Ministry of Health (MOH) Public Health Advisory
Please refer to the ICA website for updates on the latest precautionary measures implemented to further reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19 to Singapore. These include travel advisories and further restrictions on travellers coming into Singapore.
In view of the COVID-19 situation, Greece has temporarily banned foreigners from entering the country via all entry points (including air, sea, rail and road), with exemptions for EU nationals and non-EU nationals with resident permits in EU and Schengen Agreement Member States, and residents from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore and United Arab Emirates (by air only). Residents of other countries are only allowed to enter Greece for essential personal and business reasons.
Please visit the following websites to be updated on the latest measures and COVID-19 situation in Greece:
Greece - Official Travel Information
Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Travel Information
Greek Embassy in Singapore
Greece – Official Information on COVID-19
Singaporeans can visit Greece for up to 90 days within 180 days from the date of initial entry within the Schengen region without a visa, provided no employment is pursued.
Greece is part of the Schengen area. Entry into any of the 26 European countries in the Schengen area for short-term tourism, a business trip, or in transit to a non-Schengen destination, requires a minimum three months’ passport validity beyond the intended date of departure. Singaporeans should have their passports with them when crossing borders, even within the Schengen area.
Petty crime, including pickpocketing, snatch thefts, and bag slashing, is prevalent, especially in tourist areas and on public transport. Be aware of your surroundings and take care of your belongings. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or wearing jewellery. Do not walk alone in isolated areas, especially at night.
Demonstrations may occur, especially in Athens. Avoid large public gatherings. These protests may disrupt transport services. Monitor the local news and make alternative arrangements in advance if necessary. Purchase comprehensive travel insurance before departure.
Indecent behaviour, including indecent exposure, is illegal. Penalties can be severe.
It is illegal to purchase counterfeit and pirated items, including bags, CDs, and DVDs. If in doubt, such purchases should be made in reputable stores in shopping malls. If a price is too good to be true, it probably is.
Smoking in indoor public places is illegal and carries a heavy fine.
The export of antiquities and cultural objects from Greece is strictly regulated by Greek Customs Authorities. A permit is required for the export of any antiquities or cultural objects from the country. Do not remove anything from archaeological or historical sites and avoid purchasing protected antiquities or cultural objects.
Overseas Travel – Be Informed & Be Safe [Updated on 14 October 2021]
Singaporeans planning overseas travel are reminded to take the necessary precautions, including being prepared to deal with accidents, natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Singaporeans are also reminded to be familiar with your destination’s local laws, customs, and COVID-19 regulations.
Demonstrations do occur in major cities across the world. Such demonstrations can sometimes escalate into violence. It is important for Singaporeans to keep abreast of local news, avoid any protests or demonstrations and heed the advice of the local authorities.
When participating in outdoor leisure activities overseas, Singaporeans should be mindful that certain sporting activities, especially in open seas, may carry risks. Besides ensuring that one has the physical competencies and appropriate condition to undertake the activity, every effort should be made to ascertain if the trip organiser or guide is reliable and competent, and that appropriate safety and contingency plans are in place. When in doubt, Singaporeans should consult the relevant professional bodies or sporting associations for specific advice.
For those planning to travel, here are some tips:
Advisory: Email Scams
There have been reports of individuals receiving scam emails/messages purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas. These emails/messages typically originate from an email address/social media known to the receiver bearing claims of the sender getting into trouble overseas and urgently requesting financial assistance. The sender would also claim to have approached a Singapore Embassy/Consulate and the local Police for help to no avail.
MFA takes the safety of all Singaporeans very seriously. Singaporeans in distress approaching our Overseas Missions for assistance will be rendered with all necessary consular assistance. If you receive such emails/messages from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails/messages before responding to their request. It is also not advisable to give out any personal information such as NRIC/passport nos., address, telephone number, etc. Any form of reply, even one of non-interest, could result in more unsolicited emails. Members of the public who suspect that they have fallen prey to such scams should report the matter to the Police immediately. Should Singaporeans abroad require consular assistance, they can contact the nearest Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hr Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.