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Greece lifts quarantine for 7 more non-EU countries; PCR test for Children

Civil Aviation Authority in Greece announced that it lifts the 7-day quarantine also for travellers from seven more non -EU countries. In a statement issued on Sunday, the CAA said also that arriving children over a certain age will need a negative PCR test.

The CAAt extends restrictions on domestic flights until May 10 and that only essential travel is allowed between Greek airports.

For international flights, travel restrictions are extended until 6:00 a.m. on May 3.

The CAA expanded the list of countries whose nationals may enter Greece without a seven-day quarantine. However, passengers must have been either vaccinated or present a negative Covid-19 molecular (PCR) test.

The new list includes nationals from:

Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Russia, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand.

It is in effect from April 25 until May 3.

Permanent residents of the European Union, Schengen Agreement countries, the United Kingdom, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Serbia and Israel may enter Greece without quarantine if they are vaccinated or present negative  PCR test since April 19.

It should be recalled that the Vaccination Certificate must be in English.

Russian citizens will be able to enter Greece through nine airports (instead of the former three), as long as they also present the above-mentioned documents. Arrivial airports are: Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklio, Corfu, Rhodes, Kos, Mykonos, Santorini, Chania. Maximum arrivals limit per week remains at 4,000.

Negative PCR tests are also required for arriving children over 5 years old.

Other restrictions like Passenger Location Form (PLF) and random testing upon arrival remain in force.

CAA statement in Greece here.

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9 comments

  1. Coming from England in May, how do I get the vaccination certificate?

    • I don’t believe any of the UK countries are issuing vaccination certificates yet, so you can’t!. It will need to be a negative test.

    • It would probably be an idea to ask someone somewhere in England, as that’s where a certificate would be issued – Greece isn’t responsible for UK vaccination protocol.

    • Today the Times newspaper in the UK is reporting that Greece will accept the paper card that is given to people when they receive their vaccination as proof of vaccination.

      • Sky News cancelling that….The Times reports Harry Theoharis, the Greek tourism minister, saying that his country is ready to welcome back British tourists who have been twice vaccinated and the handwritten NHS card – which shows the person’s name, the vaccine they have been given and the dates they were vaccinated – would be sufficient proof of inoculation.

        However, a spokesperson for Mr Theoharis has told Sky News only official documentation would be acceptable – and that the Greek government’s understanding is that a UK health certificate will become available.

        They said: “We accept only official documents issued by the competent British authorities that prove the vaccination particulars.

        “If someone has documents that are not issued by anyone, we mandate a negative test.

        “Our understanding is that a health pass will be forthcoming.”

        It’s unheard of for a minister not to have a clue what they’re talking about…..

  2. Do they take notice that not all countries provide a vaccination certificate in English?