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Greece Extends Entry Restrictions, Only Travellers From 36 Third-Countries Remain Eligible to Enter for Non-Essential Purposes

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

The decision was announced by the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), according to which the entry ban will remain in effect until Friday, October 29, 2021, at 06:00 am, and is extendable.

Citizens of the European Union and the European Economic Area, their spouses or persons with whom they have entered into a cohabitation agreement, as well as their minor children, are excluded from the restrictions.

At the same time, residents of third countries arriving in Greece for essential purposes, as well as citizens of the following countries, are exempted from the entry ban:

Australia Albania Andorra Armenia Azerbaijan Bahrain Belarus Bosnia and Herzegovina Brunei Canada China China Taipei Israel Japan Jordan Kosovo Kuwait Lebanon Moldova Monaco Montenegro New Zealand North Macedonia Qatar Russia San Marino Saudi Arabia Serbia Singapore South Korea Turkey Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Vatican America

Although exempt from the entry ban, the majority of travelers to Greece will need to comply with some requirements, including electronically completing a Passenger Locator Form (PLF). Travelers must then carry the PLF Confirmation they receive in their email and show it to the Border Police upon arrival in Greece.

Travelers must 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 given at least 14 days prior. The certificate must be issued by a public body and accepted in any of the following languages: Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian. Negative COVID-19 test results PCR test (taken in the past 72 hours) or rapid test (taken in the past 48 hours) COVID-19 recovery certificate, within the past 180 days, but no later than 30 days before Arrival in Greece

These requirements apply to travelers 12 years of age and older.

All travelers will have to get tested quickly for COVID-19 once they arrive in Greece. In cases where the result is positive, travelers will have to undergo a PCR test as well.

“In the event that tests show that a passenger has the disease, the quarantine is valid for ten days, but if the foreign passenger is vaccinated and the express examination on arrival shows that he is positive for the disease, he will remain in isolation for seven days,” notes the CAA.

Either way, travelers will have to get tested for COVID-19 on the last day of the quarantine.

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