Citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Jordan, Moldova, and Brunei will be permitted to enter Greece without being subject to testing or quarantine requirements, as the latter’s authorities have estimated the COVID-19 situation in these countries has ameliorated.

Such a decision has been confirmed by Greece’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) while it revealed that the current entry-ban NOTAM was extended to July 8, reports.

This NOTAM does not include permanent residents of the European Union and the Schengen Zone countries.

Citizens of the following countries are also excluded from the entry restrictions upon their arrival in Greece: Albania, Bahrain, Australia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belarus,  Canada, Israel, China,  Japan, Kuwait, Montenegro, Lebanon,  New Zealand, Qatar, North Macedonia, Rwanda, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Serbia, South Korea, Ukraine, Thailand, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates,  United States of America.

All travellers from the countries mentioned above must present a certificate issued by competent authorities in their county of departure, confirming that they have been vaccinated against the disease at least two weeks before arrival.

Travellers can also present a negative result of the COVID-19 PCR test, not older than 72 hours, or a negative rapid test, not older than 48 hours when entering Greece.

Earlier this month, Greece’s government announced that the country now accepts COVID-19 rapid antigen tests in order to facilitate the travel process.

Greece has registered a total of 423,185 cases of COVID-19 infection since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the figures published by the World Health Organization.

The same source reveals that more than 12,700 people in the Hellenic Republic have died, up to this point, due to the Coronavirus.

In an effort to halt the further spread of the COVID-19 and its new strains, especially the Delta variant, Greece’s government decided to impose double testing requirements for travellers coming from Russia. Since June 30, Russian passengers travelling to Greece are obliged to present a negative result of the COVID-19 test and take another test upon their arrival in the Hellenic Republic.

However, Greece’s restrictions imposed to stop the further spread of the virus has profoundly affected the tourism industry. According to a recent report published by the statistical office of the European Union Eurostat, Greece’s tourism marked a 74 per cent decline from April 2020 to March 2021.

In addition, Eurostat’s report revealed that besides Greece, other European countries like Malta, Spain, Portugal, and Hungary were the most affected ones by the Coronavirus in terms of tourism.

Even though passenger traffic in Greece’s airports increased by 673.4 per cent, in May 2021,  the figures are 97.2 per cent down compared to the pre-pandemic period.

Source : schengenvisainfo