Greece and Cyprus on Israel’s list of "green" countries

Greece and Cyprus are included on Israel’s “green” list of countries from which Israelis and foreign residents are allowed to arrive without having to isolate for 14 days.

The list which was approved by Health Ministry Director-General Chezy Levy includes the following countries: Canada, Austria, Estonia, Italy, Bulgaria, United Kingdom, Georgia, Germany, Denmark, Hong Kong, Hungary, Jordan, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Slovenia, Finland, Cyprus and Croatia.

The countries were determined in accordance with the rate of infection with Covid-19 prevailing in them. The list of “green” countries will be revised once every two weeks.

It is recalled the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority issued a new aviation directive (NOTAM) on Friday concerning passengers from Israel effective from yesterday (Monday) until Monday 31 August.

All passengers travelling to Greece from Israel will be obliged to provide a negative Covid-19 test result on arrival to Greece; the test cannot be older than 72 hours prior to their arrival and should be issued from a certified medical centre in English.

The permanent residents of Israel will undergo a PCR test upon their arrival to Greece and will be put in isolation until the test result is ready.

The total number of passengers from Israel will also not exceed 600 every week. Flights are only allowed to land at the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki, Corfu and Heraklio.

In case of violation of the controlled entrance of permanent Israeli citizens a 5,000-euro penalty will be imposed.

It is reminded that all passengers arriving in Greece must fill in a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least a day before arrival, providing information that will include their departure airport, the address where they will be staying and the expected duration of their stay in Greece, among others. The information on the form is a key element of the country’s planning for protection against the pandemic and preventing the spread of the virus.

For Cyprus, Israel is currently classified as a Group C country which means that tourism arrivals are prohibited. Only Cypriots and legal residents, as well as those who obtain a special permit can enter Cyprus from Israel. They must undergo a coronavirus test and quarantine for 14 days.