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Greece

COVID-19 measures

Announcement regarding arrivals from foreign countries to Greece.

As of November 11, 2020 all people traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test COVID-19 result (PCR) , performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. This includes air and land arrivals to Greece.

Further, people traveling to Greece should be aware that as of November 6, 2020 Greece is in lockdown. More information about eligible ways and means of transport and movement permits within Greece is available on forma.gov.gr.

This does also apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travelers for essential professional reasons.

Travellers should be laboratory tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab.

Only travellers who carry a certificate of a negative RT-PCR test Covid-19 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 traveller.

The Laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing should be:

  1. National Reference laboratories
  2. National Public Health Laboratories or
  3. 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 Covid-19.

All travellers will still have to complete and submit their PLF form and may be subject to random testing upon arrival to the Greek border.

As of November 10, 2020 permanent residents of Greece who travel by land or air to foreign countries are required to fill in the electronic form PLF (Passenger Locator Form) with their contact details in Greece before their departure from the country and to show at the border checkpoint the proof of completion of the electronic PLF form that is automatically sent by e-mail to each traveller electronically.

All travellers entering Greece should self-isolate for 7 days at home or at their temporary residence. Travellers from UK should be tested for the new conoravirus on the 7th day of the self-isolation and should remain in self-isolation until their test results become available. Those entering from Kakavia and Evzones should self-isolate for 14 days.

Protocol for air arrivals

  • Arrival at the entry gate.
  • Transfer to the area where the screening personnel are located. Travellers 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, travellers 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, travellers 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, travellers are directed towards the exit (to baggage claim area or passport control).
  • The test results are expected to become available within 24 hours. In case of COVID-19 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 and after the 7-days self-isolation, they may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines.
  • If travellers 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 travellers 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 travellers on foot at the main entry gate.
  • Incoming travellers arriving in vehicles are directed to the special entry gate.
  • Transfer to the area where the screening personnel are located. Travellers 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, travellers 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, travellers 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, travellers are directed towards the exit (to baggage claim area or passport control).
  • The test results are expected to become available within 24 hours. In case of COVID-19 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 and after the 7-days self-isolation, they may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines.
  • If travellers 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 travellers 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. Travellers are requested to show their QR code either on their mobile phone screen or in print.
  • Screening personnel direct travellers, 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 travellers are also directed towards the exit.
  • The screening results are expected to become available within 24 hours. In case of COVID-19 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 and after the 7-days self-isolation, they may continue with their holidays, adhering to the general public health safety guidelines.
  • If travellers 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 travellers entering Greece through any land border station, are obliged to present upon arrival a negative molecular test Covid-19 result (PCR), performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.
  • Travellers should be laboratory tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab.
  • Only travellers 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 traveller.
  • The Laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing should be:
    1. National Reference laboratories
    2. National Public Health Laboratories or
    3. 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.
  • Travellers will still have to complete and submit their PLF form and may be subject to random testing upon arrival to the Greek border.

All travellers 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

Residents from EU+ countries are allowed to travel to Greece. EU+ consists of the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Lichtenstein and Iceland.

Residents of Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, UAE and United Kingdom are also allowed to travel to Greece.

Permanent residents of other countries are allowed to travel to Greece only for essential travel.

As of November 11, 2020 all people traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. As of November 10, 2020 permanent residents of Greece who travel by air to foreign countries are required to fill in the electronic form PLF (Passenger Locator Form) with their contact details in Greece before their departure from Greece and to show at the border checkpoint the proof of completion of the electronic PLF form that is automatically sent by e-mail to each traveller electronically.

Air borders

Negative PCR test COVID -19 at least 72 hours prior to the travel is necessary for all passengers arriving by air from foreign countries. Greek citizens and holders of permanent residence in Greece and other essential travellers are not exempted from this obligation. As of November 10, 2020 permanent residents of Greece who travel by air to foreign countries are required to fill in the electronic form PLF (Passenger Locator Form) with their contact details in Greece before their departure from Greece and to show at the border checkpoint the proof of completion of the electronic PLF form that is automatically sent by e-mail to each traveller electronically.

Sea Borders

As of November 9, 2020 arrivals by sea by private yachts, cruise ships, ferry ships and any other professional tourist ships, regardless of flag or destination abroad, as well as the disembarkation of passengers from these boats in any way is prohibited.

There is no sea from/to connection with Turkey and 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” apart from Promachonas BCP in Bulgaria, which is also open to travellers mentioned in the list of countries above.

“Essential travellers” at the land borders: Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece, transport workers and travellers for essential professional reasons can enter from BCPs Kakavia, Evzoni, Kipi (as of Monday 2021/03/01 Promahonas and Kipi daily open only 7.00-23.00 and Kakavia and Evzones daily open 7.00-19.00). All those entering from BCPs Promahonas,Kakavia, Evzoni and Kipi should have the PLF and QR code and additionally hold a negative PCR test COVID-19 72h prior their arrival.

As of Monday 2021/03/01, there is a daily limit of 400 entries per day for those entering from Kakavia and Evzones. Those entering from Kakavia and Evzones should self-isolate for 14 days.

In the case of Greece-Albania borders this also applies to Albanians citizens of Greek origin (Homogeny).

Employees of international land transport services, regardless of nationality, must, after entering Greece, without undue delay, either transit or head to their destination and then self-isolate for seven (7) days. In particular, the said employees entering Greece from Kakavia and Evzones should self-isolate for 14 days. In case of obligation of the said employees to execute a new international route within the above-mentioned time period, the restriction is lifted.

