Greece is delighted to be welcoming tourists, having removed travel restrictions imposed to contain the spread of Covid-19 and put in place safety protocols to allow you to plan your holiday with greater freedom and safety.

Visitors from the European Union, Schengen Area, UK, USA and a selection of other countries do not need to quarantine on arrival. And travel is open to all Greek islands and around the mainlandHotels are open, operating with strict government-imposed safety protocols, as are archaeological sites & museums (with reduced capacity). 

(A full list of countries from which you can enter without quarantining and the vaccination certificate/Covid-19 testing requirements for travel to and within Greece are outlined in our Covid-related FAQs.)

Outdoor entertainment venues 

  • Restaurants, cafes, bars & clubs are operating up to a maximum 85% capacity, serving only seated customers and 10 people per table. 
  • Open-air cinemas and live theatre and music shows (for seated guests only) are operating with reduced capacity.

Indoor entertainment venues 

  • Restaurants & cafes, nightclubs, music spaces, theatres and cinemas will require guests to show an official certificate of vaccination (14 days since full vaccination) or recovery (within the last six months and minimum 30 days since the first positive result). Paper or digital certificates are accepted. 
  • Customers must be seated to be served at bars and clubs and under-18-year-olds are required to have carried out a Covid-19 self-test for all indoor venues.
  • The following signage is also being used in indoor restaurants, bars, cinemas and theatres to reassure customers of their specific Covid-19 safety levels:

    1.   Covid-free – Catering only to guests able to show an official certificate of full immunity (vaccination or recovery)
    2.   Mixed space – Also admitting unvaccinated individuals with a negative PCR or rapid test, taken within the last 72 or 48 hours respectively
    3.   Fully vaccinated staff – Indicating that all staff have been inoculated.
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You won’t need to wear a mask in uncrowded open places. However, you will need to wear one in congested outdoor spaces and indoors (public transport, shops, taxis and public utilities, as well as private communal areas in hotels etc).

Please note that you may find additional, temporary measures in place in some locations, such as a restriction on movement between 1-5am and music being forbidden in public places. So be sure to ask your hotel or holiday provider for details of any local or updated measures.

Greece’s safety & vaccination program accelerates

Welcoming tourists again has been possible after the intensification of the national Covid-19 vaccination program.

According to Greece’s Health Ministry:

  • More than 12.4 million Covid vaccines have been given (6.3 million residents fully vaccinated) out of a population of 10 million.

Greek islands fully vaccinated for the summer

The ‘Blue Freedom’ program to vaccinate all residents on islands was intensified in order for Greek islands to be given the maximum possible protection by the end of June. 

Under the program, residents of 40 smaller Greek islands were vaccinated during May and the vaccination programme on a further 29 islands (including Rhodes, Kos, Corfu, Mykonos, Santorini, Zakynthos, Kefalonia, Paros, Syros, Naxos, Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Lefkada, Limnos, Kalymnos, Thasos, Aegina and Salamina) was intensified with the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine during June.

Greece’s biggest island, Crete, has been included in the wider national vaccination program. 

We’ve been thinking of your holiday needs

We’re sure you’re as excited as we are to get the ball rolling again and can’t wait to welcome you back. We’ve updated a lot of our content, with suggestions for hidden gem Greek islands, romantic holiday spots in Greece and a whole load of other travel ideas that emphasise outdoor activities and quieter destinations.

Just, please, remember to travel safely and stick to all the health guidelines, including washing your hands and checking your temperature regularly. Self-test kits are widely available at Greek pharmacies at around €5.

Check out our Covid-related FAQs, including what travel documents you will need to enter Greece and visit Greek islands or mainland destinations and whether you will need to quarantine etc.

If you’ve got any other questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch on our live chat.

Welcome back and stay safe.

The Discover Greece Team

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Covid-19-related FAQs

Below are answers to many of your questions, so you can get planning with your holiday to Greece. We’ll be monitoring everything closely and keeping you updated. In the meantime, if you’ve got any other questions, you can always ask the Discover Greece team on the live chat and we’ll help out in any way we can.

