Expanded weekend curfew and tightened restrictions for Athens, Thessaloniki and other “deep red” areas: A nighttime curfew is in effect from 7:00pm to 5:00am on weekends in Athens, Thessaloniki, and other “deep red” areas as mentioned on the Civil Protection website, through March 16. Authorities also further restricted travel between municipalities using the SMS system.
We have grouped all the answers to questions you may have while you prepare for your trip to Greece. See here.
Twenty four hours before entering Greece, visitors will have to fill in a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) where they will provide their address in the country and other details. Targeted and random testing may take place in entrance checkpoints, in order to aid the epidemiological research.
Please, download the PLF from the website of the Civil Protection Agency here.
- Is a curfew in place? Yes
- A nationwide lockdown is in effect 24 hours per day. A nighttime curfew is additionally in effect from 9:00pm to 5:00am throughout the country. As of March 4, 2021, the weekend curfew is expanded in Athens, Thessaloniki and other high COVID areas, in effect from 7:00pm to 5:00am. Athens will continue to observe an expanded weekend curfew through at least March 16. Other “deep red” areas as of March 4 include Achaia, Arcadia, Larissa, Lefkada (except Meganisi), Fthiotida, Argolida, Corinth, Thesprotia, Arta, Samos, Boeotia, Chios, Etoloakarnania, Rhodes, Heraklion, Evia (except Skyros), and the Municipality of Kalymnos.
- In general, travel outside the home should be avoided, but is permitted for work and for the following reasons between the hours of 5:00am and 9:00pm (5:00am and 7:00pm in “deep red” areas on weekends, including Athens):
- For health reasons;
- To buy essential supplies if delivery is not possible in time, limited to the municipality of residence or up to 2km from your home;
- Essential banking or urgent appointments for public services (e.g., electricity), within your municipality or 2km from your home;
- To help people in need. Transfer to/from workplace of a spouse or first-degree relative. Transfer of a minor to/from school (with a certificate from the school);
- Attending a ceremony (e.g., funeral). Travel to exercise visitation rights;
- Movements near one’s residence for physical exercise, or care of pets or strays, done on foot or bicycle only. Cars or other transport may not be used to travel to other areas for exercise.
- If you must travel outside the home for one of the first six reasons listed above, you must send an SMS message to the number 13033 prior to going outside. The message should include the number of the reason for the movements (1-6, as above).
- Movements for work are permitted with a certificate issued by the employer (no SMS needed).
- The nighttime curfew between 9:00pm and 5:00am (7:00pm and 5:00am in “red” areas) restricts movements only to work (with certificate), health (SMS Option 1), and walking a pet close to home (SMS Option 6).
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
- As of November 7, 2020, travel between other regions in Greece is allowed only for health reasons, business, family reunification, or to return to one’s place of permanent residence and requires declaration as described at forma.gov.gr/en. International flights to/from Athens are expected to continue and U.S. citizens wishing to return to the United States will be able to do so. Travel may be restricted further with little or no advance notice to/from areas with active COVID-19 outbreaks.
- All passengers of international flights arriving in Greece will have to show a negative molecular test (PCR) for COVID-19, taken up to 72 hours before their entry. Upon their arrival, they will also be subject to random testing (rapid tests) as per the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF).
Greek residents who are passengers of international flights leaving Greece are also required to fill in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF).
- All flight passengers entering Greece, whether arriving from a third country or from a European Union Member State, will have to self-isolate for seven (7) days, as a precaution, at home or at their sojourn address stated in the PLF form. If they remain in Greece for a period shorter than seven days, then they will have to self-isolate until their departure. In case their test result is positive, they will be quarantined for 14 days.
- Third country citizens, i.e. outside the EU and the Schengen Area, are not allowed to enter Greece. Exceptions apply to residents of the United Kingdom, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the Russian Federation and Israel.
