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Airlines Updates

22.10.2020 Greek carrier Ellinair in recent schedule update filed planned scheduled service in winter 2020/21 season, from 25OCT20 to 27MAR21. As of 18OCT20, planned operation includes the following. Additional changes may be filed in the next few weeks.

Thessaloniki – Athens 6 weekly
Thessaloniki – Irakleion 3 weekly
Thessaloniki – Moscow Vnukovo 2 weekly

Published on 20.10.2020
Aegean Airlines to expand Lufthansa codeshare in S21

Published on 12.10.2020
SkyExpress outlines A320neo operations from mid-Dec 2020

Published on 06.10.2020
Aegean Airlines A321neo preliminary operations in S21

07.09.2020 Ellinair in recent schedule update plans to resume service to Russia in late-September 2020, subject to further travel restrictions development. For the period of 01SEP20 – 24OCT20, planned operation includes following routes.

Irakleion – Moscow Vnukovo eff 23SEP20 2 weekly (4 weekly from 30SEP20, 2 weekly from 21OCT20)
Thessaloniki – Athens 6 weekly
Thessaloniki – Irakleion 3 weekly
Thessaloniki – Mineralnye Vody eff 25SEP20 2 weekly (1 weekly from 09OCT20)
Thessaloniki – Moscow Vnukovo eff 22SEP20 4 weekly (3 weekly from 11OCT20)
Thessaloniki – Rostov-on-Don eff 23SEP20 2 weekly until 07OCT20
Thessaloniki – St. Petersburg eff 22SEP20 2 weekly until 09OCT20

20.08.2020 Aegean Airlines during the month of September 2020 plans to operate following routes, based on OAG schedules listing as of 16AUG20. Further changes to planned service remain highly possible.

Athens – Amsterdam 1 daily A320
Athens – Barcelona 4 weekly A320 (3 weekly 18SEP20 – 29SEP20)
Athens – Belgrade 2 weekly A320
Athens – Bologna 3 weekly A320 (No operation 10SEP20 – 20SEP20, 2 weekly from 21SEP20)
Athens – Bordeaux 2 weekly A320
Athens – Brussels 9 weekly A320/320neo
Athens – Bucharest 8 weekly A320 (7 weekly from 08SEP20)
Athens – Budapest 2 weekly A319/320
Athens – Cairo 7 weekly A320
Athens – Catania 2 weekly Dash8-Q400 until 10SEP20
Athens – Copenhagen 4 weekly A320
Athens – Dublin 2 weekly A320
Athens – Dusseldorf 7 weekly A320
Athens – Edinburgh 2 weekly A320
Athens – Frankfurt 7 weekly A321
Athens – Geneva 6 weekly A320
Athens – Hamburg 5 weekly A320
Athens – Hannover 2 weekly A320
Athens – Helsinki 2 weekly A320
Athens – Istanbul 7 weekly A320
Athens – Krakow 2 weekly A320
Athens – Lisbon 2 weekly A320
Athens – London Heathrow 3 daily A320neo
Athens – Luxembourg 3 weekly A320/321
Athens – Lyon 2 weekly A320/321
Athens – Madrid 4 weekly A320
Athens – Malta 2 weekly Dash8-Q400
Athens – Manchester 2 weekly A320
Athens – Marseille 3 weekly A320
Athens – Milan Malpensa 9 weekly A320neo
Athens – Moscow Domodedovo 3 weekly A320
Athens – Munich 11 weekly A320neo/321
Athens – Nantes 2 weekly A320
Athens – Naples 2 weekly Dash8-Q400 until 06SEP20
Athens – Nice 3 weekly A320
Athens – Paris CDG 14 weekly A320/321
Athens – Prague 4 weekly A320
Athens – Rome 9 weekly A320
Athens – Sofia 5 weekly A320
Athens – Stockholm Arlanda 3 weekly A320
Athens – Stuttgart 4 weekly A320
Athens – Tbilisi 2 weekly A320
Athens – Tel Aviv 5 weekly A320 (10 weekly from 19SEP20)
Athens – Tirana 6 weekly A320
Athens – Toulouse 2 weekly A320
Athens – Venice 2 weekly A320
Athens – Warsaw 5 weekly A320
Athens – Yerevan 2 weekly A320
Athens – Zurich 7 weekly A320/320neo
Corfu – Paris CDG 1 weekly A320
Irakleion – Bordeaux 1 weekly A320
Irakleion – Dusseldorf 1 weekly A320
Irakleion – Frankfurt 2 weekly A320 (3 weekly from 18SEP20)
Irakleion – Lyon 1 weekly A320
Irakleion – Marseille 1 weekly A320
Irakleion – Munich 3 weekly A320
Irakleion – Nantes 1 weekly A320
Irakleion – Paris CDG 3 weekly A320
Irakleion – Stuttgart 2 weekly A320
Irakleion – Toulouse 1 weekly A320
Irakleion – Zurich 2 weekly A320
Kalamata – Stockholm Arlanda eff 19SEP20 1 weekly A320
Rhodes – Frankfurt 2 weekly A320
Rhodes – Lyon 1 weekly A320
Rhodes – Munich 2 weekly A320
Rhodes – Paris CDG 1 weekly A320
Rhodes – Zurich eff 19SEP20 2 weekly A320
Thessaloniki – Dusseldorf 7 weekly A321
Thessaloniki – Frankfurt 7 weekly A320
Thessaloniki – Moscow Domodedovo eff 11SEP20 2 weekly A320
Thessaloniki – Munich 12 weekly A320/321
Thessaloniki – Nuremberg 2 weekly A320
Thessaloniki – Stuttgart 6 weekly A320/321
Thessaloniki – Tel Aviv eff 20SEP20 2 weekly A320

06.07.2020 Aegean Airlines in the last few weeks filed additional changes for its planned operation for summer 2020 season. As of 03JUL20, the month of July 2020 sees the Star Alliance carrier operates following routes.

Various travel restrictions continue to impact the airline’s operation.

Athens – Amsterdam 4 weekly
Athens – Barcelona 2 weekly (3 weekly from 14JUL20)
Athens – Belgrade 2 weekly
Athens – Berlin Tegel 3 weekly (4 weekly from 23JUL20)
Athens – Bologna 2 weekly
Athens – Bordeaux eff 18JUL20 2 weekly
Athens – Brussels 6 weekly
Athens – Bucharest 6 weekly (7 weekly from 12JUL20)
Athens – Cairo eff 16JUL20 7 weekly
Athens – Catania eff 2 weekly
Athens – Copenhagen 2 weekly
Athens – Dublin eff 19JUL20 2 weekly
Athens – Dusseldorf 5 weekly
Athens – Frankfurt 7 weekly
Athens – Geneva 3 weekly (4 weekly from 16JUL20)
Athens – Hamburg 3 weekly
Athens – Helsinki eff 20JUL20 2 weekly
Athens – Lisbon 2 weekly
Athens – London Heathrow eff 16JUL20 2 daily
Athens – Luxembourg 2 weekly
Athens – Lyon 1 weekly (2 weekly from 16JUL20)
Athens – Madrid 4 weekly
Athens – Malta 2 weekly
Athens – Marseille 2 weekly (3 weekly from 21JUL20)
Athens – Milan Malpensa 6 weekly
Athens – Munich 7 weekly (10 weekly from 20JUL20)
Athens – Nantes 1 weekly (2 weekly from 11JUL20)
Athens – Naples 2 weekly
Athens – Nice 2 weekly (3 weekly from 24JUL20)
Athens – Paris CDG 9 weekly (14 weekly from 12JUL20)
Athens – Prague 2 weekly (3 weekly from 16JUL20)
Athens – Rome 7 weekly (8 weekly from 20JUL20)
Athens – Sofia 5 weekly
Athens – Stockholm Arlanda eff 19JUL20 2 weekly
Athens – Stuttgart 2 weekly
Athens – Tel Aviv 2 weekly (3 weekly from 20JUL20)
Athens – Tirana 6 weekly
Athens – Venice eff 10JUL20 2 weekly
Athens – Vienna 3 weekly
Athens – Warsaw 2 weekly (3 weekly from 16JUL20)
Athens – Zurich 7 weekly
Corfu – Paris CDG 1 weekly
Irakleion – Bordeaux eff 13JUL20 1 weekly
Irakleion – Frankfurt eff 25JUL20 1 weekly
Irakleion – Lyon eff 13JUL20 1 weekly
Irakleion – Marseille eff 13JUL20 1 weekly
Irakleion – Nantes eff 13JUL20 1 weekly
Irakleion – Paris CDG 2 weekly (4 weekly from 13JUL20)
Irakleion – Toulouse 1 weekly
Irakleion – Zurich eff 25JUL20 1 weekly
Rhodes – Lyon eff 12JUL20 1 weekly
Rhodes – Paris CDG eff 12JUL20 1 weekly
Thessaloniki – Dusseldorf 7 weekly
Thessaloniki – Frankfurt 7 weekly
Thessaloniki – Munich 7 weekly (10 weekly from 15JUL20)
Thessaloniki – Paris CDG eff 24JUL20 2 weekly
Thessaloniki – Stuttgart 6 weekly
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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Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Greece
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Greece.
  • This does not apply to:
    • Nationals and residents of Greece,
    • Nationals of a European Union or a Schengen Area member state, or the United Kingdom (including spouses, civil partners and minor children),
    • Residents of a EU member state, Schengen Area member state, or the United Kingdom, holding a valid residence permit,
    • Nationals of Australia, Japan, Korea (South), Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand, United Arab Emirates or Uruguay,
    • Passengers in transit,
    • Students,
    • Passengers caring for the elderly or the disabled,
    • Members of international organisations, government missions, or militaries,
    • Medical staff in the health sector holding documentation proving their profession,
    • Passengers travelling for essential reasons,
    • Seasonal workers in the field of agriculture,
    • Crew members, seamen and passengers working in the transport sector.
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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 27.10.2020

Entry restrictions
Passengers are not allowed to enter until 8 November 2020.
– This does not apply to 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 or Switzerland.
– This does not apply to family members of British nationals.
– This does not apply to 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 United Kingdom.
– This does not apply to student.

Passengers are subject to Coronavirus (COVID-19) test upon arrival, details can be found at travel.gov.gr

Passengers must complete a “Passenger Locator Form(PLF)” at travel.gov.gr not later than the day before arrival in Greece. A confirmation email or a QR code generated from the completed form must be presented upon arrival. Families can be accepted with one joint confirmation e-mail or a unique QR code.

Entry restrictions for passengers who arrive from or have been in Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, Hungary, Israel, Malta, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, United Arab Emirates
Until 8 November 2020, passengers arriving from Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, Hungary, Israel, Malta, North Macedonia (Rep.), Poland, Romania, Russian Fed., Spain or United Arab Emirates must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The certificate must be in English and the test must have been taken at most 72 hours before arrival.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 10 years.

Special requirements for flights from/to Albania, North Macedonia
Passengers arriving from Albania and North Macedonia (Rep.) must arrive at Athens (ATH).

Flights from/to Turkey are suspended
Flights from Turkey are suspended until 8 November 2020.
– This does not apply to humanitarian, medevac, military and repatriation flights.

Flights from/to Spain (Catalonia) are suspended
Flights from Catalonia (Spain) are suspended until 8 November 2020.

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Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site- subject to PCR.

As of 11.11.2020, proof of a negative PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours before departure will be required to all passengers entering Greece by air or land

Travellers should be laboratory tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab. The negative result certificate should be written in English and include name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.
In the event of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed in a 14-day quarantine, with the expenses covered by the Greek state. Children under the age of 10 are not subject to the obligation to perform a PCR test.
In addition to this all travellers must complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF).

Find out more:

travel.gov.gr

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

As of 11.11.2020, proof of a negative PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours before departure will be required to all passengers entering Greece by air or land

Travellers should be laboratory tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab. The negative result certificate should be written in English and include name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.
In the event of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed in a 14-day quarantine, with the expenses covered by the Greek state. Children under the age of 10 are not subject to the obligation to perform a PCR test.
In addition to this all travellers must complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF).

Find out more:

travel.gov.gr

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Vaccination

Yellow fever (2017)
Country requirement at entry: no
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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.

Full Restrictions

  • Greece Latest News: Government set to extend COVID-19 lockdown amid growing cases (Ekathimerini.com, 23.11.2020). Government tightens lockdown in north as COVID-19 cases climb (Reuters, 19.11.2020). Domestic flights restricted between 09-30 November due to nationwide lockdown (National Herald, 08.11.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed. As of 11.11.2020, all people traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This includes air and land arrivals to Greece.

    The certificate should be written in English and include name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be:
    – National Reference laboratories
    – National Public Health Laboratories
    – Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test.

    The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    In the event of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

    Find out more:

    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    The following 9 countries are exempted from the entry ban into Greece: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, Singapore, China*, UAE**. As of 11.11.2020, all people traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020 until 30.11.2020, permanent residents of the UAE may arrive only by direct flights. In order to enter the territory, they need to present to the air border control authorities the following documents: 

    – proof of permanent residence in the UAE;

    – return tickets and hotel reservations;

    – health checks (PCR COVID-19 test taken 72h before departure);

    – passenger Locator Form (PLF);

    – travel insurance. 

    Permanent residents of other third-countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

    Find out more:

    Protocols for air arrivals in Greece

    travel.gov.gr/#

    Internal Restrictions:
    At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    **(Effective from 6am on Saturday 7 November) National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’).
    The Greek authorities have announced new measures that will apply in all parts of Greece, with effect from 6 am local time on Saturday 7 November 2020. These nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) replace all previous measures (including different levels of restrictions in different regions) in place until that time. The Greek authorities have indicated their intention to review whether these new nationwide measures will remain in place beyond 30 November 2020; but given the potential for them to be extended, you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    From 6am on Saturday 7 November, the following nationwide measures are in place:
    Obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    A ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    Obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    From Friday 13 November onwards, a near-complete curfew from 9PM to 5AM local time. During these hours, all movements (including those considered essential movements) are prohibited, except for in the following cases: for travel to or from work; to walk a dog (in which case, movement must be limited to an area close to your home or accommodation); or for medical emergencies. Any such movements should continue to be certified in line with the guidance given above and below;
    A ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    Closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point.
    The Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons ( anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons); All arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited; Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders; A maximum limit on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle: driver and 1 additional passenger; driver and his/her children; driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person.


    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form: X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address; (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery store), where they cannot be shipped/delivered to your home. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school). Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the textual provisions. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of two people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 meters.
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (currently available only in Greek).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the following information: Name and Surname; Home Address; The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination; Date, Time and Signature.
    During the period in which the above measures are in place, all non-essential shops and service providers will close or move to distance-based provision of services (eg online or by telephone). However, the following will remain open: Special education schools;
    Supermarkets; essential supply shops; pharmacies; kiosks; pet shops;
    Open air food markets- whose operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls.

    Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place.
    You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time. It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above. 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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. If you are travelling to Greece on a cruise ship, you should follow the advice and instructions of the ship’s crew, including with respect to the requirements of the Greek authorities. Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is permitted within Greece. Entry into Greece by sea from outside Greek waters may be subject to restrictions. 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). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

    Read more
    23.11.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Government tightens lockdown in north as COVID-19 cases climb (Reuters, 19.11.2020). Domestic flights restricted between 09-30 November due to nationwide lockdown (National Herald, 08.11.2020). Greek Civil Aviation Authority extends restrictions on some international flights to 8 November (Tornos News, 26.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed. As of 11.11.2020, all people traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This includes air and land arrivals to Greece.

    The certificate should be written in English and include name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be:
    – National Reference laboratories
    – National Public Health Laboratories
    – Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test.

    The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    In the event of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

    Find out more:

    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    The following 9 countries are exempted from the entry ban into Greece: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, Singapore, China*, UAE**. As of 11.11.2020, all people traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020 until 30.11.2020, permanent residents of the UAE may arrive only by direct flights. In order to enter the territory, they need to present to the air border control authorities the following documents: 

    – proof of permanent residence in the UAE;

    – return tickets and hotel reservations;

    – health checks (PCR COVID-19 test taken 72h before departure);

    – passenger Locator Form (PLF);

    – travel insurance. 

    Permanent residents of other third-countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

    Find out more:

    Protocols for air arrivals in Greece

    travel.gov.gr/#

    Internal Restrictions:
    At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    **(Effective from 6am on Saturday 7 November) National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’).
    The Greek authorities have announced new measures that will apply in all parts of Greece, with effect from 6 am local time on Saturday 7 November 2020. These nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) replace all previous measures (including different levels of restrictions in different regions) in place until that time. The Greek authorities have indicated their intention to review whether these new nationwide measures will remain in place beyond 30 November 2020; but given the potential for them to be extended, you should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    From 6am on Saturday 7 November, the following nationwide measures are in place:
    Obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport;
    A ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel);
    Obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    From Friday 13 November onwards, a near-complete curfew from 9PM to 5AM local time. During these hours, all movements (including those considered essential movements) are prohibited, except for in the following cases: for travel to or from work; to walk a dog (in which case, movement must be limited to an area close to your home or accommodation); or for medical emergencies. Any such movements should continue to be certified in line with the guidance given above and below;
    A ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential);
    Closure of all land borders to all non-essential travel, except for the border with Bulgaria, which remains open at the Promachonas crossing point.
    The Greek authorities define essential travel as movement by Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece (anyone in those 2 categories who is returning to Greece), transport workers and anyone travelling for essential professional reasons ( anyone in those categories who needs to travel in either direction for professional reasons); All arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferries and any other professional tourist ships are prohibited; Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders; A maximum limit on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle: driver and 1 additional passenger; driver and his/her children; driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person.


    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form: X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address; (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery store), where they cannot be shipped/delivered to your home. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school). Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the textual provisions. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of two people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 meters.
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (currently available only in Greek).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the following information: Name and Surname; Home Address; The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination; Date, Time and Signature.
    During the period in which the above measures are in place, all non-essential shops and service providers will close or move to distance-based provision of services (eg online or by telephone). However, the following will remain open: Special education schools;
    Supermarkets; essential supply shops; pharmacies; kiosks; pet shops;
    Open air food markets- whose operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls.

    Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place.
    You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time. It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above. 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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. If you are travelling to Greece on a cruise ship, you should follow the advice and instructions of the ship’s crew, including with respect to the requirements of the Greek authorities. Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is permitted within Greece. Entry into Greece by sea from outside Greek waters may be subject to restrictions. 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). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

    Read more
    20.11.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Government tightens lockdown in north as COVID-19 cases climb (Reuters, 19.11.2020). Domestic flights restricted between 09-30 November due to nationwide lockdown (National Herald, 08.11.2020). Greek Civil Aviation Authority extends restrictions on some international flights to 8 November (Tornos News, 26.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed. As of 11.11.2020, all people traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This includes air and land arrivals to Greece.

    The certificate should be written in English and include name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be:
    – National Reference laboratories
    – National Public Health Laboratories
    – Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test.

    The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    In the event of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

    Find out more:

    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    The following 9 countries are exempted from the entry ban into Greece: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, Singapore, China*, UAE**. As of 11.11.2020, all people traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020 until 30.11.2020, permanent residents of the UAE may arrive only by direct flights. In order to enter the territory, they need to present to the air border control authorities the following documents: 

    – proof of permanent residence in the UAE;

    – return tickets and hotel reservations;

    – health checks (PCR COVID-19 test taken 72h before departure);

    – passenger Locator Form (PLF);

    – travel insurance. 

    Permanent residents of other third-countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

    Find out more:

    Protocols for air arrivals in Greece

    travel.gov.gr/#

    Internal Restrictions:
    At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    **(Effective from 6am on Saturday 7 November) National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’). The Greek authorities have announced new measures that will apply in all parts of Greece, with effect from 6am local time on Saturday 7 November 2020. These nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) replace all previous measures (including different levels of restrictions in different regions) that are in place until that time. The Greek authorities have indicated their intention to review whether these new nationwide measures will remain in place beyond 30 November 2020; but given the potential for them to be extended, you should keep up-to-date via checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    From 6am on Saturday 7 November, the following nationwide measures are in place: Obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport; A ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel); Obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    From Friday 13 November onwards, a near-complete curfew from 9PM to 5AM local time. During these hours, all movements (including those considered essential movements) are prohibited, except for in the following cases: for travel to or from work; to walk a dog (in which case, movement must be limited to an area close to your home or accommodation); or for medical emergencies. Any such movements should continue to be certified in line with the guidance given above and below; A ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential); Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders; A maximum limit on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle: driver and 1 additional passenger; driver and his/her children;
    driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person.


    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form: X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address; (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery store), where they cannot be shipped/delivered to your home. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school). Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the textual provisions. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of two people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 meters.
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (currently available only in Greek).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the following information: Name and Surname; Home Address; The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination; Date, Time and Signature.
    During the period in which the above measures are in place, all non-essential shops and service providers will close or move to distance-based provision of services (eg online or by telephone). However, the following will remain open: Special education schools;
    Supermarkets; essential supply shops; pharmacies; kiosks; pet shops;
    Open air food markets- whose operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls.

    Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place. You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time. It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number ofadult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above. 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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. 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). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

    Read more
    19.11.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Domestic flights restricted between 09-30 November due to nationwide lockdown (National Herald, 08.11.2020). Greek Civil Aviation Authority extends restrictions on some international flights to 8 November (Tornos News, 26.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed. As of 11.11.2020, all people traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This includes air and land arrivals to Greece.

    The certificate should be written in English and include name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.

    The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be:
    – National Reference laboratories
    – National Public Health Laboratories
    – Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted.

    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test.

    The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.

    In the event of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

    Find out more:

    Travel.gov.gr

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    The following 9 countries are exempted from the entry ban into Greece: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, Singapore, China*, UAE**. As of 11.11.2020, all people traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.

    * Subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    ** From 9.11.2020 until 30.11.2020, permanent residents of the UAE may arrive only by direct flights. In order to enter the territory, they need to present to the air border control authorities the following documents: 

    – proof of permanent residence in the UAE;

    – return tickets and hotel reservations;

    – health checks (PCR COVID-19 test taken 72h before departure);

    – passenger Locator Form (PLF);

    – travel insurance. 

    Permanent residents of other third-countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons.

    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

    Find out more:

    Protocols for air arrivals in Greece

    travel.gov.gr/#

    Internal Restrictions:
    At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    **(Effective from 6am on Saturday 7 November) National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’). The Greek authorities have announced new measures that will apply in all parts of Greece, with effect from 6am local time on Saturday 7 November 2020. These nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) replace all previous measures (including different levels of restrictions in different regions) that are in place until that time. The Greek authorities have indicated their intention to review whether these new nationwide measures will remain in place beyond 30 November 2020; but given the potential for them to be extended, you should keep up-to-date via checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    From 6am on Saturday 7 November, the following nationwide measures are in place: Obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport; A ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel); Obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    From Friday 13 November onwards, a near-complete curfew from 9PM to 5AM local time. During these hours, all movements (including those considered essential movements) are prohibited, except for in the following cases: for travel to or from work; to walk a dog (in which case, movement must be limited to an area close to your home or accommodation); or for medical emergencies. Any such movements should continue to be certified in line with the guidance given above and below; A ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential); Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders; A maximum limit on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle: driver and 1 additional passenger; driver and his/her children;
    driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person.


    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form: X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address; (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery store), where they cannot be shipped/delivered to your home. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school). Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the textual provisions. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of two people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 meters.
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (currently available only in Greek).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the following information: Name and Surname; Home Address; The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination; Date, Time and Signature.
    During the period in which the above measures are in place, all non-essential shops and service providers will close or move to distance-based provision of services (eg online or by telephone). However, the following will remain open: Special education schools;
    Supermarkets; essential supply shops; pharmacies; kiosks; pet shops;
    Open air food markets- whose operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls.

    Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place. You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time. It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number ofadult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above. 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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. 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). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    17.11.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Domestic flights restricted between 09-30 November due to nationwide lockdown (National Herald, 08.11.2020). Greek Civil Aviation Authority extends restrictions on some international flights to 8 November (Tornos News, 26.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Greece’s air connections with Turkey are currently closed to passenger traffic. All travellers visiting Greece by air from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia, will be allowed admission into Greece only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test carried out within 72 hours of arrival. Travellers from these countries will also be subject to sample testing upon arrival.
    All travellers entering Greece by any land border are required to produce a COVID-negative PCR test conducted in the country of departure within 72 hours of arrival in Greece. This applies equally to Greek nationals and Greece residence permit holders. These requirements apply to those arriving by road, air or sea, while not applying to lorry drivers.
    The land border with Bulgaria is open at the Promachonas crossing point. All other land borders (including those with Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey) are subject to restrictions.
    From 7 August, all border crossings except the Promachonas crossing with Bulgaria will be shut down each night between 11pm and 7am. Outside these hours, you may cross into Greece at other border points only for essential reasons. From 16 August, if you enter Greece from Albania, including via the Kakavia land border, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form and quarantine for 7 days at the address you provide on the form. As of 16 August, the number of travellers entering Greece through the Kakavia crossing is limited to 750 persons per day.
    Keep an eye on changes to border arrangements on the Greek authorities’ relevant webpage.


    *From within the EU: Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed. As of 11.11.2020, all people traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This includes air and land arrivals to Greece. The certificate should be written in English and include name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller. The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be: National Reference laboratories; National Public Health Laboratories; Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19). Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In the event of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.
    Mandatory Travel Documentation: Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form. Find out more: Travel.gov.gr

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries: The following 9 countries are exempted from the entry ban into Greece: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, Singapore, China*, UAE**. As of 11.11.2020, all people traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. (*) Subject to confirmation of reciprocity. (**) From 9.11.2020 until 30.11.2020, permanent residents of the UAE may arrive only by direct flights. In order to enter the territory, they need to present to the air border control authorities the following documents: proof of permanent residence in the UAE; return tickets and hotel reservations; health checks (PCR COVID-19 test taken 72h before departure); passenger Locator Form (PLF); travel insurance. Permanent residents of other third-countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons. Before entering the country, all travellers rmust complete a Passenger Locator Form.
    Find out more: Protocols for air arrivals in Greece and Travel.gov.gr.

    Internal Restrictions:
    At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    **(Effective from 6am on Saturday 7 November) National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’). The Greek authorities have announced new measures that will apply in all parts of Greece, with effect from 6am local time on Saturday 7 November 2020. These nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) replace all previous measures (including different levels of restrictions in different regions) that are in place until that time. The Greek authorities have indicated their intention to review whether these new nationwide measures will remain in place beyond 30 November 2020; but given the potential for them to be extended, you should keep up-to-date via checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    From 6am on Saturday 7 November, the following nationwide measures are in place: Obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport; A ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel); Obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    A ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential); Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders; A maximum limit on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle: driver and 1 additional passenger; driver and his/her children; driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person.


    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form: X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address; (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery store), where they cannot be shipped/delivered to your home. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school). Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the textual provisions. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of two people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 meters.
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (currently available only in Greek).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the following information: Name and Surname; Home Address; The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination; Date, Time and Signature.
    During the period in which the above measures are in place, all non-essential shops and service providers will close or move to distance-based provision of services (eg online or by telephone). However, the following will remain open: Special education schools;
    Supermarkets; essential supply shops; pharmacies; kiosks; pet shops;
    Open air food markets- whose operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minimum distance between stalls.

    Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place. You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time. It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number ofadult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above. 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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. 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). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    16.11.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Domestic flights restricted between 09-30 November due to nationwide lockdown (National Herald, 08.11.2020). Greek Civil Aviation Authority extends restrictions on some international flights to 8 November (Tornos News, 26.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Greece’s air connections with Turkey are currently closed to passenger traffic. All travellers visiting Greece by air from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia, will be allowed admission into Greece only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test carried out within 72 hours of arrival. Travellers from these countries will also be subject to sample testing upon arrival.
    All travellers entering Greece by any land border are required to produce a COVID-negative PCR test conducted in the country of departure within 72 hours of arrival in Greece. This applies equally to Greek nationals and Greece residence permit holders. These requirements apply to those arriving by road, air or sea, while not applying to lorry drivers.
    The land border with Bulgaria is open at the Promachonas crossing point. All other land borders (including those with Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey) are subject to restrictions.
    From 7 August, all border crossings except the Promachonas crossing with Bulgaria will be shut down each night between 11pm and 7am. Outside these hours, you may cross into Greece at other border points only for essential reasons. From 16 August, if you enter Greece from Albania, including via the Kakavia land border, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form and quarantine for 7 days at the address you provide on the form. As of 16 August, the number of travellers entering Greece through the Kakavia crossing is limited to 750 persons per day.
    Keep an eye on changes to border arrangements on the Greek authorities’ relevant webpage.


    *From within the EU: Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed. As of 11.11.2020, all people traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This includes air and land arrivals to Greece. The certificate should be written in English and include name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller. The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be: National Reference laboratories; National Public Health Laboratories; Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19). Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In the event of a positive result, travellers will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.
    Mandatory Travel Documentation: Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form. Find out more: Travel.gov.gr

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries: The following 9 countries are exempted from the entry ban into Greece: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, Singapore, China*, UAE**. As of 11.11.2020, all people traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. (*) Subject to confirmation of reciprocity. (**) From 9.11.2020 until 30.11.2020, permanent residents of the UAE may arrive only by direct flights. In order to enter the territory, they need to present to the air border control authorities the following documents: proof of permanent residence in the UAE; return tickets and hotel reservations; health checks (PCR COVID-19 test taken 72h before departure); passenger Locator Form (PLF); travel insurance. Permanent residents of other third-countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons. Before entering the country, all travellers rmust complete a Passenger Locator Form.
    Find out more: Protocols for air arrivals in Greece and Travel.gov.gr.

    Internal Restrictions:
    At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    **(Effective from 6am on Saturday 7 November) National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’). The Greek authorities have announced new measures that will apply in all parts of Greece, with effect from 6am local time on Saturday 7 November 2020. These nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) replace all previous measures (including different levels of restrictions in different regions) that are in place until that time. The Greek authorities have indicated their intention to review whether these new nationwide measures will remain in place beyond 30 November 2020; but given the potential for them to be extended, you should keep up-to-date via checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    From 6am on Saturday 7 November, the following nationwide measures are in place: Obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport; A ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel); Obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    A ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential); Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders; A maximum limit on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle: driver and 1 additional passenger; driver and his/her children; driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person.


    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form: X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address; (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery store), where they cannot be shipped/delivered to your home. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school). Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the textual provisions. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of two people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 meters.
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (currently available only in Greek).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the following information: Name and Surname; Home Address; The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination; Date, Time and Signature.
    During the period in which the above measures are in place, all non-essential shops and service providers will close or move to distance-based provision of services (eg online or by telephone). However, the following will remain open: Pre-school day care centres, primary schools and special education schools;
    Supermarkets; essential supply shops; pharmacies; kiosks; pet shops; Open air food markets- whose operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minumum distance between stalls.


    **(Effective until 6am on Saturday 7 November) Local measures and restrictions. As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. The Greek authorities are currently operating a system of 3 levels of categorisation (’Level A: Surveillance’; ‘Level B: Increased Risk’; Level C: Local lock-downs). You should monitor the situation regularly via media and other information sources, including your accommodation or travel provider. This page will be regularly updated with details of specific local restrictions in place. The Greek government’s website contains a regularly-updated interactive map setting out region-by-region measures (currently available only in Greek).
    *Level A: Surveillance: Aitoloakarnania, Achaia, Andros, Argolida, Arkadia, Arta, Attica Islands, Cephalonia, Chania, Chios, Corfu (Kerkyra), Evia, Evrytania, Florina, Fokida, Fthiotida, Grevena, Heraklion, Ikaria, Ilia, Ithaki, Kalymnos, Karditsa, Karpathos, Kasos, Kea (Kythnos), Corinthia, Kos, Lakonia, Lasithi, Lesvos, Lefkas, Limnos, Messinia, Milos, Mykonos, Paros, Preveza, Rethymnon, Rhodes, Samos, Sporades Islands, Syros, Thassos, Thesprotia, Tinos, Zakynthos (Zante).
    Local restrictions in place: Mandatory use of a mask in all indoor and all outdoor spaces; Curfew from Midnight until 5am: exceptions permitted only for emergencies or night-time working; Non-food markets are restricted to 50% of usual vendors, who must observe a minimum distancing of 5 metres between stalls; Food markets are restricted to 65% of usual vendors, with minimum distancing of 3 metres between stalls; Restaurants and Bars: a maximum of 6 people per table; and obligatory closure between 11pm and 5am, except for take-away and delivery services; Public transport (including ferries) operates at reduced capacity; A maximum of 3 passengers is permitted in a taxi; Children’s playgrounds: limits on capacity of 50 children at a time; Universities may operate only via distance learning; A limit on public gatherings of 50 people (including for religious ceremonies such as weddings, funerals and baptisms);
    Schools remain open; Public entertainments (theatres, cinemas etc.) remain open, but with reduced capacities; Public sports events are permitted, but without any spectators.
    *Level B: Increased Risk: Attica, Chalkidiki, Drama, Evros, Imathia, Ioannina, Kastoria, Kavala, Kilkis, Kozani, Larissa, Magnisia, Naxos, Pella, Pieria, Rodopi, Santorini (Thira), Trikala, Viotia (Boeotia), Xanthi.
    Local restrictions in place: Mandatory use of a mask in all indoor and all outdoor spaces; Curfew from Midnight until 5AM: exceptions permitted only for emergencies or night-time working; Exercise and sports are permitted only in outdoor settings; Museums, archaeological sites and public galleries are closed;
    Gyms are closed; All non-food markets are suspended; Restaurants, bars and other hospitality establishments are closed, except for delivery and take-away services; Cinemas and theatres are closed; Public transport (including ferries) operates at reduced capacity; A maximum of 1 passenger is permitted in a taxi; A maximum of 3 people are permitted in a private car (except for if all passengers are family members); Playgrounds are closed; Universities operate via distance learning only; All public gatherings are banned- except for religious services, where a maximum of 9 people are permitted; Schools remain open.
    *Level C: Local lock-down: Thessaloniki and Serres regions. Local restrictions in place: A ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel); Certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, or by using the Greek government’s SMS service (for more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested; A total curfew from 9PM to 5AM, except in case of emergencies; A ban on local and domestic flights into or out of airports in the region/s.
    To certify an essential movement: Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form: X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons: Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery store), where they cannot be shipped/delivered at home. Going to the bank, as long as the online transaction is not possible. Going to help people in need. Going to a ceremony (eg funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the textual provisions. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or a group of two people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 meters. Write a handwritten form on a piece of paper. The handwritten form must include this information: Name and Surname, Home Address, The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination, Date, Time and Signature.

    Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place. You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time. It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number ofadult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above. 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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. 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). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    11.11.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Government orders three-week nationwide lockdown from 7 November to halt spread of COVID-19 (Reuters, 05.11.2020). Greek Civil Aviation Authority extends restrictions on some international flights to 8 November (Tornos News, 26.10.2020). Authorities will impose lockdown in Kastoria from 23 October to contain spread of COVID-19 (GTP, 21.10.2020). Flight disruption expected until morning of 16 October as 24-hour public sector strike gets underway (AP, 15.10.2020). Greek authorities extend current restrictions on travelers entering country until 25 October; Bulgaria, Estonia governments announce COVID-19 rules (Sofia Globe, 14.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Greece’s air connections with Turkey are currently closed to passenger traffic. All travellers visiting Greece by air from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia, will be allowed admission into Greece only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test carried out within 72 hours of arrival. Travellers from these countries will also be subject to sample testing upon arrival.
    All travellers entering Greece by any land border are required to produce a COVID-negative PCR test conducted in the country of departure within 72 hours of arrival in Greece. This applies equally to Greek nationals and Greece residence permit holders. These requirements apply to those arriving by road, air or sea, while not applying to lorry drivers.
    The land border with Bulgaria is open at the Promachonas crossing point. All other land borders (including those with Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey) are subject to restrictions.
    From 7 August, all border crossings except the Promachonas crossing with Bulgaria will be shut down each night between 11pm and 7am. Outside these hours, you may cross into Greece at other border points only for essential reasons. From 16 August, if you enter Greece from Albania, including via the Kakavia land border, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form and quarantine for 7 days at the address you provide on the form. As of 16 August, the number of travellers entering Greece through the Kakavia crossing is limited to 750 persons per day.
    Keep an eye on changes to border arrangements on the Greek authorities’ relevant webpage.


    *From within the EU: Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of travellers coming from – or having stayed, in the 14 days prior to arrival – in a country that is classified as “high risk” of COVID-19 infection. Travellers arriving from “high risk” countries will be required to provide a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. An updated list of countries and territories for which a negative PCR test is required upon entry is available at https://travel.gov.gr. The certificate should be written in English and include name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller. The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be: – National Reference laboratories – National Public Health Laboratories – Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19). Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. Mandatory Travel Documentation: Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form. Find out more: Travel.gov.gr

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries: The following 9 countries are exempted from the entry ban into Greece: Singapore, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay and United Arab Emirates. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia and Israel are concerned, upon arrival they have to show a certificate (in English) confirming a negative RT-PCR test result, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece, as well as the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers rmust complete a Passenger Locator Form.

    Internal Restrictions:
    At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    **(Effective from 6am on Saturday 7 November) National measures and restrictions (‘lock-down’). The Greek authorities have announced new measures that will apply in all parts of Greece, with effect from 6am local time on Saturday 7 November 2020. These nationwide measures (national ‘lock-down’) replace all previous measures (including different levels of restrictions in different regions) that are in place until that time. The Greek authorities have indicated their intention to review whether these new nationwide measures will remain in place beyond 30 November 2020; but given the potential for them to be extended, you should keep up-to-date via checking this page regularly, and following local announcements.
    From 6am on Saturday 7 November, the following nationwide measures are in place: Obligatory use of facemasks in all indoor and outdoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport; A ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons – in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel); Obligatory certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, by using the online form provided by the Greek authorities, or by use of the Greek authorities’ free SMS service (only available from Greek mobile numbers). For more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested;
    A ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons. You should not leave the region (‘nomos’/ ‘νόμος’) of your residence or accommodation, except for permitted, exceptional reasons (acceptable reasons include returning to your residence or accommodation address; for family reunification reasons; for health emergencies; for essential business reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification that your travel is essential); Additional requirements for anyone travelling to or from Greece by air, or travelling into Greece via land borders; A maximum limit on the number of persons permitted to travel in taxi or a private vehicle: driver and 1 additional passenger; driver and his/her children; driver and 1 patient and 1 carer, in case of medical emergencies or the transfer of a disabled person.


    To certify an essential movement, via 1 of 3 alternative means:
    (A) Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form: X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address; (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons:
    Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery store), where they cannot be shipped/delivered to your home. Going to the bank, only if the transaction is not possible online. Going to help people in need (including e.g. driving a family member to work, driving or accompanying a child on their way to or from nursery or school). Going to a ceremony (e.g. funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law; or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the textual provisions. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or as a group of two people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 meters.
    (B) Complete the online form provided by the Greek authorities (currently available only in Greek).
    (C) Write a handwritten note providing the following information: Name and Surname; Home Address; The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination; Date, Time and Signature.
    During the period in which the above measures are in place, all non-essential shops and service providers will close or move to distance-based provision of services (eg online or by telephone). However, the following will remain open: Pre-school day care centres, primary schools and special education schools;
    Supermarkets; essential supply shops; pharmacies; kiosks; pet shops; Open air food markets- whose operations are restricted to 50% of usual stalls, and subject to 5 metres minumum distance between stalls.


    **(Effective until 6am on Saturday 7 November) Local measures and restrictions. As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. The Greek authorities are currently operating a system of 3 levels of categorisation (’Level A: Surveillance’; ‘Level B: Increased Risk’; Level C: Local lock-downs). You should monitor the situation regularly via media and other information sources, including your accommodation or travel provider. This page will be regularly updated with details of specific local restrictions in place. The Greek government’s website contains a regularly-updated interactive map setting out region-by-region measures (currently available only in Greek).
    *Level A: Surveillance: Aitoloakarnania, Achaia, Andros, Argolida, Arkadia, Arta, Attica Islands, Cephalonia, Chania, Chios, Corfu (Kerkyra), Evia, Evrytania, Florina, Fokida, Fthiotida, Grevena, Heraklion, Ikaria, Ilia, Ithaki, Kalymnos, Karditsa, Karpathos, Kasos, Kea (Kythnos), Corinthia, Kos, Lakonia, Lasithi, Lesvos, Lefkas, Limnos, Messinia, Milos, Mykonos, Paros, Preveza, Rethymnon, Rhodes, Samos, Sporades Islands, Syros, Thassos, Thesprotia, Tinos, Zakynthos (Zante).
    Local restrictions in place: Mandatory use of a mask in all indoor and all outdoor spaces; Curfew from Midnight until 5am: exceptions permitted only for emergencies or night-time working; Non-food markets are restricted to 50% of usual vendors, who must observe a minimum distancing of 5 metres between stalls; Food markets are restricted to 65% of usual vendors, with minimum distancing of 3 metres between stalls; Restaurants and Bars: a maximum of 6 people per table; and obligatory closure between 11pm and 5am, except for take-away and delivery services; Public transport (including ferries) operates at reduced capacity; A maximum of 3 passengers is permitted in a taxi; Children’s playgrounds: limits on capacity of 50 children at a time; Universities may operate only via distance learning; A limit on public gatherings of 50 people (including for religious ceremonies such as weddings, funerals and baptisms);
    Schools remain open; Public entertainments (theatres, cinemas etc.) remain open, but with reduced capacities; Public sports events are permitted, but without any spectators.
    *Level B: Increased Risk: Attica, Chalkidiki, Drama, Evros, Imathia, Ioannina, Kastoria, Kavala, Kilkis, Kozani, Larissa, Magnisia, Naxos, Pella, Pieria, Rodopi, Santorini (Thira), Trikala, Viotia (Boeotia), Xanthi.
    Local restrictions in place: Mandatory use of a mask in all indoor and all outdoor spaces; Curfew from Midnight until 5AM: exceptions permitted only for emergencies or night-time working; Exercise and sports are permitted only in outdoor settings; Museums, archaeological sites and public galleries are closed;
    Gyms are closed; All non-food markets are suspended; Restaurants, bars and other hospitality establishments are closed, except for delivery and take-away services; Cinemas and theatres are closed; Public transport (including ferries) operates at reduced capacity; A maximum of 1 passenger is permitted in a taxi; A maximum of 3 people are permitted in a private car (except for if all passengers are family members); Playgrounds are closed; Universities operate via distance learning only; All public gatherings are banned- except for religious services, where a maximum of 9 people are permitted; Schools remain open.
    *Level C: Local lock-down: Thessaloniki and Serres regions. Local restrictions in place: A ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel); Certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, or by using the Greek government’s SMS service (for more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested; A total curfew from 9PM to 5AM, except in case of emergencies; A ban on local and domestic flights into or out of airports in the region/s.
    To certify an essential movement: Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form: X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons: Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery store), where they cannot be shipped/delivered at home. Going to the bank, as long as the online transaction is not possible. Going to help people in need. Going to a ceremony (eg funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the textual provisions. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or a group of two people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 meters. Write a handwritten form on a piece of paper. The handwritten form must include this information: Name and Surname, Home Address, The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination, Date, Time and Signature.

    Travel in Greece: Travel within Greece is currently restricted, in line with measures outlined above. You should comply with all measures announced by the Greek authorities. The below advice applies to any travel which is permitted within the restrictions currently in place. You should also note that, as a result of current restrictions on movements, transport services (including flights, intercity buses, trains and ferries) are liable to disruption at the present time. It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (eg limited to a maximum number ofadult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above. 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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. 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). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    05.11.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Greek Civil Aviation Authority extends restrictions on some international flights to 8 November (Tornos News, 26.10.2020). Authorities will impose lockdown in Kastoria from 23 October to contain spread of COVID-19 (GTP, 21.10.2020). Flight disruption expected until morning of 16 October as 24-hour public sector strike gets underway (AP, 15.10.2020). Greek authorities extend current restrictions on travelers entering country until 25 October; Bulgaria, Estonia governments announce COVID-19 rules (Sofia Globe, 14.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Greece’s air connections with Turkey are currently closed to passenger traffic. All travellers visiting Greece by air from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia, will be allowed admission into Greece only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test carried out within 72 hours of arrival. Travellers from these countries will also be subject to sample testing upon arrival.
    All travellers entering Greece by any land border are required to produce a COVID-negative PCR test conducted in the country of departure within 72 hours of arrival in Greece. This applies equally to Greek nationals and Greece residence permit holders. These requirements apply to those arriving by road, air or sea, while not applying to lorry drivers.
    The land border with Bulgaria is open at the Promachonas crossing point. All other land borders (including those with Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey) are subject to restrictions.
    From 7 August, all border crossings except the Promachonas crossing with Bulgaria will be shut down each night between 11pm and 7am. Outside these hours, you may cross into Greece at other border points only for essential reasons. From 16 August, if you enter Greece from Albania, including via the Kakavia land border, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form and quarantine for 7 days at the address you provide on the form. As of 16 August, the number of travellers entering Greece through the Kakavia crossing is limited to 750 persons per day.
    Keep an eye on changes to border arrangements on the Greek authorities’ relevant webpage.


