Greece To Scrap Restrictions
Greece is dropping all its Covid travel restrictions in time for the summer holidays.
Greek Ministers approved the scrapping of entry rules including the need to get tested or present a vaccination or recovery certificate, with the changes to come into force on 2 May.
As well as lifting entry rules from May, Greece is scrapping domestic Covid measures including the need to show vaccine certificates to access cafes, bars and other venues. Masks will no longer be mandatory from 2 May.
The government emphasised that the measure is temporary and the situation will be reviewed again in September.
The country had already relaxed some of its entry requirements for vaccinated visitors just ahead of the travel season which traditionally runs from Easter through October, by ending the requirement for arrivals to fill out a passenger locator form last month.
If you’re planning a trip to Greece and its islands in 2022, there’ll be no entry rules starting 2 May 2022.
But if you’re visiting for the Easter break, a number of rules still apply.
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Current Entry Requirements To Greece
Those who hold a valid European Union digital COVID-19 certificate do not need to present proof of a negative pre-arrival COVID-19 test.
This includes travellers from the EU and Schengen zone as well as 37 non-EU destinations that have joined the EU digital COVID Certificate system.
Vaccinated travellers from outside the EU, including the UK, US, Australia and Canada, also no longer need to show proof of a negative COVID test to enter Greece.
A vaccination certificate is all that is required for the double-jabbed and must be no older than nine months to stay valid. After this point, a booster vaccine is needed for test-free entry.
All unvaccinated visitors must take a test to prove they don’t have the virus. This can be either a PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival or a rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours. Alternatively, you can show a recovery certificate. The time frame for this is 14 days after the day of the first positive COVID test (PCR or rapid antigen), valid for 180 days.
All travellers arriving in Greece may be subject to a random obligatory molecular test (PCR) or Rapid Antigen Test for COVID-19.
These requirements will be suspended on 2 May.
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