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COVID-19 UPDATES

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Updated on October 16th

Travel to Greece updates until OCTOBER 25th

Travel Measures for Entering Greece 
COUNTRIES THAT WILL NOT BE ABLE TO VISIT GREECE UNTIL OCTOBER 25th:
  • Flights from Turkey are suspended until 25.10.2020.
  • The flight ban from/to Barcelona is up until 25.10.2020 and as a consequence of the Greek Government decision, flights are being cancelled till 27.10.2020.
  • Passengers arriving from Albania and North Macedonia (Rep.)must arrive only at Athens airport (ATH).
  • Greece will ΝΟΤ open its borders for nationals for non-EU Citizens until September 30th (midnight), except for citizens from 11 countries. The countries that are excluded from the ban are: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates
  • Important Notes: 
    A) all passengers travelling on international flights to Greece are required to fill in and electronically submit the compulsory Passenger Locator Form (PLF) 24 hours before departure. The Form can be found in https://travel.gov.gr.
    B) All passengers are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 1 or 14 days if their test is positive.

For information on traveling to Greece in the post-Covid-19 era, press here.

Travel from Greece updates until OCTOBER 25th

COUNTRIES THAT IMPOSE QUARANTINE OR COVID TEST FOR ARRIVALS FROM GREECE:

Travelers out of Greece will be required to self-isolate for a given period after several European countries revised their travel restrictions due to a surge in Covid-19 infections this month. Please find at this link the list of designated clinics in Greece that offer Covid-19 RNA test service.

  • Netherlands: Travelers arriving to The Netherlands from all the Greek islands must self-isolate for 10 days as of Tuesday, September 8, according to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Wales: Travelers arriving to Wales from six Greek islands (Crete, Zakynthos, Mykonos, Lesvos, Paros and Antiparos) must self-isolate for 14 days as of Friday, September 4, according to a decision by the Welsh Government.
  • England: Travelers arriving to England from seven Greek islands (Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos) must self-isolate for 14 days as of 4am on Wednesday, September 9, according to UK Transport Secretary.
  • Ireland: All passengers arriving to Ireland from Greece are expected to self-isolate for 14 days on entry into the state.
  • Hungary: As of 01/09/2020, only Nationals or permanent residents of Hungary and their family members are allowed to enter the country. All individuals returning from abroad will have to be quarantined for 14 days or must conduct and present two (2) negative PCR tests in Hungary (2 days apart between them).
  • Scotland places Greece on Covid-19 Quarantine ListStarting at 4am on Thursday, September 3, travelers into Scotland from Greece will be required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.
  • Estonia has already imposed a 14-day quarantine period for all travelers arriving from Greece, Cyprus, and Denmark.
  • Norway also announced a 14-day self-isolation requirement on Wednesday, applicable to all travelers out of Greece, the UK, Ireland, and Austria as of August 22.
  • Finland is set to allow only essential travel from Greece, Iceland, Malta, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Ireland, Cyprus, San Marino, and Japan as of August 24, adding that arrivals from these countries will have to remain in quarantine for 10 days.
  • Egypt: EGYPTAIR announces that effective Tuesday September 1st 2020, passengers of all nationalities, including Egyptians, are required to provide negative PCR Test Certificate for COVID-19 , (in English language) issued not more than 72 hours prior to arrival to any of the Egyptian Airports.
  • Cyprus: Greeks traveling to Cyprus as of August 6 will be required to have undergone COVID-19 testing 72 hours prior to departure and produce a negative PCR result on arrival.
Traveling restrictions within EUROPE & THE BALKANS

Please note that many of the countries within Europe and require to fill in and electronically submit a compulsory Form (PLF ) 24 hours before departure. Please find below the travel restrictions and the relevant forms. For more details about each destination please use this IATA link here to get the latest travel restrictions / updates from IATA (Regulations Map*) or this link from the European Union.

