Restrictions on domestic and international flights extended

Restrictions on domestic and international flights extended

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

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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.

The air directive is extended until Monday 15 February 2021.

International flights

The following is valid until Monday, February 22, 2021.

  • Prohibition of entry to Greece 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, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Russian Federation and Israel.
  • Seven (7) days quarantine on all arrivals from abroad. 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 apply for 14 days.
  • United Kingdom: 7-day quarantine for incoming passengers and they will have to undergo a new PCR test when the 7-day period is completed.
  • Flights between Greece and Turkey remain suspended.
  • The NOTAM concerning passengers from Russia has been extended. Only 500 passengers per week are allowed to enter Greece. Flights will only land at the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki and Heraklion (Crete).

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.

It is also mandatory to complete the PLF form for passengers of foreign flights who are permanent residents of Greece and depart from the airports of the country.

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.

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