Greece confirms easing of entry restrictions from May 1

Greece will remove its entry restrictions on May 1, following confusion over its the relaxation of its Covid rules.

Earlier this month, health minister Thanos Plevris announced Covid protection measures would be suspended from May 1, which many understood to mean entry restrictions would be lifted.

However, there was confusion in recent days after the minister appeared to make a U-turn and said rules could remain into May.

On Friday, the Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO) confirmed the country would indeed remove its current entry rules, which require vaccinated travellers to show proof of vaccination, and unvaccinated travellers to show either proof of recovery or a negative Covid test.

Additionally, Greece’s Covid pass will be also removed from Sunday, meaning proof of vaccination will no longer be required to enter shops, restaurants and museums.

However, indoor face mask wearing will remain mandatory until June 1.

A spokesperson for GNTO said: “As of May 1, travellers visiting Greece will no longer need to show proof of Covid vaccination or a recovery certificate or a negative Covid test.

“The government also accepted the recommendation of the Committee of the Ministry of Health for the suspension of Covid pass from May 1, meaning that no proof of vaccination or recovery will be required to enter any indoor and outdoor venues.

“Indoor mask-wearing is set to remain in place until June 1, when a new announcement will follow.”

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