The US State Department issued an emergency advisory for travelers urging them to avoid non-essential travel to Greece due to coronavirus. It calls on high risk groups to avoid even essential travels to Greece.
The instruction follows the directive by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that calls on travellers to cancel even a booked trip.
The US CDC has put Greece on Category: Level 3 – Avoid Nonessential Travel.
The warning notes that “if you get sick in Greece and need medical help, resources may be limited.”
At the same time, the CDC warns the possibility of quarantine in Greece if one is tested positive.
“If you get sick with COVID-19 (or test positive for COVID-19, even if you have no symptoms) while abroad, you may be isolated or not be permitted to return to the United States until you have recovered fully from your illness. If you get exposed to a person with COVID-19 while abroad, you may be quarantined or not be permitted to return to the United States until 14 days after your last exposure.”
In any case, travelers are invited to consult the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the US Embassy, for the restrictions that apply.
Following the US State Department advisory, the US Embassy in Athens has updated its Travel Advisory to Greece noting that the country reports 5,123 cases as of August 7, 2020.
Worth noting is that Greece and the European Union do not allow US nationals to enter due to decisions regarding restrictions for non-EU nationals. Beginning of August, the EU extended its ban to US citizens for another 14 days.
Consequently, the US has included most of the European countries on a list that prohibits – with specific exceptions – “foreign nationals who have been in any of the following countries during the past 14 days may not enter the United States.”
The CDC has placed most of European countries, including Germany, Italy, France, Finland – just to mention a few – on Level 3.