Travellers to Greece will no longer be subject to any pandemic-related travel restrictions from May 2 – just in time for holiday-makers set on a European summer.
From this date, visitors will not be required to take a pre-travel test, enter quarantine or present any sort of Covid-19 documents to access the country, regardless of their country of origin.
Greece health minister Thanos Plevris also anticipated the country will drop all its domestic measures, meaning no vaccination certificates or proof of contraindication will be needed to access the country’s indoor attractions and businesses such as museums, restaurants and cafes.
Following the lead of many other European nations, the Hellenic Republic has gradually eased other entry requirements by removing its passenger locator form as of March 15.
For another few weeks until current rules are officially dropped, the only way to access the country is by presenting a rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours before arrival, a PCR test within 72 hours of arrival, or show proof of recovery from Covid from within 180 days.
Whilst the announcement is certainly a breath of fresh air for the country’s tourism-dependent economy, authorities have hinted the planned freedoms may be short-lived, with restrictions being reconsidered ahead of winter.
But for now, for those eyeing a summertime visit though, the window of opportunity to enjoy a Greek sojourn has been firmly opened.
The appeal of the country’s silvery-gold beaches, glimmering turquoise waters and captivating historical landmarks will surely be enough to lure back millions of tourists this year.