Greek authorities have announced that the current entry restrictions, imposed last week, will be extended for another week, remaining in effect until Friday, October 8.
According to the statement, the following countries are exempted from entry restrictions, however, non-vaccinated third-country nationals are only allowed to enter Greece for essential reasons:
North Macedonia Belarus Ukraine Russia Serbia Bosnia and Herzegovina Montenegro Albania Azerbaijan Armenia San Marino Andorra Vatican Monaco Turkey Kosovo
Additionally, the same rule applies to the following regions, UK, Canada, UAE, USA, Israel, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Japan, China, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon and Jordan, report TheSchengen.com.
Furthermore, unvaccinated travelers from the following 16 countries are required to undergo a COVID test upon arrival:
Egypt Albania Argentina Bulgaria Brazil Georgia Cuba UAE India China Libya Morocco North Macedonia Pakistan Russia and Turkey
Those who test positive must undergo a PCR test to determine the final result. Russian travelers, regardless of their vaccination status, are required to undergo testing upon arrival. They must submit a PCR test that was taken 72 hours before arrival in Greece or take a rapid test 48 hours prior to arrival. If the test result is positive, the passenger is required to self-isolate for ten days.
On the other hand, vaccinated passengers whose rapid test has tested positive for the coronavirus will have to stay in isolation for only seven days. In either case (tenth or seven-day quarantine), the traveler must be tested on the last day of his isolation.
In addition, the Civil Aviation Authority informs passengers, regardless of their nationality, to complete a passenger locator form prior to arrival in Greece. Travelers are also reminded to wear a face mask at all times throughout the flight.
Furthermore, no requirement of quarantine or testing applies to travelers who can present one of the following permits:
A vaccination certificate issued by the competent authority at least 14 days ago in Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian. Submit a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours or 48 hours (antigen test) prior to arrival in Greece. Provide a certificate of recovery from COVID-19, issued at least 30 days prior to travel. Submit your EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate
World Health Organization data shows that 655,767 positive cases of coronavirus have been reported in Greece, with only 2,232 in the past 24 hours. Moreover, during the same time, 33 people lost their lives due to the repercussions of COVID-19.