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Greece Imposes Testing Requirement for Unvaccinated Travellers from Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Pakistan & Russia

Greece’s Aviation Authority (CAA) has imposed new testing requirements for all non-vaccinated passengers arriving from Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Pakistan and Russia, effective September 3.

The same entry requirement still applies for Egypt, Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Georgia, Cuba, the United Arab Emirates, India, China, Libya, Morocco, Russia and Turkey, which was introduced last week.

According to a press release, the Civil Aviation Authority has also announced that international flights will continue to be banned for another week, until September 3, as COVID-19 cases increase, reports.

Furthermore, NOTAM for upcoming international flights will be in effect until Friday, September 3rd and includes the following changes:

Third-country nationals will be prohibited from entering the country, including their spouses and other resident persons, nationals of Australia, North Macedonia, UAE, USA, UK, Israel, Canada, Belarus, New Bahrain and Southern Bahrain Qatar, China, Kuwait, Ukraine, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Mt. Lions, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Moldova, Moldova, Moldova, Moldova, Kosovo to enter the country for essential purposes.

Regardless of their nationality, country of departure or vaccination status, all travelers planning to enter Greece are required to present the necessary travel document, Passenger Locator Form (PFL), prior to travel, which can be submitted electronically.

To enter the country, one of the following documents must be submitted:

A vaccination certificate showing that the holder has received the COVID-19 vaccine shots at least 14 days before travel. The document must be issued by a public authority in the Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian languages. Negative PCR test certificate, where the test is performed for 72 hours during departure or 48 hours for the express test. A recovery certificate issued 30 days ago, stating that the bearer has COVID-19 and is immune to the virus for the next 180 days since the document was issued. The EU COVID-19 digital vaccination passport, which also includes the holder’s vaccination, recovery or test information. Vaccination and testing requirements do not apply to passengers under 12 years of age.

Passengers who test positive (with a rapid test) must take a PCR test upon arrival. If a traveler tests positive for coronavirus again, he is required to undergo a ten-day quarantine or a seven-day quarantine for vaccinated travelers. Either way, they should take a PCR test on the last day of the quarantine.

Currently, Greece is among the countries with looser restrictions as it recognizes both European Medical Agency and WHO approved vaccines, allowing all passengers who have been vaccinated with one of the following vaccines to enter the country without undergoing quarantine requirements.

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

As WHO data reveals, Greece has reported 43 coronavirus-related deaths and 3,265 infections, in the past 24 hours.

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