Travellers from Australia no longer require to present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or a negative COVID-19 test result to enter Greece, according to a recent update by smarttraveller.gov.au.
The website states that Australian travellers also don’t need to present a vaccination certificate, proof of recovery, or a negative COVID-19 test to enter commercial or entertainment venues in Greece.
However, they must continue to wear a face mask in all indoor spaces.
Greece announced earlier this week that it would ‘return to normal’ ahead of the European summer season and after two years of unprecedented restrictive measures.
‘Three doses are better than two’:
This easing of restrictions comes as Sydney-born infectious disease expert, Sotiris Tsiodras, told a conference in Athens on Thursday that thousands of lives have been saved due to the COVID-19 vaccine.
He also stressed that “three doses” of the vaccine “are better than two.”
“Since the start of the pandemic and until April 2022, 39,000 deaths have been averted via vaccination in Greece,” Tsiodras, who is chief scientific advisor for the COVID-19 pandemic for the Greek Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said.
Tsiodras added that although vaccination has been uneven in Greece, he expects the country to have a relatively calm summer due to widespread COVID inoculation and recovery from the virus.
“The hybrid immunity achieved in this country and in Europe, in combination with the good weather, will help us control and reduce the epidemic into the fall,” he concluded.