Greece Facilitates Entry Restrictions for Travellers Aged 4- to 17-Year-Old

Greek authorities have updated entry restrictions for travelers under the age of 18, reaching their borders amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a new decision published by the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), it was announced that since Monday, 8 November, only children between the ages of 11 and 17 will be subject to self-test.

Previously, only children between the ages of 4 and 11 were allowed to travel to Greece through self-exams, TheSchengen.com reports.

Children over 11 years of age were required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 with one of the vaccines approved by Greece as valid proof of immunity, a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 or negative COVID-19 test results. The test must be either antigen or PCR, while self-tests for children of these ages have not yet been accepted.

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“With regard to the pre-existing air routing for domestic flights to all destinations in the country, underage passengers from the age of four (4) to seventeen (17) years can travel by air with the 24-hour pilot self-test, instead of four (4) ) years to eleven (11) years in the previous NOTAM,” the CAA explains.

It also reiterates that only travelers from EU/EEA countries are eligible to enter Greek territory for non-essential purposes, as well as travelers from the approved list of third countries, which includes the following: Australia, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Argentina, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Israel, India, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Oman, Qatar, Russia, San Marino, and the Kingdom Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, Ukraine, UAE, UK, USA, Uruguay and Vatican.

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The latter must be able to demonstrate that they have either:

You have completed the vaccination at least 14 days before traveling to Greece with a Certificate of Vaccination. Recovered from COVID-19 in the last 180 days, but not earlier than in the last 30 days. The result was negative for COVID-19 either in a PCR test taken in the last 72 hours or in a rapid test in the past 48 hours.

Certificates are accepted in Greek, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian, and must be issued by a public authority and in accordance with relevant legislation.

Passengers are required to wear masks during their flight, as well as at Greek airports upon arrival.

Airlines are also responsible for checking passengers if they have the necessary documents before they board the plane.

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World Health Organization data shows that Greece recorded 4,283 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. The total number of cases detected since the beginning of the epidemic in the country is 784,904.

So far, 72.5 percent of the country’s adult population has been vaccinated with at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 70 percent have already been fully vaccinated, reports the European Union’s Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

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