Coronavirus Update 2021: Should I travel to beautiful Greece with my family?
- Can you give me some travel advice if I have decided to travel to Greece in 2021?
- What is the latest covid-19 news regarding cases in Greece?
- How is the vaccination progress going in Greece?
- Gradual lifting of COVID-19 lockdown measures
- Reopening Greek Tourism for international travelers
- BEFORE TRAVELING TO GREECE: FAQ
- I am fully vaccinated, do I still need a PCR test to enter Greece?
- What if some family members are vaccinated and others are not?
- Do my underage children need a negative PCR test to travel to Greece?
- What is a PLF form?
- Do we need a PLF as a family or a PLF for each family member?
- What vaccines does Greece accept?
- AFTER YOU ARRIVE IN GREECE: FAQ
- What if my COVID-19 test is positive at the airport (during random checks)?
- What happens if an infection is confirmed at a hotel?
- What if a family member develops symptoms during their stay in Greece?
- Where can I find hospitals and diagnostic centers related to COVID -19 in Greece?
- What is the cost of the COVID -19 various tests in Greece?
- Is there a chat service to answer my questions while I am in Greece?
- Is there anything I need to do before traveling by ferry between the Greek islands (island hopping)?
- I am planning to do sailing in Greece. What is the health protocol?
- DEPARTING FROM GREECE: FAQ
- Where can I take a PCR test before leaving Greece?
- Is there anything else I should know before traveling back to my country?
- Coronavirus Coverage in Travel Insurance
- Do you need more information?
- KIDS LOVE GREECE TRAVEL TERMS
Updated on July 05, 2021
Can you give me some travel advice if I have decided to travel to Greece in 2021?
At Kids Love Greece we understand your concern. We are all parents of young children, and we live in Greece. We believe that Greece is a safe place to travel, however, it’s important to be well-informed and not to panic.
“This is a personal decision that only you and your family can make.“— The Kids Love Greece team
The positive news is that the international COVID-19 vaccination has started which makes us all feel more optimistic about the future. Although significant progress is being made, we fully understand that this is still a challenging time for international travel.
All of us, at Kids Love Greece, want to assure you that we MONITOR THE SITUATION CLOSELY AND YOUR SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY.
Based on our experience from 2020 and all safety measures that currently apply in Greece, we believe that it might wiser to plan a trip to Greece from June 2021 onwards (despite the country’s official reopening to tourism on May 14).
FAQ: COVID-19 STATUS TRAVEL TO GREECE
What are the latest cases regarding covid-19 in Greece?
To check the latest most recent number of covid-19 cases in Greece, click HERE.
How is the vaccination progress going in Greece?
One in five adults in Greece is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data announced during a press conference by Health Minister on June 3rd, 2021. Specifically, 35.5% of the population have received a vaccine dose and 204% of the population are fully vaccinated. There are more than 100,000 vaccinations being done per day in Greece.
The Greek Government has been monitoring the situation closely since the beginning of the pandemic and implemented strict measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
Gradual lifting of COVID-19 lockdown measures
Since May 14, 2021, Greece is NOT under lockdown anymore.
- Restaurants, cafes reopened on May 3rd, 2021, and operate only outdoors. All customers must be seated as standing is not allowed. Tables are placed widely apart to ensure safe distancing with no more than 6 people per table. UPDATE: From Monday 28th of June 2021, the number increases to 8 (instead of 6 people) per table.
- There is a 01:30 am – 5 am curfew in place, until end of June 2021. UPDATE: From Monday 28th of June 2021, the curfew will end.
- Museums in the country reopened on May 14. A distance of 1.5 meters minimum must be maintained between people in the open spaces of museums and at least 2 meters indoors. It is mandatory for all museum visitors to wear a face mask.
- A maximum of 8 participants is allowed in group guided visits inside the museums. The respective maximum number of participants in the case of group guided visits to archaeological sites is 20 people.
- The use of audio tourist guide equipment (wireless microphone transmitters and receivers, commonly known as whispers) is mandatory in group-guided visits to museums and archaeological sites.
- Retail stores are also open to the public following a rule of one customer per 25 square meters.
