With the fall semester now underway and the situation for the next few months becoming clearer, we are providing a status update on the prospects of traveling from North America to Greece.
The continuing controls on international travel into Greece mean that U.S. citizens without a Greek visa or residence permit (and who do not satisfy one of the other exemptions to the travel ban - also see here) are still prohibited from entering Greece. Prospective members who are interested in traveling to Greece may be able to obtain a "member of a foreign archaeological school" visa, which will allow them to travel here, enter the country, and apply for a residence permit. This is an expensive and complicated process that is not suitable for short research trips. If you plan to apply for a visa to enter Greece within the next several months, please contact the Assistant Director, Eric Driscoll, at email@example.com.
Canadian citizens and residents are currently allowed into Greece on tourist visas as usual.
All travelers who are able to enter Greece—whether because they hold EU/Schengen Area citizenship or residence permit, receive a visa, are presently residing in a country whence travel to Greece is permitted, or meet some other criterion allowing entry—are currently required to fill out a "Passenger Locator Form" at least 24 hours before departure. The form and more information are available at https://travel.gov.gr. Failure to submit the form will result in a fine upon arrival.
Also upon arrival, travelers from the U.S. should expect to be tested for COVID-19, although in practice testing has not been uniform. If you are tested, you will receive results (within 24 hours) only if the result is positive. If your test is negative, you will not be contacted.
The School is currently requiring newly arrived Members to self-isolate for one week (7 full days) before accessing School facilities. During this period, you are required to follow the Greek government guidelines on mask usage, which currently require a face covering to worn at all times within indoor public spaces, as well as outdoors whenever adequate social distancing measures cannot be maintained. In addition to School facilities, you must avoid contact with members and staff of the School during the period of self-isolation. When you first arrive at the School, please bring your stamped passport, boarding pass, or tickets to confirm observance of the requirement.
Note that the facilities of the School are available for members’ use, but only on an appointment basis. Please be in touch with the relevant department head to schedule access to the libraries, archives, etc.
Domestic travel within Greece is currently in full operation, generally with capacity reduced to allow for social distancing. You are required to wear a mask at all times while traveling by taxi, bus, train, plane, or ferry, and there are limits on the numbers of passengers allowed in cars (currently three for a standard car). Please feel free to contact Eric Driscoll (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you require advice on itineraries or schedules for domestic travel or on entrance into the country.