How To Complete Greece’s Passenger Locator Form

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Greece recently opened to tourists from around the world, though all passengers have to complete a passenger locator form prior to arrival.

Given that I’m currently on a trip to Greece, I wanted to share how that works — how complicated is the form to complete, and what’s the experience like when you land in Greece?

Who is allowed to visit Greece?

As of the middle of May, Greece has more or less opened to visitors from around the world. To enter, visitors need to provide proof of either a negative coronavirus test, vaccination, or recovery from coronavirus:

  • The coronavirus test requirement is that you need to be tested no more than 72 hours before arrival in Greece, and this test is mandatory for all travelers over the age of five
  • Alternatively you can provide proof of recovery from coronavirus within the past nine months; this can be proven through a certificate of recovery issued by a public authority or certified laboratory, or through a certificate of a positive PCR molecular test result, performed between two and nine months prior to arrival
  • You can bypass the testing or recovery requirement if you’re fully vaccinated, which is defined as having received your last recommended dose at least 14 days ago; eligible vaccines include Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, and Sinopharm

Of course be sure to check Greece’s official government website, as entry restrictions could change again.

How does Greece’s passenger locator form work?

All passengers traveling to Greece need to complete a passenger locator form prior to travel. This form must be submitted no later than 11:59PM (local time in Greece) the day before arrival.

The good news is that this form is pretty straightforward, as completing the whole form took me about 10 minutes. I’d argue the process is significantly easier than the UK passenger locator form. One awesome thing is that if you’re traveling as a group, you can have one person complete the form, and then they can add additional people to the form.

Now let’s go through the actual passenger locator form process. First you’ll want to register an account, which involves entering your email address and then choosing a password.

Then you’ll be asked to agree to a few things, including that you’ve read Greece’s coronavirus protocols, that you’ll be honest, and that you’ll submit only one form per family and household.

You’ll then want to clarify that you’re traveling to Greece (unless you’re a Greek citizen or permanent resident, in which case you also have to complete the form when leaving the country).

You’ll then be asked to share details of how you’ll be getting to Greece.

If you’re flying, you’ll have to share your flight details, including any connections within Greece.

You’ll then be asked whether you’ll be presenting proof of vaccination, a negative coronavirus test, or proof of recovery from coronavirus, in order to enter the country.

Since I selected the vaccination option, I was asked in which country I got vaccinated, and which vaccine I got.

Then I was asked a variety of personal details, including my name, sex, age, and passport information.

Next I was asked for my address in Greece — you’re supposed to list all the places you’ll be staying for the first 14 days you’re in the country.

You’ll also have to provide emergency contact information.

Lastly you’ll have the option to add travel companions to your passenger locator form — first you’ll have the option to add family members, and then you’ll have the option to add non-family travel companions. I’m really happy Greece has this option, since it means you only need to complete one form per group.

And that’s it — at that point you’ll be brought to a page where you can view your submitted passenger locator form.

You’ll receive an email immediately confirming that you submitted this. Then at midnight in Greece (or maybe a few minutes later) on the day you’re scheduled to arrive, you’ll be emailed a QR code that you can use to enter Greece.

This email had the following subject line:

Important: your PLF document for your upcoming trip to Greece

By the way, it’s probably time that they update the email. Even though most of Greece’s lockdown restrictions have been lifted, the email stated the following:

You should be aware that as of November 6, 2020 Greece is in lockdown.

What happens when you land in Greece?

So, what’s the arrivals experience like when you arrive in Greece? I was prepared for complete chaos, not for any specific reason, but rather because I was planning for the worst and hoping for the best. Fortunately that fear was unfounded.

We landed at Athens International Airport (ATH), and upon arrival we followed the signage towards immigration. I guess the country has deployed firefighters to help with the entry process.

All passengers had to get in a line, where firefighters scanned QR codes and checked vaccine cards (we showed our CDC cards, and that did the trick). That was it — the entire process took under a minute.

QR code & entry checks upon landing in Athens

From there we just got in the standard immigration queues, which maybe took about 15 minutes to get through. The immigration officers didn’t ask for our vaccine cards or QR codes.

It was a painless arrivals process. I hope it stays this way, though I’d of course note that we’re traveling way ahead of the peak summer tourist season, and I feel like this might not go as smoothly in July.

Bottom line

Everyone traveling to Greece needs to complete a passenger locator form prior to travel, which needs to be submitted at least the day before arrival. The good news is that this form is easy enough to complete, and you can even just use one form for an entire group traveling together.

The arrivals process in Greece was seamless for us — firefighters checked our QR code and CDC cards, and then we just went into the normal immigration queue. Here’s to hoping that this process stays so simple even as tourist numbers increase.

