Greece cancels PLF form when entering the country

From Tuesday March 15, 2022, persons entering Greece will no longer need to submit a Passenger Locator Form (PLF), according to a directive from the Civil Aviation Authority published on Monday.

This directive (Notam) related to Covid-19 facilitates the entry of all passengers from abroad from any country of origin, added to CAA.

The PLF was introduced in the spring of 2020 as a way to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and allow contact tracing of tourists who tested positive for the coronavirus while in Greece.

Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias announced the cancellation of the PLF along with the cancellation of some other measures in the hospitality sector. “On the recommendation of the expert committee of the Ministry of Health, from March 15, 2022, the completion of the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) by visitors from all countries to enter Greece is canceled,” Kikilias said.

In Notam dated March 5, valid from 7 to March 21, 2022 of the year, CAA reported that on March 15, 2020, PLF will be canceled for all travelers, regardless of nationality.

Travelers with a European digital COVID-19 certificate without a test on arrival

Entry of European Union Travelers (EUDCC) who are citizens of European Union Member States (EU) and the Schengen Agreement, as well as from thirty-five (35) countries outside the EU that have acceded to the European Union, namely: San Marino, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Vatican City, North Macedonia, Georgia, Switzerland, El Salvador, United Arab Emirates , United Kingdom, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Lebanon, Morocco, Montenegro, Moldova, Monaco, Norway, New Zealand, Ukraine, Uruguay, Panama, Greenland, Cape Verde, Cape Verde, Benin, Jordan, Faroe Islands and Chinese Taipei*, permitted upon presentation of a COVID-19 European Digital Certificate containing information on one of the following documents:

a) A certificate of vaccination valid for nine (9) months after completion of the main vaccination and indefinitely for travelers who received a booster dose.
b) A certificate of illness for up to one hundred and eighty (180) days.
c) Evidence of a negative PCR result within the last seventy-two (72) hours or, alternatively, a negative rapid test result within twenty-four (24) hours prior to arrival in Greece.

For persons arriving from the USA, Australia or Canada, one of the following documents must be shown as an alternative:

a) A certificate of vaccination valid for nine (9) months after completion of the main vaccination and indefinitely for travelers who received a booster dose.
b) A certificate of illness for up to one hundred and eighty (180) days.
c) Evidence of a negative PCR test result within the last seventy-two (72) hours or, alternatively, a negative rapid test result within twenty-four (24) hours prior to arrival in Greece.

With a negative test result to enter Greece, regardless of vaccination for all other travelers

All other arrivals in Greece, excluding EU and Schengen countries, travelers from Australia, the United States of America (USA), Canada and thirty-five (35) non-EU countries that have joined the EU COVID-19 Digital Certification Scheme, including their spouses or persons with whom they have entered into a cohabitation agreement, as well as their minor children, regardless of their vaccination status, must have a negative PCR diagnosis within the last seventy-two (72) hours or, alternatively, a negative rapid test , within twenty-four (24) hours prior to arrival in Greece.

Screenings for children five (5) years of age and older: The obligation of entry conditions to Greece applies to children five (5) years of age and older.

Traveler sampling and temporary isolation for five (5) days in case of infection

In addition, all international passengers will be sampled (PCR or rapid test) upon arrival, in accordance with the procedure provided by the passenger search form. In the event that a passenger is found to have tested positive, quarantine/isolation will be in place for five (5) days at home or at a suitable temporary residence designated by the competent authorities. The time limit starts from the day after they were diagnosed with COVID-19. After 5 (five) days and if symptoms are absent or symptoms improve with complete remission of fever for 24 (twenty-four) hours without the use of antipyretics, the time limit is terminated. If the fever persists for five (5) days, the time limit is extended until the fever has completely subsided.





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