How will Greece’s ‘domestic’ rules affect your holiday? FCDO warns of £4,000 fines

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Coronavirus measures remain in place in Greece, both entry rules for visitors as well as safety restrictions across the nation. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) provides updated travel advice for Britons currently abroad or those planning international trips.

In its most recent update for Greece, the FCDO has provided additional information regarding the nation’s “domestic” Covid restrictions for visitors and locals.

Britons visiting the nations are advised to “follow the advice of local authorities” at all times while in the country.

Those who do not comply with such rules could be fined as much as €5,000 (approximately £4,274).

Restrictions vary depending on which locality you are in, however one major rule in effect across the nation is the use of a ‘vaccine passport’ system.

The FCDO states: “Proof of vaccination is required to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums.

“You should be prepared to demonstrate your proof of vaccination when asked.”

People who are not fully vaccinated, including children who are not eligible for a jab, “must present a negative rapid test, taken up to 48 hours before entry, to visit public spaces including shops, restaurants, nightclubs, bars, cinemas, theatres, museums, and archaeological sites.”

Greece will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record.

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The FCDO adds: “If you are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination status, it must date from November 1 to ensure that the certificate can be scanned successfully, if domestic certification is required.

“Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.”

Unvaccinated children between the ages of four and 18 are required to show a negative self-test to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants both inside and outdoors, and museums.

However, the FCDO warns that unvaccinated people will not be allowed to “participate in sports or enter stadiums”.

Proof of vaccination must also be shown in order to travel by aeroplane, train or bus within Greece.

Unvaccinated people must show a certified negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours before arrival at their destination, or a certified rapid antigen test within 48 hours of arrival.

Face mask rules also remain in place across all indoor public and communal spaces. This includes in workplaces and on public transport.

When travelling by taxi, all passengers must be from the same family.

In the event passengers are from separate households, a maximum of three people are permitted to travel in vehicles with up to seven seats, or a maximum of four people in vehicles within up to nine seats.

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What entry rules are currently in place for UK arrivals in Greece?

Greece continues to enforce strict entry requirements for those hoping to visit the nation.

All arrivals, regardless of vaccination status, must complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before entering Greece.

Arrivals over the age of 12 must also show evidence of one of the following:

  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, undertaken within the 72 hour period before arrival in Greece
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test from an authorised laboratory, undertaken within the 48 hour period before your arrival in Greece
  • Proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days before travel
  • Greece will also accept proof of recovery from COVID-19 for entry purposes. Evidence of a positive COVID-19 PCR test result taken between 30 to 180 days of your travel dates can be used and can be demonstrated via the NHS COVID Pass.

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