The port of Brindisi

COVID-19 and ferry travel between Greece and Italy

Measures, documents and tips

How can I travel by ferry between Greece and Italy in 2021? How do I enter each country and what travel documents do I need?

Find all important updates regarding ferry travel and Covid-19 for trips between Greece and Italy, and see all required documents and tests to have a smooth, safe and enjoyable trip.

The port and city of Igoumenitsa

Ferry arrival at the port of Igoumenitsa in Greece

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 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 who accompanies them. For unaccompanied minors, the form must be completed by an adult parent/guardian before departure.

Good to know: Passengers residing within 60km of the Italian borders and have spent less than 48 hours abroad before returning to Italy are exempt from the dPLF obligation.

After filling out the dPLF, you will receive a confirmation email with a pdf or QR code that you are required to present to the relevant authorities either electronically or in print.

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

Moreover, passengers should have one of the following certificates:

  • EU digital Covid certificate
  • Green certificate (official national certificate)

The certificates confirm either that 14 days have passed since the completion of vaccination against coronavirus or that passengers have recovered from Covid-19 within 180 days since the first positive test or that passegers have had a negative molecular or antigen test within 48 hours before entry to Italy.

Test results can be submitted in print or in digital form and can be in English, Italian, French, and Spanish. Passengers under 6 years of age are exempt from the Covid-19 test requirement.

If you don't present the required documents, you are required to self-isolate for 5 days and take a PCR or rapid test on the final day of the quarantine. Minors are exempt from the quarantine measure only if accompanied by an adult holder of the EU digital Covid certificate or an official state certificate.

Important: Passengers traveling via Italy with their own means for a period shorter than 36 hours, as well as passengers entering Italy for less than 120 hours due to professional, medical or emergency reasons are exempt from the certificate requirement.

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 the EU Covid-19 Digital Certificate or one of the following documents:

  • Negative Covid-19 PCR test performed up to 72 hours before arrival
  • Negative rapid test performed up to 48 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 carried out at least 30 days after first testing positive 

The port of Corfu

The quaint port of Corfu

If you're getting the ferry from Italy to Greece to explore the many beautiful islands of the country, have a look at all domestic ferry travel measures for Greece in 2021.

Enjoy your trip and have a safe sail!