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Greece updates Covid-regulations to travel to islands per ferry/airplane

With a new ministerial decision, regulations for traveling to/from the Greek islands and between islands by ferry, ship or airplane have been updated.

The new regulations come into force on Monday, July 5, 2021, with the aim to contain the spread of Covid-19.

For traveling from mainland to islands Ferry/Ship

Passengers must show one of the following documents:

a Covid-19 vaccination certificate (accepted also those by EU countries and third countries) or

a proof of recent recovery from the virus (disease confirmation issued 30 days after the 1. positive test and is valid for 180 days after it) or

a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure or

a negative rapid test conducted 42 hours before traveling.

The rules apply to all passengers aged 12 years or older.

Passengers between 12 -18 years old (born before 30. June 2009)  are allowed to travel with a negative self-test result within the last 24 hours.

No Covid-documents needed for minors up to 12 years old (born after 1. July 2009)

Also necessary a Health Declaration Form (like Passenger Location Form PLF) available at in Greek & Enlgish and at

Exceptions: those traveling for work (self-tests regulation by the Labor Ministry)

Return from the islands to mainland

Travelers who are 12 or older are advised to take a self-test before their return trip.

Traveling from island to island
Between islands of the same regional unit: travel possible with self-test either on weekly basis or within 24 hours before the scheduled departure.
-Workers traveling daily between different regional units (self-tests)
-Passenger traveling Perama-Paloukia-Salamina, Perama-MEgarida-Faneromeni/Salamina, Rio-Antirio, ferry connecting mainland to Evia as well as Poros-Galatas/Troizinia, Pounta-Elafonisos/Lakonia, Trypiti-Ammouliani/Halkidiki who can also travel with self-test.
Traveling to islands per airplane (domestic flights)

According to Greece’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), valid from Monday, 5. July 2021 at 6 a.m. until 12. July 2021:
– A negative PCR diagnostic test taken up to 72 hours ahead of departure, or
– A negative rapid test taken in the last 48 hours, or
– A certificate of prior infection or
– A vaccination certificate
Anyone younger than 12 may travel without restrictions. 

Ferry passengers are requested to be at the ports one hour before departure due to controls. Passport or ID essential.

Vaccination certificates for vaccinations administered in Greece here.

sources: amna, CAA, others

More information on coronavirus in Greece here.

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  1. This is confusing, can we travel island to island without testing if we have received both vaccines more than 14 days before? Or do we still need to take a test?

  2. We travelled from Corfu to Igoumenitsa on Monday the day of the new rules, there were no checks on vaccination certificates or testing in our experience, the ferry staff are under a lot of pressure to get vessels loaded and only two officials were checking in cars. Ferry companies need assistance in managing the process as its all so chaotic when boarding

  3. So if I travel from Skopelos to Alonissos, do I need any test to do? I found this on Skopelos portal, “Travel between the Greek islands (e.g. Skiathos-Skopelos, Skopelos – Skiathos, etc.):
    Passengers are not required to complete the “Pre-boarding health declaration questionnaire” or to present certificates of negative laboratory rapid or self tests or certificates of disease”. Thank you.