Greece extends flight restrictions

Greece extends flight restrictions
Greece extends flight restrictions
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The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority has extended a series of travel restrictions for both domestic and international flights.

The extension aims to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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It is highlighted that travel is not banned, however restrictions apply.

Updated travel restrictions:

Domestic flights

Domestic flights and commercial and general/business aviation to all airports in the country will be permitted only for essential travel, including for reasons of health, professional/business trips, family reasons (reunification of families) and a return to the permanent place of residence.

There are exceptions including: Hellenic national healthcare system flights, state flights, sanitary flights, humanitarian flights, emergency flights, military flights, fire-fighting flights, Frontex flights, technical landings where passengers do not disembark, ferry flights and cargo flights.

International flights
  • Flights between Greece and Catalonia in Spain remain suspended until December 14.
  • Flights between Greece and Turkey remain suspended until December 14.
  • Flights between Greece and Albania and North Macedonia will continue to operate through the Athens International Airport ‘Eleftherios Venizelos’ only, until December 14.
  • The NOTAM concerning passengers from Israel has been extended until December 14. Only 10,000 passengers from Israel per week are allowed to enter Greece.
  • 500 permanent residents of Russia are allowed to enter Greece per week. Flights will only land at the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki and Heraklion (Crete).

In addition, the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority has extended the ban on entry of non-EU citizens until December 14, except for the following countries’ passengers, who will be able to travel to Greece: Singapore, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay and the United Arab Emirates. Proof of residency will be required.

All passengers of international flights departing from Greek airports must fill in a Passenger Locator Form.

Travellers entering Greece must also present a negative COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours, upon arrival. At the same time, passengers also need to 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 Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority stressed that before accepting passengers for boarding, airlines must check:

  • the PLF submission confirmation at least the day before the flight, which is a mandatory travel document
  • the correspondence with the QR code and the PLF

Airlines that do not comply with this control obligation will be responsible for the repatriation of passengers at the expense of the company.