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Greece Launches “COVID Free” App for Checking Virus Certificates

ATHENS — During Tuesday's press conference to break down the measures announced by the prime minister, Digital Governance Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis presented the digital app 'Covid Free GR', which will be used by places of entertainment to check if the European certificates of immunisation against Covid presented by their customers are genuine.

The app will be available for download on Tuesday, to either iOS or Android phones or tablets and is provided free of charge via the Hellenic Republic's official account in App Store and Google Play.

Pierrakakis said the process of downloading the app is simple and easy and clarified that this will present only the name of the certificate holder, in order to check against ID, while it will not store any personal information or history. He said that verification of the European certificates will not require internet access but that it is necessary for verifying the Greek certificates.

The app has three colour codes, with green indicating valid vaccination or immunisation through contracting Covid, yellow indicating a confirmed negative PCR or rapid test and red meaning an invalid certificate or error.

In order to be admitted to an indoor entertainment venue, vaccination certificates are valid 14 days after the final dose, certificates of immunity through illness are valid up to six months after diagnosis, rapid tests are valid for 48 hours – starting at 00:01 on the date the sample was taken – and PCR tests are valid for 72 hours, again from 00:01 on the date the sample was taken.

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