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Preventive measures – Coronavirus (Last update: 03/23/2022)


WHAT IS THE HEALTH SITUATION IN GREECE?

Since the beginning of March, travel to Greece has been simplified!
Indeed, the government has decided to ease the health restriction measures to allow Greek citizens and travelers to move more freely in the country.
– Since March 5, wearing a mask is no longer compulsory outdoors.
– Since March 15, travelers arriving in Greece no longer need to complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF).
– Travelers with a European vaccination certificate can currently enter Greece without the need to present a negative Covid-19 test.
– Unvaccinated travelers must present a PCR test not older than 72 hours or an antigen test not older than 24 hours.

Greece observed very strict restrictions in 2020 and 2021 to stop the advance of the epidemic and to date 70% of the Greek population is fully vaccinated.



REQUIREMENTS TO TRAVEL TO GREECE

Foreign visitors are welcome in Greece provided they present one of the following documents (for anyone over the age of 5):

A valid European digital vaccination certificate (dating back more than 14 days and less than 9 months after the injection of the second dose or without any time limit for travelers who have received their booster dose).
A European digital recovery certificate dated more than 14 days and less than 180 days (6 months) from the first positive screening test.
A negative PCR test less than 72 hours old
A negative antigen test less than 24 hours old
List of accepted vaccines: Comirnaty (Pfizer BioNtech), Spikevax (Moderna), Vaxzevria (Astra Zeneca/Oxford), Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), Novavax, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

When you arrive in Greece, tests may be carried out at random at the airport when you exit the plane.



REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAVELING TO GREECE

When traveling by plane, boat, bus or train in Greece, you will be asked to provide proof of one of the following documents:

A valid European digital vaccination certificate (dating back more than 14 days and less than 7 months after the injection of the second dose or without any time limit for travelers who have received their booster dose).
A European digital recovery certificate dated more than 14 days and less than 90 days (3 months) from the first positive screening test.
A negative PCR test less than 72 hours old
A negative antigen test dating back less than 24 hours carried out in a pharmacy or laboratory
Minor travelers aged between 4 and 17 must carry out a self-test (available in pharmacies) less than 24 hours before their trip and communicate the result of their test on the travel.gov.gr website.

Wearing a mask is compulsory in transport. Wearing a double protection mask (FFP2 or N95) is recommended.



REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTERING BUSINESSES

Restaurants, bars, cafes, museums, archaeological sites, performance halls, theaters and cinemas
Access to bars, cafes, restaurants, performance halls, theaters and cinemas is subject to the presentation of the Covid-19 vaccination or remission certificate (Scan of the QR code of the certificates at the entrance).
Minors (4-17 years old) are allowed to enter these places provided they present a negative Covid-19 self-test.

Miscellaneous stores
Access to the stores is subject to the presentation of the vaccination certificate, the Covid-19 remission certificate or a negative Covid test.

Supermarkets and pharmacies
Access to supermarkets and pharmacies does not require the presentation of the health pass. These shops are freely accessible.



HEALTH MEASURES IMPLEMENTED FOR THE PROVISIONS OF ACCOMMODATION AND TRANSPORT SERVICES

Hotels

All hotels are required to follow enhanced sanitization and deep cleaning practices as instructed by EODY (Greek public health body).
In the rooms, extension of the period of time between two stays (check-out before 11:00 a.m. and check-in from 3:00 p.m.) to guarantee good ventilation, cleaning and disinfection.
All hotel staff are specifically trained in prevention and welcoming travelers while respecting barrier gestures.

swimming pools

Only hotel outdoor pools are allowed to operate.
Limited number of bathers: index of 5 m² of water surface per person.

Car rental

The government has decided to limit (under penalty of a fine) the number of people per car and according to the number of places available:

For vehicles with up to 5 or 7 seats, 4 people maximum, driver included
For vehicles with up to 9 seats, 5 people maximum, driver included
This restriction does not apply to families (parents and children).

Car transfers

Compulsory wearing of a mask by passengers and the driver.
Provision of masks for travelers if they do not have one.
Disinfection of doors after each trip.
Taxi: maximum 4 people, driver included
Minivan: maximum 4 people from different families or 6 people from the same family (parents + children), driver included
Minibus: maximum 5 people (if different families) or 6 people from the same family (parents + children), driver included

Public transport  Wearing a mask is compulsory on public transport. Coaches are running at 85% capacity.  

Sea crossings  Ferries are allowed to carry 50% to 85% of their maximum passenger capacity (depending on ferry type) Adult passengers are required to submit a health questionnaire before boarding a ferry at Greek departure ports. Temperature screening will be applied to all passengers entering the ferries. Masks must be worn by passengers and crew members.  

Airports  Screening tests can be carried out when travelers arrive in Athens. In the unlikely event that a person is tested, they are required to confine themselves to their hotel for 24 hours (the time needed to obtain the results).  

An online questionnaire system, (in French) to be completed 24 hours before arrival, has been set up as last year. Once the form has been completed, each traveler receives a QR Code to present to the authorities upon arrival. Depending on the information provided, the QR Code determines whether or not the traveler should be tested. NB: this information may change very quickly. We carry out a constant watch to be able to provide you with all the information at our disposal and better support you. Do not hesitate to contact your advisor for any questions.



CITIZENSHIP AND ECOLOGY

Of course, the above measures, sometimes enacted by the government, sometimes specially implemented by our agency, will only be effective if everyone participates in the collective effort. Thus, we count on our travelers to respect barrier gestures and safety instructions.

In addition, the use of masks being mandatory in many situations, with the aim of reducing waste and the ecological footprint of the trip, we recommend that you provide, alongside sunscreen and swimsuit, a small place in your suitcase for reusable fabric masks 🙂
NB: Most airlines, including require surgical masks during flights.

SOURSE : https://www.grece-sur-mesure.com/service/prevention-coronavirus

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