Starting from March 15, international arrivals at Greek airports will not be required to present a Passenger Locator Form (PLF), which prior to this notam was a mandatory document for travellers to board on their flights to the Hellenic Republic.
According to a press release issued by the Greek Aviation Service (CAA), in addition to lifting the PLF requirement, the authority announces that entry will be facilitated for arrivals from Benin and Jordan, as the third countries have successfully joined the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate (EUDCC) gateway, which means that vaccination, recovery and test certificates issued by health authorities in these countries are equally valid to those issued in the EU Member States.
In addition, arrivals from these countries that have been vaccinated and recovered are exempted from the requirement to provide a test certificate upon entry to Greece, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
“The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) reminds the passenger public that from tomorrow, Tuesday, March 15, 2022, the abolition of the PLF for passengers of international flights will enter into force, according to the already issued COVID-19 notam. In particular, with the implementation of the aviation directive, all passengers arriving in our country from any destination abroad do not need to fill in the electronic PLF form before arrival in Greece,” the press release says.
This decision applies to all EUDCC gateway members, which includes the EU Member States, San Marino, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Vatican, Northern Macedonia, Georgia, Switzerland, El Salvador, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Lebanon, Morocco, Montenegro, Moldova, Monaco, Norway, New Zealand, Ukraine, Uruguay, Panama, Greenland, Cape Verde, Green Cape, Benin, Jordan, Faroe Islands, and Taiwan.
Passengers from the United States, Australia, and Canada are also permitted to enter the country by presenting one of the following documents:
Vaccination certificate indicating the holder has received a full vaccination series nine months before travelling or received a booster shot, which has no validity cap
Certificate of recovery, valid for 180 days after the holder tests positive for the virus
Test certificate indicating the holder was tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of departure (PCR test) or 24 hours before arrival (rapid antigen test).
Travellers from the rest of the world, regardless of their vaccination status, are required to present additional COVID-19 tests, which can alternate between PCR and rapid antigen tests, with their specific requirements.
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In addition, requirements for additional COVID-19-related documents apply to all travellers above the age of five. Passengers are reminded to wear their masks at arrivals and departures inside airports and during flights in a bid to protect public health from COVID-19.