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Greece Cuts Covid-19 Quarantine Time for Incoming Travelers to 3 Days

The mandatory quarantine time for incoming travelers to Greece during the holiday season has been reduced to 3 days, Government Spokesperson Stelios Petsas said on Friday.

According to the new announcement, all travelers arriving to Greece from any foreign country, including European Union member states, between Friday, December 18 and Thursday, January 7, 2021, will be required to self-isolate for 3 days and not 10, which had been previously announced.

Travelers will also have to submit a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) and a negative Covid-19 test result (PCR) performed up to 72 hours before arrival in Greece and also take a rapid Covid-19 test upon entry.

According to an aviation directive issued by the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA), the self-isolation of travelers will take place either at their home (for permanent residents) or at the place of temporary residence declared on the PLF, for three days, unless they remain in Greece for a shorter period, in which case the temporary restriction is valid for that period of time, ie until their departure.

The mandatory quarantine rule for incoming travelers is among the government’s measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

It is reminded that travelers who test positive for Covid-19 at Greece’s land borders will be denied entrance to the country.

Also, non-essential travel between Greek prefectures (domestic travel) is not allowed until 6am on January 7, 2021. Travel between prefectures is allowed only for essential reasons (returning to permanent residence, family reunification, business reasons and health reasons).

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  1. Wilma Reply

    Travelling from Holland, I would like to visit my friend on Crete. Is it possible to take a plane from Athens to Chania between dec 18th and december 26?

  2. George Reply

    I’m arriving in Greece at the 18th of December at 22:40. However, there are no buses available that late and can only travel to my final destination (which is in another prefecture) the next day. So, I have to stay at my first temporary address for 1 night. Can the 3-day self-isolation take place at my second temporary address?

  3. Matei Violeta Reply

    Hello. How should I interpret the reason for family reunion? I am a citizen of Eu working in Greece- Kos island for a short period…And my husband wants to come for Christmas…the question is…can be this situation a family reunion if I don have a residence permit here in Greece?

    • GTP editing team Reply

      It would be best to contact your embassy on this issue.

  4. Luca Reply

    Hello !
    I will be going to my second residence between Christmas and New Year. Obviously, I will need to change department from Attica to the Cyclades. Will I be allowed ?
    Thanks and regards.

  5. G Fuller Reply

    what are travel restrictions from Kalamata to Athens airport 27/12. Travelling to UK for health reasons. Can husband/carer travel by taxi (unable to use bus)

  6. Sami Reply

    I m coming Greece to U.K. for fertility treatment please guide me the rules between 15 January to 22 January 2021……

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