Greece’s authorities have extended the pre-existing restrictions into the country for the majority of travellers outside of the European Union and the Schengen Area as fears pertaining to the appearance of a new COVID variant rise.

The ban on entry at the Greek borders will remain until 3 December as announced by the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Nationals of EU and EEA countries, as well as their spouses, the persons with whom they are in a cohabitation agreement, and their children will still be available to enter Greece.

Eligible to enter restriction-free from third countries, including for non-essential purposes, are residents of the following: Australia, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Argentina, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Israel, India, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Oman, Qatar, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, Singapore, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Uruguay, and the Vatican.

These travelleres will still have to fill in the Passenger Locator Form, for which they will receive a confirmation in their email which they will have to carry and present at the Greek ports of entry. Moreover, individuals travelling to Greece will be required show either proof of vaccination against COVID-19, proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the last 180 days but not within the last 30 days, and COVID-19 negative test results. PCR tests are accepted if they have been taken within the last 72 hours or a rapid test taken in the last 48 hours before arrival in Greece.

If a PCR test is positive upon entry the individual will undergo quarantine for 10 days. Travelleres from Russia  still require to test for COVID-19 before their trip to Greece.

“Travelers from abroad can also carry, in digital or printed form, a European digital certificate COVID-19 (EU DIGITAL COVID-19 CERTIFICATE) as well as third countries, which contains information about the vaccination or the result of the last test (48-hour rapid test or 72-hour PCR) or Coronavirus disease,” the CAA announced.