The southernmost of the countries of the Balkan Peninsula, Greece is a popular travel destination, dotted with ancient ruins, beautiful coastline and olive groves. The calendar of cultural events is packed throughout the year, but there’s so many other activities, like hiking up volcanoes, cycling through forests or kite surfing.
Is Greece on the green list?
While there’s hope that Greece will be added to the green list during summer, it remains on the amber list for now, with the Foreign Office advising against all but essential travel, except for the islands of Rhodes, Kos, Zakynthos, Corfu and Crete.
Will I have to quarantine?
As Greece is on the amber list, anyone travelling from the country to the UK will have to isolate at home for 10 days – unless you have been fully vaccinated in the UK or under the UK vaccine programme overseas. If not, before leaving Greece, travellers will have to take a pre-departure test (and have proof of their negative result) and take PCR tests on day two and day eight of the at-home quarantine period. There’s an option to ‘test to release’ and end self-isolation early if an extra Covid test is purchased and returns as negative on day five.
With the rapid spread of the Delta variant, many of countries on the amber list are closing their borders to the UK, with strict quarantine procedures in place. However, Greece is still allowing people from the UK to enter with proof of a negative PCR test, or if they have received both doses of the vaccine at least two weeks before travel.
A traffic light system is currently being used to restore international travel, with countries organised into three categories — red, amber and green — to determine what safety measures are currently needed for travel due to the current global pandemic. Read more on ABTA’s travel hub.
How do I get there?
A number of airlines, including British Airways, Ryanair, EasyJet and TUI, fly direct to multiple destinations in Greece such as Athens, Corfu and Crete.