Greece
Entry restrictions

Following recent announcements by the Greek Government, entrance is allowed to passengers:

  • with nationality from EU countries and members of their family
  • with nationality from Schengen countries and members of their family
  • with nationality from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates
  • Healthcare professionals and health researchers designated to support the Hellenic national healthcare system
  • Third-country citizens who are long-term residents or long-term visa holders of an EU or Schengen member state
  • Third-country government members, diplomats, staff of international organizations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers in the exercise of their duties
  • Passengers in transit
  • Aircraft flight crew
  • Non-EU or non-Schengen citizens travelling for imperative family or business reasons provided that the relevant authorization has been obtained by the Hellenic consulate
  • The flight ban from/to Turkey is extended up until 12.10.2020
  • The flight ban from/to Barcelona is up until 12.10.2020 and as a consequence of the Greek Government decision, flights are being cancelled till 27.10.2020. 
Compulsory COVID-19 test before entering Greece
  • Passengers entering Greece, via air connections, from Bulgaria, Romania, Malta, United Arab Emirates, Hungary, Israel, Spain, Belgium, Albania, North Macedonia, Russia, Czech Republic (either direct or Transit) and Poland are required to show the PLF (as described below) as well as a negative molecular control (PCR) result for the coronavirus, which has been carried out up during the last 72 hours before their arrival in Greece and it is mandatory that it is translated in English.
  • If the passenger fails to show a negative molecular control result will not be allowed to enter Greece and fines may apply by the Hellenic Civil Protection.
  • Exempted passengers to display molecular test (pcr) for COVID-19 concerning flights from countries mentioned above are the below:
    • Passengers that pass through the above countries with transit flights and they are travelling from a country that does not request a COVID-19 test in order to arrive in Greece.
    • Children up to 10 years old.  
PASSENGER LOCATOR FORM (PLF)

Before Check-in:
  • It is compulsory for all passengers on international flights to fill in the PLF published in https://travel.gov.gr the previous day before the flight. Administrative fine may be applied by the Hellenic Civil Protection, in case the PLF is not filled in. 
  • Passengers will receive a QR code which will be used by the Hellenic Civil Protection for the identification of random COVID-19 test upon arrival. 
  • Passengers must hold and be able to demonstrate to the authorities, the QR code on an electronic or printed format, upon arrival. 
  • In case a passenger fails to fill the PLF and does not have either a proof of PLF or the QR code, will be denied boarding. 
  • Urgent cases for travelling falling in the period of less than 24 hours prior flight, will be examined by Hellenic Authorities per case and acceptance or rejection will be notified to applicants through an email message. Airline are required to check the existence of such a confirmation e-mail prior passenger acceptance for boarding.
  • The PLF Process is a process of the Official Authorities of the Greek Government and the General Secretariat for Civil Protection. For any questions regarding the completion and dispatch of the QR code, please contact the Official Authorities.
Upon arrival in Greece:  
  • All arriving passengers from international flights are checked and subject to random COVID-19 test by the Hellenic Civil protection personnel, in predefined areas at the arrivals of each airport, according to their QR Code. If the COVID-19 tests are positive, the Hellenic Government Health Services will inform the passengers and instruct them to follow a supervised 14 days Quarantine.
  • Following the random checks, passengers will be free to travel to their final destination or residence. 
  • International to domestic connecting passengers will be randomly checked to COVID-19 test (as per QR code) and then will proceed to Security Control and their departing gate for their final destination where they will have to compulsory self-isolate until the testing outcome is available. If due to the diagnostic test process, the passenger is delayed and as a result fails to board to the next connecting flight, then the passenger will automatically be transferred to the next available flight for the final destination. 
  • International to international transfer passengers will not go through COVID-19 test, nor they need to fill in the PLF and will proceed directly to Security Control and on to their departing gate. 
  • Administrative Fines (Hellenic Government) apply to passengers not holding the electronic form- QR code.
  • Passengers are requested to remain in temporary address/hotel, until the COVID-19 test results are published. 
TAKE A DOMESTIC FLIGHT with SAFETY
  • Face masks are mandatory for all airline passengers and flight attendants
  • The use of mobile apps is encouraged
  • Passengers must maintain a distance of 1.5 meters from one another in the waiting areas
  • A special boarding process has been set up with passengers boarding in smaller groups, to avoid overcrowding
  • Access to the airport building is strictly for passengers, airline crew & airport staff. All transfer escorts will be waiting outside the building.
  • Immediately upon arrival at the airport, the aircraft cabin must undergo cleaning in accordance with an enhanced antiseptic program, before being allowed to continue flying.
  • Arrival at the airport in due time (3 hours ago)
  • Prepare for a thermal check at the airport
  • Passengers sign electronically a health statement before the boarding pass is issued
  • Reduce in-flight services to a minimum / Reduced food and beverage service
TAKE A FERRY with SAFETY
  • Ferries are allowed to carry 50 percent of their maximum passenger capacity set by current legislation
  • Prior to boarding a ferry at Greek ports of departure, passengers are obliged to hand over a previously filled out health status questionnaire (The form is available in English).
  • Thermal screening will be applied to all passengers entering ferries
  • Passengers must maintain a distance of 1.5 meters between each other during boarding
  • Masks must be worn by passengers and crew members
  • Seating in airplane-type seats is allowed according to a special layout
STAYING IN HOTELS with SAFETY
  • Hotels operating in Greece this summer will be required to have a doctor on calland designated quarantine areas will be set up on popular island destinations as well as a set of rigid guidelines.
  • Hotels will have a COVID Protection Officer & Trainer appointed
  • Daily monitoring of H&S compliance Health protocol
  • All staff to wear Personal Protective Gear when indoors
  • Temperature taken on arrival – Guests & Staff
  • Disinfected process for Key cards & Guest luggages
  • Express and private Check-in and Check outs (Check in hour at 3pm and Check out at 12pm)
  • Frequent cleaning protocols of all guest rooms and public areas as per WHO standards
  • Housekeeping enter room only upon request 
  • Air Humidifiers in all rooms
  • Social distancing will be applied on the layout of pool loungers and outdoor dining facilities.
  • Reception will feature floor markings
  • Staff Accommodation following extreme Health & Safety Protocols
  • Food handlers and supervisors are trained on safe food preparation and service practices. No buffet offerings. Free of charge room service.
  • More details for the hotel protocol here.
CONFERENCES & MEETING ROOMS

