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Protocol for arrivals in Greece in 2020: information for tourists entering Greece

2020-07-01
 
Beginning July 1, 2020, the Greek government has determined how the country will welcome travelers, carry out the necessary diagnostic screening and keep  everyone safe throughout the season.
 
The Passenger Locator Form (PLF) The Passenger Locator Form (PLF) is a key element in the planning. All travelers must complete their PLF until the day before entering the country, providing detailed information on their point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries, and the address of their stay while in Greece. In case of multiple stays, they are required to provide the address for the first 24 hours at least.
 
One PLF should be submitted per family.
 
Travelers will receive a confirmation email upon submission of the PLF.
 
Travelers will receive the PLF with their unique Quick Response (QR) code on the day of their scheduled arrival in Greece (at midnight) and will be notified via email (the QR code will be provided in a link in the confirmation email).
 
Travelers boarding or embarking on the previous day of the arrival will be allowed to do so upon showing the confirmation email, since they will receive their QR code during their flight or voyage.
 
It is strongly recommended that all visitors download the Visit Greece app (GDPR compliant) for free, prior their arrival in Greece. 
 
 
 Source of the information https://travel.gov.gr/#/ - we strongly advise you to visit this website before you travel to review the latest changes in the rules for entering Greece.
  
Urgent Notice
 
Announcement regarding flights from Sweden, Belgium, Spain, Netherlands, Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia to Greece.
Passengers of flights from Bulgaria, Romania, U.A.E. and Malta (as of August 11, 2020 until 31 August 2020) and passengers of flights from Sweden, Belgium, Spain, Netherlands, Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia (as of August 17, 2020 until 31 August 2020) to Greece will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.
 
This does also apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travelers for essential professional reasons. Travelers should be laboratory tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab.
 
Only travelers who carry a certificate of a negative RT-PCR test result will be allowed by the border authorities to enter the country. The certificates should be written in English and bear the name and passport/national ID number of the traveler.
 
The Laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing should be:
- National Reference laboratories
- National Public Health Laboratories or
- Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).
 
Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Certificate forgery is punished by Greek Law.
 
Children under 10 years old are not subject to the obligation to a PCR test.
 
Travelers will still have to complete and submit their PLF form and may be subject to random testing upon arrival to the Greek border.
 
Protocol for air arrivals
 
Arrival at the entry gate.
 
Transfer to the area where the screening personnel are located. Travelers are requested to show their QR code either on their mobile phone screen or in print. If travel departure begins prior to the day of arrival, travelers are allowed to board after showing the confirmation email (and not necessarily the QR code which is scheduled to arrive during their trip.)
 
Depending on their QR code/confirmation, travelers are directed either to the screening area where they will be tested for the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 by a trained health team or to the exit (to baggage claim area or passport control).
 
Upon completion of the test, travelers are directed towards the exit (to baggage claim area or passport control).
 
The test results are expected to become available within 24 hours. During that time, passengers who are tested are advised to practise social distancing according to local guidelines and self monitoring for symptoms that could indicate COVID-19. In case of such symptoms, medical advice and/or contact with the National Public Health Organization (EODY) Operations Centre should be immediately sought. Only in case they test positive, the authorities will contact them and proceed with the health protocol in place. Otherwise, they may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines.
 
If travelers plan to have multiple stop-overs in Greece, they must declare this and report their initial destination and their travel itinerary for the next 7 days.
 
All travelers must comply with all of the necessary preventive hygiene measures (use of masks and physical distancing) according to local guidance.
 
Protocol for sea arrivals
 
Arrival of incoming travelers on foot at the main entry gate.
 
Incoming travelers arriving in vehicles are directed to the special entry gate.
 
Transfer to the area where the screening personnel are located. Travelers are requested to show their QR code either on their mobile phone screen or in print. If travel departure begins prior to the day of arrival, travelers are allowed to board after showing the confirmation email (and not necessarily the QR code which is scheduled to arrive during their trip.)
 
