Published on Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Greece reveals details of quarantine measures for UK visitors

Greece has confirmed that UK visitors will have to self-isolate for 14 days until mid-June.

In addition, everyone arriving from abroad will be tested for coronavirus and required to stay in Government-provided accommodation for the first 24 hours, until test results come through.

If a visitor tests positive, they might be required to remain in the Government accommodation for a further 14 days.

In both cases, self-isolation is mandatory, and the authorities will enforce it by prosecution and fines.

Whilst in Greece, the use of shared swimming pools, including within apartment complexes, is forbidden. Public gatherings of more than 10 people are also forbidden.

All hotels are closed, though AirBnB accommodation remains available. Shops, bars and restaurants are open, with limits on the number of customers per square metre. 

Visitors travelling to the islands by ferry will need to complete a health questionnaire before boarding. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, whose capacity is limited to allow for social distancing.

From June 15, Greece is expected to lift its quarantine for certain countries, but Noel Josephides of Greece specialist Sunvil said it's likely restrictions will remain in place for visitors from the UK.

He said that he has spoken to the Greece tourism minister who said that while the Greek government has tried to discuss the possibility of an 'air bridge' with the UK government, but it was told by British ministers that it was too early for such talks.

Cruise ships are currently banned from landing in Greek ports.

Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is now permitted within Greece but passengers arriving in Greece by sea must comply with specific requirements upon landing.

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