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Greece:- Travelling to the Greek Islands or across Greece? Here’s what you need to know!

Vaccination certificate for travel – What is valid for travelling around Greece.

What applies to travel and travelling around Greece from region to region on the mainland and to the islands
Citizens who have been vaccinated for coronavirus are in a hurry to obtain a vaccination certificate as this is a “passport” for a number of trips within the country and travel abroad. However, 14 days after the second dose you are only then eligible for the “green pass”.

Travelling to the islands.

For ferry or air travel to the islands – with the exception of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina – it is mandatory to present to have:

A vaccination certificate, 14 days after the second dose,
or a 72-hour negative PCR test,
or 24 hour rapid test,
or a 24-hour self-test,
or a certificate stating you have recovered from coronavirus, which will be valid from 2 to 9 months after the illness occurred.

How the vaccination certificate is issued in Greece:-

Citizens can apply to the Citizens’ Service Centers (KEP) for the issue of the Vaccination Certificate, informs the Panhellenic Pharmaceutical Association, according to a relevant announcement of the General Secretariat of Primary Health Care.

In addition, the certificate can be issued the day after the last vaccination dose, depending on the type of vaccine, and through the online platform Vaccination- emvolio.gov.gr (using Taxisnet codes).

For travellers wanting to visit Greece.

As of May 14th, travellers arriving in Greece are required to have a negative PCR certificate from a testing laboratory, for a Covid-19 test taken no later than 72 hours before arrival.
This test is mandatory for all tourists (including children over the age of 5), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.

– Proof of a negative test is not required however for all travellers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

Acceptable vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

– Proof of a negative test is not required if the traveller has recovered from COVID in the past 9 months. This can be proved through a certificate of recovery issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory. Another option is a certificate of a positive PCR molecular test result, confirming that the holder recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, performed at least 2 months before arrival, and no later than 9 months before arrival.

– Every traveller who arrives in Greece, regardless of the certificate in their possession, may undergo a random health screening. If you are selected, please keep in mind that the screening is mandatory. In case of refusal, authorities reserve the right to refuse entry into the country. The selection is made through a targeted sampling system ”EVA” used also in the summer of 2020.

– Important clarification: Entry of tourists in Greece is not subject to vaccination. Presenting a vaccination certificate greatly facilitates the procedures upon arrival. However, in no case is a vaccination or antibodies certificate considered a “passport”.

– The countries from which entry is allowed, under the aforementioned conditions, without the requirement for subsequent self-isolation are: EU & Schengen Area countries, USA, UK, Israel, Serbia, UAE, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore, the Russian Federation, North Macedonia, Canada, Belarus, Bahrein, Qatar, China, Kuwait, Ukraine, and Saudi Arabia.
– Non EU citizens are strongly advised to choose direct flights to Greece. In any other case, travellers should abide by the stop-over country requirements.
Passengers are allowed to enter the country through all international airports and the ports of Patras, Igoumenitsa and Corfu.
Travellers are allowed to enter from the land borders through the entry gates of Promachonas and Ormenio in a 24h basis and Evzonoi from 07:00 to 23:00.
Cruising and yachting is allowed. Maritime connections with Albania and Turkey are temporarily restricted.

REQUIREMENTS FOR VISITORS

 

Before arrival:

– Tourists must fill in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) no later than 23:59 (11.59 PM) of the day before arriving in Greece. For more information, please click here.

Prior to departure, all travellers must ensure that they carry an acceptable form of certification of their health condition. Acceptable documents include:

– A negative PCR molecular test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry.
– A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority of your country.
– A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory.
– A certificate of a positive PCR molecular test result, confirming that the holder recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, performed at least 2 months before arrival, and no later than 9 months before arrival.

All certificates must include the critical information (i.e. number of doses and their respective dates) in English, German French, Italian, Spanish, Russian and the person’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognized travel document.

Upon arrival:

Travellers arriving in Greece are subject to:

These regulations apply to anyone five (5) years and older

– Sampling RAPID antigen tests at the entrance gates for selected individuals drawn from a targeted sampling system, based on the ”EVA” system.

– Mandatory isolation if they test positive for SARS-Cov-2, following a sampling test. In this case, the travellers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis. Guests will stay in seclusion hotels for at least 10 days. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

Compliance with the health protocols during transport and throughout your entire stay in Greece is the key factor that will allow all of us to stay safe and return to normality.

During your stay in Greece, visitors must follow all measures that apply to Greek citizens.

  • The use of non-medical face masks is mandatory indoors and outdoors throughout Greece. The above restriction does not apply to:
      1. individuals for whom wearing a face mask is not recommended on account of their documented medical condition, e.g. respiratory problems, and
      2. children under the age of four (4).
  • (non-compliance of regulations carries a €300 fine)
  • Movements are allowed daily from 05:00a.m to 00:30a.m (thirty minutes after midnight) across the country.
      • Visiting shops, restaurants, museums, archaeological sites, open-air markets etc freely, according to safety restrictions – eg 1 person per 25m2 in shops and restaurants, bars and cafes are not allowed to play music. This is to prevent people raising their voices and standing too close to each other to be heard. Entertainment venues will close at 12.30am, in line with the curfew..
  • Visiting the beach. Umbrellas will be spaced at least 4m apart, with a maximum of 2 sunbeds per umbrella. Sunbeds will be regularly sanitised and beach bars will also not be allowed to play music. As in restaurants and cafes, you will not be required to wear a mask on the beach.

sources:-

https://www.ethnos.gr

https://www.discovergreece.com

https://travel.gov.gr/#/

 

About Louise Inzk

Louise is Australian born and has been a Greek citizen since 1991. She has deep cultural ties with the island, often writing about Zakynthian Traditions and Culture. She is also an active member of the Volunteer Group of Zakynthos, Giostra Di Zante and is a member of the women's choir "Rodambelos". Her love of the island and all it offers saw her joining the Zakynthos (Zante) Informer admin team in 2014.

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