Greece announced on Friday that it will open all airports, ports and land borders on July 1, 2020 and will lift its flight ban on Italy, Netherlands and Spain on June 15. This was announced during a live press conference held by Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis and Health Minister, Vassilis Kikilias.
While the Health Minister presented the country’s plan for health protocols on tourist destinations, the Tourism Minister outlined an updated roadmap for opening the country to tourists from other countries.
“On July 1, all airports will be open essentially inaugurating tourism on the islands, the Tourism Minister said.
He stressed that Greece fully follows the EU directives. Earlier on Friday, the European Commission called on member states to open their external borders on July 1, however, it also urged the EU/Schengen countries to agree on a list of non-EU countries where travellers could come from starting from July.
June 15-30, 2020
Ban on flights to Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos is lifted for Italy, the Netherlands and Spain on June 15.
Ban on flights from UK and Turkey remains “independently from the EASA list,” There will be a revaluation at some point. This practically mean that no flights from UK and Turkey will be allowed at least until the end of June.
Arrivals from Albania and North Macedonia only for essential travels.
Thessaloniki airport open on June 15 not for Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Albania and North Macedonia.
Travellers are prohibited from entering Greek ports by ship, and are only allowed on board of yachts.
Land arrivals: Borders to/from Turkey, Albania and North Macedonia remain closed (except for the necessary business trips), while they are open to/from Bulgaria.
July 1, 2020
Arrivals at all Greek airports are allowed – Flights exceptions from third countries (non-EU) in coordination with the European Union (list still due)
Arrivals by the sea: Ships and ferries from abroad are allowed at all Greek ports. These include arrivals from Italy. Cruise ships will be allowed too “not on July 1, but in the following days,” so Theoharis.
Land borders: Opening of 7 entry points of land borders (did not specified which ones)
Airports Athens and Thessaloniki June 15-30:
Random tests on passengers from airport out the EASA lists. One day self-isolation in the hotel until test result. !4-day quarantine in a designated quarantine hotel if test positive.
Tests to all passengers arriving from Italy, the Netherlands and Spain. Same isolation/quarantine conditions as above (valid also fro those arriving form Albania and North Macedonia.)
As of 1. July 2020
Random testing for passengers from all countries of arrival.
14-day quarantine if traveler tested positive.
There will be quarantine hotels in the capitals of each prefecture and in all Greek islands. The list of the quarantine hotels will be published in a few days.
Passenger Load Factor
As of 1. July 2020, all travelers will fill out an online form Passenger Load Factor with their contact details while in the country. The PLF will be filled out before getting onboard or upon the arrival.
“Our goal is for all those wanting to come to our country to be able to do so, but also to be able to return safely to their countries,” Greece ‘s Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis stressed.
sources: ERT TV Live, protagon, others.
European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) here. List of airports is updated frequently.