December 10, 2023

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Greece: updated rules for tourists

Until Monday, August 23, the movement of tourists through the territory of Greece, as well as visiting various sites, is possible only with a vaccination passport.

When returning from the islands to the mainland or going there, as SchengenVisaInfo informs, travelers, at the request of the Greek Civil Aviation Service, must have a negative test result or a certificate of recovery from coronavirus, or confirmation of complete vaccination.

Antique measures introduced in connection with the pandemic continue to operate due to the fact that Greece has not yet reached herd immunity, for which, according to experts, 70% of the population must be vaccinated. To date, more than 60% have received vaccinations, but the vaccination program, largely due to summer vacations, has slowed down.

Even medical workers who, under pain of suspension of professional activity, are obliged to vaccinate, have not yet demonstrated 100% readiness for this step – about 10% flatly refuse to be vaccinated. Until September 1, they undergo regular PCR testing (the cost of these tests, according to experts, is the most attractive in Europe).

Currently, Greece welcomes tourists from the Schengen countries and the European Union. Tourists still from 35 countries can visit Hellas, if they have the necessary documents, without quarantine. Greece recognizes most of the vaccines that are used today in different countries:

Pfizer / BioNTech (Comirnaty) Moderna (Spikevax) AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) Sinovac (CoronaVac) AstraZeneca – Serum Institute of India (Covishield) Novavax Sputnik V CanSino Biologics Sinopharm BIBP.

Over the entire period of the pandemic, 539,337 cases of coronavirus and 13,204 deaths were recorded in Greece. 64.7% of the population received the first vaccination against covid, 61.3% are fully vaccinated.

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