Greece Drops Covid-19 Test Requirement for Travelers from USA, Australia, Canada

Fully vaccinated travelers from the US, Australia, and Canada no longer need to provide a negative Covid test to enter Greece. Credit: Greek Reporter

Fully vaccinated travelers from the US, Australia, and Canada no longer need to provide a negative Covid test to enter Greece.

Greek Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias announced the latest update in a social media post on Saturday, writing:

“A very important development for tourism — fully vaccinated travelers from the US, Australia, and Canada are not required to show a negative Covid test to travel to Greece!”

Fully vaccinated travelers from the US, Canada, and Australia can enter Greece without negative Covid test

Previously, even fully vaccinated travelers from these countries were required to provide proof of a negative coronavirus test result taken within 72 hours of their trip in order to enter the country.

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Now, they only have to show a valid proof of vaccination, which means a certificate showing that they have received both doses of the vaccine within nine months of travel.

Those who have received the booster dose are not limited by the time restriction of nine months.

Otherwise, travelers who have not received the shot or who were vaccinated over nine months ago and have not yet had their booster shot, can enter Greece by showing proof of recovery from the virus within the past 180 days.

They can also show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel, of a negative rapid test taken within 24 hours of their arrival in Greece.

All travelers to Greece, regardless of nationality, must complete the mandatory travel form (PLF) before their flight to Greece.

The announcement comes as Greece’s daily coronavirus infection rate has stabilized, but its death rate remains elevated.

Greece has recorded unprecedented high death rates from Covid in recent months. With 136 deaths per 1 million population, it had almost three times the death rate of the European average as of January 29, 2022.

Experts analyzing the data have identified several factors that contribute to the high fatality rate in the country.

In the multiple questions they have received about the extremely high mortality rate in Greece, both scientists of the Committee of Experts of the Ministry of Health, as well as state officials, attribute the phenomenon primarily to the low vaccination rates among our most vulnerable fellow citizens , who are at risk of developing serious disease and dying from the virus.

These are the unvaccinated people over the age of 60 — mainly the elderly — as well as the people with serious underlying diseases. However, as everyone admits, this is not the only reason. Another contributing factor is the over-consumption of antibiotics that do not “work” when doctors need them, as well as the great pressure placed on the National Health System.

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