Simpson Safe Greece
Last updated 17 September 2021.
Everything you need to know about travelling to Greece in 2021…
Greece is currently categorised as an Amber destination; fully vaccinated adults and children under 18 are not required to quarantine on return to the UK. All other passengers are required to quarantine at home for 10 days on their return to the UK (or 5 days under the Test to Release Scheme). Please see below for testing requirements.
Passenger Locator Forms for entry
All passengers travelling to Greece must complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) online. This may be done at any time prior to departure but we advise allowing at least 24 hours. It is essential this is completed in time otherwise you will be denied boarding. One form is required per family, giving details for all travellers, including children. When completing the form, it is important to click the "Add Family Member" button multiple times until all passenger names have been added. See here for a visual guide. You will be asked to provide details of your address in Greece; your villa/hotel name, nearest village/town, island/region and postcode.
Once your PLF has been submitted, you will immediately receive a confirmation email acknowledging receipt. A unique QR (quick response) code to show on arrival in Greece will then be emailed to you on the morning of your departure. Please complete your PLF by visiting http://travel.gov.gr
(Please note that Preveza airport is listed under its official name, Aktion airport.)
Testing/Vaccination requirements for entry
All travellers aged 12 and over arriving in Greece must produce proof of ONE of the following:
- A vaccination certificate issued by a recognised body showing >14 days since a final vaccine dose was received.
- The result of a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours of your arrival in Greece. Please note, the name on test certificates must match the full name as shown on the holder's passport.
- Testing is not required for children under 12.
Will I be tested for Coronavirus at the airport?
Randomised temperature checks and Covid-19 testing may be carried out on arrival in Greece.
Will temperature checks be carried out during my stay?
Temperature checks are not routinely carried out before entering shops, restaurants and bars in Greece.
Should I wear a face mask?
Face masks are mandatory on arrival in Greece for everyone aged six and over and on local transportation (unless indicated otherwise by a medical professional). They are not required in public spaces or when seated outdoors in restaurants and bars, or on beaches.
Beaches in Greece are all open as usual and sunbeds (where available) are laid out in accordance with social distancing guidelines.
Restaurants are open for outdoor service and tables are spaced in accordance with social distancing guidelines.
Bars are open for outdoor service, with customers expected to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Shops are open as usual.
Boats, experiences and activities
Private boat hire can be arranged as usual in Greece this summer.
Will there be any changes at the villa or hotel?
Please check your property details carefully on our website to see if any changes have been implemented for 2021. All our hygiene and enhanced cleaning measures are detailed on our Simpson Safe hub page.
What should I do if a member of my party is unwell or develops symptoms of Covid-19?
As always, your local concierge has everything in place to assist you and should be your first port of call. They can arrange rapid testing, access to medical care if required, and are fully briefed on local procedures in the event that a member of your party tests positive for Covid-19.
Returning to the UK
Within 48 hours of travelling back, all passengers must complete a form giving journey and contact details, ready to present at the UK border. This may be printed, or downloaded onto a smart device and can be found at https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk
All passengers aged 11 and over returning to the UK must show proof of a negative Covid-test taken less than 72 hours prior to their arrival. From 4 October 2021 fully vaccinated travellers returning to England will be exempt from this requirement.
Fully vaccinated adults and children under 18 returning to the UK from Greece are not required to quarantine. All passengers aged 5 and over are required to take a PCR test on day 2 after their return.
Unvaccinated adults returning from Greece must quarantine at home for 10 days (or 5 days with Test to Release) and take tests on day 2 and day 8 after arriving in the UK. Under the government's Test to Release scheme, proof of a negative test taken on day 5 after returning to the UK shortens the requirement to quarantine from 10 days to 5 days.
*A minimum of 14 days are required between date of final vaccination and travel.
We will be offering favourable rates for testing with three of the government’s approved suppliers. Qured and C19 offer Covid-19 antigen and PCR tests designed specifically for international travel and provide kits which remove the need to source a testing facility overseas before your return to the UK. We are also able to provide Simpson clients with a discounted rate for Randox tests.
For information on approved Covid-testing please visit www.gov.uk/testing. Simpson Travel are not liable for any testing costs associated with travel to or from your chosen destination.
For further information on travel to Greece, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/entry-requirements
This page will be updated regularly. For the latest information, please check back immediately prior to your departure date.