Greece has confirmed that restrictions for tourists, such as face masks and Covid passports are set to be dropped by the country in time for the summer holidays, reports the Mirror. The health minister for Greece, Thanos Plevris, says the country plans to drop the rules in May.
The country will stop asking for vaccine passports to enter venues such as restaurants and bars from May 1st. Mandatory face masks for indoors will also be dropped on the same day.
While they are not plans yet to drop the rules around vaccine passports to enter Greece, the Ministry of Health confirmed they will conduct a review in May into “the removal of the demonstration of the European certificate for entry into the country”. In addition, these rules will be reviewed again in September and are subject to change depending on the current Covid levels in Greece.
Under current rules in Greece, British tourists are allowed to visit the country, but the rules vary depending on your vaccination status. Those who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated are required to a Covid test before arriving in the country.
A PCR test can be taken up to 72 hours before or an antigen test can be taken up to 48 hours before arrival. But if they have had Covid recently and can show proof of this, then they are also exempt from having to test.
Fully vaccinated travellers are not required to do a Covid test before travel. Until May, proof of vaccination is required to enter venues like museums, shops and restaurants.
Greece is just the latest popular holiday destination to relax Covid rules around the world, with Mexico and Iceland scrapping the rules entirely and France, Portugal and Spain easing the rules around entering the country from abroad. Cyprus also recently announced that its scrapping entry rules too but that face masks will still be mandatory indoors.
UK rules have also been scrapped too making returning to the UK much simpler for holidaymakers. Due to the nature of the pandemic, it is always worth checking the rules for individual countries before you travel on the UK Foreign Office website.
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