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Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: partial Open for tourism: partial Quarantine: yes
Airlines Updates

02.06.2020 Aegean Airlines last week filed additional changes to its planned operation, which sees the airline scales back planned operation for the month of July and August 2020. Planned operation as of 01JUN20 as follows. Note planned service resumption date and frequency may be impacted by various travel restrictions.

Athens – Amman eff 01SEP20 1 daily A320
Athens – Amsterdam eff 15JUN20 2 weekly A320 (5 weekly from 02JUL20, 1 daily A321 from 01SEP20)
Athens – Barcelona eff 22JUN20 2 weekly A320 (3 weekly from 03JUL20, 12 weekly from 01SEP20)
Athens – Bari eff 04SEP20 2 weekly A320
Athens – Beirut eff 01SEP20 1 daily A320
Athens – Belgrade eff 02JUL20 2 weekly A320 (4 weekly A319/320 from 02SEP20)
Athens – Berlin Tegel eff 13JUN20 2 weekly A320 (3 weekly from 01JUL20, 1 daily A320/321 from 01SEP20)
Athens – Bilbao eff 01SEP20 2 weekly A320
Athens – Birmingham eff 01SEP20 2 weekly A320
Athens – Bologna eff 22JUN20 2 weekly A320 (4 weekly A320 from 01AUG20)
Athens – Bordeaux eff 04JUL20 1 weekly A320 (2 weekly from 18JUL20, 3 weekly from 05SEP20)
Athens – Borg el Arab eff 02SEP20 3 weekly A319
Athens – Brussels eff 01JUN20 Increase from 6 to 7 weekly (13 weekly from 01SEP20)
Athens – Bucharest eff 06JUN20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 11JUN20, 4 weekly from 21JUN20, 7 weekly from 01JUL20, 15 weekly from 01SEP20)
Athens – Budapest eff 02AUG20 2 weekly A320 (4 weekly from 01SEP20)
Athens – Cairo eff 16JUL20 1 daily A320 (17 weekly A320/321 from 01SEP20)
Athens – Casablanca eff 03SEP20 1 weekly A320
Athens – Catania eff 02JUL20 2 weekly A319/320 (3 weekly from 03SEP20)
Athens – Copenhagen eff 25JUN20 2 weekly (3 weekly 01JUL20 – 31JUL20, 5 weekly from 01SEP20)
Athens –Dublin eff 25JUL20 2 weekly A320 (5 weekly A320/321 from 01SEP20)
Athens – Dubrovnik eff 03SEP20 5 weekly A320
Athens – Dusseldorf 3 weekly A320 (5 weekly from 01JUL20, 1 daily from 28AUG20)
Athens – Edinburgh eff 02SEP20 3 weekly A320 (2 weekly from 17SEP20)
Athens – Frankfurt 4 weekly A320 (1 daily from 18JUN20, 1 daily A321 from 01JUL20, 2 daily A320 from 01SEP20)
Athens – Geneva 2 weekly A320 (4 weekly from 01JUL20, 8 weekly from 01SEP20)
Athens – Hamburg eff 25JUN20 2 weekly A320 (3 weekly from 01JUL20, 1 daily from 01SEP20)
Athens – Hannover eff 03SEP20 2 weekly A320
Athens – Helsinki eff 04SEP20 2 weekly A320
Athens – Ibiza eff 02SEP20 2 weekly A320
Athens – Istanbul eff 01JUL20 1 daily A320 (3 daily from 01SEP20)
Athens – Izmir eff 02SEP20 7 weekly Dash8-Q400
Athens – Jeddah eff 01SEP20 3 weekly A320 (2 weekly from 10SEP20)
Athens – Krakow eff 01SEP20 3 weekly A319/320
Athens – Kyiv Borispil eff 02SEP20 3 weekly A320
Athens – Lisbon eff 30JUN20 3 weekly (3 weekly from 21JUN20, 8 weekly from 01SEP20)
Athens – London Heathrow eff 11JUN20 1 daily A320 (2 daily from 25JUN20, 3 daily from 01SEP20)
Athens – Luxembourg eff 26JUN20 2 weekly A320 (3 weekly from 06SEP20)
Athens – Lyon eff 11JUL20 2 weekly A320 (4 weekly from 05SEP20)
Athens – Madrid eff 20JUN20 2 weekly A320 (5 weekly from 01JUL20, 12 weekly from 30AUG20, 11 weekly from 15SEP20)
Athens – Malaga eff 01SEP20 3 weekly A320/321
Athens – Malta eff 26JUN20 2 weekly A320 (3 weekly from 02AUG20, 4 weekly from 04SEP20)
Athens – Manchester eff 27AUG20 3 weekly A320
Athens – Marseille eff 09JUL20 3 weekly A320 (6 weekly from 02SEP20)
Athens –Milan Malpensa eff 15JUN20 4 weekly A320 (1 daily from 01JUL20, 10 weekly from 31JUL20, 17 weekly A320/321 from 01SEP20)
Athens – Moscow Domodedovo eff 01SEP20 10 weekly A320
Athens – Munich 3 weekly A320 (5 weekly from 09JUN20, 1 daily from 18JUN20, 9 weekly from 20JUL20, 2 daily from 01SEP20)
Athens – Nantes eff 11JUL20 2 weekly A320 (3 weekly from 29AUG20)
Athens – Naples eff 23JUN20 2 weekly A320 (3 weekly from 05AUG20, 5 weekly from 30AUG20)
Athens – Nice eff 01JUL20 2 weekly A320 (3 weekly from 01AUG20, 6 weekly from 01SEP20)
Athens – Nuremberg eff 02SEP20 2 weekly A320
Athens – Paris CDG eff 03JUN20 3 weekly A320 (6 weekly from 20JUN20, 1 daily from 01JUL20, 2 daily from 09JUL20, 16 weekly from 01AUG20, 28 weekly from 01SEP20)
Athens – Pisa eff 02SEP20 3 weekly A320
Athens – Podgorica eff 03SEP20 2 weekly Dash8-Q400
Athens – Porto eff 02SEP20 4 weekly A320
Athens – Prague eff 23JUN20 2 weekly A320 (3 weekly from 02JUL20, 4 weekly from 01AUG20, 1 daily from 01SEP20)
Athens – Rome eff 15JUN20 4 weekly A320 (1 daily from 01JUL20, 11 weekly from 24JUL20, 3 daily from 01SEP20)
Athens – Skopje eff 02SEP20 3 weekly Dash8-Q400
Athens – Sofia eff 11JUN20 4 weekly A320 (6 weekly from 02JUL20, 8 weekly from 01SEP20)
Athens – Split eff 01SEP20 4 weekly A319
Athens – St. Petersburg eff 02SEP20 3 weekly A320
Athens – Stockholm Arlanda eff 19JUL20 2 weekly A320 (4 weekly from 02SEP20)
Athens – Stuttgart eff 20JUN20 2 weekly A320 (4 weekly from 01SEP20)
Athens – Tallinn eff 02SEP20 2 weekly A320
Athens – Tbilisi eff 03JUL20 2 weekly A320 (4-5 weekly from 01SEP20)
Athens – Tel Aviv eff 11JUN20 3 weekly A320 (1 daily from 21JUN20, 12 weekly from 01JUL20, 14 weekly from 01AUG20, 20 weekly from 01SEP20)
Athens – Tirana eff 22JUN20 3 weekly A320 (6 weekly from 01JUL20, 1 daily from 01AUG20, 9 weekly from 01SEP20)
Athens – Toulouse eff 18JUL20 2 weekly A320 (4 weekly from 02SEP20)
Athens – Tunis eff 01SEP20 2 weekly A320
Athens – Valencia eff 02SEP20 2 weekly A320
Athens – Venice eff 21JUN20 2 weekly A320 (3 weekly from 03JUL20, 4 weekly from 04AUG20, 1 daily from 01SEP20)
Athens – Vienna eff 21JUN20 3 weekly A320 (4 weekly from 01AUG20, 1 daily from 01SEP20)
Athens – Warsaw eff 04JUL20 2 weekly A320 (3 weekly from 14JUL20, 1 daily from 01SEP20)
Athens – Yerevan eff 01JUL20 2 weekly A320 (3 weekly from 02AUG20, 4 weekly from 01SEP20)
Athens – Zagreb eff 02SEP20 3 weekly A319/320
Athens – Zurich 2 weekly A320 (5 weekly from 22JUN20, 7 weekly from 01JUL20, 10 weekly from 01SEP20)


