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COVID-19 Recovery Certificates for Entering Greece Are Now Valid for Only 90 Days

Travelers eligible to enter Greece, carrying proof of recovery from COVID-19, should now be aware that the validity of these certificates has been halved by the Greek authorities.

The Greek Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced on Friday, December 9, that COVID-19 recovery certificates will now be valid for entry into Greece for a shorter period of 90 days instead of 180 as they were previously.

“Travelers to Greece must bring a certificate of illness issued thirty (30) days after the first positive test, and its validity will continue for up to ninety (90) days thereafter,” the Civil Aviation Authority notes in a press release.

So far, travelers who entered Greece on the basis of a recovery certificate could do so if they had evidence that they had contracted the disease from COVID-19 between the past 180 days, but not in the last 30 days. This means that the certificates that remain valid are those issued after July 15 but no later than November 15.

The decision will affect travelers from 43 countries in the world who have not been vaccinated but are yet eligible to enter with evidence of having previously had the disease, particularly those who contracted COVID 19 between April 15 and July 15 this year.

These 43 countries are: Australia, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Argentina, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Israel, India, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Mexico, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Oman, Qatar, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, Singapore, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States America, Uruguay, Vatican .

However, the same can enter Greece if they underwent a PCR test for COVID-19 in the past 72 hours before arriving in Greece or a rapid test in the previous 48 hours.

Residents of these 43 countries who can no longer use their recovery certificate, and decide to get vaccinated against COVID-19, can use proof of vaccination to enter Greece without restrictions as well.

However, they need to “complete at least fourteen (14) days prior to being vaccinated against COVID-19 and present a certificate of vaccination, in Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian, which has been issued by a public authority.”

Apart from the residents of the third countries mentioned above, entry to Greece is allowed from other countries of the world, namely the European Union and Schengen agreement citizens, their spouses (or the person with whom they are cohabiting) as well as their minor children.

At the same time, the Civil Aviation Authority has extended the entry ban to South African countries where the Omicron variant was first detected, until December 17. These countries are South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Eswatini, Zambia and Malawi.

Foreign nationals whose flights depart from these countries must obtain permission from the Greek authorities or from the local embassies, consulates and consular authorities of other countries, who represent Greece in the absence of a Greek embassy in their country.

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