If you belong to any of the following, you will not need to quarantine in Greece: Nationals and permanent residents of member states of the European Union & Schengen Area (including their spouses or partners with which they reside and their minor children). Additionally, permanent residents of the following countries do not need to quarantine: Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the United States of America, Singapore, Rwanda, Israel, the Russian Federation, Serbia, the United Kingdom, Canada, Belarus, Bahrain, Qatar, China, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei and Kosovo.

In order to prove your place of residence, third-country nationals may present their residence permit, work permit, identity card, driving license or other documents, provided that the place of residence is stated.

There is also provision for individuals travelling for essential reasons to enter Greece without the need to quarantine. However, the information here is limited to holiday travel only. 

Whether you arrive by plane, boat or car, you will need to present one of the following to Greek authorities: 

  • A Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate (in Greek, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian, including the type of vaccine and number of doses received) issued by the official body of your country of origin or an EU Digital Covid Certificate (in digital or printed form). A minimum of 14 days must have passed since you were fully vaccinated (with both doses where necessary). Make sure that your name on the vaccine certificate is as indicated on your passport.

  • A negative molecular PCR test for Covid-19 (taken within 72 hrs of arrival in Greece) or a negative Rapid antigen test (taken within 48 hrs of arrival). (Note that this includes visitors from Russia who have been fully vaccinated.)

  • An official certificate stating that you were infected and have fully recovered from Covid-19 (between 2-9 months from the date of illness indicated on it and issued 30 days after the first positive examination by a public authority in accordance with the relevant legislation).

The above requirements (negative molecular PCR or Rapid test or proof of vaccination or immunity after illness) apply for children aged 12 and over (including all the stipulations relevant to adults). Children under 12 are exempt from the requirements.  

  • You will also need to have filled in a Passenger Location Form (PLF), outlining personal details and where you will be staying in Greece.

  • Note that the PLF is for the Greek authorities but will also be scrutinised by your airline carrier before departure. Please be very careful when filling it in, making sure that your personal details are identical to those on your passport. A help-line is available on +30 215 560 5151 for any queries. 

  • This PLF is in addition to any similar form required for your outbound or inbound travel by your airline carrier or the national authorities of your country of residence. 

  • Always check the travel requirements requested by your airline carrier and national authorities 24 hours before arrival in and departure from Greece.

  • All of the above is in addition to your standard travel documents (passport, visa if necessary etc).

International passengers may be given a rapid Covid-19 test upon arrival in Greece. The result is usually available within 20 minutes.

If you test positive in Greece, you will be required to quarantine for 10 days (or 7 days if you have been fully vaccinated) in a designated hotel provided by the Greek state. In order for the quarantine to end, you will need to test negative in a laboratory PCR test on the last day of your quarantine. Close contacts will also need to quarantine for the same period of time.

  • If you have an official vaccination certificate (minimum 14 days since full vaccination), proof of having recovered from Covid-19 (issued 30 days after your first positive test and valid for up to 180 days after it), or your negative molecular PCR or Rapid test with which you entered Greece was within 72hrs and 48hrs respectively of your domestic flight or ferry, these documents will be sufficient for your onward domestic travel by plane or boat. Otherwise, you are required to present a new negative PCR or Rapid test before your outbound and inbound domestic flight or ferry. Children aged 12-18 may do a self-test instead of a PCR or Rapid test (available at Greek pharmacies at around €5) and record their result on a self-test declaration form and children under 12 are not required to test for Covid-19. This is separate to any test required by the national authorities of your return destination.
  • For ferries from the mainland to islands (and back), you will also need to fill in a Pre-boarding Health Declaration Questionnaire (eg  ANEK Lines, Blue Star Ferries, SuperFast Ferries) – although you will not need to fill in another questionnaire if you are travelling between Greek islands.
  • The border crossing points of Evzoni and Ormenio, in northern Greece, reopened on May 14, with land border arrivals already possible before this date at the Promachonas and Nympheo border checkpoints.
     
