Santorini & COVID-19
Greece opens its doors to Covid-free tourists!
Greece will be fully open for tourism on May 14 and welcomes tourists who are either fully vaccinated, have antibodies, or a negative PCR test result for COVID-19.
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!
Announcement regarding arrivals from foreign countries to Greece (Last update May 2021)
In the following paragraphs, we describe what applies as of the 19th of April. Information relating to the generalized opening will be affected as of the 14th of May and will be announced in due time.
For the protection of your own health, your family’s, as well as that of all those involved in offering you safe hospitality, the following general principles regarding the health protocols apply in Greece as of the 19th of April:
Travellers arriving in Greece should possess a negative PCR certificate from a testing laboratory, for a Covid-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. This test is mandatory for all tourists (including children over the age of 5), regardless of the epidemiological situation prevalent in the country of departure.
If the traveler has completed his/her vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and holds a vaccination certificate, then proof of a negative test is not required.
Vaccination certificates for the vaccines Sputnik, Sinovac, etc., not approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) also exempt visitors from the obligation of producing a negative PCR test. Acceptable vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.
Every traveler who arrives in Greece may undergo a random health screening regardless of the certificate in their possession. If selected, the screening is mandatory. Otherwise, authorities reserve the right to refuse entry into the country. The selection is made through a targeted sampling system, based on the EVA system used 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, Israel, Serbia, UAE, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore, and the Russian Federation.
Passengers are allowed to enter the country through 9 airports (Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Corfu, Rhodes, Kos, Chania, Mykonos, Santorini).
Travelers are allowed to enter from the land borders of the country through the land entry gates of Promachonas and Nymphaio
Learn more https://travel.gov.gr
Book your PCR/Antigen Test for COVID-19
The process is very sort and lasts only 15 minutes. The laboratory makes every effort to ensure that there is no waiting and that you will be served as quickly as possible, safely and reliably.
The results for the PCR test take from 3 hours to 24 hours to come out, depending on the number of tests performed. While the results for the Antigen test take no more than an hour.
We recommend that you make an appointment in the early morning hours so that you are more likely to receive them during the day.
You will receive a certificate for the test results in English, which will indicate the manufacturer of the test (company) and will be signed by a doctor. The certificate will be valid to travel back to your home country. The results can be given to you by email or in printed form at the Lab.
Schedule your appointment early
We recommend that you schedule your appointment as soon as possible during the high season, and it would be best not to arrange it the day right before your departure. Authorities usually request that travelers take their test up to 72 hours prior to departure. You should check this based on the measures of your home country.