    *From within the EU: Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of travellers coming from – or having stayed, in the 14 days prior to arrival – in a country that is classified as “high risk” of COVID-19 infection. Travellers arriving from “high risk” countries will be required to provide a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. An updated list of countries and territories for which a negative PCR test is required upon entry is available at https://travel.gov.gr. The certificate should be written in English and include name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller. The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be: – National Reference laboratories – National Public Health Laboratories – Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19). Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. Mandatory Travel Documentation- Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form. Find out more: Travel.gov.gr

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity), UAE. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia, United Arab Emirates and Israel are concerned, upon arrival they have to show a certificate (in English) confirming a negative RT-PCR test result, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece, as well as the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *Local measures and restrictions: As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. The Greek authorities are currently operating a system of 3 levels of categorization (’Level A: Surveillance’; ‘Level B: Increased Risk’; Level C: Local lockdowns). You should monitor the situation regularly via media and other information sources, including your accommodation or travel provider. This page will be regularly updated with details of specific local restrictions in place. The Greek government’s website contains a regularly-updated interactive map setting out region-by-region measures (currently available only in Greek).
    Level A: Surveillance: Aitoloakarnania, Achaia, Andros, Argolida, Arkadia, Arta, Attica Islands, Cephalonia, Chania, Chios, Corfu (Kerkyra), Evia, Evrytania, Florina, Fokida, Fthiotida, Grevena, Heraklion, Ikaria, Ilia, Ithaki, Kalymnos, Karditsa, Karpathos, Kasos, Kea (Kythnos), Corinthia, Kos, Lakonia, Lasithi, Lesvos, Lefkas, Limnos, Messinia, Milos, Mykonos, Paros, Preveza, Rethymnon, Rhodes, Samos, Sporades Islands, Syros, Thassos, Thesprotia, Tinos, Zakynthos (Zante); Local restrictions in place: • Mandatory use of a mask in all indoor and all outdoor spaces; • Curfew from Midnight until 5am: exceptions permitted only for emergencies or night-time working; • Non-food markets are restricted to 50% of usual vendors, who must observe a minimum distancing of 5 metres between stalls; • Food markets are restricted to 65% of usual vendors, with minimum distancing of 3 metres between stalls;
    • Restaurants and Bars: a maximum of 6 people per table; and obligatory closure between 11PM and 5AM, except for take-away and delivery services; • Public transport (including ferries) operates at reduced capacity; • A maximum of 3 passengers is permitted in a taxi; • Children’s playgrounds: limits on capacity of 50 children at a time; • Universities may operate only via distance learning; • A limit on public gatherings of 50 people (including for religious ceremonies such as weddings, funerals and baptisms); • Schools remain open; • Public entertainments (theatres, cinemas etc.) remain open, but with reduced capacities; • Public sports events are permitted, but without any spectators.
    Level B: Increased Risk: Attica, Chalkidiki, Drama, Evros, Imathia, Ioannina, Kastoria, Kavala, Kilkis, Kozani, Larissa, Magnisia, Naxos, Pella, Pieria, Rodopi, Santorini (Thira), Trikala, Viotia (Boeotia), Xanthi Local restrictions in place: • Mandatory use of a mask in all indoor and all outdoor spaces; • Curfew from Midnight until 5AM: exceptions permitted only for emergencies or night-time working; • Exercise and sports are permitted only in outdoor settings; • Museums, archaeological sites and public galleries are closed; • Gyms are closed; • All non-food markets are suspended; • Restaurants, bars and other hospitality establishments are closed, except for delivery and take-away services; • Cinemas and theatres are closed; • Public transport (including ferries) operates at reduced capacity; • A maximum of 1 passenger is permitted in a taxi; • A maximum of 3 people are permitted in a private car (except for if all passengers are family members); • Playgrounds are closed; • Universities operate via distance learning only; • All public gatherings are banned- except for religious services, where a maximum of 9 people are permitted; • Schools remain open. Level C: Local lock-down: Thessaloniki and Serres regions. Local restrictions in place: • A ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel); • Certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, or by using the Greek government’s SMS service (for more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested; • A total curfew from 9PM to 5AM, except in case of emergencies; • A ban on local and domestic flights into or out of airports in the region/s. To certify an essential movement: • Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form: X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address. (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons: 1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them. 2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery store), where they cannot be shipped/delivered at home. 3. Going to the bank, as long as the online transaction is not possible. 4. Going to help people in need. 5. Going to a ceremony (eg funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the textual provisions. 6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or a group of two people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 meters. Write a handwritten form on a piece of paper. The handwritten form must include this information: Name and Surname; Home Address. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination; Date, Time and Signature

    *Travel in Greece: It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (e.g. limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    *Travel to and from islands: 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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. 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). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    03.11.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Greek Civil Aviation Authority extends restrictions on some international flights to 8 November (Tornos News, 26.10.2020). Authorities will impose lockdown in Kastoria from 23 October to contain spread of COVID-19 (GTP, 21.10.2020). Flight disruption expected until morning of 16 October as 24-hour public sector strike gets underway (AP, 15.10.2020). Greek authorities extend current restrictions on travelers entering country until 25 October; Bulgaria, Estonia governments announce COVID-19 rules (Sofia Globe, 14.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Greece’s air connections with Turkey are currently closed to passenger traffic. All travellers visiting Greece by air from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia, will be allowed admission into Greece only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test carried out within 72 hours of arrival. Travellers from these countries will also be subject to sample testing upon arrival.
    All travellers entering Greece by any land border are required to produce a COVID-negative PCR test conducted in the country of departure within 72 hours of arrival in Greece. This applies equally to Greek nationals and Greece residence permit holders. These requirements apply to those arriving by road, air or sea, while not applying to lorry drivers.
    The land border with Bulgaria is open at the Promachonas crossing point. All other land borders (including those with Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey) are subject to restrictions.
    From 7 August, all border crossings except the Promachonas crossing with Bulgaria will be shut down each night between 11pm and 7am. Outside these hours, you may cross into Greece at other border points only for essential reasons. From 16 August, if you enter Greece from Albania, including via the Kakavia land border, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form and quarantine for 7 days at the address you provide on the form. As of 16 August, the number of travellers entering Greece through the Kakavia crossing is limited to 750 persons per day.
    Keep an eye on changes to border arrangements on the Greek authorities’ relevant webpage.


    *From within the EU: Entry is partially permitted.
    Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of travellers coming from – or having stayed, in the 14 days prior to arrival – in a country that is classified as “high risk” of COVID-19 infection. Travellers arriving from “high risk” countries will be required to provide a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. An updated list of countries and territories for which a negative PCR test is required upon entry is available at https://travel.gov.gr.
    The certificate should be written in English and include name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller. The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be: – National Reference laboratories; – National Public Health Laboratories; – Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19). Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. *Mandatory Travel Documentation: Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form. Find out more: Travel.gov.gr

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity), UAE. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia, United Arab Emirates and Israel are concerned, upon arrival they have to show a certificate (in English) confirming a negative RT-PCR test result, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece, as well as the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form. *Find out more: Protocols for air arrivals in Greece and https://travel.gov.gr/#/.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece.
    *Local measures and restrictions: As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. The Greek authorities are currently operating a system of 3 levels of categorization (’Level A: Surveillance’; ‘Level B: Increased Risk’; Level C: Local lockdowns). You should monitor the situation regularly via media and other information sources, including your accommodation or travel provider. This page will be regularly updated with details of specific local restrictions in place. The Greek government’s website contains a regularly-updated interactive map setting out region-by-region measures (currently available only in Greek).
    Level A: Surveillance: Aitoloakarnania, Achaia, Andros, Argolida, Arkadia, Arta, Attica Islands, Cephalonia, Chania, Chios, Corfu (Kerkyra), Evia, Evrytania, Florina, Fokida, Fthiotida, Grevena, Heraklion, Ikaria, Ilia, Ithaki, Kalymnos, Karditsa, Karpathos, Kasos, Kea (Kythnos), Corinthia, Kos, Lakonia, Lasithi, Lesvos, Lefkas, Limnos, Messinia, Milos, Mykonos, Paros, Preveza, Rethymnon, Rhodes, Samos, Sporades Islands, Syros, Thassos, Thesprotia, Tinos, Zakynthos (Zante); Local restrictions in place: • Mandatory use of a mask in all indoor and all outdoor spaces; • Curfew from Midnight until 5am: exceptions permitted only for emergencies or night-time working; • Non-food markets are restricted to 50% of usual vendors, who must observe a minimum distancing of 5 metres between stalls; • Food markets are restricted to 65% of usual vendors, with minimum distancing of 3 metres between stalls;
    • Restaurants and Bars: a maximum of 6 people per table; and obligatory closure between 11PM and 5AM, except for take-away and delivery services; • Public transport (including ferries) operates at reduced capacity; • A maximum of 3 passengers is permitted in a taxi; • Children’s playgrounds: limits on capacity of 50 children at a time; • Universities may operate only via distance learning; • A limit on public gatherings of 50 people (including for religious ceremonies such as weddings, funerals and baptisms); • Schools remain open; • Public entertainments (theatres, cinemas etc.) remain open, but with reduced capacities; • Public sports events are permitted, but without any spectators.
    Level B: Increased Risk: Attica, Chalkidiki, Drama, Evros, Imathia, Ioannina, Kastoria, Kavala, Kilkis, Kozani, Larissa, Magnisia, Naxos, Pella, Pieria, Rodopi, Santorini (Thira), Trikala, Viotia (Boeotia), Xanthi Local restrictions in place: • Mandatory use of a mask in all indoor and all outdoor spaces; • Curfew from Midnight until 5AM: exceptions permitted only for emergencies or night-time working; • Exercise and sports are permitted only in outdoor settings; • Museums, archaeological sites and public galleries are closed; • Gyms are closed; • All non-food markets are suspended; • Restaurants, bars and other hospitality establishments are closed, except for delivery and take-away services; • Cinemas and theatres are closed; • Public transport (including ferries) operates at reduced capacity; • A maximum of 1 passenger is permitted in a taxi; • A maximum of 3 people are permitted in a private car (except for if all passengers are family members); • Playgrounds are closed; • Universities operate via distance learning only; • All public gatherings are banned- except for religious services, where a maximum of 9 people are permitted; • Schools remain open. Level C: Local lock-down: Thessaloniki and Serres regions. Local restrictions in place: • A ban on non-essential movements outside of your home or accommodation (essential movements are defined according to the list below, or for work-related reasons- in which case your employer must provide you with certification of your requirement to travel); • Certification of any essential movements, either by completion of a self-written note, or by using the Greek government’s SMS service (for more detail on the information required under each of these methods of certification, see below). You must be able to show certification to the authorities when requested; • A total curfew from 9PM to 5AM, except in case of emergencies; • A ban on local and domestic flights into or out of airports in the region/s. To certify an essential movement: • Send a free SMS to 13033. The SMS should be in the form: X [blank] Name [blank] Surname [blank] Residential address. (Replace X with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, corresponding to the following reasons: 1. Going to a pharmacy or visiting a doctor, if this is recommended after contact with them. 2. Going to an essentials supply store (supermarket, grocery store), where they cannot be shipped/delivered at home. 3. Going to the bank, as long as the online transaction is not possible. 4. Going to help people in need. 5. Going to a ceremony (eg funeral, marriage, baptism) under the conditions provided by law or moving to a divorced parent or parent who is necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the textual provisions. 6. Physical exercise outdoors or moving with a pet, individually or a group of two people, in the latter case keeping the necessary distance of 1.5 meters. Write a handwritten form on a piece of paper. The handwritten form must include this information: Name and Surname; Home Address. The reason you are going out, according to the list above, and the address of your destination; Date, Time and Signature

    *Travel in Greece: It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is subject to certain restrictions (e.g. limited to a maximum number of adult passengers per vehicle) according to local measures outlined above.
    *Travel to and from islands: 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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. 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). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    02.11.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Greek Civil Aviation Authority extends restrictions on some international flights to 8 November (Tornos News, 26.10.2020). Authorities will impose lockdown in Kastoria from 23 October to contain spread of COVID-19 (GTP, 21.10.2020). Flight disruption expected until morning of 16 October as 24-hour public sector strike gets underway (AP, 15.10.2020). Greek authorities extend current restrictions on travelers entering country until 25 October; Bulgaria, Estonia governments announce COVID-19 rules (Sofia Globe, 14.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Greece’s air connections with Turkey are currently closed to passenger traffic. All travellers visiting Greece by air from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia, will be allowed admission into Greece only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test carried out within 72 hours of arrival. Travellers from these countries will also be subject to sample testing upon arrival.
    All travellers entering Greece by any land border are required to produce a COVID-negative PCR test conducted in the country of departure within 72 hours of arrival in Greece. This applies equally to Greek nationals and Greece residence permit holders. These requirements apply to those arriving by road, air or sea, while not applying to lorry drivers.
    The land border with Bulgaria is open at the Promachonas crossing point. All other land borders (including those with Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey) are subject to restrictions.
    From 7 August, all border crossings except the Promachonas crossing with Bulgaria will be shut down each night between 11pm and 7am. Outside these hours, you may cross into Greece at other border points only for essential reasons. From 16 August, if you enter Greece from Albania, including via the Kakavia land border, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form and quarantine for 7 days at the address you provide on the form. As of 16 August, the number of travellers entering Greece through the Kakavia crossing is limited to 750 persons per day.
    Keep an eye on changes to border arrangements on the Greek authorities’ relevant webpage.


    *From within the EU: Entry is partially permitted.
    Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of travellers coming from – or having stayed, in the 14 days prior to arrival – in a country that is classified as “high risk” of COVID-19 infection. Travellers arriving from “high risk” countries will be required to provide a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. An updated list of countries and territories for which a negative PCR test is required upon entry is available at https://travel.gov.gr.
    The certificate should be written in English and include name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller. The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be: – National Reference laboratories; – National Public Health Laboratories; – Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19). Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. *Mandatory Travel Documentation: Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form. Find out more: Travel.gov.gr

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity), UAE. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia, United Arab Emirates and Israel are concerned, upon arrival they have to show a certificate (in English) confirming a negative RT-PCR test result, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece, as well as the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form. *Find out more: Protocols for air arrivals in Greece and https://travel.gov.gr/#/.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: The following nationwide rules are in place around the use of face masks in Greece: • Within ‘Tier 4’ and ‘Tier 3’ regions, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public spaces (both indoors and outdoors), at all times. (See below for up-to-date information on which regions fall into Tiers 4 and 3); • Mandatory use of a mask on all public transport within Greece, including on ferries; • Mandatory use of a mask at airports and on aeroplanes; • Mandatory use of masks in all public indoor spaces, including medical and healthcare facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship); • Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social and care facilities and accommodation for refugees and migrants; • Mandatory use of a mask in all indoor workplaces; • Mandatory use of a mask in all crowded outdoor spaces, where social distancing cannot be maintained, including at bus stops, in public parks and squares;
    • Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates.
    *Public spaces and services: There is a nationwide limit of 50 people on the number that can gather for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas. 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. Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes). You should comply with these requirements, and all other advice of the Greek authorities All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended.
    *Local measures and restrictions: As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. The Greek authorities are currently operating a system of 4 tiers of categorisation (Tier 4 specifying the strongest measures; Tier 1 the least strong). You should monitor the situation regularly via media and other information sources, including your accommodation or travel provider. This page will be regularly updated with details of specific local restrictions in place. The Greek government’s website contains a regularly-updated interactive map setting out region-by-region measures (currently available only in Greek).
    Tier 4: Ioannina, Kastoria Kozani, Larissa, Rodopi, Serres, and Thessaloniki Local restrictions in place: • Mandatory use of masks in all outdoor and indoor spaces, including indoor workplaces; • A ban on travelling into or out of the region; • A curfew is in place between 12.30AM and 5AM local time. You should remain in your accommodation between these hours, except in case of emergency; • A ban on all public and private gatherings; • A limit of one person (in addition to the driver) in a taxi; • A limit of three people (including the driver) in a private vehicle; • Closure of shops, gyms, bars, beauty parlours, hairdressers, cinemas, concert venues, theatres (though online performances may continue), museums and archaeological sites; • Suspension of legal services, including courts; other public services may continue to function via telephone or other distance provision, albeit with limits on the number of staff; • Closure of restaurants (though take away and delivery services may continue;, sale of alcohol prohibited); • Changes to the functioning of schools, so that learning is delivered either based on rota-systems (that permit reduced physical presence of pupils); or fully via digital means;
    • Closure of universities, in favour of online learning; closure of playgrounds; • A maximum limit of 9 people at any religious service (including weddings, baptisms and funerals), all of whom must wear masks; • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 50% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters; • Suspension of operation for all outdoor markets.
    Tier 3: Attica (including Athens; Boeotia (Viotia); Drama; Evros; Halkidiki; Imathia; Kavala; Kilkis; Naxos; Pella; Pieria; Samothraki; Santorini and surrounding islands (including Anafi, Folegandros, Ios and Sikinos); Trikala; Xanthi. Local restrictions are in place. These include: • Mandatory use of masks in all outdoor and indoor spaces, including indoor workplaces; • A curfew is in place between 12.30AM and 5AM local time. You should remain in your accommodation between these hours, except in case of emergency; • Mandatory use of face masks in all indoor work-places; • Mandatory use of face masks in all work-places; • Mandatory use of face masks in crowded outdoor areas where minimum social distancing (of 1.5 metres) cannot be maintained, such as in public squares, at bus stops etc.; • Strong recommendation for anyone aged 65 and over to self-isolate, whilst limiting their movement to only what is absolutely necessary, avoiding contact with anyone other than members of their immediate family and avoiding use of public transport; • Strong recommendation for the use of face masks by everyone in all outdoor spaces; limits on the capacity of public markets, and outdoor cinema and theatre screenings ; • A 30% limit on the usual capacity of all public events and entertainment events (including cinemas, theatres and concerts) involving the presence of public; • A maximum limit of 50 people, seated with masks, are allowed to attend weddings, christenings or funerals; • A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors (except religious ceremonies as outlined above); • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 50% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters; • A ban on all other markets; • Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 5am the next day (this does not include delivery or take-away services, sale of alcohol prohibited); • A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant; • A limit of 2 passengers allowed in a taxi, in addition to the driver.

    Tier 2: Aegina; Aitoloakarnania; Angistri; Argolida; Chios (including Psara); Corfu; Evia (including Skyros); Florina; Heraklion; Hydra; Karditsa; Korinthia; Kos (and surrounding smaller islands); Lesbos; Mykonos; Poros; Preveza; Rhodes (and surrounding smaller islands); Salamis; Samos; Spetses; Magnisia
    Local restrictions in place: • Prohibition of operation for restaurants, bars, clubs, entertainment venues etc. starting midnight until 5am. • A 50% limit on the usual capacity of all public events and entertainment events (including cinemas, theatres and concerts) involving the presence of public. • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 65% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters. • In restaurants/bars etc. a maximum number of 6 people per table is allowed; • Mandatory use of masks in crowded outdoor spaces (such as bus stops, in public squares), as well as indoors and on public transport; • A maximum of 50 people are allowed in all public and social events and gatherings, except for in the case of religious services, where the limit is 100 people, seated, with social distancing; • A ban on gatherings of more than 50 people, either indoors or outdoors (except religious ceremonies as outlined above); • A limit of 3 passengers allowed in a taxi, in addition to the driver.
    Tier 1: all regions not listed above: Local restrictions in place: • A 65% limit on the usual capacity of all public events and entertainment events (including cinemas, theatres and concerts) involving the presence of the public; • Prohibition of operation for restaurants, bars, clubs, entertainment venues etc. starting at 1am, until 5am; • Operation of outdoor grocery markets subject to distancing between stalls, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters; • In restaurants/bars etc. a maximum number of 6 people per table is allowed;
    • Mandatory use of masks in indoor workplaces, crowded outdoor places (such as bus stops and public squares), as well as on public transport; • A maximum of 200 people (all seated, and wearing masks) are allowed in public and social events and gatherings, except for at large sporting events, where the limit is 500 people; • A ban on private gatherings of more than 100 people, either indoors or outdoors (except religious ceremonies, whose limit is 200 people with social distancing).

    *Travel in Greece: It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is limited to a maximum of 3 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 face masks.
    *Travel to and from islands: 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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. 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). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    30.10.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Greek Civil Aviation Authority extends restrictions on some international flights to 8 November (Tornos News, 26.10.2020). Authorities will impose lockdown in Kastoria from 23 October to contain spread of COVID-19 (GTP, 21.10.2020). Flight disruption expected until morning of 16 October as 24-hour public sector strike gets underway (AP, 15.10.2020). Greek authorities extend current restrictions on travelers entering country until 25 October; Bulgaria, Estonia governments announce COVID-19 rules (Sofia Globe, 14.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Greece’s air connections with Turkey are currently closed to passenger traffic. All travellers visiting Greece by air from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia, will be allowed admission into Greece only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test carried out within 72 hours of arrival. Travellers from these countries will also be subject to sample testing upon arrival.
    All travellers entering Greece by any land border are required to produce a COVID-negative PCR test conducted in the country of departure within 72 hours of arrival in Greece. This applies equally to Greek nationals and Greece residence permit holders. These requirements apply to those arriving by road, air or sea, while not applying to lorry drivers.
    The land border with Bulgaria is open at the Promachonas crossing point. All other land borders (including those with Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey) are subject to restrictions.
    From 7 August, all border crossings except the Promachonas crossing with Bulgaria will be shut down each night between 11pm and 7am. Outside these hours, you may cross into Greece at other border points only for essential reasons. From 16 August, if you enter Greece from Albania, including via the Kakavia land border, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form and quarantine for 7 days at the address you provide on the form. As of 16 August, the number of travellers entering Greece through the Kakavia crossing is limited to 750 persons per day.
    Keep an eye on changes to border arrangements on the Greek authorities’ relevant webpage.


    *From within the EU: Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of travellers coming from – or having stayed, in the 14 days prior to arrival – in a country that is classified as “high risk” of COVID-19 infection. Travellers arriving from “high risk” countries will be required to provide a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. An updated list of countries and territories for which a negative PCR test is required upon entry is available at https://travel.gov.gr. The certificate should be written in English and include name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller. The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be: – National Reference laboratories; – National Public Health Laboratories; – Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19). Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. *Mandatory Travel Documentation: Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form. Find out more: Travel.gov.gr