  • Negative PCR tests, proof of vaccination or proof of having recovered from Covid-19, as well as a Passenger Locator Form, are required as above.
     
  • You can then drive anywhere within Greece without needing to show any further paperwork, including the islands of Evia, Lefkada and Salamina as they are connected to the mainland by a bridge.
     
  • Please check the Greek government protocol for further details of international arrivals by air, boat and road.

Outdoor entertainment venues

  • Restaurants, cafes, bars & clubs are operating up to a maximum 85% capacity, serving only seated customers and 10 people per table. 
  • Open-air cinemas and live theatre and music shows (for seated guests only) are operating with reduced capacity.

Indoor entertainment venues 

  • Restaurants & cafes, nightclubs, music spaces, theatres and cinemas will require guests to show an official certificate of vaccination (14 days since full vaccination) or recovery (within the last six months and minimum 30 days since the first positive result). Paper or digital certificates are accepted. 
  • Customers must be seated to be served at bars and clubs and under-18-year-olds are required to have carried out a Covid-19 self-test for all indoor venues.
  • The following signage is also being used in indoor restaurants, bars, cinemas and theatres to reassure customers of their specific Covid-19 safety levels:

    1.   Covid-free – Catering only to guests able to show an official certificate of full immunity (vaccination or recovery)
    2.   Mixed space – Also admitting unvaccinated individuals with a negative PCR or rapid test, taken within the last 72 or 48 hours respectively
    3.   Fully vaccinated staff – Indicating that all staff have been inoculated.

You won’t need to wear a mask in uncrowded open places. However, you will need to wear one in congested outdoor spaces and indoors (public transport, shops, taxis and public utilities, as well as private communal areas in hotels etc).

The following information is from Athens International Airport.

General measures

In the context of the protective measures in place to safeguard the passengers’, the airport community employees’ and the wider public’s health and safety, Athens International Airport is adhering to the Authorities’ instructions, and to official guidelines. 

We are constantly working closely with the National Public Health Organization (EODY), whilst all instructed measures are diligently implemented. 

Specific instructions have been issued by EODY for passengers and airport employees across Greece to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. These can be found on the EODY site.

More specifically, at Athens International Airport, as in all Greek airports, a cluster of measures including, among other, flight monitoring procedures, the presence of doctors and other emergency personnel, as well as the dissemination of information for the maximum possible awareness.

Airport employees and crews are well aware of the warning factors that must be immediately reported to the Airport’s Health Authorities.

Airport employees are constantly updated on the most recent developments regarding COVID-19 and the Authorities instructions for the avoidance of the widespread of COVID-19.  

Specific measures currently in place:

In accordance with the guidelines of the national health authorities, the meticulous observance of rules for hand washing / sanitizing and for respiratory hygiene, the use of face masks, physical distance keeping, very good cleaning and sanitizing of spaces and surfaces, especially of those frequently hand touched, are the basis for the protection of passengers and employees at Athens International Airport. Passengers travelling on domestic or international flights #athensairport, should bear in mind the following:

  • The use of face masks is obligatory to everyone at all indoor airport areas, & at all outdoor areas where congestion is noted. (Joint Ministerial Decision of June 23rd 2021 -FEK 2671/B).  Please note that, as per the Hellenic National Public Health Organization, face mask filtering respirators with one-way valves should not be used. Children under the age of 6 as well as those with respiratory problems are excluded. Passengers should also be aware that they may be asked to temporarily remove their mask during security and identity check processes.
  • The use of face masks is also obligatory during boarding, as well as during the flight. It is recommended to change the face mask every 4 hours or in the case of the face mask being wet or soiled. Make sure you have enough quantity for your entire trip.
  • Airport employees are equipped with all personal protection items (masks, gloves, sanitizing liquids), which they are using at all times during their work.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers are available in over 300 spots at the airport, including bathrooms and restrooms, for use by the passengers during the departure and arrival processes.
  • Polycarbonic panels are used for additional protection during the provision of services conducted in direct contact with employees (ticket desks, information counters, etc.).
  • Keeping distances is mainly a behavioural measure for passengers and airport staff, and a distance of 1 meter should be kept during all phases of the travelling processes on ground. Special signage is placed on floor surfaces alerting the public on this necessity, which is also communicated through airport screens and banners.
  • Facilities, machinery, equipment and frequently touched surfaces in the airport areas, are cleaned and sanitized regularly with special materials.
  • Airport, airlines and ground handlers’ staff are providing information to passengers with regards to hygiene measures and to the relevant procedures applied in the airport, as well as on board, and supervise the implementation of the necessary measures (physical distancing and face masks).
  • Information and guidelines regarding hygiene measures are communicated through a constant flow of public announcements (PAs are regularly made through the airports public announcement system), as well as through visual content on the airport screens and relevant signage in all areas.
  • Passengers are encouraged to select e-services options prior to their departure to the airport (web check-in) as well as within the airport areas (web check-in, self check-in, baggage tag printing, drop off baggage, e-parking).

