Before you travel

Before you travel - Greece

COVID-19 TRAVEL INFORMATION
Greece

(Updated October 29, 2021)

 

TRAVEL AND IMMIGRATION RESTRICTIONS
Several countries have imposed travel and immigration restrictions due to COVID-19. All customers are required to check relevant travel advisories to and from the countries to which they are traveling. This is a dynamic situation and it is the responsibility of the customer to ensure there are no entry restrictions at their travel destination. Always check travel restrictions for each part of your trip; this includes layovers for connecting flights, as well as entry requirements for your return back to the US.  Please note that the information provided in this addendum is based on the time of print and a country’s requirements can change rapidly at any time. It is the responsibility of the traveler to check all updates and obtain all necessary documents and tests prior to departure, as well as entry back into the US. Affordable World is not responsible if you are denied entrance for any reason in any country, even if you hold a valid passport and entry visa. Non U.S Passport holders - please check with your local embassy or consulate for detailed visa and travel document/entry requirements.
If you need clarification on whether you may enter Greece, contact the closest Greek Embassy or consulate, as well as your airline prior to travel. The US Embassy in Athens cannot give you permission to enter Greece or request exceptions to Greece or EU travel restrictions.
 

 

DOCUMENTATION

  1. Passenger Locator Form (PLF):

All travelers who are eligible to enter Greece must complete the online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 48 hours before entering Greece. For any questions regarding the PLF form, the Greek Government has instituted a PLF Hot Line at +30-215-560-5151, available Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in English and Greek. For more PLF information, please click here. See the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs post on procedures for international arrivals.

 
  1. Covid-19 Testing (PCR and/or Serology) & Other Entry Requirements:

☐ Prior to departure (US to Greece): All travelers must ensure that they carry an acceptable form of certification of their health condition. Acceptable documents include:

✔ A negative PCR molecular test result from a laboratory. The test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry.  All travelers age five or over entering Greece are required to present a negative molecular test result (PCR test) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.
✔ A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority. Fully vaccinated individuals who are residents of the US, EU and certain other countries may enter Greece without a PCR test if they present a vaccination certificate. The vaccination certificate must be issued by a public authority in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish or Russian. The vaccination certificate must demonstrate that vaccination was completed at least 14 days before arrival to Greece.  However, PCR or other types of COVID-19 tests may still be required by transit countries.
✔ A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory.
✔ A certificate of a positive PCR molecular test result, confirming that the holder recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, performed at least 2 months before arrival, and no later than 9 months before arrival.

 Prior to returning to the US (Greece to US):

Effective November 8, 2021,  before boarding a flight to the US from a foreign country, all air passengers - 2 years or older - are required to present a negative COVID-19 viral test result, within a time period based on their vaccination status (refer to below points), or present documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days. Air passengers will also be required to confirm in the form of an attestation that the information they present is true. Airlines must deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test, vaccination proof or recovery. PCR tests should be carried out in accordance with your vaccination status. 
If you are FULLY VACCINATED: Proof of vaccination and a negative Covid-19 test result taken no more than 3 days before travel. 
If you are NOT fully vaccinated: A negative Covid-19 test result taken no more than 1 day before travel.

 

All certificates must include the critical information (i.e. number of doses and their respective dates) in English, German French, Italian, Spanish, Russian and the person’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognized travel document. Refer to travel.gov.gr for detailed information on PCR test requirements for entry to Greece and vaccination certificate requirements.
Please see CDC Guidance for more information on International Travel During COVID-19. 
Please see CDC’s FAQ for answers to questions about the new requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States. 
 
ARRIVALS - ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (GREECE)
  • All passengers from air, land or sea will be subjected to random COVID-19 rapid testing upon arrival. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on a 14-day supervised quarantine.
  • Sampling RAPID antigen tests at the entrance gates for selected individuals drawn from a targeted sampling system, based on the ”EVA” system.
  • Mandatory isolation if they test positive for SARS-Cov-2, following a sampling test. In this case, the travelers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis. Guests will stay in seclusion hotels for at least 10 days. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.
  • In the event a guest receives a positive PCR result, the guest will be transferred to a Government isolation/quarantine unit. Any unused tour feature either on air transportation or for land arrangements including but not limited to optional excursions/tours/meals, hotel accommodations and upgrades are non-refundable, non-transferable, or exchangeable.
  • Guests who have purchased the Land + Air package will be met by an Affordable World tour guide/representative at the Athens(ATH) airport.  
  • Guests who have purchased the Land Only package will need to arrive at the Athens hotel on your own. 

