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Greece Extends Current Restrictions Until March 7

The authorities have announced that arrivals from the European Union, the Schengen area and all other countries that have joined the EU COVID-19 digital certification portal will continue to be exempt from testing requirements upon arrival in Greece.

According to a press release from the Hellenic Aviation Authority (CAA), arrivals from these countries will be allowed to enter the country by presenting a vaccination or recovery certificate, reports.

In addition, travelers from the US, UK and Canada will still be exempt from additional testing requirements and can enter Greece by presenting a certificate of vaccination indicating that the initial course of vaccination was administered nine months prior to arrival in Greece.

Recovery certificate valid for 180 days after infection and PCR test performed 72 hours before departure or antigen tests performed 24 hours after departure are valid for entry into Greece.

In conclusion, the same rules apply to all entrants from the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States and the following member states of the EU DCC portal:

San Marino Albania Andorra Armenia Vatican North Macedonia Georgia 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

However, arrivals from all other countries are required to submit a PCR test 72 hours prior to arrival or an antigen test 24 hours prior to departure.

“All travelers to Greece, with the exception of the European Union and the Schengen Agreement as well as from 33 non-EU countries that have joined the system including their spouses or persons with whom they have entered into a cohabitation agreement and their minor children, regardless of their vaccination status must have They tested negative by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in the past 72 hours or alternatively diagnosed as negative in a rapid test within 24 hours prior to their arrival in Greece,” the press release explains.

Regardless, the requirement to submit a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) applies to all travelers, regardless of their vaccination status, and is considered a necessary travel document.

Previous air guidance from Greek authorities announced that Australian travelers will finally be allowed into the country, after nearly two years of severe travel restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the country’s tourism minister, Vassilis Kekilias, welcomed the decision and noted that a large number of Australian tourists are expected in 2022.

The Australian ambassador to Greece, Arthur Spiro, also added that the 2022 tourism season will be a “very successful tourism year”.

Foreign Office data reveals that the number of Australian tourists has jumped by nearly 70 per cent in the past decade, reaching nearly 320,000 since 2017.

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