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Greece Extends Travel Restrictions for Some Countries Until November 30

The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) on Monday extended all previously announced travel restrictions – in force for travelers from a number of countries – until November 30. The restrictions are part of the Greek government’s efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country.

It is reminded that Greece on Saturday entered a second lockdown and has announced restrictive measures running until the end of the month.

Travel is not banned but restrictions apply.

Regarding the updated aviation directives (NOTAMs) of the HCAA:

– The suspension of flights between Greece – Turkey and Greece – Catalonia, Spain, have been extended until Monday, November 30.

– The aviation directive that sees all flights to and from Greece from Albania and North Macedonia operating only through Athens International Airport (AIA) has been extended until November 30. There will be no routes from those countries to any other Greek airports.

– The aviation directive that bans entry to Greece for non-EU Citizens has been extended until November 30. Citizens from the following 9 countries are excluded from the ban: Singapore, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay and the United Arab Emirates.

– The aviation directive concerning travelers from Israel has been extended until November 30. Only 10,000 people per week are allowed to enter Greece on flights from Israel arriving to all airports in the country. As noted in the directive, all travelers entering Greece from Israel are obliged to present a negative Covid-19 test result (PCR) performed up to 72 hours before arrival.

– The aviation directive concerning permanent residents of Russia is valid until November 30. Only 500 people per week are allowed to enter Greece on flights from Russia arriving to the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki and Heraklion. As noted in the directive, all Russian permanent residents entering Greece are obliged to present a negative Covid-19 test result (PCR) performed up to 72 hours before arrival.

– The aviation directive that states that all travelers visiting Greece by air from 11 countries – Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia – will be allowed admission into Greece only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test result, has been extended until 6am Wednesday, November 11. For the period until the end of November, travelers from the aforementioned countries must follow the following rules on international flights to Greece.

Rules for travel to/from Greece during lockdown

International flights

Those traveling to Greece on flights from abroad as of Wednesday, November 11, will be allowed admission in the country only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test result (PCR) performed up to 72 hours before arrival.

The submission of the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) by all passengers of international flights to Greece remains mandatory.

As of Tuesday, November 10, Greek citizens and permanent residents of Greece who travel by air to foreign countries (outbound travel) are required to fill out the PLF form before their departure from Greece and show it at the border checkpoint (proof of completion of the electronic PLF form is automatically sent by e-mail to each traveller electronically).

The PLF form for outbound travelers (Greek citizens and permanent residents of Greece) is now available on https://travel.gov.gr/.

Domestic flights

During Greece’s three-week lockdown, as of 6am Monday, November 9, air travel within the country (regular passenger services, general aviation and business routes – domestic flights, commercial and general / business aviation) and outside the boundaries of each prefecture is allowed in all airports strictly for:

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

It is noted that lockdown measures and rules are subject to change – with little to no advance notice – based on the latest scientific and research information.

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  1. Aleksandar Reply

    Nothing about Serbia, but Israel and Russia (both outside the EU/EEA/Schengen as well) are OK. Disappointing and will probably have a lasting impact on tourism in the Olympus/Halkidiki regions.

  2. Carol Anderson Reply

    I assume the requirement to show a PLF (copied below) applies to non-Greek tourists and visitors when leaving Greece, but please confirm if possible:

    As of Tuesday, November 10, Greek citizens and permanent residents of Greece who travel by air to foreign countries (outbound travel) are required to fill out the PLF form before their departure from Greece and show it at the border checkpoint (proof of completion of the electronic PLF form is automatically sent by e-mail to each traveller electronically).

    Also if a tourist has to move to take up a hotel reservation I assume this is allowed as no Option applies on the official list of text options relating to movement of persons in Covid. Tourists seem to fall between the cracks a bit at the moment.

    Thank you

  3. Bruno Reply

    How do I have to proof a business travel on a domestic flight when i am a EU citizen and non-resident? I arrive at Athens Airport and take a connection for a domestic flight 2 hours later. Thank you

  4. Urbain Stéphanie Reply

    Bonjour,je suis belge et je désire me rendre en Crête : est-ce que je peux rejoindre l’île puisque je dois obligatoirement faire une escale à Athènes ?
    Le test PCR, c’est 72h avt l’arrivée ??
    Mille mercis

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