Entry Requirements Change To Greece For Previously Covid-19 Infected

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As I traveled to Greece late last week, I have been closely following the country’s entry requirements and documentation required to enter the country that suddenly slightly changed last week (without any notice).

All passengers to Greece are required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) a minimum day before arrival, or the airline transporting them to the country will deny them boarding, as I witnessed last week in Barcelona (read more here).

You can access Greece’s page for travel information here.

Previously:

– Proof of a negative PCR test is not required if the traveler was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 2 to 9 months. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

Now:

– Proof of a negative PCR test is not required if the traveler was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 30 to 180 days. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The certificate is issued 30 days after the day of the first positive COVID-19 test and is valid for 180 days after it.

Proof of having had a Covid-19 in the past now is valid for 30 days after the positive PCR-RT or antigen test up to 180 days. The window previously was from 2 to 9 months.

Aegean still states:

Conclusion

I noticed this change before my travel to Greece on IATA’s website when the government still stated 2 to 9 months after a positive test and arranged my antigen test in a way that it would still be valid at the time of arrival to Greece (a bit difficult as my travel started from Mexico City).

My PCR-RT tests in Paris and Helsinki in late December both came back positive, and the 2 – 9 month window would have lasted until mid-September. Changing it to 180 days meant that the arrival window to Greece without being fully vaccinated or additional tests shortened to mid-June.

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