Covid-19 Restrictions on Cruising: Greece


Status Summary

Restricted. Private yachts may enter country with restrictions, exceptions and mandatory testing. Domestic yachting open. Tourism restarting from 01/07/20.

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22/05/20: Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced that Greece is opening its tourism season as of July 1st. There will be no COVID-19 testing before arrival in the country and no 14-day mandatory quarantine. Sample testing will be randomly performed, though, while in the country.

Foreign tourism will start on June 15th, where the arrival of visitors from approximately 20 countries will be permitted. So far, the countries on the first list are Cyprus, Israel, China, Japan, Australia, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania, Albania, FYROM, Bosnia, Croatia, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. This list is not final and subject to change. A second group of countries will be added on July 1st.

15/05/20: New procedures for entering ports, marinas and shipyards of mainland Greece by private yachts coming from abroad (except specific foreign states, including Turkey), under certain health conditions and with the permission of the competent authority. The instructions will be applicable from 15/05/2020 to 15/06/2020. Mandatory control (test) of all crews and occupants, submission of a maritime health declaration. [Tony Cross, HLR Crete]

12/05/20: Everyone arriving in Greece from abroad must go into 14 days’ self-isolation (enforced by prosecution and fines). Travel outside your Prefecture of stay or residence (e.g. Attica) is forbidden. Public gatherings of more than 10 people are forbidden. Some shops and public services are closed. As of 11 May, driving schools and most shops (except for those within shopping centres) are permitted to open, subject to limits on the number of customers per square metre. On 18 May all movement restrictions across the country are planned to be lifted.

12/05/20: Private sailboat (and yacht) travel between 2 points within Greece is forbidden, except for private sailboats of less than 7 metres’ size. Sailboats of 7 metres or less may be used (including for open sea swimming), but should not approach islands; nor should you stay overnight on any sailboat.

08/05/20: Unconfirmed report: Crete – possible to enter 'in transit'; refuelling & provisioning at Ierapetra; email the port authority/coastguard a crew list, passport copies, boat registration and boat insurance and call them on VHF 12 as you approach. Can stay 48 hours and can extend this if needed for repairs or weather. [Noonsite]

04/05/20: Prohibited, within the Greek Territory, the departure and arrival of any type of amateur boat, private pleasure boats and commercial ships. tourist ships, regardless of flag, until Monday 18 May 2020 at 06:00. Some exclusions, including "supply of ships and boats with fuel, water and supplies". [Tony Cross, HLR Crete]

18/04/20: Suspension of direct commercial flights between the UK and Greece until at least 15 May. Large numbers of migrants and refugees have gathered at multiple locations along the Greek-Turkish border. Roadblocks and protests, including some violent clashes.


Reviewed: 26/05/20

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