The country is now welcoming tourists from the EU, UK and around a dozen other countries around the world
Updated: Thursday 1 April 2021, 11:58 am
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After several very long months, Greece started lifting lockdown restrictions through summer and autumn last year – and now it wants to help salvage your 2021 holiday plans. The country has already resumed flights to all its major airports and is now set to loosen its travel restrictions further as it gears up for peak summer tourist season.
Travelers currently allowed in include residents and citizens of EU and Schengen member states, plus the UK and around a dozen other countries around the world including Australia, Japan, Israel and Turkey.
There are also new rules for international arrivals. All visitors must fill out a ‘passenger locator form’ at least 24 hours before arriving. This requires ‘detailed information on [passengers’] point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries, and the address of their stay while in Greece’. They must also bring a negative test result from within 72 hours of arrival, and for the time being, quarantine for seven days on arrival.
However, the country will scrap the mandatory self-isolation period from May 14.
As the country prepares for summer tourist season, international visitors will only be allowed in if they
- can prove they have had the vaccine
- have antibodies’ paper proof
- can provide a negative test result from within the past 72 hours.
There will also be random testing at the airport, and if your test comes positive, the country’s tourism Minister has said all healthcare costs will be covered by the Greek state.
So in other words: it’s not actually that long before you will be able to jet off on that balmy Aegean getaway. Just don’t forget that all-important test result – or vaccine certificate, if you’re lucky enough to have one.
Remember, many countries are still warning against all non-essential travel and some are quarantining all overseas arrivals, including their own returning citizens.
* This article was updated on 1st April 2021. You are strictly advised to check all the relevant restrictions before you think about travelling.