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Update – 02/07/2021

As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 423,185. 4 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 12,710. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 189. 761 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 428 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 28 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.

As of July 5, all travelers who wish to visit the Greek islands will have to show either proof of coronavirus vaccination or recovery from the virus; proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure; or a negative rapid test that must have been conducted 42 hours before setting out on their journey.

The new ruling was announced at a Thursday press conference by Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias.

Additionally, all those who are 12 years of age or older are advised to take a self-test before their return trip, according to Hardalias.

The minister added that officials are still reviewing how best to address cross-regional travel on the Greek mainland at the present time.

The new measures regarding islands were announced after a meeting of the Greek Health Ministry’s committee of experts on the course of the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID vaccine passport is not mandatory travel document to Greek  Islands

Greece recently instituted their “Green passport,” a document that shows the bearer’s coronavirus status, whether vaccinated or not, along with proofs of immunity or negative testing.

In a press release issued by the Ministry of Health, it was revealed that for the passport to be issued, those obtaining it must hold a Greek identity card that contains the holder’s details in Latin characters, or a general traveling passport.

The EU Digital Passport can be obtained by Greek citizens as long as they provide proof that they meet one of the following statements:

Moreover, all persons obtaining the passport need to provide their personal Taxisnet passwords and their Social Security number.

Greece has emphasized that the passport’s validity confirmation is carried out only at specific entry checkpoints through a special system developed by the EU.

“This certificate is not a mandatory travel document. Scientific data on COVID-19 vaccination, diagnosis, and recovery continue to evolve, also taking into account new variants of the virus. Before travelling, check the applicable public health measures and the relevant restrictions that apply to your destination,” the Ministry’s statement reads.

The European Union-wide Covid certificate came into force on Thursday, as the EU aims to kickstart the summer tourism season by streamlining border crossings.

The certificate is essentially a QR code, either on a smartphone or paper, which validates whether a traveler has been vaccinated, has recovered from a COVID infection, or has had a recent negative COVID test.

According to the EU, the certificate holder should “in principle be exempted from free movement restrictions,” and EU member states should “refrain from imposing additional travel restrictions” on holders “unless they are necessary and proportionate to safeguard public health.”

National authorities, such as health care facilities or test centers, are in charge of issuing the certificate, according to the EU.

The EU plans for all 27 member-states to accept the certificate, a process made possible by integrating and networking public health data.

Greece was the first EU country to implement the “Green passport” initiative, having already gone through a testing phase and prepared a fully-operational online platform for it. PM Mitsotakis was the very first national leader to promote the idea back in January of 2021.

The online platform opens to Greeks on, where all citizens are able to log on using either their personal Taxisnet passwords or their AMKA (Social Security) number. They can then be issued a “Digital Green Certificate,” which is being hailed as the saving grace of the European travel industry.

Four associated European nations (Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein), are also included.

EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders said he expected all EU member states to be connected to the certificate network starting Thursday. Only Ireland, which was hit by a cyber-attack targeting its health service in May, will be delayed.

In more detail, the 761 new cases detected per Regional Unit:

  • Attica 428
    • Eastern Attica 55
    • Northern Sector of Athens 51
    • West Attica 6
    • Western Sector of Athens 42
    • Central Sector of Athens 124
    • Southern Sector of Athens 105
    • Islands 2
    • Piraeus 43
  • Thessaloniki 28
  • Etoloakarnania 3
  • Argolida 1
  • Arcadia 3
  • Achaia 5
  • Boeotia 3
  • Grevena 1
  • Drama 1
  • Evros 1
  • Evia 10
  • Ilia 5
  • Imathia 7
  • Heraklion 25
  • Ioannina 20
  • Kalymnos 3
  • Karditsa 1
  • Kastoria 1
  • Corfu 2
  • Kozani 4
  • Corinth 8
  • Kos 2
  • Laconia 1
  • Larissa 22
  • Lasithi 2
  • Lefkada 1
  • Magnesia 12
  • Messinia 1
  • Mykonos 6
  • Paros 1
  • Pella 1
  • Pieria 2
  • Rethymnon 39
  • Rodopi 3
  • Rhodes 16
  • Sporades 1
  • Trikala 3
  • Fthiotida 6
  • Florina 1
  • Fokida 1
  • Chalkidiki 3
  • Chania 5
  • Under investigation 63

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