If you’ve entered Greece since the country reopened to tourists, what was your experience like?

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  1. Lukas

    For some reason, this article isn't showing up on the main page.

  2. Jenny

    When you register for the passenger locator form , you are sent a link by email. The link doesn’t work on all browsers and there is no support available if your link doesn’t work. You also cannot re-register to a different email once registered. This is a serious flaw in the system.

  3. Xavier Speeleveld

    Hello, I filled my PLF in just too late ...because you have to do it before 12 h local time ....what happens now...I have filled in that I will arrive a day later so I will not receive the QR code in time. Can someone help?

  4. Ruis

    I land into ATH at 12:20pm from DOH and will be connecting to JTR on a separate domestic ticket. Is a 2pm flight connect doable with your experience arriving into ATH? The bother option is a 5:30pm which isn’t ideal. TIA

  5. Robert Kofsky

    What happens if you have proof of filing the PLF, but never receive the QR Code?

  6. Jessie

    Hi there - My brother and I are traveling to Greece next week, I am fully vaccinated and selected Complete vaccination but my brother is not yet fully vaccinated, he will be providing a negative PCR test. In the PLF it doesn't give my brother the option to select his health questionnaire and select negative PCR test since he is just added as a family member for me. Does anyone know if this will cause issues at the gate?

    1. Kristi

      Hi, Wish I could answer this question, but unfortunately am looking for the same answers. @Jessie...Can you please write an update after you arrive in Greece to let me know how it all went? My situation is exactly like yours. I am vaxxed, but my family is not yet and will arrive with neg tests.

    2. Elmahdi

      Hello,

      I am in the exact same situation. My wife is fully vaccinated and I will provide a covif test (just one dose). Can you provide me with any news please?

      I thought it would be easier if we fill two forms and that's what we did. I hope it would be okay. Our flight is tomorrow.

  7. Alison

    Hi there. I completed the plf and provided details of my vaccination status. Added my husband as travel companion but was not asked for any details regarding vaccine or Oct test. Does this matter? And presumably one ocr code for both of us? Another question. Our daughter is Travelling with her boyfriend same time as us but leaving a week earlier for the UK. Should she complete a separate plf form?. Thanks in advance

  8. Marissa

    I have the same questions. I filled this out for my family of four and it only wanted my Covid documentation. Do they scan the one QR code upon arrival and then we all bring our documentation and they review it?

  9. Lukas

    Hello,
    please for help.
    I would like to ask you how to fill in PLF in case 4 members family when parents are fully vaccinated and children (above 15 years old) not. (Children cannot be fully vaccinated before date of departure due to vaccination list in Czech Republic.)
    Parents don't need any PCR test, children do.
    What is need to fill in on the page "Before you start" where is required...

    Hello,
    please for help.
    I would like to ask you how to fill in PLF in case 4 members family when parents are fully vaccinated and children (above 15 years old) not. (Children cannot be fully vaccinated before date of departure due to vaccination list in Czech Republic.)
    Parents don't need any PCR test, children do.
    What is need to fill in on the page "Before you start" where is required agreement "ONE PLF per one family" and on "Health questions" page?
    It seems, we would need more options on the form.
    OR is it ok when would we have 2 PSF forms (when we are one family)?
    First form for vaccinated parents, second for children (PCR test).
    Thank you very much for your advice.
    Lukas

  10. Kathy

    We arrive in Athens July 22. The next day we fly out to an island. Do I need to include my flight from Athens to island on PLF? Is that considered a connection flight within Greece?

  11. Monika

    Dears, the same question as Lukas ans Marrisa. We are one family of 4 members. Me and my husband are vaccinated, kids have negative test certificates. Is still one form enought?

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Monika

Dears, the same question as Lukas ans Marrisa. We are one family of 4 members. Me and my husband are vaccinated, kids have negative test certificates. Is still one form enought?

Kathy

We arrive in Athens July 22. The next day we fly out to an island. Do I need to include my flight from Athens to island on PLF? Is that considered a connection flight within Greece?

Lukas

Hello, please for help. I would like to ask you how to fill in PLF in case 4 members family when parents are fully vaccinated and children (above 15 years old) not. (Children cannot be fully vaccinated before date of departure due to vaccination list in Czech Republic.) Parents don't need any PCR test, children do. What is need to fill in on the page "Before you start" where is required agreement "ONE PLF per one family" and on "Health questions" page? It seems, we would need more options on the form. OR is it ok when would we have 2 PSF forms (when we are one family)? First form for vaccinated parents, second for children (PCR test). Thank you very much for your advice. Lukas

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