However, in order to protect public health and ensure safe holidays for tourists, the authorities have imposed entry requirements against travelers, including proof of vaccination, which is still valid.
As such, as per the travel protocol issued by the Government of Greece, the country accepts all vaccines listed below as valid proof of vaccination:
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
“The accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm and others,” the government said.
Earlier in July, an Indian clinical scientist holding the position of chief scientist at the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that 15 countries in the European Union have recognized the Kofishield vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India as valid evidence of immunity.
Greece is also part of this group since the country’s authorities decided to recognize the vaccine after it was listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization.
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Vaccination certificates are recognized in Greece as long as they are issued by a public authority in each country in one of these six languages: English, German, French, Italian, Russian, or Spanish.
In addition, for the certificate to be recognized, it must include the following information about its holder:
Name and surname Vaccine name Manufacturer name Date each dose of COVID-19 vaccine was given Name of exporting country
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It was noted that tourists entering Greece are not necessarily required to present a certificate of vaccination. However, the document facilitates the entry procedure and makes the verification process easier.
“The entry of tourists into Greece is not subject to vaccination. Presenting a certificate of vaccination greatly facilitates the procedures upon arrival. However, a certificate of vaccination or antibody is in no way considered a “passport,” the government added.
With the exception of the vaccination certificate, travelers wishing to enter Greece can present the other two certificates that are part of the European COVID-19 digital passport, TheSchengen.com reports.
The EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate has been created by the European Commission in order to facilitate travel within the bloc. The main features of the certificate are:
Free one-page document issued in secure and secured digital or paper format Available in both national and English languages Recognized in all EU countries
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