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Promachonas crossing: Queues up to 12km, waiting time 5 hours

For forth consecutive day, travelers from Balkan and central-European countries are waiting up to 5 hours inside their vehicles and under the boiling sun in order to cross into Greece. Promachonas border-crossing cannot deal with the volume of travelers with the effect that the queues extend up to 10-12 km …

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UK excludes Greece from Quarantine Exception List

The UK has excluded Greece from a list of some 50+ countries to be exempted from a 14-day quarantine as of July 10, 2020. The decision has nothing to do with the epidemiological profile of the country in the European south. It is a tit-for-tat for Greece’s decision to ban …

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My Big Fat Greek Welcome for the first tourists on July 1

With music, dance, local specialties and water arches, Greeks welcomed the first tourists at the regional airports of the country that opened again for international flights on July 1, marking the much anticipated start of the tourist season. At the airport of Rhodes, a local dance and music group entertained …

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Greece’s CAA extends flight ban to/from UK, Sweden, Turkey

Greece’s Civil Aviation Authority issued a new air notice (NOTAM) extending the flight ban to/from the United Kingdom, Sweden and Turkey until Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 23:59. The NOTAM also extends a ban on non-European citizens entering the country. The following 14 countries are excluded from this airline (Notam): …

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Celestyal Cruises extends suspension of voyages until March 2021

Greek cruise operator Celestyal Cruises announced its decision to extend the suspension of all its cruises until March 6, 2021, the company said on Tuesday. The Athens-based Cruises company, which specializes in the Greek Islands and the Eastern Mediterranean, originally suspended sailings in mid-March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, …

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High-speed operator SeaJets restarts islands routes on July 3

Greek high-speed vessel operator Seajets is restarting its routes out of the ports of Piraeus, Lavrio and Crete’s Heraklion to some 30 destinations in the Aegean on July 3, the company announced on Tuesday. “WorldChampion Jet” will run daily from the port of Piraeus to Syros, Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Ios …

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EU list of 15 countries allowed into the bloc; U.S., Russia off

The European Union released on Tuesday the list of countries outside the bloc and Schengen area Brussels considers as “safe”. Travelers from these 14+1 countries will be allowed into EU as of July 1, 2020. The list is compiled based on epideliological criteria similar to the EU average of even …

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Greece opens all border-crossings and its ports to ships from abroad July 1

Greece is opening all its border-crossings to all its neighboring countries in the North, including to Turkey in the North-East and its ports to ships from abroad on July 1, 2020. Government spokesman Stelios Petsas announced on Monday, that the entrance gates at Evzoni, Kakavia, Krystallopigi, Promachonas, Nymfaia, Kastania and …

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