Corfu – Paris CDG eff 05JUL20 1 weekly A320


Irakleion – Bordeaux eff 06JUL20 1 weekly A320 (reduce from 2 weekly)
Irakleion – Brest 1 weekly cancelled
Irakleion – Deauville 1 weekly cancelled
Irakleion – Dusseldorf eff 05SEP20 1 weekly A320 (reduced from 3 weekly)
Irakleion – Frankfurt eff 25JUL20 1 weekly A320 (2 weekly from 18SEP20; reduced from 4 weekly)
Irakleion – Lyon eff 02JUL20 1 weekly A320 (reduced from 3 weekly)
Irakleion –Marseille eff 03JUL20 1 weekly A320 (reduced from 2 weekly)
Irakleion – Metz/Nancy 1 weekly cancelled
Irakleion – Nantes eff 13JUL20 1 weekly A320 (reduced from 3 weekly)
Irakleion – Paris CDG eff 02JUL20 5 weekly A320 (reduced from 7 weekly)
Irakleion – Toulouse eff 02JUL20 1 weekly A320 (reduced from 2 weekly)
Irakleion – Zurich eff 25JUL20 1 weekly A320 (2 weekly from 05SEP20; reduced from 3 weekly)


Kalamata – Moscow Domodedovo eff 03JUL20 2 weekly A320
Kalamata – Munich eff 02JUL20 2 weekly A320
Kalamata – Paris CDG eff 04JUL20 1 weekly A320 (reduced from 2 weekly)
Kalamata – Stockholm Arlanda eff 04JUL20 1 weekly A320 (service operates in July only)


Rhodes – Frankfurt eff 15AUG20 1 weekly A320 (reduced from 2 weekly)
Rhodes – Lyon eff 05JUL20 1 weekly A320 (reduced from 2 weekly)
Rhodes – Marseille 1 weekly cancelled
Rhodes – Paris CDG eff 03JUL20 2 weekly A320 (reduced from 3 weekly)
Rhodes – Zurich eff 19SEP20 1 weekly A320


Thessaloniki – Barcelona eff 02SEP20 2 weekly A320
Thessaloniki – Berlin Tegel eff 02SEP20 2 weekly A320
Thessaloniki – Brussels eff 27AUG20 2 weekly A320
Thessaloniki – Dusseldorf eff 16JUN20 3 weekly A320 (1 daily A320 from 01JUL20, A321 from 01SEP20)
Thessaloniki –Frankfurt eff 16JUN20 3 weekly A320 (1 daily A321 from 01JUL20)
Thessaloniki – Hannover eff 01SEP20 2 weekly A320
Thessaloniki – Moscow Domodedovoeff 03JUL20 2 weekly A320 (5 weekly from 28AUG20)
Thessaloniki – Munich eff 15JUN20 4 weekly A320 (9 weekly from 01JUL20, 14 weekly from 01SEP20)
Thessaloniki – Nuremberg eff 03SEP20 3 weekly A320
Thessaloniki – Paris CDG eff 02SEP20 3 weekly A320
Thessaloniki – St. Petersburg eff 02SEP20 2 weekly A320
Thessaloniki – Stuttgart eff 17JUN20 2 weekly A320 (4 weekly from 01JUL20, 1 daily from 31AUG20)
Thessaloniki – Tel Aviv eff 02JUL20 3 weekly A320
Thessaloniki – Zurich eff 04SEP20 2 weekly A320

Published on 01.06.2020

Ellinair resumes domestic flights from late-June 2020

31.05 As far as nonstop flights from the US to Greece go:

Emirates is scheduled to resume nonstop Newark to Athens flights as of July 1, 2020
American is scheduled to resume nonstop Chicago to Athens flights as of July 7, 2020
Delta is scheduled to resume nonstop New York to Athens flights as of July 17, 2020
The schedules for all of those flights remain subject to change.

Published on 20.05.2020
Aegean Airlines operations as of 20MAY20

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Movement restrictions

National movement restrictions: Free

Restrictive measures mandatory between 18 June 2020 to 17 July 2020

From 18 June, the removal of the traffic restriction measures in the center of Athens is extended again, until 17 July, in order to avoid the overcrowding of the citizens and to facilitate the restart of the economic and social life.
Ships traffic reopened.

International movement restrictions: Partially banned

Restrictive measures mandatory between 15 June 2020 to 01 July 2020

From June 15, tourism travel resumes, and international flights will land not just in Athens but in Thessaloniki too. However, some passengers will have to undergo mandatory testing upon arrival. Those coming from any of these airports listed by the European Aviation Safety Agency, will have to get tested on arrival, then go to to a designated hotel and quarantine for 7 days if the test is negative, and for 14 days if the test is positive. All other passengers, including all travellers coming from Albania, Australia, Austria, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Estonia, Japan, Israel, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lebanon, New Zealand, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Norway, South Korea, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Finland – will be subject to random tests and no further restrictions. In addition, land arrivals from Albania, North Macedonia and Bulgaria will be allowed in the country. Those travellers will be subject to random tests upon arrival.

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Flight Restrictions

published 01.07.2020
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
-This does not apply to:
– 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;
– British nationals and their family members;
– nationals of Algeria, Australia, Canada, China (People’s Rep.), Georgia, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay;
– passengers with a residence permit issued by Greece. A certificate of application for renewal of a residence permit is not accepted;
– 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;
– 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;
– nationals of North Macedonia (Rep.) returning via Thessaloniki (SKG) to continue by road to North Macedonia (Rep.). Their trip must be prearranged by the authorities;
– passengers traveling on business;
– military personnel.
2. Passengers are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 1 or 14 days.
3. Flights from Sweden and the United Kingdom are suspended.
– This does not apply to humanitarian, medevac, military and repatriation flights.
4. Flights from Turkey are suspended until 15 July 2020.
– This does not apply to humanitarian, medevac, military and repatriation flights.
5. Passengers must complete a “Passenger Locator Form (PLF)” 48 hours before check-in at travel.gov.gr . A QR code generated from the completed form must be presented upon arrival.

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Quarantine

Quarantine is required if a PCR test is negative, the visitor is free to move to their final destination. If the test is positive, the is requested to self-quarantine, under supervision, for 14 days.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification subject to special conditions.

At the arrival and waiting areas within the airports, as well as during all domestic and international flights, passengers are obliged to wear a non-medical protective mask. Passengers are required to comply with the instructions of the permanent and emergency personnel of airports or airlines in charge of the duties of supervision, crowd management and assistance of passengers, in order to maintain the necessary distances and to ensure controlled boarding, disembarkation and queuing, to avoid overcrowding. For any violation of the provisions hereof, an administrative fine of one hundred and fifty
(150) euros shall be imposed from the competent authority.

Aiport/Airline requirements:
IMPORTANT- Air Travelers are asked to familiarize themselves with the information in the link [please copy/paste to your browser]: https://www.iata.org/contentassets/1fc1bc03486c49be81cdd4c3b19d1f45/greece-ncov-measures.pdf

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Vaccination

Yellow fever (2017)
Country requirement at entry: no
20
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Malaria (2017)
Very limited malaria risk (P. vivax only) may exist from May through October in certain high-risk agricultural
areas.

WHO recommended prevention in high-risk agricultural areas: A

Shop and Events

Non-essential shops closure: Partially closed

Restrictive measures mandatory between 18 May 2020 to TBD

From 26 May: reopening of swimming pools. From 18 May: reopening of archaeological sites, zoos and botanical gardens. Museums reopen on June 15 , complying with all necessary protection measures. From 10 June, public services are back in full operation with public service preferably, but not exclusively, by appointment.

