Latest updates on Covid-19 and ferry travel in Greece

Safe sail to the Greek islands

Do I need any documents to catch a ferry in Greece? How can I travel safely by ferry to the Greek islands in 2023? Is it safe to travel to Greece?

Find all latest updates for ferry travel and coronavirus in Greece. Learn about the new ferry travel measures and read tips to stay safe from Covid-19 during your ferry journey.

The main port of Syros in the town of Ermoupoli

The picturesque port of Ermoupoli in Syros

Latest Covid-19 ferry travel updates for Greece

Starting May 1, 2022, passengers traveling by ferry to the Greek islands or going island hopping between different islands don't need any Covid-19 documents.

Also, passengers traveling to Greece from abroad are not required to complete and carry the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) to board ferries serving domestic routes in Greece, unless they wish so.

Currently, there are no ferry travel restrictions due to Covid-19. You can catch a ferry to the Greek islands from all mainland ports and you can also go island-hopping between all island groups!

Important: you need to show your ID card, passport or other official identity document to the relevant authorities to board the ferry.

Ferries between Greece and Italy: Covid-19 updates

See all necessary documents and coronavirus updates for ferries between Greece and Italy.

Good to know: ferry travel measures are subject to change depending on the coronavirus situation per region. Make sure you arrive at the port at least 1.5 hours before departure to avoid long lines.

The sandy beach of Makris Gialos in Kefalonia

The long sandy beach of Makris Gialos in Kefalonia

How to stay safe from Covid-19 during your ferry trip in Greece?

Catching the ferry in Greece is one of the safest ways to travel, due to the open-air and roomy spaces, as well as private accommodation options. By following a series of individual protective measures you can have a safer trip to the Greek islands.

Make sure you stay up-to-date with Covid-19 travel regulations, remember to wear a high respiratory protection mask (FFP2 or N95) or alternatively a double mask (surgical and fabric) in all indoor, communal spaces, avoid crowded spaces, wash your hands, and refrain from touching your mouth and nose. 

Ferryhopper suggests that you pack personal protective equipment, and get acquainted with the ferry company measures and local guidelines for Covid-19.

In case you feel unwell or you exhibit any common coronavirus symptoms, see a medical professional before your trip and avoid unnecessary traveling.

Covid-19 safety tips

Here are 10 useful tips on how to stay healthy when traveling by ferry in Greece:

  1. Bring your own mask, gloves, hand-sanitizer and reusable water bottle.
  2. Thoroughly wash your hands with warm water and plenty of soap or use a hand sanitizer, right after touching communal surfaces, handrails, door handles and toilet seats.
  3. Avoid sharing drinks and food, and carefully disinfect any products you purchase during the crossing.
  4. Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing and avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
  5. If you develop coronavirus symptoms during the ferry crossing, inform a member of the crew promptly.
  6. Adjust or postpone the ferry trip in case you’re experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms.
  7. Book a private cabin to share with your fellow travelers, to avoid mingling with the rest of the passengers.
  8. If the weather conditions are good, try to spend most of your time on the outdoor deck.
  9. Make sure you arrive at the port well in advance, accounting for extended boarding duration due to necessary document checks.
  10. Have up-to-date health insurance, and research for medical professionals in Greece before you arrive.

Packing personal items, masks and sanitizers for the ferry trip in Greece

Masks, sanitizers and ferry trip safety essentials

What Covid-19 safety measures do ferries in Greece follow?

Ferry companies in Greece follow enhanced safety protocols as a response to the Covid-19 outbreak. They abide by official state regulations as regards testing and essential training, and they closely monitor the situation in Greece. More specifically:

  • All indoor and outdoor spaces are regularly and professionally cleaned with certified products. Tablecloths, sheets and other shared items are properly disposed, replaced and disinfected.
  • Some ferry companies in Greece have introduced contactless check-in and e-tickets to minimize contact with crew and other passengers.
  • Hand sanitizers and bins are placed in all passenger and staff areas.
  • Crew members make sure passengers follow social distancing rules at all times during boarding, traveling and disembarkation. A minimum distance of 1.5m must be followed at all times with some exceptions related to families, people with disabilities etc.
  • Covid-19 announcements are made through speakers and displayed on the ferry monitors. Passengers can also find useful information on coronavirus brochures.
  • Crew members have received hygiene and coronavirus prevention training.
  • Air-conditioning units are cleaned regularly and fitlered fresh air is not recirculated.

Good to know: Covid-19 safety measures and travel restrictions for Greece are subject to change depending on the virus situation.

Cleaning crew member disinfecting the outdoor space of a ferry in Greece

Professional cleaning staff disinfecting the outdoor space of a ferry

Where to find more information about traveling amidst Covid-19?

For more information on traveling and staying safe from Covid-19, have a look at our FAQ page, contact your ferry company, follow official travel warnings for Greece issued by your country of origin, and visit the official Greek tourism website for queries related to the coronavirus situation in Greece.

Tip: we are closely monitoring all Covid-19 ferry requirements for the Greek islands, so don't forget to visit this page frequently for the latest ferry news for Greece!


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