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Greece’s Civil Aviation extends Covid-restrictions for international flight passengers

Greece’s Civil Aviation Authority expended the air directive (notam) regarding Covid-requirements for international flight passengers. The new extension of the conditions of entry into the Greek territory aim to contain the spread of Covid-19.

The Covid-requirements are extended until Friday, September 24, 2021, at 06:00 in the morning.

In particular, the notam for flight passengers from abroad provides the following:

Prohibitions of third-country nationals: The 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 minor children.

It excludes passengers traveling 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, Qatar, China, Kuwait, Ukraine, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei, San Marino, Andorra, Vatican, Monaco, Turkey, Kosovo and Chinese Taipei.

What applies regarding the PLF: 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.

Entering Greece with a vaccine certificate or negative PCR / RAPID TEST or disease certificate or digital certificate: For travelers to Greece, the condition for entering the country is one of the following:

1) To have completed vaccination against COVID-19 at least fourteen (14) days prior to arrival and to present a vaccination certificate, in Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian, which has been issued by a public authority.

2) To have been diagnosed negative in a laboratory test for coronavirus COVID-19 by the PCR method within the last seventy two (72) hours or within forty eight (48) hours before arrival in Greece in case of a rapid test.

3) Alternatively, travelers to Greece can have a certificate of illness, which is valid from 30 until 180 days after the first positive test for Covid-19.

4) Flight passengers from abroad may also present, in digital or printed form, a European digital COVID-19 certificate or one issued by third countries that includes information on type of vaccination received, the outcome, date and type of test taken or certifies previous illness with Covid-19.

Children over 12: The same conditions for entry into Greece (vaccine or negative test or certificate of illness or digital certificate) also apply for minors from ages 12 and above.

Civil Aviation press release in Greek here.

Latest information about coronavirus in Greece here.

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One comment

  1. Interesting that Greece will accept a vaccination certificate issued in the UK for vaccinations administered in the UK BUT under the new UK travel rules, coming into force on 4 October, the UK government will not accept a vaccination certificate issued in Greece for a vaccine administered in Greece, even though they are identical vaccines. The new UK rules insist that the certificate has the date that each dose was administered but the Greek issued EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate only shows that 2 doses were administered and gives the date of the second dose. I don’t know if the format is the same for all EU countries?

    Perhaps the Commission should inform the UK government that from 4 October UK certificates will not be recognised anywhere in the EU and inform all the UK media why they have taken that decision. A few million angry voters prohibited from travelling might concentrate Johnson’s mind?