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity), UAE. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia, United Arab Emirates and Israel are concerned, upon arrival they have to show a certificate (in English) confirming a negative RT-PCR test result, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece, as well as the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form. *Find out more: Protocols for air arrivals in Greece and https://travel.gov.gr/#/.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: The following nationwide rules are in place around the use of face masks in Greece: • Within ‘Tier 4’ and ‘Tier 3’ regions, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public spaces (both indoors and outdoors), at all times. (See below for up-to-date information on which regions fall into Tiers 4 and 3); • Mandatory use of a mask on all public transport within Greece, including on ferries; • Mandatory use of a mask at airports and on aeroplanes; • Mandatory use of masks in all public indoor spaces, including medical and healthcare facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship); • Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social and care facilities and accommodation for refugees and migrants; • Mandatory use of a mask in all indoor workplaces; • Mandatory use of a mask in all crowded outdoor spaces, where social distancing cannot be maintained, including at bus stops, in public parks and squares; • Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates.
    *Public spaces and services: There is a nationwide limit of 50 people on the number that can gather for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas.
    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.
    Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes).
    You should comply with these requirements, and all other advice of the Greek authorities. All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended.
    *Local measures and restrictions: As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. The Greek authorities are currently operating a system of 4 tiers of categorisation (Tier 4 specifying the strongest measures; Tier 1 the least strong). You should monitor the situation regularly via media and other information sources, including your accommodation or travel provider. This page will be regularly updated with details of specific local restrictions in place. The Greek government’s website contains a regularly-updated interactive map setting out region-by-region measures (currently available only in Greek). Tier 4: Kozani and Kastoria. Local restrictions in place: • Mandatory use of masks in all outdoor and indoor spaces, including indoor workplaces; • A ban on travelling into or out of the region; • A curfew is in place between 12.30AM and 5AM local time. You should remain in your accommodation between these hours, except in case of emergency; • A ban on all public and private gatherings; • A limit of one person (in addition to the driver) in a taxi; • A limit of three people (including the driver) in a private vehicle; • Closure of shops, gyms, bars, beauty parlours, hairdressers, cinemas, concert venues, theatres (though online performances may continue), museums and archaeological sites; • Suspension of legal services, including courts; other public services may continue to function via telephone or other distance provision, albeit with limits on the number of staff;
    • Closure of restaurants (though take away and delivery services may continue;, sale of alcohol prohibited); • Changes to the functioning of schools, so that learning is delivered either based on rota-systems (that permit reduced physical presence of pupils); or fully via digital means; • Closure of universities, in favour of online learning; closure of playgrounds; • A maximum limit of 9 people at any religious service (including weddings, baptisms and funerals), all of whom must wear masks; • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 50% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters; • Suspension of operation for all outdoor markets. Tier 3: Achaia; Attica (including Athens, and the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis, and Spetses); Boeotia (Viotia); Heraklion; Imathia; Ioannina; Karditsa; Kea; Kythnos; Larissa; Lesbos; Mykonos; Pella; Samos; Santorini and surrounding islands (including Anafi, Folegandros, Ios and Sikinos; Serres; Thessaloniki; Trikala; Zakynthos (Zante); Local restrictions are in place. These include: • Mandatory use of masks in all outdoor and indoor spaces, including indoor workplaces;
    • A curfew is in place between 12.30AM and 5AM local time. You should remain in your accommodation between these hours, except in case of emergency; • Mandatory use of face masks in all indoor work-places; • Mandatory use of face masks in all work-places; • Mandatory use of face masks in crowded outdoor areas where minimum social distancing (of 1.5 metres) cannot be maintained, such as in public squares, at bus stops etc.; • Strong recommendation for anyone aged 65 and over to self-isolate, whilst limiting their movement to only what is absolutely necessary, avoiding contact with anyone other than members of their immediate family and avoiding use of public transport; • Strong recommendation for the use of face masks by everyone in all outdoor spaces; limits on the capacity of public markets, and outdoor cinema and theatre screenings;
    • A 30% limit on the usual capacity of all public events and entertainment events (including cinemas, theatres and concerts) involving the presence of public; • A maximum limit of 50 people, seated with masks, are allowed to attend weddings, christenings or funerals; • A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors (except religious ceremonies as outlined above); • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 50% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters; • A ban on all other markets;
    • Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 5am the next day (this does not include delivery or take-away services, sale of alcohol prohibited); • A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant; • A limit of 2 passengers allowed in a taxi, in addition to the driver. Tier 2: Aitoloakarnania; Argolida; Chios (including Psara); Corfu; Evia (including Skyros); Florina; Grevena; Halkidiki; Kilkis; Korinthia; Kos (and surrounding smaller islands) Lakonia; Naxos (and surrounding islands, including Amorgos and Iraklia); Paros and Antiparos; Pieria; Preveza; Rhodes (and surrounding smaller islands); Rodopi; Veria; Volos; Xanthi; Local restrictions in place: • Prohibition of operation for restaurants, bars, clubs, entertainment venues etc. starting midnight until 5am. • A 50% limit on the usual capacity of all public events and entertainment events (including cinemas, theatres and concerts) involving the presence of public. • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 65% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters. • In restaurants/bars etc. a maximum number of 6 people per table is allowed; • Mandatory use of masks in crowded outdoor spaces (such as bus stops, in public squares), as well as indoors and on public transport • A maximum of 50 people are allowed in all public and social events and gatherings, except for in the case of religious services, where the limit is 100 people, seated, with social distancing; • A ban on gatherings of more than 50 people, either indoors or outdoors (except religious ceremonies as outlined above); • A limit of 3 passengers allowed in a taxi, in addition to the driver. Tier 1: all regions not listed above Local restrictions in place: • A 65% limit on the usual capacity of all public events and entertainment events (including cinemas, theatres and concerts) involving the presence of the public; • Prohibition of operation for restaurants, bars, clubs, entertainment venues etc. starting at 1am, until 5am; • Operation of outdoor grocery markets subject to distancing between stalls, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters; • In restaurants/bars etc. a maximum number of 6 people per table is allowed; • Mandatory use of masks in indoor workplaces, crowded outdoor places (such as bus stops and public squares), as well as on public transport • A maximum of 200 people (all seated, and wearing masks) are allowed in public and social events and gatherings, except for at large sporting events, where the limit is 500 people; • A ban on private gatherings of more than 100 people, either indoors or outdoors (except religious ceremonies, whose limit is 200 people with social distancing).
    *Travel in Greece: It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is limited to a maximum of 3 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 face masks.
    *Travel to and from islands: 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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. 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). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    27.10.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Authorities will impose lockdown in Kastoria from 23 October to contain spread of COVID-19 (GTP, 21.10.2020). Flight disruption expected until morning of 16 October as 24-hour public sector strike gets underway (AP, 15.10.2020). Greek authorities extend current restrictions on travelers entering country until 25 October; Bulgaria, Estonia governments announce COVID-19 rules (Sofia Globe, 14.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Greece’s air connections with Turkey are currently closed to passenger traffic. All travellers visiting Greece by air from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia, will be allowed admission into Greece only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test carried out within 72 hours of arrival. Travellers from these countries will also be subject to sample testing upon arrival.
    All travellers entering Greece by any land border are required to produce a COVID-negative PCR test conducted in the country of departure within 72 hours of arrival in Greece. This applies equally to Greek nationals and Greece residence permit holders. These requirements apply to those arriving by road, air or sea, while not applying to lorry drivers.
    The land border with Bulgaria is open at the Promachonas crossing point. All other land borders (including those with Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey) are subject to restrictions.
    From 7 August, all border crossings except the Promachonas crossing with Bulgaria will be shut down each night between 11pm and 7am. Outside these hours, you may cross into Greece at other border points only for essential reasons. From 16 August, if you enter Greece from Albania, including via the Kakavia land border, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form and quarantine for 7 days at the address you provide on the form. As of 16 August, the number of travellers entering Greece through the Kakavia crossing is limited to 750 persons per day.
    Keep an eye on changes to border arrangements on the Greek authorities’ relevant webpage.


    *Travel from the EU: Entry Restrictions: Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of travellers coming from – or having stayed, in the 14 days prior to arrival – in a country that is classified as “high risk” of COVID-19 infection. Travellers arriving from “high risk” countries will be required to provide a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.
    An updated list of countries and territories for which a negative PCR test is required upon entry is available at https://travel.gov.gr.
    The certificate should be written in English and include name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.
    The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be:
    – National Reference laboratories
    – National Public Health Laboratories
    – Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19). Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.
    *Travelling from Greece or returning to Greece: The same rules apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab.
    *Mandatory Travel Documentation: Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form. *Find out more: Travel.gov.gr.

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *Third Countries: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity), UAE. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia, United Arab Emirates and Israel are concerned, upon arrival they have to show a certificate (in English) confirming a negative RT-PCR test result, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece, as well as the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form.
    *Find out more: Protocols for air arrivals in Greece here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: The following nationwide rules are in place around the use of face masks in Greece: • Within ‘Tier 4’ and ‘Tier 3’ regions, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public spaces (both indoors and outdoors), at all times. (See below for up-to-date information on which regions fall into Tiers 4 and 3); • Mandatory use of a mask on all public transport within Greece, including on ferries; • Mandatory use of a mask at airports and on aeroplanes; • Mandatory use of masks in all public indoor spaces, including medical and healthcare facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship); • Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social and care facilities and accommodation for refugees and migrants; • Mandatory use of a mask in all indoor workplaces; • Mandatory use of a mask in all crowded outdoor spaces, where social distancing cannot be maintained, including at bus stops, in public parks and squares; • Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates.
    *Public spaces and services: There is a nationwide limit of 50 people on the number that can gather for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas.
    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.
    Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes).
    You should comply with these requirements, and all other advice of the Greek authorities. All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended.
    *Local measures and restrictions: As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. The Greek authorities are currently operating a system of 4 tiers of categorisation (Tier 4 specifying the strongest measures; Tier 1 the least strong). You should monitor the situation regularly via media and other information sources, including your accommodation or travel provider. This page will be regularly updated with details of specific local restrictions in place. The Greek government’s website contains a regularly-updated interactive map setting out region-by-region measures (currently available only in Greek). Tier 4: Kozani and Kastoria. Local restrictions in place: • Mandatory use of masks in all outdoor and indoor spaces, including indoor workplaces; • A ban on travelling into or out of the region; • A curfew is in place between 12.30AM and 5AM local time. You should remain in your accommodation between these hours, except in case of emergency; • A ban on all public and private gatherings; • A limit of one person (in addition to the driver) in a taxi; • A limit of three people (including the driver) in a private vehicle; • Closure of shops, gyms, bars, beauty parlours, hairdressers, cinemas, concert venues, theatres (though online performances may continue), museums and archaeological sites; • Suspension of legal services, including courts; other public services may continue to function via telephone or other distance provision, albeit with limits on the number of staff;
    • Closure of restaurants (though take away and delivery services may continue;, sale of alcohol prohibited); • Changes to the functioning of schools, so that learning is delivered either based on rota-systems (that permit reduced physical presence of pupils); or fully via digital means; • Closure of universities, in favour of online learning; closure of playgrounds; • A maximum limit of 9 people at any religious service (including weddings, baptisms and funerals), all of whom must wear masks; • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 50% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters; • Suspension of operation for all outdoor markets. Tier 3: Achaia; Attica (including Athens, and the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis, and Spetses); Boeotia (Viotia); Heraklion; Imathia; Ioannina; Karditsa; Kea; Kythnos; Larissa; Lesbos; Mykonos; Pella; Samos; Santorini and surrounding islands (including Anafi, Folegandros, Ios and Sikinos; Serres; Thessaloniki; Trikala; Zakynthos (Zante); Local restrictions are in place. These include: • Mandatory use of masks in all outdoor and indoor spaces, including indoor workplaces;
    • A curfew is in place between 12.30AM and 5AM local time. You should remain in your accommodation between these hours, except in case of emergency; • Mandatory use of face masks in all indoor work-places; • Mandatory use of face masks in all work-places; • Mandatory use of face masks in crowded outdoor areas where minimum social distancing (of 1.5 metres) cannot be maintained, such as in public squares, at bus stops etc.; • Strong recommendation for anyone aged 65 and over to self-isolate, whilst limiting their movement to only what is absolutely necessary, avoiding contact with anyone other than members of their immediate family and avoiding use of public transport; • Strong recommendation for the use of face masks by everyone in all outdoor spaces; limits on the capacity of public markets, and outdoor cinema and theatre screenings;
    • A 30% limit on the usual capacity of all public events and entertainment events (including cinemas, theatres and concerts) involving the presence of public; • A maximum limit of 50 people, seated with masks, are allowed to attend weddings, christenings or funerals; • A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors (except religious ceremonies as outlined above); • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 50% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters; • A ban on all other markets;
    • Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 5am the next day (this does not include delivery or take-away services, sale of alcohol prohibited); • A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant; • A limit of 2 passengers allowed in a taxi, in addition to the driver. Tier 2: Aitoloakarnania; Argolida; Chios (including Psara); Corfu; Evia (including Skyros); Florina; Grevena; Halkidiki; Kilkis; Korinthia; Kos (and surrounding smaller islands) Lakonia; Naxos (and surrounding islands, including Amorgos and Iraklia); Paros and Antiparos; Pieria; Preveza; Rhodes (and surrounding smaller islands); Rodopi; Veria; Volos; Xanthi; Local restrictions in place: • Prohibition of operation for restaurants, bars, clubs, entertainment venues etc. starting midnight until 5am. • A 50% limit on the usual capacity of all public events and entertainment events (including cinemas, theatres and concerts) involving the presence of public. • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 65% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters. • In restaurants/bars etc. a maximum number of 6 people per table is allowed; • Mandatory use of masks in crowded outdoor spaces (such as bus stops, in public squares), as well as indoors and on public transport • A maximum of 50 people are allowed in all public and social events and gatherings, except for in the case of religious services, where the limit is 100 people, seated, with social distancing; • A ban on gatherings of more than 50 people, either indoors or outdoors (except religious ceremonies as outlined above); • A limit of 3 passengers allowed in a taxi, in addition to the driver. Tier 1: all regions not listed above Local restrictions in place: • A 65% limit on the usual capacity of all public events and entertainment events (including cinemas, theatres and concerts) involving the presence of the public; • Prohibition of operation for restaurants, bars, clubs, entertainment venues etc. starting at 1am, until 5am; • Operation of outdoor grocery markets subject to distancing between stalls, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters; • In restaurants/bars etc. a maximum number of 6 people per table is allowed; • Mandatory use of masks in indoor workplaces, crowded outdoor places (such as bus stops and public squares), as well as on public transport • A maximum of 200 people (all seated, and wearing masks) are allowed in public and social events and gatherings, except for at large sporting events, where the limit is 500 people; • A ban on private gatherings of more than 100 people, either indoors or outdoors (except religious ceremonies, whose limit is 200 people with social distancing).
    *Travel in Greece: It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is limited to a maximum of 3 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 face masks.
    *Travel to and from islands: 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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. 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). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    23.10.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Authorities will impose lockdown in Kastoria from 23 October to contain spread of COVID-19 (GTP, 21.10.2020). Flight disruption expected until morning of 16 October as 24-hour public sector strike gets underway (AP, 15.10.2020). Greek authorities extend current restrictions on travelers entering country until 25 October; Bulgaria, Estonia governments announce COVID-19 rules (Sofia Globe, 14.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Greece’s air connections with Turkey are currently closed to passenger traffic. All travellers visiting Greece by air from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia, will be allowed admission into Greece only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test carried out within 72 hours of arrival. Travellers from these countries will also be subject to sample testing upon arrival.
    All travellers entering Greece by any land border are required to produce a COVID-negative PCR test conducted in the country of departure within 72 hours of arrival in Greece. This applies equally to Greek nationals and Greece residence permit holders. These requirements apply to those arriving by road, air or sea, while not applying to lorry drivers.
    The land border with Bulgaria is open at the Promachonas crossing point. All other land borders (including those with Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey) are subject to restrictions.
    From 7 August, all border crossings except the Promachonas crossing with Bulgaria will be shut down each night between 11pm and 7am. Outside these hours, you may cross into Greece at other border points only for essential reasons. From 16 August, if you enter Greece from Albania, including via the Kakavia land border, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form and quarantine for 7 days at the address you provide on the form. As of 16 August, the number of travellers entering Greece through the Kakavia crossing is limited to 750 persons per day.
    Keep an eye on changes to border arrangements on the Greek authorities’ relevant webpage.


    *Travel from the EU: Entry Restrictions: Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of travellers coming from – or having stayed, in the 14 days prior to arrival – in a country that is classified as “high risk” of COVID-19 infection. Travellers arriving from “high risk” countries will be required to provide a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.
    An updated list of countries and territories for which a negative PCR test is required upon entry is available at https://travel.gov.gr.
    The certificate should be written in English and include name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.
    The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be:
    – National Reference laboratories
    – National Public Health Laboratories
    – Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19). Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.
    *Travelling from Greece or returning to Greece: The same rules apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab.
    *Mandatory Travel Documentation: Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form. *Find out more: Travel.gov.gr.

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *Third Countries: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity), UAE. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia, United Arab Emirates and Israel are concerned, upon arrival they have to show a certificate (in English) confirming a negative RT-PCR test result, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece, as well as the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form.
    *Find out more: Protocols for air arrivals in Greece here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: The following nationwide rules are in place around the use of face masks in Greece:
    • Mandatory use of a mask on all public transport within Greece, including on ferries;
    • Mandatory use of a mask at airports and on aeroplanes;
    • Mandatory use of masks in all public indoor spaces, including medical and healthcare facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship);
    • Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social and care facilities and accommodation for refugees and migrants;
    • Mandatory use of a mask in all indoor workplaces;
    • Mandatory use of a mask in all crowded outdoor spaces, where social distancing cannot be maintained, including at bus stops, in public parks and squares;
    • Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates

    *Public spaces and services: There is a nationwide limit of 50 people on the number that can gather for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas.
    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.
    Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes).
    You should comply with these requirements, and all other advice of the Greek authorities. All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended.

    *Local measures and restrictions: As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. The Greek authorities are currently operating a system of 4 tiers of categorisation (Tier 4 specifying the strongest measures; Tier 1 the least strong). You should monitor the situation regularly via media and other information sources, including your accommodation or travel provider. This page will be regularly updated with details of specific local restrictions in place. The Greek government’s website contains a regularly-updated interactive map setting out region-by-region measures (currently available only in Greek).
    Tier 4: Kozani and Kastoria. Local restrictions in place:
    • Mandatory use of masks in all outdoor and indoor spaces, including indoor workplaces;
    • A ban on travelling into or out of the region;
    • A ban on all public and private gatherings;
    • A limit of one person (in addition to the driver) in a taxi;
    • A limit of three people (including the driver) in a private vehicle;
    • Closure of shops, gyms, bars, beauty parlours, hairdressers, cinemas, concert venues, theatres (though online performances may continue), museums and archaeological sites;
    • Suspension of legal services, including courts; other public services may continue to function via telephone or other distance provision, albeit with limits on the number of staff;
    • Closure of restaurants (though take away and delivery services may continue;, sale of alcohol prohibited);
    • Changes to the functioning of schools, so that learning is delivered either based on rota-systems (that permit reduced physical presence of pupils); or fully via digital means;
    • Closure of universities, in favour of online learning; closure of playgrounds;
    • A maximum limit of 9 people at any religious service (including weddings, baptisms and funerals), all of whom must wear masks;
    • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 50% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters;
    • Suspension of operation for all outdoor markets.
    Tier 3: Achaia; Attica (including Athens, and the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis, and Spetses); Boeotia (Viotia); Heraklion; Imathia; Ioannina; Karditsa; Kea; Kythnos; Larissa; Lesbos; Mykonos; Pella; Samos; Santorini and surrounding islands (including Anafi, Folegandros, Ios and Sikinos; Serres; Thessaloniki; Trikala; Zakynthos (Zante)
    Local restrictions are in place. These include:
    • Mandatory use of face masks in all indoor work-places;
    • Mandatory use of face masks in all work-places;
    • Mandatory use of face masks in crowded outdoor areas where minimum social distancing (of 1.5 metres) cannot be maintained, such as in public squares, at bus stops etc.;
    • Strong recommendation for anyone aged 65 and over to self-isolate, whilst limiting their movement to only what is absolutely necessary, avoiding contact with anyone other than members of their immediate family and avoiding use of public transport;
    • Strong recommendation for the use of face masks by everyone in all outdoor spaces; limits on the capacity of public markets, and outdoor cinema and theatre screenings ;
    • A 30% limit on the usual capacity of all public events and entertainment events (including cinemas, theatres and concerts) involving the presence of public;
    • A maximum limit of 50 people, seated with masks, are allowed to attend weddings, christenings or funerals;
    • A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors (except religious ceremonies as outlined above);
    • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 50% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters;
    • A ban on all other markets;
    • Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 5am the next day (this does not include delivery or take-away services, sale of alcohol prohibited);
    • A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant
    • A limit of 2 passengers allowed in a taxi, in addition to the driver.

    Tier 2: Aitoloakarnania; Argolida; Chios (including Psara); Corfu; Evia (including Skyros); Florina; Grevena; Halkidiki; Kilkis; Korinthia; Kos (and surrounding smaller islands) Lakonia; Naxos (and surrounding islands, including Amorgos and Iraklia); Paros and Antiparos; Pieria; Preveza; Rhodes (and surrounding smaller islands); Rodopi; Xanthi; Veria; Volos
    Local restrictions in place:
    • Prohibition of operation for restaurants, bars, clubs, entertainment venues etc. starting midnight until 5am.
    • A 50% limit on the usual capacity of all public events and entertainment events (including cinemas, theatres and concerts) involving the presence of public.
    • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 65% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters.
    • In restaurants/bars etc. a maximum number of 6 people per table is allowed;
    • Mandatory use of masks in crowded outdoor spaces (such as bus stops, in public squares), as well as indoors and on public transport
    • A maximum of 50 people are allowed in all public and social events and gatherings, except for in the case of religious services, where the limit is 100 people, seated, with social distancing;
    • A ban on gatherings of more than 50 people, either indoors or outdoors (except religious ceremonies as outlined above);
    • A limit of 3 passengers allowed in a taxi, in addition to the driver.
    Tier 1: all regions not listed above
    Local restrictions in place:
    • A 65% limit on the usual capacity of all public events and entertainment events (including cinemas, theatres and concerts) involving the presence of the public.
    • Prohibition of operation for restaurants, bars, clubs, entertainment venues etc. starting at 1am, until 5am.
    • Operation of outdoor grocery markets subject to distancing between stalls, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 3 metres between the counters.
    • In restaurants/bars etc. a maximum number of 6 people per table is allowed;
    • Mandatory use of masks in indoor workplaces, crowded outdoor places (such as bus stops and public squares), as well as on public transport
    • A maximum of 200 people (all seated, and wearing masks) are allowed in public and social events and gatherings, except for at large sporting events, where the limit is 500 people.
    • A ban on private gatherings of more than 100 people, either indoors or outdoors (except religious ceremonies, whose limit is 200 people with social distancing).
    *Travel in Greece:
    It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis.
    Travel in a private car or a taxi is limited to a maximum of 3 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 face masks.
    * Travel to and from islands:
    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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    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.
    Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review.
    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). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.

    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    22.10.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Flight disruption expected until morning of 16 October as 24-hour public sector strike gets underway (AP, 15.10.2020). Greek authorities extend current restrictions on travelers entering country until 25 October; Bulgaria, Estonia governments announce COVID-19 rules (Sofia Globe, 14.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Greece’s air connections with Turkey are currently closed to passenger traffic. All travellers visiting Greece by air from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia, will be allowed admission into Greece only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test carried out within 72 hours of arrival. Travellers from these countries will also be subject to sample testing upon arrival.
    All travellers entering Greece by any land border are required to produce a COVID-negative PCR test conducted in the country of departure within 72 hours of arrival in Greece. This applies equally to Greek nationals and Greece residence permit holders. These requirements apply to those arriving by road, air or sea, while not applying to lorry drivers.
    The land border with Bulgaria is open at the Promachonas crossing point. All other land borders (including those with Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey) are subject to restrictions.
    From 7 August, all border crossings except the Promachonas crossing with Bulgaria will be shut down each night between 11pm and 7am. Outside these hours, you may cross into Greece at other border points only for essential reasons. From 16 August, if you enter Greece from Albania, including via the Kakavia land border, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form and quarantine for 7 days at the address you provide on the form. As of 16 August, the number of travellers entering Greece through the Kakavia crossing is limited to 750 persons per day.
    Keep an eye on changes to border arrangements on the Greek authorities’ relevant webpage.


    *Travel from the EU: Entry Restrictions: Entry from EU+ countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of travellers coming from – or having stayed, in the 14 days prior to arrival – in a country that is classified as “high risk” of COVID-19 infection. Travellers arriving from “high risk” countries will be required to provide a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.
    An updated list of countries and territories for which a negative PCR test is required upon entry is available at https://travel.gov.gr.
    The certificate should be written in English and include name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller. The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be: – National Reference laboratories – National Public Health Laboratories – Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19). Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.
    *Travelling from Greece or returning to Greece: The same rules apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab.
    *Mandatory Travel Documentation: Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form. *Find out more: Travel.gov.gr.

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *Third Countries: Travellers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity) are allowed to enter Greece without restrictions. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia, United Arab Emirates and Israel are concerned, upon arrival they have to show a certificate (in English) confirming a negative RT-PCR test result, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece, as well as the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: The following nationwide rules are in place around the use of face masks in Greece: • Mandatory use of a mask on all public transport within Greece, including on ferries; • Mandatory use of a mask at airports and on aircraft; • Mandatory use of masks in all public indoor spaces, including medical and healthcare facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship); • Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social and care facilities and accommodation for refugees and migrants; • Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates; Recommendation for the use of a mask in all enclosed spaces and in outdoor gatherings where normal social distancing cannot be observed.

    *Public spaces and services: There is a nationwide limit of 50 people on the number that can gather for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas. 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. Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes). You should comply with these requirements, and all other advice of the Greek authorities All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended.

    *Local measures and restrictions: As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. You should monitor the situation regularly via media and other information sources, including your accommodation or travel provider. This page will be regularly updated with details of specific local restrictions in place.
    Attica (including Athens, and the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis, and Spetses). Local restrictions are in place in the regions of Attica, which includes the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis and Spetses. These include: • Mandatory use of face masks in all indoor public spaces; • Mandatory use of face masks in all work-places; • Mandatory use of face masks in crowded outdoor areas where minimum social distancing (of 1.5 metres) cannot be maintained, such as in public squares, at bus stops etc; • Strong recommendation for anyone aged 65 and over to self-isolate for the next 14 days, whilst limiting their movement to only what is absolutely necessary, avoiding contact with anyone other than members of their immediate family and avoiding use of public transport; • Strong recommendation for the use of face masks by everyone in all outdoor spaces; limits on the capacity of public markets, and outdoor cinema and theatre screenings; • A maximum limit of 20 people are allowed to attend weddings, christenings or funerals; • A ban on the holding of any concerts, and on indoor cinema and theatre screenings; • A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors;• Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day; • Prohibition of retail shops opening before 10am (this measure does not apply to food and drink outlets, such as supermarkets, grocery stores and bakeries);• A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people;
    Pella, Pieria, Imathia, Kilkis, Lesvos, Zakynthos (Zante), Mykonos, Halkidiki, Chania and Heraklion (Crete):
    Local restrictions in place: • Suspension of all entertainment events involving the presence of public. • Prohibition of operation for restaurants, bars, clubs, entertainment venues etc. starting midnight until 5am. • Suspension of all retail sale of goods, such as kiosks, mini markets (including those located in gas stations), liquor stores, tobacco stores, grocery stores, bakeries, confectioneries starting midnight until 5am. Pharmacies, gas stations and vending machines are excluded, except for sale of alcoholic beverages. • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 50% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 5 meters between the counters. • Suspension of operation for all outdoor markets. • In restaurants/bars etc. a maximum number of 4 people per table is allowed, unless they are first degree relatives where up to 6 people are allowed.• Mandatory use of mask both outdoors and indoors, as well as on public transport • A maximum of 50 people are allowed in all public and social events and gatherings.Kythnos, Ioannina and Achaia – in addition to the above • Prohibition of all gatherings of over 9 people for any reason, both in public and in private. Thessaloniki, East Macedonia & Thrace, Larissa, Corfu, Karditsa, Trikala, Volos, Rethymnon, Lashithi, Paros & Antiparos, Santorini, Rhodes, Kos: • Restaurants, bars and entertainment venues will remain closed from midnight to 7am. • A ban of gatherings of more than 50 people, either indoors and outdoors. This list of areas may be expanded.

