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The spread of COVID-19 continues to lead to restrictions in international air and travel traffic and impairment of public life.
Before unnecessary, tourist trips to Greece becomes due to high numbers of infections warned.
Greece is badly affected by COVID-19. Nationwide, the incidence is far more than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over seven days, which is why all of Greece is classified as a risk area.
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) provides current and detailed figures.
Entry to Greece by sea, air and land is generally only possible for all persons aged five and over with a certificate of a negative PCR test from a recognized test laboratory in the country of departure in English, German and other languages, stating their name and passport / ID card number possible. The sampling must not be more than 72 hours ago.
Travelers who can prove a complete vaccination (in English, German and other languages, stating the full name of the traveler, the vaccine, the number of vaccination doses) and who have completed this 14 days before entry do not need a certificate of a negative PCR test. There is increasing evidence that travelers were able to enter the country by presenting their international vaccination card (“International certificates of vaccinations and vaccination book”, yellow). Travelers who have recovered from an infection in the last nine months can alternatively present a recovery certificate issued by a government agency or a certified laboratory. Alternatively, a certificate from a certified laboratory or an authority of a positive PCR test with a note that the patient has recovered from an infection between two and nine months ago is sufficient.
Regardless of this, a free COVID-19 rapid test will be carried out on arrival in individual cases.
Travelers, including those from the member states of the European Union and the Schengen area, who meet the above conditions and by air directly via the international airports, the seaports Igoumenitsa, Corfu and Patras as well as by land via the border points Evzoni (North Macedonia), Ormeni and Promachonas (Bulgaria) are exempt from the quarantine requirement. All other people entering the country have to go into a seven-day quarantine at home. Earlier departure is possible.
Online registration also applies to all entries by sea, air and land. Travelers must fill out an online form (“Passenger Locator Form”, PLF) at least 24 hours before departure for Greece. This PLF is also required for people residing in Greece when leaving Greece. Every traveler, including children, must be listed in the PLF. According to the Greek authorities, members of a household should fill out a PLF and state adults and children in it. After registration, travelers receive a confirmation with a QR code, which is automatically sent by email on the day of entry at the latest. If no code can be presented upon entry, a fine of 500 euros is possible. The QR code must be shown at check-in / boarding. Any technical problems that may arise when registering using the “Passenger Locator Form” can only be reported directly with the Greek authorities. A service number was switched on 0030 215 5605151 (Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.). The German diplomatic missions in Greece have no influence on the registration process.
The entry and exit by land for “non-essential travels”, i.e. tourist trips, is possible via Bulgaria (border crossings Promachonas and Ormenio, open throughout) and Evzoni (North Macedonia, 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.). Until further notice, entry and exit via Albania (Kakavia border crossing) and Turkey (Kipoi border crossing) is only possible for Greek citizens, people with a Greek residence permit and people with a proven permanent residence in Greece as well as people who can prove an urgent professional or health reason , possible and only permitted from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or 11 p.m. The total number of entries at the Kakavia border crossing is limited to 400 people per day. Entrants from Albania (Kakavia border crossing) and Turkey (Kipoi border crossing) must go into quarantine at home, and the total number of entries is limited.
When entering or leaving Germany by land, the entry regulations of the transit countries must be observed.
Transit and onward travel
Until further notice, entry from Turkey by land to Greece is only possible for Greek nationals, persons with a Greek residence permit and persons with proven permanent residence in Greece as well as persons who can prove an urgent professional or health reason, and only via the Kipoi border crossing ( 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.) possible.
There is direct flight between Germany and Greece, the actual implementation of flight connections depends on the decision of the respective airline.
The ferry traffic between Greece and Italy takes place. Pleasure craft are allowed to call at Greece again with a maximum of 49 passengers. (Cruise ships are exempt from this restriction). The below also apply entry mentioned requirements. Travelers are asked to call up the latest safety information via the NAVTEX system.
Ferry traffic (people) with Albania and Turkey remains suspended, and pleasure boats from Albania and Turkey are still not allowed to call at Greece.
Restrictions in the country
The Greek government has extended the nationwide "lockdown" with a few restrictive measures until May 24, 2021. Greece is divided into different risk zones according to the epidemiological burden; Changes are possible at short notice.
There is a curfew from 0.30 a.m. to 5 a.m.
Restrictions on public life concern, for example, capacity restrictions in shops and museums, the interior areas of the restaurants remain closed.
For flights to the islands or trips by ferry, either a vaccination certificate (vaccination completed 14 days ago) or a negative test (PCR test - not older than 72 hours or rapid test - not older than 24 hours) or a health certificate is required.
