Twenty Greek Erasmus Students Stuck in Spain Due to Travel Ban

March 16, 2020

MADRID – Twenty Greek Erasmus+ students are stuck in Spain due to the banning of flights between the two countries, Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias was urgently informed on Monday.

Ioannina University Rector Triantafylllos Albanis told Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA-MPA) that he had informed the minister. Albanis clarified that the students, who enrolled on the exchange program from various departments nationwide, went to Spain on their own accord, “despite several warnings against it by both Ioannina University and the Erasmus program itself.” Most left in January and February, while 3 or 4 left early in March, he said.

Regarding coronavirus infections and the university’s measures to control the disease’s spread, Albanis said that there were only two official coronavirus cases in Epirus to date. Otherwise, “there is a small number of students who have not left the Ioannina area and are staying in the student halls of residence. We care about the living conditions of these students,” he said, adding his concern that “the University Hospital is right next door to the campus, so we also are trying to set up a laboratory for sample diagnostics for coronavirus in Ioannina proper, to save time.”


ATHENS - A regulation in an omnibus bill will allow repatriated Greeks from Albania and the former Soviet Union to receive full national pensions, Labor and Social Protection Minister Kostis Hatzidakis said during a discussion in Greek Parliament on Tuesday.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.


SNF Dialogues: Modern Political Values, Ancient Drama (Video)

ATHENS - In today’s environment of omnipresent polarization, when even the most fundamental values of democracy are being called into question, ancient drama retains its power to catalyze reflection and discussion on political culture, SNF says.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.