Greece closes borders to all non-EU citizens

athens airport, coronavirus

athens airport, coronavirus

From 6am on Wednesday, March 18, Greece will close its borders to non-EU nationals, GTP Headlines reported.

The decision was announced by Greek Deputy Minister of Civil Protection and Crisis Management, Nikos Chardalias in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

“Citizens of countries from outside the European Union can come to Greece only for an absolutely necessary condition that relates exclusively to an emergency or family matter,” Chardalias said.

The Deputy Minister underlined that foreigners that are already in Greece for holiday are advised to limit their excursions.

Moreover, Chardalias said that Greeks and EU nationals can enter the country, but are strongly advised to remain in voluntary quarantine for 14 days.

“Τhis recommendation is even stronger for those who have come from the United Kingdom,” he added, stressing that the self-isolation of travelers from the UK is of utmost importance and Greek authorities will make sure of its implementation.

Chardalias also added that private pleasure boats from abroad are banned from entering Greece.

Following Greece’s announcement on the closure of its borders, leaders in the EU agreed to close the bloc’s borders for 30 days to non-essential travel.

The EU will also coordinate the return of EU citizens that are trapped abroad due to the coronavirus-related travel restrictions.

*Source: GTP Headlines


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