Information for residents or British people relocating regarding travelling back to Greece

Interesting article based on information from Crete but would hold good for Kefalonia especially now Aegean are running four flights a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays to the island.

This advisory, from the British Consulate, is primarily aimed at British people who are abroad and want to know what the current regulations are about returning to or relocating to Greece. However, I think that it is also of general interest. Grateful thanks to Artistea Chourdaki for putting it together.


Entry to Greece is currently only permitted to Greek nationals and those who can prove their residency via a Registration Certificate or Permanent Residence Document. Please read our (ie’s) travel advice page dedicated to covid in Greece which states that driving from the UK to Greece is likely to be very difficult, if not impossible, at this time. Many countries have closed their land borders, and ferry routes have been suspended. You may want to consider traveling by air since some indirect commercial flights are available.

Having said that, it is worth noting that upon arrival at Athens airport, passengers are subjected to testing for covid-19. Results take approximately 24 hours although in some cases this may take slightly longer due to the increased workload in state labs. You will be transferred to a designated hotel in Athens to overnight until your results come out. If your test results are negative, you can return to Athens airport to board your onward flight to Crete.

When at home, you will receive instructions to go into 14 days’ self-isolation. This is mandatory, and the Greek authorities enforce this by prosecution and fines.

I hope the above helps you make an informed decision about returning to Greece.

If you wish to monitor the situation in Greece, please visit our travel advice page regularly. We are updating it as soon as new official instructions are announced. Should you need any clarification or further details, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Kind regards,


Aristea Chourdaki |Vice Consul | British Vice Consulate Crete
British Vice Consulate | 17 Thalita Street | Ag. Dimitriou Square| Heraklion | 71202
Tel: +30 2810 224012 | Fax:+30 2810 243935 | ECHO: 6182024 l

source – FB post in British in Greece


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