Holidays in Greece are synonymous with relaxation. Always sunny and breezy from spring to fall, blessed with quaint architecture and sparkling seas, it’s a place you come to lounge, eat, swim and snooze.

The Covid-19 pandemic has therefore been a rollercoaster for Greece fans: the country has imposed several waves of strict border rules, including requiring proof of vaccination and, at one point, a PCR rather than an antigen test for visitors.

The Greek government has also been one of the most cautious in lifting its Covid-related restrictions. However, with tourism representing a huge part of the country’s income – it accounts for 18% of its GDP and employs some 900,000 people – ministers have finally relaxed the rules for holidaymakers.

So what should you do before a trip to Greece and what are the rules on the ground?

Here’s everything you need to know.

Do I need proof of vaccination or a test to visit Greece?

No, not anymore. The Mediterranean idyll removed all of its remaining Covid restrictions on May 1.

Travelers will no longer need to present proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test result upon entry. The rules are the same for vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors.

The country has also suspended the use of Covid Passes (proof of vaccination), which were previously used to enter some indoor ground venues.

However, the Greek government has made it clear that it views the scrapping of all Covid rules as a temporary suspension rather than a guaranteed end to the restrictions.

The country’s health minister, Thanos Plevris, said in April that the rules would be suspended from May 1 until the end of August, with ministers reviewing the Covid situation towards the end of the summer to make decisions for the future. .

Appearing on television at the end of April, Mr Plevris said: “The measures will be reviewed again in September.”

Do I need to complete a passenger locator form for Greece?

No. Greece ended its passenger locator form on March 15.

Very few countries now require the health tracking forms, previously a staple of pandemic-era travel.

Most European countries ended their Covid health records in spring 2022.

Countries that retain a digital form or health app include the Maldives, Malaysia, Indonesia, and South Korea.

Should I wear a mask while on vacation in Greece?

A month after its vaccination and testing rules ended, Greece suspended its nationwide mask requirement (in most settings) on June 1.

The only scenarios in which visitors to Greece must wear a face mask are on public transport and in hospitals or other medical and health facilities.

As Greece still requires people to wear masks on public transport, you will also need to wear a mask when flying from the UK.

Has Brexit changed the rules for visiting Greece?

The rule changes that could trip you up on a visit to Greece in 2022 are more likely to be Brexit-related than Covid-related. Since the UK left the European Union, there are new rules regarding the duration and frequency of visits to Schengen countries (including Greece), as well as rules regarding stamps and validity of passports.

To visit an EU country after Brexit, your passport must be:

  • issued less than 10 years before the date of entry into the country (check the “date of issue”)
  • valid for at least 3 months after your scheduled day of departure (check the “expiration date”)

There is also now a time limit on how long and how often you can visit Greece, without a visa. The Foreign Office advises: “You can travel to Schengen countries for up to 90 days in any 180-day visa-free period.

“To stay longer, to work or study, for business or for other reasons, you will need to meet the Greek government’s entry requirements.”

You must also have your passport stamped upon entering and leaving the country. Make sure this takes place at passport control to avoid any confusion about your length of stay.

You may also be required to show a return or onward ticket to indicate when you are leaving Greece, and you may be asked to prove that you have enough money to support yourself for the duration of your stay.