There is an exception for members of international or European organizations, regardless of nationality, who enter in order to work in Greece or transit through Greece, should they prove their function with appropriate documentation.

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, travellers 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.

Albania

Passengers who are allowed to enter the country

Entry to Albania is allowed to all passengers as per the general entry requirements for Albania (passport and VISA restrictions).

 

COVID-19 measurements

Upon arrival, zone temperature measurement with a calibrated thermometer will be performed in a non-evasive method.

 

Required documents

Upon arrival, a Health Declaration Form will be handed to the passengers to be completed.

Austria

Passengers who are allowed to enter the country

  • Passengers who are citizens or habitual residents of the following countries and departing from these countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.
  • Residents from Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway and Vatican City.

 

COVID-19 measures

Passengers arriving from Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore & the Vatican and who have only been to these countries or in Austria within the last 10 days are free to enter Austria without obligation to self-isolate or provide a PCR or Antigen test of COVID-19.

Third-country nationals arriving from out of Schengen area or from out of countries listed above are not allowed to enter Austria.

Remaining passengers, such as passengers travelling from Greece, are required to provide a negative molecular biological test not older than 72 hours or Antigen not older than 48 h upon arrival or perform one within 24 hours after arrival and start a 10-day quarantine regardless of the test result, which is considered to have ended if a molecular biological test / antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 is carried out at the earliest on the 5th day after entry and the test result is negative. Children up to the age of 10 are exempted from any obligation to take a molecular-biological / Antigen-test.

People who have to start a quarantine must present confirmation of the availability of suitable accommodation upon arrival and the costs must be borne.

The certificate confirming the negative test result must be available in English or in German.

Exemptions from the quarantine restriction

  • Humanitarian forces
  • People who are travelling for work purposes
  • Accompanying person as part of the entry for medical reasons
  • Persons who enter the country for the purpose of exercising a compulsory judicial or officially imposed duty
  • Strangers, if they have a photo ID according to §95 of the alien’s police act 2005 (accredited diplomats).

Possible further exemptions and details are available here.

 

The following passengers don’t have to present a COVID-19 test, nor they have to start quarantine

  • Transit passengers
  • Crews
  • Regular commuter traffic for professional purposes (except for carers)
  • Regular commuter traffic to participate in school and study operations
  • Regular commuting for family purposes or to visit a partner
  • Occupants of emergency vehicles and vehicles in the public service
  • Passengers who travel for unforeseeable, urgent reasons that are particularly worthy of consideration in the family circle in individual cases (e.g. serious illnesses, deaths, funerals, births and the care of people in need of support in emergencies)

 

 

Required documents

All passengers fill out and submit before entering Austria the electronic registration form, a so-called pre-travel clearance (PTC). The form is available at the following links:

The document is valid in both printed and digital form. This means that presenting the QR code on mobile devices such as smartphones is also permitted. If the Registration through the electronic form is not possible, exceptionally forms in hard copy can be used instead (check links).

Upon arrival in Austria, all passengers must show either their online registration confirmation (printed or electronically e.g. on smartphone) or the paper form along with their PPT/ID to the Austrian authorities.

Belgium

Entry to Belgium is allowed to passengers:

  • arriving from EEA Member States or Schengen countries,
  • nationals of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Serbia or Vatican City (Holy See),
  • nationals of Australia, Japan, Korea (Rep.), New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore or Thailand,
  • with a “C” visa issued after 18 March 2020 by Belgium,
  • with a consular, diplomatic, official, service or a special passport traveling on duty,
  • with a long-term residence permit or a long term “D” visa issued by EEA Member States or Schengen countries.

COVID-19 measures 


Belgium has taken measures to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and has implemented a ban on all non-essential trips in and out of the country. More information on essential travel can be found here.

Important note
: All passengers travelling to or from Belgium are required to carry the Sworn statement completed.

 

Test requirement

As of 13th of February: All individuals, from the age six (6), who do not have their primary residence in Belgium must present a negative result of PCR test COVID-19, conducted at the earliest 72 hours before departure.

The certificate confirming the negative test result must be available on paper or in electronic form, in Dutch, French, German, or English and must indicate the date when the sample was collected.

In the absence of a negative test result, the carrier is obliged to refuse boarding.

 

Exemptions from the COVID-19 PCR test requirement:

  • People not travelling to Belgium via a carrier and who have been abroad for a maximum of 48 hours or will remain in Belgium for a maximum of 48 hours, do not have to present a negative test result.
  •  Travellers who only transit by air and who only enter the transit zone, do not have to present a negative test result. They must have a confirmed ticket for their connecting flight.

Prior to their journey, passengers must complete the PLF, conduct the PCR test and fill in the digital or paper “Sworn Statement” form.

 

Quarantine requirement

The Belgian approach for people arriving in Belgium depends on whether they are returning from a red, orange or green zone. Depending on the country or region passengers are travelling from, different measures may apply regarding quarantine requirement after arrival in Belgium.

  • Upon arrival in Belgium from green or orange zones, there are no quarantine conditions.
  • All individuals, residents and non-residents, returning to Belgium after a stay of at least 48 hours in a red zone must therefore be placed in quarantine. The quarantine can only end with a negative PCR test performed on the 7th day of quarantine.
  • Residents returning from a red zone and having stayed there for more than 48 hours must be tested on the 1st day and the 7th day of the quarantine. Passengers will receive an SMS on their return that will allow them to come to a test center.

