Greece is consistently one of the most popular destinations for UK holidaymakers. Its combination of history and culture, incredible food and beautiful landscapes make it irresistible to all kinds of travellers.

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Update August 24:

If you're fully vaccinated and returning to England from an amber country you won't need to self-isolate when you get back.

You'll need to take a PCR test 3 days before you travel and a PCR test on or before day 2 after you return.

Children under 18 won't need to self-isolate but will still need to take the precautionary tests. Those aged 5-10 only need to take the day 2 test and those under 4 are exempt from any testing or self-isolation.

Testing requirements:

Greece allows UK visitors to arrive with either proof of vaccination, a PCR test or the simpler antigen test.

You'll need a negative PCR no more than 72 hours before arrival, antigen test 48 hours before arrival or proof of full vaccination. You'll also need to do a rapid test when you arrive.

If you're fully vaccinated you'll need to take a PCR test on or before day 2 after you return.

If you aren't fully vaccinated you'll need to take PCR test on day 2 and day 8 while you self-isolate on your return.

When you're there:

At the moment it's mandatory to wear a mask indoors in public places, and some restrictions apply to internal travel. Restrictions vary regionally and the best place to check the current restrictions is on Greece's government website.

Traffic light status:

Greece is on the amber list, and the FCDO does not advise against travelling there.

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Time zone

Mainland Greece and the Greek islands are 2 hours ahead of the UK.




Greek is the main language across the mainland and islands. English is widely spoken in tourist areas but we think it's a good idea to learn a few key phrases and words to help immerse yourself in the culture and authentically enjoy all the things to do.

Hello - Yassou (ya-sou)

How are you? - Ti kanis? (ti-kanis)

Please - Parakaló (para-kalo)

Thank you - Efharistó (ef-ha-risto)

Table for two - Trapézi gia dýo (tra-pezi jiya duo)

The bill, please - Ton logariasmó, parakaló (toh-loh-garismo, para-kalo)

Goodbye - Antio (antio)


The plugs have two round pins as is usual across Europe - remember to take an adaptor with you.

Culture and etiquette


The majority of Greece is Greek Orthodox but other religions are practised. If you visit any places of worship, cover up to show respect.


Tipping isn't seen as a necessity but if you feel you've had good service then it's always nice to leave some change at the end.


Smoking is popular in Greece so most places have designated smoking areas. It's banned inside public places.

Jabs, visas and other foreign advice

For up-to-date advice on jabs, visas and other foreign advice, we recommend following the government's website

Emergency numbers

For ambulance services call 166 and for police services call 100.


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