US Travel to Greece

Melina Thalassinou
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Key Takeaways

  • U.S. citizens typically do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days in Greece for tourism or business purposes. 
  • There are no longer any travel restrictions regarding Covid19 in place according to the National Public Health Organization and the Government of Greece.
  • Greece offers a wealth of cultural, historical, and natural attractions. Some of the popular destinations for travelers include Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Crete, Rhodes, Delphi, and Meteora.
  • It is recommended to obtain travel insurance before entering Greece, ideally one that includes coverage of expenses for medical care.

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Traveling to Europe from America is understandably an intimidating decision for many, as being that far away from one's country is like leaving behind a security blanket. However, the best things come when we leave our comfort zone, so traveling from the US to Greece will be the best decision you've ever made!

It has been a stressful period, and even though the pandemic is not over yet, there are many ways you can ensure your safety when traveling, so you and your loved ones can enjoy the summer vacation you so desperately need and deserve!   

Here is all the information you need in order to travel to Greece from the USA and explore it thoroughly right now! 

Do U.S. citizens need a visa to travel to Greece?

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No, there is absolutely no need for US citizens to issue an entry visa in order to enter Greece! This in itself is another reason to visit Greece, in addition to the magical landscapes, rich culture, and stunning beaches.

Greece and the other Schengen States, which fully implement the provisions of the Schengen Treaty and the relevant Community acquis regarding short-term visas (stay up to 90 days per six months [180 days] in the Schengen area), do not require a visa for holders of common passports of the following countries:  

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Holy See (Vatican), San Marino, Andorra, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Venezuela, Brazil, Guatemala, El Salvador, USA, Japan, Israel, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Barbados, Bahamas, Brunei, New Zealand, Nicaragua, South Korea, Honduras, Uruguay, Panama, Paraguay, Seychelles, Singapore, and Chile.

Greece Travel Restrictions Regarding Covid-19

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Greek authorities reported 54,649 COVID-19 and 4,975,067 cumulative cases, according to the National Public Health Organization and the Government of Greece.

Most of the Greece travel restrictions are no longer required, as the terror of Covid-19 has subsided. That being said, there are still a few restrictions you should know about when you enter Greece on international travel.

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Firstly, face makes are not obligatory in all public spaces and the vast majority of indoor spaces. The few exceptions are the following:

You are obligated to wear a mask in all public transportation (metro, electric railway, buses, trolleybuses, trams), taxis, and ferries.

However, masks are still not required on planes or intercity public transport, where the passengers' seats are numbered. Masks are also still obligatory in healthcare facilities, pharmacies, and nursing homes. 

Of course, regardless of whether face masks are obligatory or not in a certain place, it is always nice to be mindful and respectful of the people around you.

Therefore, if someone requires politely for you to wear a mask in order for them to be comfortable, it wouldn't be the end of the world for you to consider it.

Entry restrictions have also been relaxed, and now travelers from above don't need to show any proof of vaccination, nor do they need to complete a passenger locator form.

That being said, please note that all travelers are eligible for health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry.

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Please know that for travelers' convenience, the Greek National Tourism Organization has launched the Visit Greece app, which includes detailed COVID-19 travel updates, as well as a map of COVID-19 diagnostic testing locations. 

The Visit Greece App is available for download via Google Play or the App Store. Travelers to Greece are recommended to obtain travel insurance that includes coverage of expenses for medical care and/or extension of stay in the event they test positive for COVID-19.

Services such as grocery stores, schools/universities, religious services, air/land/sea travel, and museums are operational and face only limited restrictions at present.

There are thousands of things to do in Greece, but worrying about Covid-19 is not one of them!

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* For additional information about traveling to and within Greece, click on the Greek authorities-supervised travel.gov.gr and greecehealthfirst.gr

* If you develop Covid-19 symptoms, stay indoors and immediately seek medical attention by contacting the National Public Health Organization by dialing 1135.

Read more: The ideal Greece Itineraries for US travelers

Final Thoughts

diving Zivica Kerkez shutterstockDiving in Greece - credits: Zivica_Kerkez/Shutterstock.com

You do not need to live within the European Union in order to visit Greece effortlessly.

You can travel safely and responsibly to and around Greece from the USA without missing out on the dreamy sunsets and shimmering beaches.

Staying safe during your Greece itineraries is very important, so you can fully enjoy the beauty and fun Greece has to offer you. And above all, relax and enjoy your magical summer in our country

Don't let anything stop you from visiting Greece!

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What cruise lines travel to Greece from the US?

Are there still Covid-19 Entry Requirements to enter Greece?

What are the Covid-19 entry requirements when flying back to the US?

What do I do if I test positive for Covid in Greece?

Do I need to stay in quarantine when I arrive?

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