Due to the fact that the country categorization is subject to frequent change, passengers should always check the current status.

 

Required documents

All passengers travelling to or from Belgium are required to carry a Sworn StatementPassengers have to download and fill in the statement and have it available before boarding to or from Belgium. 

All passengers travelling to Belgium by air and who have left the country for more than 48 hours have to fill in additionally the electronic Belgian Passenger Locator Form (PLF) beforehand, regardless of their departure point and nationality. Passengers failing to comply with this obligation or providing misleading or incomplete information can be denied access to the Belgian territory and fined.  Passengers failing to comply, will be denied boarding.

For passengers who were technically unable to submit an electronic PLF two (2) copies of the paper PLF will be distributed by the ground personnel to be completed and signed by the passengers. One copy will be given to the authorities by the cabin crew who collect the forms on board on a sealed envelope & the second copy stays with the passenger for at least 48 hours after arrival to Brussels.

If, after having sent the PLF form, the passenger receives a text message with instructions about a quarantine, these instructions must be followed closely.

In order to be able to indicate on the new E-PLF that a passenger is travelling for professional reasons, the employee or employer must complete the Business Travel Abroad – form (BTA). The BTA can be used by both Belgian employers/employees and foreign employers/employees. The employee who travels for professional reasons will receive a BTA code after filling in the BTA, which can be entered on the E-PLF.

Bulgaria

Entry to Bulgaria is allowed to:

  • Bulgarian citizens,
  • citizens of EU member states, states of Schengen Agreement, San Marino, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican and their family members as well as persons who are in actual cohabitation with them,
  • citizens from Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, UAE, Ukraine, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel, Kuwait, Belarus and Turkey,
  • individuals holding Bulgarian permanent or long-term residence permission and their family members and persons holding Bulgarian long-term residence visa type D,
  • persons having legal residence in EU Member States, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, States of Schengen Agreement, San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and Vatican and their family members.

COVID-19 measures

All persons allowed to enter the country shall be admitted to Bulgaria with a negative result of a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours before entering the country. The PCR test certificate should indicate names and address (in Latin), contact info of the tested person and actual time of testing.

Bulgarian citizens and individuals holding Bulgarian permanent or long-term residence permission and their family members, who do not carry a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate shall be placed under quarantine for a period of 10 days.

Exceptions: Crews of vessels and aircraft etc, persons passing transit the territory of the republic of Bulgaria.

Cyprus

Passengers who are allowed to enter the country

The Republic of Cyprus accepts flights, from all countries but with different conditions regarding the required documents.

There are four (4) categories, in which countries are divided according to their epidemiological situation. Green, Orange, Red & Grey.

  • Category GREEN: Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Saudi Arabia
  • Category ORANGE: Denmark, Norway, China, Macao, Portugal, South Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong
  • Category RED: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Estonia, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, Czech Republic, Finland
  • Category GREY: Rwanda, United Kingdom, Israel, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Belarus

The categorization of the countries will be updated by the Ministry of Health, on a weekly basis. Passengers are strongly advised to check the announcements here.

COVID-19 measures


The COVID-19 measures per category are the following:

  • Category GREEN – No restrictions
    From 1st to 31st March 2021, persons arriving from countries, which have been classified in the green category, will undergo a PCR laboratory test, the cost of which will be covered by the Republic of Cyprus.
  • Category ORANGE – Negative PCR laboratory test within 72 hours prior to departure.
  • Category RED – Negative PCR laboratory analysis within 72 hours before departure & another PCR test upon arrival in Cyprus. Cypriot citizens & legal residents of the Republic coming from Red category country can choose to undergo a laboratory testing only upon arrival in Cyprus. In this case they should remain in compulsory isolation.
  • Category GREY – Special permit – Negative PCR laboratory analysis within 72 hours before departure & self-restraint / quarantine measures.

Greece is categorized as one of the “Red” countries and the below measures apply:
Passengers are required to perform double laboratory analysis, i.e. negative PCR laboratory analysis within 72 hours before departure & another PCR laboratory analysis upon arrival in Cyprus (paid by passenger’s expenses). No self-restraint/quarantine measures apply in this category.

The certificate confirming the negative test result must be available in English or in Greek.

Only children below the age of twelve (12) are exempted.

Required documents

 

  • All passengers, regardless of the categorization of the country they are arriving from, must be in the possession of the Cyprus Flight Pass through the Electronic Web Platform.
  • It is compulsory for all individuals on international flights to complete the required documents electronically on the online platform, at least 24hrs before the flight.
  • In case the Official Authorities of Cyprus have announced on the above website that the platform is not working due to technical reasons, and the passengers have a screenshot of this as a proof of their unsuccessful trial to fill in the Flight pass, they will be given a print form to fill at the gate before boarding.
  • In case passengers are not in a possession or cannot prove that the system was not responsive at the time of the check-in (screenshot of the above proof) or they do have the above proof but deny to fill in the print Flight Pass before boarding, should not be accepted on the flight.

Transfer* and Τransit** passengers must apply and obtain the Cyprus Flight Pass by completing the relevant information in the application form.

Passengers who disembark, exit immigration and have to recheck-in are not considered as Τransfer or Transit passengers and need to complete the application form as arriving passengers to Cyprus, fulfilling the prerequisites of the country category of their departure.

*Transfer Passengers are passengers who travel from a departure country via Cyprus, disembark in Cyprus and continue their travel on a connecting flight to their onward destination with the same or different airline without having to recheck in.