TRAVELING WITHIN GREECE:
As of May 14, 2021, all passengers age 5 years or older traveling within Greece by air or ferry to the Greek Islands must provide either of the following items:
  • Proof of full vaccination at least 14 days prior to travel
  • A negative PCR test no older than 72 hours
  • A negative rpid or self-test no older than 24 hours
  • Documentation by a health care professional of recovery from COVID-19 within the previous 2-9 months.
A nighttime curfew is in effect from 12:30 am to 5:00 am throughout the country.  Travel may be restricted further with little or no advance notice to/from areas with active Covid-19 outbreaks.

MASK REQUIREMENTS:
  • Masks are required everywhere, indoors and outdoors. 
  • The fine for not wearing a mask in areas where it is required, not maintaining required social distancing, and/or violating the movement restrictions is 300 euros
  • The fine for non-compliance with mandatory quarantine is 5000 euros, in addition to possible arrest.
  • All travelers are responsible for bringing their own masks and hand sanitizers for personal use during the tour.
  • Additional information is available in English at travel.gov.gr

ENTRY BACK TO THE US
  • Effective November 8, 2021 at 12:01am EST (5:01am GMT), the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) - 2 years or older - to present a negative COVID-19 viral test result, within a time period based on their vaccination status (see table below), or present documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days. Air passengers will also be required to confirm in the form of an attestation that the information they present is true.​ Airlines must deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test, vaccination proof or recovery.

Before Travelling to the United States

Type of Air Passenger
(2 years or older)
Number of Days to get a COVID-19 Viral Test Before a Flight’s Departure to the US
Fully vaccinated No more than 3 days
Not fully vaccinated No more than 1 day
  • Please see CDC’s FAQ for answers to questions about the new requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test, vaccination proof or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

GOVERNMENT RESOURCES
We’d like to remind all guests to check their local state travel guidelines regarding travel restrictions when arriving from international destinations or other US States, as this may vary state by state.
US State Department
CDC Travel Resources
WHO
US Embassy & Consulate in Greece – Covid-19 Information 
Protocol for Arrivals in Greece
Emirates Airlines Travel Requirements by Destination

GREECE EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS
+30 6947 56 59 06 (Marjan)
+30 6947 56 59 03 (Thanassis)
+30 6947 56 59 07 (emergency office – after hours)


 

 

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
GREECE

(Updated June 2021)

PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP
As you prepare to embark on your upcoming Affordable World journey, please log on to your My Affordable account and click on your trip confirmation ID to review the most up to date trip details including hotel information, flight schedules, and ticket number(s).  Please make sure you have all travel documents*, passports, and necessary visas ready before you depart for your trip. 

CHECKING IN AT THE AIRPORT
Be sure to bring your passport as you will need to present it when checking in at the airport*.  Please be advised that not all airlines assign seats in advance.  Some airlines assign seats at the airport during check-in.  We recommend all travellers arrive at the airport at least 3 hours prior to the flight departure time.  You will receive boarding passes at the airline counter when you check in for your flight.  
*Additional documents and/or PCR tests may be required due to COVID-19.  It is the responsibility of the traveler to check relevant travel advisories and/or restrictions and to obtain all necessary documents and tests prior to departure, as well as entry back into the U.S. Affordable World is not responsible if you are denied entrance for any reason in any country, even if you hold a valid passport and entry visa. 

UPON ARRIVAL IN GREECE
Please go through Customs and Immigrations on your own.  Our representative will be waiting for you inside the baggage claim area and will be holding an Affordable World flag or sign.  Please wear your Affordable World badge for easy identification.  

Affordable World tour guides/airport assistants will wait for arriving tour members at the airport baggage claim area for up to 90 minutes after the landing time of the tour member's flight before departing from the airport with transportation to the hotel.  If for any reason a tour member does not meet the Affordable World representative within 90 minutes after the landing time of the tour member's flight, the tour member will be responsible for his or her own transportation from the airport to the hotel, along with all associated expenses.

