatory testing (to be paid for by the occupants of each vessel).

Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.

You can read the Greek authorities’ plans for future changes here (in Greek). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.

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