Holiday season

Greece changes covid requirements ahead of summer vacation

Greece has relaxed its rules on wearing masks when traveling across the country for holidaymakers from Wednesday June 1, but some rules on wearing protective masks still apply in certain areas.

For example, everyone is required to wear a face covering in hospitals, care facilities and on public transport – but it is no longer necessary to do so at retail outlets or local supermarkets. On flights to and from the country, it is no longer mandatory for passengers to wear face coverings either.

This relaxation of the rules around mask-wearing follows the similar reduction in requirements to present a Covid vaccine certificate when visiting bars and restaurants across the country, which came into effect on May 1, and the removal the need for a passenger locator form for all travelers to Greece – which was removed on March 15.

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Travelers from the UK no longer need to present proof of vaccination, recovery from Covid-19 or display a negative Covid test to enter the Hellenic country either. All this means that enjoying your vacation to the Mediterranean destination has probably been easier than it has been in a few years.

Holidaymakers should be warned that even if you don’t need a Covid certificate to enter Greece, you can still be set aside for random Covid-19 rapid tests and forced to self-isolate for five days if you are positive for the disease. You may be able to stay in the accommodation you have already booked or be required to enter hotel quarantine (paid for by the Greek state), depending on your personal situation.

After your isolation period ends, those who test positive will be required to wear a high-quality mask (FPP2 or N95) or double mask when entering indoor public spaces nationwide for an additional five days. Anyone who tests positive for Covid and does not follow the guidelines set out can be fined up to €5,000 (£4,255) or face arrest.

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