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Greece Imposes Testing Requirements for Travellers Arriving From Its Islands

The Greek Civil Aviation Service (CAA) has announced that travelers returning to mainland Greece from the Greek islands must present a certificate of vaccination, proof of recovery from coronavirus, or a negative test result in order to be allowed entry.

In order to enter the area, coronavirus tests for travelers on the island must be taken within 72 hours of arriving in the mainland for PCR, 48 hours for rapid antigen testing, and 24 hours for self-tests, reports.

On the other hand, passengers traveling to the mainland must present a certificate of vaccination, recovery or PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to travel for 48 hour PCR or antigen.

For children aged 12-17, there is also the possibility of boarding with a 24-hour self-test. These measures came after an increase in COVID-19 infection rates.

In conclusion, all passengers on domestic flights to and from the islands must meet one of the following:

Received two doses of COVID vaccines at least 14 days before travel and can provide medical proof of vaccination. Their medical proof must be in Greek, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian for travelers who have been vaccinated abroad. The document should also include information such as the person’s name, the type of vaccine given, and the number of doses received. The Health Pass is valid in both formats, print and digital, such as the EU COVID-19 Digital Vaccination Passport. A negative PCR test for coronavirus came in the last 72 hours before travel and 48 hours for those tested with a rapid test. Alternatively, with respect to the movement of passengers by air through the islands to mainland Greece, there is the possibility of boarding with a negative self-diagnosis certificate (self-test) made twenty-four (24) hours before the scheduled time of departure. Recovered from COVID-19 at least 30 days after receiving a positive test, with the document valid for 180 days. Children under 12 years of age are exempted from all obligations and may travel without providing proof of the test. Minors between the ages of 12 and 17 can enter the country by presenting a negative 24-hour self-test certificate.

The requirement to cover the face while traveling remains in effect, and all staff and passengers must wear one while practicing social distancing depending on the circumstances.

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Unlike many EU countries that have not recognized all WHO licensed vaccines, Greece has the largest number of recognized COVID vaccines in the world, accepting ten as the following list indicates:

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

In an effort to help travelers amid the media uncertainty of the pandemic, VisaGuide.World has created a tool to detect if a person’s vaccine is authorized in the destination country.

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