September 30, 2022

As travel between the U.S. and Europe is estimated to rise an unsurprising 600% on last summer’s figures, Greece becomes the latest European country to drop its travel restrictions–15 EU countries have so far done so, according to The Independent.

From 1 May onwards, it will no longer be necessary to show proof of having been vaccinated, recovered from Covid-19 nor having had a pre-travel test result to enter Greece. This will be the case for travelers arriving from all countries.

Additionally, the mask mandate for public spaces will be dropped from 1 June to September, before taking a view if it needs to be reinstated in the autumn months. Greece’s health minister, Thanos Plevris, said that the situation had stabilised so much that conditions could be relaxed in time for the summer tourist season.

Until 1 May, it is still necessary to have either proof of having had two vaccinations or proof of recovery from Covid or the result of a negative PCR test (within 72 hours) or antigen test (within 24 hours) to be allowed to enter.

It is no longer necessary, since mid-March, to fill out a Passenger Locator Form before entering the country.

Greece now becomes one of many EU countries where people can travel with less paperwork and hassle than has previously been the case in the two years prior during the Covid-19 pandemic. Some of these destinations also happen to have recently been listed as the world’s happiest countries, making any journey a travel win-win.

It is worth noting, however, that Covid-19 rates have been rising in Greece. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reported on 21 April that the 14-day notification rate per 100,000 inhabitants weighted by vaccines uptake is still very high and Greece remains colored dark-red on the ECDC map of Europe.

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