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Greece Scraps COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Next Week

Greece travelStarting on May 2, travelers to Greece will not be required to show proof of vaccination, and testing requirements at airports will be scrapped. Credit: Greek Reporter

Greece will scrap many remaining COVID-19-related travel restrictions next week, making it the latest country to plan to revert to pre-pandemic life.

Starting on May 2, travelers to Greece will not be required to show proof of vaccination, and testing requirements at airports will be scrapped, regardless of vaccination status.


The decision to drop travel rules comes more than a month after Greece eliminated the need to fill out a passenger locator form before traveling.

Greece, which reopened its borders to tourism in May 2021, currently welcomes travelers from the United States but requires them to either show proof of vaccination (with a booster shot if it has been more than 9 months since the final dose of their initial vaccine series); show proof they have contracted COVID-19 and recovered within 6 months; or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test (either a PCR test taken within 72 hours of their arrival or a rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours of their arrival). This applies to all travelers 5 years old and older.

Currently, face masks must also be worn indoors, but Minister of Health Thanos Plevris has said they will no longer be required, with some exceptions, starting in June.

Travel to Greece to be reviewed on September 1

“According to the epidemiological data and the suggestions of the experts, we are announcing the roadmap for the de-escalation of the measures against the Covid-19 pandemic,” Plevris said in a statement earlier this month, adding “All measures will be reviewed on September 1, depending on the picture of the pandemic.”

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