Greece opens to all passengers just in time for Easter

Lipsi Island Greece

Greece will cancel its passenger locator form on March 15, the country’s tourism minister has announced, signifying zero Covid-related admin for vaccinated holidaymakers just in time for Easter.

Following the recommendation of the Committee of Experts of the Ministry of Health, the completion of the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) by visitors from all countries for their entry into Greece is abolished from March 15, 2022,” said minister of tourism Vassilis Kikilias.

“The abolition of the PLF simplifies the entry process for travellers, shifting the emphasis to the control of vaccination certificates.”

On Saturday, Greece also dropped its guidance for face masks to be worn in busy outdoor spaces.

Since February 7, double vaccinated visitors have entered Greece with proof of vaccination alone - no testing required.

Nevertheless, as of January, the country has stamped an expiry date of 180 days on vaccine validity - meaning if your second dose of the vaccine was more than 180 days ago, you’d need a booster to qualify still as fully vaccinated.

Travellers to Greece must have had their second vaccine dose more than 14 days ago but fewer than 180 days ago in order to use proof of vaccination alone.

Unvaccinated or partly vaccinated visitors still need to show a negative PCR test (taken within 72 hours) or antigen test (taken within 24 hours), with children under the age of five exempt from this requirement.

Passenger locator forms are the last remains of Covid travel measures for many countries that have chosen to drop testing and quarantine, usually for vaccinated travellers only.