Greece extends travel lockdown till March 8

Greece’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) extended the travel restrictions for international flight passengers due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the CAA said that the air instructions (NOTAMS) are extended until 06:00 a.m. Monday, March 8, 2021.

The restrictions refer to EU and non-EU passengers and requirements regarding PCR and rapid rests and quarantine and flights suspension between certain countries and Greece.

Prohibition of entry to Greece of third-country nationals other than the European Union and the Schengen Agreement: the notam provides for a ban on entry of third-country nationals other than the countries of the European Union and the Schengen Agreement.

Only citizens from the following 10 countries are excluded from the Aviation Directive:

  • United Kingdom
  • Singapore
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Russian
  • Israe.

Seven (7) days quarantine on all arrivals from abroad: All passengers entering our 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 of time, in which case the temporary restriction is valid for this period of time, ie until their departure. In addition, international passengers will be checked upon arrival upon arrival, based on the procedure provided by the Passenger Locator Form. In case tests find a positive case, the quarantine for the passenger will be valid for 14 days.

United Kingdom 7-day quarantine and new PCR test in order to have it lifted: Especially for incoming passengers from the UK in order to be quarantined they will have to undergo a new PCR test when the 7-day period is completed.

Mandatory completion of Passenger Locator Form: The mandatory completion of the form at the electronic address https://travel.gov.gr/ by all passengers of international flights to Greece is provided. 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 in Greece.

Suspension of flights with Turkey: The suspension of flights between Greece and Turkey is further extended.

Arrivals only at the DA “Eleftherios Venizelos” from Albania / Northern Macedonia: All flights to and from Greece from Albania and Northern Macedonia according to the new extension of notam will be operated only at the DA “Eleftherios Venizelos”.

Maximum traveler 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 for Greece of 500 passengers per week.

International arrivals only with a negative PCR test of 72 hours: the notam provides that all passengers of international flights will enter Greece only with a negative PCR test Covid-19, which will be performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. The CAA also recalls that arriving passengers will be subject to a sample test upon entering the Greek territory based on the PLF.

Exceptions to the travel restrictions of the pre-existing notams apply to all international flight directions.

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