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Greece Extends Restrictions on Flights for Two More Weeks   

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Passengers arrive at Chios airport in Greece, file photo. Credit: Greek Reporter

Greece extended restrictions on both domestic and international flights on Sunday for at least two more weeks.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority the air directives (COVID-19 NOTAMs) will last until February 15 for the domestic routes and for until February 22 for the international ones.

In particular, the air directive concerning domestic flights is extended until Monday February 15, 2021 at 06:00 in the morning local time.

Only essential domestic travel is allowed at the airports in the country. It includes travel for health issues and business purposes. Travel for objective family reasons (such as family reunification) and for return to permanent residence is also allowed.

Regarding the international flight routes, the new restrictions will last at least until Monday, February 22, 2021 at 06:00 in the morning, local time.

Nationalities allowed into Greece

More specifically, the measures include the prohibition of entry to Greece of nationals other than from the member-states of the European Union and the Schengen Area.

The Greek NOTAM excludes citizens of the United Kingdom, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, the Russian Federation and Israel. The nationals of the above countries will be able to visit Greece.

Japan has been removed from this list of exemptions from authorized third countries in relation to the pre-existing air directive.

PLF form required

Additionally, all passengers entering Greece from any country are subject to mandatory precautionary restrictions at home or at the place of temporary residence stated on the PLF form.

This has to last for seven days, unless they remain in Greece for a shorter period. In which case the temporary restriction is valid for this period, i.e. until their departure.

People who travel from the UK to Greece, in particular, will have to undergo a new PCR test when the 7-day quarantine is completed.

The Greek Civil Aviation Authority also announced that the complete suspension of flights between Greece and Turkey is also extended. No passenger flights between Greek and Turkish airports will take place for at least until February 22.

Another measure that has been extended is the requirement of PCR test for all passengers of international flights wishing to enter the country.

Travelers will be admitted only with a negative PCR test for Covid-19 performed up to 72 hours before their arrival.