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Update on Travel to Greece - July 2020

The restart of Greek tourism has begun; our country is already receiving visitors with yachting remaining one of their safest and most luxurious options. Still, the situation we face on an international level is uncharted, both in yachting and the wider travel industry.

As the world has not yet returned to normal, and with new information surfacing all the time, specific guidelines are in place regarding flights to Greece. These are re-assessed regularly by government authorities and further instructions will be issued as necessary.

The list of countries whose citizens are allowed entry into Greece will be updated every two weeks depending on the epidemiological statistics of each country and their means of handling the pandemic. This may be more frequent if the need arises.

Inbound to Greece

  • International flights have been reinstated and all international airports of Greece are now receiving guests from various countries.Entry to Greece is allowed for Greek citizens, regardless of their country of origin, on the condition that they have a Greek passport or a special identity card for expatriates

  • Citizens and residents of the European Union (EU)

  • Citizens and residents of the EU+. This includes Schengen countries that are not in the EU (Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Lichtenstein)

  • Citizens and residents of the following non-EU countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.

Travellers from the United Kingdom

  • Additional notes regarding inbound flights.

  • Flights from Sweden are suspended until 19 July.

  • Flights from Turkey are suspended until 31 July.

  • Permanent residents of China will be permitted within the EU if reciprocity is received.

  • Further announcements are expected regarding permanent residents of: the USA, Brazil, Russia, Qatar.

  • Prior to booking flights, we would suggest that visitors search real-time information on the Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos and International Air Transport Association (IATA) websites. 

Upon landing at a Greek airport 

All visitors entering Greece are requested to complete a mandatory Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours prior to their arrival. Upon arrival, guests are requested to display the QR code of their form. Passengers failing to complete and submit the PLF on time in order to produce a valid QR code upon arrival will be subject to a fine.

After displaying their QR code, passengers will either be directed to a screening area where they will be tested for COVID-19 by trained medical personnel, or continue to the exit (baggage claim or passport control). Visitors who have been tested are urged to enforce self-distancing for 24 hours. Guests who have tested positive will be informed by the authorities within 24 hours, whereas all other guests may cease their self-distancing practice.

Inspections are meticulous and are performed without exception.

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