by Symela Touchtidou @stouchtidou

Greece has announced that it lifts the seven-day compulsory quarantine as of April 19 for visitors from

  1. the European Union
  2. the U.S.A
  3. the United Kingdom
  4. Serbia
  5. Israel and
  6. the United Arab Emirates.

They will be able to reach the country via the aiports of Athens and Thessaloniki, the island airports of Rhodes, Kos, Mykonos, Santorini, Corfu, Iraklio and Hania or through two border crossings in North Greece.

Visitors will still need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test result from within 72 hours before arrival. All travelers must complete the online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 48 hours before entering Greece.

Alex Patelis, chief economic adviser to the Prime Minister of Greece, has made it clear that visitors must comply to the same lockdown rules imposed on Greeks. For example: 

  • A nighttime curfew is in effect from 9:00pm to 5:00am throughout the country.
  • Movement outdoors is only permitted for work, health reasons,  basic goods supplies and physical exercise.  Citizens must provide movement permit mainly provided by the special number 13033 (for movement during lockdown). As non-Greek mobile phone numbers do not support sending an SMS to 13033, visitors should fulfill an extraordinary movement permit form or a handwritten note.
  • Movement between different municipalites of the country is forbidden.
  • Bars, restaurants, cinemas, theaters and museums are closed. No cultural events are allowed. 
  • Wearing a mask outdoors is obligatory and people are asked to keep social distancing
  • Retail shops are open but shoppers need to book an appointment (online or by phone) beforehand, send an SMS and have just three hours to do their shopping.
  • The fine for violating the rules is 300 euros.