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Latest updates on COVID-19 and ferry travel in Greece

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What documents do I need to catch a ferry in Greece this summer? How can I travel safely by ferry to the Greek islands in 2021?

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 14 May 2021, travel for holiday reasons is allowed in Greece. You can catch a ferry to the Greek islands from all mainland ports and you can also go island-hopping!

Remember you need to fill out the digital Health Statement Form or its print version and have a negative Covid-19 test to board the ferry from mainland Greece to the islands.

The Health Statement Form is completed by adult passengers for their ferry trip within 24 hours before each ferry trip. If your itinerary includes more than one ferry crossings, you need to fill out the form for each ferry trip, entering the relevant details. You can either print your statement or save it on your mobile device.

Tip: We recommend that you either have your test results in Greek or English to avoid delays.

Moreover, passengers traveling to Greece from abroad are required to complete and carry the Passenger Locator Form (PLF).

Your proof of negative Covid-19 test could be any of the following:

  • Full vaccination certificate
  • Negative result of PCR test carried out up to 72 hours before departure
  • Negative result of rapid test carried out up to 24 hours before departure
  • Negative result of a Covid-19 self-test carried out up to 24 hours before departure (the result is declared either in writing on the printed version of the self-test result declaration form or through the self-test result declaration platform for Greek citizens, as well as on the pre-boarding form)
  • Official confirmation of Covid-19 infection minimum 2 months and maximum 9 months before the departure date

Children under the age of 5 are exempt from the negative Covid-19 test requirement.

Important: Covid-19 testing is not required for ferry trips to mainland Greece from the islands, nor for island-hopping!

The operation of ferries in Greece is under constant monitoring and reevaluation. Ferry travel measures are subject to change depending on the coronavirus situation per region.

Tip: Find available ferry routes on Ferryhopper’s Map of ferries, and check availability on our search engine.

Ferries from Greece to Italy: Covid-19 updates

According to the latest ferry regulations, passengers traveling by ferry from Greece to Italy are required to fill out the form entitled "Self-Declaration form in case of entry into Italy from abroad" and submit this electronically through the Passenger Locator Form (dPLF). All adult passengers are required to complete the Passenger Locator Form regardless of stay duration or final destination. Passengers under the age of 18 can be registered on the form submitted by the adult that accompanies them.

After filling out the dPLF, you will receive a confirmation email you are required to present to the relevant authorities.

Important: Regardless of your final destination, you need to set Italy as your destination on the form.

Moreover, passengers over 2 years old should have a negative Covid-19 molecular or antigen test, which must have been carried out within 48 hours before entry to Italy. Test results can either be in English or Italian.

Tip: Have a look at the guidelines provided by the Italian Ministry of Health for more details.

Ferry trip from Italy to Greece and Covid-19

You need to fill out the Greek Passenger Locator Form (PLF) to catch the ferry from Italy to the Greek mainland or islands. The form must be completed before you enter Greece.

Moreover, you need to have one of the following documents:

  • Negative Covid-19 PCR test performed 19 to 72 hours before arrival
  • Vaccination certificate proving full vaccination completed at least 14 days before arrival in Greece
  • Proof of recovery from Covid-19, provided 2-9 months have passed following a positive antigen or PCR test

The sandy beach of Makris Gialos in Kefalonia

The long sandy beach of Makris Gialos in Kefalonia, great for social distancing

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

Catching the ferry 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. Depending on travel regulations, you can wear a mask or face cover, 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.

Traveler with protective gloves waiting to board the ferry in Greece

Traveler wearing protective gloves waiting to board the ferry in Paros

Here are 11 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. Closely monitor the coronavirus situation in the departure point and the final destination. Have a look at the up-to-date epidemiological map of Greece for more details.
  11. 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, temperature checks 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.
  • Random temperature checks take place before boarding, both for staff and passengers.
  • 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.
  • Ferries in Greece operate with a reduced passenger capacity to ensure social distancing. Seat distribution has been adjusted both at the seating area, as well as the restaurants and outdoor deck.
  • 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.
  • Ferries in Greece require that you fill out a passenger form to be able to establish contact at a later date, thus ensuring the safety of passengers and crew.
  • No more than 2 passengers can stay in a single cabin, unless they are family members or they accompany a person with disabilities.

Good to know: Covid-19 safety measures are subject to change depending on the virus situation in Greece.

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 and visit the official Greek tourism website for queries related to the coronavirus situation in Greece.

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