Monday, May 31, 2021

Greece Extends Entry Ban for Arrivals From Majority of Third Countries Until June 7

Greece’s Civil Aviation Authority has released a decree announcing the extension of air travel restrictions for international flights from the majority of third countries in a bid to halt the spread of COVID-19 and its mutations.

Following the new decision, the temporary entry ban for arrivals from third countries has been extended until June 7. In contrast, arrivals from an EU or Schengen Area country are permitted entry to Greece.

The ongoing entry ban against third countries has been in place since May 14, when the Greek authorities decided to open the borders only for travellers from EU/EEA countries.

In addition, besides from passengers of EU/Schengen Area countries, Greece will continue to allow entry for passengers travelling for essential purposes from 22 countries, including North Macedonia, United Arab Emirates, United States, United Kingdom, Israel, Canada, Belarus, Bahrain, Qatar, China, Kuwait, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, which was just recently added to the list.

Earlier in April, Greece already lifted the quarantine requirement for Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Russia, Rwanda, Singapore, and Thailand.

All persons entering the territory of Greece from an EU or non-EU country mentioned above will not be subject to the quarantine requirement as long as they prove that they have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, prove that they recovered from the virus or present a negative test result. The test should not be older than 72 hours.

The rules also apply to children over the age of five who travelled abroad, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

The vaccination certificate is recognised as long as it is issued in one of these languages: Greek, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, or Russian. The certificate should also prove that all of the required vaccine doses have been taken 14 days before arrival, as well as include the holder’s name, the name of the vaccine, the total number of doses, and vaccination date(s).

All passengers entering Greece are also obliged to fill in the Passenger Locator Form. The rule applies to Greek citizens as well who enter the country after travelling abroad.

Additionally, persons arriving from abroad may be subject to random Coronavirus testing. If the test result of the random test turns out to be positive, the person needs to stay self-isolated for 14 days.

Similar restrictions apply to all those taking domestic flights to different islands of Greece. All passengers and crew members are obliged to wear a mask at all times while onboard.

Previously, Greece launched the EU COVID-19 Passport in order to facilitate free movement for those who have already been vaccinated and help revive the travel and tourism sector.



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