 

  • Seating in all waiting areas has been re-arranged, in order to allow for minimum distances to be kept. It is recommended that one seat be left vacant next to each seated passenger. Families or couples travelling together do not have to keep this distance.
  • The air-conditioning system in the airport facilities provides fresh, renewed, and top-down non-recycled air, in order to limit the horizontal air circulation. Furthermore, the air is filtered for dust, viruses and bacteria or fungi, through special filters. 
  • For the protection of Passengers with Reduced Mobility, all the above measures are meticulously applied, while, in addition, rules for priority boarding, avoiding lengthy stay in closed areas including the airport’s PRM facility, are implemented. PRM wheelchairs and Ambulifts are cleaned and disinfected regularly, before and after their use, in order to secure the maximum possible protection of passengers against Covid-19.
  • You must comply with the health protection measures in force at the airport – these measures are constantly communicated through visual material and repeated audio announcements.  

The above measures are subject to the continuous evaluation as to their effectiveness and will be modified as deemed necessary and instructed by the competent State Authorities. 

As per the joint Ministerial decision (ΦΕΚ:2602/28 Ιουνίου2020/Δ1α/ΓΠ.οικ.40383) issued by the Hellenic Republic, until 26.11.21 all passengers travelling on international flights to Greece are required to fill in and electronically submit the compulsory Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before entering the country. Families may submit a joint e-PLF form. The Form can be found here: https://travel.gov.gr/#/

Travellers will receive a confirmation e-mail & a PLF unique Quick Response (QR) code upon submission of the PLF, which are compulsory travel documents that have to be presented during boarding. Depending on their QR code/confirmation visitors will be subject to rapid test upon arrival. 

Airlines are required, prior to accepting passengers for boarding, to check the confirmation receipt of PLF submission & the response e-mail with a PLF QR code.

For further information or questions regarding the completion & operation of the form, you may contact the PLF Help Desk of travel.gov.gr at telephone 0030 215 560 5151 (Mon to Fri 08:00-20:00) or email at generalsecretary@civilprotection.gr  /  generalsecretary@gscp.gr.

Additionally, until 26.11.21, all passengers regardless of nationality must meet one of the following conditions:

  • To have completed the vaccination for COVID-19 at least fourteen days (14) before the scheduled arrival and present a vaccination certificate in Greek, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian, issued by a public authority in accordance with the relevant legislation. The vaccination certificate must include the name of the person, the type of vaccine given, the number of doses & inoculation dates.
  • Display a negative molecular test result for COVID-19 (PCR)  performed within the last seventy-two (72) hours before the scheduled arrival or a negative Rapid Antigen test result performed up to 48 hours before the scheduled flight. The test result must be issued by  a certified diagnostic center in Greek, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian and must include the name of the person as registered in the passport.
  • To present proof of recovery from Covid-19, supported by test result (PCR or Rapid Antigen test). The certificate of recovery is issued thirty (30) days after the 1st positive diagnosis & is valid up to 180 days there on. The 1st positive diagnosis must originate either from a public authority in accordance with the relevant legislation or from reference laboratories of the country of origin or transit, public or private, provided that they have been certified by the competent national certification of the country. The certificate is issued either in Greek, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian & includes the name of the person as registered in the identity card or passport.
  • To present their EU digital Covid certificate, issued according to EU requirements in digital or paper form. This should include information regarding vaccination, or the last result of Covid-19 test or proof of recovery from Covid-19 within the accepted time frame.

