Coronavirus news

As of June 15 the international tourism period began in Greece, with seasonal hotels allowed to open their doors again. Restrictions on international air travel have been eased allowing tourists to land from abroad at Athens International Airport and Thessaloniki Airport. Direct international flights to tourist destinations in Greece are gradually resuming as of July 1.

 

The reopening of Greece to international tourism will only apply to countries that meet certain epidemiological criteria with regards to Covid-19 – meaning countries where the spread of the coronavirus has been contained to low levels.

 

Bulgaria - Greece border points

So far, only Kulata - Promachonas border point remains open for tourists that want to enter Greece by road.

 

A direction is taking part in which the Makaza - Nimfea border point remains closed for tourists entering Greece until at least 15 of August. Tourists that already are in Greece and want to exit from the same border point will not face any problem. 

Country-Specific Information:

  • EU+ Countries

 

All travelers from EU+ countries can fly to Greece for tourism as of June 15 (the EU+ consists of the EU plus Switzerland, Norway, Lichtenstein and Iceland).

 

However, travelers from areas with relatively high incidences of Covid-19 will be subject to stricter screening procedures (meaning they are more likely to be tested for Covid-19 on arrival). The Greek government is following EU guidelines in order to determine which countries are considered at high risk regarding the spread of COVID-19.

 

As of July 15, direct flights from the UK (still in the Brexit transition period until December 31 and presently treated as an EU member country) have resumed, with travelers from the country subject to the same protocols as other visitors (namely the completion of the Passenger Locator Form – see below). Until August 15, all travelers entering Greece from airports of Bulgaria and Romania are obliged to present a negative Covid-19 test upon arrival.

  • Non EU+ Countries

As of July 1, tourism from some non-EU+ countries with low levels of spread of Covid-19 has been permitted. Greece remains aligned with advice from the European Commission in determining if a non-EU+ country is considered at high risk of infection and at the moment is allowing nationals from the following 12 non-EU+ countries:

 

Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, and United Arab Emirates.

 

However, all travelers entering Greece from airports of the United Arab Emirates are obliged to present a negative Covid-19 test upon arrival until August 15.

 

Until August 15, all flights to Greece from Albania and North Macedonia are allowed to land only at Athens International Airport (AIA). Flights from Turkey are suspended until August 15.

 

COVID-19 Test:

All international travelers arriving to Greece must fill a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) 24 hours before entering the country at the latest. Upon submission of the PLF, travelers will receive an email confirmation.

 

On the day they are to travel (at 00.01), each passenger will receive a unique QR code on the basis of their submitted PLF which they will have to show (either on their mobile phone or printed) upon arrival to screening personnel.

 

Depending on the QR code, travelers will then be directed either to the exit, or to a screening area, where they will be tested for COVID-19. Those selected to be tested will still be free to move on immediately to their final destinations as declared in their PLF, where they should observe careful social distancing until their test results are available (this should be within 24 hours).

 

If the test result is positive, the visitor will be notified and quarantined under supervision for 14 days. If it is negative, they can continue with their holidays. Only passengers who test positive will be notified.

 

Specifically, incoming tourists who enter Greece from Promachonas - Kulata border point, from 00:01 o'clock July 15 until at least 15 of August are required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) that will have been performed up to 72 hours before. We would like to inform our guests coming from Promachonas - Kulata, that we will provide an additional discount to their reservations in order to balance the molecular Covid-19 test cost.

Statistics in Greece with regards to COVID-19

As of 5 of August, we have 4.973 confirmed cases, 13 intubated patients and 210 casualties. The 95.7% of the victims belonged to the ''vulnerable population'' which includes people with underline diseases or above 70 years of age.

In early March, while infections and deaths from the Covid-19 coronavirus were still very low, the Greek government imposed a lockdown on the country, closing all but essential businesses, and restricting travel to and within the country.

 

The swift and decisive imposition of these measures, and the fact that they were faithfully observed by the vast majority of Greek citizens, has seen the country emerge as one of the “success stories” of the pandemic, with one of the lowest infection and death rates in Europe.

In Thassos, 5 cases has been confirmed on 7 of July, all coming from asymptomatic tourists that have been tested on the borders. Four guests that found positive in COVID-19 continued their holidays on the quarantine hotel along with their families but without being able to explore the island. They remained for 14 days and their health condition were being checked. 1 case  requested to return to their country along with their family and his request was accepted.

The quarantine hotel is located in a quite and beautiful area in the middle of a forest distanced 3 km from Thassos Town. While it is not allowed to exit the hotel, guests can enjoy their time at the swimming pool and all the rest infrastructures it includes. All expenses are covered but the Greek state.

Sources and useful information:

https://time.com/5824836/greece-coronavirus/

https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/greece-to-open-its-borders-for-tourists-from-29-countries-as-of-june-15/

https://www.greece-is.com/when-can-i-travel-to-greece-again/

https://www.tanea.gr/2020/07/06/economy/kleista-apo-simera-kai-toulaxiston-eos-tis-15-iouliou-ta-synora-tis-elladas-gia-tous-servous/

https://www.ethnos.gr/ellada/114325_koronoios-eisagomena-kroysmata-se-thaso-kai-paggaio

https://www.zougla.gr/greece/article/ipo-proipo8esis-i-isodos-stin-elada-apo-ton-peomaxona

https://www.kathimerini.gr/1088451/article/epikairothta/politikh/korwnoios-nea-metra-gia-thn-eisodo-sth-xwra-apo-ta-xersaia-synora

https://www.zougla.gr/greece/article/ipoxreotiki-i-maska-se-43-tomis

https://www.zougla.gr/greece/article/katametri8ikan-nea-krousmata-covid-19-1841061

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