**Land only packages do not include airport transfers.  Land only travellers – please arrange your own airport transfer to the hotel.  If you have purchased an airport transfer service from us please be sure to provide all flight information to Affordable World  prior to your trip departure date.*

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS*
  • Passports must be valid for 6 months from the return date of your trip.
  • US Passport holders – No visa is required for your stay up to 90 days; A visa is required for all official and diplomatic passport holders.
  • Non-US-Passport holders – please check with your local consulate or embassy for Greece Visa requirements.
  • It is the responsibility of the traveller to obtain a visa and all required travel documents in a timely manner.

*Additional documents and/or PCR tests may be required due to COVID-19.  It is the responsibility of the traveler to check relevant travel advisories and/or restrictions and to obtain all necessary documents and tests prior to departure, as well as entry back into the U.S. Affordable World is not responsible if you are denied entrance for any reason in any country, even if you hold a valid passport and entry visa. 


BAGGAGE
Baggage allowance for international flights varies by airlines and is subject to change at any time.  For up-to-date baggage allowance restrictions, please check with the appropriate airline for their latest regulations.  Additional baggage charges may apply. 
Important Luggage Info & Tips
  • Baggage is the sole responsibility of the traveler. We recommend using a TSA approved luggage lock and Affordable World luggage tags (enclosed) showing the name and contact information of the owner.
  • DO NOT pack medicine, valuables, and other personal necessities in checked luggage. Keep these items in your carry-on bag.
  • Consider packing a change of clothing, a set of undergarments and toiletry in your carry-on bag to avoid inconvenience caused by delays or lost luggage.
  • Power bank chargers over 20,000 mAh are restricted from carry on and check in luggage.
  • Power bank mAh capacity must be clearly labelled by the manufacturer on the charger.
  • Please visit www.tsa.gov for USA carry on restrictions.
  • No porter service will be provided throughout the tour or on ferry journeys; customers will need to be physically able to carry their own baggage when embarking and disembarking the ferry to place baggage in the designated storage area (this may include steps, inclines and/or uneven walkways).
  • During the tour please always keep an eye on your personal belongings and valuables. Be aware of your surroundings when going out on your own. 
  • Please keep in mind within Greece the baggage limitation on all flights varies by airline.  Please check directly with the corresponding airline for baggage allowance policies.

FERRY SERVICE DISRUPTION 
Please note, in circumstances which may be beyond our control, ferry services between islands may be interrupted or cancelled due to reasons such as, inclement weather, acts of God, a strike, or other unforeseen hazardous conditions. If the ferry services will not operate as scheduled, our ground agents in Greece will make reasonable efforts to assist you; this includes but is not limited to varying itineraries or substituting sightseeing excursions. In some cases, we may have to rearrange your itinerary to accommodate the revised ferry schedule and in other cases you will be given the option to pay the difference for a flight to the island; alternatively you may also purchase your own flight should you wish to. In other rare cases it may not be possible to access the island at all.  Please note, the options listed are for reference only and will vary based on the circumstances at the time of the event.  Our ground agents in Greece will determine the best alternative options for the group and inform you of the itinerary changes and/or alternate transportation options at the time of the event.  Please note, any unused tour costs will not be refunded, and any additional expenses incurred will not be reimbursed by Affordable World. Prior to your travels, we highly recommend purchasing adequate travel insurance.

FERRY DURATION 
Please keep in mind all these durations are subject to change given any determining factors that day.
Athens - Mykonos - approx. 5 hours
Mykonos - Santorini - approx. 4 hours
Santorini - Athens - approx. 8 hours

CURRENCY
Greece uses the Euro as its national currency.  As of June 2021, the exchange rate is $1 U.S dollar to 0.82 Euro. We suggest you bring a combination of cash and credit cards for your trip.  Most department stores, hotels and restaurants will accept major credit cards such as American Express, Visa, and MasterCard.   However it is more convenient to use cash especially if you are planning to shop and eat in smaller shops. Please always keep your currency exchange receipts as you may need to present these when changing EUR back to your own currency at the end of your trip.  All travelers entering or leaving the EU with a sum equal to or exceeding 10,000 Euros must declare the amount in writing to Customs without being individually requested to do so. 

TIPPING
An important note on tipping - please note gratuities are not included in your tour cost.  They are customary and their purpose is to encourage and reward quality service.  Our guides and drivers greatly appreciate any tips you would like to give them.  As you will have different guides and drivers in each city, we have provided a breakdown for the suggested tip amount (in Euro) by city, guide and driver.