- Flights from the United Kingdom: all incoming passengers from the United Kingdom will have to take a rapid test upon arrival. They will additionally have to take a new PCR test, once their 7-day isolation period ends. If the outcome is negative, then the precautionary mandatory self-isolation will be lifted.
- Flights from the United Arab Emirates: rapid testing is mandatory for all passengers upon arrival.
- Flights to/from Turkey remain suspended.
- Eleftherios Venizelos Athens International Airport will be the only one serving flights from/to Albania and North Macedonia.
- Flights from the Russian Federation: Russian residents (limited to 500 per week) are permitted to enter Greece at the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki, and Heraklion, Crete.
- Until 6 a.m., March 8th, 2021, domestic flights across the country will be allowed only for essential travel (i.e., for health / business / family re-uniting reasons, or for returning to place of residence).
Protocol for passengers travelling by air
See more info here.
Land border arrivals for non essential reasons are allowed from Bulgaria through Promachonas border checkpoint. Travellers will have to fill in and submit the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) one day before they arrive. Upon arrival, they will have to show a negative molecular test (PCR) for Covid-19 taken within 72 hours before they arrive. They will also take a Rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.
Entry is permitted to residents of EU+ countries, i.e. European Union countries, the United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland. Entry is also allowed to residents of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. All travellers entering Greece will have to self-isolate for seven (7) days, as a precaution, at home or at their sojourn address stated in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF). If they remain in Greece for a period of time shorter than seven days, then they will have to self-isolate until their departure. Travelling from Albania, Turkey, and North Macedonia is allowed for essential reasons only.
Protocol for passengers arriving by land
More information at https://travel.gov.gr/#/
Αdditional precautionary measures
– Public transport: 65 percent capacity
– Ferries: 65 percent capacity
– Taxis: Only two passengersare allowed
– Private cars: Only 3 people, including the driver, are allowed per private car (underaged children are excluded from the rule)
It is prohibited to travel out of the regional unit (air and rail travel abroad is suspended and allowed on domestic routes strictly for professional and health reasons).
– All gatherings are banned.
– All conferences and exhibitions are suspended.
– All museums and archaeological will remain closed.
– All performances are suspended. Only virtual performances are allowed.
Supermarkets, pharmacies, health services and takeaway services will be in operation.
It’s time to stay safe and connected, being inspired and learning – maybe more now than ever before.
Visit our webpage #greecefromhome or stay tuned on our Greece from Home YouTube Channel where we share our love for Greece – connecting you with Greeks doing amazing things and letting you experience the best of Greece right now.
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- Thessaloniki: The Thessaloniki Tourism Organization has released a video introducing a virtual reality (VR) travel application launched to promote Thessaloniki’s sites of interest to potential travelers to visit once it is safe to travel again. Thessaloniki’s VR app is available on Google Play and the App Store.
The risk for travelers is considered high. It is recommended that travelers avoid nonessential travel to areas with local transmission of COVID-19. There is no vaccine against this novel corona virus.
If you are travelling to areas with local transmission of COVID-19, you should:
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or a disinfectant, especially after coughing or sneezing, before handling and consuming food.
- Avoid any contact with patients who are ill with respiratory symptoms.
- During your stay in areas with local transmission of COVID-19 you should:
- Postpone your trip if you have fever and/or respiratory symptoms, such as cough or you have difficulty to breathe.
- Cover your mouth and your nose with a tissue or with your elbow (not with your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid any contact with other persons if you have fever and/or respiratory symptoms such as cough or you have difficulty to breathe.
After your return from areas with local transmission of COVID-19:
- Watch your health constantly for 14 days.
- In case you have fever and/or respiratory symptoms, such as respiratory failure or cough 14 days after your return, it is recommended to stay at home and seek immediately medical care, mentioning your recent trip or communicate with the National Public Health Organisation in Greece (1135, 210-5212054).
See also the advice to incoming travellers provided by the General Secretariat for Civil Protection, here.