Greek Passenger Locator Form, PLF
Please note!The Passenger Locator Form is no longer required for visiting Greece. The applicable Covid-19 entry requirements changed, eliminating the need to fill out the Passenger Locator Form before departure.
The Greek Passenger Locator Form (PLF) is an online health declaration that needs to be filled out by every visitor to Greece. Anyone visiting Greece must provide basic personal information as well as details of their planned trip.
The new safety measure, in the form of the Passenger Locator Forms, was introduced on the 14th of May 2021, when Greece decided to open its borders to international tourists.
The Greek PLF serves as a safety precaution regarding the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Filled health declarations help the Greek Government in keeping under control possible incoming Covid-19 cases and keep both foreign visitors and Greek citizens safe.
In case of an infection, while getting into Greece, all co-passengers of the infected person will be notified via the provided contact information. This ensures that the disease will not spread any further, and the possible endangered passengers will be taken care of.
When should you fill Greek PLF out?
The time of filling the Greek Passenger Locator Form may be tricky. The Government of Greece specifies that the forms should be submitted no later than the day before entering Greece. That is maximally till 23:59 of the day before arrival.
However, travelers need to take into account a few key things. The most common mistake when filling the Greek PLF is not taking into account the different time zones. The Greek Government expects travelers to adhere to the Greek time zone when filling the forms.
A simple answer to this question would be to fill out the Greek PLF within 72 hours till maximally 24 hours prior to the planned arrival (in Greek time). As long as travelers know the details of the planned trip, such as have a temporary address for the first 24 hours and have their flight details, they can start filling the Greek PLF whenever they want.
Flight details may change up until 24 hours of arrival in Greece. That is why it's best to keep an eye for any changes and update the data provided in the form whenever necessary.
How to fill the Greek PLF?
Filling the Greek PLF is as simple as completing three quick steps of an online application process. First, travelers should make sure that they have all the necessary travel-related information, such as flight details and hotel bookings, on hand.
Next, applicants should follow these steps:
- Click on the 'Apply Online' button located on the left-hand side of the page.
- Fill the Greek PLF form by answering a few simple questions.
- Cover the issuing fee using any preferred online payment method.
- Wait for the confirmation email to be delivered.
Once the submitted application gets processed by the Greek Government, each traveler receives the filled form send as a PDF file with their unique QR code included.
Information to provide in the form
Providing correct and up-to-date information is the most crucial part of applying for the Greek PLF. Travelers are advised to double-check the provided data to make sure that their form does not contain any errors, misspellings, or misinformation.
Applicants must provide the following information in the Greek PLF:
- the selected transportation type to be used to get to Greece (land: railway/bus/car/, air, sea: cruise ship/ferry ship)
- basic personal information (name, age, ID/passport information, home address and temporary address (in Greece), contact details, emergency contact information, details of their travel companions: family and non-family)
- further details about the selected transportation type to be used (e.g., flight number, airline name, dates of arrival, point of entry)
All the information provided in the form must be correct; thus, travelers should always double-check their data to make sure it's free from any errors.
Current entry requirements for Greece
Greece has adjusted its tourism policy when reopening the borders in May of 2021. There are now several requirements that all travelers must adhere to in order to enter Greece successfully.
Before entering Greece, travelers need to:
- fill out a Passenger Locator Form
- prepare the necessary document that proves one's health state
Documents accepted as a proper health state declaration include:
- a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival in Greece
- a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours of arrival in Greece
- certificate of completed vaccination
- proof of Covid-19 recovery
After arrival in Greece
Once travelers arrive in Greece, the border control officials will check if each passenger has the required documents ready and if all the data provided matches their IDs/passports.
One should prepare the required document that evaluates one's health state, such as a negative Covid-19 test (PCR or antigen), certificate of vaccination, or proof of recovery from Covid-19.
Next, each traveler should get their PLF and QR code ready, either in paper or electronic form. The last document that will be checked by the customs officials is one's valid passport or ID.
Random health screening in Greece
Besides checking the required documents, Greek authorities have implemented one additional safety precaution upon arrival of foreign travelers, and that is random health screening.
Randomly selected travelers will need to undergo an additional antigen Covid-19 test, results of which will be provided within a few hours or even minutes by the Greek authorities. Travelers will receive a text message notification or will have to check their test results on the official Greek Government website.
Should the test come back positive, such travelers will need to undergo a 10-day quarantine period, followed by further testing. The Greek Government is responsible for covering the quarantine costs and assigning appropriate hotels for such purpose.
It's worth noting that even travelers with a vaccination certificate can be selected for testing upon arrival.
Frequently asked questions
What is the Greek Passenger Locator Form?
The Greek Passenger Locator Form is the, introduced in May of 2021, health declaration that needs to be completed by every incoming visitor before arrival in Greece.
Why do I need to fill out a PLF when visiting Greece?
The PLF helps the Greek Government in keeping possible Covid-19 cases under control and keeping both travelers and Greek citizens safe. Filling the Greek health declaration ensures that every traveler will be notified in case of any possible Covid-19 infection that might have affected them.
Who needs to fill out the Greek PLF before arrival?
The Greek Passenger Locator Form must be filled out by every person who wishes to visit Greece. Completing the form is followed by issuing a unique QR code that will be checked by the customs officials upon arrival. Not filling the form may result in being refused entry into Greece.
How does the Greek PLF work?
The Greek PLF is available as an online form that can be completed within minutes from home. Travelers who already have the necessary details of their trip, such as a flight number, can start filling the form online by answering a few simple questions.
How do I get a Greek PLF?
Travelers who plan a trip to Greece can get their PLFs using our website by clicking on the 'Apply Online' button located on the left-hand side panel. Next, travelers must provide some essential personal, travel-related, and contact information. Once the form's submitted, each traveler receives the filled form in PDF version along with their unique QR code.
When should I complete the PLF for Greece?
The form must be completed up until 23:59 of the day before entering Greece. Thus, travelers should have their forms submitted maximally 24 hours prior to arrival (counted in Greek time). However, one can start filling the form as early as they want, as long as they have the necessary details that need to be provided, such as a flight number.
Do you need individual PLF forms for Greece?
What happens if you don't fill in the Passenger Locator Form for Greece?
COVID-19 testing and quarantine rules in Greece
Besides filling the Passenger Locator Form before arrival, Greece has introduced a few additional requirements one must meet to enter the country. Every traveler must also have either a vaccination certificate, a recovery certificate, or a negative PCR/antigen test to be presented upon arrival. Moreover, random health screening in the form of antigen tests has been implemented since Greece has reopened its borders.