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Greece: What’s new for travelers and Covid-19 recovery certificates

The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) on Monday (13/12) 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 unvaccinated travelers who have recovered from Covid-19 and present proof of recovery to fly on domestic flights.

According to the updated NOTAM, Covid-19 recovery certificates are now valid for only 90 days (instead of the previous 180 days) to board domestic flights in Greece.

The announcement follows the recent decision of the Greek government to reduce the validity period of the Covid-19 recovery certificate from the initial six months to three months on the guidance of the country’s committee.

As highlighted by the HCAA, travelers who have recovered from Covid-19 and want to travel on domestic flights in Greece must present documentation that has been issued 30 days after the first positive Covid-19 test. The certificate must be issued from a licensed health care provider and must state that the holder has recovered from Covid-19 in the 90 days preceding the date of travel.

The HCAA notes that recovery certificates issued between July 15, 2021, and October 31, 2021, remain in effect according to previous rules.

It is reminded that people can fly domestically in Greece also if they hold a vaccination certificate or a negative PCR/rapid antigen test.

The aviation directive, which has been in force since September 13, is part of the Greek government’s efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country.