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Europe > Crete (kriti): Covid-19 and Travel

Crete (kriti)

Present Situation

Total cases: 914 824

Active cases: 82 864

Recovered: 814 181

Deaths: 17 779

Vaccination count: 7 millions

Current trend: Flattening

Data updated on 2021-11-27

Cumulative coronavirus cases

Summary of the situation

Are the borders open to travellers? Partially Allowed
Is a test required to enter the country?
Negative PCR test and covid-19 test required for all tourist.
Are quarantine measures imposed? Sous conditions
Is the country in lockdown? Partiellement
Is wearing a mask mandatory?
Masks are required in enclosed public places

Provisions for travellers

Entry to the territory: Partially Allowed
Fully vaccinated travelers from the following countries may now travel to Greece without quarantine requirements: EU and Schengen Area countries, USA, UK, Albania, Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, UAE and Ukraine.

From July 8, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Jordan, Moldova, and Brunei will be added to this list.

Next to residents of EU Member States and Schengen associated countries (Andorra, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican, the Principality of Monaco), travellers from the USA, the 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*, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, the UAE, and Ukraine may visit Greece for pleasure, provided they can fulfill the general entry requirements (https://travel.gov.gr/#/).

Incoming travellers who are residents of the Russian Federation, whether vaccinated or not, must show a negative result to a molecular PCR test or a rapid (antigen) test, and they will also be subject to new testing upon arrival.

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. Maritime connections with Turkey are temporarily restricted.

Important notice: Upon arrival, randomly selected travellers may be requested to undergo a mandatory RAPID antigen test at the entrance gates, drawn from the “EVA” sampling system. Following the sampling test, mandatory isolation is required for travellers testing positive for SARS-Cov-2. In this case, the travellers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis, and stay in isolation for a maximum of 10 days. Passengers, who have been fully vaccinated and the rapid test they take upon arrival is positive, will have to self-isolate for seven (7) days. In both cases, self-isolated travellers will have to show a negative result to a molecular PCR test on the last day of their quarantine, in order for the quarantine to be lifted. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

Tests: Negative PCR test and covid-19 test required for all tourist.

Quarantine: Depends
Quarantine required for some travellers.

Information updated on 2021-11-26.

Action taken in the country

Lockdown: Yes
It is mandatory to wear a facemask in all indoor spaces and public transport means. The use of facemask is recommended in crowded outdoor areas.

Citizens are encouraged to apply physical distance rules everywhere. Special social distancing rules have been set for a wide range of places, such as hospitals, medical centres, restaurants, cafés, offices, schools, universities, supermarkets, shopping malls, public transportation vehicles and stations, small shops, barbershops, places of worship, lifts, etc.

Precautionary measures may be subject to variations according to the epidemiological level of the different Regional Units.

Public transportation and taxi passengers are obliged to wear a face mask. This includes passengers of ferries, dayboats and sea taxis.

Tourism accommodations are available under specific hygiene protocols.

Restaurants, cafés, bars, and nightclubs are open for seated customers ONLY.

Up to 10 individuals are allowed per table. Two customers seated on stools are allowed at the counter and a 1.5 m distance must be kept from the next two customers.

Restaurant and café indoor spaces as well as indoor and outdoor areas of nightclubs, late-night bars, pubs, and boîtes admit customers who show a Covid-19 vaccination certificate or a medical document as proof of their Covid-19 infection and recovery. Minors upon their entrance must show any of the above-mentioned tests or a negative self-test certificate done 24 hours earlier, by simply stating their self-test result on the following pdf (download here: https://self-testing.gov.gr/covid19-self-test-print.pdf).

The use of masks is mandatory for customers waiting for a table, and strongly recommended for those already seated.

Mask use
Masks are required in enclosed public places

Gatherings: Partially Allowed
Events of more than 4 people banned.

Restaurants and bars: Open with restrictions

Shops: Open

Tourist attractions: Open


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