Current travel rules in Greece extended for another two weeks

Evzoni border crossing / Photo: EPA-EFE / GEORGI LICOVSKI

European Vaccination Certificate, European Certificate of Prevented Covidium-19 or a negative PCR / Rapid Test result, together with a completed PLF form and in the next two weeks are required to enter Greece, according to the new ministerial decision published in the Official Gazette, said the MIA correspondent from Athens.

The current rules are unchanged and extended until March 7, 2022, and among other things apply to the citizens of Northern Macedonia.

Vaccination and disease certificates, as before, are of limited duration: for those vaccinated up to nine months after the end of immunization or unlimited with a booster dose, and for those vaccinated up to 180 days after the first positive test.

The Official Gazette of Greece has already published the new ministerial decision "Preconditions for entry into the country to limit the spread of Covid-19", which enters into force tomorrow and will be valid until March 7, 2022 at six o'clock, and MIA details the rules for travel to the southern neighbor.

Entry into Greece is allowed for visitors from the member states of the European Union and the Schengen area and for the 33 countries included in the EU digital certification system (European Union Digital Covid Certificate, EUDCC), including Northern Macedonia, which will need to have a European digital certificate for KOVID-19, related to vaccination, disease or negative result after a PCR or rapid test.

For vaccinated people, the certificate is valid if 14 days have passed since the second dose and not more than nine months after vaccination, and there are no restrictions for people who have received a booster dose.

European digital certificate should contain basic personal information, name and surname as stated in the passport, type of vaccine, number of doses and date of receipt.

The second option is with confirmation of having passed KOVID-19 after laboratory test with PCR method or fast antigen test (rapid test), and according to the ministerial decision, the European digital certificate for transmitted disease is issued 14 days after the first positive test and its validity is up to 180 days of the same.

The third option is with a negative test, ie a negative result from a PCR test made 72 hours before the trip or a rapid test 24 hours before arrival in Greece.

The specific travel obligations apply to both adults and children under the age of five.

Additionally, for travel, the electronic form PLF (Passenger Locator Form) is mandatory, which should be filled in through the website  https://travel.gov.gr, after which a confirmation with a QR code is obtained and is considered a necessary document for entry into Greece.

All visitors to Greece, regardless of the country of origin, can be subjected to random tests, and the selection is made according to the health algorithm and with the help of the code from the PLF form.

In case of a positive result during the border testing, a five-day quarantine is envisaged in an appropriate space indicated by the competent authorities.

Persons traveling with confirmed cases, ie close contacts of Covid-19 positives, have the opportunity to return to their country the same or the next day, provided they receive two negative results from two tests (PCR or Rapid) taken within 24 hours and during the trip to wear a mask with high protection or KN95 or double mask.

In case the persons traveling together with the confirmed cases remain in the country, and have not been vaccinated or nine months have passed since the second dose or have not undergone KOVID-19 in the past three months, then they should be in isolation for five days after the last contact with the positive person. and on the last day to do a PCR or rapid test.

If close contacts are vaccinated with the third dose or nine months have not passed since the second or KOVID-19 has passed in the last 90 days, then no quarantine is required, but they must be tested on the fifth day of contact.

For violation of legal measures and obligations, fines of 500 and 5.000 euros are envisaged.

For entry into Greece, all land border crossings are open 24 hours a day, with the exception of Merzani to Albania, which is open from 8 am to 20 pm.

From Northern Macedonia to the southern neighbor You can travel through Evzoni (Bogorodica), through Niki (Medzitlija) and Dojran, without any restrictions regarding working hours.

The decision, as reported by MIA, states that tourists, during their stay in Greece, must respect the measures that apply inland.

Although for travel to Greece the European certificate for vaccination and disease is valid nine months after the second dose, ie six months after the first positive test, inland, for entry into closed facilities in the country, the validity is lower, ie seven months for the certificate is for vaccination and 90 days for confirmation of covidium-19.

There are no restrictions for those who have received a booster dose.

Document related to covid-19, almost everywhere in Greece, when entering the facilities, it is scanned with a special application, and a personal identification document is required, with the exception of supermarkets, pharmacies, grocery stores, gas stations.

In certain facilities, such as the enclosed spaces of restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, museums and archeological sites, theaters, cinemas, entry is allowed only with a valid certificate of vaccination or disease and there is no option to enter with a negative test.

 

Source: MIA

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