Greece Tightens Entry Requirements: Negative Covid-19 Tests Required From Select Arrivals


Greece tried to save its summer tourists season by opening its borders to the entire EU/EEA + UK and select third countries but is now battling the second wave of Covid-19 infections.

Visitors arriving in Greece from Sweden, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic will need to provide a negative Covid-19 test performed no more than 72 hours before arrival, according to Reuters. This requirement also applies at all land borders, including Greek citizens, and is effective from August 17, 2020.

You can access Greece’s website for passenger location form here.

Passengers are also required, per the earlier announcement, fill out a Passenger Locator Form minimum 24 hours before scheduled arrival.

Restaurants and bars in the Greek holiday destinations of Crete, Thessaloniki, Chalkidiki, Mykonos, Paros, Santorini, Antiparos, Zakynthos, and Kos must close between midnight and 7 AM.

The Covid-19 cases are rising in Greece, but deaths have inched upwards yet.


The number of Covid-19 infections in Greece was very low this spring when the first wave went through western Europe.

I believe that it was inevitable that the case numbers would rise when you mix sea, sand, sun, sex, and alcohol at these holiday destinations. Let’s hope that the death numbers stay low.

You can often get the Covid-19 test done through national health insurance in Europe, but you may not get more than a text message that the result is either positive or negative. These are not intended to be used for travel purposes.