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Greece Further Eases COVID Travel Restrictions for Tourists

ATHENS – Trying to put the COVID-19 pandemic in the rear view mirror – although it’s lingering and killing several dozen people a day – Greece’s New Democracy government has now lifted most health restrictions in a bid to lure tourists.

To fly in or out of the country, travelers were previously required to show either a vaccination certificate, a certificate saying they had recovered from the Coronavirus or a negative test.

From May 1, passengers and crew will need only to wear a face mask, the civil aviation authority said but some airlines have different requirements, such as Delta, which only accepts negative tests taken within the previous 24 hours.

The summer tourism season typically begins after the Greek Orthodox Easter, which was on April 24 which is spring but this year the number of arrivals is jumping as people are crazy to travel again.

Greece is expecting 80 percent of the record 2019 levels before the pandemic hit in 2020 and ended a consecutive streak of record years, with international air traffic nearly halting.

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