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Hi fellow travellers, I have not been able to get back to Greece for a few years due to COVID. The Australian borders are still closed but I'm hoping I will be able to travel back to Greece in 2022 for the summer. In preparation, I have fully vaccinated and have received my COVID-19 Certificate. The certificate has my name, date of birth, document number, healthcare identification number and date of my vaccinations, what type of vaccination I had (AstraZeneca for me) and a statement that I have had the full course of vaccination doses (all in english). However, I see on the news that Greeks have a vaccination certificate with a QR code but my certificate doesn't have that.

Does anyone know if my certificate will be valid for travel into Greece and for use at public events and restaurants? Has anyone travelled to Greece with a similar certificate and what was your experience? I am getting a bit anxious about this as I want to travel next year and don't want any issues when I get to Greece. Any information would be appreciated.

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Thanks so much for your question!

I would recommend that you perhaps ask your local Greek consulate this question.

We have heard there are not any issues with people that are vaccinated traveling from the United States and Canada to Greece, but things do rapidly change, so doubling checking might help.

Thanks again & hope you get back to Greece soon!! 🇬🇷


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Just for completion and to let all Australian Greek potential travelers to Greece next year know, our vaccination certificate is compliant with Greece's requirements (thanks to @blopez34 for providing the link to https://www.aia.gr/en/traveler/travellers-info/faq-for-covid19):

Additionally, until 19.08.21, all passengers regardless of nationality must meet one of the following conditions:

  • to have completed the vaccination for COVID-19 at least fourteen days (14) before the scheduled arrival and present a vaccination certificate in Greek, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian, issued by a public authority in accordance with the relevant legislation. The vaccination certificate must include the name of the person, the type of vaccine given, the number of doses & inoculation dates.

  • display a negative molecular test result for COVID-19 (PCR) performed within the last seventy-two (72) hours before the scheduled arrival or a negative Rapid Antigen test result performed up to 48 hours before the scheduled flight. The test result must be issued by a certified diagnostic center in Greek, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian and must include the name of the person as registered in the passport.

  • To present proof of recovery from Covid-19, supported by test result (PCR or Rapid Antigen test). The certificate of recovery is issued thirty (30) days after the 1st positive diagnosis & is valid up to 180 days there on. The 1st positive diagnosis must originate either from a public authority in accordance with the relevant legislation or from reference laboratories of the country of origin or transit, public or private, provided that they have been certified by the competent national certification of the country. The certificate is issued either in Greek, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian & includes the name of the person as registered in the identity card or passport.

  • to present their EU digital Covid certificate, issued according to EU requirements in digital or paper form. This should include information regarding vaccination, or the last result of Covid-19 test or proof of recovery from Covid-19 within the accepted time frame.
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I travelled to Greece this year and no restaurants were asking for QR codes or anything like that. But that's also because we ate almost exclusively outside. One hotel did ask for my vaccination but mine didn't have a QR code either, and they didn't have a problem with that
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