Greece: rules of entry for foreigners extended until June 14, there are changes

The government newspaper published a joint inter-ministerial decision to extend until June 14 the procedure for the entry of foreign citizens, including Russians, into the country.

An unlimited number of Russian tourists are ready to welcome Greece. To enter the country in a pandemic, guests of Greece must have a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19, or a certificate of a previous illness and the presence of antibodies, or a negative PCR test – that is, all the rules in force until 06:00 on June 7 are preserved. After entering the country, you will not have to go through quarantine.

However, there are some changes in the new decision: for the sick, the quarantine period has been reduced to 10 days, certificates for children about the absence of coronavirus are required only at the age of 6 years (earlier from 5 years), a digital certificate is recognized. In addition, having opened the borders for tourists on May 14, Greece has identified a list of countries whose citizens cannot enter the country. Now this list has been updated – Montenegro has been added.

Thus, in the presence of the necessary documents and by any means of travel, citizens of the EU and Schengen member states, Australia, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, Great Britain, Israel, Canada, Belarus, Bahrain, New Zealand, South Korea, Qatar, China, Kuwait, Ukraine, Rwanda, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Thailand, Montenegro.

Entry is permitted through all international airports in Greece. All persons arriving in Greece are required to complete the electronic Passenger Locator Form (PLF) the day before arrival, indicating their contact details. Confirmation by the system of its receipt is a mandatory travel document. In the absence of PLF, the passenger is not allowed on the plane, and companies that let such a passenger in must send him back, assuming all transport costs. Air passengers should be prepared for the fact that they may have to take a test at a Greek airport and, if tested positive, be quarantined for 10 days.

All citizens who are allowed to enter must present upon arrival either a certificate of vaccination completed at least 14 days before travel, or a negative PCR test done 72 hours before entry, or a certificate of previous coronavirus disease and the presence of antibodies.

It is important that the documents required by the Greek side from the Russians can be in Russian – a certificate, test result or a certificate of a past illness indicating the presence of antibodies. The latter is valid for 2-9 months from the date of illness. If you wish, you can provide these documents in another language – French, English, German, Spanish or Italian. The main thing is that they indicate the state body that issued them. You can also submit the digital COVID-19 certificate, which was introduced in seven EU countries from June 1. Children under six years old can enter without such documents, but over 6 years old must have them.

Russian citizens wishing to visit Greece can choose a convenient route using “the country’s international airports, the seaports of Patras, Igoumenitsa and the island of Kerkyra (Corfu), checkpoints [на сухопутных границах] in the townships of Promahonas and Ormenio around the clock, as well as in the township of Evzoni and Nymphea from 07:00 to 23:00. “

The document notes that on the territory of Greece, all guests of the country must comply with restrictive measures related to the pandemic, on an equal basis with the local population. Today, travel to the islands and between regions is permitted. But wearing a mask and keeping a distance is still mandatory. The country has a curfew restricting night movement from 00:30 to 05:00. Little by little, the situation with the coronavirus is stabilizing, and the Greek authorities, in accordance with the recommendations of experts, are gradually lifting restrictions.

The new regulation will be in effect from 6:00 on June 7, 2021 until 06:00 on June 14, 2021. The Greek Ambassador to Russia announced the imminent resumption of flights for tourists. At the moment, regular communication has only been partially resumed. Aeroflot and Aegean operate two regular flights a week. Already from June 10, two more flights will be added to them.

In Russia, decisions on air communication with other countries are made by the operational headquarters to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the territory of the Russian Federation. He also approved the criteria for assessing the epidemiological situation in foreign countries for the restoration of air and rail links.

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