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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

Updated on October 30, 2020

 

The government plan for dealing with the disease’s new surge is assessed and updated on the basis of the daily epidemiological data. Greek authorities ask people to maintain a physical distance from others as best they can. The use of a face mask is obligatory on public transport means, taxis, elevators, hospitals, when visiting government services buildings, in shops and other commercial establishments. People should also avoid overcrowding at all times, in indoor as well as in outdoor spaces.

See here detailed data about the progress of the pandemic in Greece, supplied on the website of the Greek Government.

Lifting of restrictions for visitors

Bear in mind that Greece is among the safe tourist destinations! 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 contact details in the country. Targeted and random testing will take place to aid the epidemiological research. 

Please, download the PLF here.

 Flights

By November 8th, 2020, the following restrictions apply:
 
- Non-EU citizens / residents are not allowed to enter Greece. Exceptions apply to citizens / residents of Singapore, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, and the United Arab Emirates; upon arrival, travellers will be subject to random testing.
 
- Eleftherios Venizelos Athens International Airport will be the only one serving flights from/to Albania and North Macedonia.

- Passengers of flights from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania, North Macedonia, and Israel will be required to produce a negative molecular test (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. The test results must be issued by an accredited medical laboratory of the country of origin, in the English language, mentioning the passenger’s identification (passport / identity card). Random testing will also take place at entrance checkpoints. Up to 10,000 Israeli residents per week are allowed to enter the country at any Greek airport.
 
- Flights to/from Turkey and to/from Catalonia, Spain remain suspended.

Russian residents who travel to Greece will have to show a negative molecular test (PCR) for COVID-19, taken up to 72 hours before their entry to the country. They will also be subject to random testing upon entering the country. Flights from Russia can arrive at the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki and Heraklion, Crete, and a limit of 500 per week applies to incoming travellers.

With the exception of travelling for essential reasons, a temporary ban on international and domestic flights is in place to and from the Makedonia Airport of Thessaloniki, from November 3rd at 18:00 until November 17th at 06:00.

Protocol for passengers arriving by air

See more info here.

 

Domestic flights

During Greece’s three-week lockdown, air travel within the country (domestic travel) is allowed only for:

– returning to permanent residence (proof of residence, such as the E1 tax return form, will be required)
– family reunification
– business reasons
– health reasons

Any other form of travel between prefectures is not allowed, with the exception of the four reasons mentioned.

 

Land borders

Land border arrivals from Bulgaria are allowed through Promachonas border station. Entry from other border stations with Bulgaria is allowed for essential travel. With regards to Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey, entry is allowed for essential travel. All travellers entering the Promachonas border station are obliged to present a negative molecular test (PCR) taken within 72 hours before their arrival.

Protocol for passengers arriving by land

More information at https://travel.gov.gr/#/

 

Greece will enters a second national lockdown on November 7 to halt a second wave of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases

– Mandatory wearing of a mask everywhere in public (indoors and outdoors).

– City residents will have to send an SMS message when they leave their homes.
– A curfew will be in place banning all circulation between 9pm and 5am with the exception of work- or health-related movement.
– All retail stores, including bars, cafes and restaurants as well as gyms and churches will be closed.
– Schools will remain open.
– University lessons will take place only via tele-education (with the exception of workshops of graduate students).
– All domestic/international flights and rail routes are suspended for at least two weeks

– Public transport: 65 percent capacity
– Ferries: 65 percent capacity
– Taxis: Only one passenger is allowed
– Private cars: Only 2 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).

– The operation of all restaurants is suspended, with the exception of delivery services.

– The operation of all cafes, bars, banquet halls and similar establishments is suspended.

– 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.

– Schools of primary  education remain open with the mandatory use of masks (for children from 4 years and over). Higher education (high school) students will attend tele-education sessions. 

Supermarkets, pharmacies, health services and takeaway services will be in operation.

 

Visit #greecefromhome

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.
At the same time, sit back, relax and let our Facebook postsInstaPosts, Tweets and Pinterest boards entertain you! Till we meet again #staysafe.

  • 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.
Travelers advice

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).
For further information by the National Public Health Organisation click here.

See also the advice to incoming travellers provided by the General Secretariat for Civil Protectionhere.

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