Pandemic-Situation in Greece and Crete
Prepare yourself ideally for your stay in Crete. This post informs you about the situation in Greece and Crete. Considering the measures of your homecountry, you are strongly advised to check the official homepage of the authorities before your vacations. Please note that this information is without guarantee. It has been researched to the best of our knowledge and belief and is updated as regularly as possible. Where there are ambiguities regarding the entry into Greece, it has made clear in the corresponding section.
Please consider the publication date and consult Greece's official websites before a trip (which is currently not recommended). You can find some links in the «Corona Info» section on www.kalimerakriti.info.
1. Measures and Situation in Greece and Crete
The nationwide lockdown has been extended until April 12th. Tourist accommodations and hotels are allowed to be open, and since April 5th all shops and business should be open. This is does not apply to areas of «highest Risk» (see below).
The following measures apply:
Curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
During the day you can leave your residence for work or in the following exceptional cases: visits to the pharmacy/doctor (1), grocery shopping (2), visits to the bank or official appointments (with confirmation) (3), to help non-self-employed persons and children (4), participation in ceremonies such as weddings, baptisms or funerals (5), exercise and walking the pet (6).
Almost all of these tasks have to be executed in the same municipality (Dimos) or within a maximum of 2 km. On a trial basis, sporting activities are also permitted outside a certain municipality on weekends. It is allowed to go to work, to the doctor or take the dog out at any time.
Requirement for Movement Permit
For all activities listed above (1-6) you have to apply for a special permit with your Greek mobile phone, by specifying the reason. This is done by textmessage on number 13033.
Alternatively, you can fill out the form, type B (gr/e) from the Greek authorities and have it printed out with you. If you do not have access to a mobile phone or a computer, take a piece of paper with you outside, having recorded the following informations: first / last name, address of your residence in Crete, reason according to the categories / numbers above, time and date, signature. You will find the exact categories in English as well as the smartphone instructions here.
Wearing a Mask is mandatory: People aged 4 and over must wear a hygienic mask outdoors and in all public, closed rooms. The latter applies to supermarkets, medical centers, public transport, taxis, office space, etc. Violations are punished with 300 euros.
Social Distancing: Keep at least 1.5m distance everywhere.
2. Entry Restrictions
Entry Form Requirement
No later than 24 hours before entering Greece, you must fill out the Passenger Locator Form («start here»). At midnight on the day of departure, you will receive a confirmation with a QR code, which you must have ready electronically or in print out on your trip. Otherwise 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.
By land, non-Greeks can currently only enter and leave the country for tourist purposes via Bulgaria (Promachonas border crossing). This should be changed by the start of the season on May 14th. According to the homepage of the German Representations in Greece, spontaneous rapid tests are carried out at the border crossing. In the event of a positive result, entry will be refused.
Mandatory, Negative Molecular Test (PCR)
The entry into Greece for travelers aged 10 and over by air and land is only possible with a negative PCR test, certified in English, and by presenting the traveler's passport or identity card. The test must not be older than 72 hours. At the airports, spontaneous rapid tests are carried out at random.
The exact test rules for entry by sea seam to be unsure. However, it is recommended to have a valid test ready as well.
At the end of March it was announced that travelers who had been fully vaccinated against Covid19 would be allowed into the country without a negative test. In the pre-tourist season, however, no official regulations appear to have been issued at the moment.
Until at least April 19th, all travelers are subject to a 7-day quarantine. If you leave Greece before the 7 days are over, you can do so, provided you have not tested positive. If you test positive upon entry, you must be in quarantine for 14 days.
There are uncertainties regarding the location for quarantine. However, it seems that the quarantine will take place in the vacation residence during preseason (until May 14). At least that's what happened to a German who tested positive at Kazantzakis Airport on April 5th (here).
The Greek government again has announced quarantine hotels for the main season. If a test comes out positive, the Greek state will cover the costs for the transport and the accommodation in the quarantine hotel, not for additional travel costs though (e.g. if you miss your flight).
It appears that rapid tests are already being used at Kazantzakis Airport in Heraklion. The faster result would mean that travelers are spared a waiting time of 1-2 days in the hotel room.
3. Areas of «highest risk»
The Greek government has currently classified the following regions in Crete as areas with «very high risk»:
Anogeia in the Rethymno district
According to Chania News, the measures listed above are tightened as follows in these areas:
24-hour curfew: Only those who have to go to the doctor or to work are allowed out to leave their residence. Urgent grocery purchases are permitted between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Only shops for basic (health) services are open. In Greece this includes supermarkets, pharmacies and medical facilities, bakeries, butchers and gas stations. Certain shelves are locked in the supermarkets.
Weekly markets are prohibited.
Religious ceremonies: Only funerals with up to 9 people are allowed.
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: 8.4.2021)