Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No
Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes, for some travelers.
- Per the Greek Embassy in Washington, D.C., U.S. citizens residing in the United States are banned from entering Greece for non-essential travel, which includes tourism, unless you have an EU passport or meet one of the very narrow exceptions detailed in their posted information on entrance into the European Union/Schengen Area. There is no projected date when entry will be permitted.
- Travelers should be prepared for the possibility that additional travel restrictions could be implemented by the Greek government with little or no advance notice. Contact the closest Greek Embassy or consulate prior to travel or consult directly with the airport if you have questions not addressed on this page.
- If you are in the EU on a military base, you must check the EUCOM travel policy and with your unit commander prior to official or personal travel to Greece. The Embassy’s consular section cannot authorize or confirm your ability to enter Greece. If authorized by your command to travel, you MUST complete the online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) 48 hours before entering Greece, regardless of purpose of travel.
- The Embassy cannot request special exceptions to the travel restrictions. You must contact the nearest Greek Embassy or consulate if you believe you have a compelling travel reason.
- On August 7, the European Union Council recommended a list of non-EU countries whose residents may be permitted to enter. The United States is NOT on this list. If you RESIDE in one of these countries (a visit is not residence), contact the Greek Embassy in the country of your residence to verify your documents will permit you to enter Greece. The EU Council will review this list every 15 days.
- You may not travel from the United States to a country on the EU Council’s list to get around the travel restrictions.
- If you do not have a permanent residence (e.g., nomadic lifestyle, live on a boat, etc.), you must contact the closest Greek Embassy or consulate for guidance.
- All travelers who are eligible to enter Greece must complete the online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 48 hours before entering Greece. See the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs post on procedures for international arrivals. Travelers with connecting flights to Greece report overnight delays for failing to fill out the PLF prior to travel.
Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- Refer to travel.gov.gr for detailed information on PCR test requirements, depending on departure point and port of entry into Greece.
For information on requesting extension of 90 day visa free travel or obtaining residence permits for U.S. citizens in Greece, please see the corresponding pages on this website.
- All visitors from air, land or sea, will be subject to random tests upon arrival. Upon being tested, travelers move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.
- Ferry operators and airlines require travelers to complete a health status questionnaire, submit to a temperature check, and wear a mask. The health form is available here in English and Greek, and provided by transportation operator on site.