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COVID-19 Jump Could Lead to More Travel Restrictions in Greece

ATHENS – Resistance to vaccinations and defiance of remaining health measures aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 that is surging again in Greece may bring limitations on inter-regional travel in the country, especially to islands.

That comes as the country was hoping for a big July and summer tourism season that's being undercut by the refusal of most Greeks to be inoculated and as the The restrictions being considered, said Kathimerini, would mean that people couldn't travel between regions if they have not been fully vaccinated or without a negative rapid or molecular test which tourists are required to have.

Since July 5, adults have only been allowed to make trips to the islands with the same conditions or with proof of having recovered from the Coronavirus while those 12-17 can choose between all the tests, including the self-test, while children up to 12 can travel freely.

It is also recommended that people returning from the islands perform a self-test before returning to work and coming into contact with older people, the report said, as worries are rising as fast as the new cases.

The measure excludes the islands of Evia, Lefkada and Salamina, as well as people who move between different island regional units for work on a daily basis, who will continue to travel by carrying out a weekly self-test.

Self-tests are needed for travel between islands closer to the mainland or with shorter ferry rides or those that connect  the mainland with islands at close proximity, such as Lefkada.

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