Traveling to Greece

Greece is Dropping Testing Requirement for Vaccinated Travelers

Written by Charlie

Following months of requiring tests from all travelers, Greece will be dropping their testing requirement for vaccinated travelers very soon.

One of the more difficult things in the world of travel today is the uncertainty, especially with the more contagious omicron variant of Covid. While symptoms for many/most are either not more than a regular cold or visible at all, people can still test positive for it (even those with natural antibodies and/or vaccinated individuals) and this creates great uncertainty for travel destinations that require testing.

Greece Dropping Testing Requirement – For Vaccinated Travelers

Link: Greece Travel Page

Update on February 7: This new protocol went into place today along with more clarification. At this time (until at least February 21), only those with EU covid vaccination certificates will be able to skip the pre-trip testing. Some EU countries will generate such a pass for visitors but normally only in-country so travelers from the US with CDC cards will still need to test, at least for the next couple of weeks.

For a couple of months now, Greece has been requiring everyone – regardless of country of origination or Covid status – to test before traveling. These tests are much more difficult than for other destinations, especially people traveling from the US, since the timeline was extremely tight. Rapid antigen tests needed to be done no more than 24 hours before ARRIVING in Greece while PCR tests could not be done more than 72 hours before ARRIVING in Greece.

With PCR tests being quite a bit north of $100 in the US, that left the cheaper rapid antigen tests. But, if you were like our family, that meant you were getting tested just hours before you were supposed to take off on your trip. What happens when someone tests positive at that point (well, that will actually be another post altogether!).

As of February 7, that testing requirement will be dropped for travelers that are “fully vaccinated.” This means that you can provide an EU digital vaccination pass showing that you had received your last dose within the previous 9 months.

This obviously does not mean that you are negative since vaccinated individuals have been contracting omicron as well so that means you could be selected for a random test upon arrival in Greece (these tests take less than 5 minutes for results, if it is positive, you will be given a PCR test to confirm).

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Charlie

Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.

7 Comments

  • Hi Charlie. In the states we don’t have an EU digital pass will our CDC vaccination certificates work as well? Thank you

    • Hi, Michael! So, I was waiting until today to see how they are actually framing it and, unfortunately, it seems that they will only accept EU certificates which are only issued by EU countries to their citizens/residents. So, unless they make a way to do that before entering the country (some countries will let you do this at pharmacies), Americans with CDC cards will still need to test.
      The good news is that this current policy is in place until February 21. IMHO, there is NO WAY they will keep the testing in place for vaccinated travelers as the tourist/EAster season gets closer.

  • I have the same question as Michael above. Portugal just did the same thing but it is unclear if US CDC cards will suffice for Portugal too

    • Hi, Loren,
      I responded to Michael’s comment which should answer yours as well – unfortunately (for now) it does not seem as if the CDC card will eliminate the need to test. At least for a couple more weeks.

  • Hi Charlie, just wanted to share with you. Just read Greece scrappes pre testi g for US, Canada and Australia and they a certain our CDC Vax cards now. Just came out Saturday a d is on the Greek travel info site. Great news as you k ow there are alot of Greeks living in these countries.

    • Thanks! Yes, I had seen that but had been waiting for Greece to update their actual travel page (which is often two or three days late) since this is what many refer to. It is in place until February 21 so I thought I would hold off doing a new post until after that since it is so close. But, it is good news, indeed!