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Greece Prolongs the Existing Travel Restrictions for Another Two Weeks

Greece’s Civil Aviation Authority has extended existing restrictions on travel to Greece from countries outside the European Union and the European Economic Area for an additional two weeks, until November 26.

The decision means that eligible for entry will remain only for travelers from the following 41 countries, for which the Greek authorities have lifted the entry ban: Australia, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Argentina, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China, Chile, Chinese Taipei , Israel, India, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Oman, Qatar, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay and the Vatican.

Eligible to enter Greece from third countries not listed above remain citizens of the European Union and the Schengen area, as well as their spouses or persons with whom they have entered into a cohabitation agreement, and their minor children.

Passengers arriving in the country for essential reasons are also allowed entry. However, all travelers are subject to several entry requirements.

“All travelers to Greece, regardless of nationality, fill out the electronic form PLF (Traveler Locator Form), at the electronic address at any time before the flight departs to Greece,” notes the CAA.

It also states that proof of completion of the electronic form PLF, which is automatically sent to the traveler’s email by the system, must be carried by the traveler and presented upon arrival.

One of the following is also mandatory for travelers allowed to enter Greece amid COVID-19:

Proof of vaccination. The final dose must have occurred at least 14 days before the trip to Greece. The certificate must have been awarded by a public authority in the Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian languages. Evidence of recovery from COVID-19. The document must be issued 30 days after the first positive test, and it is valid until 180 days after it. Negative COVID-19 test results. The test must be done within the last 72 hours if it is a PCR test. If it is a rapid test, it must have been taken within the last 48 hours before arriving in Greece.

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Passengers holding an EU COVID-19 digital certificate can enter Greece without restrictions.

Last week, reported that children aged 11-17 traveling to Greece will also be allowed to submit a self-test as proof that they do not have COVID-19. Previously, only children from 4 to 11 years old were allowed to enter through self-examinations. Children older than this are subject to the same restrictions as adults.

Upon arrival in Greece, all travelers are required to take a quick test. Those who have contracted the COVID-19 virus should get a PCR test. If the latter also turns out to be positive, a ten-day quarantine period is mandatory for those who are not vaccinated, while those who have been vaccinated must be isolated for seven days.

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