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Greece relaxes Covid restrictions for summer

Entry rules are being removed for all travellers to Greece next month in a boost for the summer.  

The easing of Covid-related restrictions comes as the country prepares for the peak season when a record number of tourists are expected to visit.

Health minister Thanos Plevris annouunced that restrictions will be lifted.

This includes travellers from EU and non-EU countries including the UK, plus vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers.  

Travellers will no longer be required to present either proof of a full course of vaccination, or a negative Covid test in order to enter Greece from May 2.

The mandatory use of facemasks will no longer be required from June 1 and people will not need to provide a Covid pass as proof of vaccination when entering venues.

The minister also announced that restrictions on occupancy rates at places like restaurants, shops and sports venues are also being relaxed until August 31, when all the measures will be reviewed.

The changes were highlighted by Protected Trust Services although the Foreign Office has yet to amend its travel advice for Greece.

The country scrapped the need for vaccinated visitors to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before entry from March 15.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays is adding 500,000 extra seats Greece compared to pre-pandemic summer 2019 to give a capacity increase of 86% to more than 1.1 million seats.

Covid-19 infections in Greece have eased in recently, with authorities recording 15,000 infections and 64 deaths on Tuesday.

Around 72% of the population of 11 million are fully vaccinated.

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