Greece to scrap its all entry restrictions from May 1

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The Greek Health Ministry of Greece has announced that country will scrap its entry restrictions for all incoming travellers. 

The Ministry revealed through a press release issued earlier today that the Committee of Experts has recommended that Greece suspends the COVID Pass requirement from May 1.

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In line with the new recommendation made by the Committee, all travellers, regardless of their country of origin, will soon be able to enter Greece without being required to present a valid.

In addition, everyone will also be exempt from the requirement to present one of the passes while in the country, as Greece has decided to facilitate domestic COVID-19 measures.

Confusion has been created among travellers after the Greek National Tourism Organisation claimed that the country would not drop its entry rules from May, despite the Minister of Health saying that Greece would end the current protective measures.

Earlier this month, on April 12, the Minister of Health of Greece, Thanos Plevris, said to a local Greek media that the country would proceed to suspend the current COVID-19 measures from May 1.

Such a statement made by the Minister of Health was interpreted by everyone, including international and local media, as a decision to lift all of the remaining restrictions.

Following the Minister’s declaration, it was reported that Greece would no longer require travellers to present proof – a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate – upon their arrival.

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Greece currently accepts only vaccination passes that prove that the holder has completed vaccination in the last nine months or has received a booster shot. On the other hand, recovery passes are recognised only if the document proves that the holder has recovered from the virus in six months.

As for tests, Greece accepts both PCR and rapid antigen tests. The PCR must be taken within 72 hours before arrival, and the rapid antigen test must be taken within 24 hours before arrival.

Previously, the country lifted the requirement to complete the Passenger Locator Form.

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