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COVID-19 UPDATES

Designed by Erasmus for its valued clients around the world

All you need to know for entering Greece, hotels & meetings protocol and conference venues capacity.

Updated on November 11th

Travel to Greece updates until NOVEMBER 30th

Travel Measures for Entering Greece 
COUNTRIES THAT WILL NOT BE ABLE TO VISIT GREECE UNTIL NOVEMBER 30th:
  • Flights from Turkey are suspended until 11.11.2020.
  • The flight ban from/to Barcelona is up until 11.11.2020
  • 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 except for citizens from 9 countries. The countries that are excluded from the ban are with nationality from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, 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.
  • 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).
  • MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS:24-hour restriction on movement has been imposed with exceptions. Outside movement is allowed only for specific reasons and by sending an SMS to the five-digit mobile phone service 13033. For more details click here.
    NOTE: In case movement is work-related, citizens must have identification on them in the form of an ID or a passport and a type A employer certificate (hard copy) or special self-employment certificate (hard copy) to present in case of inspection by authorities. The document (in Greek) can be obtained online from the website www.forma.gov.gr.
  • For information on traveling to Greece in the post-Covid-19 era, press here.

Travel from Greece updates until NOVEMBER 30th

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.
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
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.
CONFERENCE HOTELS UPDATE
LOCATION HOTELS' Full name 1. NUMBER OF MEETING ROOMS in your hotel property? 2. MAXIMUM CAPACITY of participants in ONE MEETING ROOM based on new health protocols? 3. MAXIMUM SIZE OF EXHIBITION area in square meters? 4. WHERE do you serve Coffee Break? 5. HOW do you manage F&B SERVICE?
ATHENS MEGARON ATHENS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE 18 980 pax 2000m2 INDOOR or OUTDOOR BOTH Lunch Boxes & Buffet
ATHENS METROPOLITAN EXPO 3 450 pax 43,750m2 INDOOR or OUTDOOR BUFFET with Serving Stations
ATHENS Athenaeum InterContinental Athens 35 672 pax 813m2 INDOOR or OUTDOOR BOTH Lunch Boxes & Buffet
ATHENS Athens Hilton 23 550 pax 6,000m2 INDOOR or OUTDOOR OFFER OF Lunch Boxes
ATHENS ATHENS MARRIOTT HOTEL 9 250 pax 120m2 INDOOR or OUTDOOR BOTH Lunch Boxes & Buffet
ATHENS CROWNE PLAZA ATHENS CITY CENTRE 14 200 pax 595m2 ONLY Indoor BUFFET with Serving Stations
ATHENS Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso 6 720 pax 210.9m2 INDOOR or OUTDOOR BOTH Lunch Boxes & Buffet
ATHENS Divani Caravel 16 600 pax 550m2 INDOOR or OUTDOOR BOTH Lunch Boxes & Buffet
ATHENS Divani Palace Acropolis 6 270 pax 400m2 INDOOR or OUTDOOR BOTH Lunch Boxes & Buffet
ATHENS Grande Bretagne, A Luxury Collection Hotel 14 139 pax 3,351m2 ONLY Indoor BOTH Lunch Boxes & Buffet
ATHENS Grand Resort Lagonissi 14 600 pax 675m2 INDOOR or OUTDOOR BUFFET with Serving Stations
ATHENS The Grand Hyatt Athens 14 300 pax 495m2 ONLY Outdoor BUFFET with Serving Stations
ATHENS Novotel Athenes 8 400 pax 620m2 INDOOR or OUTDOOR BOTH Lunch Boxes & Buffet
ATHENS Radisson Blu Park Athens 12 150 pax 361.5m2 INDOOR or OUTDOOR BOTH Lunch Boxes & Buffet
ATHENS St George Lycabettus Hotel 4 120 pax 295m2 ONLY Indoor BOTH Lunch Boxes & Buffet
THESSALONIKI Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki 12 250 pax 500m2 INDOOR or OUTDOOR BOTH Lunch Boxes & Buffet
THESSALONIKI Grand Hotel Palace 13 500 pax 800m2 INDOOR or OUTDOOR BOTH Lunch Boxes & Buffet
THESSALONIKI Makedonia Palace Hotel 11 450 pax 615m2 INDOOR or OUTDOOR BOTH Lunch Boxes & Buffet
THESSALONIKI PORTO PALACE HOTEL 12 1000 pax 1200m2 INDOOR or OUTDOOR BOTH Lunch Boxes & Buffet
THESSALONIKI THE MET HOTEL 13 400 pax 427m2 INDOOR or OUTDOOR BOTH Lunch Boxes & Buffet
CRETE CRETA MARIS BEACH RESORT & CRETA CONVENTION CENTER 30 900 pax 1251m2 INDOOR or OUTDOOR BUFFET with Serving Stations
RHODES RODOS PALACE HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER 20 650 pax 9000m2 INDOOR or OUTDOOR BUFFET with Serving Stations
KOS Kipriotis Village Resort 4* Superior - Kipriotis Group of Hotels, Kos 17 1150 pax 2200m2 INDOOR or OUTDOOR BOTH Lunch Boxes & Buffet
KOS Kipriotis Panorama Hotel & Suites 5* - Kipriotis Group of Hotels, Kos 10 640 pax 833m2 INDOOR or OUTDOOR BOTH Lunch Boxes & Buffet
IOANNINA DULAC CONGRESS CENTER & SPA 13 350 pax 430m2 INDOOR or OUTDOOR BUFFET with Serving Stations
IOANNINA EPIRUS PALACE CONGRESS & SPA 9 450 pax 750m2 INDOOR or OUTDOOR BUFFET with Serving Stations
THRAKI RAMADA PLAZA BY WYNDHAM THRAKI 10 380 pax 1100m2 INDOOR or OUTDOOR BUFFET with Serving Stations
Erasmus completed successfully the first 1st Technical and the 1st Medical VIRTUAL Conference in Greece.

Our teams are ready to organize from Virtual to Hybrid or to Physical Conference based on your requirements. 

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* 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 info@erasmus.gr if you have any further questions about travelling to Greece.