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Greece extends flight ban to/from 7 countries, entry of non-EU citizens

Greece ‘s Civil Aviation Authority has extended on Monday, June 1, the ban on flights from seven countries as well as on the entry of non-European citizens, At the same time, it also extended the obligatory quarantine for travelers entering Greece for the month of June.


The measure of mandatory precautionary quarantine for passengers of all nationalities arriving in Greece from all international destinations is extended until 23:59 Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Yet it is divided in two phases:

First Phase: Mandatory quarantine extended until midnight on June 14, 2020. The rule still applies that all passengers must, even Greeks, coming from abroad, take COVID-19 test. If the result is negative, passengers must remain in self-restraint (quarantine) for seven days. If test result is positive, passengers should stay in mandatory preventive quarantine for 14 days.

Second Phase: As of Monday, June 15, the practice of mandatory testing and quarantine will continue to be performed for passengers coming from countries at high risk of transmitting Covid-19, as assessed by the European Union’s Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). ). The list is constantly updated.

Travelers must be informed before traveling as if they refuse the test they will not be accepted at the arrival airport.

All other nationals will be accepted without restrictions, but may be subjected to sampling tests upon arrival, as a specific number of passengers on all flights will take the test.

The following categories of passengers are excluded from the restrictions due to the Covid-19:
* Passengers in transit, Flight Crew, Crew of state flights, sanitary flights, humanitarian flights, emergency flights, military lfights, cargo flights and Frontex flights.

Flights and Flight ban

Until June 14: All international flights arriving in Greece land only at Athens International Airport “Eleftherios From June 15: They land also at Thessaloniki Airport “Macedonia”.

This notam concerns both airports until midnight on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 and excludes flights to/from other Greek airports.

Until Sunday, June 14: Temporary ban on flights to/from Greece  and seven countries. These countries are:

  • Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Albania, Turkey and Northern Macedonia.

The notam excludes cargo flights, sanitary, humanitarian, aircraft return flights ferry flights, state flights, flights in emergency situation, military flights (not valid for Turkey), Frontex flights, refueling, flights with transit passengers,, flights in support of the Greek National Health System and repatriation flights of Greek citizens.

Non-EU Citizens

The ban of entry of non-EU citizens has been renewed and remains in force until June 15, 2020.

The following exceptions apply to this notam: Members of European Citizens’ families, citizens of Schengen countries, health personnel, third-country nationals who have a long-term visa in a European country and Schengen country, government officials, diplomats, military personnel, transit humanitarian staff, aircraft crews and those non-European citizens who have obtained a permit for their trip from the Greek Consulate.

source: Greek CAA

For more information on tourism in Greece under the pandemic, check here.

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  1. Really ridiculous that Germany is not on the Easa list with so many cases on corona there. Is it a political decision? Or is it because Easa is settled in Cologne? I really can not beleave it!

  2. What happens to people that get a subjective test? Do they need to be in quarantine for 24h?? Its not clear at all.
    I need to go from Düsseldorf to rhodes so I’ll have to make a stop in athens. If i get picked out for a test, how can i be on time for my next flight?
    I tried contacted so many offices and no one has an answer.

  3. You will need to stay 1 day in Athens, The Stanley Hotel near Akropolis, not allowed to leave your room. You will get there by a separate bus,
    Police will guide all passengers to it. Food will be brought to your door… Next morning they inform you about your test outcome, if negative you can leave immediately…

    Comment to Harry: some „governments“ were neglecting the thread… Now their people have to pay for it… ( I am not a German… )