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Holidays in Crete during Covid-19: What you Need to Know To Enter Greece Right Now!


This guide is not an official source of information. The rules and regulations may change on daily basis. Hence, it is wise to always check the info from the official website for entering Greece here. This article tries to put everything together so that you have all the information organized in one place.

Entry Requirements to Greece

In short, apart from your passport, you need two other documents relating to Covid. The first is a QR code generated by a form you submit online. To be specific, you should fill in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) until midnight of the day before your arrival.

To give an example, if your plane lands in Greece at 13:00 on the 15th of August, you need to submit the PLF by 23:59 on the 14th of August. The form will ask for personal details such as your phone number and the full address of your hotel in Greece. You can submit the form either through the official website or through the Visit Greece app.

If you plan to stay in more than one location in Greece, you can include just the first destination in the form. Once you have submitted the form, you will receive an email with the QR code. You will show that code on your phone (or printed) during the border control check.

For any questions about the PLF, you can call the PLF hotline at +30-215-560-5151, available 9 am-5 pm from Monday to Friday.

The second document that you need to have with you to enter Greece proves your health status. Under this category, there is no single document that you should bring with you. The border control can accept any of the following five:

  • A negative PCR test result. You should take this test in a laboratory up to 72 hours before you enter Greece.
  • A negative rapid test result took up to 48 hours before your arrival.
  • A vaccination certificate issued by an official entity. Greece accepts most vaccines approved by the World Health Organization, from Pfizer to Sputnik, among others. The certificate language can be English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, or Russian.
  • A certificate of recovery from Covid. This document should come from a public authority or a certified laboratory. You can use this certificate if you first tested positive on Covid at least 30 days before entering Greece. Remember that this document is valid for up to 180 days.
  • Proof that you tested positive on Covid between 30 and 180 days before your arrival in Greece. This scenario is the same case as above, but this time you need a positive PRC or Rapid test instead of the certificate of recovery.

    Will I Need to Quarantine when Arriving in Greece?

    If you attempt to enter Greece without the required documents, you may need to quarantine for ten days in Greece, in a hotel paid for by the Greek government.

    In addition, regardless of your documentation, you are subject to random testing. If your Rapid test result upon arrival is positive, you may also face quarantine.

    What Rules Should I Follow while in Greece?

    The short answer is you follow the rules that apply to every Greek citizen.

    However, the rules can change on an ongoing basis. You can always check here for the latest updates.