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Greece bolsters and extends coronavirus flight restrictions

Existing regulations will be in effect until 30 November while new ones are also being introduced

  • November 12, 2020 19:30
  • Author Anton Stoyanov
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Authorities in Greece have decided to extend a number of measures on air travel in the country in order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 until 30 November. Officials have also issued a series of new instructions for passenger flights that will also be in effect until the end of the month.

Rules for international travel

As announced by the Greek Civil Aviation Authority, the following measures will be in place for international flights until 30 November:

  • Flights between Greece and Turkey and Greece and Catalonia in Spain will continue to be suspended
  • All flights to and from Albania and North Macedonia will only be operated at “Eleftherios Venizelos” Athens international airport
  • Travellers hailing from 11 select countries (Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania and Northern Macedonia) will have to present a negative PCR test upon arrival
  • The entry of non-EU citizens will continue to be banned

Rules for domestic travel

For those wishing to travel domestically, authorities have also prepared new instructions meant to protect their health and to stop the spread of COVID-19. The main point of the new rules is that until 30 November, all airports in the country will only be allowed to operate for essential travel, including business and entrepreneurial activities, family and health reasons or a return to a permanent place of residence.

The introduction of these new rules comes as COVID-19 cases in Greece continue to rise rapidly and as the government tries to get the situation back under control. During the 1st wave of the pandemic Greece stood out as a country that managed to quickly contain the disease but this time, the situation is looking markedly different. 

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