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Greece extends travel restrictions for international flight passengers

Greece’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) extended the travel restrictions for international flight passengers due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In a statement issued on Sunday, February 21, the CAA said that the air instructions (notams) are extended until 06:00 a.m. Monday, March 8,2021.

The restrictions refer to EU and non-EU passengers and requirements regarding PCR and rapid rests and quarantine as well as flights suspension between certain countries and Greece.

According to the CAA statement, in order to protect passengers and citizens from the pandemic, the following notams concerning international flights are extended until Monday, March 8, 2021 at 06:00 in the morning:

Prohibition of entry to Greece of third-country nationals other than the countries of the European Union and the Schengen Agreement: the notam provides for a ban on entry of third-country nationals other than the countries of the European Union and the Schengen Agreement. Citizens of the following 10 countries are excluded from the Aviation Directive:

  • United Kingdom, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Russian Federation and Israel.

Seven (7) days quarantine on all arrivals from abroad: All passengers entering our country from any foreign country, including the Member States of the European Union, are subject to mandatory precautionary restrictions at home or at the place of temporary residence stated on the PLF form, for seven (7) days, unless they remain in Greece for a shorter period of time, in which case the temporary restriction is valid for this period of time, ie until their departure. In addition, international passengers will be checked upon arrival upon arrival, based on the procedure provided by the Passenger Locator Form. In case tests find a positive case, the quarantine for the passenger will be valid for 14 days.

United Kingdom – 7-day quarantine and new PCR test in order to have it lifted: Especially for incoming passengers from the UK in order to be quarantined they will have to undergo a new PCR test when the 7-day period is completed.

Mandatory completion of Passenger Locator Form: The mandatory completion of the form at the electronic address by all passengers of international flights to Greece is provided. It is also mandatory to complete the PLF form for passengers of foreign flights who are permanent residents of Greece and depart from the airports in Greece.

Suspension of flights with Turkey: The suspension of flights between Greece and Turkey is extended.

Arrivals only at the DA “Eleftherios Venizelos” from Albania / Northern Macedonia: All flights to and from Greece from Albania and Northern Macedonia according to the new extension of notam will be operated only at the DA “Eleftherios Venizelos” .

Maximum traveler from the Russian Federation: Especially for Russia (permanent residents) the following restrictions remain, arrivals only at the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki and Heraklion and a maximum entry limit for Greece of 500 passengers per week.

International arrivals only with a negative PCR test of 72 hours: the notam provides that all passengers of international flights will enter Greece only with a negative PCR test Covid-19 which will be performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. The CAA also recalls that arriving passengers will be subject to a sample test upon entering the Greek territory based on the PLF.

Exceptions to the travel restrictions of the pre-existing notams apply to all international flight directions.

CAA statement in Greek here.

More information on coronavirus in Greece here.

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  1. What if your flying to Athens and staying in the hotel next to the airport for one night then flying over to skiathos the following day. Will the negative covid 19 test still be ok. Would you need to isolate in Athens until the flight over to Skuathos.

    • The negative test is for entry into the country, so it’ll be checked when you arrive at Athens. You may also be tested again on arrival at Athens airport, but you shouldn’t need another test for an internal flight as far as I understand. If you arrive from the UK you need to take another test 7 days after arrival into the country. As Skiathos is your destination, there shouldn’t be a problem continuing your journey the next day.

    • We flew from London to Athens on Wednesday. The flight landed at 22pm and we stayed overnight at a holiday apartment near the airport. Transport from and to the airport was included in the price and we were back at the airport after 11am the following day to catch the flight to Crete. On the PLF form you put the hotel as temporary address, and you have to quarantine but will be able to fly home to continue your 7-day quarantine. Leaving Athens nobody asked for the negative test result as the second flight was domestic. When getting on the Chania plane in Athens they asked the purpose of my British partner’s journey, if he was a tourist, and he had to show his beige residency card.

  2. Bonjour,
    Que se passe t’il pour un voyage Paris Karystos en automobile? départ de Paris le vendredi matin et arrivée en Suisse le soir, départ de Suisse le samedi matin et arrivée en Italie, départ d’Italie le dimanche par le ferry de 17:30, Arrivée à Igoumenitsa vers 9:30 soit à peu près 72 heures après le départ.
    Si il faut faire un test PCR 2 jours avant de partir pour avoir le résultat la veille de partir, cela devient un test de 120 heures et non 72

  3. Please, I am from Morocco and I want to join my Greek husband to enter Greece for the first time. I only have a visa. Can I enter or is it not allowed.

  4. Hi. Do you know how the “7 day quarantine” rule apply if I enter Greece on the 5th? Does the quarantine continue for next 7 days or can I end it on the 8th of March?