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Greece Abolishes Negative COVID Test Requirement for Travellers

Foreigners with a valid EU COVID certificate who are planning to travel to Greece will not be required to follow the testing process upon arrival.

This decision was confirmed by the Government of the Republic of Greece in a bid to make the travel process easier for travelers and help the country’s tourism sector recover from the damage caused by the coronavirus, TheSchengen.com reports.

Despite the current epidemiological situation, the authorities in Greece have eased travel procedures for those coming from other countries.

In this regard, Greek Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias confirmed that Greece “is preparing this year to receive visitors for the summer season earlier than at any other time as of March 1.”

In this regard, the minister noted, “Greek tourism has shown remarkable resilience in the past two years, sending a strong security message to travelers in our country, and it will do the same this year.”

The Minister of Tourism recently confirmed that the country’s tourism sector aims to reach pre-pandemic levels during this year.

Kikilias highlighted the importance of the tourism industry as a major contributor to the Greek economic sector and its contribution to the survival of the “ordinary Greek family during times of crisis”.

Under current rules, air travelers are required to present a negative antigen test result, no longer than 24 hours, or a PCR test result no longer than 72 hours, in order to enter Greece. These rules apply to all passengers, including children over the age of five.

Last year, figures published by the European Travel and Tourism Council (ETC) showed that as a result of the devastating situation caused by the spread of the Corona virus and its new strains, a total decline of 77 percent was recorded in tourism worldwide. European Union member states.

However, despite this decline faced by many EU countries, Greece has managed to keep the tourism situation under control,

In addition, the Ministry of Tourism is aiming to achieve its goal with the EU recovery funding of 320 million euros which is expected to be allocated in several projects, including health and wellness tourism and agrotourism.

Previously, TheSchengen.com reported that the tourism sector in the Republic of Greece saw a significant increase in the number of international travelers during the first 11 months of last year.

In addition, the data revealed that the number of international tourists exceeded the levels of the same period in 2020 by 96.8 percent, receiving 14.3 million passengers compared to 7.3 million in 2020.

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