How to Travel to Greece From the U.S. Worry-Free in 2024

It’s time to start organizing a much-needed getaway to a land of sapphire waters, white-washed houses, and delicious Mediterranean cuisine! This country is full of beauty, rich history, and culture –it’s no wonder it’s so popular. Read our tips on how to travel to Greece from the U.S., worry-free!

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Is Greece open to U.S. travelers?

Yes! Keep reading for more details on what you’ll need to prepare for your departure to Greece.

Is it safe to travel to Greece in 2024?

Greece is a very safe destination to visit and you’ll unlikely experience any sort of crime during your vacation. You can visit the U.S. State Department’s website for updates on any travel advisories. Should you need assistance during your travels to Greece, the U.S. Embassy and Consulate is a good place to start.

Yonder also recommends signing up for the free Smart Traveler Enrollment Program so you can be alerted of any dangers during your trip and stay connected with your loved ones back home.

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blue outline of arrow pointing right Greece Travel Restrictions When Traveling from the U.S. in 2022

For worry-free travels to Greece from the States, be sure to visit the links below so you know exactly what the travel requirements are and how to prepare before your flight leaves. You can find more travel safety guide articles for other top tourist countries on our site.

Pre-Departure Testing

You likely won’t need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test for entry to Greece, but check the above link before your vacation just in case any information has changed.

Mandatory Quarantine

It is no longer required that you quarantine when you get to Greece. However, if you test positive for COVID-19 it might still be required for you to quarantine for a time.

Masks

Although masks generally aren’t required, you will have to wear them in medical facilities and nursing homes when in Greece.

Re-Entry to US Testing

It’s no longer required for U.S. citizens to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival back to the States.

Curfew

Refer to the above link to see if there is a mandatory curfew in Greece.

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Visa Requirements

If you’re planning on visiting Greece for a short while, you probably won’t need to apply for a visa. If you plan on traveling for reasons other than tourism, be sure to look into applying for a visa or you may have problems with entry to Greece. Just don’t forget your passport, as this is a requirement for entry!

blue outline of arrow pointing right Should I get travel insurance for my trip to Greece?

We think it’s a wise idea! Travel insurance is more than just Trip Cancellation coverage that protects your investment if something causes you to cancel your getaway. It also offers medical coverage if you were to get sick or injured at your destination –including if you contract COVID-19.

In addition, if your journey is delayed due to quarantine or your airline, you could get reimbursed for unexpected costs like hotels and meals. Here’s how you can buy affordable and reliable travel insurance online.

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Can I travel to various regions of Greece during my visit?

Yes, the previous movement restrictions have been abolished, meaning you no longer need to show any documentation when traveling between Grecian islands. Commence all the dreamy island hopping!

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What’s open in Greece?

You likely won’t find many restrictions on what’s open. Most public spaces like restaurants, bars, and shops are open all day. However, smaller and more traditional shops (such as those in Athens) might be closed during lunchtime, so plan accordingly. Museums are generally open in the mornings to mid-afternoons, except being closed on Mondays.

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When’s the best time to visit Greece?

The jury confirms that mid-April to mid-June and then September to mid-October are the best times to visit Greece. This way, you’ll enjoy less crowded areas and even cheaper fares! Definitely a win whether or not you’re on a strict budget.

How long should I visit Greece?

This comes down to your budget, but if you ask us (and others!) organizing a seven-day vacation to Greece is the best option. With a week’s worth of time, you can travel around Athens or Thessaloniki and some of the gorgeous islands without feeling rushed. That being said, if you only have a long weekend to enjoy the stunning views of this destination, check out this four-day itinerary to still get the full experience of Greece.

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Milos

This volcanic island hosts many breathtaking beaches, making it a great place to go scuba diving or even cliff-jumping if that’s more your thing. The sunrises and sunsets are divine here, but make sure to get there early to save yourself a watch spot.

Monastiraki and Psirri

These neighborhoods are just north of Plaka and are the places many locals frequent. So if you’re a foodie looking to break away from the touristy sections and experience authentic cuisine, we’d recommend visiting the Monastiraki and Psirri neighborhoods during your visit.

Monastiraki, Athens, Greece

Iraklion

Despite this location being a major stop for many cruise ships, Iraklion is the place we’d recommend for history buffs. From palaces, museums, and other ancient sites, this destination is sure to educate and manifest wonder for travelers of all kind!

blue outline of arrow pointing right Is Greece family-friendly?

Of course! Greece is full of adventure for kids of all ages. If you’re looking for a true getaway where you can relax (but have the kids entertained), we’d recommend visiting Rhodes in the Dodecanese islands. If you’re on a budget, try Corfu in the Ionian islands or Amorgos in the Cyclades islands for a fulfilling vacation away from home –without sacrificing a good time.

As a seasoned professional with over five years of experience in the travel insurance industry, Meagan has honed her expertise in marketing and operations working for Yonder Travel Insurance. Throughout her career, she's shown dedication assisting customers at every stage of their travel insurance journey, from the initial quote process to navigating the claims process. Her expert understanding of travel insurance equips her to provide unbiased and valuable insights, which help travelers find the best coverage and maximize its benefits.

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