Monastiraki in the evening, Athens, Greece

Greece to allow flights from Albania and North Macedonia

The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) updated the measures on domestic and international flights. It is abolishing restrictions on flights from three neighboring countries, Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey.

Starting from Monday, April 5, 2021, flights from the first two countries can reach Greece through any of its airports, and not only from the “Eleftherios Venizelos” Athens International Airport.

Flights from Turkey, which were completely banned, can also land in any of Greece’s airports.

“Airline instructions for the suspension of flights from Turkey and arrivals only at “Eleftherios Venizelos” airport for Albania and Northern Macedonia are not extended,” a CAA press release explains.

The changes also include the increase in the number of permitted passengers from the Russian Federation; from 500 to 4,000 passengers per week.

Restrictions on domestic flights in Greece have been extended until Monday, March 29, 2021, at 6 am. Up until then, only essential travel is allowed. It includes travel for health, business purposes, family reunification and for return of those with permanent residence.

Entry ban on nationals of majority of third countries

Greece also extended the entry ban on travelers from third countries, in a bid to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, in particular of new variants.

As a result, only the residents of the following third-countries can enter Greece, given that they reach the country either from their country of residence or one of the EU or Schengen Area countries:

  • Australia
  • Israel
  • New Zealand
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom

Seven-days quarantine & testing requirements

The Greek authorities have made a seven-days quarantine obligatory for all arrivals, including those from the Member States of the EU.

They are also subject to mandatory completion of the Passenger Locator Form, which can be found at travel.gov.gr.

“International passengers will go under checks upon arrival according to the Passenger Locator Form. In case the tests find a positive passenger, the quarantine will be valid for 14 days,” the authorities note.

At the same time, all passengers of international flights that enter Greece remain obliged to present a COVID-19 test taken within the last 72 hours prior to their arrival.

As per arrivals from the UAE and the UK, they are subject to a mandatory rapid test upon arrival.

For passengers from the UK, they should take a new PCR test on the seventh day of their quarantine, which they can leave only if they result negative.

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