Greek authorities lifted entry restrictions for arrivals from Argentina, India, Uruguay, Oman and Chile, raising the number of third countries on the safe travel list from 36 to 41.
However, like arrivals from other third countries, those coming from these four countries are also required to submit a pre-departure test, which could be a PCR test that takes 72 hours or 48 hours before departure for antigen testing, TheSchengen.com reports.
“Air directive for nationals of Argentina, India, Uruguay, Oman and Chile: Permanent residents of these third countries, in addition to all other conditions of entry into Greece stipulated in the outbound flight directive, must arrive at the airport with a test (PCR or express),” the press release notes.
Furthermore, the current air guidance, which includes the following rules, has been extended for another two weeks:
Citizens of other countries are not allowed to travel to Greece except for essential travel. Travelers from Australia, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, Ukraine, UAE, UK, USA, and Vatican. Arrivals from all countries are required to complete an entry form or passenger locator form at any time before arriving in Greece.
Furthermore, holders of an EU COVID-19 digital certificate and other equivalent documents are also exempt from additional entry requirements.
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The lifting of entry for Omani citizens came immediately after the agreement to cancel visas for holders of diplomatic and service passports.
The agreement concluded with a ceremony attended by all representatives of the two parties, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Diplomatic Affairs Alexis Konstantopoulos and Ambassador of the Republic of Greece to the Sultanate of Oman.
I must say that the Greek Republic, along with bilateral relations with the Gulf states, has expanded the scope of cooperation with the Gulf Cooperation Council, of which the Sultanate is proud to be a member. In this regard, last April we signed a memorandum of understanding with the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and we met a few weeks ago in New York. And I’m expecting him in Athens next week. “So I hope you will be next after the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council,” Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said.
Last week, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) revealed that most EU countries were placed in the dark red and red category due to an increase in coronavirus cases.
Greece is also placed on the red list, with around 23,650 positive cases recorded in the past seven days, which represents 220.6 positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants. That number is 11 percent higher than the other week.
In the past 24 hours, 2,957 cases of COVID-19 and 31 deaths from the virus have been reported in Greece.