Holidaymakers will be delighted to learn that popular European destination Greece has officially lifted all of its covid based restrictions on travellers. Starting from May 1 anyone entering the country will no longer need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test to do so.
On the UK Government’s foreign travel website, advice for British travellers has been changed to say: “The Greek government has confirmed that from 1 May, travellers arriving from the UK, USA and European Union countries are exempt from the requirement to show a vaccine certificate, proof of a negative test, or a certificate of recovery from Covid to enter Greece.”
You also won’t need proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter shops, restaurants and other attractions once you’re in Greece. Prior to the change holidaymakers were required show a valid vaccination certificate, a valid covid-19 recovery certificate, proof of a negative PCR within 72 hours of travelling or proof of a negative lateral flow 24 hours before travelling.
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These rules will now no longer apply to some of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations including the island of Crete, Zante, Mykonos, and Santorini, so you may want to book a holiday soon if you fancy any of those with bookings likely to increase.
Meanwhile in nearby Cyprus, requirements are still in place. Vaccinated or recovered passengers, regardless of nationality, will be able to travel to Cyprus from any country of departure, without the need for a Covid-19 test, provided they hold a valid covid-19 Certificate of Vaccination or Recovery.
But passengers who have not been vaccinated or do not hold a valid vaccination or recovery certificate, regardless of nationality, may travel to and enter the Republic of Cyprus from any country of departure if they provide certification of a negative result from either a laboratory Covid-19 test (RT-PCR) taken 72 hours prior to departure, or a Rapid antigen test taken 24 hours prior to departure.
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