Passengers who are flying to Greece from 13 specific countries — regardless of their own nationality — will be required to submit to a coronavirus test upon arrival in the country, the Civil Aviation Service (CAS) said in a on Thursday.
The countries it listed are as follows: Albania, Argentina, Brazil, China, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Morocco, Russia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
The CAS also extended the current notam requirements for arrivals to Greece by air to 06:00 on August 27.
Under the extended notam, entrance to Greece by air is denied to all third-country nationals (i.e. non-EU, non-Schengen countries). Exception is made for those travelling for essential reasons.
Also exempted from the entry ban are permanent residents of the following non-EU countries:
Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brunei, Belarus, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, and the Vatican.
PLF form needed to travel to Greece
In addition, all passengers, regardless of nationality, are required to have filled out the passenger locator form (PLF) before flying to Greece, and to be able to show documentation for one of the following three options:
a) Have completed vaccination at least 14 days before traveling
b) Have a negative Covid-19 test (PCR within last 72 hours before arrival in Greece, or rapid test within last 48 hours before arrival )
c) Certificate of having contracted Covid-19, issued 30 days after the first positive diagnosis; this is valid up to 180 days after the first positive test)
Passengers may also provide a European digital certificate for any of the above.
All of the above requirements are valid for everyone over 12 years old.
Greece turns red on coronavirus map
The whole country is now colored in red, meaning that the 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case notification rate ranges from 75 to 200 and the test positivity rate of tests for COVID-19 infection is four percent.
The news is more disheartening for the regions of Crete, the Ionian islands, the Cyclades and the Dodecanese which are marked in deep red, meaning that the 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case notification rate is 500 or more. This suggests that all but essential travel to and from these regions is discouraged.
Cyprus is also colored in deep red.
The ECDC, the European Centers for Disease Control, updates the Covid-19 status of each country weekly.
Also on Thursday, Greece confirmed 3,273 new Covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours, with 12 of these identified at entry points to the country.