GREECE TRAVEL GUIDE

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INTRODUCTION

An iconic image of the sun setting across rows of white-washed houses (with bright blue shutters!) will conjure up thoughts of balmy, summer days in Greece - even if you've never been there! Greece is not only the cradle of Western civilisation and home to some of the worlds greatest ancient monuments, but it's also famous for its delicious food and relaxed lifestyle.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Greece has restricted the entry of all travelers with the exception of residents from EU+ countries. EU+ consists of the European Union, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, Lichtenstein and Iceland.Residents of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, and the UAE may also enter the country. Those arriving from the UAE must be traveling on a direct flight, and will need to provide proof of permanent residence in the UAE, return tickets and hotel reservations, a PCR negative COVID-19 test issued 72h before departure, a Passenger Locator Form (PLF), and travel insurance.Travelers arriving from Albania, Bulgaria, Malta, North Macedonia, Romania, and starting from August 17, from Sweden, Belgium, Israel, Spain and the Netherlands, may be denied entry unless they have a negative coronavirus result from a PCR test conducted no more than 72 hours before arrival. Foreign travelers may not arrive from other areas unless they are in an essential category such as healthcare professionals, students, government members, diplomats, military personnel, humanitarian aid workers, airline crew, seasonal workers, travelers in transit, or travelers entering Greece for reasons authorized by the Greek embassy or consulate. The list of categories can be found here.From June 15 onward, mandatory testing and self-isolation/quarantine will remain in place for anyone arriving into Greece from airports listed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Travelers arriving from other locations may be exempted from these requirements. All travelers except those only transiting through an airport in Greece must complete a "Passenger Locator Form (PLF)" 24 hours before check-in at https://travel.gov.gr/#/. A QR code generated from the completed form must be presented upon arrival.Flights from Turkey are suspended, except flights to repatriate Greek nationals and residents and special government-ordered flights. North Macedonian nationals may enter Greece via Thessaloniki (SKG) and continue on by road to North Macedonia. Their trip must be pre-approved by an official body like the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs or North Macedonian embassy.

 

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  • Capital: Athens
  • Currency: euro (€)
  • Area: 131,957 km²
  • Population: 10,688,058 (July 2006 estimate)
  • Language: Greek 99% (official)
  • Religion: Greek Orthodox 98%, Muslim 1.3%, other 0.7%
  • Electricity: 220V, 50Hz (European plug)
 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 6 January, Epiphany
  • 25 March, Independence Day
  • 1 May, May Day
  • 15 August, Assumption of the Virgin Mary
  • 28 October, Ochi Day

Also, Eastern Orthodox Christian holidays.

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Greece has a Mediterranean climate, with mild and wet winters in the southern lowland and island regions and cold winters with strong snowfalls in the mountainous areas in the central and northern regions and hot, dry summers.

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Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

SNOW:

The snow sports season in Greece is from December until March when the snow is thick and consistent.

HIKE & CYCLE:

The best time for outdoor activities in Greece is from April to October, although the months of July and August can be unbearably hot if you're not at the higher altitudes climbing Mount Olympus.

BEACH:

Greece has loads of beautiful beaches with a summer beach season stretching from June to September and August by far being the busiest month.

WIND:

The best winds for kitesurfing in Greece are usually from June to September, making it a great summer kitesurfing destination.

For more details on kite surfing in Greece expand this section!

SURFING:

Greece might not have the biggest waves, but there is some fun surfable swell from June to September, particularly in the peak summer months of July and August.

 

LGBTQ

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in Greece have evolved significantly over the last years, establishing it as one of the most liberal countries in Southeast Europe. Discrimination is not as common anymore, although LGBT people in Greece do still face social challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Same-sex sexual activity has been legal in Greece since 1951, and anti-discrimination laws in employment were enacted in 2005. Greek public opinion on homosexuality is generally regarded as culturally liberal, with same-sex unions being legally recognised since 2015.

 

Gay culture is vibrant in the capital of Athens, particularly in the gay neighbourhood of Gazi, in Thessaloniki and some of the Greek islands. Greece is one of Europe's most popular LGBT tourist destinations, with many establishments catering for the LGBT community on islands such as Mykonos and Lesbos. There are four LGBT pride parades held annually in Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras and Heraklion.

 

HEALTH

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