Quarantine exemption for holidaymakers from Greece | NTV

Foreigners coming to Greece from European Union (EU) countries for vacation will be exempted from the quarantine obligation as of May 14. However, only those who have had corona vaccine and those who document that they do not carry viruses by having a PCR test will be able to benefit from the exemption.

“Vacationers must either be vaccinated or have a corona PCR test,” Sofia Zaharaki, Deputy Minister of Tourism, told Greek news channel Skai. The deputy minister stressed that those who fulfill these conditions can travel “freely” to Greece.

The deputy minister added that the quarantine exemption will also apply to citizens of certain countries, such as Serbia and the United Kingdom, outside of the EU countries.


Athens also lifted the quarantine requirement for Israeli citizens who will come to Greece for vacation at the end of March. Accordingly, Israeli citizens who submit an English-issued vaccination document do not have to go into quarantine in Greece when they come for vacation. However, Israeli citizens must have had both doses of vaccine and two weeks should have passed at the earliest after the second vaccine. In addition, Israeli tourists are required to submit a PCR test result not older than 72 hours.

Athens, which does not want to be deprived of tourism revenues during the summer season due to the epidemic, asks the EU to prepare a joint “vaccination document” to prevent a decline in the tourism sector, which accounts for approximately one-fifth of the country’s income. He said they hoped it would be prepared by June.


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