Can you still travel to Greece from the UK, and what are the rules while both countries are on lockdown? Travel may be difficult or even prohibited at this time, but we have the latest information.
Greece is one of the most popular destinations for British tourists thanks to its beautiful beaches, rich culture and delicious cuisine. However, on November 5, the UK went into lockdown to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Until December 2, non-essential travel to Greece from the UK will not be allowed, and on November 7, Greece was also blocked. Initially imposed until the end of November, the Greek authorities are now talking about extending the confinement until December.
Whether you need to travel to Greece for some essential reason or are planning a post-containment trip, here is everything you need to know about getting to Greece.
During the coronavirus pandemic, things change rapidly, especially when it comes to travel. For the latest tips, check out the The UK government’s travel advice page. This article was last updated on November 24 and was correct at the time of writing.
Can I travel to Greece now?
Technically, yes, but only for essential reasons.
On November 14, Greece was withdrawn from the List of FCDO travel corridors. This means any Briton traveling to Greece must self-quarantine for 14 days upon return to the UK. This includes the islands of Lesbos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos and Tinos, but not the islands of Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes and Zakynthos, which are exempt from the quarantine rules. From December 15, this quarantine period will be reduced to just five days, provided you get a negative COVID test result after five days.
As of November 5, England has been on lockdown and non-essential overseas travel from the UK is not allowed. This excludes holidays in Greece for now, but if you are traveling to Greece for essential reasons (work, study, and other legally permitted reasons), be prepared to isolate yourself when you return home.
Note that travelers living in Scotland do not need to self-quarantine when returning from Greece, but those living in the rest of the UK do. International travel from Northern Ireland is not strictly prohibited but is not recommended.
Do i need a negative COVID test to travel to Greece?
Since November 10, anyone entering Greece by plane, land or ferry must prove a negative COVID test. This must have been done within 48 hours of arriving in Greece by air, and within the last 72 hours if arriving by land (i.e. by road or rail) or by ferry. The test is at your own expense and costs around Â£ 65 to Â£ 120.
What other conditions are there to enter Greece?
At least 24 hours before your departure, you will need to complete an online form Passenger tracking form (PLF). It’s in English and doesn’t take long to complete. If you don’t, your airline could refuse to let you board, the Greek authorities could turn you back at the border and you could end up with a fine of â¬ 500. This applies to anyone traveling to Greece from the UK.
Upon your arrival, the Greek authorities will scan the QR code on your form and possibly send you a health examination, which could include another coronavirus test.
Should I quarantine on arrival?
If you are selected for health screening and given a coronavirus test, you will be asked to self-isolate at the address listed on your PLF form until you receive the results (which should be within 24 time). If your test comes back negative you will no longer need to self-isolate, but if it is negative you will need to quarantine yourself for 14 days – possibly in government-provided accommodation, which is funded by authorities. Greek.
Is Greece in containment?
For now yes.
Greece – like most countries in Europe – is experiencing a second wave of coronavirus infections. Cases have increased dramatically in recent weeks. As a result, a nationwide lockdown is in place from November 7 to 30. Greek ministers plan to extend the lockdown until December.
This means that all shops are closed except supermarkets and pharmacies, and tourists and residents alike can only go out for medical reasons, to exercise or to buy basic necessities. You will also need to write a note explaining why you are outside whenever you go somewhere, ready to show authorities if necessary.
You can find the latest data on the coronavirus infection rate in Greece on the ECDC website.
This is subject to change. As new cases appear, different regions may go up or down one level. You can find the most recent information on local lockdown restrictions on the UK government travel advice page.
Rules for traveling to Greece during the coronavirus
Some rules apply nationwide and are similar to our rules in the UK.
- Masks are mandatory in indoor public areas and crowded outdoor areas such as at the bus stop and in busy squares
- Masks are mandatory on all public transport, including ferries and taxis
- A maximum of three adult passengers is allowed in a private car or taxi (this does not include the driver).
Pay attention to the level of the area in which your tour is located and obey local lockdown rules. You can read more about the UK government travel advice page.
Which airlines fly from the UK to Greece?
Flights between the UK and Greece resumed on July 15, after being suspended in March. Airlines operating flights between the UK and various Greek destinations include Aegean Airlines, British Airways, Ryanair and Wizz Air. However, cancellations are expected during the UK lockdown in November, so invest in travel insurance.
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When can I travel to Greece? Faq
Although some airlines still operate flights to Greece, the country was blocked on November 7, banning all non-essential travel outside of your accommodation. The UK is also blocked until December 2, which means non-essential travel to Greece from the UK is not allowed until then. So technically, yes, you can travel to Greece right now – but only for essential reasons, like work and study, and not for vacation.
Yes, although UK travelers are only allowed to travel for essential reasons. You will need to complete a Passenger Tracking Form (PLF) at least 24 hours prior to entry and obtain a negative COVID test up to 48 hours prior to entry. You may be asked to take another COVID-19 test upon arrival and quarantine yourself in government-approved accommodation until your results are known.
Yes, with the exception of the islands of Rhodes, Kos, Zakynthos (Zante), Corfu and Crete. However, the situation is constantly changing. We recommend that you take out good travel insurance and monitor it closely, just in case there are any further changes.
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