    *Travel in Greece: It is mandatory to wear face-masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is limited to a maximum of 3 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 face-masks.

    *Travel to and from islands: 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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. 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). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.

    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

    Read more
    20.10.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Flight disruption expected until morning of 16 October as 24-hour public sector strike gets underway (AP, 15.10.2020). Greek authorities extend current restrictions on travelers entering country until 25 October; Bulgaria, Estonia governments announce COVID-19 rules (Sofia Globe, 14.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Greece’s air connections with Turkey are currently closed to passenger traffic. All travellers visiting Greece by air from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia, will be allowed admission into Greece only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test carried out within 72 hours of arrival. Travellers from these countries will also be subject to sample testing upon arrival.
    All travellers entering Greece by any land border are required to produce a COVID-negative PCR test conducted in the country of departure within 72 hours of arrival in Greece. This applies equally to Greek nationals and Greece residence permit holders. These requirements apply to those arriving by road, air or sea, while not applying to lorry drivers.
    The land border with Bulgaria is open at the Promachonas crossing point. All other land borders (including those with Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey) are subject to restrictions.
    From 7 August, all border crossings except the Promachonas crossing with Bulgaria will be shut down each night between 11pm and 7am. Outside these hours, you may cross into Greece at other border points only for essential reasons. From 16 August, if you enter Greece from Albania, including via the Kakavia land border, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form and quarantine for 7 days at the address you provide on the form. As of 16 August, the number of travellers entering Greece through the Kakavia crossing is limited to 750 persons per day.
    Keep an eye on changes to border arrangements on the Greek authorities’ relevant webpage.


    *Travel from the EU: Entry Restrictions: Entry from EU+ countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of travellers coming from – or having stayed, in the 14 days prior to arrival – in a country that is classified as “high risk” of COVID-19 infection. Travellers arriving from “high risk” countries will be required to provide a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino. An updated list of countries and territories for which a negative PCR test is required upon entry is available at https://travel.gov.gr
    . The certificate should be written in English and include name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller. The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be: – National Reference laboratories – National Public Health Laboratories – Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19). Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. *Travelling from Greece or returning to Greece: The same rules apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab. *Mandatory Travel Documentation: Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form. *Find out more: Travel.gov.gr


    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *Third Countries: Travellers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity) are allowed to enter Greece without restrictions. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia, United Arab Emirates and Israel are concerned, upon arrival they have to show a certificate (in English) confirming a negative RT-PCR test result, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece, as well as the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: The following nationwide rules are in place around the use of face masks in Greece: • Mandatory use of a mask on all public transport within Greece, including on ferries; • Mandatory use of a mask at airports and on aircraft; • Mandatory use of masks in all public indoor spaces, including medical and healthcare facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship); • Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social and care facilities and accommodation for refugees and migrants; • Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates; Recommendation for the use of a mask in all enclosed spaces and in outdoor gatherings where normal social distancing cannot be observed.

    *Public spaces and services: There is a nationwide limit of 50 people on the number that can gather for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas. 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. Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes). You should comply with these requirements, and all other advice of the Greek authorities All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended.

    *Local measures and restrictions: As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. You should monitor the situation regularly via media and other information sources, including your accommodation or travel provider. This page will be regularly updated with details of specific local restrictions in place.
    Attica (including Athens, and the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis, and Spetses). Local restrictions are in place in the regions of Attica, which includes the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis and Spetses. These include: • Mandatory use of face masks in all indoor public spaces; • Mandatory use of face masks in all work-places; • Mandatory use of face masks in crowded outdoor areas where minimum social distancing (of 1.5 metres) cannot be maintained, such as in public squares, at bus stops etc; • Strong recommendation for anyone aged 65 and over to self-isolate for the next 14 days, whilst limiting their movement to only what is absolutely necessary, avoiding contact with anyone other than members of their immediate family and avoiding use of public transport; • Strong recommendation for the use of face masks by everyone in all outdoor spaces; limits on the capacity of public markets, and outdoor cinema and theatre screenings; • A maximum limit of 20 people are allowed to attend weddings, christenings or funerals; • A ban on the holding of any concerts, and on indoor cinema and theatre screenings; • A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors;• Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day; • Prohibition of retail shops opening before 10am (this measure does not apply to food and drink outlets, such as supermarkets, grocery stores and bakeries);• A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people;
    Pella, Pieria, Imathia, Kilkis, Lesvos, Zakynthos (Zante), Mykonos, Halkidiki, Chania and Heraklion (Crete):
    Local restrictions in place: • Suspension of all entertainment events involving the presence of public. • Prohibition of operation for restaurants, bars, clubs, entertainment venues etc. starting midnight until 5am. • Suspension of all retail sale of goods, such as kiosks, mini markets (including those located in gas stations), liquor stores, tobacco stores, grocery stores, bakeries, confectioneries starting midnight until 5am. Pharmacies, gas stations and vending machines are excluded, except for sale of alcoholic beverages. • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 50% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 5 meters between the counters. • Suspension of operation for all outdoor markets. • In restaurants/bars etc. a maximum number of 4 people per table is allowed, unless they are first degree relatives where up to 6 people are allowed.• Mandatory use of mask both outdoors and indoors, as well as on public transport • A maximum of 50 people are allowed in all public and social events and gatherings.Kythnos, Ioannina and Achaia – in addition to the above • Prohibition of all gatherings of over 9 people for any reason, both in public and in private. Thessaloniki, East Macedonia & Thrace, Larissa, Corfu, Karditsa, Trikala, Volos, Rethymnon, Lashithi, Paros & Antiparos, Santorini, Rhodes, Kos: • Restaurants, bars and entertainment venues will remain closed from midnight to 7am. • A ban of gatherings of more than 50 people, either indoors and outdoors. This list of areas may be expanded.

    *Travel in Greece: It is mandatory to wear face-masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is limited to a maximum of 3 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 face-masks.

    *Travel to and from islands: 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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. 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). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

    Read more
    16.10.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Greek authorities extend current restrictions on travelers entering country until 25 October; Bulgaria, Estonia governments announce COVID-19 rules (Sofia Globe, 14.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Greece’s air connections with Turkey are currently closed to passenger traffic. All travellers visiting Greece by air from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia, will be allowed admission into Greece only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test carried out within 72 hours of arrival. Travellers from these countries will also be subject to sample testing upon arrival.
    All travellers entering Greece by any land border are required to produce a COVID-negative PCR test conducted in the country of departure within 72 hours of arrival in Greece. This applies equally to Greek nationals and Greece residence permit holders. These requirements apply to those arriving by road, air or sea, while not applying to lorry drivers.
    The land border with Bulgaria is open at the Promachonas crossing point. All other land borders (including those with Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey) are subject to restrictions.
    From 7 August, all border crossings except the Promachonas crossing with Bulgaria will be shut down each night between 11pm and 7am. Outside these hours, you may cross into Greece at other border points only for essential reasons. From 16 August, if you enter Greece from Albania, including via the Kakavia land border, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form and quarantine for 7 days at the address you provide on the form. As of 16 August, the number of travellers entering Greece through the Kakavia crossing is limited to 750 persons per day.
    Keep an eye on changes to border arrangements on the Greek authorities’ relevant webpage.


    From the EU: Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU+ countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of travellers coming from – or having stayed, in the 14 days prior to arrival – in a country that is classified as “high risk” of COVID-19 infection. Travellers arriving from “high risk” countries will be required to provide a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino. An updated list of countries and territories for which a negative PCR test is required upon entry is available at here. The certificate should be written in English and include name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller. The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be: – National Reference laboratories- National Public Health Laboratories – Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19). Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. *Travelling from Greece or returning to Greece- The same rules apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab. *Mandatory Travel Documentation- Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form. *Find out more: here.

    Transit: Transit is permitted.

    Third Country: Travellers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity) are allowed to enter Greece without restrictions. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia, United Arab Emirates and Israel are concerned, upon arrival they have to show a certificate (in English) confirming a negative RT-PCR test result, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece, as well as the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete Passenger Locator Form

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: The following nationwide rules are in place around the use of face masks in Greece: • Mandatory use of a mask on all public transport within Greece, including on ferries; • Mandatory use of a mask at airports and on aircraft; • Mandatory use of masks in all public indoor spaces, including medical and healthcare facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship); • Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social and care facilities and accommodation for refugees and migrants; • Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates; Recommendation for the use of a mask in all enclosed spaces and in outdoor gatherings where normal social distancing cannot be observed.

    *Public spaces and services: There is a nationwide limit of 50 people on the number that can gather for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas. 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. Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes). You should comply with these requirements, and all other advice of the Greek authorities All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended.

    *Local measures and restrictions: As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. You should monitor the situation regularly via media and other information sources, including your accommodation or travel provider. This page will be regularly updated with details of specific local restrictions in place.
    Attica (including Athens, and the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis, and Spetses). Local restrictions are in place in the regions of Attica, which includes the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis and Spetses. These include: • Mandatory use of face masks in all indoor public spaces; • Mandatory use of face masks in all work-places; • Mandatory use of face masks in crowded outdoor areas where minimum social distancing (of 1.5 metres) cannot be maintained, such as in public squares, at bus stops etc; • Strong recommendation for anyone aged 65 and over to self-isolate for the next 14 days, whilst limiting their movement to only what is absolutely necessary, avoiding contact with anyone other than members of their immediate family and avoiding use of public transport; • Strong recommendation for the use of face masks by everyone in all outdoor spaces; limits on the capacity of public markets, and outdoor cinema and theatre screenings; • A maximum limit of 20 people are allowed to attend weddings, christenings or funerals; • A ban on the holding of any concerts, and on indoor cinema and theatre screenings; • A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors;• Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day; • Prohibition of retail shops opening before 10am (this measure does not apply to food and drink outlets, such as supermarkets, grocery stores and bakeries);• A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people;
    Pella, Pieria, Imathia, Kilkis, Lesvos, Zakynthos (Zante), Mykonos, Halkidiki, Chania and Heraklion (Crete):
    Local restrictions in place: • Suspension of all entertainment events involving the presence of public. • Prohibition of operation for restaurants, bars, clubs, entertainment venues etc. starting midnight until 5am. • Suspension of all retail sale of goods, such as kiosks, mini markets (including those located in gas stations), liquor stores, tobacco stores, grocery stores, bakeries, confectioneries starting midnight until 5am. Pharmacies, gas stations and vending machines are excluded, except for sale of alcoholic beverages. • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 50% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 5 meters between the counters. • Suspension of operation for all outdoor markets. • In restaurants/bars etc. a maximum number of 4 people per table is allowed, unless they are first degree relatives where up to 6 people are allowed.• Mandatory use of mask both outdoors and indoors, as well as on public transport • A maximum of 50 people are allowed in all public and social events and gatherings.Kythnos, Ioannina and Achaia – in addition to the above • Prohibition of all gatherings of over 9 people for any reason, both in public and in private. Thessaloniki, East Macedonia & Thrace, Larissa, Corfu, Karditsa, Trikala, Volos, Rethymnon, Lashithi, Paros & Antiparos, Santorini, Rhodes, Kos: • Restaurants, bars and entertainment venues will remain closed from midnight to 7am. • A ban of gatherings of more than 50 people, either indoors and outdoors. This list of areas may be expanded.

    *Travel in Greece: It is mandatory to wear face-masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is limited to a maximum of 3 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 face-masks.

    *Travel to and from islands: 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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. 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). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    14.10.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Greece extends restriction on visitors from Russia until 5 October (Pledge Times, 20.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Greece’s air connections with Turkey are currently closed to passenger traffic. All travellers visiting Greece by air from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia, will be allowed admission into Greece only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test carried out within 72 hours of arrival. Travellers from these countries will also be subject to sample testing upon arrival.
    All travellers entering Greece by any land border are required to produce a COVID-negative PCR test conducted in the country of departure within 72 hours of arrival in Greece. This applies equally to Greek nationals and Greece residence permit holders.
    The land border with Bulgaria is open at the Promachonas crossing point. All other land borders (including those with Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey) are subject to restrictions.
    From 7 August, all border crossings except the Promachonas crossing with Bulgaria will be shut down each night between 11pm and 7am. Outside these hours, you may cross into Greece at other border points only for essential reasons. From 16 August, if you enter Greece from Albania, including via the Kakavia land border, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form and quarantine for 7 days at the address you provide on the form. As of 16 August, the number of travellers entering Greece through the Kakavia crossing is limited to 750 persons per day.
    Keep an eye on changes to border arrangements on the Greek authorities’ relevant webpage.


    From the EU: Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU+ countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of travellers coming from – or having stayed, in the 14 days prior to arrival – in a country that is classified as “high risk” of COVID-19 infection. Travellers arriving from “high risk” countries will be required to provide a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino. An updated list of countries and territories for which a negative PCR test is required upon entry is available at here. The certificate should be written in English and include name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller. The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be: – National Reference laboratories- National Public Health Laboratories – Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19). Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. *Travelling from Greece or returning to Greece- The same rules apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab. *Mandatory Travel Documentation- Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form. *Find out more: here.

    Transit: Transit is permitted.

    Third Country: Travellers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity) are allowed to enter Greece without restrictions. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia, United Arab Emirates and Israel are concerned, upon arrival they have to show a certificate (in English) confirming a negative RT-PCR test result, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece, as well as the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete Passenger Locator Form

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Wearing a mask: The following nationwide rules are in place around the use of face masks in Greece: • Mandatory use of a mask on all public transport within Greece, including on ferries; • Mandatory use of a mask at airports and on aircraft; • Mandatory use of masks in all public indoor spaces, including medical and healthcare facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship); • Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social and care facilities and accommodation for refugees and migrants; • Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates; Recommendation for the use of a mask in all enclosed spaces and in outdoor gatherings where normal social distancing cannot be observed.

    *Public spaces and services: There is a nationwide limit of 50 people on the number that can gather for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas. 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. Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes). You should comply with these requirements, and all other advice of the Greek authorities All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended.

    *Local measures and restrictions: As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. You should monitor the situation regularly via media and other information sources, including your accommodation or travel provider. This page will be regularly updated with details of specific local restrictions in place.
    Attica (including Athens, and the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis, and Spetses). Local restrictions are in place in the regions of Attica, which includes the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis and Spetses. These include: • Mandatory use of face masks in all indoor public spaces; • Mandatory use of face masks in all work-places; • Mandatory use of face masks in crowded outdoor areas where minimum social distancing (of 1.5 metres) cannot be maintained, such as in public squares, at bus stops etc; • Strong recommendation for anyone aged 65 and over to self-isolate for the next 14 days, whilst limiting their movement to only what is absolutely necessary, avoiding contact with anyone other than members of their immediate family and avoiding use of public transport; • Strong recommendation for the use of face masks by everyone in all outdoor spaces; limits on the capacity of public markets, and outdoor cinema and theatre screenings; • A maximum limit of 20 people are allowed to attend weddings, christenings or funerals; • A ban on the holding of any concerts, and on indoor cinema and theatre screenings; • A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors;• Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day; • Prohibition of retail shops opening before 10am (this measure does not apply to food and drink outlets, such as supermarkets, grocery stores and bakeries);• A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people;
    Pella, Pieria, Imathia, Kilkis, Lesvos, Zakynthos (Zante), Mykonos, Halkidiki, Chania and Heraklion (Crete):
    Local restrictions in place: • Suspension of all entertainment events involving the presence of public. • Prohibition of operation for restaurants, bars, clubs, entertainment venues etc. starting midnight until 5am. • Suspension of all retail sale of goods, such as kiosks, mini markets (including those located in gas stations), liquor stores, tobacco stores, grocery stores, bakeries, confectioneries starting midnight until 5am. Pharmacies, gas stations and vending machines are excluded, except for sale of alcoholic beverages. • Operation of outdoor grocery markets at 50% capacity, with mandatory use of a mask for producers and consumers, with a distance of 5 meters between the counters. • Suspension of operation for all outdoor markets. • In restaurants/bars etc. a maximum number of 4 people per table is allowed, unless they are first degree relatives where up to 6 people are allowed.• Mandatory use of mask both outdoors and indoors, as well as on public transport • A maximum of 50 people are allowed in all public and social events and gatherings.Kythnos, Ioannina and Achaia – in addition to the above • Prohibition of all gatherings of over 9 people for any reason, both in public and in private. Thessaloniki, East Macedonia & Thrace, Larissa, Corfu, Karditsa, Trikala, Volos, Rethymnon, Lashithi, Paros & Antiparos, Santorini, Rhodes, Kos: • Restaurants, bars and entertainment venues will remain closed from midnight to 7am. • A ban of gatherings of more than 50 people, either indoors and outdoors. This list of areas may be expanded.

    *Travel in Greece: It is mandatory to wear face-masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is limited to a maximum of 3 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 face-masks.

    *Travel to and from islands: 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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. 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). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.
    *Accommodation: All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    10.10.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Greece extends restriction on visitors from Russia until 5 October (Pledge Times, 20.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:


    From the EU: Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU+ countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of travellers coming from – or having stayed, in the 14 days prior to arrival – in a country that is classified as “high risk” of COVID-19 infection. Travellers arriving from “high risk” countries will be required to provide a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino. An updated list of countries and territories for which a negative PCR test is required upon entry is available at here. The certificate should be written in English and include name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller. The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be: – National Reference laboratories- National Public Health Laboratories – Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19). Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. *Travelling from Greece or returning to Greece- The same rules apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab. *Mandatory Travel Documentation- Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form. *Find out more: here.

    Transit: Transit is permitted.

    Third Country: Travellers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity) are allowed to enter Greece without restrictions. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia, United Arab Emirates and Israel are concerned, upon arrival they have to show a certificate (in English) confirming a negative RT-PCR test result, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece, as well as the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete Passenger Locator Form

    Internal Restrictions:
    The following nationwide rules are in place around the use of face masks in Greece: Mandatory use of a mask on all public transport within Greece, including on ferries; Mandatory use of a mask at airports and on aeroplanes; Mandatory use of masks in all public indoor spaces, including medical and healthcare facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship); Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social and care facilities and accommodation for refugees and migrants; Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates; Recommendation for the use of a mask in all enclosed spaces and in outdoor gatherings where normal social distancing cannot be observed.
    There is a nationwide limit of 50 people on the number that can gather for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas.
    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.
    Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes).
    Nurseries reopened on 1 September.The opening of schools has been delayed until 14 September, and universities are expected to reopen for their new term as planned in mid-October.
    All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available. All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended.
    As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. Attica (including Athens, and the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis, and Spetses): Local restrictions are in place in the regions of Attica, which includes the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis and Spetses. These include: Mandatory use of face masks in all indoor public spaces; Mandatory use of face masks in all work-places; Mandatory use of face masks in crowded outdoor areas where minimum social distancing (of 1.5 metres) cannot be maintained, such as in public squares, at bus stops etc.; Strong recommendation for anyone aged 65 and over to self-isolate for the next 14 days, whilst limiting their movement to only what is absolutely necessary, avoiding contact with anyone other than members of their immediate family and avoiding use of public transport;
    Strong recommendation for the use of face masks by everyone in all outdoor spaces; limits on the capacity of public markets, and outdoor cinema and theatre screenings; A maximum limit of 20 people are allowed to attend weddings, christenings or funerals; A ban on the holding of any concerts, and on indoor cinema and theatre screenings; A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors; Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day; Prohibition of retail shops opening before 10am (this measure does not apply to food and drink outlets, such as supermarkets, grocery stores and bakeries); A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people.
    Pella, Pieria, Imathia and Kilkis: Local restrictions are in place in the regions of Pella, Pieria, Imathia and Kilkis. These include: Suspension of any kind of live events and celebrations such as parties, trade fairs, religious ceremonies, open markets etc. Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors; A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    Lesvos, Mykonos, Halkidiki, Chania and Heraklion (Crete): Local restrictions are in place on Lesvos island, Mykonos island, the Halkidiki peninsula and the Chania and Heraklion regions of Crete. These include: Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors;
    A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    Lesvos, Zakynthos (Zante), Mykonos, Halkidiki, Chania and Heraklion (Crete): Local restrictions are in place on Lesvos island, Mykonos island, the Halkidiki peninsula and the Chania and Heraklion regions of Crete. These include: Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors; A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    Thessaloniki, East Macedonia & Thrace, Larissa, Corfu, Karditsa, Trikala, Volos, Rethymnon, Paros & Antiparos, Santorini, Rhodes, Kos: Restaurants, bars and entertainment venues will remain closed from midnight to 7am. A ban of gatherings of more than 50 people, either indoors and outdoors. This list of areas may be expanded.
    Travel in Greece: Travel in a private car or a taxi is limited to a maximum of 3 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 face-masks.
    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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    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.

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    09.10.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Greece extends restriction on visitors from Russia until 5 October (Pledge Times, 20.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:


    Travel from EU: Entry from EU+ countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of countries classified as “high risk” of COVID-19 infection. Travellers arriving from “high risk” countries will be required to provide a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino. An updated list of countries and territories for which a negative PCR test is required upon entry is available . The certificate should be written in English and include name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller.
    The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be:
    – National Reference laboratories
    – National Public Health Laboratories
    – Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).
    Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.
    *Travelling from Greece or returning to Greece: The same rules apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab.
    *Mandatory Travel Documentation: Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a
    Passenger Locator Form.

    Transit: Transit is permitted.

    From Third Countries: Travellers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity) are allowed to enter Greece without restrictions. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia, United Arab Emirates and Israel are concerned, upon arrival they have to show a certificate (in English) confirming a negative RT-PCR test result, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece, as well as the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form.

    Internal Restrictions:
    The following nationwide rules are in place around the use of face masks in Greece: Mandatory use of a mask on all public transport within Greece, including on ferries; Mandatory use of a mask at airports and on aeroplanes; Mandatory use of masks in all public indoor spaces, including medical and healthcare facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship); Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social and care facilities and accommodation for refugees and migrants; Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates; Recommendation for the use of a mask in all enclosed spaces and in outdoor gatherings where normal social distancing cannot be observed.
    There is a nationwide limit of 50 people on the number that can gather for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas.
    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.
    Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes).
    Nurseries reopened on 1 September.The opening of schools has been delayed until 14 September, and universities are expected to reopen for their new term as planned in mid-October.
    All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.
    All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended.
    As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area.
    Attica (including Athens, and the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis, and Spetses): Local restrictions are in place in the regions of Attica, which includes the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis and Spetses. These include: Mandatory use of face masks in all indoor public spaces; Mandatory use of face masks in all work-places; Mandatory use of face masks in crowded outdoor areas where minimum social distancing (of 1.5 metres) cannot be maintained, such as in public squares, at bus stops etc.; Strong recommendation for anyone aged 65 and over to self-isolate for the next 14 days, whilst limiting their movement to only what is absolutely necessary, avoiding contact with anyone other than members of their immediate family and avoiding use of public transport;
    Strong recommendation for the use of face masks by everyone in all outdoor spaces; limits on the capacity of public markets, and outdoor cinema and theatre screenings; A maximum limit of 20 people are allowed to attend weddings, christenings or funerals; A ban on the holding of any concerts, and on indoor cinema and theatre screenings; A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors; Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day; Prohibition of retail shops opening before 10am (this measure does not apply to food and drink outlets, such as supermarkets, grocery stores and bakeries); A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people.
    Pella, Pieria, Imathia and Kilkis: Local restrictions are in place in the regions of Pella, Pieria, Imathia and Kilkis. These include: Suspension of any kind of live events and celebrations such as parties, trade fairs, religious ceremonies, open markets etc. Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors; A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    Lesvos, Mykonos, Halkidiki, Chania and Heraklion (Crete): Local restrictions are in place on Lesvos island, Mykonos island, the Halkidiki peninsula and the Chania and Heraklion regions of Crete. These include: Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors;
    A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    Lesvos, Zakynthos (Zante), Mykonos, Halkidiki, Chania and Heraklion (Crete): Local restrictions are in place on Lesvos island, Mykonos island, the Halkidiki peninsula and the Chania and Heraklion regions of Crete. These include: Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors; A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    Thessaloniki, East Macedonia & Thrace, Larissa, Corfu, Karditsa, Trikala, Volos, Rethymnon, Paros & Antiparos, Santorini, Rhodes, Kos: Restaurants, bars and entertainment venues will remain closed from midnight to 7am. A ban of gatherings of more than 50 people, either indoors and outdoors. This list of areas may be expanded.
    Travel in Greece: Travel in a private car or a taxi is limited to a maximum of 3 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 face-masks.
    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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    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.

