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Last updated: 02 September 2021

Travelling to Greece and the Greek Islands in 2021

Everything you need to know before you go

This page gives specific information about travelling to Greece in 2021.  Please also see our main Travelling with Confidence section for general information and details about arriving back in the UK after your holiday.

Travel restrictions and entry requirements are in place for most countries and can change with little notice. It is your responsibility to check the relevant local government websites and comply with all up to date entry requirements for your destination before you travel.

Current requirements for travelling to Greece

  • No later that 11:59 the day before arriving into Greece, you must complete an arrivals form online. Once you’ve completed the form, please keep a copy of the QR code confirmation with you, as you’ll need to show this to border control in Greece. You must have this document prior to departure – otherwise you may be fined or denied boarding.
  • You must provide either proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, undertaken within the 72 hour period before arrival into Greece, proof of a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test from an authorised laboratory, undertaken within the 48 hour period before the scheduled flight, or proof of two COVID-19 vaccinations completed at least 14 days before travel. If you live in England, Greece will accept the NHS app or your NHS letter to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status. You should not use your NHS vaccine appointment card to demonstrate your vaccine status. Failure to provide proof of either may result in your carrier not allowing you to travel and will likely result in the Greek authorities refusing you permission to enter Greece.
  • Arrivals into Greece may be required to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test on arrival.
  • You must wear a face mask at all times when on an aeroplane, bus, train or ferry travelling to or from Greece; and whilst at airports.

Please refer to UK Government Foreign Travel Advice website for further updates. We recommend that you sign up for the FCDO travel advice email alert, so you automatically receive the latest travel alert for the destination you are travelling to.  You must have adequate travel insurance in place for your holiday. 

Current requirements for travelling to the UK back from Greece

Greece is currently on the Amber list. Please refer to the below table for the relevant requirements

Measure Green Country Vaccinated Amber Country Non-vaccinated Amber Country Red Country
Passenger Locator Form required within the 48 hours prior to arriving in the UK Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pre-departure test required 72 hours prior to arrival in England Yes Yes Yes Yes
Self-isolation No self-isolation required No self-isolation required 10 days self-isolation at home 10 days in a managed hotel
PCR test on day 2 of your arrival back into England Required Required Required Required
PCR test on day 8 of your arrival back into England Not required Not required Required Required
Test to release on day 5 Not necessary Not necessary Optional Not possible

**If you are travelling from/to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, the above tests may not be suitable for you. Please check the latest UK border control rules for you

We recognise that due to the ongoing pandemic, you are required to pay for Covid tests and are doing everything we can to make it easier and lower the cost. We have partnered with several testing firms and secured a discounted rates on PCR and Rapid Lateral Flow tests for our customers.

Provider Type Cost Promo code Notes
Randox PCR £43 OLYMPICH Can be used for either day 2, day 5 or day 8. Can also be used if your destination required a negative test before arriving.
Randox PCR £86 OLYMPICH Price includes 2 tests - useful if you are returning from an amber country and need to test on day 2 and day 8.
Eurofins PCR £44.90 None required Can be used for either day 2, day 5 or day 8. Can also be used if your destination required a negative test before arriving.
Qured Lateral Flow £35 OLYMPIC10 Take it with you on holiday and carry out the test 72 hours prior to your return flight.

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