Depending on their QR code/confirmation, travelers are directed either to the screening area where they will be tested for the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 by a trained health team or to the exit (to baggage claim area or passport control).
 
Upon completion of the test, travelers are directed towards the exit (to baggage claim area or passport control).
 
The test results are expected to become available within 24 hours. During that time, passengers who are tested are advised to practise social distancing according to local guidelines and self monitoring for symptoms that could indicate COVID-19. In case of such symptoms, medical advice and/or contact with the National Public Health Organization (EODY) Operations Centre should be immediately sought. Only in case they test positive, the authorities will contact them and proceed with the health protocol in place. Otherwise, they may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines.
 
If travelers plan to have multiple stop-overs in Greece, they must declare this and report their initial destination and their travel itinerary for the next 7 days.
 
All travelers must comply with all of the necessary preventive hygiene measures (use of masks and physical distancing) according to local guidance.
 
Protocol for arrivals at land borders
 
Arrival of persons at the checkpoint.
Passport and customs control are carried out.
 
Transfer to the area where screening personnel is located. Travelers are requested to show their QR code either on their mobile phone screen or in print.
 
Screening personnel direct travelers, depending on their QR code, either to the screening area where they will be tested for the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 by a trained health team or to the exit. Upon completion of the screening, tested travelers are also directed towards the exit.
 
The screening results are expected to become available within 24 hours. During that time, passengers who are tested are advised to practise social distancing according to local guidelines and self monitoring for symptoms that could indicate COVID-19. In case of such symptoms, medical advice and/or contact with the National Public Health Organization (EODY) Operations Centre should be immediately sought. Only in case they test positive, the authorities will contact them and proceed with the health protocol in place. Otherwise, they may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines.
If travelers plan to have multiple stop-overs in Greece, they must declare this and report their initial destination and their travel itinerary for the next 7 days.
 
As of Wednesday July 15th, 2020 at 00:01 (GMT+3), all travelers entering Greece for non-essential reasons through Promachonas border station, are obliged to present upon arrival a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.
 
Travelers should be laboratory tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab.
 
Only travelers who carry a certificate of a negative RT-PCR test result will be allowed by the border authorities to enter the country. The certificates should be written in English and bear the name and passport/national ID number of the traveler.
 
The Laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing should be:
- National Reference laboratories
- National Public Health Laboratories or
- Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).
 
Certificates that do not fulfill the above criteria will not be accepted. Certificate forgery is punished by Greek Law.
 
Travelers will still have to complete and submit their PLF form and may be subject to random testing upon arrival to the Greek border.
 
All travelers must comply with all of the necessary preventive hygiene measures (use of masks and physical/social distancing) according to local guidance.
 
Frequently Asked Questions - Travel Q&A
 
Greece is ready once again to welcome the world. Here is how:
 
Residents form EU+ countries are allowed to travel to Greece. EU+ consists of the European Union, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, Lichtenstein and Iceland.
Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China*, UAE**.
*subject to confirmation of reciprocity.
** Permanent residents of the UAE may arrive only by direct flights in Greece from 1.8.2020 until the 31.8.2020. In order to enter the territory of Greece, permanent residents of UAE is necessary to present to the air border control authorities:
Proof of permanent residence in the UAE
Return tickets and hotel reservations.
Health Checks (PCR COVID-19 test 72h before departure)
Passenger Locator Form (PLF)
Travel insurance
Permanent residents of other countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential travel.
 
Air borders
 
Temporary restriction of flight connections with Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania have been extended until 31.8.2020 (23.59pm). The flights from Albania and North Macedonia can only be landed in Athens’ Airport until 31.8.2020 (23.59pm).
 
Negative COVID -19 PCR test at least 72 hours prior to the travel is necessary for those passengers arriving by air from Sweden, Belgium Spain, Netherlands, Albania, North Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Malta and U.A.E. Greek citizens and holders of permanent residence in Greece and other essential travelers are not exempted from this obligation.
 
