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Greece Clarifies Covid-19 Controls on Flights Out of High-risk Airports

Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis referred to two safety protocols in place as Greece opens to tourism on June 15 in the aftermath of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, underlining that there are no restrictions on countries but on high-risk airports.

Speaking on Sky News, Theoharis clarified that Greece’s restart tourism program foresees opening up the airports of Athens and Thessaloniki on June 15 to travelers and all of the country’s airports as of July 1.

He added that passengers on flights from airports in all countries listed by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) would be allowed entry with possibility of quarantine should someone test positive and that random testing would be conducted on passengers off flights that are not on the list.

Last month, a list released by the ministry with 29 countries allowed admission into Greece without testing and self-isolation created concern among British travelers as the UK, one Greece’s main source markets, was not included.

Theoharis clarified that the decision was made based on airports located in affected areas with high risk of Covid-19 of transmission as these were identified by the EASA, and not on countries.

He went on to add that the EASA list is updated every week and that he hoped it would get shorter as the days go by.

“Therefore, we are not restricting any flights but are following stricter protocols only for aircraft coming from [airports] on this list, he said.

On Tuesday, Greece suspended all flights to and from Qatar until June 15 after 12 passengers on board a Doha flight to Athens tested positive for Covid-19.

All 91 passengers on board the Qatar Airways were screened for Covid-19 after landing at Athens International Airport.

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  1. Carl Lundberg Reply

    How extensive tests will be done on travellers from high risk airports ?
    And how long time is the test taking ?
    (if you are Negative )
    Is it just temperature scanning ?
    Or is it more ?
    It will affect the connecting flights for travellers.

  2. Robert Ferguson Reply

    Why was Northern Ireland not on the early list of Flights we are part of the U.K. but it’s unfair to lump the other U.K. countries in with England. We had over 600 deaths but 46% of those were in care homes the rest were mainly elderly who already had serious health issues.We bought virus test kits at a cost of £240, because Greece had said they may want visitors to do a test before arriving, we lost our Holiday of three weeks in Crete somewhere we have been going for twenty years. We are now going to Malta, our heart is not really in it, but we wanted a holiday.

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