Greece says flights from Albania and North Macedonia are only allowed to land at Athens International Airport, Eleftherios Venizelos. However, nationals of these countries cannot travel, as the Schengen border remains shut. EU nationals, Greek or EU residence permit holders are allowed.
The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority is also extending the temporary suspension of flights to and from Turkey until August 15.
Passengers of flights from Bulgaria and Romania need to present a negative PCR test for COVID-19; 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This does not apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travelers for essential professional reasons.
The EU has also updated its coronavirus ‘safe travel list’. Nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay can enter.
All passengers arriving in Greece must fill in a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least a day before arrival. They need to provide information including their departure airport, the address where they will be staying and for how long they will stay in Greece, among others. The information on the form is a key element of the country’s planning for protection against the pandemic and preventing the spread of the virus.
Imported COVID-19 cases from the Balkans
Deputy Minister of Civil Protection of Greece, Nikos Hardalias provided on July 22 the figures for the coronavirus testings. The data includes the first 19 days since Greece borders are open to tourists.
He notes that 78% of the imported cases come from the other Balkan countries. In particular, most imported cases are from Serbia (78), Bulgaria (63), Romania (61), Albania (23) and the USA (6).
The number of testes undertaken during this time period amounted to 127,900. Specifically: 98,284 tests at airports, 6,119 test at ports and 23,497 tests at land borders.
The number of confirmed cases among those entering the country was 295 from 1 to 19 July, of which 53 are still active, 35 are not active and the rest have returned.
Hardalias clarifies once again that the primary concern is public health and for this reason the state is monitoring developments on a daily basis.