Events stop: Partially banned

Restrictive measures mandatory between 02 June 2020 to TBD

From 2.6.2020 the administrations of all types of companies that operate beaches, must ensure that the following rules are observed: up to 1000 sq.m. the presence of 40 people is allowed

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Schools/Univercity closure

Schools/Univ. closure: Partially closed

Restrictive measures mandatory between 18 May 2020 to TBD

From 11-18 May: 3rd Lyceum (high school senior class) and private tuition centers (strong recommendation for distance learning); secondary education – A and B of Lyceum – and A, B and C of Gymnasium and Private tuition centers for secondary education and foreign languages (strong recommendation for distance learning).

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Other

Other: partially closed/partially cancelled

Restrictive measures mandatory between 26 May 2020 to TBD

From 26 May: reopening of swimming pools. From 18 May: reopening of archaeological sites, zoos and botanical gardens.

  • Greece Greece reopened its regional airports to international flights on Wednesday 1 July. (Reuters, 01.07.2020). Greek government extends ban until 15 July on direct flights from Britain and Sweden,(The Telegraph, 29.06.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    EU Nationals: As of the 1st July international arrivals and departures are allowed into all ports, airports and some land borders in Greece, for all EU Member States, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican City. All visitors are obliged to submit the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) which is available online [https://travel.gov.gr/#/], up to 48 hours before travelling. The visitors will receive a QR code which will be scanned upon arrival. QR code screening personnel direct passengers, depending on their QR code, either to the Covid-19 testing area or the exit. Visitors subjected into testing are obliged to self-isolate at the address of their final destination as declared on their passenger locator form (PLF) for 24 hours until the testing outcome. In case they are tested positive to Covid-19, they will have to stay isolated for 14 days to the dedicated quarantine hotels accross the country.
    For third country nationals, as from 1 July, EU Member States should start lifting the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for residents of the following third countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity. Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican/Holy See should be considered as EU residents for this purpose. Every two weeks this list of countries will be reviewed and the information updated here. More info: [https://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9208-2020-INIT/en/pdf].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    It is mandatory to wear facemasks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports, in taxis, in all medical facilities and in lifts. The use of facemasks is strongly recommended in other closed spaces. Travel in a private car or a taxi is limited to a maximum of 2 adult passengers per vehicle, in addition to the driver. Any children in the vehicle do not count towards this limit. When travelling in a taxi, all passengers must wear facemasks.
    You may travel throughout Greece, including to the islands. If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator: you should contact them directly if you need further information. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. Specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail. Cruise ships and ferries coming from other countries are banned from landing in Greek ports.
    Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is now permitted within Greece. If your vessel is arriving in Greece from another country, you must comply with specific requirements upon your first landing in Greece. No passengers are permitted on the vessel, except for the crew. Upon arrival, you must present to harbour authorities, who will require the completion of a health declaration, and mandatory testing (to be paid for by the occupants of each vessel).
    Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice. You can read the Greek authorities’ plans for future changes here (in Greek) [https://covid19.gov.gr/schedio-stadiakis-apoklimakosis-perioristikon-metron/]. These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    Shops, bars and restaurants are open, as are other service providers like driving schools and private tuition centres (‘frontisteria’). Relevant public health regulations apply when visiting shops, bars, restaurants and other public spaces, including limits on the number of customers per square metre. You should comply with these requirements, and all other advice of the Greek authorities. Universities are closed, but schools and nurseries are open. All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    02.07.2020
  • Greece Greece will reopen seven of its 14 border crossings in the north on Wednesday 1 July. The entry points are Evzones, Kakavia, Krystallopigi, Promachonas, Nymfea, Kastanies and Kipi. On July 1 all airports are scheduled to open to international flights. (Ekathimerini.com, 30.06.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    Greek government extends ban until 15 July on direct flights from Britain and Sweden,(The Telegraph, 29.06.2020)
    Up to June 30th, arrivals into Athens airport are subject to compulsory or random testing according to the origin of their travel. All arrivals into Thessaloniki airport are subject to compulsory testing. From July 1st onwards, sample tests will be conducted. The plan is subject to adjustments upon changing epidemiological data.
    Third Country Nationals: Greece follows the European Commission’s proposal and extends the temporary restriction on non-essential travel from non-EU countries until 30 June. Athens International Airport: The travel ban on flights from Italy, Spain and the Netherlands has been lifted. Only essential travel from Albania and Northern Macedonia is permitted. The travel ban on flights from the United Kingdom and Turkey will be maintained (regardless of the EASA affected area list).
    Thessaloniki Airport “Makedonia”: All flights are allowed except those from Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, the UK, Turkey,Albania, Northern Macedonia. All visitors are subject to sample testing. Greece at any stage retains the right to modify any of the above in light of changing epidemiological data.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Greek authorities’ plans for future changes can be found here (in Greek) [https://covid19.gov.gr/schedio-stadiakis-apoklimakosis-perioristikon-metron/]. These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    Shops, bars and restaurants are open, as are other service providers like driving schools and private tuition centres (‘frontisteria’). Relevant public health regulations apply when visiting shops, bars, restaurants and other public spaces, including limits on the number of customers per square metre. You should comply with these requirements, and all other advice of the Greek authorities. Universities are closed; but schools and nurseries are open.
    It is mandatory to wear facemasks on public transport (including ferries), in taxis, in all medical facilities and in lifts. The use of facemasks is strongly recommended in other closed spaces. Travel in a private car or a taxi is limited to a maximum of 2 adult passengers per vehicle, in addition to the driver. Any children in the vehicle do not count towards this limit. When travelling in a taxi, all passengers must wear facemasks.
    Travel throughout Greece, including to the islands is permitted. If travelling via ferry, a health questionnaire, and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding, will be required. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator:. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, whose capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. Travelling by internal (domestic) flights, requires the wearing of masks throughout the journey. Specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
    Cruise ships and ferries coming from other countries are banned from landing in Greek ports. Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is now permitted within Greece. If your vessel is arriving in Greece from another country, you must comply with specific requirements upon your first landing in Greece. No passengers are permitted on the vessel, except for the crew. Upon arrival, you must present to harbour authorities, who will require the completion of a health declaration, and mandatory testing (to be paid for by the occupants of each vessel).

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    30.06.2020
  • Greece International flights into, out of Greece to resume on 15 June (News af, 13.06.2020). All international airports, border crossings to fully reopen on 1 July (Reuters, 12.06.2020).
    The government has decided to open Greek borders for tourists from the European Union, the Schengen area and Israel by July 1 at the latest, but possibly even earlier, from mid-June. (eKathimerini, 19.05.2020) A ban remains in place for direct flights arriving from Britain and Sweden until 15 July. (The Telegraph, 29.06.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    Up to June 30th, arrivals into Athens airport are subject to compulsory or random testing according to the origin of their travel. All arrivals into Thessaloniki airport are subject to compulsory testing. From July 1st onwards, sample tests will be conducted. The plan is subject to adjustments upon changing epidemiological data.
    Third Country Nationals: Greece follows the European Commission’s proposal and extends the temporary restriction on non-essential travel from non-EU countries until 30 June. Athens International Airport: The travel ban on flights from Italy, Spain and the Netherlands has been lifted. Only essential travel from Albania and Northern Macedonia is permitted. The travel ban on flights from the United Kingdom and Turkey will be maintained (regardless of the EASA affected area list).
    Thessaloniki Airport “Makedonia”: All flights are allowed except those from Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, the UK, Turkey,Albania, Northern Macedonia. All visitors are subject to sample testing. Greece at any stage retains the right to modify any of the above in light of changing epidemiological data.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Greek authorities’ plans for future changes can be found here (in Greek) [https://covid19.gov.gr/schedio-stadiakis-apoklimakosis-perioristikon-metron/]. These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    Shops, bars and restaurants are open, as are other service providers like driving schools and private tuition centres (‘frontisteria’). Relevant public health regulations apply when visiting shops, bars, restaurants and other public spaces, including limits on the number of customers per square metre. You should comply with these requirements, and all other advice of the Greek authorities. Universities are closed; but schools and nurseries are open.
    It is mandatory to wear facemasks on public transport (including ferries), in taxis, in all medical facilities and in lifts. The use of facemasks is strongly recommended in other closed spaces. Travel in a private car or a taxi is limited to a maximum of 2 adult passengers per vehicle, in addition to the driver. Any children in the vehicle do not count towards this limit. When travelling in a taxi, all passengers must wear facemasks.
    Travel throughout Greece, including to the islands is permitted. If travelling via ferry, a health questionnaire, and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding, will be required. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator:. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, whose capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. Travelling by internal (domestic) flights, requires the wearing of masks throughout the journey. Specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
    Cruise ships and ferries coming from other countries are banned from landing in Greek ports. Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is now permitted within Greece. If your vessel is arriving in Greece from another country, you must comply with specific requirements upon your first landing in Greece. No passengers are permitted on the vessel, except for the crew. Upon arrival, you must present to harbour authorities, who will require the completion of a health declaration, and mandatory testing (to be paid for by the occupants of each vessel).

