HEALTH CONDITIONS ON CRETE - everything you need to know before your journey
If you are planning to come to Crete in the coming weeks. Here’s what you need to know before, during your trip.
Visitors from the European Union and Schengen Area, the United Kingdom and other non-EU countries that have joined the EU digital Covid Certificate System, as well as visitors from the United States, Canada and Australia, do not need a negative Covid-19 test if they are fully vaccinated before entering Greece.
They can enter and move freely within Greece if they have a valid vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated within the last nine months or received a booster dose (without time restriction), or if they have a Covid-19 recovery certificate valid for 180 days after the date of issue.
Visitors who have not been fully vaccinated may enter Greece by presenting a negative PCR test or a negative Rapid Antigen test completed within 72 hours of travel.
Following the deployment of severe precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19, Greece is reducing its travel rules for visitors (such as safety protocols for hotels and tourism-related companies and entry to shops, indoor & outdoor entertainment venues and archeological sites & museums requiring a vaccination certificate or a negative test for Covid-19).
- Spot for outdoor entertainment
Outdoor restaurants,cafes,bars,and clubs, for example, are serving only seated clients at a maximum of 85 percent capacity, with 10 people per table.
Guests are required to produce proof of vaccination or recovery ( as per country admission rules) or a PCR or Rapid Antigen test at all outdoor entertainment venues.
Certificates can be printed or downloaded.
- Places for indoor entertainment
Indoor restaurants and cafes, nightclubs,music venues, theaters and cinemas are only open to customers who can show proof of Covid-19 immunization or recovery
(as per country entry requirements).
To enter stores, you will need to demonstrate confirmation of vaccination or recovery, as well as a negative PCR or Rapid Antigen Test (not supermarkets).
In congested outdoor and indoor areas, you’ll additionally need to wear a mask (public transport, shops,taxis and public utilities, as well as private communal areas in hotels etc.)
Just keep in mind to travel safely and follow all health precautions, such as washing your hands and taking your temperature on a regular basis.
Self-test kits cost around 5 € and are widely available in Greek pharmacies.
Concerning the Passenger Locator Form which had to be filled in before…
Passengers entering Greece will no longer be needed to fill out the Passenger Locator Form after March 15, 2022. (PLF)
However, a simplified PLF is still in effect, with completion being optional, for the sole purpose of allowing the traveller/family to get an EU Certificate of negative or positive COVID-19 test results.
Travellers who choose to complete the simplified form will receive the PLF by email, along with their unique Quick Response (QR) code (the QR code will be provided in a link in the mail).
The PLF can also be obtained at travel.gov.gr and on the Visit Greece app.
Prior to arriving in Greece, all visitors are strongly advised to download the free Visit Greece app (GDPR compliant)