The decision to extend the quota for Russians will be in effect from April 19 to 06:00 on April 26. It states that “maximum 4,000 Russian citizens per week” are allowed to enter Greece, exclusively by air, through the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklion.
As before, Russian citizens must have a negative coronavirus test and a voucher confirming hotel reservations when crossing the border. Guests of Greece, as stated in the inter-ministerial decision, must comply with the conditions associated with arrival and stay in the country during a pandemic.
The initial permit to enter up to 500 Russian citizens per week was valid from September 7 to 21, 2020, then it was repeatedly renewed. The authorities have increased the quota for Russians to 4,000 per week on March 21, 2021. In order to enter Greece, Russian travelers must comply with certain conditions, including a negative coronavirus test result conducted no earlier than 72 hours prior to arrival at a public or certified private laboratory. The document in English must contain the traveler’s data – full name, passport number.
The electronic Passenger Locator Form must also be completed the day before arrival, with the contact details in Greece. At a Greek airport, you should be prepared to be asked to take a coronavirus test. In this case, before receiving the result, you should be in self-isolation in a hotel or in the house of the host, whose address is indicated in the PLF. For arriving Russians, the requirement for a 7-day quarantine is still in effect. If a coronavirus infection is detected in a newcomer, he will have to quarantine for 14 days.
During the recent visit to Moscow Greek Tourism Minister Haris Theocharis told TASS reporters that Greece plans to lift restrictions on Russian tourists from May 14:
“We have already announced that since May 14, our country will hospitably open its doors for tourism. We have the so-called five lines of defense, and therefore we are firmly convinced that this will create the necessary conditions for ensuring security, both for those whom we accept and, of course, for the population of the country. We are always in constant contact with infectious disease specialists and other competent authorities to make sure that the current epidemiological situation allows us to safely implement the tourism launch plan. ”