Health alert – Vaccination requirements for entering establishments in Greece

Event: Vaccination requirements for entry into establishments in Greece

Increased restrictions for unvaccinated people in Greece

Since Monday, November 22, 2021, the Greek government has restricted access to unvaccinated individuals to many categories of businesses and utilities if they cannot prove vaccination or recovery from COVID-19. Customers seeking access to these facilities are required to present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or COVID-19 recovery documentation.

Under the new rules, unvaccinated adults:

  • Unable to access / enter: Closed food courts, entertainment venues (cinemas, theaters), museums, exhibition centers, fitness centers and sports venues. These facilities are only accessible to those who are fully vaccinated or have COVID-19 recovery documents.
  • Can enter only with rapid lab test or negative PCR test: Unvaccinated people seeking access to churches, schools, public and private sector workplaces, retail stores, hair salons or outdoor food courts may enter by showing a negative rapid laboratory test. less than 48 hours old OR a PCR test less than 72 hours old. .
  • Can enter without documentation required: Unvaccinated people can enter supermarkets, bakeries, confectioneries, pharmacies and urban public transport.

Children aged 4 to 17 can access the first two categories of establishments with a negative self-test carried out within the last 24 hours, documented via the self-test declaration form. Children under the age of four do not need to present any documents.

COVID Documentation Required for Entry to U.S. Mission Facilities in Greece

The United States Mission in Greece adopts the following entry guidelines and procedures in accordance with Greek restrictions as well as Decree 14043. As of Monday, November 22, 2021, persons aged 5 years and older must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result to enter the United States Embassy in Athens and the Consulate General of Thessaloniki. Visitors, including passport applicants and notarized applicants, are required to provide proof of vaccination (Greek or European digital COVID certificate, VAMS vaccination certificate, CDC COVID-19 vaccination card or form d vaccine certificate) or other documents listed below, according to age category. People requesting emergency assistance from the consular section will not be prevented from doing so, regardless of their immunization status.

What do I need to provide?

  • 5-11 years: a negative self-test less than 24 hours old, documented via the form at
  • 12-17 years: Proof of vaccination or negative rapid laboratory test dating back less than 48 hours or PCR less than 72 hours.
  • 18 years and over: proof of vaccination or negative rapid laboratory test less than 48 hours old or PCR less than 72 hours.
  • Or a take-back certificate issued by a public authority or an approved laboratory dating less than 180 days.

Options for people who are unvaccinated or unable to prove their immunization status

People who have not been vaccinated or who cannot prove their vaccination status will need to show proof of a negative laboratory antigen test dating back less than 48 hours or PCR dating less than 72 hours, wear a mask and perform the procedure. social distancing.

Additional information, including COVID-19 test sites, is available in English on and, and in Greek on the Civil Protection website and the COVID-19 measures website of the Greek government.

Please note that the consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Athens will be closed on Wednesday November 24 and Thursday November 25, 2021.

Actions to be taken:


U.S. Embassy in Athens+30 210-721-2951[email protected]

Consulate General of the United States in Thessaloniki+30 2310-376-300

Department of State – Consular Affairs888-407-4747 or +1 202-501-4444

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