 

  • Athens:    €10 to TG / €5 to driver
  • Mykonos: €7 to TG / €3 to driver
  • Santorini: €7 to TG / €3 to driver
HEALTH & MEDICAL MATTERS
  • Medical and vaccination requirements vary between countries and it is important you check with your family doctor or a qualified medical professional for the most up to date travel health information for the region you are visiting.  

*Additional documents and/or PCR tests may be required due to COVID-19.  It is the responsibility of the traveler to check relevant travel advisories and/or restrictions and to obtain all necessary documents and tests prior to departure, as well as entry back into the U.S. Affordable World is not responsible if you are denied entrance for any reason in any country, even if you hold a valid passport and entry visa. 

  • Guests must ensure they are physically and medically able to travel; the majority of our tours incorporate active elements such as walking to and from buses and vessels, walking long distances, and sightseeing; you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with the level of activity that will be involved in your guided Tour. Please consult your physician regarding your medical condition and ability to travel long distances.
  • It is advisable to pack any prescription medicine in your carry-on luggage. Please ensure prescription medicine is fully labelled. It may also be useful to bring aspirin, over-the-counter medicine for the flu, indigestion, motion sickness, etc. In case of illness during the trip, please immediately notify your tour guide for assistance.
ELECTRICAL REQUIREMENT
Greece’s electrical system operates at 220 volts.  You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S appliances.  It is recommended travellers bring their own voltage converter and adapter.

TIME DIFFERENCE
The time difference between major cities in North America and Greece are as below:
  • Los Angeles + 10 hours
  • New York + 7 hours
MEALS
Certain meals are included in Greece as per the itinerary. We regret to inform you that Affordable World is unable to confirm any special meal request as it is based on the availability of the restaurants, hotels, and airlines. Please contact the airlines directly to place special meal requests for your flights. 

SHOPPING
Although Affordable World Tours’ national guides will be happy to assist you with any shopping requirements, Affordable World Tours does not assume responsibility for any items purchased at shops while on tour.  You are never required to purchase any items while on tour and thus must be responsible for your own purchases.  Any after sales correspondence must be between the passenger and the shop in question.

OPTIONAL TOURS
Optional tours may be added up to 7 days prior to the departure date. Optional tours may also be purchased while on the tour. All on-site optional tour purchases are an additional $10 per person and must be payable in USD cash (credit cards are not accepted for on-site optional tour purchases).  Optional tours that have a “pre-book” icon are only available for purchase up to 7 days prior to the departure date and are not available for on-site purchase.  Unused services, including optional tours are non-refundable.

CLIMATE & CLOTHING
Greece generally has a typical Mediterranean climate – the country traditionally experiences hot summers and rainy and cold winters but overall enjoys a good amount of sunshine all year long. 
  • It is suggested to bring comfortable, casual clothing, and a swimsuit; a comfortable pair of walking shoes and sunglasses are essential, light hats advisable.
  • Be prepared for many steps, uneven pavement and walking up steep inclines (especially in Santorini, Mykonos and Crete; as well as Athens’ historic sites) – comfortable walking shoes with grip are strongly recommended.
  • If you are visiting Greece in the summer, choose lightweight clothes for its balmy weather – natural fabrics such as linens and cottons are highly recommended.  While the Greek islands are hot during the day, they can get cooler in the evenings so a light sweater or jacket is recommended. Winter months can be quite cold so normal winter wear is suggested.
  • Check www.weather.com for more detailed weather conditions closer to your departure date. 
  • It is not necessary to bring formal clothing however modest attire is always welcome.
Temperature in Major Cities, Greece

 

Major Cities 

Jan 

Feb 

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Athens 

High 

55

57

63

68

77

86

91

93

84

75

66

59

Low

45

45

48

54

61

70

75

75

68

61

54

48

Mykonos 

High 

54

54

59

64

73

81

86

84

81

72

63

55

Low

43

43

46

52

57

64

70

70

64

59

52

46

Santorini 

High 

57

57

61

64

73

81

84

84

79

73

66

59

Low 

50

50

52

55

63

70

73

73

70

64

57

52

 


GREECE EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS
+30 6947 56 59 06 (Marjan)
+30 6947 56 59 03 (Thanassis)
+30 6947 56 59 07 (emergency office – after hours)

Our experienced staff of Greece specialists take pride in providing you with the very best in service and planning.  Thank you for choosing Affordable World as your partner in travel.   We are confident your trip will be happy and rewarding!

Bon Voyage!