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Health Alert: Greece, Re-Opening of Businesses and Resumption of Flights and Ferries

Opening Update:  The Greek authorities announced further updates, including the May 25 opening of restaurants, bars and cafes and ferry access to and from the islands, the June 15 opening of seasonal hotels, and restoration of some international flights.  See our COVID-19 page for more details.

 

Unrestricted Travel by Ferry to and from the Islands Begins May 25:  Masks are required (cloth recommended).  Passengers must complete a health status questionnaire and submit to a temperature check prior to boarding for trips longer than 30 minutes.  The questionnaire is available in Greek and English on our website and at the ports.

 

Ban on Entry of non-EU Citizens:  The Greek authorities banned entry of non-EU citizens until 11:00 p.m. on June 15.  By the end of May, the Greek authorities are expected to publish a list of countries from which they will accept tourists and the schedule.  When the list is available, we will update the COVID-19 page under Entry/Exit Requirements.

 

Quarantine and Airport Arrival Process:  The mandatory 14 day self-quarantine for all international passengers will continue through the end of May and possibly into June.  All international passengers must take a COVID-19 test upon arrival.  You will be taken by bus to a designated hotel overnight where you must remain until your test results are available.  Those with negative test results are released to self-quarantine for 14 days.  Those with positive test results will receive medical assistance.  See the Athens airport website for more information and our COVID-19 page.

 

The Greek government is expected to announce an update to the current COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements for international arrivals in the coming weeks.

 

Flight Updates:  Direct flights between the United States and Greece are scheduled to resume in early July.  Flights from Athens to Frankfurt resumed May 18.  Flights between Greece and Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Turkey, and the Netherlands are suspended through May 31.  For more information, see our Flights page.

 

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