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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 October 6th

Travel to Greece updates until OCTOBER 12th

Travel Measures for Entering Greece 
COUNTRIES THAT WILL NOT BE ABLE TO VISIT GREECE UNTIL OCTOBER 12th:
  • Flights from Turkey are suspended 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.
  • 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 12th

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.
  • Italy: Italy has ordered that coronavirus tests be conducted on travelers coming from Greece, Malta, Spain and Croatia.
  • 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.
Indicative direct flights from US & CANADA:
Airline Flight Route Starting

Emirates Airlines

New York (Newark EWR) to Athens (ATH) - Every day September 1st  
EK 210 departing at 11:55 pm arriving next day at 4:05 pm

Starting
Steptember 1st

Air Canada

Montreal to Athens - 2 flight per week

Starting July 1st

Air Canada

Toronto to Athens - 2 flights per week

Starting July 3rd

American Airlines

NO DIRECT FLIGHTS FOR THE SEASON

-

Air Transat's

Canada to Athens (Montreal x 4 days / week, Toronto x 4 days/ week, Vancouver x 4 days/ week, Calgary)

Starting July 27th

Delta Airlines

New York (JFK) to Athens (ATH) - Every day from September 8th
DL 202 departing at 5:15 pm arriving next day at 10:00 am

Starting
September 8th

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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