Quarantines have been reimposed on travelers coming into Greece after a short break over the holidays, according to a joint ministerial decision issued on Friday.
The tightened restrictions will last at least through January 21 after a respite for people who had entered Greece during Christmas and New Year.
Now again, all those entering Greece from foreign countries— including those of the EU — must self-isolate where they are first planning to stay as listed on their Passenger Locator Form (PLF). This will be for a duration of seven days — or for the entire duration of their visit if their stay there is expected to be less than one week.
All travelers entering the country will also have to submit to a rapid coronavirus test as soon as they arrive at the airport if they are chosen at random to do so. If their test shows positive, the traveler must stay in quarantine in the location given on their PLF (available at the website travel.gov.gr) for two weeks.
UK travelers must be tested at the end of seven-day quarantine
In addition, because of the mutated strain of the virus that first showed in the United Kingdom, passengers from there will have to submit to a second test before they are allowed out of their seven-day self-quarantine.
If at that time a positive result is found, they will have to stay another seven days in that same location.
The decision also stipulated that all travelers will still have to show that they received a negative coronavirus test up to 72 hours before their arrival and a completely filled out PLF.
In addition, as of Friday, flights to and from the nation of Turkey are still banned for the present time. Flights to and from Albania and North Macedonia may only be operated through Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport in Athens.
There are also caps on the numbers of travelers from any one country who are allowed into Greece at the present time. These include the nation of Israel, which is capped at 10,000; and Russia, which has a capo just 500 people who may enter Greece through the airports in Athens, Thessaloniki and Heraklion, Crete.
In addition, continuing the strict travel caveats for these countries, residents of non _EU nations may not fly directly into Greece at all unless they are from the UK, the United Arab Emirates, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, or Thailand.
All of the newly-reinforced restrictions will be reviewed once again on January 21, 2021.
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