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Greece Civil Aviation extends ban for flights from Sweden, Turkey, non-EU

Greece ‘s Civil Aviation issued several air instructions (NOTAMS) on Thursday regarding direct flights to countries such as Sweden and Turkey, Albania and North Macedonia, the entry of non-EU citizens as well as instructions related to Passenger Locator Form (PLF).


The flight ban for direct flights from Sweden to Greece is extended until Sunday 19 July 2020 at 23:59. This means that Greece will allow direct flights from Sweden on July 20 – that is two days earlier than originally planned.


The flight ban fro flights form Turkey is extended until Friday, 31. July 2020, at midnight.

Exceptions Sweden, Turkey

For the duration of the flight restrictions there are the following exceptions: Cargo flights, sanitary flights, sanitary flights, humanitarian flights, return flights with only its crew (ferry flights) are allowed. ), state flights, emergency flights, military flights, military flights do not apply to Turkey, Frontex flights, fire fighting flights ), the flights that have technical damage without the need to disembark the passengers (technical landings), the support flights of the National Health System of our country (these flights do not apply to Turkey) and the return flights of Greek Citizens, family members and holders of a residence permit in our country that were approved by the Foreign Ministry/Consulate

Non-EU countries incl Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, North Macedonia

Flights form Albania and North Macedonia are allowed to fly to Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” only. Valid until 31. July 2020.

Due to the outbreak of Covid-19 cases in Albania and North Macedonia,  the NOTAM is valid from July 16 until July 31, 2020.

Following the decision of the European Union to remove Serbia and Montenegro from the list of Covid-19 safe countries from which travel is allowed, the 12 countries that remain on the European list and are exempted from the bans are the following:

Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

Exceptions for third countries (Non EU Citizens):
The following exceptions also apply to the temporary ban on entry to the country of non-European citizens: Family members of European citizens, citizens of Schengen countries and their family members, passengers traveling for essential & necessary travel (essential reasons), medical and specialist staff necessary for the functioning of the government, third-country nationals with a long-term visa permit in a European country and a Schengen country (government, diplomatic, international staff, military, humanitarian personnel, students), transit passengers, crews aircraft and to those non-European citizens who travel for compelling family or business reasons and have obtained a permit for their travel from the Greek Consulate by presenting the necessary documents.

PLF Form

From Thursday 16 July to Monday 31 August 2020, the Greek Civil Aviation Authority informs that the mandatory completion of the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at the electronic address by all passengers of international flights to Greece can to be done the day before arrival.

Please note that before accepting passengers for boarding, airlines must check:

a) the PLF submission confirmation at least the day before the flight, which is a mandatory travel document.

b) the correspondence with the QR code and the PLF.

Airlines that do not comply with this control obligation will be responsible for the repatriation of passengers at the expense of the company, the CAA statement says.

COVID-19 test on passengers of international flights arriving in Greece is provided in accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Health, EODY and Civil Protection, the statement concludes.

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