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Covid-19: Greece Extends Validity of Vaccination and Recovery Certificates for Domestic Travel

Photo source: Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA)

Photo source: Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA)

The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) on Tuesday issued an update to the Covid-19 aviation directive (NOTAM) that includes the rules that passengers must follow when traveling on domestic flights to all destinations in Greece.

The update to the NOTAM concerns the requirement for passengers traveling with Covid-19 vaccination and recovery certificates to board domestic flights.

What’s new

According to the updated NOTAM, vaccinated travelers must now carry a vaccination certificate valid for nine months (up from seven months) since full vaccination for Covid-19. It is noted that there is no validity limit for travelers who have received the booster dose.

The NOTAm also notes that people that have recovered from Covid-19 must carry a recovery certificate valid for 6 months (up from three months) after its issue date.

It is reminded that people can fly domestic in Greece also if they hold a negative PCR/rapid antigen test result.

The updated Covid-19 aviation directive is part of the Greek government’s efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country.

Details on the rules to board domestic flights in Greece follow below.

Covid documents needed to board domestic flights

Photo source: EC – Audiovisual Service / Photographer: Yorgos Karahalis

Residents and foreign visitors in Greece are allowed to travel on domestic flights only if they have one of the following:

1) a vaccination certificate valid for nine months (270 days) since full vaccination for Covid-19, and without validity limit for travelers who have received the booster dose.
Greeks can issue their vaccination certificates here.
Foreigners are obliged to have a vaccination certificate in one of the following languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian. The vaccination certificate must be issued by a public authority, include the travelers’ name, the type of vaccine administered and the number of doses.
Alternatively, travelers may present, in digital or printed form, an EU Digital COVID Certificate (or a similar certificate from a non-EU country) as proof that a person has been vaccinated against Covid-19 or has a negative test result or recovered from the coronavirus.

2) a recovery certificate valid for 6 months (180 days) after its issue date. The certificate must be issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory in one of the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian.

3) a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours before travel or negative rapid antigen test performed within 48 hours before travel.
Greeks can issue their test result here.
Foreigners must have a negative test in one of the following languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian.
Negative test results can be in print or electronic form.

Minors

Passengers aged 4 to 17 can present a negative self-test result (either in print or electronic form) taken at least 24 hours before travel, to board a flight.
The self-test declaration form can be accessed here. Travelers will have to print it out, write their negative test result, sign it and then present it when requested at the airport along with identification (passport).
Travelers can also present their negative test result in digital form (TaxisNet codes and AMKA social security number are necessary).

Masks are mandatory

Photo source: European Parliament / © H_Ko/AdobeStock

Photo source: European Parliament / © H_Ko/AdobeStock

At the arrival and departure areas inside airports, as well as during all domestic and international flights, staff and passengers are required to wear a face mask at all times.

Passengers that do not wear masks will not be allowed to board airplanes to travel.

Moreover, passengers are required to comply with the instructions of the airport or airline staff who are responsible for supervision, crowd management and passenger assistance, in order to maintain the necessary distances and to ensure safe boarding/disembarkation to avoid overcrowding.

The compulsory travel documents passengers must have with them are checked by airline staff. According to the HCAA, airline staff is obliged to ascertain that travelers have all the necessary documentation before they board flight in Greece.

Travelers are advised to also contact their travel agent or airline to confirm the requirements before their trip. Those in need of information regarding specific details are recommended to contact their embassy or the General Secretariat for Civil Protection.

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  1. Ann Welch Reply

    What is going on in Greece is that people are getting Covid In the villages and elsewhere like not before .

  2. Carl Reply

    I love Greece , but Not with these requirements. Time to say “Good Bye ” to all regulations ?
    But if it stays the same People will find other Destinations, for sure !

  3. Hans Liniger Reply

    Very strange. Switzerland has abolished all Covid measures. No more certificates are issued anymore, no tests, no masks, etc. The pandemic is endemic now. What is going on in Greece?

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