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Greece to End PLF Requirement for Travelers

Travelers visiting Greece will no longer be required to fill in a PLF form starting March 15, Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias announced on Thursday.

Kikilias said the decision, approved by the country’s Covid-19 committee, facilitates travel refocusing management efforts on vaccination status.

The Passenger Locator Form (PLF) was introduced in the midst of the pandemic as a mandatory requirement for travel and admission into Greece.

“Following the recommendation of health ministry’s committee of experts, the completion of the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) by visitors from all countries for entry into Greece is abolished as of March 15, 2022. This simplifies entry procedures for travelers, shifting the emphasis to the control of vaccination certificates,” said Kikilias.

Photo source: European Commission

His announcement comes as part of efforts to simplify Covid-19 rules and health protocols for travelers ahead of the country’s official opening this month to tourists. 

The minister underlined that Greece was once again at the forefront with a set of revised protocols for tourism enterprises.

“We are for one more year ready to welcome our visitors in safety,” he said.

On Wednesday, Health Minister Thanos Plevris announced that wearing masks outdoors was no longer mandatory as of Saturday.

Photo © Athens Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ACCI)

Additionally, the Covid committee also recommended increasing tourist bus capacity to 100 percent starting March 5, with natural ventilation and use of a mask.

It should also be noted that Greek hotels with more than 50 rooms are obliged to cooperate with a medical doctor or health center.

Under the revised health protocols:

– accommodation facility owners must provide disposable gloves to staff in housekeeping and kitchens 

– customers will no longer be required to use gloves at hotel buffets

– the use of disinfectant liquid is mandatory

– disposable tablecloths and steam cleaning surfaces are no longer required.

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  1. David Reply

    I have binned Greece. Backward protocols for dealing with what is essentially a cold. Greece may be lifting the laughable wearing of the mask outdoors (serves no purpose other than a communist control measure, certainly not medical) only to leave in place the wearing of DOUBLE masks [hahahaha] on public transport. Imagine in that heat! Greece yes you may be at the front as far as the EU is concerned but you are way behind the UK, Mexico, Costa Rica, Iceland, Madeira… to name a few holiday destinations that require NO Vaccination and NO PCR/LFT. Oh you are ditching the Passenger locator form.. BIG DEAL!!!!

  2. Mrs Renée Bergström-Merivirta Reply

    Absolutely great! So much easier to visit Greece.
    Will visit twice this summer, so I’m happy, when full vaccination is enough!Lpokong forward to my holidays in Rhodos

  3. Helen Reply

    Great news although can understand why. Coming back to uk is a pain, more complicated and dodgy cos wi fi where i stay can be very temperamental!

  4. Mrs M Cole Reply

    Excellent! See you in June and August, after a 2-year (covid) gap. Already booked for the same month’s, our usual times, for 2023. We’ve missed our ☀️ island …

  5. Wayne Patrick Reply

    Another step forward in a return to the new normal. The forms were not a major hassle but one less thing to worry about when planning a trip. The UK form is much more hassle!

  6. C Hardy Reply

    To be honest I thought the Greek PLF form was Plain and Simple to complete..However the English Version which was a nightmare to complete

  7. Stephen+Foulkes Reply

    Well done Greece PLF forms were a pain.

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