Greece to scrap Covid rules including face masks in time for the summer holidays

Greece’s Covid rules, including face masks and Covid vaccination cards, are set to be scrapped in time for the summer holidays

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Greece ends its Covid rules

British go further vacation greece No Covid rules such as face masks and vaccination cards will apply this summer as the holiday hotspot is set to lift its restrictions.

The country’s health minister, Thanos Plevris, has confirmed that the country will lift local rules from May.

From May 1st, you will no longer be required to show proof of vaccination when entering venues such as restaurants and bars, while from June 1st, face masks will no longer be required indoors.

As for Greece’s entry requirements for holidaymakers? An official statement from the Ministry of Health says these will be reviewed in May, including “the removal of the demonstration of the European certificate for entry into the country”.

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Authorities have said all Covid measures will be reviewed in September depending on the current Covid situation.

Under Greece’s existing travel rulesAll UK tourists can visit, but rules differ depending on your vaccination status.

Fully vaccinated Brits will not need a Covid test before traveling but those who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated will need proof of a negative result. This can be either a PCR test performed within 72 hours of arrival or an antigen test within 48 hours.

Those who are unvaccinated but can show proof of recent recovery from Covid can also attend.

It is worth noting that in Greece and the islands proof of vaccination is required to enter venues such as shops, restaurants, museums and cinemas.

Face mask and Covid vaccination card rules will be relaxed in the coming weeks


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Greece has been a firm favorite with British holidaymakers for decades – and it will remain popular in 2022. Some of the classic vacation spots tend to be the Greek islandsnot to mention that there are heaps Family friendly holidays in Greece being found.

It’s not the only vacation hotspot relaxing its rules.

In recent months, a large number of countries have has scrapped the Covid travel rules entirely including Mexico and Iceland, while holiday hotspots like France, Portugal and Spain continue to welcome holidaymakers and relax rules such as pre-travel forms or Covid testing for fully vaccinated travelers.

Earlier this month, Cyprus announced that would be the case Relaxed travel rules for Britsincluding removing pre-travel “flight pass” and removing Covid tests on arrival for unvaccinated travellers.

The country has also lifted the mandatory requirement to wear face masks outdoors, although they are still mandatory indoors. The UK Foreign Office is warning: “The use of a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces for everyone aged 6 and over. Failure to comply with the restrictions may result in a fine of 300 euros.”

Of course, long piles of Covid administration are not required for UK travelers returning home Britain’s own travel rules have expiredie no passenger tracing forms or other immigration requirements when you return from your overseas trip.

  • Travel restrictions can change rapidly due to the nature of the pandemic. Always check those of the Foreign Office Current travel advice for Greece before you book and take a trip.

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