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Greece Weather Warning: Heavy rainfall, thunderstorms, powerful winds

Greece’s Nationals Meteorological Service EMY issued a warning of a weather deterioration with intense  phenomena, that is heavy rainfalls, thunderstorms and locally very powerful winds reaching up to 8 Beaufort. Particularly affected are the coastal areas and the islands. The bad weather front is forecast to set in the West …

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Coronavirus cases in Greece exceed 16K: 358 new cases, 5 more deaths

358 new coronavirus cases and 5 more deaths have been recorded in Greece in the past 24 hours, authorities announced on Wednesday.  56 of the new cases are linked to known clusters and 46 have been detected among tourists. Total infections reached 16,286 and deaths toll increased to 357. In …

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26 Greek islands exempted from unified property tax (ENFIA)

26 Greek islands are exempted from the unified property tax (ENFIA) for the year 2020. The exemption was announced by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Saturday. Today, finance authorities published the list of the 26 remote islands, where property owners will not pay the property tax this year. These 26 …

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Bar owners arrested and fined on Greek islands for operating after midnight

Six business owners were arrested on the Ionian islands and fines worth several thousands euros were imposed because they operated their bars and restaurants beyond the midnight curfew. Among those arrested on Saturday, were two facility owners on the island of Corfu and one on Paxos. Each one was fined …

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Extraordinary restrictions for Paros and Antiparos against coronavirus

Greece’s Civil Protection announced a series of extraordinary restrictions for the Cyclades islands of Paros and Antiparos on Friday in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The restrictions are similar to ones imposed on the island of Poros in the Saronic Gulf beginning of the month. According to …

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Coronavirus Tests ordered at ports of Piraeus and Rafina on Aug 16

The Regional Government in Attica has ordered random COVID-19 tests to passengers arriving from the islands at the ports of Piraeus and Rafina. The tests will be conducted on Sunday, August 16, 2020, when thousands of Greek holidaymakers will end their summer vacations. Governor of Attica, Giorgos Patoulis, former president …

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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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11,000 of recognized refugees in Greece face eviction as of June 1

The Greek government is proceeding with its plan to stop hosting asylum-seekers with recognized refugee status in camps and EU subsidized apartments and hotels. Some 11,000 refugees will have to leave the facilities as of next Monday, June 1, 2020. As little has been done regarding the social integration of …

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Greece 3. phase of lockdown easing: Travel, stores, sports on May 18

Greece is proceeding with the third phase of easing the lockdown measures imposed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Greeks will be allowed to travel outside the prefecture of the residence on the mainland as well as to the the islands of Crete and Evia only. Students older than …

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Free travel to mainland & Crete May 18; rest islands possible May 25

Free movement to Greece’s mainland and Crete is possible as of May 18, 2020, Head of Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias announced on Tuesday. Travel to the island of Crete was added as there are sufficient health facilities, he added. Hardalias said that movement to the remaining islands may take place …

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Turkey challenges Greece: Sovereignty of certain islands “is not clear”

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu claimed on Wednesday that the sovereignty of certain Greek islands and islets “is not clear.” Prompt was the response of the Foreign Ministry in Athens. Speaking to Turkish TV 100, Cavusoglou said that “there are islands and islets whose sovereignty is not clear” and listed …

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No COVID-19 cases in islands hotspots, no loss of life, says Migration Minister

No COVID-19 confirmed cases in the hotspots on the islands and not a single life has so far been lost to the novel coronavirus in accommodation facilities for refugees and migrants in Greece, Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis said on Wednesday. Replying to a relevant question by former Migration …

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IOM: 2,000 vulnerable asylum applicants off hotspots for COVID-19 protection

More than 2,000 asylum applicants on Greek islands belong to coronavirus-vulnerable groups and will be temporarily moved from hotspots, International Organization of Migration (IOM) Mission Chief for Greece Gianluca Rocco said on Monday. Rocco said that the IOM plans to temporarily house these people in hotels and apartments on the …

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Night curfew, suspension of 3 Permit options on Mykonos, more measures on Santorini

The second confirmed case of coronavirus on the island of Mykonos has forced Greek authorities to impose additional lockdown measures. Among others, the additional restrictions impose curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. and suspends three of the six options in total on the Movement Permits. The measures go into …

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Greek Asylum Service in mainland & islands closed until April 10

The Greek Asylum Service of the Migration Ministry announced it will not receive applicants at its mainland and island offices and will not provide services to the public from today (March 13) until April 10, in order to protect public health and limit the further spread of coronavirus. All administrative …

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