• Tom Drake

Piraeus Greece Will Soon Be The Cruise Capital of the World

Updated: Apr 23

Eight cruise lines and counting homeporting this summer.

As a result of the hard work by the minister of tourism of Greece Harry Theocharis Piraeus, the home port of Athens will host many major cruise lines this summer. As of April 19. 2021, Greece has relaxed entry requirements to allow guests from the United states and United Kingdom to enter the country as long as they meet the necessary requirements. Vaccination are not required but they will help the process.

Listed below are the current requirement that have to be met to enter Greece.

  • Every traveler coming to Greece from abroad should have a negative PCR test from a diagnostic laboratory. The test has to be conducted no later than 72 hours before arrival. This test is mandatory for all tourists (including children over the age of 5), regardless of the epidemiological situation prevalent in the country of departure.

  • If the traveler has completed his/her vaccination (i.e. 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and is in a position to confirm it by presenting the relevant vaccination certificate, then proof of a negative test is not required.

  • Vaccination certificates with vaccines Sputnik, Sinovac, etc., which have not been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) also exempt visitors from the obligation of a negative PCR test. For the list of acceptable vaccines, see here: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm

  • Every traveler who arrives in Greece, regardless of the certificate he carries, may undergo a random health check. If selected, the check is mandatory. Otherwise we reserve the right to refuse entry in the country. The selection is made through a targeted sampling system, based on the EVA system used in the summer of 2020.

  • Attention: We clarify that the entry of tourists in Greece is not subject to vaccination. The presentation of a vaccination certificate greatly facilitates the formalities on arrival. However, in no case is a vaccination or an antibodies certificate considered a "passport".

  • The countries from which entry is allowed, under the aforementioned conditions, without the requirement for isolation are: EU + USA, UK, Israel, Serbia and UAE.

  • Passengers are allowed to enter the country through 9 airports (Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Corfu, Rhodes, Kos, Chania, Mykonos, Santorini).

  • Travelers are allowed to enter from the land borders of the country through the land entry gates of Promachonas and Nymphaio

  • As of the 23rd of April, blue cruising, i.e. cruising with no intermediate stops in ports, and yachting will be allowed with some restrictions, while the same terms and conditions will apply both for Greek and foreign citizens.

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