Greece scraps Passenger Locator Forms for travellers from today

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Greece’s Civil Aviation Authority announced that visitors  from abroad will no longer have to submit a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) as of today, Tuesday 15 March.

This Covid 19-related notam facilitates the entry of passengers from abroad if they have a vaccination certificate, it was added.

The news follows the announcement made a week ago from country’s Minister of Tourism, Vassilis Kikilias:

“On a recommendation by the Experts’ Committee of the Ministry of Health, as of March 15 2022 the completion of the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) which was required by all visitors for entrance to Greece is repealed.

“The revocation of the PLF simplifies the entrance procedure for travellers, passing the emphasis on vaccination certificate checks.

“In addition to that, adopting new health protocols for tourism enterprises puts Greece ahead of the competition. As always, we are ready to welcome our visitors safely.”

The announcement comes after an influential Conservative MP revealed the PLF requirement for arrivals into England could be scrapped by Easter.

Speaking at a Business Travel Association (BTA) conference in London on March 3, chair of the Transport Select Committee of MPs Huw Merriman said: “I’m pretty confident we’ll get the Passenger Locator Form [PLF] dropped by Easter.”

The Greek government has also recommended raising the capacity of tourist buses from 85% to 100% starting from tomorrow (Saturday, March 5), but other precautionary measures including the use of face masks will remain in place.

Greece opened its borders to visitors in a “safe and attainable manner” on May 14 last year, but anyone entering the country has been required to complete a PLF before entry.

People visiting Greece before March 14 will still need to complete a PLF until the new rules come into force.

The UK Foreign Office updated its travel advice to say: “If you arrive in Greece before or on March 14 2022, you must complete an online passenger locator form (PLF) before arriving in Greece.

“The form is in English, and is required whichever way you travel to Greece (including by ferry, road, rail or air).

“Failure to do so in advance may result in your carrier not allowing you to travel, a 500 Euro fine on arrival or the Greek authorities not allowing you to enter or re-enter the country.”