Sea Borders
Arrivals by sea by ferry ships are allowed only in Patras, Corfu and Igoumenitsa ports.
Cruise ships are allowed to visit 6 ports when entering Greece from 01.08.2020. Specifically, these are the ports of Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first mooring, cruise ships will be able to approach any other Greek port included in their itinerary.
Until 31.8.2020 there is no sea from/to connection with Turkey, Albania (with exemption of cargo ships).
 
Land Borders
Due to the epidemiological situation in the Balkans and Turkey all the external land Greek borders are open only to “essential travellers” until 31.8.2020 apart from Promachonas BCP in Bulgaria. Those entering from Promachonas BCP should have the PLF and QR code and additionally hold a negative COVID-19 PCR test 72h prior their arrival.
“Essential travellers” at the land borders: Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece, transport workers and travelers for essential professional reasons can enter from BCPs Kakavia, Krystallopigi, Evzoni, Promachonas, Nymfeas, Kipi (daily open only 07.00am-11.00am). As of Monday, August 17th at 00.01 (GMT+3) all those entering from BCPs Kakavia, Krystallopigi, Evzoni, Nymfeas and Kipi should have the PLF and QR test and additionally hold a negative COVID-19 PCR test 72h prior their arrival.
In the case of Greece-Albania borders also Albanians with Greek origin (Homogeny).
In the case of Greece-North Macedonia borders, there is an additional exception for EULEX staff and their family members that it is allowed to enter for medical reasons in Greek territory (BCP Evzoni).
All visitors from air, land or sea, will be subject to random tests upon arrival. Upon being tested, travelers move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.
Greece at any stage retains the right to modify any of the above in light of changing circumstances. A team within the Infectious Diseases Committee evaluates the epidemiological data on a regular basis and recommends changes to restrictions.
 
Q: Who will cover expenses in the event of a Covid-19 patient`s air transportation and hospitalization?
A: The Greek state will cover expenses related to hospitalization of visitors suffering from Covid-19 symptoms.
 
Q: What happens if an infection is confirmed at a hotel?
A: In the event of a confirmed infection, close contacts of the case will be transferred to a separate quarantine accommodation at the expense of the Greek state. Remaining guests will continue their holidays.
 
Q: If someone misses their return flight because of illness or symptoms or misses prepaid accommodation is there a refund policy or other framework that could cover expenses?
A: Greece will cover transfer to hospital and medical costs as well as stay in quarantine hotel if needed. We urge airlines travel agents and hotels to offer maximum flexibility during this time of customer and regulatory uncertainty.
 
Q: Health Protocols of Hotels. How is protocol compliance ensured? With whom should tourists communicate in case protocols are not followed?
A: The Ministry of Tourism has a plan of audits and we encourage all enterprises to seek third party accreditation. We have also set up a training and information website for employees and owners in order to ensure that the knowledge of the protocols is disseminated in a timely and responsible manner. Finally, we have established steep fines for those neglecting their duties. In case of complaints, visitors can call the four-digit number 1572 of the Ministry Tourism.
 
Q: Which land points of entry are open for essential travel?
A: A: Essential travel is allowed through Nymfaia, Krystallopigi, Kakavia, Kipi, Evzones and Promachonas points of entry. As of Friday August 7th, 2020 at 11 pm (GMT+3) entry from Nymfaia, Krystallopigi, Kakavia, Kipi, Evzones, Ormenio border stations is allowed for essential travel daily only from 7 am until 11 pm. As of Monday, August 17th at 00.01 (GMT+3) all those entering from BCPs Kakavia, Krystallopigi, Evzoni, Nymfeas and Kipi should have the PLF and QR code and additionally hold a negative COVID-19 PCR test 72h prior their arrival. From Sunday, August 16th, only 750 travelers per day will be allowed to enter from BCP Kakavia, and only 300 travelers from BCP Krystallopigi.
 
Source of the information: https://travel.gov.gr/#/
 
  
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