Permanent residents of the Russian Federation are allowed to enter in Greece under the condition that:

a) they display a negative molecular test result for COVID-19 (PCR)  performed within the last seventy-two (72) hours before the scheduled arrival, or a negative Rapid Antigen test result performed up to 48 hours before the scheduled flight, and

b) they are diagnosed negative to a mandatory molecular test for COVID-19 (PCR) or a negative Rapid Antigen test performed upon arrival. Upon being tested, the passengers remain at the arrival gate awaiting the result of the test. Passengers having completed vaccination at least 14 days before arrival, presenting the relevant vaccination certificate or present proof of recovery as per conditions described above, are not tested upon arrival.

The above obligations include children over twelve (12) years old.

All passengers will be subject to random obligatory Covid-19 tests upon arrival. If found positive, a ten (10) day quarantine under supervision is required either at home or at a designated temporary residence assigned by the appropriate authorities. Passengers who have completed the vaccination for COVID-19 at least fourteen days (14) before the scheduled flight, if found positive, need to stay in quarantine under supervision for seven (7) days , either at home or at a designated temporary residence assigned by the appropriate authorities. All above passengers are required to undertake a Molecular test (PCR) for Covid-19 on the last day of their quarantine.

For further information or questions regarding the procedure, you may contact the Greek General Secretariat for Civil Protection at 213 – 15 10 100 or email at generalsecretary@civilprotection.gr  /  generalsecretary@gscp.gr

Airlines must check whether passengers have the necessary documents before boarding, as its absence obliges the airline not to embark the passenger.

Airline operators shall ensure that passengers are duly informed before boarding and that they meet the requirements of traveling according to relevant measures in effect at the destination country at the time of travelling otherwise they must deny boarding as per the Greek government's legislative acts.  For further information you may contact your airline. Detailed contact information of airlines is provided in our website at the following link: https://www.aia.gr/traveler/travellers-info/airlines/.

As the completion of local Passenger Locator Form is compulsory before entering  other countries, it is highly recommended to contact your airline in order to confirm whether the respective Passenger Locator Form of your destination country should be completed. Alternatively, for this matter you may contact the embassy/consulate of the destination country in Greece.

Information about the Covid-19, by the National Public Health Organization (EODY), can be found here: https://eody.gov.gr/en/covid-19/

In accordance with the Greek government's decisions there is a ban of entry applying to all Third country nationals until 26.11.21, as announced by the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority. Certain exemptions are also applicable as follows:

Exemptions apply for permanent residents of Albania, Andorra, Argentina,Armenia, Azerbaijan, Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada,Chile,China, India,Israel, Japan, Jordan Kuwait, Lebanon, Kosovo, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, the Russian Federation, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, Vatican. In order to prove their place of residence, third country nationals may present their residence permit, work permit, identity card, driving license or other documents, provided that it states place of residence.

 Also exempted from the restrictions are:

  • EU member states nationals & the Schengen agreement, including their spouses or persons with whom they have a cohabitation agreement, as well as their minor children.
  • Medical & nursing staff, researchers & health professionals if they demonstrate at the points of entry evidence of their professional status and provided that their entry into the country  relates to the exercise of their duties.
  • Long—term residents or EU member states or Schengen agreement and 3rd country nationals holding a residence permit or in EU member state or Schengen agreement.
  • Members of government delegations
  • Members of diplomatic delegations or consulate authorities & delegations, members of international & European organizations, members of humanitarian organizations performing their duties, military &  security forces officials & of general secretariat of civil protection.
  • Personnel employed in the transport section,  including seamen, aircraft crews and the crews and technical personnel of the leased aircraft firefighting equipment, lorry drivers & the absolutely necessary support staff for the transport of goods.
  • Transit passengers
  • Students
  • Persons caring for the elderly & people with disability (disabled)
  • Seasonal workers in the field of agriculture

A completed electronic Passenger Locator Form (e-PLF) is compulsory for all inbound passengers. Families may submit a joint e-PLF form. Travellers will receive a confirmation email upon submission of the e-PLF form & a PLF unique Quick Response (QR) code upon submission of the PLF, which are compulsory travel documents that have to be presented during boarding. 