**Transit Passengers are passengers who travel from a departure country via Cyprus, do not disembark in Cyprus and continue their travel on the same flight to their onward destination.

Czech Republic

Passengers who are allowed to enter the country

Until further notice, entry to Czech Republic is allowed to:

  • Czech citizens and their family members,
  • Czech Citizens of EU and Schengen countries along with their family members with a Czech resident permit,
  • third-country nationals residing in Czech Republic with a residence permit,
  • passengers with a residence permit issued by Czechia,
  • passengers with a D visa issued by Czechia.

COVID-19 measures

Citizens from EU and citizens from Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, UK, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican city are possible to travel to Czech Republic only for essential reason of travel, such as trips to one’s place of residence, work, study, essential family visit, visiting healthcare facilities. It is not possible to travel to Czech Republic for the purpose of tourism or visiting friends.

As of 08/03/2021 Greece is marked as a “red” country. 

The following new rules apply both to the arrivals of foreign nationals and to the returns of Czech citizens and residents to the Czech Republic.

  • There is a new category of so-called dark red (high-risk) countries with the strictest epidemiologic measures applicable to journeys from this category. This means that there is the obligation to submit a first PCR test done 48 hours or less prior to the entry, followed by a second PCR test undergone in the Czech Republic at the earliest the 5th day from the entry. The self-isolation is obligatory until the second negative test result is submitted.
  • All passengers traveling to Czech Republic from orange and red countries (such as Greece) are required to present an Antigen test done 24 hours or less prior to the departure or PCR test done 72 hours or less prior to the departure. In case of journeys from orange and red countries (such as Greece), there is the obligation to submit an antigen or PCR test done 48 hours or less before the arrival. In case of red countries, a person must likewise undergo a second PCR test in the Czech Republic (this can be undergone also earlier than the 5th day from the entry). The self-isolation is obligatory until the second negative test result is submitted.
  • There is the obligation to fill in the electronic Public Health Passenger Locator Form in case of journeys from all categories of countries. The form will be checked along with the test at the entry to the Czech Republic.

The certificate confirming the negative test result must be available in English or in Czech.

Transit passengers through Czech Republic from a “red” country and third country citizen (with long term or permanent residence permit in an EU country) transit through the Czech Republic are exempted from the PCR & Public Health Passenger Locator Form requirement.


Caution
: The duration of the stay in the Czech territory must not exceed 12 hours.

The list of countries, according to the level of risk, is regularly reviewed and updated, so passengers are advised to check it frequently before their flight.

The authorities have imposed the requirement to wear an FFP2 mask or two surgical masks, one on top of the other, inside all buildings with the exception of private households. This obligation includes the airport as well. It is possible to buy respirators and masks at the airport.

Denmark

Passengers who are allowed to enter the country

Until further notice, entry to Denmark is allowed to passengers arriving from the “Open Countries List”. Other persons wishing to enter Denmark can expect to be rejected at the Danish borders, unless they have a worthy purpose for entering Denmark. Special exemptions apply to Scandinavian countries and Germany.

 

COVID-19 measures

Important update: As of Sunday, 07/02/2021, there is a new requirement for testing upon entry into Denmark enters into force on.

The Danish authorities have now introduced requirements for mandatory COVID-19 testing and subsequent isolation for 10 days upon entry into Denmark. This means that all passengers must be registered and have an antigen test performed upon arrival at Copenhagen Airport. This requirement is a supplement to the already applicable entry restrictions.

The antigen test is free for arriving passengers and has a response time of 15 minutes.

Exceptions: 

  • Children under 15 years old
  • Crew
  • People who have previously been infected with COVID-19 and who can present evidence of a positive PCR or antigen test that is at least 14 days and at most 12 weeks old
  • Passengers in transit who do not enter Denmark
  • Persons who, for medical reasons, should not have an antigen test for covid-19 performed

Passengers in transit with an onward journey by air and can show proof of onwards journey from CPH (boarding pass) are exempted from this rule.

The above measure is in addition to the obligation for all passengers to present a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours of boarding the plane. Children under the age of 12 are excluded from the test requirement. No specific type of COVID-19 test is required. This means that both PCR tests and antigen tests are accepted. The certificate confirming the negative test result must be available in English or in Danish.

It should be noted that the COVID-19 test requirement prior to boarding also applies to the following cases:

  • Danish nationals
  • residents of Denmark
  • transit passengers

For inbound travel, the Danish definition of “worthy purpose” for non-Danes to enter into Denmark has been further strengthened. Going forward “worthy purpose” only covers foreign arrivals that are employed for work in Denmark.

GREECE is on the list of high-risk countries within the EU and the Schengen area, so in order to enter to Denmark the same restrictions apply:

  • A negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours of boarding the plane.
  • A worthy purpose of entrance.
  • COVID-19 testing and subsequent isolation for 10 days upon entry into Denmark

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sweden has closed its border to Denmark. Only Swedes and permanent residents of Sweden are allowed to entry from Denmark. 

Egypt

COVID-19 measures

All nationalities, including Egyptian nationality, will be prohibited to entry in all airports of the Arab Republic of Egypt without holding a printed negative PCR test, and must be issued not more than 72 hours prior to their departure flight to Egypt. There is an exception for passengers travelling from New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, Rome, Japan, China, Thailand, North America, South America, Canada, London Heathrow, Paris and Frankfurt, who will be allowed to provide the test certificate performed maximum 96 hours prior to flight time, due to the long travel and transit period at these airports. The result of the test must be in hard copy format either in English or Arabic.

