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COVID-19 UPDATES

Get the latest travel measures for Greece in a snapshot. 
Designed by Eclectic Greece for its valued clients around the world.

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.
PROTOCOLS FOR TRAVELLING TO GREECE
Protocol for sea arrivals

Arrivals by sea by ferry ships are allowed only in Patras, Corfu and Igoumenitsa ports. Travelers must complete 24 hours before their arrival in Greece a Passenger Locator Factor (PLF) form and a confirmation email will be received upon its submission. An electronic or hard copy of the PLF confirmation should be presented to the designated crew members before embarkation onboard a ship at any Italian port. Travelers will also receive the PLF with a QR code on the day of their scheduled arrival in Greece (at midnight) and will be notified via email (the QR code will be provided in a link in the confirmation email). No such restriction applies on yachting.

  • Arrival of incoming travelers on foot at the main entry gate.
    · Incoming travelers arriving in vehicles are directed to the special entry gate.
    · Transfer to the area where the screening personnel are located. Travelers are requested to show their QR code either on their mobile phone screen or in print. If travel departure begins prior to the day of arrival, travelers are allowed to board after showing the confirmation email (and not necessarily the QR code which is scheduled to arrive during their trip.)
    · Depending on their QR code/confirmation, travelers are directed either to the screening area where they will be tested for the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 by a trained health team or to the exit (to baggage claim area or passport control).
    · Upon completion of the test, travelers are directed towards the exit (to baggage claim area or passport control).
    · The test results are expected to become available within 24 hours. During that time, passengers who are tested are advised to practise social distancing according to local guidelines and self monitoring for symptoms that could indicate COVID-19. In case of such symptoms, medical advice and/or contact with the National Public Health Organization (EODY) Operations Centre should be immediately sought. Only in case they test positive, the authorities will contact them and proceed with the health protocol in place. Otherwise, they may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines.
    · If travelers plan to have multiple stop-overs in Greece, they must declare this and report their initial destination and their travel itinerary for the next 7 days.
  • All travelers must comply with all of the necessary preventive hygiene measures (use of masks and physical distancing) according to local guidance.

CRUISE SHIPS UPDATE: Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis once again said cruise travel in Greece may possibly resume in August. “I want to believe that within the first 15 days of August, Greece will be able to open to cruise travel,” Minister Theoharis said, adding that cruise lines are interested in including Greece in their itineraries. When asked if large cruise lines are interested in launching itineraries in Greece, the president of the Union of Cruise Ship Owners & Associated Members (EEKFN), Theodore Kontes said that no itineraries should be expected before September.

USEFUL Q&A’s for travelling to Greece

Please note: For clarifications on entrance to Greece, travelers can find further information here.

Who will cover expenses in the event of a Covid-19 patient’s air transportation and hospitalization?

The Greek state will cover expenses related to hospitalization of visitors suffering from Covid-19 symptoms.

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.
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
  • Search for and visualize every available ferry connection in Greece and the Greek islands. View updated ferry schedules for Greek ferries both for direct and indirect connections at this link here.
VISITING MUSEUMS & ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES with SAFETY
  • Only a set number of visitors will be allowed into museums each hour
  • They will be required to maintain a 2-meter distance from each other
  • The use of masks and antiseptic hand gel are highly recommended.

* 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 eclecticgreece@kyvernitis.gr if you have any further questions about travelling to Greece.

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