What you need to travel to the islands from July 15

New regulations governing sea travel have been introduced by the Greek authorities from July 15, 2021.

In particular, the officers of the coast guard exercise control over the boarding of passengers on ships. This provision is the result of a decision taken by the Minister of Shipping Yiannis Plakiotakis.

The decision to change the procedure for boarding the ferry for passengers to travel to the islands was made after complaints about the lack of document checks. Many argued that “no one asked to show a vaccination certificate, a negative coronavirus test, or a certificate of previous illness.”

According to the new instructions, passengers must arrive at the port to board the ferry at least an hour and a half before the scheduled departure time (so far the recommendation was – an hour before the ship’s departure).

What documents are needed

Boarding passengers on ships, as well as in sea taxis from the ports of mainland Greece to the islands and between the islands is allowed if the passenger has:

At least fourteen days have passed since vaccination against coronavirus COVID-19, present a certificate of vaccination, or There is a negative laboratory test for coronavirus COVID-19, or by PCR, carried out by taking a swab from the oral cavity, pharynx or nasopharynx within the last 72 hours before the scheduled time of travel, or a rapid test done within the last forty-eight hours before the scheduled time of travel, or There is a certificate of previous illness issued 30 days after the first positive test for covid, the validity of which is up to one hundred and eighty days; Minors under 12 years of age (born after 1.7.2009) are exempt from the above obligation, while minors between 12 and 18 years of age (born before 30.6.2009) are required to present (by their parent or guardian) a negative self-test.


Passengers who travel daily between different regional units for work purposes who can travel by performing a weekly self test. Passengers traveling on ferries between the islands of the same regional division can travel by doing a self test – either weekly, as usual, or within 24 hours prior to the scheduled travel time. Minors between 12 and 17 years old can travel by performing a weekly self test 24 hours before the scheduled travel time.

Anyway for travel of passengers from the ports of mainland Greece to the islands and back a health declaration form must be completed and posted on the Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy website https://www.ynanp.gr / el / and https://sea.travel.gov.gr/.

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