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TheIndulger
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Traveling to Greece-Question About Visiting Another Country First
Hello travelers. I have plans to be in Greek isles for two weeks starting on June 19. I want to leave from the US a week earlier, flying out maybe Thursday the 11th or Friday the 12th (coming up soon!), and was considering two options, either spending an extra week in Greece or going to Albania (main reason, to get off the beaten path and go somewhere I'd probably never go if not for Covid).

Albania has no restrictions to enter. US citizens are allowed to enter Greece. But I haven't seen anything that says for certain that I can travel from Albania and enter Greece without quarantine. Does anyone know if this will be a problem? I'm asking the various Facebook groups but wondering if any of y'all know the rules?

Also opened to any travel recommendations.

From the US embassy in Greece:

Greece will currently only allow EU and Schengen citizens, EU residents, and residents of certain other specific countries to enter. As of May 14, 2021, third country nationals (including U.S. citizens) can enter Greece only if they are also EU citizens/permanent residents or are residing permanently in one of the following countries: U.S.A., Canada, UK, Australia, North Macedonia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, U.A.E., Belarus, Bahrain, Serbia, Russia, Israel, Rwanda, Qatar, China, Kuwait, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore. Review requirements for transit countries prior to travel as well.

This identifies the people who can enter Greece, but the last line is the one in question. Albania is not in the EU or Schengen Area.


Tigerbait46
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re: Traveling to Greece-Question About Visiting Another Country First
Spend the extra week in Greece. There's so much to experience on the mainland and Peloponnese that's off the beaten path. Rent a car and get out there.

North from Athens > Mount Olympus > Meteora > Ioannina

Or from Mount Olympus keep heading north to Thessaloniki.

West from Athens > Nafplio > Monemvasia > Mani peninsula > Olympia > Delphi



TheIndulger
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re: Traveling to Greece-Question About Visiting Another Country First
Yeah, ultimately that’s what I decided. I’ve already been to meteora and Delphi but I’m thinking about checking out the islands of Zakinthos and kefalonia with the extra time.


Tigerbait46
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re: Traveling to Greece-Question About Visiting Another Country First
The Ionian islands are beautiful. My grandfather immigrated from there.

Could also head north from those islands to Corfu. Or south to the Peloponnese. I think you can even ferry over to Italy from there.


Nole Man
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re: Traveling to Greece-Question About Visiting Another Country First
I've been to Greece many years ago. Liked it ok. Beyond the Acropolis, Athens is meh. Stayed there almost 2 weeks. Loved Thira (Santorini), so I'd say from what I remember and read hitting the Greek Islands is very popular.

I'll be the contrarian here and say Albania. Has been one of the countries on my bucket list for years. Have bookmarked a ton of research and YouTube videos for the "one day". The people. The food. The history. The magical Lake Ohrid, that makes up the natural border of Macedonia and Albania. The pristine beaches of the south coast along the Albanian Riviera!.

Ten Reasons To Visit Albania!

Anyone can say they've been to Greece. But Albania?? You'd be the only one! The place to visit if you want to live a real adventure.

In fact, why not do both? Corfu is right across the channel. Some take day trips to the Albanian Riviera!

Corfu to Saranda Ferry.

This post was edited on 6/8 at 7:07 am


TheIndulger
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re: Traveling to Greece-Question About Visiting Another Country First
I’m glad to see someone else exuberant about Albania

Ultimately I couldn’t get confirmation that I’d be able to transit from Albania to Greece without problems. I even called the Greek consulate in Houston and he said I’d likely encounter difficulties getting in from Albania. For some reason Greece is restricting entry from Turkey and Albania

Maybe someday..


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TheIndulger
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re: Traveling to Greece-Question About Visiting Another Country First
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The Ionian islands are beautiful. My grandfather immigrated from there.


Any recommendations on things to do on the Ionian islands?


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Nole Man
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re: Traveling to Greece-Question About Visiting Another Country First
Never say never!!

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This is so fluid it's not funny.

Hell. Do the itinerary in reverse!!
This post was edited on 6/8 at 10:34 pm


Teddy Ruxpin
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re: Traveling to Greece-Question About Visiting Another Country First
That was any thought. If it was clear the opposite would work and someone really wanted to go then that's how to do it.

I don't think it diminishes anything if Albania ends up not as fun. It's about trying something new.


Nole Man
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re: Traveling to Greece-Question About Visiting Another Country First
When's that big trip to Croatia coming up?!


starkvingrad
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I don't know, I guess I feel Greece was pretty overrated. But by day four I was ready to leave. This was back in 2003.

You sort of have to ignore how dirty the cities are to enjoy yourself there.


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Teddy Ruxpin
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re: Traveling to Greece-Question About Visiting Another Country First
July 2 - 11.

Late April I had a schedule change and thought nothing of it. Last week I look again. My 12:05am flight on the 4th was changed to 11:20pm. I thought I got moved up to July 3, NOPE, back 23 hours. Which was essentially losing two days.

Since it's an award ticket I was kinda screwed, but this isn't my first rodeo. Found another flight through some skill. Now I'm just transiting Istanbul and added two days to Croatia so I'm happy. Istanbul is cool but it was only part of the trip because of limited connection options.
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