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

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Last updated August 31st  2020
Next update- September 15th. 

Breaking news 

  • There is from Monday 31st August at midnight, a temporary ban on all passengers from Barcelona and Catalonia entering Greece by air.
  • The Netherlands has been removed from the list of countries where passengers are required to have a negative covid test before arrival.

 Until  further notice, the following passengers are allowed into Greece:

As part of the Greek government’s efforts to restrict the spread of Covid-19, the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) issued new guidelines (NOTAM) which will remain in effect through to September 15 at midnight.

The new guidelines are below:

– Extension of the suspension of all flights between Greece and Turkey,

– The suspension of all flights from Catalonia, Spain,

– All flights to and from Greece from Albania and North Macedonia will be operated only through Athens International Airport (AIA). There will be no routes to any other Greek airports,

– Travelers visiting Greece by air from Bulgaria, Romania, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Sweden, Belgium, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia, will be allowed admission into Greece only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test result. The test must be taken 72 hours before arrival,

– Entry into Greece is banned for non-European citizens (non-EU Citizens) with the following exceptions: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and the United Arab Emirates (requiring test results),

– Passengers traveling to Greece by air from Israel will be allowed admission only with a negative Covid-19 test result. Testing should be done with PCR method up to 72 hours before arrival.

Permanent residents of Israel wishing to visit Greece, will be required to repeat Covid-19 screening. The HCAA has also set a maximum entry limit of 1,200 travelers per week from Israel and only through the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Corfu and Kos,

Protocol for passengers arriving by air 

– All travelers on international flights to Greece are required by law to complete the mandatory Passenger Locator Form (PLF) online here, which can also be done one day before arrival, passengers are then free to proceed to their final destination, where they must self-isolate for 24 hours or  until  test results show negative, or 14 days if test results show positive.

– Before boarding flights, airline companies are required by law to ensure (a) the PLF submission confirmation at least one day before the flight b) the QR code and PLF in print or on mobile phone.

It should be noted, that RT-PCR test result certificates should be written in English and bear the name and passport/national ID number of the traveler. The laboratories performing RT-PCR testing should be: national reference laboratories, national public health laboratories, or private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities.

 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

  1. Your Villas look amazing, my husband and I love the Greek Islands and would love to see the Villas your company have to offer!

    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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