ATHENS, May 14. /TASS/. Greek authorities have canceled their entry quota of 4,000 Russians per week and allowed entry to an unlimited number of Russian citizens provided they either have a vaccination certificate, or a negative PCR-test result, or a certificate of a prior COVID-19 infection and the presence of antibodies. The requirement of a compulsory seven-day quarantine has also been waived for these travelers, according to a decision of the Cabinet of Ministers published in a government bulletin on Friday.
It is also noted that entry to Greece is allowed to citizens of EU and Schengen countries, their spouses or cohabitants as well as their minor children. "A ban on entry to Greece by citizens of third states does not include permanent residents of the following countries: Australia, North Macedonia, the United Arab Emirates, the United States of America, the UK, Israel, Canada, Belarus, Bahrain, New Zealand, South Korea, Qatar, China, Kuwait, Ukraine, Rwanda, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore and Thailand who enter the country by any means and any transportation," the statement said.
The initial decision, according to which up to 500 Russians could enter the country weekly, was in effect September 7-21 of last year and later was extended repeatedly. On March 21, the authorities increased this quota up to 4,000 people per week and on April 24, they expanded the list of airports the Russian citizens were allowed to use from three to nine.
Paperwork may be in Russian
Russian citizens, along with citizens of other countries permitted to enter Greece, upon arrival should present either a certificate of vaccination completed at least 14 days before the trip, or a negative result of a PCR test made 72 hours before the departure, or a certificate of a prior COVID-19 infection and the presence of antibodies. All these documents may be in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian languages, they should be issued by a state authority and in accordance with the local legislation, the document said. This rule also includes minors over five years of age.
All those arriving in Greece should observe all restrictive anti-pandemic measures in effect in the country.
Greece has opened its tourism market since May 14, also allowing movement of its own citizens between its regions, including islands. Some anti-pandemic restrictions remain in effect. For instance, it is compulsory to wear a protective mask indoors and outside. A curfew is in effect from 00:30 to 05:00.
Over recent months, Greece has been detecting 1,500-3,500 infections daily. However, recently, according to specialists, the coronavirus situation in the country has been stabilizing and the authorities have been gradually lifting restrictions.