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Greece Explains New Travel Rules Amid COVID-19

Only those coming from countries connected to the European digital COVID-19 certification portal are allowed to enter Greece exempt from the test requirements, the Hellenic Aviation Authority (CAA) announced.

More specifically, entrants who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 from member states of Europe and the following 33 countries are not required to provide pre-departure testing when entering the country:

San Marino Albania Andorra Armenia Vatican North Macedonia Agriculture Switzerland El Salvador United Arab Emirates United Kingdom Iceland Israel Liechtenstein Lebanon Morocco Montenegro Moldova Monaco Norway New Zealand Ukraine Uruguay Panama Cape Verde Serbia Singapore Thailand Togo Turkey Tunisia Faroe Islands Taiwan

Arrivals from other countries must provide one of the following test results, despite vaccination status: the result of a PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure or a rapid antigen test performed 24 hours after departure. These measures will be in effect until February 27, TheSchengen.com reports.

All travelers to Greece, regardless of nationality, are required to fill out the electronic form PLF (Passenger Locator Locator Form) before leaving the flight to Greece. Proof of completion of the electronic PLF form, which is automatically sent with email to the passenger by the system, is a necessary travel document.

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Greek authorities also set the validity of the EUDCC, with a certificate of vaccination valid for nine months after the initial vaccination and a certificate of recovery for 180 days after the first positive test with COVID-19 was issued. In addition, these rules apply to all persons over the age of five.

Moreover, based on the passenger locating form, the Greek authorities conduct checks that are carried out upon arrival. If the test result is positive, the traveler will have to undergo isolation for five days.

Greece’s health authorities have recorded 2,047,849 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic and 24,094 deaths, based on data provided by the World Health Organization.

The same source shows that in the past seven days, a total of 126,857 cases have been registered in Greece, while 722 people have died.

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Furthermore, data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) show that 68.9 percent of the population have completed the initial course of vaccination, while 45.4 percent have received a booster dose.

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Source: schengenvisainfo.com

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