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Germany and Greece apply stricter travel rules for Albania

The new rules include work visas suspension from Germany for nationals of Albania and also affect the seasonal workers who are currently in Greece.

Greece reviews anti-COVID-19 measures, including those related to the two border crossing points with Albania: Kakavija and Kapshtica.

The government spokesperson Stelios Petsas says that starting from July 23, all Greek citizens and people with a homogeneous permit must also complete the relevant entry forms. It is called the Passenger Locator Form.

Greece also urges its citizens to avoid visiting the countries with a high number of COVID-19 infected nationals.

The spokesperson also spoke regarding the Albanian seasonal workers. Those who are currently in Greece and leave for Albania before August 4, will no longer have the right to reenter Greece until further notice, he says.

Earlier, Greece updated the air travel rules for several countries. A new directive 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). From and to Turkey flight suspension is valid until Friday, July 31 at midnight.

Germany suspends work visas

As of Monday, the Visa and Passport Office of the German Embassy in Tirana shut its door.

Persons affected by the closure of the office will receive at the earliest possible moment a new application date.

“We will inform you through our website or Facebook as soon as the office resumes its activity. We ask for your understanding. In urgent consular cases you can contact us,” the Embassy of Germany in Tirana says.

Earlier, Germany extended a travel warning for nationals traveling to third-countries, until August 31.

It asserts that there are risks of a COVID-19 infections coming from these countries, due to the current situation outside the EU.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry of Germany says that this move is due to fears of a second wave of infections. Sometimes, many countries take prompt restrictions, without prior notice and with immediate effect. As a result, German nationals will be stuck abroad.

Germany makes it clear it has not extended the EU-wide entry ban until August 31, as several media outlets are reporting. But instead, it extends a warning for Germans wishing to travel abroad.

A German national visiting third-countries will be subject to a 14-day quarantine on return.

Exempt are only the countries of the EU, the Schengen-associated countries (Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland) and the UK.

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