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Greece Announces 10-day Quarantine for All Arrivals from Abroad as of December 18

The quarantine time for travelers arriving to Greece from abroad between December 18 and January 7, 2021, has been reduced from 10 to 3 days, according to an announcement made by Government Spokesperson Stelios Petsas on December 11.

Photo source: IATA

Photo source: IATA

All travelers arriving to Greece from abroad between Friday, December 18 and Thursday, January 7, 2021, will be required to self-isolate for 10 days.

Speaking during a media briefing on Monday, Greek Government Spokesperson Stelios Petsas announced that the government decided to extend the current lockdown measures through to the first week in January 2021 to combat the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

International travel

With regard to international travel, Petsas said that all entering Greece from countries abroad between Friday, December 18 and Thursday, January 7, 2021, will be obliged to:

– submit a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) and a negative Covid-19 test result (PCR) performed up to 72 hours before arrival
– take a rapid Covid-19 test upon entry
– enter a 10-day preventive quarantine.

It is reminded that authorities on Friday announced that travelers who test positive for Covid-19 at Greece’s land borders will be denied entrance to the country.

Traveling out of home prefectures is banned

Moreover, Petsas said that traveling between Greek prefectures (domestic travel) will not be allowed until 6am on January 7, 2021.

Movement in the country

Greece’s night curfew from 9 pm to 5 am will remain in place and outside movement in Greece will continue to be allowed only for specific reasons and by sending an SMS to the five-digit mobile phone service 13033.

The government’s spokesperson noted that one month after Greece entered its second nationwide lockdown, the pressure on the country’s health system remains high, despite the fewer Covid-19 cases in recent days and that the improvement of epidemiological data is proceeding slower than expected.

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  1. Tatia Greece Reply

    Anybody please inform when will Indonesian can enter Europe?Why they let Thai and Japan enter EU. Both countries has higher covid19

  2. Marie Reply

    It’s now 3 days quarantine not 10 if you arrive 18th December to 6th January.

  3. Sandy Reply

    Does anyone know from which te on the 18th the measures are effective? We are landing at 1 am on the 18th; do we still have to do the 10 day self isollation ?

  4. Надежда Reply

    Good day. Any restriction for transit passengers, who is flying via Athens to other country?

  5. Sallie Maxine Rose Reply

    I am flying in. on 26 and connecting flight is next day to my residence.Are we allowed to stay in a hotel or will we have ot quarantine in athens – how can I find this out?

    • Sally Reply

      Give a call at the airport they ll be able to explain it to you. I m guessing though that if ur flight isnt transit u ll have to do the whole 10 day qurantine thing.

  6. Aleksandar Reply

    This doesn’t make sense. It would if country-based entry restrictions were lifted – most countries are still banned from Greece.

  7. Christos Vasileiou Reply

    What do we need now, until the 18th December, to enter Greece from Danmark?

  8. Peter Schulthess Reply

    The government wants to kill economy on islands that are not infected by Corona. How silly! They cannot differentiate between regions with high numbers of COVID and.such with no or almost no COVID-19. Why to lock down small shops on Paros??? No one understands.

  9. Konstantin Reply

    Good day. Any restriction for transit passengers, who is flying via Athens to other country?

  10. Henry Beutler Reply

    Absolutely mad. I have to test me. 250 euro in finnland
    And then get in qwarantäne no way
    I waite till the get a back more friendly to turists
    How about when we get the serum here in finnland

  11. LCM Reply

    Why are we not hearing anything from the Greek government or the European Union on the use of Ivermectin which has now been through peer review in multiple studies and proved to work as both a prophylaxis and a therapeutic?

    • Henry Reply

      Are you joking its against parasites it has nothing to do with corona

      • James Reply

        do your research.

  12. Vincent O'Brien Reply

    If you arrive in Athens on 2 Jan and live in Kefalonia, can you transit through Athens without self isolating in Athens? Thank you.

  13. Anne Reply

    A negative PCR test is not a clear indication as Covid can take from 2 days till 14 days to appear especially after travel Greece is not the only Country enforcing quarantine just be grateful they are not charging 3000 Dollars /2200 euros for Quarantine costs as in Australia.

    • Henry Reply

      We older person 70+ will get Covid Vaccine probably in January or February finnland
      I hope we can Travel after more freely after this

  14. Anne Reply

    This will restrict people coming to Greece especially for people from Australia as we have to quarantine for 14 days on return home so 24 days of quarantine will certainly stop travel but also agree that a negative pcr test on arrival is not an indication of covid free. Hopefully Greece will be able to get out of lockdown soon

  15. Elizabeth Lambert Reply

    Why do you have to quaratine 10 days if the tests are negative?
    I am paying £120 for the test, then again a test in Athens.surely if the tests are negative then why quaratine.
    My family are so important to me that I have and will do anything to keep them safe.

    • garnier Reply

      il semblerait que les tests ne détectent pas le virus si la contamination est récente

    • Libor Janacek Reply

      Exactly. I have the same opinion. Those restrictions for Chritmas time are probably only made to not support traveling and make it as much unpleasant as possible…

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