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COVID-19 Certificates Scrapped, Venues in Greece Return to Full Capacity

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Starting Sunday, May 1st, there will no longer be screening of COVID-19 vaccination certificates or test results to be granted access to indoor and outdoor seating, and venues will return to full capacity.

Immunity certificates or recent negative testing won’t be required at country entry gates either, as Greece is easing pandemic-related travel restrictions in view of the summer tourist season.

However, the wearing of masks indoors, including in shops, museums, hotel lobbies, and public transportation, will remain compulsory at least until the end of May.

Less self-testing will be required from unvaccinated staff, teachers, and higher education students while students will no longer be obligated to do self-tests.

COVID-19 restrictions lifted during Greece’s tourist season

Greece implemented draconian measures for unvaccinated citizens banning them from accessing indoor spaces —culture, entertainment venues, and gyms included— in October 2021.

Access to retail shops and services, such as banks, was permitted only under proof of recent negative testing, as was the case with outdoor seating at coffee, food, and entertainment venues. Such establishments were among the most highly impacted businesses, and occupancy rates were also in effect.

The current lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, coinciding with Greece’s tourist season, will be reviewed on August 31st.

Until the end of August, travelers arriving to Greece will not be required to provide an EU Digital Vaccine Certificate (EUDCC) or other proof of immunity. Testing requirements at airports will be scrapped regardless of vaccination status.

Currently, however, it remains unclear whether COVID-19 certificates will still be required for travel between destinations within Greece, as announcements have only referred to the suspension of the EUDCC “at the country entry gates.”

Ticket desks contacted by Greek Reporter on Sunday morning confirmed they had not received any official update on the suspension of COVID-19 certificates for travel between Greek destinations and warned that COVID-19 certificates would still be required for all passengers over the age of 5 for sea and train travel within the country until further notice.

In a May 1st afternoon announcement, the Civil Aviation Authority clarified that COVID-19 certificates are no longer required for either international flights to and from or domestic flights within Greece.

COVID-19 infections, deaths

In the meantime, Greece has confirmed 6,497 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, according to the Saturday update from the National Public Health Organization (EODY).

Of the daily total, reinfections were estimated at 221, and 35 more patients died with COVID-19, bringing the total of pandemic victims in Greece to 29,153. Of these, 95.5 percent had an underlying medical condition and/or were aged 70 or over.

A total of 239 patients remained on ventilators in hospitals. Their median age was 71 years and 93.3 percent had an underlying condition and/or were aged 70 or over. Of that total, 51.05 percent were unvaccinated or partially vaccinated and 48.95 percent fully vaccinated.

In the last 24 hours preceding the update, 205 COVID-19 patients were admitted to hospitals; this indicates a daily change of +13.89 percent. The average admission of patients with COVID-19 to hospitals over the last seven days was 175.

The median age of new infections was 36 years while the median age of the deceased was 79.

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