Five Greek citizens, who arrived from South African countries with a stopover in the United Arab Emirates, were placed in a ten-day preventive quarantine.
They tested negative for Covid-19 upon arrival, according to the state news agency AMNA. However, they are quarantined as required by the new protocol due to the Omicron coronavirus mutation that originated in southern Africa, and remain in a quarantine hotel.
In ten days, passengers will undergo a molecular diagnostic test (PCR), and in case of a negative result, their quarantine will end.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) previously issued an emergency flight NOTAM for travelers from 9 South African countries (Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe) allowing entry only to Greek citizens and others traveling for important reasons. But only subject to three negative tests and a special entry permit issued by the competent Greek consular authorities, regardless of their vaccination status. Upon arrival, all passengers undergo a rapid test and 10-day quarantine at a location designated by the authorities. The end of the quarantine depends on a negative PCR test result. The exception is children under 12 years of age.
There are no direct flights to Greece from these 9 countries.