Exceptions from above requirement are passengers in transit and passengers under 6 years old. In case of any violation, fines might be imposed. Please be informed that as soon as a passenger leaves Egypt, the PCR analysis will be considered expired and not valid for entering/return to Egypt one more time, thus a new test is needed.

 

General instructions

  • Passengers need to wear face mask and keep physical separation when embarking disembarking.
  • Passengers need to fill and submit a Health declaration card to authorities. This form will be provided by the crew on board.
  • Airline need to provide the relevant health declaration form to passengers and verify completion and signed by the passengers prior to boarding.
  • Passengers with temperature higher than 38, will not be allowed to board.

 

Required documents

Upon arrival in Egypt:

  • A completed “Public Health Card” must be presented to immigration upon arrival.
  • Sanitation of arrival baggage is offered with additional charge.

Finland

Passengers who are allowed to enter the country

Entry to Finland is allowed to nationals:

  • of Finland and their family members,
  • of EU and Schengen countries residing in Finland and their family members,
  • third-country nationals residing in Finland with a residence permit.

COVID-19 measures

Self-quarantine is recommended for those arriving in Finland.

All passengers arriving to Finland from abroad must present a negative COVID-19 test certificate before boarding the aircraft.

The certificate must include the following information:

  • Identity,
  • name of the laboratory/doctor issuing the certificate,
  • date and time of the test (maximum 72 hours before boarding),
  • type of the test (PCR or antigen) and
  • test result (negative).

The certificate must be written in English.

Passengers must present their COVID-19 test certificates to health authorities at the airport upon arrival in Finland.

In case the passenger holds a medical certificate indicating that passenger has already recovered from COVID-19 and it has been less than 6 months from infection, separate negative COVID-19 test certificate is not required.

COVID-19 vaccination certificates are not yet applicable to replace the negative COVID-19 test certificate.

France

COVID-19 measures


From 24 January 2021, all passengers, aged 11 or older, arriving in France will need to present a negative PCR test for COVID-19 less than 72 hours before boarding. The result of the test should be written in English or in French. If the result is written in any other language, it will not be accepted, and the passenger will not be allowed to board.

Types of accepted test:

  • RT-PCR
  • PCR
  • qRT-PCR
  • qPCR
  • RT-LAMP
  • LAMP
  • Detection de l’ARN RNA

 

Types of test NOT accepted:

  • Rapid antigen test
  • Rapid serological test
  • Serological test
  • Serology
  • Antibody detection
  • Antibody and IgG / IgM

A passenger may be subjected to quarantine measures in case of COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival.

A passenger may be subjected to a suggestion on voluntary quarantine depending on their provenance at their arrival in France. Voluntary quarantine details will be given to passengers upon arrival.

Required documents

Travellers must complete and carry a sworn statement that they do not show any COVID-19 symptom.

Travellers must present their certificate and sworn statement to the transport company before boarding and upon arrival. Failing to comply on the above should result in a denial of boarding.

Georgia

COVID-19 measures

 

Entry rules for COVID-19 vaccinated passengers

Citizens of all countries, travelling by air from any country, may enter Georgia if they present the document confirming the full course (two doses) of any COVID-19 vaccination at the border checkpoints of Georgia.

Entry rules for non-vaccinated passengers

Georgian nationals:

  • Georgian nationals presenting the negative result of the PCR test conducted within 72 hours prior the visit, will be subject to either 8-day self-isolation or optional PCR examination at their own expense on the 3rd day of their stay in Georgia.
  • If Georgian national fails to submit the document confirming the PCR examination at the border, he/she will be placed in self-isolation for 8 days.
  • All individuals who have travelled to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland within the last 14 days, will be placed in mandatory quarantine for 12 days.

Foreigners:

Citizens and residence permit holders of the following states, may enter Georgia by air under the conditions mentioned below:

  • European Union Member States
  • State of Israel
  • Swiss Confederation
  • Kingdom of Norway
  • United States of America
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • State of Qatar
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Kingdom of Bahrein
  • Republic of Turkey
  • Republic of Azerbaijan
  • Republic of Armenia
  • Ukraine
  • Republic of Belarus
  • Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Russian Federation
  • Republic of Uzbekistan
  • Republic of Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Republic of Kyrgyzstan

For entering Georgia, they must comply with the following conditions:

  • At the border checkpoint of Georgia, they must present PCR-examination certificate conducted during 72 hours prior to travel to Georgia;
  • On the 3rd day of their stay, they are obliged to undergo PCR-examination at their own expense;
  • Before crossing the state border, they must complete the special application form, indicating the travel history of the last 14 days, contact details (address, phone number, email etc.)
  • All individuals who have travelled to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland within the last 14 days will be placed in mandatory quarantine for 12 days upon entry. In this case, the obligation of presentation of PCR test negative result on the border as well as PCR-examination on 3rd day of stay will be waived.

The certificate confirming the negative test result must be available in English or in Georgian.

In case of absence of COVID test carriage should be denied.

Germany

Passengers who are allowed to enter the country

  • Nationals of EEA Member States and Switzerland,
  • British nationals,
  • passengers arriving from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom,
  • immediate family members of nationals of EEA Member States and Switzerland,
  • immediate family members of British nationals,
  • passengers with a residence permit issued by an EEA Member State or Switzerland,
  • passengers with a long-term visa issued by an EEA Member State or Switzerland,
  • passengers with visa issued by Germany after 17 March 2020,
  • residents of Australia, New Zealand, Singapore & Thailand. They must have been living in the residence country for at least 6 months.