Additionally, until 26.11.21, all passengers regardless of nationality must meet one of the following conditions:

  • To have completed the vaccination for COVID-19 at least fourteen days (14) before the scheduled arrival and present a vaccination certificate in Greek, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian, issued by a public authority in accordance with the relevant legislation. The vaccination certificate must include the name of the person, the type of vaccine given, the number of doses & inoculation dates.
  • Display a negative molecular test result for COVID-19 (PCR)  performed within the last seventy-two (72) hours before the scheduled arrival or a negative Rapid Antigen test result performed up to 48 hours before the scheduled flight. The test result must be issued by  a certified diagnostic center in Greek, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian and must include the name of the person as registered in the passport.
  • To present proof of recovery from Covid-19, supported by test result (PCR or Rapid Antigen test). The certificate of recovery is issued thirty (30) days after the 1st positive diagnosis & is valid up to 180 days there on. The 1st positive diagnosis must originate either from a public authority in accordance with the relevant legislation or from reference laboratories of the country of origin or transit, public or private, provided that they have been certified by the competent national certification of the country. The certificate is issued either in Greek, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian & includes the name of the person as registered in the identity card or passport.
  • To present their EU digital Covid certificate, issued according to EU requirements in digital or paper form. This should include information regarding vaccination, or the last result of Covid test or proof of recovery from Covid within the accepted time frame.

Permanent residents of the Russian Federation are allowed to enter in Greece under the condition that:

a) they display a negative molecular test result for COVID-19 (PCR)  performed within the last seventy-two (72) hours before the scheduled arrival, or a negative Rapid Antigen test result performed up to 48 hours before the scheduled flight, and

b) they are diagnosed negative to a mandatory molecular test for COVID-19 (PCR) or a negative Rapid Antigen test performed upon arrival. Upon being tested, the passengers remain at the arrival gate awaiting the result of the test. Passengers having completed vaccination at least 14 days before arrival, presenting the relevant vaccination certificate or present proof of recovery as per conditions described above, are not tested upon arrival.

The above obligations include children over twelve (12) years old.

All passengers will be subject to random obligatory Covid-19 tests upon arrival. If found positive, a ten (10) day quarantine under supervision is required either at home or at a designated temporary residence assigned by the appropriate authorities. Passengers who have completed the vaccination for COVID-19 at least fourteen days (14) before the scheduled flight, if found positive, need to stay in quarantine under supervision for seven (7) days , either at home or at a designated temporary residence assigned by the appropriate authorities. All above passengers are required to undertake a Molecular test (PCR) for Covid-19 on the last day of their quarantine.

Third country nationals subject to prohibition herein have the right to submit request to the Greek consular authority of their place of residence or stay for their exceptional entry in the country for business or personal reasons.

For further information or questions regarding the procedure, you may contact the Greek General Secretariat for Civil Protection at 0030 213 15 10 932-3, 0030 213 15 10 171, 0030 213 15 10 196, or send an email to generalsecretary@civilprotection.gr / generalsecretary@gscp.gr.

Airline operators shall ensure that passengers are duly informed before boarding and that they meet the requirements of traveling according to relevant measures in effect at the destination country at the time of travelling, otherwise they must deny boarding as per the Greek government's legislative acts. For further information you may contact your airline. Detailed contact information of airlines is provided in our website at the following link: https://www.aia.gr/traveler/travellers-info/airlines/ 

It is highly advisable that passengers get informed on the restrictions announced by their country of origin on their return from Greece. Some countries require a test conducted some hours prior arrival, whilst others have issued restrictions for arriving passengers.

