Starting today, police will carry out tighter security checks along major highways, at toll points, and at ports in an attempt to curb intra-regional travel ahead of Orthodox Easter.
Previous Covid-19 restrictions were revised and published in the Government Gazette on Friday, and include limiting exceptions for domestic travel.
According to the latest measures, movement between regions is banned until May 10 at 6am.
Under the new rules, intra-regional travel will be allowed only for a certain time period and with relevant documentation proving that movement is necessary for work, funeral, medical purposes, visitation rights in cases of divorced parents.
“The checks will be intensified,” said government spokesperson Aristotelia Peloni, adding that an action plan will be in place from noon onwards”.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis urged citizens yet again to conform to the rules and reiterated that there will be strict security checks at city exit points, particularly out of Athens, and heavy fines for violators.
Drivers failing to provide relevant documentation will be fined 300 euros and turned back.
Domestic Travel – The Rules
– no movement is allowed outside region of residence
– for Attica residents travel is banned to the region’s islands
– travel for work is allowed with authorization
– the self-employed will be able to travel for a 48-hour period with relevant proof and documentation
– travel for health purposes is allowed only in cases involving visits to public hospital facilities with documentation from the specific medical unit. Emergencies are an exception
– one-way movement to permanent place of residence with documentation from here and E9 tax declaration indicating home address
– for funeral services with relevant documentation, including death certificate and funeral licence with a 48-hour limit
– visitation rights for divorced parents who must carry with them relevant documentation, including divorce papers, permanent home address of child (ren), home ownership
– all documents presented to the police should indicate issue date and time
– additional passengers in the car will also have to provide documentation
– individuals presenting false papers or forged documents will be fined with 500 euros.