Greece has dropped its face mask rules just in time for Summer

May 20, 2022

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Continuing to drop restrictions ahead of the summer holidays, Greece has just confirmed it’s axing mandatory mask rules on flights and indoor spaces.

Taking effect as of 1 June, face coverings will no longer be required in restaurants, supermarkets, shopping centres and bars, nor any parts of public transport which have numbered seats, including intercity trains and KTEL buses.

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Careful though: wearing a face mask will still be required for certain parts of public transport in urban areas and even on ferries to the islands. However, this too could change when a special COVID-19 committee meets next week to decide whether face mask laws should remain in place for schools, universities and other areas of public life.

Elevated view of the famous shipwreck beach. Zakynthos, Greek Islands, Greece

It’s been a big few months for Greek officials. The country dropped mandatory outdoor face mask rulings back in early March, but the indoor rules had still been tenaciously enforced in many parts of the country, despite an influx of tourists over the Easter break,

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Speaking yesterday, the country’s Health Minister Thanos Plevris remarked that it was a necessary step toward normality but stressed that people can choose to decide for themselves should they want to carry on wearing masks.

“Abolishing the mandatory wearing of facemasks means that the administrative fine will not be imposed,” he told SKAI television. “However, we continue to recommend that masks continue to be worn in all these areas and especially by vulnerable people.”

Travel to the country is a relative doddle now as well: since 1 May, passengers are no longer required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, a negative test result, or a certificate of recovery, nor must they fill in the much dreaded Passenger Locator Form (PLF).

Vineyards in Mantinia, Greece. (Photo by Leamus/Getty)

The further banishment of face coverings is sure to be music to the ears of those whom have avoided travelling due to face mask mandates in place on planes, museums and restaurants. Inch by inch, we’re getting back to normal again.

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It would seem the only drawback to holidaying in a hotspot like Greece this summer are the expected delays at airports across the continent, not to mention the passport issues which have blighted the experiences of U.K. travellers this year.

So, stay up to date with the latest news at TPG and ensure you stay ahead of the curve. You won’t be able to mask the disappointment otherwise…

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