- The beaches are open, with sun umbrellas at least 4m apart and a maximum of two sunbeds per umbrella. The sunbeds are cleaned regularly. Wearing a mask on the beach is not compulsory. For more information, you can check HERE.
Wearing face masks is mandatory in closed spaces and while using public transportation (train, bus, metro) and taxis. Taxis are limited to three passengers, except for minor children. Social gatherings are currently not allowed. UPDATE: From June 28, masks are no longer mandatory in outdoor areas (exception: very crowded places).
Reopening Greek Tourism for international travelers: May 14
Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Greek prime minister, announced on April 21, 2021, that the country’s tourism industry will open on May 14 for all countries. Specifically, travelers arriving in Greece travelers should present:
- a negative PCR test, taken up to 72 hours before arrival OR
- a certificate of vaccination, in English, issued by a public authority, provided that the vaccination was completed at least 14 days before arrival to Greece.
- For unvaccinated kids 12 years or older, a negative PCR test taking up to 72 hours before arrival is needed. Until recently, the age was 5 y.o and over and in June 24th, the age was updated to 12 y.o (check the updated protocol here).
All travelers may be subject to random COVID-19 tests upon arrival.
For more information please visit the website of Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport of Athens.
Regarding return to your country, requirements vary by country. Please check your local legislation.
BEFORE TRAVELING TO GREECE: FAQ
I am fully vaccinated, do I still need a PCR test to enter Greece?
According to the Greek Government, a negative PCR test is NOT required to enter Greece, if a traveler is vaccinated (and travels 14 days after his last vaccination) AND has a vaccination card with him/her.
What if some family members are vaccinated and others are not?
According to the Greek Government, all travelers must have:
- either a negative PCR test (test must be done up to 72 hours prior to entry) or
- The vaccination certificate or
- A certificate of recovery from infection with the SARS Co-2 virus by a government agency or a certified laboratory (recovery within the last 2-9 months)
At least one of these documents is required for each family member to enter Greece.
Do my underage children need a negative PCR test to travel to Greece?
According to the Greek Government, all unvaccinated kids 12 years old and older must present a negative PCR certificate in order to enter Greece. The US government implies that all unvaccinated kids 2 years old and older must present a negative PCR certificate in order to enter the US.
What is a PLF form?
The CAA – Greece’s Civil Aviation Authority – informs all passengers of international flights to Greece, about the mandatory completion of the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) as well as all active Protocols for Arrivals in and Departures from Greece, at the electronic address https://travel.gov.gr/.
- All travelers must complete their PLF, 24 hours before entering the country at the latest. Upon submission of the PLF, travelers will receive an email confirmation. One PLF should be submitted per family. Travelers will receive a confirmation email upon submission of the PLF.
- On the day they are to travel, each passenger will receive a unique QR code on the basis of their submitted PLF which they will have to show (either on their mobile phone or printed) upon arrival to screening personnel.
- Depending on the QR code, travelers will then be directed either to the exit or to a screening area, where they will be tested for COVID-19.
- Those selected to be tested will still be free to move on immediately to their final destinations as declared in their PLF, where they should observe careful social distancing until their test results are available (this should be within 24 hours).
- If the test result is positive, the visitor will be notified and quarantined under supervision for 10 days. If it is negative, they can continue with their holidays. Only passengers who test positive will be notified.
- If travelers plan to have multiple stop-overs in Greece, they must declare this and report their initial destination and their travel itinerary for the next 7 days.
- All travelers must comply with all of the necessary preventive hygiene measures (use of masks and physical distancing) according to local guidelines.
Note: the PLF can also be found on the Visit Greece app and at travel.gov.gr. It is strongly recommended that all visitors download the Visit Greece app (GDPR compliant) for free, prior to their arrival in Greece.
Random tests are being made upon arrival at all Greek airports, as well as at all entrance checkpoints, to international passengers traveling to Greece.
Do we need a PLF as a family or a PLF for each family member?
According to the Greek Government, all travelers must complete their PLF before entering Greece.
One PLF should be submitted per family, which means you need to fill in the details for each family member.
