How safe is a Greece holiday? Latest travel advice and coronavirus risk

The UK government has left many holidaymakers confused and uncertain about international travel after reintroducing mandatory quarantine for those returning from Spain.

The move has left Brits worried that other popular holiday destinations may follow, and require an unexpected 14 day period of self-isolation on return to England.

So far Spain is the only place to have been removed from the quarantine-free travel list, but the government has made it clear they could take off other countries at a moment’s notice.

As it stands, travellers can still enter England, without the need for self-isolation, after visiting destinations such as Italy, Greece and France.  

So what is the latest travel information for Greece, and is it safe to visit?

Is it safe?

Greece has been praised for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and has reported 4,227 cases throughout the pandemic, of which 202 sadly resulted in death.

Greece has been praised for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic

The country continues to see relatively low numbers of new cases each day, and its control over the virus has been regarded as successful.

Greece is exempt from the FCO’s advisory against all non-essential international travel, which means the country is generally regarded as safe, and you will be covered by your travel insurance.

It shows no signs of approaching a second wave of the disease – although the situation can change rapidly.

Entry requirements

At least 24 hours prior to travelling to Greece you will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form. 

Once you have completed the form you will receive a confirmation email and a QR code, which you may be asked to show before travelling.

Failure to complete the required form may result in passengers being turned away by the airline, being issued a 500 euro fine on arrival or being refused entry into Greece.

Passengers arriving in Greece may be asked to take a coronavirus test as part of a screening programme. This is more likely to happen to passengers arriving from outside the EU.

If this happens to you, you will be required to self-isolate for 24 hours while you wait for the results to become available.

If the test comes back positive you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Depending on where you are staying, the government may ask you to move to special, isolated accommodation. The cost will be covered.

Social distancing rules

If you are not tested, you do not currently need to self-isolate on arrival in Greece. 

It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport, at airports, in taxis, medical facilities and lifts. 

Masks are also obligatory in supermarkets, cafes, banks, government offices, retail shops, barbers / hairdressers and related establishments. 

There are capacity limits on customers in shops, bars, restaurants and other public spaces, to minimise the risk of spreading coronavirus.

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