Monastiraki in the evening, Athens, Greece

Greece updates air travel rules for several countries

A new directive from Greece updates the information on passenger flights from Albania, North Macedonia, Sweden, and Turkey. This comes as part of the measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

Due to the current situation of Covid-19 in Albania and North Macedonia, Greece allows all flights from the two countries to land only at Athens International Airport (AIA). As a result, flights cannot land in all other airports in Greece until July 31 (23:59).

The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) flight suspension includes destinations in Turkey and Sweden.

The temporary suspension of flights from and to Sweden is in place until Sunday, July 19 (23:59pm). From and to Turkey flights suspension is extended until Friday, July 31 at midnight.

The aviation directive extends the ban of entry to Greece by non-EU nationals until July 31.

Albanian and Macedonian nationals cannot travel to Greece

The ban does not apply to: Greek citizens, persons holding a residence permit and persons living in Greece, transport of goods, entry of persons for necessary professional reasons. Transit of ambulances that enter Greece from Kosovo via North Macedonia can pass. Members of the diplomatic, military or administrative staff of EU and EULEX member states in Kosovo also can cross the Greek border.

However, 12 countries, which are on the EU’s “safe” list to enter Europe, are excluded. They are: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. Montenegro and Serbia aren’t in the EU’s “safe” list anymore due to the spike in Covid-19 cases in both countries.

All travelers to Greece can fill out the mandatory Passenger Locator Form (PLF) one day before arrival as of July 16 and through to August 31. The directive notes that before accepting passengers for boarding, all airlines must check several procedures.

Airlines that do not comply with these mandatory checks are responsible for the repatriation of passengers at the company’s expense.

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