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Greece scraps mandatory test for travelers with active European vaccination certificate

Travelers with active European vaccination certificate will no need a mandatory Covid-19 test, Greece’s Health Minister Thanos Plevris announced Friday noon. The European certificate is valid for nine months, while in Greece it will be seven months from next Monday.

The measure will go into force as of Monday, February 7, 2022, the minister said in a statement broadcast by state ERT TV.

It should be recalled that vaccination certificates in Greece expire seven months after the second dose if the citizen has not proceeded for the booster shot. The measure goes into effect also on Monday, Feb 7, and affects all citizens over 18 years old. The measure was supposed to be implemented from February 1 but it was given a week extension due to the snow weather last week that delayed the vaccination program.

In real life this means that those with “expired” vaccination certificate will not be able to seat inside restaurants and entertainment venues, visit a theater or a gym.

In contrast, the validity of European vaccination certificates after two doses of vaccine is 9 months.

For all other travelers the mandatory test remains in force.

PS I remember to have read a while ago that also travelers will have to comply with the “expire vaccination certificate” rule once they are in the country. If there is again an official statement on this, I’ll keep you posted.

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3 comments

  1. Can I just ask please; does the European covid certificate expire after 7 months if you have had 2 doses and the booster?

  2. Is it still mandatory to wear a mask outdoors ? Even if you have had all vaccinations. Date.6/2/2022