Greece’s relaxed entry rules explained

There’s less admin involved in a holiday to Greece now that passenger locator forms have been dropped. We’ve laid out the steps you need to take if you’re visiting this spring

With hundreds of paradisal islands to explore, from Kefalonia to Crete, Greece is a popular holiday destination among UK holidaymakers. Fully vaccinated travelers are no longer required to test before traveling there, and, from 15 March, you’ll no longer have to worry about filling in a passenger locator form to go.

Because of this, if you’re fully vaccinated, it’s a relatively hassle-free holiday destination. Those who aren’t vaccinated can enter Greece, but will need to take a Covid test or show valid proof of recent recovery. You should consider the Covid restrictions on the ground in Greece before booking your trip. Entry to most indoor public spaces is prohibited without a vaccine pass, and access to outdoor venues and shops depends on showing proof of recent recovery or a negative Covid test.

Read on to understand Greece’s latest entry requirements including the rules for traveling with children, what counts as being fully vaccinated, and the Covid restrictions you will need to follow during your stay.

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What are the rules for traveling to Greece from the UK?

What you need to do depends on your vaccination status. If you’re fully vaccinated, you can visit Greece with no need to test or fill out a form before you go. If you’re not fully vaccinated, you’ll need to book and pay for a pre-departure testbut you don’t need to complete a passenger locator form.

There are three basic steps all UK travelers should follow to visit Greece:

  • STEP 1 – Prove your vaccination status using the NHS Covid pass. Not fully vaccinated? You need to book and pay for a pre-departure test (see below).
  • STEP 2 – Follow the Covid-19 restrictions in Greece such as mask-wearing and using a vaccine pass or negative Covid-19 test result to enter public venues.
    • STEP 3 – As of 18 March, you no longer need to test, fill out a passenger locator form or quarantine to enter the UK.

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Travel to Greece from the UK: Before you go

All travelers aged five years and over are subject to Greece’s vaccination requirements. This means if you’re traveling with children and young people who aren’t yet fully vaccinated, you will need to factor the cost of testing into your travel budget.

Fully vaccinated travelers

STEP 1: If you’re fully vaccinated, you can travel to Greece from the UK without the need to test, quarantine or complete a Greek passenger locator form. Simply show your NHS Covid pass.

Tip: We strongly advise that you print off the QR code from your NHS pass. We’ve heard from some passengers who haven’t been able to board their flight because the app didn’t load at the airport.

If you don’t have a smartphone, you can print your Covid pass from the NHS website, where you can also request for it to be posted if you don’t have a printer. You can also print it on somebody else’s behalf.

STEP 2: Follow the local Covid restrictions in Greece during your stay.

Regardless of vaccination status, masks are mandatory in all public spaces in Greece, both indoors and outdoors. Any type of mask is accepted except for on public transport, in supermarkets and in pharmacies. In these places, you need to wear either an FFP2, N95 or layer two masks (one of which must be surgical).

You will need to present your NHS Covid pass to enter most public settings.

STEP 3: As of 18 March, you don’t need to fill out a passenger locator form.

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What counts as fully vaccinated to enter Greece?

To be classed as fully vaccinated in Greece, you will need to have either:

  • Completed your primary vaccination (either second jab of a two-dose vaccine or first and only jab of a one-dose vaccine) between 14 days and nine months before arriving in Greece
  • Had a booster jab
  • A valid certificate demonstrating medical exemption from vaccination.

Do booster jabs have a time limit?

No. Booster jabs do not have a time limit on them like the primary vaccination does.

Is the NHS Covid pass accepted in Greece?

Yes. The QR code provided on the NHS Covid pass will be recognized in Greece. Greece will also accept Covid passes issued by the Crown Dependencies.

Unvaccinated travelers

STEP 1: If you’re not fully vaccinated you will need to book and pay for a private pre-departure test, which can either be a:

  • PCR test up 72 hours before arrival in Greece, or;
  • Rapid antigen test from an authorized lab upto 24 hours before arrival in Greece.

STEP 2: Follow the local Covid restrictions in Greece during your stay.

Regardless of vaccination status, masks are mandatory in all public spaces in Greece, both indoors and outdoors. Any type of mask is accepted except for on public transport, in supermarkets and in pharmacies. In these places, you need to wear either an FFP2, N95 or double mask (one of which must be surgical).

If you’re over 18 and not fully vaccinated or haven’t recently recovered from Covid-19, you won’t be allowed to go inside most public venues, including restaurants, bars, nightclubs, leisure and sport facilities, cinemas, theaters and museums.

You can visit these places outside if you provide either a negative PCR test result done upto 72 hours before or a negative rapid antigen test done upto 48 hours before. You can pay for this test at a local pharmacy.

Greece is taking Covid-19 restrictions very seriously and if you don’t comply with the rules, you could be fined up to €5,000.

STEP 3: As of 18 March, you won’t need to book any tests or fill out a passenger locator form.

Can I use the free NHS tests for travel?

No. You can’t use the free NHS tests for travel. This is because private testing companies issue you with a certificate to prove your Covid-19 status after testing, which is required in order to gain entry to Greece.

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Traveling with children to Greece

STEP 1: Children under the age of five do not need to test or prove their vaccination status. They can follow the entry rules for fully vaccinated travelers.

Children over the age of five will need to either demonstrate that they are fully vaccinated or medically exempt (the same as adults) or follow the rules for unvaccinated travelers (pre-departure test or proof of recent recovery).

STEP 2: Children will need to follow the local Covid restrictions during their stay, including mask wearing in most public settings.

Kids between the ages of four and 18 who aren’t fully vaccinated are being asked to test before entering indoor public spaces by testing and entering their results on this form. The Greek government hasn’t specified which type of test they should take or how far in advance, only that it can be a self-test.

STEP 3: As of 18 March, all remaining travel restrictions to enter the UK, including testing and passenger locator forms, have been lifted.

What if I’ve recently recovered from Covid-19?

If you’re not fully vaccinated but you have recovered from Covid-19 up to three months before travel to Greece, you can show proof of this using the NHS Covid app in lieu of taking a test. If you’re fully vaccinated, you won’t need to show proof of recent recovery because your vaccine certificate is all you need to gain entry to Greece.

Tip: We strongly advise you to carry proof of recent recovery from Covid-19 even if you’re fully vaccinated because you could be asked to take a random Covid test by the authorities upon arrival. If you do test positive, proof of recent recovery could save you from having to quarantine.

Random Covid-19 testing on arrival in Greece

Be aware that you might be asked to take a state-provided Covid test when you land in Greece as part of spot checks being carried out by the authorities. Unless you are medically exempt, this test is mandatory if you are asked to do it, and refuse could result in you being denied entry into the country.

If you do test positive, you (and the people you are traveling with) will need to either stay in a government funds quarantine hotel or in your own hotel (if it’s four or five stars and offers the necessary Covid-19 service) for at least five days. If you show no symptoms, or your symptoms begin to improve within five days, you can end your quarantine, but on the condition that you wear either an FFP2/N95 mask or double mask (one of which should be surgical) at all times in public for the following five days.

For more information on testing positive on arrival in Greece, visit the Greek government website.

To keep up to date with Greece’s latest entry requirements, visit

Are there different restrictions for the Greek islands?

The above rules all apply for travel to the Greek islands. The government has advised that municipalities and local authorities have the power to tighten or loosen restrictions depending on the Covid-19 infection rate in that area. Best thing to do is to check the latest rules for the area you’re traveling to before you go.

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