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Who can travel to Greece? COVID-19 UPDATE FOR GREECE

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Last updated July 26th  2020

Breaking news

  • Air Passengers   from Bulgaria and Romania who are neither Greek citizens  nor Greek residents, must show on arrival, a negative covid test done 72 hours previously. 

The next review will be July 31st,  Until then, the following passengers are allowed into Greece:

 

  1. Nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland and their family members;
  2. British nationals and their family members;
  3. Nationals of Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay;
  4. Residents of Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay;
  5. Passengers with a residence permit issued by Greece. A certificate of application for renewal of a residence permit is not accepted;
  6. Passengers with a residence permit issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or the United Kingdom;
  7. Passengers with a long term visa issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or the United Kingdom
  8. Passengers from Non EU countries travelling on imperative business or family matters, who have to obtain permission from the Greek Consulate before travelling.
  9. Land Borders to Greece  are now closely controlled with entry only allowed to those with a Covid test showing negative.  This may also apply to any citizen, not just Balkan nationals.
  10. Flights from Turkey are suspended until 31 July 2020.

 

Protocol for passengers arriving by air 

All Passengers are subject to  random Covid-19 medical screening and quarantine for 1  day until  test results show negative, or 14 days if test results show positive.

  • All international passengers must fill out  a Passenger Location Form, to be filled out 48 hours ahead of arrival and provided to the authorities.  – https://travel.gov.gr/#/form
  • Arrival of passengers at the arrival gate.
  • Transfer to the area where screening personnel are located where the unique quick response (QR) code each passenger shows on their mobile phone screen or printed Passenger Locator Form ( QR)  form will be checked.
  • Screening personnel will direct passengers, depending on their QR code, either to the screening area or to the exit (baggage claim area or passport control). Until the screening results become available, passengers tested for the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 by a trained health team are obliged to self-isolate for 24 hours at the address of their final destination as declared on their passenger locator form (PLF). UPON BEING TESTED, THE VISITOR IS FREE TO MOVE TO THE FINAL DESTINATION WHERE THEY MUST SELF ISOLATE FOR 24 HOURS. IF THE TEST IS POSITIVE,  THEY WILL BE CONTACTED AND MUST DO A 14 DAY QUARANTINE UNDER SUPERVISION AT THE FINAL DESTINATION.

All passengers must comply with all of the necessary preventive hygiene measures (use of masks and physical distancing).

 Passengers  connecting to domestic airports within Greece are are subject to COVID-19 testing upon their arrival in Athens or Thessaloniki and will be able to continue their trip to their final destination, where they will self-isolate until the testing outcome is available

 

USEFUL LINKS

IATA – The official IATA site with the latest information on who is allowed into Greece, and which direct flights are still banned from flying to Greece

https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm

 

EASA – Compulsory testing and quarantine will be limited  to travelers, irrespective of nationality, arriving from airports of affected areas with high risk of transmission of the Covid-19 infection, as assessed by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The list is constantly updated and travelers should check before traveling (https://www.easa.europa.eu/SD-2020-01/Airports#group-easa-downloads).

 

ON THE GROUND

One “quarantine hotel” will operate on every tourism destination in Greece, to where tourists who are found to be Covid-19 carriers will be transferred. The hotels will be leased to the ministry.

All Greek accommodation units will be obliged to have a contract with a doctor, who will determine, either in person or remotely (telemedicine), whether a tourist should be tested for the coronavirus. All Covid-19 tests will be performed within 6 hours at the latest so that anyone who is tested to be positive can be transferred to a “quarantine hotel”.

Taxis and  transfers may be restricted in the number of passengers they can carry.

 

Hospitality services

It goes against all notions of hospitality, but  this summer, the emphasis is on protecting  the safety of guests, staff, workers and local communities. This means that guests should be prepared for reductions in service where necessary:

  • Less frequent room cleaning to reduce contact between staff and guests.
  • Less frequent changes of bed-linen and towels where possible.
  • Cleaning staff are advised to use a mask and gloves.
  • Reduced contact in general between hospitality workers and guests.

 

We are carefully monitoring developments so for up to date information on COVID 19 related news, keep checking this page!

Comments

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    Kind Regards
    Julie

    Julie moon · May 23, 2020 · 7:13 pm · Reply

    • Thank you Julie! One of the team will email you to discuss your plans, or you can contact us on enquiries@fivestargreece.com

      ileanavonhirsch · May 25, 2020 · 10:23 am ·

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