Negative test or vaccination certificate to travel to Greece

Parliament's endorsement of the plan put the EU "closer to the goal: to allow Europeans to travel safely this summer with minimal restrictions." [Shutterstock/Robert Avgustin]

People who wish to travel to Greece will have to present a negative COVID-19 test or a vaccination certificate, Greek tourism minister Charis Theocharis has said.

“Vaccination will in no case be mandatory, nor will it be a condition for someone to travel,” the Greek minister told his EU partners at a teleconference.

Speaking about the need to open up tourism quickly, he also urged the European Commission to come up with an EU-wide Passenger Locator Form as soon as possible and provide SMEs especially in the tourism sector with short-term financial instruments to avoid permanent closures.

Greece reported on Monday a sharp increase of COVID-19 cases: 2,353 new cases, and 23 people died. Greek media report that a nation-wide total lockdown is under discussion to ease the pressure on the already ailing public health system and ICUs.

(Sarantis Michalopoulos |

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