Everything You Need to Know About Greece Reopening

Here’s some good news on the travel front – Greece is now open to U.S. citizens. You’ll have to meet a few requirements to gain access to the country, but it’s fairly simple. If you’re tired of working from your home base or your childhood bedroom, maybe an outdoor cafe in Corfu is your next “office” or a terrace of your beachside Airbnb?

Here are the details of how to get into Greece as a U.S. citizen.

What you’ll need to enter Greece

We’re still in the midst of the pandemic and not quite back to the freedom days of travel (yet). You’ll need to meet a few requirements to get into Greece that’ll take some pre-planning before departure. Greece is requiring all U.S. citizens to show:

  • Proof of getting the covid vaccination at least 14 days prior to entering Greece (This means two weeks after the second Pfizer or Moderna shot or two weeks after the single J&J vaccine) –OR–
  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within three calendar days of travel (for those over 5 years old). (You do not need to present a negative test if you have proof of vaccination.)
  • In either case – prior to arrival, you must fill out an Online Passenger Locator form (PLF) which can be found here. Once you’ve completed the form, you’ll get an email with a QR code so no worries if you don’t have a printer.
  • Even with all your paperwork and certifications in hand upon arrival, you may still need to undergo a mandatory random health screening.
  • Greece is also recommending, if possible, to book a direct flight into the country to avoid any airport hassles. You’re free to arrive via any international airport within the country.

Greece reopening

What to expect when you get to Greece

When Greece opened to tourists from a select handful of countries on May 14, the country also relaxed local restrictions. Shops, museums, beaches, and outdoor dining are now open, some with limited hours and some capacity limits. There’s also a curfew from 12:30 am until 5 am.

Masks are still required everywhere, both indoors and outdoors, so be sure to pack some along.

It’s worth noting the U.S. State Department still doesn’t recommend traveling to Greece at this time.

The pandemic travel world is ever evolving so while this information is current and up-to-date at the time of publishing, be sure to check with the U.S. Embassy in Greece before you head out or make major plans.

For current information on getting into Greece as a U.S. citizen

Head to the U.S. Embassy to Greece page here and the Greek government’s guidelines for entry here.

 

Lauren Allain
Lauren is a freelance journalist from Seattle. She travels the globe in search of the best grocery stores, bouldering gyms, and snorkeling locations. Her mission at Freedom Is Everything is to help others make the transition into location-independent lifestyles.