If you miss something and want to edit the form, you have the option to do so. On the page you will see the “Add Family Member” button at the top of the page, just below the bold page heading “Travel Companions – Family”, then below that will appear another set of fields for Family Member 2,3,4…Please review the https://travel.gov.gr/# and complete the PLF on time.
What vaccines does Greece accept?
According to the Greek Government, the following vaccines are acceptable: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca /Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, and Sinopharm.
AFTER YOU ARRIVE IN GREECE
A range of measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 have been adopted by the Greek Government (prohibition of large gatherings, requiring the use of masks in certain areas, etc.).
Facial Masks: A mask or facial cover is mandatory in supermarkets and all food stores (bakeries, butchers), all retail stores, all forms of public transportation, taxis, elevators, hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centers, banks, public sector services offices, hair and beauty salons, and other enclosed spaces. Face coverings are currently mandatory in outdoor areas as well. UPDATE: From June 28, masks are no longer mandatory in outdoor areas (exception: very crowded places)
Expenses of hospitalization due to Covid-19: The Greek state will cover all expenses related to the hospitalization of visitors suffering from Covid-19 symptoms.
What if my COVID-19 test is positive at the airport (during random checks)?
According to the Greek Government, if your test is positive for SARS-Cov-2, isolation is mandatory.
In this case, you and your travel companions will be placed in quarantine hotels where you will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis. You will be accommodated in the quarantine hotels for a minimum of 10 days. The cost of accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek State.
What happens if an infection is confirmed at a hotel?
In the event of confirmed infection, close contacts of the patient will be transferred to a separate quarantine accommodation at the expense of the Greek state. The remaining guests will continue their holidays.
What if a family member develops symptoms during their stay in Greece?
In this case, you need to follow a few simple rules, according to Health Protocol:
- Isolate yourself in the room and avoid contact with other people.
- Notify the hotel reception or the doctor on duty.
- Hotels are required to have special medical equipment on hand in case of an outbreak, such as disposable gloves and masks, antiseptics, wipes, aprons, long-sleeved scrubs (PPE), laser thermometers.
- The doctor on call will advise you on the next steps to take.
Where can I find hospitals and diagnostic centers related to COVID -19 in Greece?
According to the official site of COVID -19 Health System Response Monitor, you should contact the 4-digit number 1135, or the website of the Ministry of Health, or the Hellenic National Public health organization, or download the Visit Greece app.
What is the cost of the COVID -19 various tests in Greece?
The cost of the COVID -19 tests varies depending on whether it is a PCR, rapid or self-test. In any case, the prices range from 20€-80€ per person.
It depends on whether you do it in a hotel or in a diagnostic center, as well as where in Greece you are located.
In some cases, there are diagnostic centers that offer discounts when multiple family members need to get tested ie. Genotypos Science Lab in Athens. Please remember that results for a PCR test can take up to 24 hours.
You can contact us to help you find the best center for your COVID -19 test.
Is there a chat service to answer my questions while I am in Greece?
According to the official site of COVID -19 Health System Response Monitor, you can contact the 4-digit number 1135 or the Ministry of Health website for further clarifications. You can also contact Hellenic National Public health organization, or download the Visit Greece app. The app is compatible with both Android and iOS devices.
Is there anything I need to do before traveling by ferry between the Greek islands (island hopping)?
As stated on the official website of the Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy:
All passengers wishing to travel from the ports of mainland Greece (Piraeus, Rafina, Lavrio, Kavala, Volos and Thessaloniki) to the Greek islands must complete a “Pre-duct”: All passengers must fill in the “Pre-embarkation Health Statement Form” (up to 24 hours before travel) and hand it in to Chief Purser together with their ticket when boarding the ship before departure.
For trips from the Greek islands to Greek mainland ports (Piraeus, Rafina, Lavrio, Kavala, Volos and Thessaloniki): All passengers must complete the “Pre-embarkation Health Statement Form” (up to 24 hours before travel) and hand it in together with their ticket to the address Chief Purser when embarking before the ship departs.
For trips between the Greek islands (e.g. Rhodes-Symi, Rhodes-Kos, Syros-Tinos, Syros-Mykonos, etc.): Passengers are required NOT to fill in the “Health Statement Form” before boarding or to present one of the above-mentioned certificates.