The protocols, currently available on the Diavgeia website, were designed based on the proposals of the Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organizers (HAPCO), Greece’s National Public Health Organization (EODY) and the Tourism Ministry. According to Greece’s new health protocols, professional and other conferences can be held in the form of hybrid events. A hybrid event is a tradeshow, conference, seminar, workshop or other meeting that combines a live in-person event with a virtual online component.

Furthermore, the following measures must be implemented:

  • Only a predetermined number of delegates is allowed in the conference venue. The conference will also be available online (live streaming),
  • In case Greek authorities decide to ban physical presence at conferences due to epidemiological reasons, the event will not be postponed / canceled and can be carried out online,
  • The organizer has the option to hold a conference exclusively online, without the physical presence of delegates,
  • In the case of international conferences, the physical presence of foreign delegates is permitted in accordance with current travel restrictions,
  • Delegates must pre-register online for the sessions the wish to attend in order to secure a seat in the conference room. Delegates that have not pre-registered will not be allowed access to the venue unless there are seats available,
  • The delegates’ conference badges will be scanned upon their entrance to the venue. Only speakers, delegates and technical staff are allowed in the conference room,
  • The conference’s registration, badge, program and certificates must be available in an electronic form (via e-mail, SMS, social media),
  • Commercial stands are allowed in the venue provided that they do not include seats, printed or other material. The screening of commercial messages is recommended.
  • A buffet for coffee / light lunch during breaks is allowed and must operate in accordance with the relevant health regulations. The distribution of individual meal packages is recommended.
  • The use of masks is mandatory for staff and optional for delegates.

* Please note: Restrictions, testing requirements, and mandatory quarantine measures are subject to change depending on how successful Covid-19 management/infection rates reported at airports of origin and according to the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) guidelines.

PLEASE NOTE that every two (2) weeks the list of countries will be reviewed and the information updated. For latest travel updates for Greece please visit this link here.
Please contact us at corporate@kyvernitis.gr and emergency@kyvernitis.gr if you have any further questions about travelling to Greece.