More travelers permitted to enter Greece from next week


Greece plans to lift quarantine restrictions from next week for travelers from the European Union and five other countries who have been vaccinated or test negative for COVID-19, a senior government official said on Wednesday according to Reuters.

"We will gradually lift the restrictions at the beginning of next week ahead of the opening on May 14," a senior tourism ministry official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

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Those from the European Union, U.S., UK, Serbia, Israel and the United Arab Emirates will be permitted to enter Greece via the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Chania, Rhodes, Kos, Mykonos, Santorini and Corfu, and two border crossings.

Passengers from those countries will not be quarantined, as long as they prove that they have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine or show a negative PCR test carried out 72 hours prior to their arrival, the official said.

The official added that tourists would be subject to domestic lockdown restrictions.

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Under current rules, all travelers arriving in Greece should test negative for COVID-19 and quarantine for seven days.

For passengers from Britain and the United Arab Emirates, a second mandatory test is also required upon their arrival.

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