Air travel restrictions extended until 7 January

ATHENS. The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) has announced the extension of domestic and international air travel restrictions due to Covid until 7 January.

December / 2020

The authority also issued a new NOTAM requiring all air travellers entering Greece from Friday 18 December to self-isolate for 3 days as a precaution.

According to the directive, all passengers entering Greece from 18 December until 7 January, from any foreign country, including European Union member states, must self-isolate either at their home (for permanent residents) or at the place of temporary residence declared on the Passenger Locator Form (PLF), for three days, unless they remain in Greece for a shorter period, in which case the temporary restriction is valid for that period of time, ie until their departure.

HCAA has also extended the existing NOTAM until midnight on 7 January for international flights and 06:00 on 7 January for domestic flights.

The following have been extended:

– The aviation directive concerning domestic scheduled, commercial and general/business flights. The directive says that only essential travel is allowed for health reasons, business reasons, family reunification, and returning to permanent residence.

– Flights between Greece – Turkey and Greece – Catalonia, Spain, remain suspended.

– All flights to and from Greece from Albania and North Macedonia will continue to operate only through Athens International Airport.

– Only 10,000 travelers from Israel per week are allowed to enter Greece on flights landing at all airports in the country.

– Only 500 permanent residents of Russia per week are allowed to enter Greece on flights landing only at the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki and Heraklion.

- The aviation directive that bans entry to Greece for non-EU Citizens. Citizens from the following 9 countries are exempt from the ban: Singapore, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay and the United Arab Emirates.

- Those travelling to Greece on flights from abroad are allowed to enter the country only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test result (PCR) performed up to 72 hours before arrival.

- The submission of the Passenger Locator Form (PLF - available here) by all passengers on international flights to Greece remains mandatory.

Greek citizens and permanent residents of Greece who travel abroad on flights (outbound travel) are also required to fill out the PLF form before their departure from Greece and present it at border checkpoints.

All exemptions included in the previously announced directives remain in force.