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    29.06.2020
  • Greece International flights into, out of Greece to resume on 15 June (News af, 13.06.2020). All international airports, border crossings to fully reopen on 1 July (Reuters, 12.06.2020).
    The government has decided to open Greek borders for tourists from the European Union, the Schengen area and Israel by July 1 at the latest, but possibly even earlier, from mid-June. (eKathimerini, 19.05.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    Up to June 30th, arrivals into Athens airport are subject to compulsory or random testing according to the origin of their travel. All arrivals into Thessaloniki airport are subject to compulsory testing. From July 1st onwards, sample tests will be conducted. The plan is subject to adjustments upon changing epidemiological data.
    Third Country Nationals: Greece follows the European Commission’s proposal and extends the temporary restriction on non-essential travel from non-EU countries until 30 June. Athens International Airport: The travel ban on flights from Italy, Spain and the Netherlands has been lifted. Only essential travel from Albania and Northern Macedonia is permitted. The travel ban on flights from the United Kingdom and Turkey will be maintained (regardless of the EASA affected area list).
    Thessaloniki Airport “Makedonia”: All flights are allowed except those from Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, the UK, Turkey,Albania, Northern Macedonia. All visitors are subject to sample testing. Greece at any stage retains the right to modify any of the above in light of changing epidemiological data.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Greek authorities’ plans for future changes can be found here (in Greek) [https://covid19.gov.gr/schedio-stadiakis-apoklimakosis-perioristikon-metron/]. These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    Shops, bars and restaurants are open, as are other service providers like driving schools and private tuition centres (‘frontisteria’). Relevant public health regulations apply when visiting shops, bars, restaurants and other public spaces, including limits on the number of customers per square metre. You should comply with these requirements, and all other advice of the Greek authorities. Universities are closed; but schools and nurseries are open.
    It is mandatory to wear facemasks on public transport (including ferries), in taxis, in all medical facilities and in lifts. The use of facemasks is strongly recommended in other closed spaces. Travel in a private car or a taxi is limited to a maximum of 2 adult passengers per vehicle, in addition to the driver. Any children in the vehicle do not count towards this limit. When travelling in a taxi, all passengers must wear facemasks.
    Travel throughout Greece, including to the islands is permitted. If travelling via ferry, a health questionnaire, and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding, will be required. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator:. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, whose capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. Travelling by internal (domestic) flights, requires the wearing of masks throughout the journey. Specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
    Cruise ships and ferries coming from other countries are banned from landing in Greek ports. Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is now permitted within Greece. If your vessel is arriving in Greece from another country, you must comply with specific requirements upon your first landing in Greece. No passengers are permitted on the vessel, except for the crew. Upon arrival, you must present to harbour authorities, who will require the completion of a health declaration, and mandatory testing (to be paid for by the occupants of each vessel).

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    27.06.2020
  • Greece International flights into, out of Greece to resume on 15 June (News af, 13.06.2020). All international airports, border crossings to fully reopen on 1 July (Reuters, 12.06.2020).
    The government has decided to open Greek borders for tourists from the European Union, the Schengen area and Israel by July 1 at the latest, but possibly even earlier, from mid-June. (eKathimerini, 19.05.2020)

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Greece.
    – This does not apply to:
    – nationals and family members of 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;
    – passengers with a British passport and their family members;
    – nationals of North Macedonia returning via Thessaloniki (SKG) and continuing by road to North Macedonia. Their trip must be prearranged by the authorities, e.g., Ministry of Foreign affairs, embassy, etc.;
    – passengers with a residence permit issued by Greece. A certificate of application for renewal of a residence permit is not accepted;
    – 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;
    – 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;
    – healthcare professionals and health researchers designated to support the national health care system;
    – government members, diplomats, staff of international organizations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers in the exercise of their duties;
    – passengers travelling for imperative family or business reasons with an authorization issued by the Greek embassy/consulate.
    2. Passengers are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 7 or 14 days.
    3. Flights from Turkey and the United Kingdom are suspended.
    – This does not apply to:
    – flights designated to support the Hellenic national healthcare system.
    – flights approved by the Hellenic ministry of Foreign Affairs for repatriation of Greek citizens, their family members and holders of residence permit in Greece.
    – state flights, sanitary flights, humanitarian flights, emergency flights, military flights, fire fighting flights, frontex flights and technical landings if passengers do not disembark.

    Internal restrictions:

    The wearing of masks is now mandatory in public transit, taxis, elevators and healthcare facilities. The state also strongly recommends the use of a mask in all areas but it is not mandatory.
    The violation of restrictions is punishable by fines of between 150 and 5000 Euros.
    Only local residents are allowed to board ferries to the islands. Ships carrying essential provisions are exempt from the ban. Pleasure boats out at sea must dock permanently. These restrictions are expected to be lifted in mid-June.
    Restrictions on migrant and refugee camps extended until 21 May.
    Aegean islands/Lesbos island: Additional restrictions remain in place until further notice in migrants’ camps on the Greek islands. No volunteers are allowed in the camps, and school classes for migrant children have been suspended. Entry will be allowed only to staff and there will be a compulsory temperature check for new arrivals. For regular updates, the ministry will post updates and instructions for/to the five island camps’ residents twice a day in Arabic, English, Farsi, French and Greek.
    Migrant camps in Ritsona and Malakasa have been placed under full sanitary isolation. No one is allowed to leave or enter the camp. Additional security forces have been deployed.

    Relaxation of restrictions
    No more restrictions for travel within the country.
    Mosques and churches are now allowed to resume services.
    Travel by ferry to all other islands will resume on 25 May.
    Cafes and restaurants are due to open between 25 May and 1 June; Hotels that operate year round from 1 June.
    Entertainment and sports venues (cinemas, theatres, entertainment centres, gyms, etc.) should be allowed to reopen in early June. Social distancing should be respected and capacity will be at 60 % max.
    In mid-June, touristic seasonal accommodation will reopen and ferries will be at almost 100% capacity.
    From 1 June there will be no more mandatory COVID-19 test nor 14 day quarantine.

    Aiport/Airline requirements:
    IMPORTANT- Air Travelers are asked to familiarize themselves with the information in the link [please copy/paste to your browser]: https://www.iata.org/contentassets/1fc1bc03486c49be81cdd4c3b19d1f45/greece-ncov-measures.pdf

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    15.06.2020
  • Greece Government lifts lockdown restrictions for hotels; some international flights start to resume on 15 June (Reuters, 01.06.2020)
    The government has decided to open Greek borders for tourists from the European Union, the Schengen area and Israel by July 1 at the latest, but possibly even earlier, from mid-June. (eKathimerini, 19.05.2020)

    International restrictions:

    Commerical flights and ferry services are severely limited. International flights are only allowed to land at Athens International Airport. Exempted from most flights suspension are emergency flights, cargo flights, military and Frontex flights, as well as flights that aim to repatriate Greek nationals stranded abroad. Until 31/05/2020. Most travellers are subject to a 14 day quarantine upon arrival in the country.

