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Greece Prolongs Suspension of Flights From Majority of Third Countries

Greece authorities have decided once again to extend restrictions on international flights in order to contain the spread of COVID-19 and its variants, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced.

Following the announcement by the Civil Aviation Authority, the suspension of flights from third countries affected by the coronavirus will be in effect until July 15, reports.

Thus, based on the newly issued directive, third-country nationals are prohibited from entering Greece.

Citizens of the European Union / Schengen area countries as well as citizens of the following 33 countries that have recently recorded low infection rates are excluded from this procedure:

Albania Armenia Australia Azerbaijan Bahrain Belarus Bosnia and Herzegovina Brunei Canada China Israel Japan Jordan Kosovo Kuwait Lebanon Moldova Montenegro New Zealand North Macedonia Qatar Russia Rwanda Saudi Arabia Serbia Singapore South Korea Thailand Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States of America recently reported the addition of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Jordan, Moldova and Brunei to the list of countries allowed to enter Greece without restrictions, without the need to undergo testing or quarantine requirements.

All travelers entering Greece are required to fill out a passenger locator form, regardless of their nationality, prior to their arrival.

In addition, each person arriving from the countries permitted to enter Greece must submit one of the following documents:

Certificate proving vaccination against COVID-19: For the certificate to be recognized by the Greek authorities, at least 14 days have passed since vaccination with two doses of the vaccine was completed. Vaccination certificates are recognized as long as they are issued in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian.

“The entry of tourists to 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 authorities explained.

Certificate of recovery from illness: For the certificate to be recognized, the holder must have recovered from COVID-19 within the past nine months.

Negative COVID-19 Test Result: The test result must be no older than 72 hours when entering Greece. Children under the age of six are exempted from this requirement.

Earlier in June, Greek authorities indicated that the country is now also acknowledging the results of a COVID-19 rapid antigen test.

Previously, the European statistics, EUROSTAT, revealed that the number of nights spent by EU tourists in various destinations decreased by 61 percent from April 2020 to March 2021. Greece was reported as one of the main destinations that suffered the most from such a drop.

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