Temporary travel restriction applies to all non-essential travel from third countries to the federal republic of Germany.

Prolonged entry possibilities will be given to travellers from all third countries, who have an important reason for travel.

 

COVID-19 measures

All passengers returning to Germany from a risk area, Greece included, or those who have stayed in a risk area during the last 10 days prior to entry, are obliged to present a negative COVID-19 (PCR or Rapid) test result within not more than 48 hours before entry or 48 hours after entry to Germany and must present this proof to the health authority upon their request.

The list of risk areas is regularly reviewed and updated so it is advisable to the passengers check it frequently before their flight.

The test can be in hardcopy or in electronic form in German, English or French. The test result must be kept for at least 10 (ten) days after entry.

Regardless of the test result, there is an obligation to quarantine in accordance with the regulations of the respective federal state.

Exemptions: Children under 6 years old, Transit passengers, Crews.

All passengers returning to Germany from a risk area, or those who have stayed in a risk area during the last 10 days prior to entry, are required to register online and bring proof of successful registration upon their arrival.

Information on the exceptions from the obligation for online registration is available here.

Quarantine regulations are in force for inbound passengers returning from or staying in the last 10 days in risk areas. Passengers are obliged to stay in isolation for a period of 10 days. In order to shorten the 10 days quarantine, a PCR-COVID-19 test can be done from the 5th day after entry onwards. After receiving a negative test result, the quarantine ends. When conducting the digital entry registration, travellers will be informed of the obligation to self-quarantine and of any exceptions to this rule.

 


Required documents

All passengers returning to Germany from a risk area, or those who have stayed in a risk area during the last 10 days prior to entry, are required to register online and hold proof of the registration.

Passengers’ receipt of successful entry registration together with the proof of the negative test result for infection with the SARS-CoV-2 will be checked along with their ID card or equivalent document.

In case of absence of the COVID19 test – this does not constitute reason for boarding denial – passengers are obliged to conduct it after entry to Germany within 48 hours.

Hungary

Passengers who are allowed to enter the country

As of 01/09/2020, only nationals or permanent residents of Hungary and their family members are allowed to enter the country.

COVID-19 measures

All individuals returning from abroad will have to be quarantined for 14 days or must conduct and present two (2) negative PCR tests in Hungary (2 days apart between them).

Ireland

Passengers who are allowed to enter the country

Entry to Ireland is allowed to all passengers.

COVID-19 measures

Information on the COVID-19 test

All passengers travelling to Ireland must present a negative or not detected COVID-19 PCR test obtained within 72 hours of departure. The certificate confirming the negative test result must be available in English.

Exemptions:

  • International Transport Workers, including workers in aviation, maritime and road haulage sectors, where they are travelling in the course of performing their duties.
  • Transit passengers, who do not leave the airport premises.
  • Children under 6 years old.

If a passenger has a genuine humanitarian emergency requiring urgent travel, they should contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate immediately for advice and consular assistance before commencing their journey.

The passengers who may proceed to travel without this evidence, they may be prosecuted upon entering the state, an offence punishable by a fine/prison or both.

Information on the restricting movement

All passengers entering Ireland are requested to restrict their movements for 14 days.

All passengers are advised to check regularly the portal of gov.ie for more information, exemptions and possible changes to the measures.

 

Required documents

Passengers arriving to Ireland from overseas are required to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form. The information provided may be used to contact the passenger in the next 14 days for the purposes of verifying the details given on this form and to provide you with public health advice.

Exemptions:

  • Arriving from Northern Ireland,
  • transit passenger who will not leave the port/airport premises,
  • holders of a Certificate for International Transport Workers, or drivers of a heavy goods vehicle who are in Ireland for work,
  • aircraft crew, including pilots, in Ireland as part of your work,
  • ship crew, including maritime masters, in Ireland as part of your work,
  • foreign diplomat.

29.04.2021.

Aegean Medical Service Protocol for Arrivals in and Departures from Greece! Welcome to Greece!

Dear traveler

We welcome you to Greece and wish you enjoy a wonderful, unforgettable holiday experience. On behalf of the Greek Government and the Greek Ministry of Tourism, we would like you to know that we have made every effort humanly possible for you to be and feel safe in our country. Your health is our absolute and non-negotiable priority.

Greece is opening its borders gradually, in a safe and doable manner. The first stage, from the 19th of April, has some limitations compared to the generalized opening. In the following paragraphs, we describe what applies as of the 19th of April. Information relating to the generalized opening, which will be affected as of the 14th of May, will be announced in due time.