    Until 15 June, everyone arriving in Greece from abroad will be tested for coronavirus, and will be required to go into self-isolation. From 15 June, these requirements will change, with a requirment to participate in testing and self-isolation/quarantine.

    All flights to and from Albania, North Macedonia are suspended to June 14.
    All flights from Turkey to Greece are suspended to June 14.
    Borders and ferry services with Albania, Italy and North Macedonia are closed until 15 June with the exception of trade and persons of Greek nationality or those resident in Greece.
    Greece has prohibited the docking of cruise ships and international sailboats in Greek ports.
    Flights to/from Germany from Athens International Airport (ATH) will continue to run. Cargo, humanitarian and repatriation flights are also exempt from the measure.
    From 1 June, travel to Bulgaria and Serbia for business, family and humanitarian reasons is allowed for all Greek travellers without the need to quarantine.
    An entry ban for non-EU citizens remains in place (see related Schengen area alert), with the exception of necessary travel authorised by Greek consular offices, at least until 14 June.
    Exceptions apply for: Health workers; those with a long-term visa in a European and Schengen country; those who have obtained a travel permit from a Greek consulate; government, diplomatic, military and humanitarian staff; and aircraft crews will be allowed to enter Greece.

    Internal restrictions:

    The wearing of masks is now mandatory in public transit, taxis, elevators and healthcare facilities. The state also strongly recommends the use of a mask in all areas but it is not mandatory.
    The violation of restrictions is punishable by fines of between 150 and 5000 Euros.
    Only local residents are allowed to board ferries to the islands. Ships carrying essential provisions are exempt from the ban. Pleasure boats out at sea must dock permanently. These restrictions are expected to be lifted in mid-June.
    Restrictions on migrant and refugee camps extended until 21 May.
    Aegean islands/Lesbos island: Additional restrictions remain in place until further notice in migrants’ camps on the Greek islands. No volunteers are allowed in the camps, and school classes for migrant children have been suspended. Entry will be allowed only to staff and there will be a compulsory temperature check for new arrivals. For regular updates, the ministry will post updates and instructions for/to the five island camps’ residents twice a day in Arabic, English, Farsi, French and Greek.
    Migrant camps in Ritsona and Malakasa have been placed under full sanitary isolation. No one is allowed to leave or enter the camp. Additional security forces have been deployed.

    Relaxation of restrictions
    No more restrictions for travel within the country.
    Mosques and churches are now allowed to resume services.
    Travel by ferry to all other islands will resume on 25 May.
    Cafes and restaurants are due to open between 25 May and 1 June; Hotels that operate year round from 1 June.
    Entertainment and sports venues (cinemas, theatres, entertainment centres, gyms, etc.) should be allowed to reopen in early June. Social distancing should be respected and capacity will be at 60 % max.
    In mid-June, touristic seasonal accommodation will reopen and ferries will be at almost 100% capacity.
    From 1 June there will be no more mandatory COVID-19 test nor 14 day quarantine.

    Aiport/Airline requirements:
    IMPORTANT- Air Travelers are asked to familiarize themselves with the information in the link [please copy/paste to your browser]: https://www.iata.org/contentassets/1fc1bc03486c49be81cdd4c3b19d1f45/greece-ncov-measures.pdf

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    05.06.2020
  • Greece Greece announced this week that it will be suspending all flights to and from Qatar until mid-June after passengers on a Qatar Airways flight tested positive for coronavirus. All passengers are now in quarantine in a hotel in the capital.

    04.06.2020
  • Greece Government extends suspension of flights to several countries because of COVID-19 (Schengen Visa Info, 23.05.2020)
    The government has decided to open Greek borders for tourists from the European Union, the Schengen area and Israel by July 1 at the latest, but possibly even earlier, from mid-June. (eKathimerini, 19.05.2020)

    International restrictions:

    Commerical flights and ferry services are severely limited. International flights are only allowed to land at Athens International Airport. Exempted from most flights suspension are emergency flights, cargo flights, military and Frontex flights, as well as flights that aim to repatriate Greek nationals stranded abroad. Until 31/05/2020.
    Most travellers are subject to a 14 day quarantine upon arrival in the country.

    All flights to and from Albania, North Macedonia are suspended to June 14.
    All flights from Turkey to Greece are suspended to June 14.
    Borders and ferry services with Albania, Italy and North Macedonia are closed until 15 June with the exception of trade and persons of Greek nationality or those resident in Greece.
    Greece has prohibited the docking of cruise ships and international sailboats in Greek ports.
    Flights to/from Germany from Athens International Airport (ATH) will continue to run. Cargo, humanitarian and repatriation flights are also exempt from the measure.
    From 1 June, travel to Bulgaria and Serbia for business, family and humanitarian reasons is allowed for all Greek travellers without the need to quarantine.
    An entry ban for non-EU citizens remains in place (see related Schengen area alert), with the exception of necessary travel authorised by Greek consular offices, at least until 14 June.
    Exceptions apply for: Health workers; those with a long-term visa in a European and Schengen country; those who have obtained a travel permit from a Greek consulate; government, diplomatic, military and humanitarian staff; and aircraft crews will be allowed to enter Greece.

    Internal restrictions:

    The wearing of masks is now mandatory in public transit, taxis, elevators and healthcare facilities. The state also strongly recommends the use of a mask in all areas but it is not mandatory.
    The violation of restrictions is punishable by fines of between 150 and 5000 Euros.
    Only local residents are allowed to board ferries to the islands. Ships carrying essential provisions are exempt from the ban. Pleasure boats out at sea must dock permanently. These restrictions are expected to be lifted in mid-June.
    Restrictions on migrant and refugee camps extended until 21 May.
    Aegean islands/Lesbos island: Additional restrictions remain in place until further notice in migrants’ camps on the Greek islands. No volunteers are allowed in the camps, and school classes for migrant children have been suspended. Entry will be allowed only to staff and there will be a compulsory temperature check for new arrivals. For regular updates, the ministry will post updates and instructions for/to the five island camps’ residents twice a day in Arabic, English, Farsi, French and Greek.
    Migrant camps in Ritsona and Malakasa have been placed under full sanitary isolation. No one is allowed to leave or enter the camp. Additional security forces have been deployed.

    Relaxation of restrictions
    No more restrictions for travel within the country.
    Mosques and churches are now allowed to resume services.
    Travel by ferry to all other islands will resume on 25 May.
    Cafes and restaurants are due to open between 25 May and 1 June; Hotels that operate year round from 1 June.
    Entertainment and sports venues (cinemas, theatres, entertainment centres, gyms, etc.) should be allowed to reopen in early June. Social distancing should be respected and capacity will be at 60 % max.
    In mid-June, touristic seasonal accommodation will reopen and ferries will be at almost 100% capacity.
    From 1 June there will be no more mandatory COVID-19 test nor 14 day quarantine.

    Aiport/Airline requirements:
    IMPORTANT- Air Travelers are asked to familiarize themselves with the information in the link [please copy/paste to your browser]: https://www.iata.org/contentassets/1fc1bc03486c49be81cdd4c3b19d1f45/greece-ncov-measures.pdf

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    01.06.2020
  • Greece Visiting Greece prior to June 15
    Greece is currently in Phase 1, and with this:

    All international flights are only allowed into Athens Airport
    All visitors are tested upon arrival and are required to stay overnight at a designated hotel
    If the test is negative, then the passenger must self-quarantine for seven days, while if the test is positive, the passenger must self-quarantine for 14 days
    Keep in mind that as of now EU borders are closed through June 15, so outsiders can’t visit due to that restriction. It’s also always possible that EU border closures will be extended beyond June 15, though I know the EU is trying to avoid that.

