Travelers are allowed if 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.
Unvaccinated visitors from South Africa must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 for RT-PCR (NAAT) and 48 Antigen (quick-test) hours before departing to Greece.
Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test.
Upon their arrival, they will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF).
Children under 12 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test.
Acceptable vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax,JohnsonNJohnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik),Cansino Biologics,Sinopharm among others.
Visitors from South Africa are not required to quarantine after entering Greece.
If a traveler tests positive, then they will have to quarantine for ten (10) days. International flight passengers, who have been fully vaccinated and the rapid test they take upon arrival is positive, will have to self-isolate for ten(10) days. In both cases, self-isolated traveler will have to show a negative result to a molecular PCR test on the last day of their quarantine, in order for the quarantine to be lifted.
Travellers returning from Greece must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure to South Africa.
traveler with no proof of a negative COVID-19 test result will be required to do an antigen test on arrival at his or her own cost and if positive for COVID-19, he or she will be required to isolate at their own cost, for a period of 10 days.
Children under the age of 5 are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test.
Visitors returning from Greece are not required to quarantine upon entering South Africa.
Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to quarantine.
Travelers who display any COVID-19–related symptoms must be tested on arrival. In the event that the result of the COVID-19 test is positive, they will be required to quarantine for 10 days. The cost of testing and quarantine will be on the travelers' expense.
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