COVID-19 tests when visiting Greece from England

Find out what tests you'll need to arrange before you depart.

Formerly an "amber" country, as of 4 October Greece is simply not on the red list, and comes under "Rest of world". If you have not been fully vaccinated, you will need to take a pre-departure test to re-enter England (excludes children aged 18 and under), pre-book day 2 and day 8 PCR tests for after your return, and can additionally choose to take a day 5 "Test to release", which, if negative, will mean you can end your self-isolation at that point (you will still need to take the day 8 test, however). If you have been fully vaccinated*, you must simply arrange a day 2 test for after your return from Greece (these must be booked and paid for before you arrive in the UK)

Before you go, check the entry requirements for getting into Greece.

We're updating this page regularly, but still strongly advise that you confirm the latest travel requirements at gov.uk.
* Either as part of the UK vaccine roll-out, under an approved vaccination programme in Europe or the US, or with a full course of the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen vaccines from a relevant public health body in Albania, Australia, Antigua and Barbuda,The Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominica, Egypt, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) or Vietnam.
Infographic showing requirements for those arriving into England from non-red-list countries such as Greece.

COVID-19 statistics in Greece vs UK

For a holiday of crystal clear waters, island retreats and incredible flavours, Britons need not look further than Greece for the perfect escape.

Major tourist attractions:

  • Acropolis of Athens
  • Parthenon
  • Meteora
  • Delos
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Archaeological site of Mycenae

Walking trails, parks and beaches:

  • Vikos National Park
  • Mount Olympus National Park
  • Oeta National Park
  • Alonissos Marine Park

Shopping centres and stores:

  • The Mall, Athens
  • Talos Plaza, Crete
  • Mediterranean Cosmos, Thessaloniki

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