March 31, 2023

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Entry to Greece for citizens of the EU and 5 other countries

Citizens of EU member states and five other countries will now enter Greece without the mandatory 7-day quarantine by presenting a negative PCR test for coronavirus or a vaccination certificate before departure.

According to the official statement of the Civil Aviation Authority (ΥΠΑ), changes (additions) to the rules for domestic / international flights of Covid-19 notams are also being introduced.

In addition, a new note notes that entry into the territory of permanent residents of Europe (EU member states), the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the United Arab Emirates, Serbia and Israel is allowed without a 7-day quarantine:

1) if they have been tested negative for COVID-19 coronavirus by PCR within the last seventy two (72) hours prior to their arrival in Greece, or

2) in case of completion of vaccination against coronavirus COVID-19 and presentation by them of a certificate of vaccination in English issued by a government agency, provided that fourteen (14) days have passed since the completion of vaccination.

Air travel restrictions
Specifically, until Good Monday, April 26, 2021, until 06:00 a.m., the following air travel restrictions will apply for domestic / international flights:

Domestic flights: The Aviation Directive (Covid-19 notams) applies to scheduled passenger services, general aviation, commercial services and general / business aviation).

The Notam states that only essential domestic travel (Essential Travel) is allowed at all airports in the country, which includes travel for health, business purposes, for objective family reasons (family reunification) and for return to permanent residence.

Prohibition of entry into Greece for citizens of third countries, except for the countries of the European Union and the Schengen Agreement:

The Notes provide for a ban on the entry of citizens of third countries, except for the countries of the European Union and the Schengen Agreement. The directive does not apply to passengers traveling for important reasons and permanent residents of the following 12 countries: United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Russia, United States of America and Israel.

Seven-day quarantine when arriving from abroad:

All passengers entering our country from any foreign country are subject to mandatory precautions (self-isolation) in the house, place of permanent residence in Greece, indicated on the PLF form, for 7 (unless otherwise stated) days if they are citizens of EU countries , The Schengen Agreement, the United Kingdom, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Serbia and Israel who will enter Greece without a 7-day quarantine, provided they are vaccinated or have a negative Covid-19 PCR test that was held 72 hours before their arrival.

In addition, foreign passengers will be screened upon arrival in accordance with the procedure provided for by applicable law. In case of a positive test result, the quarantine will be valid for 14 days.

International arrivals with a test negative 72 hours in advance:

Covid-19 notams predicts that all passengers on international flights will enter our country with a negative Covid-19 PCR test, which will be performed 72 hours before their arrival. We remind you that passengers will be checked by sampling when entering Greece.

Mandatory filling out of the location form (in case of search) of passengers, PLF:

Notam requires all passengers on international flights to Greece to fill out a form to the email address. It is also mandatory to fill out the PLF form for passengers on foreign flights who permanently reside in Greece and fly from the airports of our country.

What is provided for travelers from Russia:

Maximum number of travelers from Russia: 4000 per week. Especially for Russia (permanent residents), the following restrictions remain – arrival only at the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki and Heraklion.

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