The above guidelines apply to all Greek and foreign travelers aged twelve (12) and older.
Kindly note that the respective health and safety protocols are usually being updated on a regular basis and thus they are subject to modifications.
The Kids Love Greece team will be sending you updates and we can provide you with a list of doctors, hospitals as well as Covid-19 testing centers. We further advise that you get health insurance and travel insurance.
I am planning to do sailing in Greece. What is the health protocol?
There are some general protocol rules as far as sailing trips are concerned:
- Passengers are not required to wear face masks on board.
- Passengers are only required to wear face masks when embarking and disembarking
- The crew of the catamaran will be fully vaccinated
- A rapid test or self-test is recommended 24 hours prior to embarkation
Try to contact your sailing company for further restrictions and guidelines. You can always read a few sailing tips and other regulations HERE.
DEPARTING FROM GREECE: FAQ
Always check with your airline first regarding your return flight. Each country has its own regulations regarding travelers coming from abroad.
Before leaving Greece, it is customary to present a negative PCR test (up to 72 hours before departure) or a rapid or self-test (up to 24 hours before departure). Always check with your airline.
For example, as per US government requirements, you must take one of the previous tests prior to arrival in order to travel back to the US.
Always check the regulations of the country of arrival (including transit country regulations, if any).
Where can I take a PCR test before leaving Greece?
You can have a PCR test or any COVID -19 test done at your hotel, on request, at a diagnostic center or at Athens International Airport. Note that results for a PCR test can take up to 24 hours.
For further information check here: https://www.aia.gr/traveler/travellers-info/faq-for-covid19
If you plan to take the test at the airport, try contacting your airline to see what types of tests are accepted. We strongly recommend that you take the test before you arrive at the airport. Ask your hotel about places where you can take a test. You can also contact our team at any time.
Is there anything else I should know before traveling back to my country?
Check with your airline as well as the country of departure in advance in terms of what is needed in terms of covid-19 tests as well as forms that need to be completed.
If you are traveling back to the U, see HERE the regulations including the type of covid-19 test required. Always check with your airline.
Make sure that you are also aware of the regulations of any transit country.
Make sure that you carefully review the regulations in terms of the ages of the kids as it might be different than the requirements to enter Greece.
Always check your junk/ spam folder a few days before your departure to Greece and arrival in order to make sure that you are not missing any emails from your airline.
Coronavirus Coverage in Travel Insurance
With the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), many travelers have questioned whether they have any coverage related to the coronavirus in their international travel medical insurance or travel insurance plans. Regarding travel insurance, coverage depends on factors such as the specific insurance plan’s exclusions and the destination. Most international insurance plans have exclusion for coverage related to epidemics or pandemics based on the destination (host) country if a travel warning for that country has been issued. Coverage is available in some situations. For more information click here.
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Do you need more information?
To help you stay healthy and aware of further developments, we suggest visiting these websites:
- National Public Health Organization of Greece: https://eody.gov.gr/en/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-travellers/
- Hellenic Republic – Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Protocols for Arrivals to Greece and answers to FAQ
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC): https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/geographical-distribution-2019-ncov-cases
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- WHO – coronaviruses Q&A (COVID-19)
- WHO – How to get prepared if you travel?
- WHO – Progress reports by country (updated daily)
- IATA Travel Centre List of country entry requirements
- Greek Government: Protocol for Arrivals in Greece
- Destination Greece: Health First
If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected]
We are here for you and we will support you as much as we can!
KIDS LOVE GREECE TRAVEL TERMS
In light of this unprecedented situation, we would like to be flexible and understanding of your travel decisions. This is why, until the coronavirus spread passes, we have decided to implement the following for any existing booking.
New Flexible Booking and Cancellation Terms for 2021 Bookings
We are happy to inform you that we have adopted a flexible booking policy aiming at facilitating all families who wish to travel to Greece in 2021.
At Kids Love Greece, we are committed to offering you any support you may need while planning your family trip to Greece. We are also committed to offering you our unbiased opinion, even if that means, that we will advise you to postpone your trip for a later date.
For more information and questions, do not hesitate to contact the team of Kids Love Greece.
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