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Pandemic-Situation in Greece and Crete

Updated: Sep 12

The situation in Crete is better than the last few weeks, the cases are dropping. Heraklion is the only region that is undergoing a Mini-Lockdown, but chance is high tha. From Semptember 13th restaurants, taverns, gyms, museums etc. can be visited inee only with a valid Covid-Certificate. The following regulations apply to all districts that currently are

Reading info: Please note that the information is without guarantee. They have been researched to the best of our knowledge and belief and are updated as regularly as possible. It should be noted, however, that circumstances can change relatively quickly during the corona pandemic. Any ambiguities are marked in the respective sections.

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  1. Measures and Situation in Greece and Crete

  2. Entry Restrictions

  3. Restrictive Measures for Hotspots

  4. In Case of Emergency/Sickness

1. Measures and Situation in Greece and Crete

Tourist accommodations (hotels, guest houses, campsites) are open. The government has been adopting stricter measures, but currently only Heraklion is in «mini lockdown». From Semptember 13th restaurants, taverns, gyms, museums etc. can be visited indoors only with a valid Covid Certificate. The following regulations apply to all districts that currently are not in Mini Lockdown.

  • Taverns, restaurants and cafés, but also bars and discos are open, but are subject stricter measures since July 16. Their interior is reserved for vaccinated, tested or recovered people with a Covid certificate. Your rapid-antigen test shall be not older than 48h.

The wearing of a protective mask is mandatory outdoors and theoretically even at a

table, while not consuming anything. It is allowed to eat at tables with up to 10

people. Music is allowed. Standing and dancing, on the other hand, is forbidden, not

even in bars, clubs and discos. The nationwide distance and hygiene regulations are

in effect.

  • Shops and supermarkets are usually open normally. Masks are compulsory. In some cases the capacity of people is limited.

  • Sports, Culture, Museums etc.: Stadiums, theaters, museums, cinemas and all closed cultural sites are reserved for people with a Covid certificate.

  • Taxis / Rental Cars: A maximum of 3 passengers are allowed in taxis, a maximum number of 4 people applies to rental cars.

  • Boat trips: If you have not been vaccinated or have recovered and still want to visit other destinations by ship, you need a negative PCR test (max. 72h), an antigen test carried out in a laboratory (max. 48h) or a self-test, not older than 24 hours. You need to confirm your status as a recovered or vaccinated person with the Covid certificate. This regulation applies to island visits (such as Santorini, Gavdos) as well as to tripswith boat taxi to outlying regions in Crete, such as Loutro in the Sfakia.

  • Mask compulsory

People aged 4 and over must wear a hygiene mask in all public, closed rooms. This

applies to supermarkets, medical centers, public transport, taxis, offices, etc. You

must also wear a mask as a guest inside taverns, restaurants and cafés (see above).

Violations are punished with 300 euros.

The mask requirement in the outdoor area applies in restaurants, cafés etc. as well

as in large gatherings of people. On the beach, the operators are obliged to place the

beds at a distance of 4 m and to disinfect them regularly.

  • The distance rule of 1.5m applies everywhere.

2. Entry Restrictions

  • Entry-Form Requirement (PLF)

You must fill out the PLF entry-form and save it as PDF or print it.

During the travel, be sure to keep your entire form (PDF) and not just the QR code

ready on your electronic device or in printed form. The QR code scanners of the

Cretan airport authorities are not always functional, as June travelers reported.

Without the form and QR code, there is a risk of a fine of 500 euros.

If, contrary to expectations, you do not receive a confirmation email, register again

immediately or call 0030 215 5605151 (Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.). The

Greek authorities should help you.

  • Entry for vaccinated, tested and recovered people

In order to enter Greece or to travel from Crete to another island (e.g. Santorini) you must meet one of the following three conditions:

1) negative, valid PCR test: For travelers from 5 years of age, entry is permitted with a certified, negative PCR test. The test must not be older than 72 hours.

The test obligation also applies entries by sea. The ferries though may let passengers on board without being tested. Please note that you have to leave the transit country Italy after 36 hours if you want to pass through the country without a PCR test.

2) Complete vaccination protection: The deadline for most vaccinations is the 14th day after receiving the second dose. The vaccination card must be officially certified, e.g. with the international certificate of vaccination (yellow) or an official form.

Approved are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca / Oxford, Novavax, Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac, Gamaleya / Sputnik V, Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

3) Proof of full recovery: If you had Covid19 the last 2-9 months and can prove this, you are exempt from the test and vaccination certificate. In this case you need a certificate from a public authority (health department) or a document from a recognized laboratory, which certifies a positive PCR test (with date) and your recovery. Travelers from the EU are advised to operate with the official digital Covid-Certificate.

Additional information

Note on the obligation of quarantine / self-isolation: Greece has further relaxed the mandatory quarantine / self-isolation. Travelers from the following countries do not have to go into isolation as a preventive measure, regardless of whether they arrive by plane or by sea or land:

EU & countries of the Schengen area (Switzerland), USA, United Kingdom, Israel, Serbia, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore, Russia, North Macedonia, Canada, Belarus, Bahrain, Qatar, China, Kuwait, Ukraine and Saudi Arabia.

Open borders: Travelers by land are allowed to enter the land borders via the border crossings Promachonas, Ormenio, Nymphaia, Exochi, Evzoni, Niki, Doirani, Kastanies, Kipi, Krystallopigi, Kakavia and Mavromati around the clock. Entry via Mertziani (Albania) has also been possible since July 13, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Possibilities of entry by sea: Entry into Greece is possible from the ports in Italy (Ancona, Bari, Brindisi, Trieste, Venice ...) and from Albania.

Note on the official certificates: According to the Greek government (travel.gov.gr) it is important that your full name is visible on the certificates according to your passport / ID. Permitted languages ​​are: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish or Russian. But it certainly doesn't hurt if you bring an English certification with you.

--> Travelers from the EU are advised to use the official digital Covid Certificate.

Spontaneous rapid tests and quarantine hotels: At the airports and at the borders spontaneous rapid tests are carried out. It takes place regardless of the three entry options mentioned above. Refusing to take a test can provoke refusal to entry the country on the part of the authorities.

If the test is positive, you will be placed in a quarantine hotel for 14 days. The Greek state bears the costs for transport and accommodation, but not for any missed flights. Failure to comply with the quarantine obligation can result in fines of up to 5000 euros.

3. Restrictive Measures for Hotspots («Mini-Lockdowns»)

In case of local outbreaks of the coronavirus, the Greek government can take more restrictive measures than elsewhere. Currently, only the district of Heraklion is in “mini lockdown”. An extension cannot be suspended, but seems rather unlikely.

The restrictive measures for red hotspots are:

  • Traffic-ban from 1:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. (exceptions: work, health reasons)

  • Restriction of the operation of taverns, cafes, restaurants etc .:

  • Outdoor areas opened only

  • Consumption only while sitting

  • No music allowed

  • Mask requirement for non-consumption

  • Disinfectant on every table

  • Regular disinfection of the menus

4. In Case of Emergency/Sickness

Travelers are encouraged to isolate themselves in the event of symptoms of illness and to dial a doctor or one of the following numbers from Greece's national health organisation:

  • 1135 (24h, only in Greece)

  • (0030) 210 521 2054

  • (0030) 210 521 2000

(last checked / updated: September 12th, 2021)