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Updated on December 8th

Travel to Greece updates until JANUARY 7th

Travel Measures for Entering Greece 
COUNTRIES THAT WILL NOT BE ABLE TO VISIT GREECE UNTIL DECEMBER 14th:
  • Flights from Turkey are suspended until 14.12.2020.
  • The flight ban from/to Barcelona is up until 14.12.2020
  • Passengers arriving from Albania and North Macedonia (Rep.) must arrive only at Athens airport (ATH).
  • Greece will ΝΟΤ open its borders for non-EU Citizens except for citizens from 9 countries. The countries that are excluded from the ban are with nationality from Australia, Israel, Japan, Korea (Rep.), New Zealand, Russian Fed, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand, Uruguay, and United Arab Emirates

Important Notes: 

Greek borders are not closing as a result of the second lockdown the country entered on Saturday, Nov. 7th. Greece’s airports will remain open to domestic & international travel but restrictions will be in force. Please take into consideration the following aspects:

  • PLF FORM IS NECESSARY FOR ARRIVAL 
    The submission of the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) by all passengers of international flights to Greece remains mandatory. The Form can be found here
  • NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST RESULT TO ENTER GREECE
    Those traveling to Greece on flights from abroad as of Wednesday, November 11, will be allowed admission in the country only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test result. The test must be taken at least 72 hours before arrival.
  • RAPID COVID-19 TEST UPON ENTRY TO GREECE
  • ENTER A 10-DAY PREVENTIVE QUARANTINE All travelers arriving to Greece from abroad between Friday, December 18 and Thursday, January 7, 2021, will be required to self-isolate for 10 days.
  • NO RESTRICTIONS FOR TRANSITING through Athens airport:
    There are no restrictions for transiting through Athens Airport to any operating destination. Certain restrictions apply for non-European countries’ citizens, whilst flights are restricted to/from selected countries with high epidemiological profile (Turkey, U.S.A, Spain, Russia, etc).
  • Those who test positive for Covid-19 at Greece’s land borders will be denied entrance to the country as of December 7th
  • TRAVELING OUT OF HOME PREFECTURES IS BANNED: traveling between Greek prefectures (domestic travel) will not be allowed until 6am on January 7, 21
  • MOVEMENT IN THE COUNTRY Greece’s night curfew from 9 pm to 5 am will remain in place and outside movement in Greece will continue to be allowed only for specific reasons and by sending an SMS to the five-digit mobile phone service 13033. The government’s spokesperson noted that one month after Greece entered its second nationwide lockdown, the pressure on the country’s health system remains high, despite the fewer Covid-19 cases in recent days and that the improvement of epidemiological data is proceeding slower than expected.

Travel from Greece updates until JANUARY 7th

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

As of Tuesday, November 10th, those traveling abroad from Greece (outbound travelers) will also be obliged to fill out the PLF form at least 24hrs before departure. The Form can be found here. 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.

  • 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.
  • Belgium: Quarantine and test are recommended on return from Greece.
  • Denmark: As of 31st of October, Greece is on the list of high-risk countries within the EU and the Schengen area. The below purposes are mandatory in order to entry Denmark: 1) A negative COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before entry and 2) A worthy purpose of entrance.
  • Egypt: Εffective from 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.
  • Ireland: Passengers traveling from Greece are expected to self-isolate for 14 days on entry into the state.
  • 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.
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
  •  Flight schedule from/to Greece is operating normally, with adjustments due to lockdowns in Europe and in Greece.
  • Flights schedule within Greece, including Thessaloniki, is operating normally, with adjustments due to the lockdown. Passengers from 09/11/2020 up until 30/11/2020 are allowed to travel as long as they have a relevant and official form/letter justifying that they travel only for business, health reasons and to return home.
  • All passengers travelling on international flights to Greece (incoming Passengers) must fill in & submit the special Passenger Locator Form electronically, latest the day before their flight while it is mandatory all passengers returning to Greece on/after 11/11/2020 to show a negative COVID-19 test result which has been carried out up during the last 72 hours prior the arrival to Greece and it is mandatory that it is translated in English. Children up to 10 years old and transit passengers (international to international) are exempted. 
  • All passengers travelling on international flights departing from Greece from 10/11/2020 up until 30/11/2020 must fill in & submit the special Passenger Locator Form electronically, latest the day before their flight.
  • The flight ban from/to Turkey and Barcelona is extended up until 11.11.2020. 

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, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay and 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.

Passenger Locator Form (PLF)

PASSENGERS ARRIVING TO GREECE (incoming passengers):
  • It is compulsory for all incoming passengers on international flights to fill in the PLF published here 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. Airlines are required to check the existence of such a confirmation e-mail prior passenger acceptance for boarding. 
Upon arrival in Greece:  
  • All incoming 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. 
PASSENGERS DEPARTING FROM GREECE (outgoing passengers):
  • It is compulsory for all (outgoing)passengers on international flights departing from Greece from 10/11/2020 up until 30/11/2020 to fill in the PLF published in: https://travel.gov.gr the previous day before the flight.  
  • Passengers must hold and be able to demonstrate to the authorities proof that they have filled the PFL. 

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.

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.