The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that COVID-19 recovery certificates will be accepted as valid proof for domestic travel in Greece only if they are issued 14 days after a person’s first positive COVID-19 test result.

The shortening period of validity of the COVID-19 recovery certificate from 30 days to 14 days comes as part of the country’s authorities’ effort to halt the spread of the Coronavirus and its new strains, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) on Thursday issued an update to the rule for travelers flying on domestic flights in Greece with a Covid-19 recovery certificate.

“It is reminded that people can fly domestically in Greece also if they hold a vaccination certificate or a negative PCR/rapid antigen test result. The updated Covid-19 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,” the statement reads, as reported by Greek Travel Pages.

Authorities in Greece have announced that residents and international visitors aged 12 and over in the Hellenic Republic need the following documents for domestic flights.

vaccination document, which shows that 14 days have passed since they have completed their immunization process against the Coronavirus

Internationals are obliged to have a COVID-19 vaccination document in any of the following languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, or Russian. The document must be issued by public authority and must contain the travellers’ personal data as well as the type of vaccine they have taken and the number of doses.

Alternatively, travellers are also eligible to present an EU Digital COVID Certificate or similar document issued by non-EU countries as valid proof of immunity

Travellers can show a recovery document issued 14 days after they tested positive for the Coronavirus. The document should be issued in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, or Russian.

A negative result of the COVID-19 PCR test not older than 72 hours or a rapid antigen test not older than 48 hours.

Over 1,105,800 COVID-19 infection cases have been reported in Greece since the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak, while 20,557 people have died during the same period, based on the data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The same source shows that in the last seven days, a total of 61,584 people have tested positive for the COVID-19, while 502 people have died.

Despite the ongoing pandemic situation, Greece is among the European countries that has received a large number of international travellers during this year, while its travel and tourism industry has generated over  €10 billion.

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