Greek Travel Restrictions Remain During COVID-19 Second Lockdown

ATHENS – With a second lockdown aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 extended to at least Dec. 7, Greeks still aren't being allowed to travel outside the areas where they live or internationally in most cases.

The Civil Aviation Authority said that restrictions on domestic flights would coincide with the lockdown, barring travel except for essential health, family or work-related reasons between airports in the country, as well as people returning to their main area of residence.

Restrictions on international travel, however, were extended until Dec. 14, including a ban on all flights to Turkey and Catalonia in Spain with flights to and from Albania and North Macedonia being conducted only through Athens International Airport, said Kathimerini.

There's also a weekly cap of 10,000 on the number of travelers allowed from Israel and 500 on arrivals of permanent residents only from Russia, who are also allowed to use the airports of Thessaloniki in northern Greece and Iraklio on the island of Crete.

The ban on arrivals of non-European Union citizens also stays except for nationals and residents of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Uruguay.

All passengers entering Greece from an international destination will have to show a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before their flight, while both domestic and international passengers have to fill out a passenger locator form (PLF) for tracking and tracing.


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