Greece Reopening to Canadian Travellers: What You Need to Know

This article was last updated on August 15, 2021 to reflect that mixed vaccines are accepted.

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Greece was one of the countries that first reopened to international tourism in the spring and summer of 2021.

The sun-soaked Mediterranean nation is set to be among the most popular destinations for Canadians throughout the rest of 2021. Here’s the key information you need to know if you’re planning a trip to Greece.

Greece Travel Restrictions

In May 2021, Greece reopened its borders to a travellers from a host of countries, including Canada, the United States, and all EU, EEA, and Schengen countries in Europe.

The full list of countries from which entry into Greece is allowed can be found on the Greece Ministry of Tourism website.

Roman Market, Thessaloniki
Roman Market, Thessaloniki

How Can Canadians Enter Greece?

Travellers are allowed to enter Greece through all international airports and maritime ports, as well as most land borders with North Macedonia and Bulgaria. Ferry connections with Turkey are temporarily restricted.

As of October 2021, when departing Canada by air, travellers are required to present proof of vaccination.

Travellers coming from Canada have three options for entering Greece:

  • Present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival, or a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours of arrival.
  • Present proof of vaccination. The following vaccines are accepted by Greece: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Novavax, Johnson & Johnson, Sinopharm, Sinovac, CanSino Biologics, and Sputnik V. (For Canadians, the vaccination card from your provincial health authority will suffice.)
    • It is confirmed that any combination of approved vaccines are accepted.
  • Present proof of recovery from COVID-19. This includes a medical certificate issued by a doctor, health authority, or certified lab within the past 180 days, or a positive PCR test issued between the past 30 to 180 days.

Travellers must complete an online Passenger Locator Form no later than 11:59pm Greece Time of the day before their planned arrival.

Only children under the age of 12 are exempt from the PCR test requirement. For children above the age of 12 who are not yet eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, they will need to present a negative test or proof of recovery to enter Greece.

Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis of Athens

Testing & Quarantine Upon Arrival

Upon arriving, travellers may be randomly selected for a rapid antigen sampling test.

If a traveller tests positive, they would be subject to mandatory isolation in a quarantine hotel for a maximum of 10 days with expenses being covered by the Greek authorities. 

Testing & Quarantine Upon Return

As of April 1, 2022, a negative test is no longer required prior to travelling back to Canada.

If you need to find a test in Greece, tests are easily acquired in the capital of Athens. On smaller islands, consider reaching out to the hotel for assistance.

Alternatively, consider purchasing a Switch Health RT-LAMP or antigen test kit for an easy remote testing option via telehealth video link.

Fira, Santorini
Fira, Santorini

Current Health Requirements in Greece

Major attractions, archaeological sites, tour buses, public transport, and inter-island transport are operating with some capacity restrictions. Most businesses, including hotels, restaurants, and entertainment venues have also returned to normal operations. 

Masks remain mandatory in indoor public spaces for travellers aged 6 and older.

As of July 13, in response to the spread of the Delta variant, Greece now requires mandatory proof of vaccination at indoor bars, restaurants, and cafes; furthermore, customers at nightclubs, cinemas, and theatres will need to be vaccinated and seated.

Travellers without proof of vaccination will be limited to outdoor dining venues until this measure is relaxed. 

Mystique Santorini
Mystique Santorini

How to Get to Greece

Air Canada is currently offering three-times-weekly service between Toronto and Athens, as well as two-times-weekly service between Montreal and Athens.

Economy class fares for the summer and fall of 2021 are in the range of $1,000+ round-trip. That’s fairly high compared to historical standards, given the resurgent demand for travel this summer.

(Some connecting flights via the US may be available for cheaper, although Canadians cannot enter the US from Europe until the US travel ban on Schengen Area countries is lifted.)

Accordingly, Air Canada direct flights are also expensive if redeeming Aeroplan points, in both economy and business class. Unless you use eUpgrades to upgrade from Economy Latitude, you’re looking at 200,000+ points for a one-way business class flight.

Instead, some common business class routings on fixed-price partner airlines might include:

  • Austrian Airlines, from Montreal via Vienna for 70,000 Aeroplan points
  • Lufthansa, from Toronto, Montreal, or Vancouver via Frankfurt or Munich for 70,000–85,000 Aeroplan points
  • LOT Polish Airlines, from Toronto via Warsaw for 70,000 Aeroplan points
  • Swiss, from Montreal via Zurich for 70,000 Aeroplan points
  • TAP Air Portugal, from Toronto or Montreal via Lisbon for 70,000 Aeroplan points
  • Turkish Airlines, from Toronto, Montreal, or Vancouver via Istanbul for 85,000 Aeroplan points

And if you’re an aspirational traveller looking to celebrate your first post-pandemic trip with some luxury flying, consider aiming for:


Greece has reopened to international travellers, including Canadians, since May 2021. The country has clarified that vaccination is not a requirement to enter, allowing travellers to opt for a negative PCR or antigen test to enter the country instead.

For fully vaccinated Canadians who do not need to quarantine upon their return, the idea of a fairly relaxed trip to Greece this summer or fall may well be an enticing prospect.

Still, it’s important to remain cautious and follow local health guidelines, given the recent uptick in Delta variant cases and the new requirement for proof of vaccination at indoor dining and entertainment venues. 

As always, you can refer to our Travel During COVID-19 Resource for Canadians for the most up-to-date information on travelling in the pandemic era.