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Greece Stops Flights from The Netherlands, Imposes Restrictions on Travel from Germany

Photo source: Schiphol Airport

Greece is temporarily banning all passenger flights arriving from The Netherlands, as well as flights coming from Germany to any Greek destination but Athens, the Greek Deputy Minister of Civil Protection and Crisis Management, Nikos Hardalias, told the media on Saturday.

The measure has been taken to protect public health from the further spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

Flights originating in The Netherlands and Germany are prohibited from landing in Greece, starting 3am on Sunday, March 29. The ban is due to last until April 15.

From Germany specifically, the deputy minister said that Greece is only allowing flights from the country to Athens.

The temporary suspension of flights from both countries excludes cargo flights, sanitary flights, humanitarian flights, return flights only with its crew (ferry flights), state flights, emergency flights, military flights, Frontex flights, refueling flights, National Health System support flights, and repatriation flights of Greek citizens.

Greece, which is currently in a national lockdown through to April 6, has already suspended flights from Turkey, the UK, Italy and Spain in efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19, which has so far infected 1,061 people and left 32 dead in the country.

About the Author
Nikos is Greek-American born in New York, USA, and has lived in Greece for over 30 years. He is the managing editor of Greece's leading monthly travel and tourism guide, the Greek Travel Pages (GTP) since June 2008 and of news site GTP Headlines since its launch in September 2012. Nikos has also served as international press officer for the City of Athens and for the mayor. He has a degree in Mass Media and Communications, specializing in Journalism. Nikos is a native English speaker and speaks Greek fluently.

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