Greece to drop all Covid entry restrictions from Sunday

After some confusion on the topic, Greece has confirmed that it’s going to drop all Covid entry restrictions for totally vaccinated travellers from this Sunday.

This implies travellers will now not want to point out proof of vaccination or a unfavourable PCR check end result upon entry.

In response to officers from Advertising Greece and the Greek Nationwide Tourism Organisation (GNTO), the nation’s Committee of Well being Consultants steered to the federal government that entry necessities be scrapped throughout a gathering on Thursday.

A authorities assertion issued final night time says: “At at the moment’s assembly, the Committee of Consultants of the Ministry of Well being unanimously really helpful:

Suspension of Covid move from Could 1 and return of capability to 100%.

Suspension of EUDCC certificates on the nation entry gates.

The proposal of the Fee is accepted by the federal government and the main points that will probably be clarified on the brand new Joint Ministirial Resolution to [be] issued.”

From Sunday, unvaccinated guests might enter the nation with out testing previous to journey – a measure Greece had saved in place for a lot of months.

Nevertheless, well being minister Thanos Plevris yesterday stated the foundations round mask-wearing indoors might stay for longer.

When requested on TV when masks may turn into non-compulsory, he stated: “We have no idea. It’s attainable that the measure of carrying masks indoors won’t be lifted, as a result of the masks is a gentle measure.

“What we recommend is that masks indoors will proceed in Could after which, based mostly on the epidemiological image within the nation, choices will probably be taken for June.”

Earlier this month, Mr Plevris had introduced on TV that Covid instances had declined sufficient within the nation to “proceed with the suspension of the safety measures put in place, from 1 Could.”

Many understood this to imply all remaining Covid measures, however within the following weeks, tourism official clarified that mask-wearing (in indoor public areas) would stay till at the very least June.

Nevertheless, earlier this week tourism officers had been nonetheless saying no official announcement had been made relating to entry guidelines being eased for holidaymakers, suggesting that there was a robust chance the present guidelines would stay into Could.

Now tourism organisations have confirmed the comfort of border guidelines from 1 Could, though ministers are calling this a “suspension” for summer season reasonably than a last finish to the foundations.

Mr Plevris says that obligatory masks restrictions will probably be reviewed earlier than June, whereas the relaxed guidelines normally will probably be reviewed simply earlier than September.

At current, travellers have to put on a masks in all indoor public areas, together with on public transport and in taxis.

Absolutely vaccinated Brits travelling to Greece at the moment or tomorrow, earlier than the 1 Could rule change, will nonetheless must obtain their Covid Move prepared to point out on the border.

Those that aren’t totally vaccinated should present a unfavourable PCR end result from a check taken throughout the 72 hours earlier than arrival. Legitimate proof of restoration from Covid-19 throughout the earlier 180 days can also be accepted.

These utilizing a vaccine certificates to enter the nation should be certain their second jab is “in date” – in step with a lot of the EU, Greece considers second doses expired after 9 months, at which level travellers should have acquired a booster jab to be recognised as totally vaccinated.

There is no such thing as a expiry date for boosters at current.

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