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Mandatory Covid-19 test on arrival for unvaccinated passengers from 16 countries

Greece’s Civil Aviation Authority extended the air directive (notam) regarding Covid-19 requirements and conditions of international flight passengers to enter Greece. At the same time, the notam provides that unvaccinated passengers arriving form 16 countries will have undergo a Covid-19 test upon arrival regardless of their nationality.

The notam is extended until 06:00 a.m. Friday, September 3, 2021.

Mandatory Covid-19 test on arrival for unvaccinated travellers, regardless of their nationality, arriving from the following (16) sixteen countries:

  • Egypt, Albania, Argentina, Bulgaria, Brazil, Georgia , Cuba, United Arab Emirates, India, China, Libya, Morocco, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey.

Prohibitions of third-country nationals: The aviation directive prohibits the entry of third-country nationals from countries outside the EU and the Schengen Area, including their spouses or persons with whom they have entered into a cohabitation agreement and their minor children, from entering the country.

Exempted from the ban are passengers traveling for essential reasons and permanent residents of the following 35 countries:

Australia, North Macedonia, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, United Kingdom, Israel, Canada, Belarus, Bahrain, New Zealand, South Korea, Qatar, China, Kuwait, Ukraine, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldavia, Monaco, Turkey and Kosovo.

What applies to the PLF: All travelers to Greece, regardless of nationality, must fill in the electronic form Passenger Locator Form (PLF), at the electronic address any time before the departure of the flight to Greece. The proof of completion of the PLF electronic form, which is automatically sent by e-mail to the passenger by the system, is considered a necessary travel document.

Entering Greece with a vaccine certificate or negative PCR / RAPID TEST or a certificate of having recovered from Covid-19: For travelers to Greece, the condition for entering the country is one of the following:
1) To have completed at least fourteen (14) days before the COVID-19 coronavirus vaccination and to present a vaccination certificate, in Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian, issued by a public authority.
2) To have been diagnosed negative in a laboratory test for COVID-19 coronavirus by the PCR method within the last seventy two (72) hours, or within forty eight (48) hours before their arrival in Greece in case of a rapid test.
3) Alternatively, travelers to Greece must have a certificate of having contracted Covid-19 issued thirty (30) days after the first positive test, which is valid for up to 180 days after that date.
4) Flight travelers from abroad may also carry, in digital or printed form, a digital COVID-19 certificate issued by European or third countries, which contains information on their vaccination or the result of the last test (48-hour rapid test or 72-hour PCR) or coronavirus disease.

Children over 12 years are also obliged to present proof of either vaccination, a negative test or certificate of illness or digital certificate for entry into Greece.

CAA notam in Greek is here.

More information on coronavirus in Greece in English here.

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One comment

  1. This article is the half truth. The Greek government tests people from all European countries which fill in they are not vaccinated. There does not exist a random check based on the filled in PlF form.
    Greece ie frustrating all people who chose to wait not having the experimental gen therapy yet. At least not untill it is official approved at the end of 2023..