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Qatar Airways: Statement on Passengers Tested Positive for Covid-19 in Athens

Photo source: Qatar Airways

Greece has temporarily suspended flights to and from Qatar until June 15.

Qatar Airways stated on Wednesday that the 12 passengers of flight QR203, who tested positive for Covid-19 at Athens Airport, did not start their journey from Qatar.

Flight QR203 arrived to  Athens International Airport (AIA) on Monday carrying 91 passengers who boarded from Doha. Following coronavirus testing after landing, 12 passengers were found positive.

According to the airline, the passengers were continuing their journey from Doha to Athens from connecting flights. Out of the 12 passengers, nine are Pakistani nationals with Greek permanent residence permits, travelling from Pakistan; one Greek national from Japan and two other Greek nationals from Australia.

The passengers who tested positive for coronavirus will be in quarantine for 14 days, and those who tested negative will remain in quarantine for seven days and then tested for a second time.

“Upon arrival in Doha and before boarding the flight to Athens, all passengers were screened and tested according to the procedures and established health protocols and were found suitable to continue their journey,” Qatar Airways said.

Photo source: Qatar Airways

Greece on Tuesday announced that it was suspending flights to and from Qatar until June 15. On Wednesday, the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) issued an aviation directive (NOTAM) confirming the temporary travel ban.

“Qatar Airways continues to work closely with authorities in Greece and also with the countries of origin of these passengers,” the airline said.

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