In a fast-moving situation, Property Guides will keep you up to date with the latest on Greece’s Covid situation, travel and quarantine rules and the Greek property market.
Health and infection rates
After suffering a small third wave of infections earlier this month, Greece’s cases are once again falling. Compared to a lot of other European countries, Greece’s coronavirus cases are relatively low, with a rolling 7-day average of 1,962 as of 21 May 2021.
What progress has Greece made with vaccinations?
Greece’s vaccine rollout has been slower than many other European countries, with only around 4.7 million people having received at least one dose. Around 15% of the adult population are fully vaccinated.
Greece aims to vaccine all islanders by the end of June
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced that Greece aims to vaccinate all residents aged over 18 on the Greek islands by the end of June. Islanders will be given the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. It is hoped that this move will entice tourists to the islands this summer.
Current travel bans
Greece is currently welcoming residents of the UK, Greece, other EU/EFA states and a selection of other low-risk non-EU countries. However, at present, Greece is on the UK’s amber list, meaning that although travel there is permitted, it is not advised. If you do travel to Greece, you will have to quarantine at home for 14 days on your return to the UK.
The UK government has said that it will review the traffic light system every three weeks, so there is every hope that Greece will be promoted to the green quarantine-free list soon.
All arrivals in Greece must:
- Have completed a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours prior to travel
- Have proof of a negative coronavirus PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel, or proof of two vaccines
- You may be required to take a rapid coronavirus test on arrival
- If positive on arrival, you must complete a mandatory 10 day quarantine in a state-provided hotel
What are the current restrictions in Greece?
In the last week, Greece has well and truly begun to open up, even saying “we are putting the lockdown behind us”.
There are still a few restrictions in place, such as a curfew, however this is now shorter (now only between 00:30 and 5:00). Domestic travel is now allowed and residents also no longer have to send texts to a hotline when leaving their homes.
Can I still purchase property in Greece?
Yes, it is still very much possible to buy property in Greece! If you are happy and able to quarantine at home for 10 days on your return, then you can go and physically view properties. If you’d rather wait for Greece to be added to the green list, then you can still watch virtual viewings, and you can even make an offer subject to being able to view the property in the near future.