Greece abolishes need for Covid certificates to enter country



In the latest boost to the tourism season, Greece has abolished the need for visitors to present Covid certificates on entering the country.

From May 1, visitors will enter Greece without showing an EU Digital Covid Certificate, as well as enjoy full access to museums, archaeological sites, restaurants and other culture and entertainment venues for which vaccination or recovery certificates were previously required.

The move came after the recommendation of the scientific committee advising the Greek government on April 28 and represents the latest measure to allow smooth travel into the country, following the abolishment of Passenger Locator Forms last month.

“During the pandemic, Greece was one of the pioneering countries that facilitated a safe opening to tourism through initiatives such as the creation of an EU Covid Certificate that could facilitate a more efficient way of travelling,” said Greece’s Minister of Tourism, Vassilis Kikilias.

“Greece was also one of the first countries to establish a series of health and safety measures in the hospitality sector that guaranteed a safe environment for those who chose our country for their holidays. This has paid off with the trust of millions of travellers that enjoyed their long-awaited time in Greece.”

Kikilias added: “This season, that has already started, is an opportunity for a less logistically and stress-free prior-to-arrival procedure but equally safe journey to witness Greek hospitality, explore new destinations and discover your next favourite spot in the country.”

Welcoming the removal of Covid-related travel restrictions, Yiannis Retsos, president of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE), stated: “Throughout the pandemic, the whole tourism sector cooperated closely with the Greek government to allow the safe and seamless opening of the travel market. Tourism-related businesses and employees operated with a high sense of responsibility and full compliance with strict health and safety protocols to ensure a safe travel experience to visitors.”

Retsos added: “Turning this major challenge into an opportunity, Greek private tourism businesses have worked tirelessly to improve their services, with the aim of enhancing the overall travel experience. We are positive that the 2022 tourism season will further strengthen Greece’s image as a favourite and trusted holiday destination.”