Travel restrictions

Greece becomes latest EU country to remove travel restrictions

As travel between the US and Europe is expected to unsurprisingly increase 600% from last summer’s figures, Greece becomes the latest European country to drop travel restrictions – 15 EU countries have so far done so, according to The Independent.

From May 1, it will no longer be necessary to present proof of having been vaccinated, cured of Covid-19 or of 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 removed from June 1 to September, before seeing whether it should be reinstated in the fall. Greek Health Minister Thanos Plevris said the situation had stabilized so much that conditions could be eased in time for the summer tourist season.

Until May 1, you still need 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 an antigen test (within 24 hours) to be allowed to enter.

It is no longer necessary, since mid-March, to complete 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 was the case in the previous two years during the Covid-19 pandemic. Some of these destinations were also recently listed as the happiest countries in the world, making any trip a win-win.

It should be noted, however, that Covid-19 rates have increased in Greece. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reported on April 21 that the 14-day notification rate per 100,000 population weighted by vaccine consumption is still very high and Greece remains colored dark red on ECDC’s European map.