A current map of Greece is published on the website of the Greek government with the classification of the regional districts into polluted and less polluted areas (level A / level B) as well as further information on the respective restrictions depending on the classification of the regional districts.
The Greek National Tourism Organization provides detailed information on tourist trips under VisitGreece and Destination Greece as well as in the VisitGreece app.
There is a general obligation to wear mouth and nose protection for all persons from the age of four in all public, closed rooms, e.g. in supermarkets, all retail shops, public transport, taxis, elevators, doctor's surgeries, hospitals, bank branches and generally in offices with customer traffic and at weekly markets. In addition, mouth and nose protection must be worn everywhere outdoors nationwide. Violations are punished with a fine of 300 euros. Distance rules must be observed everywhere.
Special hygiene protocols with hygiene, distance and occupancy restrictions apply to hotels and other accommodations.
- Note the detailed information on the health situation based on data from the ECDC, existing restrictions including quarantine and testing requirements for travelers and mobile coronavirus contact tracking and warning apps on Re-open EU.
- Please note that the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) is required for a health check before entry. If you have technical problems with the form, please contact the service number 0030 215 5605151. If you have any doubts, ask your airline about whether a PLF has to be filled out for each traveler.
- For people who are not fully vaccinated, it is imperative to submit a negative PCR test from a recognized test laboratory in the country of departure with accompanying diagnosis in English or German, stating their name and passport / identity card number, not older than 72 hours.
- Find out more about the current situation at the German representations in Greece.
- When entering by land, please be sure to observe the travel and safety information of the transit countries as well as the information on transit provided by the German diplomatic missions in the countries relevant for overland routes.
- If you have any questions about entry from third countries, please contact the Greek embassy or consulate in your country of residence.
- If you test positive on entry, the health authorities will contact you. Register at the reception of your hotel or your tour guide or call the hotlines below to discuss how to proceed. You will usually be taken to a quarantine hotel. You will have to spend 14 days there and are not allowed to leave your room.
- In the event of COVID-19 symptoms or contact with infected people, please contact your tour guide or hotel staff, a doctor or the National Public Health Organization, Tel. 1135 (24-hour hotline; only available within Greece) and isolate yourself yourself.
- Pay attention to local notices in the Greek media and follow the instructions of health and safety personnel. Violations of instructions may be punishable by law.
- Stick to existing curfews as part of the "lockdown".
- The Ministry of Tourism has set up a service number on 1572 (only available from Greece, Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Please direct questions and complaints about your stay in Greece directly to the service number.
- When returning to Germany, note the valid entry restrictions such as registration, proof and, if applicable, quarantine regulations, inquire about the current conditions of carriage at the responsible company or your tour operator and contact the health department at your place of residence or residence if you are entering from a risk area . Further information can be found in our continuously updated info box on COVID-19 / Coronavirus.
There are always protests and demonstrations. Isolated violent clashes and traffic obstructions cannot be ruled out.
Due to its geographical location, Greece is an important entry country for irregular migrants to the EU or the Schengen area. From Greece, many people try to travel on to Italy and other Schengen countries without the need for documents, especially via the ferry ports of Patras and Igoumenitsa.
- Find out about the local media.
- Avoid demonstrations and large crowds in large areas.
- When using the ferry service with your own vehicle, please note the travel information - Infrastructure / traffic.
- Follow the instructions of local security guards.
In the big cities of Athens, Thessaloniki and Piraeus in particular, petty crimes such as pickpockets and handbag theft are increasing. This is especially true for busy places and public transport, such as the metro and bus lines from / to the airport and for the metro and bus stations in city centers.
Break-ins and trick thefts against car tourists occur.
- In large cities, especially at airports, train stations and on public transport such as the metro, you should be particularly careful and watch out for your valuables.
- Keep money, ID cards, driver's license, flight tickets and other important documents safe and, if possible, save ID cards with all data electronically.
- Park your vehicle in guarded parking lots and do not leave any valuables behind.
- Prefer cashless payments and only take the cash you need for the day and no unnecessary valuables.
- Be skeptical about unfamiliar e-mails, profit notifications, offers and requests for help from alleged acquaintances. Do not disclose any data about yourself; if necessary, make sure yourself personally or contact the police.
Nature and climate
Earthquakes and volcanoes
The mainland of Greece as well as the islands are located in a seismically active zone, which is why earthquakes are more frequent and volcanic activity is less frequent.