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    07.10.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Greece extends restriction on visitors from Russia until 5 October (Pledge Times, 20.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:


    Travel from EU: Entry from EU+ countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of countries classified as “high risk” of COVID-19 infection. Travellers arriving from “high risk” countries will be required to provide a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino. An updated list of countries and territories for which a negative PCR test is required upon entry is available . The certificate should be written in English and include name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller. The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be: – National Reference laboratories, – National Public Health Laboratories, – Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19). Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test.
    The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons.
    In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. *Travelling from Greece or returning to Greece: The same rules apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab.
    *Mandatory Travel Documentation: Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a
    Passenger Locator Form.

    Transit: Transit is permitted.

    From Third Countries: Travellers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity) are allowed to enter Greece without restrictions. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia, United Arab Emirates and Israel are concerned, upon arrival they have to show a certificate (in English) confirming a negative RT-PCR test result, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece, as well as the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form.

    Internal Restrictions:
    The following nationwide rules are in place around the use of face masks in Greece: Mandatory use of a mask on all public transport within Greece, including on ferries; Mandatory use of a mask at airports and on aeroplanes; Mandatory use of masks in all public indoor spaces, including medical and healthcare facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship); Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social and care facilities and accommodation for refugees and migrants; Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates; Recommendation for the use of a mask in all enclosed spaces and in outdoor gatherings where normal social distancing cannot be observed.
    There is a nationwide limit of 50 people on the number that can gather for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas.
    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.
    Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes).
    Nurseries reopened on 1 September.The opening of schools has been delayed until 14 September, and universities are expected to reopen for their new term as planned in mid-October.
    All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.
    All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended.
    As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area.
    Attica (including Athens, and the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis, and Spetses): Local restrictions are in place in the regions of Attica, which includes the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis and Spetses. These include: Mandatory use of face masks in all indoor public spaces; Mandatory use of face masks in all work-places; Mandatory use of face masks in crowded outdoor areas where minimum social distancing (of 1.5 metres) cannot be maintained, such as in public squares, at bus stops etc.; Strong recommendation for anyone aged 65 and over to self-isolate for the next 14 days, whilst limiting their movement to only what is absolutely necessary, avoiding contact with anyone other than members of their immediate family and avoiding use of public transport;
    Strong recommendation for the use of face masks by everyone in all outdoor spaces; limits on the capacity of public markets, and outdoor cinema and theatre screenings; A maximum limit of 20 people are allowed to attend weddings, christenings or funerals; A ban on the holding of any concerts, and on indoor cinema and theatre screenings; A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors; Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day; Prohibition of retail shops opening before 10am (this measure does not apply to food and drink outlets, such as supermarkets, grocery stores and bakeries); A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people.
    Pella, Pieria, Imathia and Kilkis: Local restrictions are in place in the regions of Pella, Pieria, Imathia and Kilkis. These include: Suspension of any kind of live events and celebrations such as parties, trade fairs, religious ceremonies, open markets etc. Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors; A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    Lesvos, Mykonos, Halkidiki, Chania and Heraklion (Crete): Local restrictions are in place on Lesvos island, Mykonos island, the Halkidiki peninsula and the Chania and Heraklion regions of Crete. These include: Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors;
    A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    Lesvos, Zakynthos (Zante), Mykonos, Halkidiki, Chania and Heraklion (Crete): Local restrictions are in place on Lesvos island, Mykonos island, the Halkidiki peninsula and the Chania and Heraklion regions of Crete. These include: Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors; A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    Thessaloniki, East Macedonia & Thrace, Larissa, Corfu, Karditsa, Trikala, Volos, Rethymnon, Paros & Antiparos, Santorini, Rhodes, Kos: Restaurants, bars and entertainment venues will remain closed from midnight to 7am. A ban of gatherings of more than 50 people, either indoors and outdoors. This list of areas may be expanded.
    Travel in Greece: Travel in a private car or a taxi is limited to a maximum of 3 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 face-masks.
    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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    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.

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    01.10.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Greece extends restriction on visitors from Russia until 5 October (Pledge Times, 20.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:


    Travel from EU: Entry from EU countries comprises plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of from Bulgaria, Romania, Malta, Belgium, Spain, and Hungary (as of September 16, 2020 until September 30, 2020) and from Czech Republic (as of September 28, 2020) . Travellers arriving from “high risk” countries will be required to provide a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. An updated list of countries and territories for which a negative PCR test is required upon entry is available .
    * Rules and Exceptions: Passengers of flights from Bulgaria, Romania, UAE, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania, North Macedonia and Hungary (as of September 16, 2020 until September 30, 2020) and from Czech Republic (as of September 28, 2020) to Greece will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.
    This does also apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travelers for essential professional reasons. Travelers should be laboratory tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab.
    Only travelers who carry a certificate of a negative RT-PCR test result will be allowed by the border authorities to enter the country. The certificates should be written in English and bear the name and passport/national ID number of the traveler.
    The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be: – National Reference laboratories; – National Public Health Laboratories; – Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19). Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. * Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. *Mandatory Travel Documentation
    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a
    Passenger Locator Form

    Transit: Transit is permitted.

    From Third Countries: Travellers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity) are allowed to enter Greece without restrictions. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia are concerned, upon arrival they have to perform a negative RT-PCR test certificate in English and the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form.

    Internal Restrictions:
    The following nationwide rules are in place around the use of face masks in Greece: Mandatory use of a mask on all public transport within Greece, including on ferries; Mandatory use of a mask at airports and on aeroplanes; Mandatory use of masks in all public indoor spaces, including medical and healthcare facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship); Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social and care facilities and accommodation for refugees and migrants; Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates; Recommendation for the use of a mask in all enclosed spaces and in outdoor gatherings where normal social distancing cannot be observed.
    There is a nationwide limit of 50 people on the number that can gather for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas.
    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.
    Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes).
    Nurseries reopened on 1 September.The opening of schools has been delayed until 14 September, and universities are expected to reopen for their new term as planned in mid-October.
    All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.
    All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended.
    As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area.
    Attica (including Athens, and the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis, and Spetses): Local restrictions are in place in the regions of Attica, which includes the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis and Spetses. These include: Mandatory use of face masks in all indoor public spaces; Mandatory use of face masks in all work-places; Mandatory use of face masks in crowded outdoor areas where minimum social distancing (of 1.5 metres) cannot be maintained, such as in public squares, at bus stops etc.; Strong recommendation for anyone aged 65 and over to self-isolate for the next 14 days, whilst limiting their movement to only what is absolutely necessary, avoiding contact with anyone other than members of their immediate family and avoiding use of public transport;
    Strong recommendation for the use of face masks by everyone in all outdoor spaces; limits on the capacity of public markets, and outdoor cinema and theatre screenings; A maximum limit of 20 people are allowed to attend weddings, christenings or funerals; A ban on the holding of any concerts, and on indoor cinema and theatre screenings; A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors; Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day; Prohibition of retail shops opening before 10am (this measure does not apply to food and drink outlets, such as supermarkets, grocery stores and bakeries); A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people.
    Pella, Pieria, Imathia and Kilkis: Local restrictions are in place in the regions of Pella, Pieria, Imathia and Kilkis. These include: Suspension of any kind of live events and celebrations such as parties, trade fairs, religious ceremonies, open markets etc. Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors; A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    Lesvos, Mykonos, Halkidiki, Chania and Heraklion (Crete): Local restrictions are in place on Lesvos island, Mykonos island, the Halkidiki peninsula and the Chania and Heraklion regions of Crete. These include: Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors;
    A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    Lesvos, Zakynthos (Zante), Mykonos, Halkidiki, Chania and Heraklion (Crete): Local restrictions are in place on Lesvos island, Mykonos island, the Halkidiki peninsula and the Chania and Heraklion regions of Crete. These include: Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors; A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    Thessaloniki, East Macedonia & Thrace, Larissa, Corfu, Karditsa, Trikala, Volos, Rethymnon, Paros & Antiparos, Santorini, Rhodes, Kos: Restaurants, bars and entertainment venues will remain closed from midnight to 7am. A ban of gatherings of more than 50 people, either indoors and outdoors. This list of areas may be expanded.
    Travel in Greece: Travel in a private car or a taxi is limited to a maximum of 3 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 face-masks.
    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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    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.

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    29.09.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Greece extends restriction on visitors from Russia until 5 October (Pledge Times, 20.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:


    Travel from EU: Entry from EU countries and from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and Republic of San Marino, is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Malta, Romania, and Spain (details under “Rules and Exceptions”). * Rules and Exceptions: Passengers of flights from Bulgaria, Romania, U.A.E., Malta, Belgium, Hungary, Spain, Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This does also apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab. Only travellers who carry a certificate of a negative RT-PCR test result will be allowed by the border authorities to enter the country. The certificate should be written in English and include name and passport number or national identification number of the traveller. The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be: – National Reference laboratories; – National Public Health Laboratories; – Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19). Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. * Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to all travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. *Mandatory Travel Documentation
    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

    Transit: Transit is permitted.

    From Third Countries: Travellers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity) are allowed to enter Greece without restrictions. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia are concerned, upon arrival they have to perform a negative RT-PCR test certificate in English and the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form.

    Internal Restrictions:
    The following nationwide rules are in place around the use of face masks in Greece: Mandatory use of a mask on all public transport within Greece, including on ferries; Mandatory use of a mask at airports and on aeroplanes; Mandatory use of masks in all public indoor spaces, including medical and healthcare facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship); Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social and care facilities and accommodation for refugees and migrants; Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates; Recommendation for the use of a mask in all enclosed spaces and in outdoor gatherings where normal social distancing cannot be observed.
    There is a nationwide limit of 50 people on the number that can gather for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas.
    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.
    Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes).
    Nurseries reopened on 1 September.The opening of schools has been delayed until 14 September, and universities are expected to reopen for their new term as planned in mid-October.
    All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.
    All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended.
    As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area.
    Attica (including Athens, and the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis, and Spetses): Local restrictions are in place in the regions of Attica, which includes the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis and Spetses. These include: Mandatory use of face masks in all indoor public spaces; Mandatory use of face masks in all work-places; Mandatory use of face masks in crowded outdoor areas where minimum social distancing (of 1.5 metres) cannot be maintained, such as in public squares, at bus stops etc.; Strong recommendation for anyone aged 65 and over to self-isolate for the next 14 days, whilst limiting their movement to only what is absolutely necessary, avoiding contact with anyone other than members of their immediate family and avoiding use of public transport;
    Strong recommendation for the use of face masks by everyone in all outdoor spaces; limits on the capacity of public markets, and outdoor cinema and theatre screenings; A maximum limit of 20 people are allowed to attend weddings, christenings or funerals; A ban on the holding of any concerts, and on indoor cinema and theatre screenings; A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors; Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day; Prohibition of retail shops opening before 10am (this measure does not apply to food and drink outlets, such as supermarkets, grocery stores and bakeries); A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people.
    Pella, Pieria, Imathia and Kilkis: Local restrictions are in place in the regions of Pella, Pieria, Imathia and Kilkis. These include: Suspension of any kind of live events and celebrations such as parties, trade fairs, religious ceremonies, open markets etc. Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors; A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    Lesvos, Mykonos, Halkidiki, Chania and Heraklion (Crete): Local restrictions are in place on Lesvos island, Mykonos island, the Halkidiki peninsula and the Chania and Heraklion regions of Crete. These include: Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors;
    A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    Lesvos, Zakynthos (Zante), Mykonos, Halkidiki, Chania and Heraklion (Crete): Local restrictions are in place on Lesvos island, Mykonos island, the Halkidiki peninsula and the Chania and Heraklion regions of Crete. These include: Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors; A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    Thessaloniki, East Macedonia & Thrace, Larissa, Corfu, Karditsa, Trikala, Volos, Rethymnon, Paros & Antiparos, Santorini, Rhodes, Kos: Restaurants, bars and entertainment venues will remain closed from midnight to 7am. A ban of gatherings of more than 50 people, either indoors and outdoors. This list of areas may be expanded.
    Travel in Greece: Travel in a private car or a taxi is limited to a maximum of 3 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 face-masks.
    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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    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.

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    23.09.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Greece extends restriction on visitors from Russia until 5 October (Pledge Times, 20.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:


    **Travelling from the EU: Entry from EU countries and from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and Republic of San Marino, is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Malta, Romania, and Spain (details under “Rules and Exceptions”). *Rules and Exceptions: Passengers of flights from Bulgaria, Romania, U.A.E., Malta, Belgium, Hungary, Spain, Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This does also apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab. Only travellers who carry a certificate of a negative RT-PCR test result will be allowed by the border authorities to enter the country. The certificates should be written in English and bear the name and passport/national ID number of the traveller. The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be: – National Reference laboratories; – National Public Health Laboratories; – Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19). Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to ALL travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. *Mandatory Travel Documentation: Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form.

    **Transit: Transit is allowed.

    **Third Countries: Travellers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity) are allowed to enter Greece without restrictions. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia are concerned, upon arrival they have to perform a negative rt-PCR test certificate in English and the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form; Protocols for air arrivals in Greece. For latest information check here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    The following nationwide rules are in place around the use of face masks in Greece: Mandatory use of a mask on all public transport within Greece, including on ferries; Mandatory use of a mask at airports and on aeroplanes; Mandatory use of masks in all public indoor spaces, including medical and healthcare facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship); Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social and care facilities and accommodation for refugees and migrants; Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates; Recommendation for the use of a mask in all enclosed spaces and in outdoor gatherings where normal social distancing cannot be observed.
    There is a nationwide limit of 50 people on the number that can gather for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas.
    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.
    Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes).
    Nurseries reopened on 1 September.The opening of schools has been delayed until 14 September, and universities are expected to reopen for their new term as planned in mid-October.
    All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.
    All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended.
    As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area.
    Attica (including Athens, and the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis, and Spetses): Local restrictions are in place in the regions of Attica, which includes the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis and Spetses. These include: Mandatory use of face masks in all indoor public spaces; Mandatory use of face masks in all work-places; Mandatory use of face masks in crowded outdoor areas where minimum social distancing (of 1.5 metres) cannot be maintained, such as in public squares, at bus stops etc.; Strong recommendation for anyone aged 65 and over to self-isolate for the next 14 days, whilst limiting their movement to only what is absolutely necessary, avoiding contact with anyone other than members of their immediate family and avoiding use of public transport;
    Strong recommendation for the use of face masks by everyone in all outdoor spaces; limits on the capacity of public markets, and outdoor cinema and theatre screenings; A maximum limit of 20 people are allowed to attend weddings, christenings or funerals; A ban on the holding of any concerts, and on indoor cinema and theatre screenings; A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors; Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day; Prohibition of retail shops opening before 10am (this measure does not apply to food and drink outlets, such as supermarkets, grocery stores and bakeries); A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people.
    Pella, Pieria, Imathia and Kilkis: Local restrictions are in place in the regions of Pella, Pieria, Imathia and Kilkis. These include: Suspension of any kind of live events and celebrations such as parties, trade fairs, religious ceremonies, open markets etc. Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors; A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    Lesvos, Mykonos, Halkidiki, Chania and Heraklion (Crete): Local restrictions are in place on Lesvos island, Mykonos island, the Halkidiki peninsula and the Chania and Heraklion regions of Crete. These include: Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors;
    A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    Lesvos, Zakynthos (Zante), Mykonos, Halkidiki, Chania and Heraklion (Crete): Local restrictions are in place on Lesvos island, Mykonos island, the Halkidiki peninsula and the Chania and Heraklion regions of Crete. These include: Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors; A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    Thessaloniki, East Macedonia & Thrace, Larissa, Corfu, Karditsa, Trikala, Volos, Rethymnon, Paros & Antiparos, Santorini, Rhodes, Kos: Restaurants, bars and entertainment venues will remain closed from midnight to 7am. A ban of gatherings of more than 50 people, either indoors and outdoors. This list of areas may be expanded.
    Travel in Greece: Travel in a private car or a taxi is limited to a maximum of 3 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 face-masks.
    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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    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.

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    21.09.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Greek government to require COVID-19 tests to visitors from Russia between 7-21 September (Reuters, 02.08.2020). Civil aviation authority extends travel ban and restrictions to Turkey, Barcelona, Catalonia until 15 September (GCT, 01.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:


    **Travelling from the EU: Entry from EU countries and from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and Republic of San Marino, is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Malta, Romania, and Spain (details under “Rules and Exceptions”). *Rules and Exceptions: Passengers of flights from Bulgaria, Romania, U.A.E., Malta, Belgium, Hungary, Spain, Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This does also apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab. Only travellers who carry a certificate of a negative RT-PCR test result will be allowed by the border authorities to enter the country. The certificates should be written in English and bear the name and passport/national ID number of the traveller. The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be: – National Reference laboratories; – National Public Health Laboratories; – Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19). Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to ALL travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. *Mandatory Travel Documentation: Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form.

    **Transit: Transit is allowed.

    **Third Countries: Travellers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity) are allowed to enter Greece without restrictions. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia are concerned, upon arrival they have to perform a negative rt-PCR test certificate in English and the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form; Protocols for air arrivals in Greece. For latest information check here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    The following nationwide rules are in place around the use of face masks in Greece: Mandatory use of a mask on all public transport within Greece, including on ferries; Mandatory use of a mask at airports and on aeroplanes; Mandatory use of masks in all public indoor spaces, including medical and healthcare facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship); Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social and care facilities and accommodation for refugees and migrants; Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates; Recommendation for the use of a mask in all enclosed spaces and in outdoor gatherings where normal social distancing cannot be observed.
    There is a nationwide limit of 50 people on the number that can gather for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas.
    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.
    Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes).
    Nurseries reopened on 1 September.The opening of schools has been delayed until 14 September, and universities are expected to reopen for their new term as planned in mid-October.
    All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.
    All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended. As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. You should monitor the situation regularly via media and other information sources, including your accommodation or travel provider.
    Local restrictions are in place in the regions of Pella, Pieria, Imathia and Kilkis. These include: Suspension of any kind of live events and celebrations such as parties, trade fairs, religious ceremonies, open markets etc. Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors;
    A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    Lesvos, Mykonos, Halkidiki, Chania and Heraklion (Crete): Local restrictions are in place on Lesvos island, Mykonos island, the Halkidiki peninsula and the Chania and Heraklion regions of Crete. These include: Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors;
    A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    Zante / Zakynthos: Local restrictions are in place on the islands of Zante/Zakynthos. These include: Suspension of any kind of live events and celebrations such as parties, trade fairs, religious ceremonies, open markets etc. Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors; A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    Various regions overnight closures: Restaurants, bars and entertainment venues will remain closed from midnight to 7am in the following areas: Attica (which includes Athens, and the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis, and Spetses), Crete; East Macedonia; Thrace; Thessaloniki; Halkidiki; Larissa; Corfu; Mykonos; Paros; Antiparos; Santorini; Zante/Zakynthos; Kos; Volos; Katerini. This list of areas may be expanded.
    Travel in Greece: Travel in a private car or a taxi is limited to a maximum of 3 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 face-masks.
    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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    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.

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    18.09.2020
  • Greece Latest News: Greek government to require COVID-19 tests to visitors from Russia between 7-21 September (Reuters, 02.08.2020). Civil aviation authority extends travel ban and restrictions to Turkey, Barcelona, Catalonia until 15 September (GCT, 01.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:


    **From the EU: Entry from EU countries and from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and Republic of San Marino, is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of Belgium, Bulgaria, Malta, Romania, Spain and Sweden (details under “Rules and Exceptions”). Rules and Exceptions: Passengers of flights from Bulgaria, Romania, U.A.E., Malta, Sweden, Belgium, Spain, Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This does also apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab. Only travellers who carry a certificate of a negative RT-PCR test result will be allowed by the border authorities to enter the country. The certificates should be written in English and bear the name and passport/national ID number of the traveller. The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be: National Reference laboratories; National Public Health Laboratories; Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19). Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to ALL travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. Mandatory Travel Documentation: Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form.

    **Transit: Transit is allowed.

    **Third Countries: Travellers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity) are allowed to enter Greece without restrictions. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia are concerned, upon arrival they have to perform a negative rt-PCR test certificate in English and the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form.

    Internal Restrictions:
    The following nationwide rules are in place around the use of face masks in Greece: Mandatory use of a mask on all public transport within Greece, including on ferries; Mandatory use of a mask at airports and on aeroplanes; Mandatory use of masks in all public indoor spaces, including medical and healthcare facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship); Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social and care facilities and accommodation for refugees and migrants; Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates; Recommendation for the use of a mask in all enclosed spaces and in outdoor gatherings where normal social distancing cannot be observed.
    There is a nationwide limit of 50 people on the number that can gather for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas.
    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.
    Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes).
    Nurseries reopened on 1 September.The opening of schools has been delayed until 14 September, and universities are expected to reopen for their new term as planned in mid-October.
    All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.
    All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended. As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. You should monitor the situation regularly via media and other information sources, including your accommodation or travel provider.
    Local restrictions are in place in the regions of Pella, Pieria, Imathia and Kilkis. These include: Suspension of any kind of live events and celebrations such as parties, trade fairs, religious ceremonies, open markets etc. Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors;
    A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    Lesvos, Mykonos, Halkidiki, Chania and Heraklion (Crete): Local restrictions are in place on Lesvos island, Mykonos island, the Halkidiki peninsula and the Chania and Heraklion regions of Crete. These include: Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors;
    A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    Zante / Zakynthos: Local restrictions are in place on the islands of Zante/Zakynthos. These include: Suspension of any kind of live events and celebrations such as parties, trade fairs, religious ceremonies, open markets etc. Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors; A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    Various regions overnight closures: Restaurants, bars and entertainment venues will remain closed from midnight to 7am in the following areas: Attica (which includes Athens, and the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis, and Spetses), Crete; East Macedonia; Thrace; Thessaloniki; Halkidiki; Larissa; Corfu; Mykonos; Paros; Antiparos; Santorini; Zante/Zakynthos; Kos; Volos; Katerini. This list of areas may be expanded.
    Travel in Greece: Travel in a private car or a taxi is limited to a maximum of 3 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 face-masks.
    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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    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.

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    16.09.2020
  • Greece Greek government to require COVID-19 tests to visitors from Russia between 7-21 September (Reuters, 02.08.2020). Civil aviation authority extends travel ban and restrictions to Turkey, Barcelona, Catalonia until 15 September (GCT, 01.09.2020).

