Greece holidays: UK government issues latest update as Greece opens up travel today

Greece travel rules are changing today as the country eases itself out of lockdown. The country has had relatively few coronavirus cases compared to many other badly-hit European destinations. There are currently 2,834 confirmed cases of the virus in Greece.


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Greece introduced a series of strict measures to control the spread of coronavirus.

However certain rules are now being relaxed – including travel.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) explained the changes in its latest travel advice update.

“From 18 May, you may travel in mainland Greece and to Crete and Evia; but travel to all other islands is restricted,” explained the FCO.

“To purchase a ticket to travel to any other island, you will need to provide proof of permanent residence (via a tax certificate) on the island to which you wish to travel.

“It is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, whose capacity is limited in order to facilitate social distancing.

“One-way travel from islands to the mainland is not restricted.”

A number of rules are in place concerning sailing.

“Cruise ships are banned from landing in Greek ports. From 18 May, private sailboats (and yachts) from outside Greece may land at Greek ports, subject to certain public health measures.

“All sailboats must be empty of passengers (excluding crew). Upon arrival, you must present to harbour authorities, who will require the completion of a health declaration, and mandatory testing (to be paid-for by the occupants of each vessel).

“Use of sailboats within Greece remains forbidden, except for vessels of seven metres or less.

“Vessels of seven metres or less may be used (including for open sea swimming), but should not approach islands; nor should you stay overnight on any sailboat.


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“Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice.

“Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.”

The rules for tourist accommodation in Greece are varied.

“All hotels are closed, though AirBnB accommodation remains available,” explained the FCO.

“Most campsites in Greece are closed, but the campsite in Igoumenitsa, at Drepano Beach, is currently open.

“Here, local authorities have undertaken to supply facilities to those in Campervans who have nowhere else to stay. You should confirm this with the campsite before travelling.”

Travel to Greece won’t be available this month, however. “Direct commercial flights between the UK and Greece (in both directions) are currently suspended until 1 June,” said the FCO.

“This suspension may be extended further in future, including at short notice. It is possible to travel indirectly between Greece and the UK (and vice versa).” 

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