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UPDATE Ferries, ships to islands and Crete docked due to gale-force winds

Greece’s Shipping Ministry issued on Monday a ban on sailing of ships and ferries due to gale-force winds in the Aegean Sea reaching up to 9 Beaufort. Ships will not be sailing from the ports of Piraeus, Rafina, and Lavrio to the islands of Cyclades, the Dodecanese and Crete. Ferries …

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Greece to ban sale of spyware amid wiretapping scandal

Greece will soon ban the sale of spyware, the government said on Monday, after a newspaper report that more than 30 people, including ministers and business people, had been under state surveillance via phone malware. A list of persons whose phones were allegedly infected with the Predator malware was published …

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Turkey detains Regional Governor Tzitzikostas in Izmir, denies him entry

Turkish authorities did not allow regional governor of Central Macedonia, Apostolos Tzitzikostas,to enter the country via the port of Izmir on Saturday. They detained for six hours and ultimately he was forced to return to Greece. The Foreign Ministry in Athens issued a furious statement calling on Turkey to give …

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Greece among countries pushing for lifting Russian oil ban with EU-owned tankers

The European Union plans to abandon the proposal banning EU-owned ships from carrying Russian oil to third countries. Among the EU member states that pushed for the lifting if the export ban is Greece. According to a report, Bloomberg has learned and with those familiar with the matter, the proposal …

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Greece Civil Aviation issues 3-month ban of civilian flights using Ukraine FIR

Greece’s Civil Aviation Authority CAA has issues a three-month ban on civilian aircraft using Ukraine-controlled airspace. In a statement issued on Thursday, the CAA cites the relevant decision of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), also issued on February 24, 2022. According to CAA, the ban of flights using …

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Botswana Variant Greece: Special permission, quarantine, 3 tests for travelers from 9 south African countries (UPD)

Greece’s Epidemiologists’ Committee has decided to implement a strict hygiene protocol to travelers from South Africa and 8 of its neighboring countries, amid fears over a newly discovered Covid-19 variant, the B.1.1.529 or Botswana variant that is considered highly transmissible and potentially very dangerous. At an extraordinary meeting Friday afternoon, …

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Police bans Police bans public gatherings in central Athens, over football violence concerns

Greek Police has banned any public outdoor gathering as of 21:00 on Friday (May 21) to 06:00 on Sunday (May 23) in central Athens, particularly around Omonia Square and Patission and Akadimias Streets, over concerns of football fan violence after a final Greek Cup match. “This particular ban is imposed …

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Pilgrimage to Mount Athos banned until mid-April due to outbreak

The deputy governor of the Mount Athos monastic community in northern Greece, Aristos Kasmiroglou, has extended a suspension of pilgrimages to the peninsula until April 15, the foreign ministry announced on Wednesday. Additionally, anyone wishing to enter the all-male community must undergo precautionary checks at the ports of entry. On …

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Greece bans take-away in Attica, Thessaloniki, Halkidiki over weekends

Without any previous warning, Development Minister Adonis Georgiadis, announced on Saturday morning that the take-away service is forbidden in the regional units of Athens, Thessaloniki and Halkidiki over the weekends. Apart from being another tripping up for the food sector, the ban came out of the blue, was not included …

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Greek Police bans public gatherings of over 100 persons until Feb 1

Out of a sudden and without a warning, the chief of Greece’s Police issued a ban on large public gatherings with more than 100 people with effect as of 6:00 a.m. Tuesday and for 6 days, until February 1, 2021, “at least.” Police Chief Michalis Karamalakis claims for the decision …

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Greece bans public gatherings with over 4 people, 6 metro stations closed Dec 6

The Ministry for Citizen Protection has banned public gatherings with four and more persons across Greece with an order valid form 5:00 a.m. on December 6 until midnight Sunday. The decision is justified for reasons of public health and as a precaution measure to prohibit the spread of the coronavirus. …

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