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Athens Travel Requirements as of September 22, 2021


Travel requirements vary by homeport country. Be sure you’re aware of both homeport country and Celebrity Cruises vaccine and testing requirements as they may differ. We will continually evaluate and update these requirements and protocols as new information becomes available. Booked guests will be advised of the latest requirements leading up to departure.


Greece Travel Requirements for Visitors

  • Tourists must fill in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) no later than 11:59 PM of the day before arriving in Greece. For more information, please click here.
  • Unvaccinated travelers must provide proof of a negative RT-PCR test result 72 hours prior to entry into the country.  
  • The traveler must ensure prior to departure that he/she carries some kind of certification of their health condition.

Acceptable documents include:

  • A negative PCR molecular test result from a laboratory
    • Test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry
    • Mandatory for all tourists (including children over the age of 5), regardless of the epidemiological situation existent in the country of departure.
  • A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
    • If the traveler has completed his/her vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and holds a vaccination certificate, then proof of a negative test is not required.
    • Please note that Celebrity Cruises vaccination requirements differ from the country requirements; Celebrity Cruises will only accept vaccinations approved by the U.S. FDA or WHO.
    • All certificates must include the critical information in English and the person’s full name must match the name on the passport or other travel document.
  • Every traveler who arrives in Greece, regardless of the certificate in their possession, may undergo a random health screening. If selected, the screening is mandatory. Otherwise, authorities reserve the right to refuse entry into the country. The selection is made through a targeted sampling system, based on the EVA system used in the summer of 2020.


Celebrity Cruises Requirements

  • All guests 12 years and older must be fully vaccinated with all COVID-19 vaccine doses administered at least 14 days prior to sailing. Acceptable proof of vaccination must be in the form of the original vaccination record document issued by the country’s health authority or healthcare provider that administered the vaccination. Crew members onboard will be vaccinated.

Guests sailing on Celebrity Apex departing from Athens may have mixed vaccine doses as follows:

  • AstraZeneca, with the AstraZeneca dose being administered first, followed within 8–12 weeks by either the Pfizer or Moderna dose. 
  • One dose of Pfizer or Moderna followed at least four weeks later by a second dose of Pfizer or Moderna. 

No other mixed vaccine doses will be accepted. Additionally, Celebrity Cruise will not accept any form of Certificate of Recovery.

  • Celebrity will administer a complimentary antigen test at the terminal to all guests two years of age and older. On some sailings, unvaccinated children under the age of 12, will be required to take a complimentary PCR test that takes about 40 minutes to complete.


Mask Requirements:

  • Required on board indoors and outdoors except while eating, drinking or in your stateroom. 
  • Masks required in ports of call based on local government requirements 


While Ashore

  • On-Your-Own tours are permitted in Athens, Santorini, Rhodes, Chania, and Dubrovnik. On-Your-Own tours will be permitted in Mykonos starting with the September 18, 2021 sailing. 
  • Excursions provided by Celebrity Cruises are required in Sicily (Messina)
  • Families with unvaccinated children may only go ashore if participating in an excursion provided by Celebrity Cruises.


Travel Home – Greece and Abroad

  • An antigen test is required for re-entry into Greece.  The test will be administered free of charge by our medical staff on board prior to debarkation. Additional home country test requirements will be administered onboard free of charge. Learn more once onboard. 

NOTICE: For U.S. cruises and guests: Prior to sailing, please consult all applicable U.S. Centers for Disease Control travel advisories, warnings, or recommendations relating to cruise travel, at www.cdc.gov/travel/notices. If a certain threshold level of covid-19 is detected onboard the ship during your voyage, the voyage will end immediately, the ship will return to the port of embarkation, and your subsequent travel, including your return home, may be restricted or delayed. For cruises and guests worldwide: Health and safety protocols, guest conduct rules, and regional travel restrictions vary by ship and destination, and are subject to change without notice. Due to evolving health protocols, imagery and messaging may not accurately reflect onboard and destination experiences, offerings, features, or itineraries. These may not be available during your voyage, may vary by ship and destination, and may be subject to change without notice.