The Greek government has shut down most businesses in Greece due to the coronavirus, or COVID-19. I feel it is relevant for this blog to share and update the measures that are affecting Travel. As of October 2020, more and more travel restrictions are being put in place. Read on to find out more.
The COVID-19 pandemic in Greece is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The first case in Greece was confirmed on 26 February 2020. As of 15 November 2020, there have been 74205 confirmed cases and 1106 deaths.
Covid-19 Government Measures Update:
It was announced on 26 November that the measures are extended from 30 November until 7 December. Below you can find the guidelines for tourists.
Lockdown in Greece: Guidelines for Tourists November 2020 (extended until 7 December)
Here are the latest announced guidelines for visitors that are arriving, leaving or already staying in Greece during the national lockdown of November 2020. The government has announced that the lockdown will end on November 30. According to an announcement on the ministry’s website:
For visitors LEAVING Greece
During November 7-30, foreign tourists that are already in Greece and have to depart for their country, must have their booking/airline ticket handy when traveling towards the airport (by public transport, taxi or private car) in case a check is made by authorities.
For visitors IN Greece
Outside movement of tourists staying in Greece until November 30 is allowed only for essential reasons that apply to all residents in the country. Movement outdoors is allowed by sending an SMS to the five-digit mobile phone service 13033 or using the paper form.
The ministry advises tourists to avoid unnecessary movement outside their accommodation (hotel, resort or apartment) except for essential reasons.
“In this case the hotel should inform them of essential movement reasons and of the documents or sms required,” the ministry says.
For visitors ARRIVING in Greece
Visitors, who are scheduled to arrive in Greece by November 30, must show their reservation for accommodation to authorities upon request, during their movement to their places of stay (hotel, resort or apartment).
- Wearing a mask is mandatory everywhere in public (indoors and outdoors).
- A night curfew is in force in Greece from 9 pm to 5 am. During this curfew, movement (with identification) in Greece will be allowed by sending an SMS to the five-digit mobile phone service 13033 and only for the reasons relating to health (SMS – Option 1), walking a pet close to residence (SMS – Option 6) and work (with the required employer certificate, no SMS is needed).
- Visitors in Greece should know that travel between prefectures (domestic travel) is allowed only for returning to permanent residence (proof will be required), family reunification, business reasons and health reasons.
- A number of businesses in Greece, including retail stores, bars, cafés and restaurants will remain closed during lockdown. Takeaway services are available.
The penalty for violating movement restrictions can reach up to 300 euros.
Protocol for Arrivals in and Departures from Greece
Beginning July 1, 2020, the Greek government has determined how the country will welcome travelers, carry out the necessary diagnostic screening and keep everyone safe throughout the season.
The Passenger Locator Form (PLF) is a key element in the planning. All travelers must complete their PLF until the day before entering the country, providing detailed information on their point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries, and the address of their stay while in Greece. In case of multiple stays, they are required to provide the address for the first 24 hours at least. One PLF should be submitted per family.
- Travelers will receive a confirmation email upon submission of the PLF.
- Travelers will receive the PLF with their unique Quick Response (QR) code on the day of their scheduled arrival in Greece (at midnight) and will be notified via email (the QR code will be provided in a link in the confirmation email).
- Travelers boarding or embarking on the previous day of the arrival will be allowed to do so upon showing the confirmation email, since they will receive their QR code during their flight or voyage.
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 their arrival in Greece.
Greek authorities have announced the closure of elementary schools across the country as of Monday, November 16, in efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The operation of primary education units will be suspended for two weeks throughout the country. Kindergartens and elementary schools will remain closed as in the case of secondary and high schools, until November 27. Special education schools will remain open. Measures are currently being implemented for online education in both private and public schools. Pupils will continue lessons via tele-education as in the case of middle and high schools that are closed since November 7. Participation in lessons will be mandatory for pupils and teachers.
Covid-19 Government Measures Updates
We are updating this post whenever new measures are being put in place. For direct official travel information, please check the official website of the Greek government at https://travel.gov.gr/ or follow our Facebook Page.
More family travel experiences during the corona crises in Greece can be found in Travel in Greece with Kids during Corona