For the protection of your own health, your family’s, as well as that of all those involved in offering you a safe hospitality, the following general principles regarding the health protocols apply in Greece as of the 19th of April:

  • Every traveler coming to Greece from abroad should have a negative PCR test from a diagnostic laboratory. The test has to be conducted no later than 72 hours before arrival. This test is mandatory for all tourists (including children over the age of 5), regardless of the epidemiological situation prevalent in the country of departure.
  • If the traveler has completed his/her vaccination (i.e. 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and is in a position to confirm it by presenting the relevant vaccination certificate, then proof of a negative test is not required.
  • Vaccination certificates with vaccines Sputnik, Sinovac, etc., which have not been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) also exempt visitors from the obligation of a negative PCR test. For the list of acceptable vaccines, see here: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm
  • Every traveler who arrives in Greece, regardless of the certificate he carries, may undergo a random health check. If selected, the check is mandatory. Otherwise we reserve the right to refuse entry in the country. The selection is made through a targeted sampling system, based on the EVA system used in the summer of 2020.
  • Attention: We clarify that the entry of tourists in Greece is not subject to vaccination. The presentation of a vaccination certificate greatly facilitates the formalities on arrival. However, in no case is a vaccination or an antibodies certificate considered a “passport”.
  • The countries from which entry is allowed, under the aforementioned conditions, without the requirement for isolation are: EU +Schengen, USA, UK, Israel, Serbia, UAE, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore and Russia.
  • Non EU citizens are strongly advised to choose direct flights to Greece. In other cases, travelers should abide by the stop-over country requirements.
  • Passengers are allowed to enter the country through 9 airports (Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Corfu, Rhodes, Kos, Chania, Mykonos, Santorini).
  • Travelers are allowed to enter from the land borders of the country through the land entry gates of Promachonas and Nymphaio.
  • In particular, permanent residents of Russia are allowed to enter the country up to a maximum of four thousand (4,000) persons per week and only by air. Moreover, travelers from Russia need to cumulatively have completed their vaccination (i.e. 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and have a negative PCR test.

 

OBLIGATIONS FOR EVERY VISITOR IN GREECE

Before arrival:

  • Every tourist must fill in the special PLF (Passenger Location Form) no later than 23:59 of the day before arriving in Greece. This is done here.

 

Before departure, the traveler must ensure that he/she has some kind of certification of his health condition. The alternatives for that are as follows:

  • PCR test from a laboratory, maximum 72 hours before entry.
  • Vaccination certificate issued by an appropriate authority.

 

All certificates must include the critical information in English and the full name must match with that of the passport or other travel document.

On arrival:

For travelers arriving in Greece, the following are provided:

  • Sampling RAPID antigen tests at the entrance gates, the selection of individuals drawn from a targeted sampling system, based on the EVA system used in the summer of 2020.
  • Mandatory isolation for tourists who have tested positive for SARS-Cov-2, following a sampling test. In this case, the travelers and their escorts are transported to quarantine hotels and undergo further PCR tests to confirm the initial diagnosis. Guests will stay in seclusion hotels for at least 10 days, and they will undergo new tests again. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

 

Compliance with the health protocols during tourist transport and throughout your entire hospitality in Greece is the decisive factor that will allow for all of us to stay safe and return to our normality. We ask for your understanding and apologize in advance for any additional inconvenience. Thank you for the cooperation, thank you for choosing our country for your vacation and we look forward to welcoming you to Greece.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FOR THE OPENING OF TOURISM 2021

    1. How can one travel to Greece?

Greece is ready to welcome visitors from abroad again, applying advanced health protection protocols. In 2021, Greek Tourism is ready to operate with the maximum safety possible, for tourists, employees and every person involved in the provision of tourist services.

First of all, isolation (quarantine) for visitors from abroad is no longer required. However, entry into Greece will be allowed under the following conditions:

– By presenting a vaccination certificate issued by an appropriate body in the traveler’s country of origin.

– Instead of a vaccination certificate, the tourist can show a negative PCR test conducted up to 72 hours before traveling.

– At the same time, 24 hours before traveling, every tourist must have completed the special PLF document.

– Upon entering Greece, visitors will undergo targeted tests. In the event of a positive result, meaning that the traveler who was tested is ill with Covid-19, he/she will be temporarily accommodated in an isolation hotel. If a positive incident is detected following a sampling test at the land borders, then entry into the country may not be allowed.

    1. What applies to people working in the tourism sector?

Employees in the Greek tourism sector are vaccinated, according to government planning. Also, until the date of their vaccination, these employees are obliged to undergo a weekly test. It is suggested that the testing is even more frequent, in order to have timely isolation.

    1. What about “third” vaccines (from China, Russia, etc.)?

Greece recognizes every visitor who produces a vaccination certificate with an anti- Covid 19 formula from third countries, that is outside the EU and USA, as vaccinated. For the list of acceptable vaccines, see here: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm

    1. What applies to international flights?

In the first phase of the opening of Greek Tourism, flight restrictions from EU countries will be lifted, as well as from a limited number of other countries (USA, UK, UAE, Serbia and Israel, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda and Singapore).
Furthermore, our country will initially welcome flights only at certain airports (Athens, Thessaloniki, Rhodes, Kos, Chania, Heraklion, Santorini, Mykonos and Corfu). From mid-May onwards, in the framework of the general opening of the tourism industry, all international airports in the country will be allowed to accept flights from abroad.

    1. What will apply to land travel?

Two entry stations from Bulgaria (Promachonas and Nymfaia) will operate during the initial phase of the opening.

    1. What about ferry connections?

As of 19/04/21, the quarantine will be lifted for those who arrive by ferry. Initially, at the main entrances (Patra, Igoumenitsa) and subsequently at all the rest.

    1. How can the visitors move to or from their hotel?

As long as travel across counties is prohibited, guests will be able to travel from the airport to the lodging they have booked with their hotel voucher.

    1. What will apply to guests during their stay?

During their stay in Greece, visitors must also follow the measures that apply to all Greek citizens.

