The recent increase in the number of coronavirus cases forced many European countries to impose stricter rules, and Greece is no exception. Starting from December 18 and until 7 January 2021, all travelers arriving in the country will have to spend 10 days in the mandatory quarantine. The new strict measures are aimed at controlling the spread of the disease and trying to prevent an increase in the transmission of the coronavirus.
Even students who return to Greece from other countries for winter holidays and business guests are not exempt from the rule. This is not the only change. All passengers planning to visit Greece must present a negative PCR Covid-19 test in order to be able to enter the country. Additionally, one more test must be taken at the airport after arrival.
At least one day before the arrival, all tourists need to fill a special form (Passenger Locator Form) and indicate detailed information on their address in Greece, visits to other countries, and duration of these stays. One form is required per family. If tourists plan to stay at several places in Greece, they need to mention at least the first one. After sending the form, tourists receive a QR code in a confirmation email on the day of arrival in Greece. They need to present this confirmation email during the boarding registration at the airport.
The country tried to make it easier for tourists to comply with all rules, so it developed Visit Greece application that also contains the Passenger Locator Form). Even citizens of Greece and permanent residents of Greece need to fill this form. By the way, tourists who get a positive COVID-19 test during the checkup at the airport right after the arrival will not be allowed to enter the country.
The national lockdown was announced in Greece on November 5, 2020. Shops are closed (except supermarkets and grocery shops), restaurants can only deliver food, and people can leave their houses only for several reasons such as work, medical purposes, and workout. To be able to go out, people need to send a text message to authorities. It is not clear whether retail stores and churches are going to open for Christmas or the government will keep them closed until January 7. Meanwhile, the total number of deaths because of coronavirus in Greece reached 3,194 people.