    Visiting Greece between June 15 and June 30
    Just a couple of days ago we believed that tourists from 29 countries would be allowed to visit as of June 15, but that’s not quite how it will work.

    During Phase 2 in Greece:

    All international flights are only allowed into Athens and Thessaloniki Airports
    If your travel originated from an airport not on the EASA affected area list, then you are only subject to random testing upon arrival
    If your travel originated from an airport on the EASA affected area list, then you will be tested upon arrival and are required to stay overnight at a designated hotel
    If the test is negative, then the passenger must self-quarantine for seven days, while if the test is positive, the passenger must self-quarantine for 14 days

    Visiting Greece as of July 1
    During Phase 3 in Greece:

    International flights will be allowed to all Greek airports
    Visitors will be subject to random tests upon arrival
    “Additional restrictions regarding certain countries will be announced at a later date,” so we will have to wait and see what exactly that means

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    31.05.2020
  • Greece Government extends suspension of flights to several countries because of COVID-19 (Schengen Visa Info, 23.05.2020) The government has decided to open Greek borders for tourists from the European Union, the Schengen area and Israel by July 1 at the latest, but possibly even earlier, from mid-June. (eKathimerini, 19.05.2020)

    International restrictions:

    Commerical flights and ferry services are severely limited. International flights are only allowed to land at Athens International Airport. Exempted from most flights suspension are emergency flights, cargo flights, military and Frontex flights, as well as flights that aim to repatriate Greek nationals stranded abroad. Until 31/05/2020. Most travellers are subject to a 14 day quarantine upon arrival in the country. All flights to and from Albania, North Macedonia are suspended to June 14. All flights from Turkey to Greece are suspended to June 14. Borders and ferry services with Albania, Italy and North Macedonia are closed until 15 June with the exception of trade and persons of Greek nationality or those resident in Greece. Greece has prohibited the docking of cruise ships and international sailboats in Greek ports. Flights to/from Germany from Athens International Airport (ATH) will continue to run. Cargo, humanitarian and repatriation flights are also exempt from the measure. From 1 June, travel to Bulgaria and Serbia for business, family and humanitarian reasons is allowed for all Greek travellers without the need to quarantine. An entry ban for non-EU citizens remains in place (see related Schengen area alert), with the exception of necessary travel authorised by Greek consular offices, at least until 14 June. Exceptions apply for: Health workers; those with a long-term visa in a European and Schengen country; those who have obtained a travel permit from a Greek consulate; government, diplomatic, military and humanitarian staff; and aircraft crews will be allowed to enter Greece.

    Internal restrictions:

    The wearing of masks is now mandatory in public transit, taxis, elevators and healthcare facilities. The state also strongly recommends the use of a mask in all areas but it is not mandatory. The violation of restrictions is punishable by fines of between 150 and 5000 Euros. Only local residents are allowed to board ferries to the islands. Ships carrying essential provisions are exempt from the ban. Pleasure boats out at sea must dock permanently. These restrictions are expected to be lifted in mid-June. Restrictions on migrant and refugee camps extended until 21 May. Aegean islands/Lesbos island: Additional restrictions remain in place until further notice in migrants’ camps on the Greek islands. No volunteers are allowed in the camps, and school classes for migrant children have been suspended. Entry will be allowed only to staff and there will be a compulsory temperature check for new arrivals. For regular updates, the ministry will post updates and instructions for/to the five island camps’ residents twice a day in Arabic, English, Farsi, French and Greek. Migrant camps in Ritsona and Malakasa have been placed under full sanitary isolation. No one is allowed to leave or enter the camp. Additional security forces have been deployed. Relaxation of restrictions No more restrictions for travel within the country. Mosques and churches are now allowed to resume services. Travel by ferry to all other islands will resume on 25 May. Cafes and restaurants are due to open between 25 May and 1 June; Hotels that operate year round from 1 June. Entertainment and sports venues (cinemas, theatres, entertainment centres, gyms, etc.) should be allowed to reopen in early June. Social distancing should be respected and capacity will be at 60 % max. In mid-June, touristic seasonal accommodation will reopen and ferries will be at almost 100% capacity. From 1 June there will be no more mandatory COVID-19 test nor 14 day quarantine. Aiport/Airline requirements: IMPORTANT- Air Travelers are asked to familiarize themselves with the information in the link [please copy/paste to your browser]: https://www.iata.org/contentassets/1fc1bc03486c49be81cdd4c3b19d1f45/greece-ncov-measures.pdf

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    28.05.2020
  • Greece The government has decided to open Greek borders for tourists from the European Union, the Schengen area and Israel by July 1 at the latest, but possibly even earlier, from mid-June. (eKathimerini, 19.05.2020)

    International restrictions:

    Most travellers are subject to a 14 day quarantine upon arrival in the country. The following categories of travellers are excluded: passengers on transit flights, flight crews, state flights, medical and humanitarian flights, military flights, cargo flights and Frontex flight passengers. Commercial flights to/from Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK and Turkey are suspended until 31 May. All flights to and from Albania, North Macedonia are suspended to June 14. All flights from Turkey to Greece are suspended to June 14. Borders and ferry services with Albania, Italy and North Macedonia are closed until 15 June with the exception of trade and persons of Greek nationality or those resident in Greece. Greece has prohibited the docking of cruise ships and international sailboats in Greek ports. Flights to/from Germany from Athens International Airport (ATH) will continue to run. Cargo, humanitarian and repatriation flights are also exempt from the measure. From 1 June, travel to Bulgaria and Serbia for business, family and humanitarian reasons is allowed for all Greek travellers without the need to quarantine. An entry ban for non-EU citizens remains in place (see related Schengen area alert), with the exception of necessary travel authorised by Greek consular offices, at least until 14 June. Exceptions apply for: Health workers; those with a long-term visa in a European and Schengen country; those who have obtained a travel permit from a Greek consulate; government, diplomatic, military and humanitarian staff; and aircraft crews will be allowed to enter Greece.

    Internal restrictions:

    The wearing of masks is now mandatory in public transit, taxis, elevators and healthcare facilities. The state also strongly recommends the use of a mask in all areas but it is not mandatory. The violation of restrictions is punishable by fines of between 150 and 5000 Euros. Only local residents are allowed to board ferries to the islands. Ships carrying essential provisions are exempt from the ban. Pleasure boats out at sea must dock permanently. These restrictions are expected to be lifted in mid-June. Restrictions on migrant and refugee camps extended until 21 May. Aegean islands/Lesbos island: Additional restrictions remain in place until further notice in migrants’ camps on the Greek islands. No volunteers are allowed in the camps, and school classes for migrant children have been suspended. Entry will be allowed only to staff and there will be a compulsory temperature check for new arrivals. For regular updates, the ministry will post updates and instructions for/to the five island camps’ residents twice a day in Arabic, English, Farsi, French and Greek. Migrant camps in Ritsona and Malakasa have been placed under full sanitary isolation. No one is allowed to leave or enter the camp. Additional security forces have been deployed. Relaxation of restrictions No more restrictions for travel within the country. Mosques and churches are now allowed to resume services. Travel by ferry to all other islands will resume on 25 May. Cafes and restaurants are due to open between 25 May and 1 June; Hotels that operate year round from 1 June. Entertainment and sports venues (cinemas, theatres, entertainment centres, gyms, etc.) should be allowed to reopen in early June. Social distancing should be respected and capacity will be at 60 % max. In mid-June, touristic seasonal accommodation will reopen and ferries will be at almost 100% capacity. From 1 June there will be no more mandatory COVID-19 test nor 14 day quarantine.

