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Greece Extends COVID-19 Restrictions for Another Two Weeks

Unlike the majority of member states in Europe that have completely lifted the measures imposed due to COVID-19, Greece will continue to implement these measures, at least until April 4, authorities revealed.

According to a press release issued by the Hellenic Aviation Authority (CAA), passengers outside of special categories will still be subject to the requirement to submit a PCR test performed 72 hours prior to arrival or an antigen test performed 24 hours prior to departure to enter the Hellenic Republic. All children over the age of five are eligible to apply this procedure, reports.

On the other hand, holders of COVID-19 certificates from member countries, the Schengen area, Australia, the United States and Canada are exempted from the test requirement. In addition, the countries that have contacted the EU DCC portal, which includes the following, have their certificates recognized by the Greek authorities; Accordingly, they are allowed to enter:

Albania Andorra Armenia Benin Cabo Verde El Salvador Faroe Islands Georgia Israel Iceland Jordan Lebanon Liechtenstein Moldova Monaco Montenegro Morocco New Zealand North Macedonia Norway Panama San Marino Serbia Singapore Switzerland Taiwan Thailand Tunisia Togo Turkey Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom Uruguay Vatican City

If travelers show symptoms of COVID-19, they will undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or rapid test after arrival. If the test is positive, the traveler must undergo a five-day quarantine and can end the isolation time once symptoms disappear. These passengers are only required to wear a high-pressure respiratory mask (FFP2 or N95) for at least five additional days from the end of the procedure. In addition, passengers and staff are required to wear a mask throughout the flight.

In line with other member states, Greece previously facilitated its entry rules by abolishing the requirement to submit a Passenger Locator Form (PLF), which was used as a necessary travel document, and travelers could be fined if not provided.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) reminds passengers that as of tomorrow, Tuesday, March 15, 2022, the cancellation of the PLF for international flights passengers will come into effect, according to the already issued COVID-19 certificate. In particular, with the implementation of the Flight Directive, all passengers arriving in our country from any overseas destination do not need to fill out an electronic PLF form before arriving in Greece,” CAA wrote in a press release announcing the change.

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