Greece’s health minister has stated that the nation would lift the remainder of its Covid-related travel restrictions on May 1, just in time for the start of the summer tourist season.
After the pandemic circumstances had stabilized, Thanos Plevris said that they would be able to “continue with the suspension of the protective measures that were put in place on May 1,” according to the Associated Press.
Greece’s usage of vaccination certificates and recovery certificates for entry into the country – or for particular locations while within the country – will be phased out as of that date.
Wearing masks in indoor public areas and outdoor locations where it is difficult to maintain social distance will continue to be required until June 1, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
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Mr Plevris, speaking in a television interview, stressed that these regulations are only being delayed until September 1, rather than being repealed entirely. He said that the new restrictions will be re-evaluated after the summer break.
During the country’s Easter festivities, he urged people to dress up in masks to express themselves.
Travelers may look forward to an almost frictionless return to one of the most popular summer vacation destinations in a little more than a week.
Tourists will no longer be required to undergo a pre-travel test, quarantine, or present evidence of vaccination in order to enter the country, nor will they be required to produce their Covid Certificate in order to attend museums and other indoor facilities.
They will no longer be required to wear a mask in interior venues such as hotel lobbies and museums as of June 1.
Earlier this year, Greece showed hints of loosening its requirements for tourists, including the elimination of its passenger locator form on March 15 and the extension of the validity of visitors’ vaccination cards to nine months on April 1.
For the time being, and until May 1, all visitors to Greece must show proof of two vaccinations; proof of recovery from Covid within the previous 180 days; or a negative PCR test (within 72 hours) or antigen test (within 24 hours) result in order to enter the country, according to the Greek government.
Once the first limitations are relaxed, Greece will be able to join a group of over a dozen nations, including Ireland, Poland, Sweden, Iceland, and Madeira, that have lifted all Covid-related travel restrictions.