    *****International Restrictions:
    ***From the EU: Entry from EU countries and from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and Republic of San Marino, is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of Belgium, Bulgaria, Malta, Romania, Spain and Sweden (details under “Rules and Exceptions”). ** Rules and Exceptions: Passengers of flights from Bulgaria, Romania, U.A.E., Malta, Sweden, Belgium, Spain, Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This does also apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab. Only travellers who carry a certificate of a negative RT-PCR test result will be allowed by the border authorities to enter the country. The certificates should be written in English and bear the name and passport/national ID number of the traveller. The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be: National Reference laboratories; National Public Health Laboratories; Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19). Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to ALL travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. **Mandatory Travel Documentation: Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form.

    ***Transit: Transit is allowed.

    ***Third Countries: Travellers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity) are allowed to enter Greece without restrictions. Furthermore, as far as visitors from Russia are concerned, upon arrival they have to perform a negative rt-PCR test certificate in English and the hotel reservation, or any other proved address of their temporary stay in Greece. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The following nationwide rules are in place around the use of face masks in Greece: Mandatory use of a mask on all public transport within Greece, including on ferries; Mandatory use of a mask at airports and on aeroplanes; Mandatory use of masks in all public indoor spaces, including medical and healthcare facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship); Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social and care facilities and accommodation for refugees and migrants; Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates; Recommendation for the use of a mask in all enclosed spaces and in outdoor gatherings where normal social distancing cannot be observed.
    There is a nationwide limit of 50 people on the number that can gather for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas.
    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.
    Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes).
    Nurseries reopened on 1 September.The opening of schools has been delayed until 14 September, and universities are expected to reopen for their new term as planned in mid-October.
    All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.
    All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended. As well as the nationwide measures on the mandatory use of masks and restrictions on public spaces and services detailed above, the Greek authorities are likely to impose additional local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. You should monitor the situation regularly via media and other information sources, including your accommodation or travel provider.
    Local restrictions are in place in the regions of Pella, Pieria, Imathia and Kilkis. These include: Suspension of any kind of live events and celebrations such as parties, trade fairs, religious ceremonies, open markets etc. Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors;
    A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    **Lesvos, Mykonos, Halkidiki, Chania and Heraklion (Crete): Local restrictions are in place on Lesvos island, Mykonos island, the Halkidiki peninsula and the Chania and Heraklion regions of Crete. These include: Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors;
    A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    **Paros and Antiparos, Zante / Zakynthos: Local restrictions are in place on the islands of Paros, Antiparos and Zante/Zakynthos. These include: Suspension of any kind of live events and celebrations such as parties, trade fairs, religious ceremonies, open markets etc. Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors; A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    **Various regions overnight closures: Restaurants, bars and entertainment venues will remain closed from midnight to 7am in the following areas: Attica (which includes Athens, and the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis, and Spetses), Crete; East Macedonia; Thrace; Thessaloniki; Halkidiki; Larissa; Corfu; Mykonos; Paros; Antiparos; Santorini; Zante/Zakynthos; Kos; Volos; Katerini. This list of areas may be expanded.
    **Travel in Greece: Travel in a private car or a taxi is limited to a maximum of 3 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 face-masks.
    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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.
    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.

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    11.09.2020
  • Greece Greek government to require COVID-19 tests to visitors from Russia between 7-21 September (Reuters, 02.08.2020). Civil aviation authority extends travel ban and restrictions to Turkey, Barcelona, Catalonia until 15 September (GCT, 01.09.2020).

    *****International Restrictions:
    **From the EU: Entry from EU countries and from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and Republic of San Marino, is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of Belgium, Bulgaria, Malta, Netherlands, Romania, Spain and Sweden (details under “Rules and Exceptions”). **Rules and Exceptions: Passengers of flights from Bulgaria, Romania, U.A.E. and Malta (as of 11/8/20 and until 31/8/20) and passengers of flights from Sweden, Belgium, Spain, Netherlands, Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia (as of 17/8/20 and until 31/8/20) will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This does also apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab. Only travellers who carry a certificate of a negative RT-PCR test result will be allowed by the border authorities to enter the country. The certificates should be written in English and bear the name and passport/national ID number of the traveller. The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be: – National Reference laboratories; – National Public Health Laboratories; – Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19). Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to ALL travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator form (PLF)

    **Transit: Transit is possible.

    **From third countries:Travellers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay, China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity) and UAE are allowed to enter Greece without restrictions. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator form

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    You may travel throughout Greece, including to the islands. The Greek authorities are likely to impose local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area.
    **Lesvos, Mykonos, Halkidiki, and Chania (Crete): Local restrictions are in place on Lesvos island, Mykonos island, the Halkidiki peninsula and the Chania region of Crete. These include: Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day.
    A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors; A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces
    **Paros and Antiparos: Local restrictions are in place on the islands of Paros, Antiparos and Zante (Zakynthos). These include: Suspension of any kind of live events and celebrations such as parties, trade fairs, religious ceremonies, open markets etc. Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day.; A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors; A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    **Mykonos and Halkidiki: From 6am on Friday 21 August until 6am on Monday 31 August, the following measures are in place both on Mykonos island, and in the Halkidiki Peninsula: A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors; A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    **Various regions: Until 31 August, ban on the operation of restaurants and entertainment venues from midnight until 7 am in the morning throughout Attica (which includes Athens), and in Crete, East Macedonia and Thrace. This list of areas may be expanded. On 14 August, the Greek authorities also announced the following restrictions ahead of the 15 August holiday period: Limit of 50 people for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas, until August 31, in coronavirus affected areas. Special measures in Paros and Antiparos: suspension of any kind of event, and a limit of nine people in each public gathering; a limit on people at tables in shops; masks to be worn everywhere. Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social solidarity structures and accommodation for refugees and migrants. Precautionary laboratory testing for COVID-19 of all those returning from leave to work in nursing homes or high-risk areas (eg inside camps, social solidarity structures and accommodation for refugees and migrants). Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates. Recommendation for strict observance of sanitary measures and use of masks in places of worship as well as places where there will be significant gatherings for the 15th of August. Recommendation for special hygiene measures on public transport such as ships; there will be extra precautions at ports. Recommendation for the use of a mask in all enclosed spaces and in outdoor gatherings where normal social distancing cannot be observed.
    It is mandatory to wear face-masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is limited to a maximum of 3 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 face-masks. 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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. 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.
    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. Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes). You should comply with these requirements, and all other advice of the Greek authorities. Nurseries reopened on 1 September.The opening of schools has been delayed until 14 September, and universities are expected to reopen for their new term as planned in mid-October. All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended. All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    07.09.2020
  • Greece Seven ministries of Greece adopted a resolution according to which up to 500 Russian citizens can enter the country every week if they do not have COVID-19. The text of the document, effective from 7 to 21 September, was published by the Greek website Forin.gr.

    Entry to Greece is possible only by air via the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki and Heraklion on the island of Crete.
    https://www.forin.gr/articles/article/37691/kua-d1a-gp-oik-53623-2020-epibolh-twn-metrwn-ths-elegxomenhs-eisodou-tou-deigmatolhptikou-ergasthriakou-elegxou-kai-tou-proswrinou-periorismou-monimwn-katoikwn-ths-rwsikhs-omospondias-pros-perior

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    02.09.2020
  • Greece Greece will ban flights to, from Barcelona starting 31 August due to increase in COVID-19 cases. (Reuters, 28.08.2020) Greece has suspended flights from Turkey (Kayak, 20.08.2020).

    *****International Restrictions:
    **From the EU: Entry from EU countries and from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and Republic of San Marino, is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of Belgium, Bulgaria, Malta, Netherlands, Romania, Spain and Sweden (details under “Rules and Exceptions”). **Rules and Exceptions: Passengers of flights from Bulgaria, Romania, U.A.E. and Malta (as of 11/8/20 and until 31/8/20) and passengers of flights from Sweden, Belgium, Spain, Netherlands, Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia (as of 17/8/20 and until 31/8/20) will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This does also apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab. Only travellers who carry a certificate of a negative RT-PCR test result will be allowed by the border authorities to enter the country. The certificates should be written in English and bear the name and passport/national ID number of the traveller. The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be: – National Reference laboratories; – National Public Health Laboratories; – Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19). Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to ALL travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form [https://travel.gov.gr/#/].

    **Transit: Transit is possible.

    **From third countries:Travellers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay, China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity) and UAE are allowed to enter Greece without restrictions. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form [ [https://travel.gov.gr/#/].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    You may travel throughout Greece, including to the islands. The Greek authorities are likely to impose local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area.
    **Lesvos, Mykonos, Halkidiki, and Chania (Crete): Local restrictions are in place on Lesvos island, Mykonos island, the Halkidiki peninsula and the Chania region of Crete. These include: Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day.
    A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors; A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces
    **Paros and Antiparos: Local restrictions are in place on the islands of Paros, Antiparos and Zante (Zakynthos). These include: Suspension of any kind of live events and celebrations such as parties, trade fairs, religious ceremonies, open markets etc. Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day.; A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors; A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    **Mykonos and Halkidiki: From 6am on Friday 21 August until 6am on Monday 31 August, the following measures are in place both on Mykonos island, and in the Halkidiki Peninsula: A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors; A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    **Various regions: Until 31 August, ban on the operation of restaurants and entertainment venues from midnight until 7 am in the morning throughout Attica (which includes Athens), and in Crete, East Macedonia and Thrace. This list of areas may be expanded. On 14 August, the Greek authorities also announced the following restrictions ahead of the 15 August holiday period: Limit of 50 people for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas, until August 31, in coronavirus affected areas. Special measures in Paros and Antiparos: suspension of any kind of event, and a limit of nine people in each public gathering; a limit on people at tables in shops; masks to be worn everywhere. Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social solidarity structures and accommodation for refugees and migrants. Precautionary laboratory testing for COVID-19 of all those returning from leave to work in nursing homes or high-risk areas (eg inside camps, social solidarity structures and accommodation for refugees and migrants). Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates. Recommendation for strict observance of sanitary measures and use of masks in places of worship as well as places where there will be significant gatherings for the 15th of August. Recommendation for special hygiene measures on public transport such as ships; there will be extra precautions at ports. Recommendation for the use of a mask in all enclosed spaces and in outdoor gatherings where normal social distancing cannot be observed.
    It is mandatory to wear face-masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is limited to a maximum of 3 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 face-masks. 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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. 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.
    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. Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes). You should comply with these requirements, and all other advice of the Greek authorities. Universities are closed, but schools and nurseries are open. All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended. All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    28.08.2020
  • Greece Greece has suspended flights from Turkey (Kayak, 20.08.2020). Travelers from Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden need negative COVID-19 test result to enter Greece. (Metro, 11.08.2020).

    *****International Restrictions:
    **From the EU: Entry from EU countries and from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and Republic of San Marino, is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of Belgium, Bulgaria, Malta, Netherlands, Romania, Spain and Sweden. **Rules and Exceptions. Passengers of flights from Bulgaria, Romania, U.A.E. and Malta (as of 11/8/20 and until 31/8/20) and passengers of flights from Sweden, Belgium, Spain, Netherlands, Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia (as of 17/8/20 and until 31/8/20) will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This does also apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab. Only travellers who carry a certificate of a negative RT-PCR test result will be allowed by the border authorities to enter the country. The certificates should be written in English and bear the name and passport/national ID number of the traveller. The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be: – National Reference laboratories – National Public Health Laboratories – Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19). Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to ALL travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. **Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form [https://travel.gov.gr/#/]

    **Transit: Transit is possible.

    **From third countries:Travellers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay, China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity) and UAE are allowed to enter Greece without restrictions. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form [ [https://travel.gov.gr/#/].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    You may travel throughout Greece, including to the islands. The Greek authorities are likely to impose local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area.
    **Lesvos, Mykonos, Halkidiki, and Chania (Crete): Local restrictions are in place on Lesvos island, Mykonos island, the Halkidiki peninsula and the Chania region of Crete. These include: Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day.
    A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors; A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces
    **Poros, Paros and Antiparos: From 6am on 7 August 2020 until 24 August 2020, local restrictions are in place on the island of Poros, Paros and Antiparos. These include: Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. Suspension of any kind of live events and celebrations such as parties, trade fairs, religious ceremonies, open markets etc. No more than 9 people can gather for any reason in public or private spaces. The maximum number of people allowed per table in dining facilities (including cafes, tavernas, restaurants) is 4, unless your group consists only of close family members you regularly engage with, in which case, a group of up to 6 people is allowed. Mandatory use of masks indoors (except in private spaces such as hotel rooms) and outdoors throughout the island. Additional checks and patrols will be carried out to enforce the above measures. You should comply with all the Greek authorities’ requirements; failure to do so could result in heavy fines.
    **Mykonos and Halkidiki: From 6am on Friday 21 August until 6am on Monday 31 August, the following measures are in place both on Mykonos island, and in the Halkidiki Peninsula: A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors; A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    **Various regions: Until 23 August food and drink outlets will remain closed from midnight to 7am in the following areas: Crete; East Macedonia and Thrace; Thessaloniki; Halkidiki; Larissa; Corfu; Mykonos; Paros; Antiparos; Santorini; Zakynthos; Kos; Volos; Katerini. This list of areas may be expanded. Until 31 August, ban on the operation of restaurants and entertainment venues from midnight until 7 am in the morning throughout Attica (which includes Athens), and in Crete, East Macedonia and Thrace. This list of areas may be expanded. On 14 August, the Greek authorities also announced the following restrictions ahead of the 15 August holiday period: Limit of 50 people for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas, until August 31, in coronavirus affected areas. Special measures in Paros and Antiparos: suspension of any kind of event, and a limit of nine people in each public gathering; a limit on people at tables in shops; masks to be worn everywhere. Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social solidarity structures and accommodation for refugees and migrants. Precautionary laboratory testing for COVID-19 of all those returning from leave to work in nursing homes or high-risk areas (eg inside camps, social solidarity structures and accommodation for refugees and migrants). Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates. Recommendation for strict observance of sanitary measures and use of masks in places of worship as well as places where there will be significant gatherings for the 15th of August. Recommendation for special hygiene measures on public transport such as ships; there will be extra precautions at ports. Recommendation for the use of a mask in all enclosed spaces and in outdoor gatherings where normal social distancing cannot be observed.
    It is mandatory to wear face-masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is limited to a maximum of 3 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 face-masks. 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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. 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.
    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. Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes). You should comply with these requirements, and all other advice of the Greek authorities. Universities are closed, but schools and nurseries are open. All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended. All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    25.08.2020
  • Greece Greece has suspended flights from Turkey (Kayak, 20.08.2020). Travelers from Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden need negative COVID-19 test result to enter Greece. (Metro, 11.08.2020).

    *****International Restrictions:
    **From the EU: Entry from EU countries and from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and Republic of San Marino, is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of Belgium, Bulgaria, Malta, Netherlands, Romania, Spain and Sweden. **Rules and Exceptions. Passengers of flights from Bulgaria, Romania, U.A.E. and Malta (as of 11/8/20 and until 31/8/20) and passengers of flights from Sweden, Belgium, Spain, Netherlands, Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia (as of 17/8/20 and until 31/8/20) will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This does also apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab. Only travellers who carry a certificate of a negative RT-PCR test result will be allowed by the border authorities to enter the country. The certificates should be written in English and bear the name and passport/national ID number of the traveller. The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be: – National Reference laboratories – National Public Health Laboratories – Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19). Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to ALL travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. **Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form [https://travel.gov.gr/#/]

    **Transit: Transit is possible.

    **From third countries:Travellers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay, China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity) and UAE are allowed to enter Greece without restrictions. Permanent residents of other third countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential reasons (not for tourism). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form [ [https://travel.gov.gr/#/].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    You may travel throughout Greece, including to the islands. The Greek authorities are likely to impose local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area.
    **Poros, Paros and Antiparos: From 6am on 7 August 2020 until 24 August 2020, local restrictions are in place on the island of Poros, Paros and Antiparos. These include: Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. Suspension of any kind of live events and celebrations such as parties, trade fairs, religious ceremonies, open markets etc. No more than 9 people can gather for any reason in public or private spaces. The maximum number of people allowed per table in dining facilities (including cafes, tavernas, restaurants) is 4, unless your group consists only of close family members you regularly engage with, in which case, a group of up to 6 people is allowed. Mandatory use of masks indoors (except in private spaces such as hotel rooms) and outdoors throughout the island. Additional checks and patrols will be carried out to enforce the above measures. You should comply with all the Greek authorities’ requirements; failure to do so could result in heavy fines.
    **Mykonos and Halkidiki: From 6am on Friday 21 August until 6am on Monday 31 August, the following measures are in place both on Mykonos island, and in the Halkidiki Peninsula: A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors; A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    **Various regions: Until 23 August food and drink outlets will remain closed from midnight to 7am in the following areas: Crete; East Macedonia and Thrace; Thessaloniki; Halkidiki; Larissa; Corfu; Mykonos; Paros; Antiparos; Santorini; Zakynthos; Kos; Volos; Katerini. This list of areas may be expanded. Until 31 August, ban on the operation of restaurants and entertainment venues from midnight until 7 am in the morning throughout Attica (which includes Athens), and in Crete, East Macedonia and Thrace. This list of areas may be expanded. On 14 August, the Greek authorities also announced the following restrictions ahead of the 15 August holiday period: Limit of 50 people for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas, until August 31, in coronavirus affected areas. Special measures in Paros and Antiparos: suspension of any kind of event, and a limit of nine people in each public gathering; a limit on people at tables in shops; masks to be worn everywhere. Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social solidarity structures and accommodation for refugees and migrants. Precautionary laboratory testing for COVID-19 of all those returning from leave to work in nursing homes or high-risk areas (eg inside camps, social solidarity structures and accommodation for refugees and migrants). Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates. Recommendation for strict observance of sanitary measures and use of masks in places of worship as well as places where there will be significant gatherings for the 15th of August. Recommendation for special hygiene measures on public transport such as ships; there will be extra precautions at ports. Recommendation for the use of a mask in all enclosed spaces and in outdoor gatherings where normal social distancing cannot be observed.
    It is mandatory to wear face-masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is limited to a maximum of 3 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 face-masks. 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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. 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.
    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. Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes). You should comply with these requirements, and all other advice of the Greek authorities. Universities are closed, but schools and nurseries are open. All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended. All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    24.08.2020
  • Greece Greece has suspended flights from Turkey (Kayak, 20.08.2020). Travelers from Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden need negative COVID-19 test result to enter Greece. (Metro, 11.08.2020).

    *****International Restrictions:
    **From the EU: Entry from EU countries and from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and Republic of San Marino, is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of Belgium, Bulgaria, Malta, Netherlands, Romania, Spain and Sweden (details under “Rules and Exceptions”). **Rules and Exceptions: Passengers of flights from Bulgaria, Romania, U.A.E. and Malta (as of 11/8/20 and until 31/8/20) and passengers of flights from Sweden, Belgium, Spain, Netherlands, Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia (as of 17/8/20 and until 31/8/20) will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This does also apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab. Only travellers who carry a certificate of a negative RT-PCR test result will be allowed by the border authorities to enter the country. The certificates should be written in English and bear the name and passport/national ID number of the traveller. The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be: – National Reference laboratories; – National Public Health Laboratories; – Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19). Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted.
    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to ALL travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form [https://travel.gov.gr/#/]
    **Transit: Transit is possible.
    **From third countries: International arrivals are allowed from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay and China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form [https://travel.gov.gr/#/].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    You may travel throughout Greece, including to the islands. The Greek authorities are likely to impose local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area.
    **Poros, Paros and Antiparos: From 6am on 7 August 2020 until 24 August 2020, local restrictions are in place on the island of Poros, Paros and Antiparos. These include: Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. Suspension of any kind of live events and celebrations such as parties, trade fairs, religious ceremonies, open markets etc. No more than 9 people can gather for any reason in public or private spaces. The maximum number of people allowed per table in dining facilities (including cafes, tavernas, restaurants) is 4, unless your group consists only of close family members you regularly engage with, in which case, a group of up to 6 people is allowed. Mandatory use of masks indoors (except in private spaces such as hotel rooms) and outdoors throughout the island. Additional checks and patrols will be carried out to enforce the above measures. You should comply with all the Greek authorities’ requirements; failure to do so could result in heavy fines.
    **Mykonos and Halkidiki: From 6am on Friday 21 August until 6am on Monday 31 August, the following measures are in place both on Mykonos island, and in the Halkidiki Peninsula: A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors; A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people; Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
    **Various regions: Until 23 August food and drink outlets will remain closed from midnight to 7am in the following areas: Crete; East Macedonia and Thrace; Thessaloniki; Halkidiki; Larissa; Corfu; Mykonos; Paros; Antiparos; Santorini; Zakynthos; Kos; Volos; Katerini. This list of areas may be expanded. Until 31 August, ban on the operation of restaurants and entertainment venues from midnight until 7 am in the morning throughout Attica (which includes Athens), and in Crete, East Macedonia and Thrace. This list of areas may be expanded. On 14 August, the Greek authorities also announced the following restrictions ahead of the 15 August holiday period: Limit of 50 people for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas, until August 31, in coronavirus affected areas. Special measures in Paros and Antiparos: suspension of any kind of event, and a limit of nine people in each public gathering; a limit on people at tables in shops; masks to be worn everywhere. Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social solidarity structures and accommodation for refugees and migrants. Precautionary laboratory testing for COVID-19 of all those returning from leave to work in nursing homes or high-risk areas (eg inside camps, social solidarity structures and accommodation for refugees and migrants). Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates. Recommendation for strict observance of sanitary measures and use of masks in places of worship as well as places where there will be significant gatherings for the 15th of August. Recommendation for special hygiene measures on public transport such as ships; there will be extra precautions at ports. Recommendation for the use of a mask in all enclosed spaces and in outdoor gatherings where normal social distancing cannot be observed.
    It is mandatory to wear face-masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is limited to a maximum of 3 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 face-masks. 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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. 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.
    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. Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes). You should comply with these requirements, and all other advice of the Greek authorities. Universities are closed, but schools and nurseries are open. All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended. All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    20.08.2020
  • Greece Travelers from Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden need negative COVID-19 test result to enter Greece, curfew imposed on Greek islands and some cities (Metro, 11.08.2020). Greek CAA allows flights from Albania, North Macedonia to land only at ATH, imposes restrictions for other countries [Bulgaria, Romania, UAE] (GTP, 02.08.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    **From the EU: Entry from EU countries and from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and Republic of San Marino, is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of Belgium, Bulgaria, Malta, Netherlands, Romania, Spain and Sweden (details under “Rules and Exceptions”). **Rules and Exceptions: Passengers of flights from Bulgaria, Romania, U.A.E. and Malta (as of 11/8/20 and until 31/8/20) and passengers of flights from Sweden, Belgium, Spain, Netherlands, Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia (as of 17/8/20 and until 31/8/20) will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This does also apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab. Only travellers who carry a certificate of a negative RT-PCR test result will be allowed by the border authorities to enter the country. The certificates should be written in English and bear the name and passport/national ID number of the traveller. The accepted laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing can be: – National Reference laboratories; – National Public Health Laboratories; – Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19). Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted.
    Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders. This applies to ALL travellers including Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. In addition to this, all visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form [https://travel.gov.gr/#/]
    **Transit: Transit is possible.
    **From third countries: International arrivals are allowed from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay and China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form [https://travel.gov.gr/#/].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    You may travel throughout Greece, including to the islands. The Greek authorities are likely to impose local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. You should monitor the situation regularly via media and other information sources, including your accommodation or travel provider. This page will be regularly updated with details of specific local restrictions in place. From 6am on 7 August 2020 until 24 August 2020, local restrictions are in place on the island of Poros. These include: Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. Suspension of any kind of live events and celebrations such as parties, trade fairs, religious ceremonies, open markets etc. No more than 9 people can gather for any reason in public or private spaces. The maximum number of people allowed per table in dining facilities (including cafes, tavernas, restaurants) is 4, unless your group consists only of close family members you regularly engage with, in which case, a group of up to 6 people is allowed. Mandatory use of masks indoors (except in private spaces such as hotel rooms) and outdoors throughout the island. Additional checks and patrols will be carried out to enforce the above measures. You should comply with all the Greek authorities’ requirements; failure to do so could result in heavy fines. Until 23 August food and drink outlets will remain closed from midnight to 7am in the following areas: Crete; East Macedonia and Thrace; Thessaloniki; Halkidiki; Larissa; Corfu; Mykonos; Paros; Antiparos; Santorini; Zakynthos; Kos; Volos; Katerini. This list of areas may be expanded. Until 31 August, ban on the operation of restaurants and entertainment venues from midnight until 7 am in the morning throughout Attica (which includes Athens), and in Crete, East Macedonia and Thrace. This list of areas may be expanded. On 14 August, the Greek authorities also announced the following restrictions ahead of the 15 August holiday period: Limit of 50 people for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas, until August 31, in coronavirus affected areas. Special measures in Paros and Antiparos: suspension of any kind of event, and a limit of nine people in each public gathering; a limit on people at tables in shops; masks to be worn everywhere. Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social solidarity structures and accommodation for refugees and migrants. Precautionary laboratory testing for COVID-19 of all those returning from leave to work in nursing homes or high-risk areas (eg inside camps, social solidarity structures and accommodation for refugees and migrants). Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates. Recommendation for strict observance of sanitary measures and use of masks in places of worship as well as places where there will be significant gatherings for the 15th of August. Recommendation for special hygiene measures on public transport such as ships; there will be extra precautions at ports. Recommendation for the use of a mask in all enclosed spaces and in outdoor gatherings where normal social distancing cannot be observed.
    It is mandatory to wear face-masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is limited to a maximum of 3 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 face-masks. 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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. 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.
    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. Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes). You should comply with these requirements, and all other advice of the Greek authorities. Universities are closed, but schools and nurseries are open. All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended. All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    18.08.2020
  • Greece Travelers from Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden need negative COVID-19 test result to enter Greece, curfew imposed on Greek islands and some cities (Metro, 11.08.2020). Greek CAA allows flights from Albania, North Macedonia to land only at ATH, imposes restrictions for other countries [Bulgaria, Romania, UAE] (GTP, 02.08.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    **Mandatory Travel Documentation: Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form 24 hours before travel. Failure to do so in advance may result in your carrier not allowing you to travel, a 500 euro fine on arrival, or greek authorities not allowing you in. [https://travel.gov.gr/#/] **From EU: Travelling to and from EU countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of Bulgaria, Romania and, as of 12 August, Malta. From 17 August, it has been announced that visitors arriving from Sweden, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic will need proof they have tested negative for the novel coronavirus to gain entry. The required test cannot be older than 72 hours prior to entry. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders, including Greek citizens returning home. Travelling to and from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and Republic of San Marino, is allowed without restrictions.**Rules and Exceptions: Travellers entering Greece for non-essential reasons through the Promachonas border station are obliged to present, upon arrival, a negative test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece (RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab test). Travellers from Bulgaria, Romania and Malta (from 17 August also from Sweden, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic), will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours prior to their entry to Greece. This does not apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab. The certificates should be written in English and bear the name and passport/national ID number of the traveller. All visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.
    **Transit: Transit is possible.
    **From third countries:International arrivals are allowed from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay and China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity).

