Greece will open its borders to more countries, besides the 29 announced, as of June 15 but under specific rules, an announcement by the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Saturday.
Following the Tourism Ministry’s release of the 29 countries from which citizens will be allowed to enter Greece as of June 15 without restrictions (only subject to random tests upon arrival), an announcement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs clarified that visitors from other countries will also be allowed to enter.
Testing, quarantine based on flight’s origin point
Between 15 June to 30 June – in what the ministry refers to as a “bridge phase” – mandatory testing and quarantine rules will relate to a flight’s origin point and not a traveler’s nationality.
More specifically, if a traveler arrives from an airport on the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) affected area list, he/she will be tested upon arrival and required to stay overnight at a designated hotel. If the test is negative then the traveler is obliged to a 7-day self-quarantine. However, if the test is positive, the passenger is quarantined under supervision for 14 days.
Airports on the current EASA affected area list include those in the United Kingdom and the United States.
It is reminded that travelers originating from an airport not on the EASA affected area list, are only subject to random tests upon arrival.
The EASA list is updated regularly in coordination with EASA Member States and based on the information from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). This means that rules that apply for arrivals from specific airports may change.
It is also reminded that until June 15 incoming flights to Greece are allowed exclusively to Athens International Airport. From June 15, Thessaloniki Airport “Makedonia” will also be accepting international flights. As of July 1 onwards, flights from abroad will be allowed to all airports in Greece.
The Greek Tourism Ministry on Saturday said: “Starting on the 15th of June, we will welcome the world steadily and methodically, with rules and protocols… We are now opening up our country with a renewed sense of hospitality and welcome… We make sure that this summer, our health and safety is our top priority. And with a constant and exhausting monitoring and evaluation process that will increasingly allow us to extend a hospitable welcome to visitors.”
In addition, land border arrivals from Albania, North Macedonia and Bulgaria will be allowed as of June 15. Visitors will be subject to random tests upon arrival.
For further information and frequently asked questions on travel to Greece during the post-Covid-19 era, press here for the recent guidance provided by the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs.