Foreigners planning to enter Greece will be required to carefully follow entry rules after restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus remain in place, until at least March 7.
According to figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), since the beginning of the pandemic, the authorities in the Republic of Greece have recorded a total of 2,421,664 cases of COVID-19 and 25,860 deaths. Despite these numbers, authorities in Greece officially opened their doors to international tourists on March 1, TheSchengen.com reports.
This decision was confirmed by a statement confirmed by Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias. This announcement comes as part of efforts to facilitate the travel process and help the travel and tourism sector recover from the damage caused by the virus and its new strains.
Entry requirements for those coming from EU countries and non-EU countries
Arrivals from EU countries and the Schengen area that have joined the EU COVID-19 digital certification portal are exempt from testing requirements when planning to enter Greece after, according to the Hellenic Aviation Authority (CAA), they will be allowed to enter the country by presenting a valid document proving that they have completed a process Vaccination against the virus or recovered from the virus.
As for travelers from countries outside the European Union, such as the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, they are also exempt from the test requirements. They are eligible to enter Greece by showing a vaccination certificate showing that they have completed the vaccination process against the virus nine months before their arrival in Greece.
A recovery document valid for 180 days after infection as well as a PCR test no older than hours before departure or antigen tests no longer than 24 hours after departure are recognized as valid evidence for persons interested in entering the Hellenic Republic.
“All travelers to Greece, with the exception of the European Union and the Schengen Agreement as well as from 33 non-EU countries that have joined the system including their spouses or persons with whom they have entered into a cohabitation agreement and their minor children, regardless of their vaccination status must have They tested negative by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in the past 72 hours or alternatively diagnosed as negative in a rapid test within 24 hours prior to their arrival in Greece,” the press release revealed.
Travelers from the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States, as well as the following countries that are part of the EU DCC portal, are subject to the same rules:
San Marino, Andorra, Albania, Armenia, North Macedonia, Vatican, Georgia, El Salvador, United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Israel, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Morocco, Montenegro, Lebanon, Moldova, Norway, Monaco, New Zealand, Uruguay, Ukraine, Panama, Cape Verde, Singapore, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey, Togo, Tunisia, Faroe Islands, Taiwan.
Strict rules continue to apply for unvaccinated people
However, strict rules continue to be applied to people who have not completed immunization against the virus.
A large number of indoor places, including public offices, banks and shopping malls, are inaccessible to people who have not been vaccinated against the virus. Restaurants and bars are open for limited hours, while masks are mandatory for both indoors and outdoors.
Despite the increase in the number of coronavirus infections, especially caused by the Omicron variant, the Greek authorities have managed to welcome a large number of international tourists, while the government is trying to reach pre-pandemic levels during this year.