Governmental decisions regarding restrictions or requirements for the travelling public are updated at regular intervals and ad-hoc depending on the pandemic situation.

Passengers can travel from/to the airport 24 hours a day.

Escorts are allowed at any time of the day or night, provided that they do not exceed the maximum number of passengers allowed when traveling in private vehicles or taxis.

For additional information regarding the above, you may call the Consumers’ Line at 4digit telephone number 1520, the Hellenic Police , or  the Greek General Secretariat for Civil Protection at 213 – 15 10 100 or send an email at generalsecretary@civilprotection.gr   /  generalsecretary@gscp.gr.

1.    The cleaning services have been intensified across the airport facilities.
2.    The routine cleaning materials have been replaced with fast acting disinfectants.
3.    Cleaning and sanitizing of frequently touched surfaces, such as door handles, elevator buttons, handrails, escalators etc., has been intensified.
4.    In the event of an emergency involving a virus suspicious case, special disinfection or spraying is carried out, in accordance with the Health Authorities instructions.

kindly be advised of the availability to perform diagnostic test for SARS-COV-2 (Covid-19) at Athens airport, using both methods, Molecular & Rapid Antigen test, at the specially configured testing point of Athens Medical Center, located on the “Arrivals” level, between exits 2 and 3.

However, the testing points at the airport should be used as a last resort due to unpredictability of traffic flows and possible increased waiting times.

The testing point operates on a 24-hour basis. You may proceed for testing without an appointment. 

Due to increased attendance, longer waiting times might be expected thus, passengers are kindly requested to timely attend the testing point at the airport for their molecular (PCR) or Rapid-antigen test. As far as  Rapid tests are concerned, it is highly recommended to plan for at least 3 hours available time prior to your departure. 

Payment options available at the testing point include the use of POS machine accepting debit / credit card or cash.

Registration & payment procedure for the Molecular(PCR) test can be also accomplished electronically through the platform https://payments.iatriko.gr/. Details and important information are included in the section “Frequently Asked Questions” of the platform.

Test results for molecular (PCR) test will be delivered to you, by email, within approximately 24 hours. Response time varies according to sampling time or volume of tests.

Test results for rapid (Antigen) test are available by email ,15-20 minutes after completion of sampling. For any further information, please contact Athens Medical Center representatives at airport@iatriko.gr. 

Instant hand sanitizers have been installed in all toilets, in all the departure gates, and in more than 300 locations within the terminals.

Arriving passengers

The Health Check Authority takes control, for carrying out the preliminary health check and advises of further actions as per EODY guidelines. Should a transfer to a reference hospital be deemed necessary, this is effected by a properly equipped EKAV ambulance. 

Due care is taken for Passengers in proximity to the suspect cases. Cases of certain suspicion are hosted inside the dedicated Airport quarantine facility, in accordance with the decision of the Health Check Authority and until further transfer to a reference Hospital. 

The Health Check Authority takes control, carries out the preliminary health check and advises of further actions as per EODY guidelines. 

EODY takes control and provides instructions on the handling of such cases. In principle, seriously infected countries are prohibited from air transportation (flights) to/from Greek airports. Relevant announcements are made by the pertinent Authorities.  

Passengers

Passengers must contact EODY in the four (4) digit line 1135 for further advice, otherwise the Airline or the ground handler employees must be notified for further action and notification to the Airport Health Authority. 

Cargo transport

There are no restrictions imposed for cargo transportation so far.

Terminal facilities & services

Various Cafes/Snack Bars are available throughout the Terminal Building.

Smoking in the Terminal Building is not allowed, and the designated smoking lounges are currently closed due to COVID-19 prevention measures. 

All airlines’ CIP lounges operate daily according to the flight schedule. For further information kindly contact your airline. 

Access to/from airport

All public means of transport (Bus, Metro, Suburban Rail and regional buses) are in operation at present. 

More information regarding specific routes is available through the following links:

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