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New extensions and changes of the rules of entry to Greece until April 19, 2021

The new extensions and changes of the air instructions (Covid-19 notams) for the international flights until 19/04/21 are announced to the passenger public by the Civil Aviation Service.

Prohibition of entry to Greece of third-country nationals other than the countries of the European Union and the Schengen Agreement: notam provides for a ban on entry of third-country nationals other than the countries of the European Union and the Schengen Agreement. Citizens of the following 10 countries are excluded from the directive: United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Russian Federation and Israel. In relation to the pre-existing air directive, Rwanda and Singapore return to the list of permitted Third Countries.

Seven (7) days quarantine on all arrivals from abroad: all passengers entering country from any foreign country, including the Member States of the European Union, are subject to mandatory precautionary restrictions at home or at the place of temporary residence stated on the PLF form, for seven (7) days, unless they remain in Greece for a shorter period, in which case the temporary restriction is valid for this period, i.e. until their departure. In addition, foreign passengers will be subject to a sample check upon arrival, based on the procedure provided by the Passenger Locator Form. In case the tests find a positive passenger, the quarantine will be valid for 14 days.

All vaccinated Israeli passengers will enter Greece without quarantine: the aviation directive stipulates that passengers from Israel (permanent residents) are allowed to enter Greece in case of completion of vaccination for coronavirus COVID-19 and presentation of a certificate by them in English, issued by a public authority under the following conditions: a) fourteen (14) days after the completion of their vaccination, b) their negative diagnosis after a laboratory test for coronavirus COVID-19 by the method PCR performed by taking an oral pharyngeal or nasopharyngeal smear within the last seventy-two (72) hours before their arrival in Greece. Residents arriving from Israel who will have a vaccination certificate are exempt from the mandatory 7-day precautionary restriction that applies to all other arrivals from abroad but also to those who have not been vaccinated from Israel.

International arrivals only with a negative test of 72 hours: notam predicts that all passengers of international flights will enter our country only with a negative PCR test Covid-19 which will be performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. We also remind you that the passengers will be tested by sampling upon entering the Greek territory based on the PLF.

Mandatory rapid arrival test for all passengers from the UAE and the United Kingdom: in addition to all other measures, a mandatory rapid arrival test is provided for all passengers from the United Arab Emirates as well as from the United Kingdom.

United Kingdom – 7-day quarantine and new PCR test to lift it: especially for incoming passengers from the UK in order to get out of quarantine they will have to undergo a new PCR test when the 7-day period is completed.

Mandatory completion of Passenger Locator Form: extension is also provided for the flight instruction for PLF, i.e. the mandatory completion of the form at the electronic address https://travel.gov.gr/ by all passengers of international flights to Greece. It is also mandatory to complete the PLF form for passengers of foreign flights who depart from the airports of country.

Maximum 4000 travelers from the Russian Federation: especially for Russia (permanent residents) the following restrictions remain, arrivals only at the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki and Heraklion and a maximum entry limit of 4,000 passengers per week in Greece. From the specific air directive in relation to the pre-existing one, the number of Russian tourists who will be able to enter Greece increases from 500 to 4000 per week.