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    24.05.2020
  • Greece The government has decided to open Greek borders for tourists from the European Union, the Schengen area and Israel by July 1 at the latest, but possibly even earlier, from mid-June. (eKathimerini, 19.05.2020)

    International restrictions:

    Most travellers are subject to a 14 day quarantine upon arrival in the country. The following categories of travellers are excluded: passengers on transit flights, flight crews, state flights, medical and humanitarian flights, military flights, cargo flights and Frontex flight passengers. Commercial flights to/from Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK and Turkey are suspended until 31 May. Borders and ferry services with Albania, Italy and North Macedonia are closed until 15 June with the exception of trade and persons of Greek nationality or those resident in Greece. Greece has prohibited the docking of cruise ships and international sailboats in Greek ports. Flights to/from Germany from Athens International Airport (ATH) will continue to run. Cargo, humanitarian and repatriation flights are also exempt from the measure. From 1 June, travel to Bulgaria and Serbia for business, family and humanitarian reasons is allowed for all Greek travellers without the need to quarantine. An entry ban for non-EU citizens remains in place (see related Schengen area alert), with the exception of necessary travel authorised by Greek consular offices, at least until 14 June. Exceptions apply for: Health workers; those with a long-term visa in a European and Schengen country; those who have obtained a travel permit from a Greek consulate; government, diplomatic, military and humanitarian staff; and aircraft crews will be allowed to enter Greece.

    Internal restrictions:

    The wearing of masks is now mandatory in public transit, taxis, elevators and healthcare facilities. The state also strongly recommends the use of a mask in all areas but it is not mandatory. The violation of restrictions is punishable by fines of between 150 and 5000 Euros. Only local residents are allowed to board ferries to the islands. Ships carrying essential provisions are exempt from the ban. Pleasure boats out at sea must dock permanently. These restrictions are expected to be lifted in mid-June.Restrictions on migrant and refugee camps extended until 21 May. Aegean islands/Lesbos island: Additional restrictions remain in place until further notice in migrants’ camps on the Greek islands. No volunteers are allowed in the camps, and school classes for migrant children have been suspended. Entry will be allowed only to staff and there will be a compulsory temperature check for new arrivals. For regular updates, the ministry will post updates and instructions for/to the five island camps’ residents twice a day in Arabic, English, Farsi, French and Greek. Migrant camps in Ritsona and Malakasa have been placed under full sanitary isolation. No one is allowed to leave or enter the camp. Additional security forces have been deployed. Relaxation of restrictions Mosques and churches are now allowed to resume services. Travel to all other islands may resume on 25 May, although it will be confirmed by the Greek authorities between 18-24 May. Cafes and restaurants are due to open from 25 May; Hotels from 1 June. Entertainment and sports venues (cinemas, theatres, entertainment centres, gyms, etc.) should be allowed to reopen around mid-July.

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    21.05.2020
  • Greece Greece Extends Flight Ban for Italy, Spain, Uk, Netherlands, Turkey, North Macedonia and Albania (GTP, 15.05.2020)

    International restrictions:

    All travellers are subject to a 14 day quarantine upon arrival in the country. Commercial flights to/from Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the UK are suspended until 31 May. Borders and ferry services with Albania, Italy and North Macedonia are closed until 15 June with the exception of trade and persons of Greek nationality or those resident in Greece. Greece has prohibited the docking of cruise ships and international sailboats in Greek ports. Flights to/from Germany from Athens International Airport (ATH) will continue to run. Cargo, humanitarian and repatriation flights are also exempt from the measure. Health workers; those with a long-term visa in a European and Schengen country; those who have obtained a travel permit from a Greek consulate; government, diplomatic, military and humanitarian staff; and aircraft crews will be allowed to enter Greece.

    Internal restrictions:

    The wearing of masks is now mandatory in public transit, taxis, elevators and healthcare facilities. The state also strongly recommends the use of a mask in all areas but it is not mandatory. The violation of restrictions is punishable by fines of between 150 and 5000 Euros. Only local residents are allowed to board ferries to the islands. Ships carrying essential provisions are exempt from the ban. Pleasure boats out at sea must dock permanently. Restrictions on migrant and refugee camps extended until 21 May. Aegean islands/Lesbos island: Additional restrictions remain in place until further notice in migrants’ camps on the Greek islands. No volunteers are allowed in the camps, and school classes for migrant children have been suspended. Entry will be allowed only to staff and there will be a compulsory temperature check for new arrivals. For regular updates, the ministry will post updates and instructions for/to the five island camps’ residents twice a day in Arabic, English, Farsi, French and Greek. Migrant camps in Ritsona and Malakasa have been placed under full sanitary isolation. No one is allowed to leave or enter the camp. Additional security forces have been deployed. Relaxation of restrictions The night curfews in the islands of Mykonos & Santorini were lifted on 27 April. The lockdown ended on 4 May. Citizens are now allowed to move freely within their county. Strict guidelines for public spaces, including observance of social distancing measures, will be enforced until 18 May. The majority of stores, including retailers and hairdressers, reopened on 4 May, and the remaining businesses reopened on 11 May. The SMS system previously in place to be able to go outside is no longer in use. Another wave of relaxation measures will come from 18 May when schools are due to reopen. Shopping centres, cafes, restaurants and hotels should resume their operations on 1 June. Travel to the prefectures and the Island of Crete to resume from 18 May. Travel to all other islands may resume on 25 May, although it will be confirmed by the Greek authorities between 18-24 May. On 18 May, malls and shopping centres reopened and passenger ferry services resumed, though facemasks and social distancing are mandatory. Cafes and restaurants are due to open on 25 May.

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    19.05.2020
  • Greece Greece Extends Flight Ban for Italy, Spain, Uk, Netherlands, Turkey, North Macedonia and Albania (GTP, 15.05.2020)

    International restrictions:

    All travellers are subject to a 14 day quarantine upon arrival in the country. Commercial flights to/from Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the UK are suspended until 31 May. Borders and ferry services with Albania, Italy and North Macedonia are closed until 15 June with the exception of trade and persons of Greek nationality or those resident in Greece. Greece has prohibited the docking of cruise ships and international sailboats in Greek ports. Flights to/from Germany from Athens International Airport (ATH) will continue to run. Cargo, humanitarian and repatriation flights are also exempt from the measure. Health workers; those with a long-term visa in a European and Schengen country; thos who have obtained a travel permit from a Greek consulate; government, diplomatic, military and humanitarian staff; and aircraft crews will be allowed to enter Greece.

    Internal restrictions:

    The country’s lockdown ended on 4 May. It is now possible for people to leave their homes without the need for permission. The wearing of masks is now mandatory in public transit, taxis, elevators and healthcare facilities. The state also strongly recommends the use of a mask in all areas but it is not mandatory. The violation of restrictions is punishable by fines of between 150 and 5000 Euros. Only local residents are allowed to board ferries to the islands. Ships carrying essential provisions are exempt from the ban. Pleasure boats out at sea must dock permanently. Schools, universities and other educational facilities are closed nationwide, except for final-year high school students from 11 May. Restrictions on migrant and refugee camps extended until 21 May. Aegean islands/Lesbos island: Additional restrictions remain in place until further notice in migrants’ camps on the Greek islands. No volunteers are allowed in the camps, and school classes for migrant children have been suspended. Entry will be allowed only to staff and there will be a compulsory temperature check for new arrivals. For regular updates, the ministry will post updates and instructions for/to the five island camps’ residents twice a day in Arabic, English, Farsi, French and Greek. Migrant camps in Ritsona and Malakasa have been placed under full sanitary isolation. No one is allowed to leave or enter the camp. Additional security forces have been deployed. Relaxation of restrictions The night curfews in the islands of Mykonos & Santorini were lifted on 27 April. The lockdown ended on 4 May. Citizens are now allowed to move freely within their county. Strict guidelines for public spaces, including observance of social distancing measures, will be enforced until 18 May. The majority of stores, including retailers and hairdressers, reopened on 4 May, and the remaining businesses reopened on 11 May. The SMS system previously in place to be able to go outside is no longer in use. Another wave of relaxation measures will come from 18 May when schools are due to reopen. Shopping centres, cafes, restaurants and hotels should resume their operations on 1 June. Travel to Greece for work purposes will be permitted from 18 May. Travel to the prefectures and the Island of Crete to resume from 18 May. Travel to the islands may resume on 25 May, although it will be confirmed by the Greek authorities between 18-24 May.

