Traveling from Athens to Santorini during Covid-19
After being shut down to contain the spread of Covid-19, Greece has opened up to international travelers as of July 1, 2020, though it remains closed to countries with high and increasing rates of Covid infection. As situations can change quickly, we recommend that you check the embassy website of your country of origin before making travel plans.
The Greek Tourism Ministry has put together this website, which includes information about arrivals by air, land, and sea, as well as all health protocols during this time.
Hotels in Greece are required to complete mandatory training and inspection for Covid-related health protocols. You can read about those here.
Officially, as of August 19, 2020:
- All international airports in Greece are accepting flights from abroad, but flights originating in countries with high or rising levels of Covid-19 are not allowed. The Destination Greece Health First Website will have updated information about all travel restrictions and protocol.
- All travelers to Greece need to fill out a Passenger Locator Form at least 24 hours before entering the country, providing information about point of departure, recent stays in other countries, and the address of their upcoming stay in Greece. Find the form here. After filling out the form online, travelers will receive an official QR code that they will present at the airport on arrival in Greece.
- All travelers arriving in Greece will be subject to random Covid-19 tests. After being tested, travelers are free to move to their final destination. Any travelers with positive results will be contacted and placed under a 14-day quarantine; hospital, medical, and hotel expenses will be covered by the Greek state.
- Ferries are operating at 80% capacity (85% for boats that have cabins). Passengers need to fill out a health questionnaire and have their temperatures taken before boarding. Passengers who are deemed at risk of infection due to recent exposure to Covid-19 patient or who exhibit symptoms like a fever or cough will be refused permission to board the boat.
- Onboard the ferry, masks are mandatory (both inside and out) and passengers must maintain a 1.5 meter distance from each other. There is a maximum of two people per ferry cabin, except for families of up to 4 and people with disabilities who are traveling with companions.
- Passengers arriving to Athens via ferry who have symptoms (including fever and cough) will be given a Covid-19 test after disembarking the ferry.
Athens to Santorini during Covid, in photos:
Here are some photos from one of our Santorini Dave team members, who traveled via ferry from Athens to Santorini on the first week of July, 2020.