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    You may travel throughout Greece, including to the islands.The Greek authorities are likely to impose local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. You should monitor the situation regularly via media and other information sources, including your accommodation or travel provider. This page will be regularly updated with details of specific local restrictions in place. From 6am on 7 August 2020 until 24 August 2020, local restrictions are in place on the island of Poros. These include: Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day. Suspension of any kind of live events and celebrations such as parties, trade fairs, religious ceremonies, open markets etc. No more than 9 people can gather for any reason in public or private spaces. The maximum number of people allowed per table in dining facilities (including cafes, tavernas, restaurants) is 4, unless your group consists only of close family members you regularly engage with, in which case, a group of up to 6 people is allowed. Mandatory use of masks indoors (except in private spaces such as hotel rooms) and outdoors throughout the island. Additional checks and patrols will be carried out to enforce the above measures. You should comply with all the Greek authorities’ requirements; failure to do so could result in heavy fines. Until 23 August food and drink outlets will remain closed from midnight to 7am in the following areas: Crete; East Macedonia and Thrace; Thessaloniki; Halkidiki; Larissa; Corfu; Mykonos; Paros; Antiparos; Santorini; Zakynthos; Kos; Volos; Katerini. This list of areas may be expanded. Until 31 August, ban on the operation of restaurants and entertainment venues from midnight until 7 am in the morning throughout Attica (which includes Athens), and in Crete, East Macedonia and Thrace. This list of areas may be expanded. On 14 August, the Greek authorities also announced the following restrictions ahead of the 15 August holiday period: Limit of 50 people for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas, until August 31, in coronavirus affected areas. Special measures in Paros and Antiparos: suspension of any kind of event, and a limit of nine people in each public gathering; a limit on people at tables in shops; masks to be worn everywhere. Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social solidarity structures and accommodation for refugees and migrants. Precautionary laboratory testing for COVID-19 of all those returning from leave to work in nursing homes or high-risk areas (eg inside camps, social solidarity structures and accommodation for refugees and migrants).
    Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates. Recommendation for strict observance of sanitary measures and use of masks in places of worship as well as places where there will be significant gatherings for the 15th of August.
    Recommendation for special hygiene measures on public transport such as ships; there will be extra precautions at ports. Recommendation for the use of a mask in all enclosed spaces and in outdoor gatherings where normal social distancing cannot be observed.
    It is mandatory to wear face-masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis.
    Travel in a private car or a taxi is limited to a maximum of 3 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 face-masks.
    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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. 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.
    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.
    Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes). You should comply with these requirements, and all other advice of the Greek authorities Universities are closed, but schools and nurseries are open. All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended.
    All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    14.08.2020
  • Greece Travelers from Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden need negative COVID-19 test result to enter Greece, curfew imposed on Greek islands and some cities (Metro, 11.08.2020). Greek CAA allows flights from Albania, North Macedonia to land only at ATH, imposes restrictions for other countries [Bulgaria, Romania, UAE] (GTP, 02.08.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    **Mandatory Travel Documentation: Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form 24 hours before travel. Failure to do so in advance may result in your carrier not allowing you to travel, a 500 euro fine on arrival, or greek authorities not allowing you in. [https://travel.gov.gr/#/] **From EU: Travelling to and from EU countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of Bulgaria, Romania and, as of 12 August, Malta. From 17 August, it has been announced that visitors arriving from Sweden, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic will need proof they have tested negative for the novel coronavirus to gain entry. The required test cannot be older than 72 hours prior to entry. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders, including Greek citizens returning home. Travelling to and from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and Republic of San Marino, is allowed without restrictions.**Rules and Exceptions: Travellers entering Greece for non-essential reasons through the Promachonas border station are obliged to present, upon arrival, a negative test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece (RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab test). Travellers from Bulgaria, Romania and Malta (from 17 August also from Sweden, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic), will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours prior to their entry to Greece. This does not apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab. The certificates should be written in English and bear the name and passport/national ID number of the traveller. All visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.
    **Transit: Transit is possible.
    **From third countries:International arrivals are allowed from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay and China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity).

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The Greek authorities are likely to impose local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. You should monitor the situation regularly via media. From 6am on 7 August 2020 until 6pm on 17 August 2020, local restrictions are in place on the island of Poros. These include: Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from 11pm – 7am the next day. Suspension of any kind of live events and celebrations such as parties, trade fairs, religious ceremonies, open markets etc. No more than 9 people can gather for any reason in public or private spaces. The maximum number of people allowed per table in dining facilities (including cafes, tavernas, restaurants) is 4, unless your group consists only of close family members you regularly engage with, in which case, a group of up to 6 people is allowed. Mandatory use of masks indoors (except in private spaces such as hotel rooms) and outdoors throughout the island. Additional checks and patrols will be carried out to enforce the above measures. You should comply with all the Greek authorities’ requirements; failure to do so could result in heavy fines. Until 23 August food and drink outlets will remain closed from midnight to 7am in the following areas: Crete; East Macedonia and Thrace; Thessaloniki; Halkidiki; Larissa; Corfu; Mykonos; Paros; Antiparos; Santorini; Zakynthos; Kos; Volos; Katerini. This list of areas may be expanded. It is mandatory to wear face-masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis. Travel in a private car or a taxi is limited to a maximum of 3 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 face-masks. 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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review. 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). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.

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    13.08.2020
  • Greece Travelers from Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden need negative COVID-19 test result to enter Greece, curfew imposed on Greek islands and some cities (Metro, 11.08.2020). Greek CAA allows flights from Albania, North Macedonia to land only at ATH, imposes restrictions for other countries [Bulgaria, Romania, UAE] (GTP, 02.08.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    **From EU: Travelling to and from EU countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of Bulgaria, Romania and, as of 12 August, Malta. From 17 August, it has been announced that visitors arriving from Sweden, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic will need proof they have tested negative for the novel coronavirus to gain entry. The required test cannot be older than 72 hours prior to entry. The same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders, including Greek citizens returning home. Travelling to and from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and Republic of San Marino, is allowed without restrictions.**Rules and Exceptions: Travellers entering Greece for non-essential reasons through the Promachonas border station are obliged to present, upon arrival, a negative test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece (RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab test). Travellers from Bulgaria, Romania and Malta (from 17 August also from Sweden, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic), will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours prior to their entry to Greece. This does not apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab. The certificates should be written in English and bear the name and passport/national ID number of the traveller. All visitors arriving by air, land or sea transport will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers will be allowed to move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. **Mandatory Travel Documentation: Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form [https://travel.gov.gr/#/]
    **Transit: Transit is possible.
    **From third countries:International arrivals are allowed from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay and China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form [https://travel.gov.gr/#/].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    From 23 August Bars and restaurants in Mykonos, Santorini, Corfu, Rhodes, Zante and Crete will be closed from midnight until 7 a.m., according to the Greek government. Along with the cities of Thessaloniki, Larissa, Volos and Katerini, which are also affected by the curfew.
    From 6am on 7 August 2020 until 6pm on 17 August 2020, local restrictions are in place on the island of Poros. These include: prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from 11pm – 7am the next day. Suspension of any kind of live events and celebrations such as parties, trade fairs, religious ceremonies, open markets etc. No more than 9 people can gather for any reason in public or private spaces. The maximum number of people allowed per table in dining facilities (including cafes, tavernas, restaurants) is 4, unless your group consists only of close family members you regularly engage with, in which case, a group of up to 6 people is allowed. Mandatory use of masks indoors (except in private spaces such as hotel rooms) and outdoors throughout the island. Additional checks and patrols will be carried out to enforce the above measures. You should comply with all the Greek authorities’ requirements; failure to do so could result in heavy fines.
    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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review.
    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).
    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.
    Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes). Universities are closed, but schools and nurseries are open. All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    11.08.2020
  • Greece Greek CAA allows flights from Albania, North Macedonia to land only at ATH, imposes restrictions for other countries [Bulgaria, Romania, UAE] (GTP, 02.08.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    **From EU: Travelling to and from EU countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of Bulgaria, Romania, and – as of 12 August – Malta. Travelling to and from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and Republic of San Marino, is allowed without restrictions.**Rules and Exceptions: All travellers entering Greece for non-essential reasons through Promachonas border station are obliged to present, upon arrival, a negative test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab. Travellers from Bulgaria and Romania will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours prior to their entry to Greece. This does not apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab. Only travellers who carry a certificate of a negative test result will be allowed by the border authorities to enter the country. The certificates should be written in English and bear the name and passport/national ID number of the traveller. All visitors from air, land or sea, will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers can move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.**Mandatory Travel Documentation: Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form [https://travel.gov.gr/#/]
    **Transit: Transit is possible.
    **From third countries: International arrivals are allowed from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay and China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity). Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form [https://travel.gov.gr/#/].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    From 6am on 7 August 2020 until 6pm on 17 August 2020, local restrictions are in place on the island of Poros. These include: prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from 11pm – 7am the next day. Suspension of any kind of live events and celebrations such as parties, trade fairs, religious ceremonies, open markets etc. No more than 9 people can gather for any reason in public or private spaces. The maximum number of people allowed per table in dining facilities (including cafes, tavernas, restaurants) is 4, unless your group consists only of close family members you regularly engage with, in which case, a group of up to 6 people is allowed. Mandatory use of masks indoors (except in private spaces such as hotel rooms) and outdoors throughout the island. Additional checks and patrols will be carried out to enforce the above measures. You should comply with all the Greek authorities’ requirements; failure to do so could result in heavy fines.
    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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review.
    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).
    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.
    Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes). Universities are closed, but schools and nurseries are open. All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    10.08.2020
  • Greece Greek CAA allows flights from Albania, North Macedonia to land only at ATH, imposes restrictions for other countries [Bulgaria, Romania, UAE] (GTP, 02.08.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    **From EU: Travelling to and from EU countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of Bulgaria and Romania. Travelling to and from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino, is allowed without restrictions. Rules and Exceptions: All travellers entering Greece for non-essential reasons through Promachonas border station are obliged to present, upon arrival, a negative test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab. Travellers from Bulgaria and Romania will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours prior to their entry to Greece. This does not apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab. Only travellers who carry a certificate of a negative test result will be allowed by the border authorities to enter the country. The certificates should be written in English and bear the name and passport/national ID number of the traveller. All visitors from air, land or sea, will be subject to random tests upon arrival. After being tested, travellers can move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form [https://travel.gov.gr/#/]
    **Transit: Transit is possible.
    **From third countries: As of 1/7/20, international arrivals are allowed from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. Arrivals from Serbia and the UK are not allowed and will be reviewed on the 15th July.
    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete their Passenger Locator Form [https://travel.gov.gr/#/]. All visitors from air, land or sea, will be subject to random tests upon arrival. Upon being tested, travellers move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    From 6am on 7 August 2020 until 6pm on 17 August 2020, local restrictions are in place on the island of Poros. These include: prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from 11pm – 7am the next day. Suspension of any kind of live events and celebrations such as parties, trade fairs, religious ceremonies, open markets etc. No more than 9 people can gather for any reason in public or private spaces. The maximum number of people allowed per table in dining facilities (including cafes, tavernas, restaurants) is 4, unless your group consists only of close family members you regularly engage with, in which case, a group of up to 6 people is allowed. Mandatory use of masks indoors (except in private spaces such as hotel rooms) and outdoors throughout the island. Additional checks and patrols will be carried out to enforce the above measures. You should comply with all the Greek authorities’ requirements; failure to do so could result in heavy fines.
    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, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries. 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. Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review.
    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).
    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.
    Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes). Universities are closed, but schools and nurseries are open. All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

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    07.08.2020
  • Greece Greek CAA allows flights from Albania, North Macedonia to land only at ATH, imposes restrictions for other countries [Bulgaria, Romania, UAE] (GTP, 02.08.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    **From EU: As of 1/7/20, Residents from EU+ countries are allowed to travel to Greece. EU+ consists of the European Union, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, Lichtenstein and Iceland. International flights are allowed into all airports in Greece. Extension of ban for direct flights from the UK & Sweden is in place until 15/7/20. Before entering the country, all travellers must complete their Passenger Locator Form [https://travel.gov.gr/#/]at least 24 hours before your arrival in Greece.
    **Transit: Transit is possible.
    **From third countries: As of 1/7/20, international arrivals are allowed from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete their Passenger Locator Form [https://travel.gov.gr/#/]. All visitors from air, land or sea, will be subject to random tests upon arrival. Upon being tested, travellers move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.
    The border with Bulgaria is open. From 5 August the Kakavia land border with Albania will be shut down each night between 11pm and 7am. From 16 August, if you enter Greece from Albania, including via the Kakavia land border, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form and quarantine for 7 days at the address you provide on the form. Entry through the Promachonas crossing from Bulgaria is only allowed with a negative COVID-19 test conducted 72 hours prior to arrival.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    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. 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. Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes).. It is also mandatory to wear face-masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis.

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    06.08.2020
  • Greece Greek CAA allows flights from Albania, North Macedonia to land only at ATH, imposes restrictions for other countries [Bulgaria, Romania, UAE] (GTP, 02.08.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    Greece’s borders with most neighbouring countries (Turkey, Albania and North Macedonia) are closed to passenger traffic. The border with Bulgaria is open.
    **From EU: As of 1/7/20, Residents from EU+ countries are allowed to travel to Greece. EU+ consists of the European Union, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, Lichtenstein and Iceland. International flights are allowed into all airports in Greece. Extension of ban for direct flights from the UK & Sweden is in place until 15/7/20. Before entering the country, all travellers must complete their Passenger Locator Form [https://travel.gov.gr/#/].
    **Transit: Transit is possible.
    **From third countries: As of 1/7/20, international arrivals are allowed from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. Arrivals from Serbia and the UK are not allowed and will be reviewed on the 15th July.
    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete their Passenger Locator Form [https://travel.gov.gr/#/]. All visitors from air, land or sea, will be subject to random tests upon arrival. Upon being tested, travellers move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    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. 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. From 29 July 2020, it is obligatory to wear a face mask in supermarkets, cafes, banks, government offices, retail outlets, barbershops, hairdressers and related establishments.

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    03.08.2020
  • Greece Greek CAA allows flights from Albania, North Macedonia to land only at ATH, imposes restrictions for other countries [Bulgaria, Romania, UAE] (GTP, 02.08.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    Greece’s borders with most neighbouring countries (Turkey, Albania and North Macedonia) are closed to passenger traffic. The border with Bulgaria is open.
    **From EU: As of 1/7/20, Residents from EU+ countries are allowed to travel to Greece. EU+ consists of the European Union, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, Lichtenstein and Iceland. International flights are allowed into all airports in Greece. Extension of ban for direct flights from the UK & Sweden is in place until 15/7/20. Before entering the country, all travellers must complete their Passenger Locator Form [https://travel.gov.gr/#/].
    **Transit: Transit is possible.
    **From third countries: As of 1/7/20, international arrivals are allowed from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. Arrivals from Serbia and the UK are not allowed and will be reviewed on the 15th July.
    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete their Passenger Locator Form [https://travel.gov.gr/#/].
    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]. and the extension on 16 July [https://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9596-2020-INIT/en/pdf].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    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. 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. From 29 July 2020, it is obligatory to wear a face mask in supermarkets, cafes, banks, government offices, retail outlets, barbershops, hairdressers and related establishments.

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    30.07.2020
  • Greece *****International Restrictions:
    Greece’s borders with most neighbouring countries (Turkey, Albania and North Macedonia) are closed to passenger traffic. The border with Bulgaria is open.
    **From EU: As of 1/7/20, Residents from EU+ countries are allowed to travel to Greece. EU+ consists of the European Union, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, Lichtenstein and Iceland. International flights are allowed into all airports in Greece. Extension of ban for direct flights from the UK & Sweden is in place until 15/7/20. Before entering the country, all travellers must complete their Passenger Locator Form [https://travel.gov.gr/#/].
    **Transit: Transit is possible.
    **From third countries: As of 1/7/20, international arrivals are allowed from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. Arrivals from Serbia and the UK are not allowed and will be reviewed on the 15th July.
    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete their Passenger Locator Form [https://travel.gov.gr/#/].
    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]. and the extension on 16 July [https://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9596-2020-INIT/en/pdf].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    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. 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. From 29 July 2020, it is obligatory to wear a face mask in supermarkets, cafes, banks, government offices, retail outlets, barbershops, hairdressers and related establishments.

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    28.07.2020
  • Greece As of 15, 22 July respectively, authorities will allow direct flights from U.K. and Sweden; arrivals from U.S. may be permitted at end of month. (Ekathimerini.com, 14.07.2020). Greece reopened its regional airports to international flights on Wednesday 1 July. (Reuters, 01.07.2020).

    *****International Restrictions:
    Greece’s borders with most neighbouring countries (Turkey, Albania and North Macedonia) are closed to passenger traffic. The border with Bulgaria is open.
    **From EU: As of 1/7/20, Residents from EU+ countries are allowed to travel to Greece. EU+ consists of the European Union, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, Lichtenstein and Iceland. International flights are allowed into all airports in Greece. Extension of ban for direct flights from the UK & Sweden is in place until 15/7/20. Before entering the country, all travellers must complete their Passenger Locator Form [https://travel.gov.gr/#/].
    **Transit: Transit is possible.
    **From third countries: As of 1/7/20, international arrivals are allowed from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. Arrivals from Serbia and the UK are not allowed and will be reviewed on the 15th July.
    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete their Passenger Locator Form [https://travel.gov.gr/#/].
    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]. and the extension on 16 July [https://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9596-2020-INIT/en/pdf].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    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. 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.

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    27.07.2020
  • Greece As of 15, 22 July respectively, authorities will allow direct flights from U.K. and Sweden; arrivals from U.S. may be permitted at end of month. (Ekathimerini.com, 14.07.2020). Greece reopened its regional airports to international flights on Wednesday 1 July. (Reuters, 01.07.2020).

    *****International Restrictions:
    Greece’s borders with most neighbouring countries (Turkey, Albania and North Macedonia) are closed to passenger traffic. The border with Bulgaria is open.
    **From EU: As of 1/7/20, Residents from EU+ countries are allowed to travel to Greece. EU+ consists of the European Union, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, Lichtenstein and Iceland. International flights are allowed into all airports in Greece. Extension of ban for direct flights from the UK & Sweden is in place until 15/7/20. Before entering the country, all travellers must complete their Passenger Locator Form [https://travel.gov.gr/#/].
    **Transit: Transit is possible.
    **From third countries: As of 1/7/20, international arrivals are allowed from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. Arrivals from Serbia and the UK are not allowed and will be reviewed on the 15th July.
    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete their Passenger Locator Form [https://travel.gov.gr/#/]. All visitors from air, land or sea, will be subject to random tests upon arrival. Upon being tested, travellers move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. Protocols for air arrivals in Greece [https://travel.gov.gr/#/protocol_air].
    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:

    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. 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.

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    17.07.2020
  • Greece As of 15, 22 July respectively, authorities will allow direct flights from U.K. and Sweden; arrivals from U.S. may be permitted at end of month. (Ekathimerini.com, 14.07.2020). Greece reopened its regional airports to international flights on Wednesday 1 July. (Reuters, 01.07.2020).

    *****International Restrictions:
    **From EU: As of 1/7/20, Residents from EU+ countries are allowed to travel to Greece. EU+ consists of the European Union, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, Lichtenstein and Iceland. International flights are allowed into all airports in Greece. Extension of ban for direct flights from the UK & Sweden is in place until 15/7/20. Before entering the country, all travellers must complete their Passenger Locator Form [https://travel.gov.gr/#/].
    **Transit: Transit is possible.
    **From third countries: As of 1/7/20, international arrivals are allowed from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. Arrivals from Serbia and the UK are not allowed and will be reviewed on the 15th July.
    Before entering the country, all travellers must complete their Passenger Locator Form [https://travel.gov.gr/#/]. All visitors from air, land or sea, will be subject to random tests upon arrival. Upon being tested, travellers move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. Protocols for air arrivals in Greece [https://travel.gov.gr/#/protocol_air].
    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:

    Movement throughout the country is allowed. 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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    15.07.2020
  • 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:
    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, except for Sweden, which will be reviewed on the 15th July. All visitors are obliged to submit the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) which is available online, at least 24 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) [https://travel.gov.gr/#/] 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.
    Transit: Transit is permitted.
    Third Country Nationals: As of the 1st July international arrivals are allowed from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. Arrivals from Serbia and the UK are not allowed and will be reviewed on the 15th July. All visitors are obliged to submit the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) which is available online, at least 24 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.
    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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    13.07.2020
  • 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.
    Transit is permitted.
    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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    07.07.2020
  • 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].

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    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 Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    Re-open Europe/
    Travel Greece/
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