Storms and floods
In the Mediterranean, particularly from August to November, there can occasionally be severe autumn storms up to so-called Medicanes. These often lead to floods and landslides and, as a result, to considerable traffic obstructions.
Bush and forest fires
Especially in the summer months, bush and forest fires occur again and again in Greece due to the prevailing climatic conditions. Impairment of the infrastructure in tourist areas must be expected in these cases.
Infrastructure / traffic
Traffic routes may be impaired due to measures related to COVID-19 containment, see Current.
There is a good network of public transport links with domestic flights, ferries, and in Athens there is a metro network and a tram line and bus connections.
There is a network of well-developed roads on the mainland, with restrictions on the islands. Disabilities in local and long-distance public transport (by air, sea and land) must be expected in the event of strikes.
The alcohol limit is 0.5, for novice drivers, motorcycle and professional drivers 0.0.
In roundabouts, if there are no traffic signs to the contrary, the entering vehicle is given priority, so that vehicles in the roundabout often brake.
No parking signs with a vertical line apply to odd months, and two to even months.
Traffic offenses are punished with higher fines than usual in Germany. It is not uncommon for the police to seize the license plates in the event of parking violations and only hand them over again after a few weeks and after a fine has been paid. The German representations in Greece provide further information.
Migrants often try, with the help of smugglers, to get unnoticed on trucks that take the ferries from Patras or Igoumenitsa to Italy. If these persons are discovered during the controls by the police or coast guard, criminal proceedings are regularly initiated against the drivers for human smuggling as an organized crime and the vehicles are seized as evidence. Drivers face high fines or even imprisonment, lengthy and costly procedures are the result.
Especially in Patras, traffic jams and necessary stops in front of red lights on the way to the port are used by people to hide on or under the vehicle as unrecognized as possible.
Even with waiting or standing times in the port area, individuals or whole groups succeed again and again in overcoming the fencing of the port area and then hiding on the vehicles parked there.
- Follow traffic rules to avoid high fines.
- As a matter of principle, do not take strangers into the vehicle, especially hitchhikers.
- If so, clarify beforehand whether these persons have valid identification documents and, if applicable, a residence permit for Greece.
- Always park vehicles in a safe, guarded place if possible and lock it well to prevent so-called blind passengers.
- Before leaving Greece, check that there are no unauthorized persons in the vehicle. This is especially true for mobile homes and trucks.
- Avoid long idle times at rest areas along the access roads or in the city of Athens. If these are unavoidable, carefully check the locks, locks and tarpaulins for tampering before continuing to the port.
- In case of doubt, check the vehicle again immediately before entering the port area or continuing, also by looking under the vehicle.
- When entering the port, if you suspect that someone may have entered your vehicle without permission, report to the inspecting officers of the police or the coast guard.
- Support the officials of the Greek coast guard or the police in clearing up the matter as much as possible and do not refuse to cooperate.
- If you regularly use ferry ports, have contacts from lawyers and the German representations ready.
The German motor vehicle driving license is sufficient. A German official sports boat license with the designation "International Certificate" (according to UN Resolution No. 40 ECE, as of 2015) is not recognized in Greece. For details about the validity / recognition of foreign boat driving licenses in Greece, please contact the German representations in Greece.
There are no indications of any particular difficulties; acceptance is particularly good in large cities.
In Greece, the acquisition, possession, distribution, import and export of drugs - even small quantities for personal use - are severely punished.
Taking photos of military installations and important civil installations (airports / ports) is possible because of. Danger of espionage prohibited. Violations will be prosecuted - also against EU citizens - and sometimes severely punished.
In the event of theft, deliberate or negligent damage, illegal excavation and removal from the place of discovery (i.e. without authorization or notification to the authorities) of archaeological finds, depending on the severity of the crime, up to several years' imprisonment can be imposed on foreigners.
Smuggling offenses can be punished with high prison sentences and fines in Greece, see Infrastructure / traffic.
Money / credit cards
The means of payment is the euro. According to the Greek authorities, there are no particular restrictions on the amount of money that can be withdrawn for bank cards issued by foreign financial institutions. Paying with credit cards and withdrawing from ATMs are widespread.
Entry and customs
Entry and transit regulations may currently differ due to measures to contain COVID-19, see Current.
Entry and import regulations for German citizens can change at short notice without notifying the Foreign Office beforehand. You can only obtain legally binding information and / or information that goes beyond this information on the entry and customs regulations for importing goods directly from the representatives of your destination country.
You can find the customs regulations for Germany on the website of the German customs and via the “Customs and Travel” app or you can inquire about them by telephone.
