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Greece’s Civil Aviation extends Covid-directive for international passengers

Greece’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Friday announced the further extension of the current aviation directive for containing the spread of Covid-19 until 6:00 on Friday, September 17, 2021. The notam outlines the conditions for entry into Greek territory on foreign flights in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The notam for flights passengers from abroad that will be valid until September 17, 2021 provides for the following:

Prohibitions of third-country nationals: The aviation directive prohibits the entry into Greece of third-country nationals outside the EU and Schengen areas, including their spouses or persons with whom they have entered into a cohabitation agreement and their children. It exempts passengers travelling for essential reasons and permanent residents of the following 36 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, Moldova, Brunei, San Marino, Andorra, Vatican, Monaco, Turkey, Kosovo and Chinese Taipei.

Mandatory Covid-19 test upon arrival for unvaccinated travelers, regardless of their nationality, from the following 16 countries:

Egypt, Albania, Argentina, Bulgaria, Brazil, Georgia, Cuba, United Cuba , China, Libya, Morocco, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey.

If the rapid test is positive, it will be repeated immediately with PCR test. This air directive will only apply to passengers who have not been vaccinated as there is an exception for travelers / passengers who have been vaccinated or have contracted Covid-19.

All travelers to Greece, regardless of nationality, must fill in the electronic 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.

To enter Greece, passengers must also have either a certificate of vaccination or a negative PCR / RAPID TEST or certificate of previous illness with Covid-19 or a digital certificate.

The certificates are valid for children over 12 years old.

Russia: All travelers who are permanent residents of Russia must have a certificate of negative PCR test (72 hours) or rapid test (48 hours). This measure is mandatory and applies to all passengers who are permanent residents of Russia, whether they are vaccinated or not. In addition, all travelers / permanent residents from Russia will be required to take a Covid-19 test upon arrival in Greece.

CAA statement in Greek here.

Information on coronavirus in Greece here.

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  1. Oh, I am so glad I took the jab. Tomorrow, I fly from The Netherlands to Greece. Yesterday, I was contacted by contact tracers, who told me that I had been in contact with an infected person and that I needed to go for a PCR test as well. This morning they told me that I am positive, so I am also infected with the virus. But as I have the jab, my QR code (green pass, or whatever it is called) is valid and I can go and fly wherever I want. Just imagine what a waste of money it would have been if I had to cancel my flight, or what an administrative burden it would have been if I had to reschedule everything.

    • This EU pass is a farce – we said it from the very beginning. Depending on the NL Covid-data, you may have to undergo a test upon arrival. Enjoy the quarantine, then.

    • Only a sociopath would fly knowing they were infected with COVID.

      Don’t NL rules require you to self isolate for a period of time if you have a positive PCR test? I wouldn’t consider going to an airport and flying on a plane self isolation.