HCAA, the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority, has extended rules and restrictions for all international flights to Greece.
These limitations are part of the Greek government’s efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Covid-19, in the country.
Thus, the 7-day quarantine measure is maintained for all arrivals from abroad, as well as special restrictions for flights to Greece from the UK, Albania, North Macedonia and Russia.
The following travel restrictions will remain in force until midnight on Monday, 8 March:
The PLF remains mandatory
The submission of the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) by all passengers on international flights to Greece remains mandatory.
The rule also applies to Greek citizens and permanent residents of Greece travelling abroad on one-way flights. They must complete the PLF form before their departure from Greece and present it at border control points.
Mandatory negative Covid-19 test result
All travellers from abroad must present a negative Covid-19 (PCR) test result performed up to 72 hours prior to arrival in Greece Airports and may also be required to undergo a Covid-19 rapid test upon entry (based on the details provided on the PLF forms).
If a passenger is selected for a rapid test and is positive for coronavirus, then he/she must be quarantined for a total of 14 days.
7-day quarantine for all arrivals
All passengers entering Greece from any foreign country, including EU member states, must be isolated at home (for permanent residents) or at the place of temporary residence declared in the PLF, for 7 days.
If they are staying in Greece for a shorter period, the quarantine restriction is valid for that period of time, i.e. until their departure.
Non-EU citizens are allowed to enter Greece.
The temporary ban on entry to Greece from outside the European Union has also been updated. Only citizens of the following 10 countries are excluded from the ban: United Kingdom, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Russian Federation and Israel.
Flights from Turkey remain banned
The HCAA has extended the travel ban for flights from Turkey to Greece. Flights between Greece and Turkey remain suspended.
Special restrictions for arrivals from UK, Albania, North Macedonia, Russia
All arrivals from the UK must undergo a PCR test after the seventh day of quarantine in Greece. If the test is positive, the quarantine will be in force for 14 days. If the test is negative, the quarantine ends.
Flights from Albania and North Macedonia can only land in Athens.
All flights to and from Greece from Albania and North Macedonia will continue to operate only through Athens International Airport (AIA). Until the restriction is lifted, there will be no routes from these countries to any other Greek airport.
Arrivals from Russia
Only 500 permanent residents from Russia per week are allowed to enter Greece on flights landing only at Athens, Thessaloniki and Heraklion airports.
Domestic travel: only essential travel is allowed
It should be noted that the non-essential travel restriction for domestic flights, inter-prefectural travel, in Greece has been extended until 6am on Monday, 1 March.