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Greece Explains New Rules for Entering the Country With COVID-19 Recovery Certificates

Greek authorities have clarified the new rules regarding the certificate of redemption, after announcing that the document’s validity had been shortened from 180 to 90 days.

According to the Greek Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, starting this week, the validity period of redemption certificates has been set at 90 days, reports.

Moreover, those who hold such a document issued from July 15 to November 30 will be allowed to continue using their documents until their expiration date.

The latest NOTAM for domestic flights in the Hellenistic Republic also reminds travelers to hold a certificate of vaccination or recovery, provided that the latter was issued thirty (30) days after the appearance of a positive COVID-19 result.

The decision will affect travelers from 42 countries as follows:

Australia Albania Andorra Armenia Azerbaijan Argentina Bahrain Belarus Bosnia and Herzegovina Brunei Canada China Chile China 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 American Uruguay Vatican

All passengers arriving on Greek territory must present one of the following documents in order to be allowed to enter the country:

A certificate of vaccination showing that 14 days have passed since the full vaccination against COVID-19 with doses approved by the Greek health authorities was completed. A return certificate showing the passenger tested positive for COVID-19 at least 30 days ago, with the document being valid for 90 days after it was issued. A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test was performed 72 hours prior to departure, or a rapid test was performed 48 hours prior to flight. EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate holders

For children 4 to 17 years old, a government-provided self-test is required. The requirement to cover the face applies to all passengers on board.

The papers of foreigners who submit one of these documents must be translated into Greek, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian, and the certificate must be issued by a competent public authority.

Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that 36,656 positive cases and 653 deaths related to COVID-19 were confirmed in the past seven days, bringing the number of coronavirus deaths to 19,248.

Moreover, vaccination rates are being implemented in Greece where 18.3% of the population received the third injection, while 67% were vaccinated with the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 62.8 received the two vaccines, the same as Europeans. Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) data shows.

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