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Covid-19 & Travel To Greece

Recent Covid-19 News in Greece

What is the last Covid-19 (Coronavirus) rate in Greece?

As of September 29, 2020, The number of cases is 17,707 and the death toll is 383 in Greece (Worldmeters.info).

Is the mask mandatory in Greece? Is there a fine for not following mask rule?

  • The use of mask is required and mandatory within all sorts of transportation including taxis with 3 passengers limited, supermarkets, retail/food stores, all enclosed shops and salons, hospitals and clinics, public service offices, banks, and elevators.
  • The fine is 150 euros for not following the mask rule in enclosed spaces where it is required.

Can I travel to Greece? What are the flight restrictions to Greece?

Residents from European Union (EU) and some additional countries can travel and fly to Greece. As of the recommendation of European Union Council (the list of non-EU countries) and the national determination, the additional countries are Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Uruguay, Tunisia, South Korea, Thailand, Georgia, Japan, China, and UAE.

  • China is depended on the reciprocity principle.
  • Passengers of flights required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19: Bulgaria, Romania, UAE, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania, North Macedonia and Hungary (as of September 16) and from Czech Republic (as of September 28) to Greece.
  • PCR must be performed up to 72 hours before the entry to Greece.
  • UAE: The permanent residents of UAE are required to submit the following documents to the air border control authorities:
    • Proof of permanent residence in the UAE
    • Return tickets and hotel reservations.
    • Health Checks (PCR COVID-19 test 72h before departure)
    • Passenger Locator Form (PLF)
    • Travel insurance

The residents of other countries can travel to Greece only under the essential travel conditions.

What is the essential traveler?

Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece, and travelers for essential professional reasons (health/medical, business, urgent family business, international protection) are counted as essential travelers.

What are the requirements from travelers?

The Greek Government has declared the conditions for travelers of the countries allowed to travel to Greece since July 1 of 2020. All travelers, allowed to travel to Greece, must fulfill the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) 48 hours before entering the country. The form contains of detailed information on traveler’s point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries, and the accommodation address during stay in Greece, at least for the first 24 hours. Each family is required to submit one PLF.

For the passengers from the countries mentioned before need to have PCR COVID-19 test 72h before departure.

What is the process of Passenger Locator Form (PLF)?

Upon the completion of a PLF, travelers will receive a confirmation email. At the beginning of (at midnight) their expected arrival date in Greece, travelers will receive the PLF with their special Quick Response (QR) code and will be informed by email (the QR code will be given by a connection in the confirmation email). On viewing the confirmation text, passengers boarding or embarking on the previous day of arrival will be permitted, so they will receive their QR code during their flight or journey.

What are the requirements for PCR COVID-19 test obligators?

Only visitors who bear a negative RT-PCR test result document will be allowed into the country by the border authorities. Children under 10 years of age are not subjected to PCR testing obligations. Travelers will also have to complete and apply their PLF form and may, upon arrival at the Greek border, be subject to random checking. The documents must be written in English and carry the traveler ‘s name and passport / national identification number.

The laboratories conducting the RT-PCR tests should be:

  1. National Reference laboratories
  2. National Public Health Laboratories or
  3. Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities.

Documents which do not follow the standards above will not be recognized. The forgery of documents is punishable by Greek law.

What are the last measures in Greece for Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

The capital city of Greece is Athens and It takes place in the region of Attica.

From September 21 until October 4, the following additional restrictive measures are taken in Attica which have been announced by the local authorities:

  • Maximum 9 people is allowed for indoor and outdoor gatherings. Areas where special distance measures apply, such as health stores, are excluded.
  • All concerts are suspended, both outdoors and indoors.
  • Cinemas are suspended.
  • Weddings and funerals are restricted with the maximum number of 20 people.
  • To protect vulnerable groups or are 65 years and older, it is recommended:
  1. To limit the next 14 days their movements, if it is necessary, always taking the appropriate protective measures,
  2. To avoid contacting people other than their family,
  3. To avoid traveling by public transport.
  • To protect the health of workers:
  1. Mandatory teleworking at 40% for employees in the Private and Public Sector.
  2. Transportation to/from work in three waves to the public sector at 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 am.
  3. Transportation for Private sector employees in four waves within two hours of the start and the end of working hours.

From September 16 until September 30, the following additional restrictive measures have been announced by the local authorities for Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, Thessaloniki, Larissa, Corfu, Karditsa, Rethymno, Lassithi, Paros (and Antiparos), Santorini, Volos, Rhodes and Kos:

  • Ban on the operation of restaurants and entertainment venues from midnight until 7 in the morning.
  • A maximum of 50 people for all public and social events and gatherings, except those to which special rules apply, such as in restaurants, theaters, cinemas.

Finally, it is noted that in the regime of special restrictive measures remain: Chania, Heraklion, Halkidiki, Zakynthos, Lesvos, Pella, Pieria, Imathia and Kilkis, as well as Mykonos:

  • Suspension of any kind of public events,
  • Prohibition of public or private gatherings of more than nine people,
  • Maximum limits of four people per table in restaurants (six people if they are immediate family),
  • Mandatory use of face masks indoors and outdoors.

Can I take COVID-19 Test by myself in Greece?

Yes You can.

  • At major hospitals in Greece,
  • Athens Eleftherios Venizelos Airport (at Arrivals level between entrances 2-3).
  • Testing of which the average cost is between 100-120 is paid by the individual being tested.
  • COVID-19 hotline (Nation. Public Health Organ.) at 1135 for guidance and for medical care.

Additional Info:

  • Please visit gov.grfor detailed information on PCR test requirements, depending on departure point and port of entry into Greece.
  • Both air, land or sea tourists will be subject to random testing upon arrival. Travelers transfer to their final destination upon being checked. In the case of a positive outcome, costs covered by the Greek State will be contacted and put on a 14-day quarantine.
  • Travelers are mandated by boat and airline companies to complete a health status questionnaire, submit to a temperature check, and wear a mask.
  • For the time being there is no lockdown on a countrywide or a local basis but with the increase in cases and death toll, local authorities can impose curfew with little or no advance warning.
  • Travelers should be ready for the possibility that, with little or no advance warning, the Greek Government would apply additional travel restrictions.
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