Zakynthos beach in Greece

Coronavirus: Greece imposes new travel restrictions

Canceling the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) and intensifying border controls in Greece due to coronavirus. At the same time, entertainment venues at popular islands to close overnight.

The government spokeswoman Aristotelia Peloni says these are part of new measures to stem a new wave of rising coronavirus incidence in Greece.

TIF, the country’s largest international expo, won’t happen from September 5 to 13 in Thessaloniki. Restrictions include the following:

Travelers to Greece coming from Belgium, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden must present a negative coronavirus (PCR) test up to 72 hours prior to traveling. This will be mandatory as of August 17.

The same applies to all those entering Greece overland. Therefore, this includes Greek citizens and those with Greek residence permits. In addition, the coronavirus test should’t be made in Greece, but in the country of origin.

As of August 16, a maximum of 750 people can enter Greece per day through the Kakavija border with Albania.

Any event in Greece requiring audience to stand, including concerts and performances, won’t go on throughout Greece.

All stores that are of health interest to authorities will shut down from 12:00 midnight to 07:00 am. The following areas are part of the ban: The Regions of Crete, East Macedonia, and Thrace; the Regions of Thessaloniki, Chalkidiki peninsula, Larissa and Corfu (including Paxi islands); the islands of Antiparos, Kos, Mykonos, Paros, Rhodes, Santorini, and Zakynthos; and the cities of Katerini and Volos.

Necessary measures

On Sunday Greece reported its highest daily tally of coronavirus infections, 203 cases, since the start of the outbreak.

The brought the total number of infections in the country to 5,623 since its first infection surfaced in late February.

The government said the same requirement will apply to all visitors entering Greece via its land borders, including Greek citizens returning home.

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