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Greece Extends Domestic Flight Restrictions for Another Week as Vaccination Campaign Stalls

After imposing testing requirements on domestic air traffic, Greek authorities announced that these rules will apply until Monday, August 23, when the country’s vaccination launch has ceased.

The Hellenistic Civil Aviation Service (CAA) has stated that travelers returning to mainland Greece from the Greek islands must present a vaccination document, a coronavirus recovery certificate or a negative test result in order to be admitted, reports.

The country has also decided to keep its sanitary measures until August 19 for foreign visitors and international arrivals as a precaution because the vaccination campaign has not seen much progress recently.

>> Traveling to Greece in Summer 2021: Here’s what you need to know

Only half of the country’s 11 million people have been fully vaccinated with the European Medicines Agency, and WHO-approved vaccines.

But this is about 20 percent less than the 70 percent that health officials have said is needed to combat the epidemic and achieve herd immunity in order to end a crisis that is more than a year old and continues. It will be required to vaccinate, with a highly resistant group of about 10 percent rejecting, set to begin on hold on September 1 unless it complies.

Currently, Greece welcomes travelers from all EU countries and the Schengen area and has banned travelers from the majority of non-EU countries.

Travelers to Greece from the following 35 countries can only enter if they have the required documents without undergoing self-isolation on arrival:

Australia North Macedonia UAE USA UK Israel Canada Belarus Bahrain New Zealand South Korea Qatar China Kuwait Ukraine Russia Saudi Arabia Serbia Singapore Bosnia and Herzegovina Montenegro Albania Japan Lebanon Azerbaijan Armenia Jordan Moldova Brunei Kosovo Andorra Monaco San Marino Vatican Turkey

Greece is the country that recognizes the most COVID vaccines around the world, as the following list shows:

Pfizer / BioNTech (Comirnaty) Moderna (Spikevax) AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) Sinovac (CoronaVac) AstraZeneca – Serum Institute of India (Covishield) Novavax Sputnik V CanSino Biologics Sinopharm BIBP

To assist travelers, VisaGuide.World has developed a tool dedicated to informing those wishing to travel whether the vaccine they have received has been authorized by the destination country.

World Health Organization data revealed that Greece recorded 24 deaths in the last 24 hours, and that tests had proven that 3,270 people had been infected with the Corona virus. Since the outbreak of the epidemic, the country has witnessed 535,237 cases and 13,206 deaths from the Corona virus.

Data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control shows that 64.7% of the Greek population has received the first dose of the COVID vaccine, while 61.3% have been fully immunized against the virus.

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