Greece will ban flights to and from Barcelona from Monday, August 31, 2020,, health authorities said on Friday, as they extended most of the travel restrictions for foreign visitors by three weeks due to a surge in Covid-19 infections.
The rise in coronavirus cases in recent weeks has forced Greek authorities to gradually reimpose restrictions in the capital Athens and other areas, including popular islands at the peak of tourism season to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Greece also requires visitors from a list of countries, including Belgium, Bulgaria, Romania, Malta, Sweden, Spain, Albania, North Macedonia and the United Arab Emirates to show a negative Covid-19 test to enter the country.
The restrictions will be extended until September 19, Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias told reporters, adding that the Netherlands would be dropped from the list.
Flights to and from Barcelona and Spain’s Catalonia region will be banned, he said. [reuters]