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Greece Welcomes Vaccinated Visitors

November 23, 2021 • 5:05 pm CST
(Vax Before Travel)

As of Monday, November 22, 2021, the Government of Greece is restricting access for unvaccinated individuals to many categories of businesses and public services, reported the U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Greece.

Under the new rules, unvaccinated adults:

  • Cannot access/enter: Enclosed eating areas, entertainment facilities (cinemas, theaters), museums, exhibition centers, fitness centers, and sports venues.  These facilities may be accessed only by those who are fully vaccinated or have documentation of recovery from COVID-19.
  • Can enter only with a negative lab rapid test or PCR test: Unvaccinated individuals seeking access to churches, schools, public and private sector places of work, retail shops, hair salons, or outdoor eating areas may enter by presenting a negative laboratory rapid test no older than 48 hours or a PCR test no older than 72 hours.
  • Can enter with no documentation required: Unvaccinated individuals can enter supermarkets, bakeries, sweet shops, pharmacies, and urban public transportation.

However, children aged 4 to 17 may access the top two categories of facilities with a negative self-test taken within the last 24 hours, documented via the Self-Test Declaration form.  

And children under four do not need to show any documentation.

The U.S. Mission in Greece adopts the following guidelines and entry procedures to comply with Greek restrictions and Executive Order 14043.  

Also, on November 22, 2021, people ages, five and older must show proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result to enter the U.S. Embassy Athens and Consulate General Thessaloniki.  

Visitors, including passport and notarial applicants, must provide proof of vaccination (the Greek or E.U. digital COVID certificate, VAMS vaccination certificate, CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card, or Vaccine Attestation Form) or other documentation according to age category. 

Individuals requesting emergency assistance from the Consular Section will not be prevented from doing so regardless of vaccination status.

The U.S. Embassy Athens can be reached at +30 210-721-2951, or, [email protected].

Furthermore, please be advised that the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Athens will be closed on November 24 and November 25, 2021.

Note: The U.S. Department of State issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory for Greece in August 2021.

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