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Greece abolishes compulsory testing

Greece abolishes compulsory testing for vaccinated people

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Vaccinated people with a valid EU vaccination certificate no longer need a PCR or rapid test to enter Greece 

After Greece only tightened the corona rules at the end of last year in view of the high number of cases, these have now been relaxed again. Since Monday (February 7th), vaccinated people no longer need a PCR or rapid test for entry. What other regulations apply to travelers and what the corona situation is in the country.

Greece has relaxed its entry rules. Since Monday morning (February 7), vaccinated people no longer have to present a negative PCR or rapid test upon entry. According to reports from the German Press Agency (dpa), a valid EU vaccination certificate issued in the respective country is sufficient again. The additional test requirement for vaccinated travelers entering the country was introduced in December 2021 in view of the high number of corona cases.

Unvaccinated people, on the other hand, still need a negative PCR test (not older than 72 hours) or a negative rapid antigen test (not older than 24 hours) upon entry. This also applies to travelers whose vaccination certificate is no longer valid in their own country due to a lack of a booster vaccination.

How current the corona situation is in Greece, what applies when entering and returning to Germany:

1.Entry into Greece

Online registration is mandatory for all entries into Greece. Holidaymakers are required to fill out an online Passenger Locator Form ( PLF) prior to departure for Greece . According to the Greek authorities, members of a household should fill out a joint PLF and specify adults and children in it, writes the Foreign Office on its website. After registration, travelers will receive a confirmation with a QR code, which must be presented at check-in/boarding.

While fully vaccinated people have not had to present a negative PCR or rapid antigen test upon entry since Monday (February 7), unvaccinated people are still required to do so. The PCR tests must not be older than 72 hours upon entry, rapid tests must not be older than 24 hours. Vaccinated people whose vaccination certificate is no longer valid in their own country due to a lack of a booster vaccination must also present a negative test upon entry.

2.This applies to the return journey from Greece

The federal government has classified Greece as a high-risk area since November 21. This is accompanied by additional measures for the return journey to Germany. For example, all those entering the country must  register digitally beforehand . Anyone who has not been vaccinated or has recovered from a corona infection must go into a ten-day quarantine on their return. This can be canceled after five days at the earliest by presenting a negative test. Fully vaccinated and recovered people do not need to go into quarantine. The prerequisite is that they also submit the corresponding proof via the Federal Government’s entry portal.

3.The current corona situation in Greece

The number of new corona infections in Greece has fallen again in recent weeks. As of February 7, the country recorded 10,980 new cases. The seven-day incidence is currently 1223.2. So far there have been a total of 2,047,849 confirmed corona infections in Greece, and 24,094 people have died in connection with the infection. 

4.The Corona rules in Greece

In Greece, all restaurants, taverns and bars are currently forced to close at midnight. Guests are not allowed to stand, but only to be served at the table, music is prohibited. Wearing an FFP2 mask or a double surgical mask is mandatory in shops, supermarkets and public transport. Non-immunized citizens are only allowed to enter facilities such as authorities, banks and retail stores with a negative corona test.

According to the Federal Foreign Office , indoor spaces for leisure activities, i.e. restaurants, cinemas, clubs or museums, can only be visited by those who have been vaccinated or have recovered. The 2G rule applies here.

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