Australia lifts international travel embargo; travel to Greece allowed


The Australian federal government announced today (27/10)  that it will lift a travel embargo and allow citizens to travel, with Australia's border set to open to skilled workers and international students by year's end.

More than 18 months after Australia closed its international borders, fully vaccinated citizens will no longer have to seek an exemption to leave the country, a joint statement from the health and home affairs ministries said.

Home Affairs minister Karen Andrews said that while Australian citizens were currently being prioritised, more travel restrictions -- including for some non-citizens -- would be eased as vaccination rates increased.

Quarantine arrangements for returning vaccinated residents will depend on where they arrive in Australia.

Rules for Entry to Greece

The Greek authorities have extended the entry ban on non-essential air travel from third countries for another week due to the Coronavirus situation abroad.

The decision has been announced by the Greek Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), according to which the entry ban will remain effective until Friday, October 29, 2021

Exempt from the restrictions remain EU and EEA nationals, their spouses or persons with whom they have entered into a cohabitation agreement, as well as their minor children.

At the same time, third-country residents reaching Greece for essential purposes, as well as the nationals of the following countries, are exempt from the entry ban:

  1. Australia
  2. Albania
  3. Andorra
  4. Armenia
  5. Azerbaijan
  6. Bahrain
  7. Belarus
  8. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  9. Brunei
  10. Canada
  11. China
  12. Chinese Taipei
  13. Israel
  14. Japan
  15. Jordan
  16. Kosovo
  17. Kuwait
  18. Lebanon
  19. Moldova
  20. Monaco
  21. Montenegro
  22. New Zealand
  23. North Macedonia
  24. Qatar
  25. Russia
  26. San Marino
  27. Saudi Arabia
  28. Serbia
  29. Singapore
  30. South Korea
  31. Turkey
  32. Ukraine
  33. The United Arab Emirates
  34. The United Kingdom
  35. The United States of America
  36. Vatican

Greece Entry Requirements for Travellers Exempt From the Entry Ban

In spite of being exempt from the entry ban, the majority of travellers to Greece will need to comply with some requirements, including completing the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) electronically. Travellers should then carry with them the PLF confirmation they receive in their email and show it to the border police upon arrival in Greece.

Travellers should also be able to present one of the following to the border police:

  • EU Digital COVID-19 certificate
  • Proof of vaccination, with the last dose having been administered at least 14 days before. The certificate should be issued by a public authority and is accepted in any of the following languages: Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian.
  • Negative COVID-19 test results of a PCR test (performed within the last 72 hours) or a rapid test (performed within the last 48 hours)
  • Certificate of recovery from COVID-19, within the last 180 days, but no later than 30 days before they arrive in Greece

These requirements apply to travellers aged 12 and older.

All travellers will have to undergo rapid COVID-19 testing as soon as they arrive in Greece. In cases when the result is positive, travellers will have to undergo a PCR test as well.

Visitors who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 upon arrival can isolate at their booked hotel, only in the case the hotel is a 4* and 5* and provides the service of quarantine rooms as informed to the Civil Protection authorities. According to legislation, the visitor upon arrival can request from the Civil Protection authorities to contact her/his booked hotel regarding the availability of the service.