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Greece opened its doors to Covid-free tourists!
Greece is open for tourists who are either fully vaccinated, have antibodies, or a negative PCR test result for COVID-19. See details below...

During this difficult time for humanity, due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus, the Greek authorities took measures to protect the lives of all citizens and visitors right away!

The Greek government has introduced health protocols and measures to ensure the safety of visitors, which must be followed by hoteliers, tour operators, restaurants, cafes, etc.

If you are concerned about social distancing, there are plenty of outdoor spaces and activities in Santorini to have a great time with your loved ones!

Book a PCR or Antigen Test for COVID-19 in Santorini at PROLIPSI Lab or at MedLife Clinic
Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: Where can I get the PCR test or Antigen (Rapid) test for Covid-19 in Santorini?

A: There are medical diagnostic centers in Santorini where you can get the molecular-based test (RT-PCR test) or Antigen test for Coronavirus (COVID-19):

- PROLIPSI Lab, Mesaria & Emporio (Monday-Saturday 08:00-15:00, Tel. +30 2286033374)
For covid testing at Prolipsi Lab, call the above number. For examination at your hotel, you can book online.
- Santorini Central Clinic, Fira (Monday-Sunday 08:00-20:00, Tel. +30 2286021728)
For covid testing at the clinic, call the above number. For examination at your hotel, you can book online.
- Santorini MedLife Clinic, Mesaria (Monday-Sunday 09:00-20:00, Tel. +30 2286030403)
For covid testing at the MedLife clinic, call the above number. For examination at your hotel, you can book online.

For covid testing in the facilities of the above medical centers, the price is 10€ for the Antigen (rapid) test and 60€ for the PCR test.

Announcement regarding arrivals from foreign countries to Greece (Last update AUGUST 2021)

These guidelines are in place to ensure the protection of your health, as well as the health of your loved ones and all those involved in offering you a safe hospitality experience:

  • As of May 14th, travelers arriving in Greece are required to have either a negative PCR certificate from a testing laboratory, for a Covid-19 test taken no later than 72 hours before arrival or a negative antigen (rapid) certificate taken no longer than 48 hours before arrival. This test is mandatory for all tourists (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
  • Proof of a negative test is not required however for all travelers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.
  • Acceptable vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm among others.
  • Proof of a negative PCR test is not required if the traveler was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 30 to 180 days. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The certificate is issued 30 days after the day of the first positive COVID-19 test and is valid for 180 days after it.
  • Every traveler who arrives in Greece, regardless of the certificate in their possession, may undergo a random health screening. If you are selected, please keep in mind that the screening is mandatory. In case of refusal, authorities reserve the right to refuse entry into the country. The selection is made through a targeted sampling system ”EVA” used also in the summer of 2020.
  • Attention: The entry of tourists in Greece is not subject to vaccination. Presenting a vaccination certificate greatly facilitates the formalities upon arrival. However, in no case is a vaccination or antibodies certificate considered a "passport"
  • The countries from which entry is allowed, under the aforementioned conditions, without the requirement for subsequent self-isolation are: EU & Schengen Area countries, USA, UK, Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrein, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo* (This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence), Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Montenergro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, the Russian Federation*, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, UAE, Ukraine.
  • Non EU citizens are strongly advised to choose direct flights to Greece. In any other case, travelers should abide by the stop-over country requirements. Passengers are allowed to enter the country through all international airports and all ports.
    Travellers are allowed to enter from the land borders through the entry gates of Promachonas, Ormenio, Evzonoi, Nymfaia, Niki, Doirani, Kristallopigi, Kipi, Kakavia, Kastanies and Exohi in a 24h basis.
Learn more https://travel.gov.gr

Q: What is the procedure to visit Greece?

Before arrival:
Tourists must fill in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) no later than 23:59 of the day before arriving in Greece. For more information, please click here.
Prior to departure, all travelers must ensure that they carry an acceptable form of certification of their health condition. Acceptable documents include:

  • ● A negative PCR molecular test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry.
  • ● A negative antigen (rapid) test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry..
  • ● A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
  • ● A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory.
  • ● Proof that the traveler was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 2 to 9 months. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.
All certificates must include the critical information (i.e. number of doses and their respective dates) in English, German French, Italian, Spanish, Russian and the person’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognized travel document.

Upon arrival:
Travelers arriving in Greece are subject to:
  • Sampling RAPID antigen tests at the entrance gates for selected individuals drawn from a targeted sampling system, based on the ”EVA” system.
  • Mandatory isolation if they test positive for SARS-Cov-2, following a sampling test. In this case, the travelers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis. Guests will stay in seclusion hotels for at least 10 days. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

Compliance with the health protocols during transport and throughout your entire stay in Greece is the key factor that will allow all of us to stay safe and return to normality.

Q: How can one travel to Greece?

A: Greece is ready to welcome visitors applying advanced health protection protocols. In 2021, Greek Tourism is ready to operate with the maximum safety possible, for tourists, employees and every person involved in the provision of tourist services.
Isolation (quarantine) for visitors from abroad is no longer required. However, entry into Greece will be allowed under the following conditions:

1.Travelers must have one of the following:
- Vaccination certificate issued by an appropriate body in the traveler's country of origin.
- Instead of a vaccination certificate, travelers are required to show either a negative PCR test conducted up to 72 hours before traveling or a negative antigen (rapid) test conducted up to 48 hours before traveling.
- Alternatively, the traveler can show proof that was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 30 to 180 days. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The certificate is issued 30 days after the day of the first positive COVID-19 test and is valid for 180 days after it.
2. All visitors must complete the electronic PLF document at least 24 hours before traveling.
3. Upon entering Greece, visitors may undergo targeted tests. In the event of a positive result, travelers will be temporarily accommodated in an isolation hotel, free of charge. If a positive incident is detected following a sampling test at the land borders, then entry into the country may not be allowed.
- Upon entering Greece, visitors will undergo targeted tests. In the event of a positive result, meaning that the traveler who was tested is ill with Covid-19, he/she will be temporarily accommodated in an isolation hotel. If a positive incident is detected following a sampling test at the land borders, then entry into the country may not be allowed.

Q: How can the visitors move to or from their hotel?

A: As long as travel across counties is prohibited, guests will be able to travel from the airport to the lodging they have booked with their hotel voucher.

3 Reasons why Santorini is a safe holiday destination!

1. Tourism in all the world's most popular tourist destinations, including Santorini, has seen a sharp decline due to the Covid pandemic. This year, in 2021, the number of visitors is expected to be low, resulting in a safe and convenient stay and travel in Santorini. If you are mesmerized by the impressive photographs of this stunningly beautiful Greek island, while at the same time you are worried about the crowds in such a popular place like Santorini, now is your chance to visit it!

2. The Greek government was one of the first governments in the world to introduce strict lockdown measures, restricting the spread of the virus and keeping its citizens safe from the pandemic. As a result, you will travel to a place which the government and local authorities have kept safe from day one and with few cases. The tourism professionals on the island follow the safety measures and instructions meticulously so that everyone can enjoy their vacation here.

3. Vaccinations in Greece started at the end of 2020 and continue to provide the appropriate antibodies to the local population and protect public health!

We wish you a relaxing and rejuvenating trip to the breathtaking island of Santorini in 2021. We hope it will offer you beautiful memories with your loved ones!



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