Greece has been a beacon of travel hope over the last few years, even during the toughest of times. The country regularly found ways to safely stay open despite the mosts challenging of conditions.
This year, as travel rebounds, it’s got hot destination competition not just in Europe, but everywhere globally. Sometimes, with competition, comes simplicity.
As health situations improve, and knowing how much people hate admin, Greece is dropping one of the mildly time consuming and panic inducing elements of the entry experience. For vaccinated arrivals, that means travel entry protocols will be much like those found before 2020.
If you’re heading to Greece this year, here’s what you need to know about the updated entry requirements and what’s changing from March 15th, 2022 onward.
Greece Drops Passenger Locator Forms
Passenger locator forms can be stressful, as can trying to re-download the form after landing without working phone service.
In the early days, Greece wouldn’t send the PDF needed for border checks until just after midnight on the day of your arrival, which left this traveler with a sleepless night to kick off the trip.
Now, as of March 15th, 2022, Greece has ditched the passenger locator form entirely, for all arrivals into the country. Bye-bye, excess admin!
Yep, if you’re headed to Greece, no passenger locator form will be required and that leaves a simple proof of vaccination, or negative covid-19 test to enter, and of course, a valid passport too.
Arrival Protocols For Greece
With passenger locator forms disappearing, travel to Greece will be easier than it’s been in over two years. All arrivals from March 15th will only be required to provide proof of full vaccination against Covid-19 or a negative Covid-19 test prior to arrival. These rules do not apply to passengers under the age of 5.
Greece accepts either a RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure, or a negative supervised antigen test within 24 hours of departure for unvaccinated arrivals. There’s no obligatory post arrival testing, though the country reserves the right to randomly test arrivals. In my travel experience, that right is rarely exercised.
Exciting Times For European Travel
Greece is open and it’s looking like the biggest summer of tourism since 2019 is upon us. That bar is relatively low, but with revenge travel at play, figures for summer 2022 could rival the greatest tourism periods in the history of recorded metrics.
There’s nothing quite like the Cycladic Islands in spring, summer or autumn, and Athens remains one of the best value destinations in Europe. With recent investment in the airport experience, arriving and departing doesn’t suck nearly as much as it used to.
I’ll be in Santorini next month and am oh-so-happy to have that 30 minutes of time to fill out passenger locator forms for my family back. Of course, it should also make the arrival experience quicker, which means more time for the views — and food. And wine.
Official information on vaccine validity and other arrival protocols can be found here.