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    16.05.2020
  • Greece Greek authorities announced a gradual re-opening schedule beginning May 4. (OSAC 01.05.2020); Greece has extended the temporary suspension of flights to Italy, Turkey, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and vice versa, until May 15, (Schengen Visa Info, 18.04.2020). 1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Greece. – This does not apply to: – nationals and family members of 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; – passengers with a British passport and their family members; – passengers with a residence permit issued by Greece. A certificate of application for renewal of a residence permit is not accepted; – 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; – 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; – healthcare professionals and health researchers designated to support the national health care system; – government members, diplomats, staff of international organizations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers in the exercise of their duties; – passengers travelling for imperative family or business reasons with an authorization issued by the Greek embassy/consulate. 2. Passengers arriving in Greece must be in quarantine for 14 days and must give their contact information to the authorities upon arrival. – This does not apply to state flights, sanitary flights, humanitarian flights and military flights. 3. Flights from Turkey are suspended. – This does not apply to: – flights approved by the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs for repatriation of Greek citizens, their family members and holders of residence permit in Greece. – state flights, sanitary flights, humanitarian flights, emergency flights, fire fighting flights, frontex flights and technical landings if passengers do not disembark. 4. Flights from Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom are suspended. – This does not apply to: – flights designated to support the Hellenic national healthcare system. – flights approved by the Hellenic ministry of Foreign Affairs for repatriation of Greek citizens, their family members and holders of residence permit in Greece. – state flights, sanitary flights, humanitarian flights, emergency flights, military flights, fire fighting flights, frontex flights and technical landings if passengers do not disembark.

    Internal restrictions:

    A nationwide lockdown is in place until 4 May. People are only allowed to go out for essential work, health reasons, short walks or to acquire essential supplies. They must carry ID, and the reason for their movements has to be confirmed by their employer or by themselves. Those found violating the rules will receive a 150 euro on-the-spot fine. The islands of Mykonos & Santorini are operating a curfew until 27 April, from 20.00 until 08.00. Kranidi (Peloponnese region) was placed under a 14-day lockdown period until 5 May, with a night curfew operating between 20.00 and 08.00 after 150 refugees and migrants tested positive for COVID19. Restrictive measures are due to last until 5 May. Only local residents are allowed to board ferries to the islands. Ships carrying essential provisions are exempt from the ban. Pleasure boats out at sea must dock permanently. All shops (including malls, bars, cafes and restaurants as well as museums, sport venues and all archaeological sites), except supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, gas stations and food deliveries, are closed. Schools, universities and other educational facilities are closed nationwide. Fines of up to 5,000 Euros can be imposed for violating restrictions. Aegean islands/Lesbos island: Additional restrictions remain in place until further notice in migrants’ camps on the Greek islands. No volunteers are allowed in the camps, and school classes for migrant children have been suspended. Entry will be allowed only to staff and there will be a compulsory temperature check for new arrivals. For regular updates, the ministry will post updates and instructions for/to the five island camps’ residents twice a day in Arabic, English, Farsi, French and Greek. More than 2,300 ‘vulnerable’ refugees are being moved to mainland hotels, apartments and other camps. The transfer is expected to be carried out over a two-week period from 19 April. Migrant camps in Ritsona and Malakasa have been placed under full sanitary isolation. No one is allowed to leave or enter the camp. Additional security forces have been deployed.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    The night curfews in the islands of Mykonos & Santorini were lifted on 27 April. The country’s lockdown ended on 4 May. Citizens are now allowed to move freely within their county. Strict guidelines for public spaces, including observance of social distancing measures, will be enforced until 18 May. The majority of stores, including retailers and hairdressers, reopened on 4 May, and the remaining businesses reopened on 11 May. The SMS system previously in place to be able to go outside is no longer in use. Another wave of relaxation measures will come from 18 May when schools are due to reopen. Shopping centres, cafes, restaurants and hotels should resume their operations on 1 June.

    Source: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening

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    12.05.2020
  • Greece Greek authorities announced a gradual re-opening schedule beginning May 4. (OSAC 01.05.2020); Greece has extended the temporary suspension of flights to Italy, Turkey, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and vice versa, until May 15, (Schengen Visa Info, 18.04.2020).

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Greece.
    – This does not apply to:
    – nationals and family members of 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;
    – passengers with a British passport and their family members;
    – passengers with a residence permit issued by Greece. A certificate of application for renewal of a residence permit is not accepted;
    – 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;
    – 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;
    – healthcare professionals and health researchers designated to support the national health care system;
    – government members, diplomats, staff of international organizations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers in the exercise of their duties;
    – passengers travelling for imperative family or business reasons with an authorization issued by the Greek embassy/consulate.
    2. Passengers arriving in Greece must be in quarantine for 14 days and must give their contact information to the authorities upon arrival.
    – This does not apply to state flights, sanitary flights, humanitarian flights and military flights.
    3. Flights from Turkey are suspended.
    – This does not apply to:
    – flights approved by the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs for repatriation of Greek citizens, their family members and holders of residence permit in Greece.
    – state flights, sanitary flights, humanitarian flights, emergency flights, fire fighting flights, frontex flights and technical landings if passengers do not disembark.
    4. Flights from Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom are suspended.
    – This does not apply to:
    – flights designated to support the Hellenic national healthcare system.
    – flights approved by the Hellenic ministry of Foreign Affairs for repatriation of Greek citizens, their family members and holders of residence permit in Greece.
    – state flights, sanitary flights, humanitarian flights, emergency flights, military flights, fire fighting flights, frontex flights and technical landings if passengers do not disembark.

    Internal restrictions:

    A nationwide lockdown is in place until 4 May. People are only allowed to go out for essential work, health reasons, short walks or to acquire essential supplies. They must carry ID, and the reason for their movements has to be confirmed by their employer or by themselves. Those found violating the rules will receive a 150 euro on-the-spot fine.
    The islands of Mykonos & Santorini are operating a curfew until 27 April, from 20.00 until 08.00.
    Kranidi (Peloponnese region) was placed under a 14-day lockdown period until 5 May, with a night curfew operating between 20.00 and 08.00 after 150 refugees and migrants tested positive for COVID19. Restrictive measures are due to last until 5 May.
    Only local residents are allowed to board ferries to the islands. Ships carrying essential provisions are exempt from the ban. Pleasure boats out at sea must dock permanently.
    All shops (including malls, bars, cafes and restaurants as well as museums, sport venues and all archaeological sites), except supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, gas stations and food deliveries, are closed. Schools, universities and other educational facilities are closed nationwide.
    Fines of up to 5,000 Euros can be imposed for violating restrictions.
    Aegean islands/Lesbos island: Additional restrictions remain in place until further notice in migrants’ camps on the Greek islands. No volunteers are allowed in the camps, and school classes for migrant children have been suspended. Entry will be allowed only to staff and there will be a compulsory temperature check for new arrivals. For regular updates, the ministry will post updates and instructions for/to the five island camps’ residents twice a day in Arabic, English, Farsi, French and Greek. More than 2,300 ‘vulnerable’ refugees are being moved to mainland hotels, apartments and other camps. The transfer is expected to be carried out over a two-week period from 19 April.
    Migrant camps in Ritsona and Malakasa have been placed under full sanitary isolation. No one is allowed to leave or enter the camp. Additional security forces have been deployed.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    The night curfews in the islands of Mykonos & Santorini were lifted on 27 April.
    From 4 May, citizens will be allowed to move freely within their county. Strict guidelines for public spaces, including observance of social distancing measures, will be enforced until 18 May.
    The majority of stores, including retailers and hairdressers, will open on 4 May, and the remaining ones on 11 May. The SMS system previously in place to be able to go outside will be removed from 4 May. Another wave of relaxation measures will come from 18 May when schools are due to reopen.
    Shopping centres, cafes, restaurants and hotels should resume their operations on 1 June.

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    09.05.2020
  • Source [https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece]
    [https://gr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/]
    [https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/GRC]
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