Entry is possible for German citizens with the following documents:
- Passport: Yes
- Temporary passport: Yes
- Identity card: Yes
- Provisional identity card: Yes, must be valid
- Children's passport: Yes
Comments / minimum remaining validity:
Greece is a party to the European Convention on the Regulation of Passenger Traffic between the member states of the Council of Europe of December 13, 1957. Travel documents other than the temporary identity card may not have expired for more than one year.
The requirements of individual airlines for the documents to be carried by their passengers differ in part from the state regulations.
Air travel to Germany can therefore only be undertaken with a valid passport / identity card or a passport substitute document issued by the German consular representations in Greece.
In general, we recommend that a child traveling alone or with only one parent carry a declaration of consent from the other parent who has custody. Minors traveling alone may require an officially certified declaration of consent from their parents / legal guardian.
Entry by land
When traveling to Greece by land, the entry regulations of the transit countries must also be observed.
- If necessary, inquire about the respective travel and safety information or in good time at the relevant diplomatic mission.
The import and export of goods is subject to the provisions of the European Union. The principle of no physical checks does not exclude random checks in the context of police surveillance of borders and police controls of cross-border traffic.
Please also note the special customs regulations on the import of defense sprays and weapons. In Greece the acquisition, possession, distribution, import and export of drugs, even small quantities for personal use, are severely punished. Defense sprays should not be carried with you (not even those that are freely available in Germany). Their possession and use is prohibited and prosecuted in Greece. The same applies to weapons of all kinds, especially large knives, swords, sabers, etc.
The unauthorized possession of archaeological objects and the attempt to export them also face high penalties. The purchase and export of antiques are only permitted with a permit from the Ministry of Culture.
Travelers should definitely not take stones from archaeological sites with them.
Entry by vehicle
Private individuals residing in Germany who are temporarily staying in Greece are allowed to drive their cars registered in Germany for six months - continuously or in parts - in Greece for a period of twelve months. After this permitted period has expired, the vehicle must either be taken out of the country for a period of six months, put under bond at the responsible customs office for at least six months, or legally registered with Greek license plates. Failure to comply will result in closure and fines. Other regulations may apply to vehicles registered as commercial vehicles.
For trips with certain pets (dogs, cats, ferrets) to countries of the European Union with the exception of Ireland, Great Britain, Malta and Finland, where different regulations apply, an EU pet passport is required. He serves among other things. as proof that the animal has been vaccinated against rabies.
The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture offers a sample ID as well as further information.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the disease COVID-19, which is triggered by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, a pandemic.
In January 2019, WHO declared delaying or skipping vaccinations as a threat to global health. In particular, the lack of vaccination against measles poses a high risk when the number of cases increases internationally.
- As part of your travel preparations, check your and your children's vaccination protection against measles and have this supplemented if necessary.
No compulsory vaccinations are required when entering Greece.
- Make sure that you and your children have the standard vaccinations according to the vaccination calendar of the Robert Koch Institute up to date.
- Vaccinations against hepatitis A are recommended as travel vaccinations, and against hepatitis B and TBE for long-term stays or special exposure.
- Please note the instructions for use and help for the indication in the travel vaccination recommendations leaflet.
- The DTG offers up-to-date, detailed travel vaccination recommendations for specialist groups.
In Greece there is no or at most a minimal risk of malaria between April and November, see Standing Committee on Travel Medicine (StAR) of the DTG. No malaria prophylaxis is recommended for Greece.
West Nile fever
West Nile fever is a viral disease spread by migratory birds and transmitted to humans by diurnal mosquitos. Seasonal outbreaks can occur in Greece during the summer months; The ECDC provides current case numbers. The infection is mostly clinically normal, but in rare cases severe neurological symptoms can occur. There is no vaccination or specific treatment, see information sheet West Nile fever.
- To avoid West Nile fever, protect yourself consistently against mosquito bites as part of exposure prophylaxis, especially during the day.
Early Summer Meningoencephalitis (TBE)
There is a low risk of tick-borne tick-borne meningoencephalitis in northern Greece. A TBE vaccination makes sense if there is particular exposure in this area.
- To avoid TBE, protect yourself consistently against tick bites as part of exposure prophylaxis.
- Get advice and, if necessary, vaccinate with regard to a TBE vaccination in the case of particular exposure in northern Greece.
Crimean Congo fever
Crimean-Congo fever is a viral disease that is usually transmitted to humans by ticks and is associated with an increased tendency to bleed (hemorrhagic fever). The disease occurs occasionally in northeast Greece. The risk to tourists is extremely low.
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