    1. Will there be activity protocols?

In all tourist activities, tourist transport and tourist visits to other places of interest, the same protocols as those in 2020 will apply, with some small adjustments. These protocols have proven to be effective, and will be updated according to epidemiological conditions. The Ministry of Tourism and the Hotel Chamber of Greece will provide certification to all lodgings that apply these protocols. Moreover, training material will be provided to the employees of these businesses, in order to ensure the correct application of all health and safety measures against Covid-19.

    1. Will there be quarantine hotels?

The plan for the opening of Greek Tourism provides for the existence of specific isolation (quarantine) hotels near each entrance gate, as well as in other strategic points nationwide. This way, an adequate safety net for case management will be in place, combined with an early detection upon the arrival of tourists from abroad.

    1. What will apply to minors under the age of 12?

Children under the age of 5 will not be required to undergo a PCR test.

    1. When will the departure and arrival of private yachts be allowed and from which countries?

The departure and arrival of yachts (except those coming from Albania and Turkey) will be allowed from the 3rd of May and onwards, with some restrictions, while the same terms and conditions will apply both for Greek and foreign citizens

    1. What will apply to cruise ships?

By May 3rd , blue cruising will be allowed, i.e. cruising without intermediate stops in ports during the trip. Full opening, on May 14th, will lead to the complete removal of cruise restrictions, always enforcing very strict protocols that will apply to these activities.

    1. What if the visitor’s country requires a test for his/her return?

It is possible to perform PCR or antigen tests directly at the place where each guest stays, if the guest needs a test for returning home. This makes it easier for every tourist to be consistent with his/her obligations in order to safely return to his/her country.

    1. What applies to the organization of conferences?

Conferences will take place after May 15th as per normal, provided that all health protocols, which have been determined by the health committee, are followed.

17.03.2021.

Aegean Medical Service Passengers are allowed to enter the Netherlands

Passengers are allowed to enter the Netherlands:

arriving from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Republic), Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or the United Kingdom. Nationals of EEA Member States and Switzerland,
with a residence permit issued to long-term residents of EMU Member States, Switzerland and the United Kingdom,
with a long-stay visa, including persons with a temporary residence permit (Machtiging Voor Voorlopig Verblijf – MVV),
transfer,
with relatives of a national from EMU, Switzerland and the United Kingdom,
traveling for emergencies.

All passengers other than Schengen nationals with a nationality of third countries are prohibited from entering the Netherlands.

Passengers from non-Schengen / non-EU / non-UK countries not listed above are excluded. Residents of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand are excluded from the travel restriction.

 

COVID-19 meters

Passengers over the age of 13 traveling to or via the Netherlands must show a negative COVID-19 test if they depart from a high-risk country (such as Greece).

Passengers from a high-risk country have 2 options:

1. Have the following 2 test results:

A negative result of the COVID-19 NAAT (Nucleic Acid Amplification) test taken within 72 hours before their arrival in the Netherlands.
A negative COVID-19 rapid test result obtained within 4 hours prior to boarding the flight to the Netherlands.

2. Have 1 negative result of COVID-19 NAAT test taken within 12 hours before boarding the flight to the Netherlands.

Note: All types of NAAT tests are allowed, such as mPOCT, NAAT, RT PCR, LAMP and TMA tests.

Upon arrival in the Netherlands, all passengers are required to be quarantined immediately for 10 days regardless of the test result.

General Information about the tests:

As mentioned, all passengers (including Dutch citizens) must have a negative COVID-19 test result in accordance with the above regulations, together with the completed “Negative Test Declaration Form”, before boarding the aircraft. If the trip is delayed not through the fault of the passenger, then the test has a margin to be valid for 96 hours instead of 72. The passenger is obliged to present the official reason for the flight delay, and therefore his arrival in the country, which stipulates that he is not responsible.

Passengers arriving in the Netherlands without valid negative test results and the mandatory form may not be allowed to enter the Netherlands and will have to leave again (with the same airline to the country of departure).

Note: Dutch nationals who have a compelling reason to travel to the Netherlands and are unable to submit a timely negative PCR and Rapid test should contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The following should apply to the test result:

1. The negative test result must be in English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish or Dutch.
2. Type of test: According to the passenger’s choice (please check the relevant information above).
3. Test results: The test result must be negative or “undetectable”.
4. Indicate the name and surname as written on the passport.
5. Indicate the date and time the test was performed.
6. When the NAAT test has been performed, it is obligatory to indicate the name and contact details of the institute or laboratory, while when a rapid test has been performed, it is obligatory to indicate the logo, seal or details of the institute or laboratory.
7. The test result can be accepted in digital form or in printed form.

As of March 16, no transit test is required for transit passengers, but a negative result in a NAAT test conducted 72 hours before arrival in the Netherlands will be considered sufficient.

At the Eleftherios Venizelos airport, there is a mobile unit of the Athens Medical Group, so that it can provide a Rapid test. The test results are given in English. To avoid delays, passengers should be at the airport at least 4.5 hours before their scheduled departure time.

09.03.2021.

Aegean Medical Service On May 14, the new tourist season will begin…

On May 14, the new tourist season will begin…

On May 14, the new tourist season in Greece will begin as until that day the restrictions will be gradually lifted. This was stated in today’s press conference by the Minister of Tourism, Haris Theocharis, who presented the plan of the Greek government for the safe opening of tourism.

The press conference was given in the context of the ITB Berlin International Tourism Fair that started today and is taking place online. Mr. Theocharis revealed the central motto of the new promotional campaign for Greek Tourism, “All you want is Greece” (“All you want is Greece”). Also in April, the pilot, pilot implementation of the measures is planned in the first phase with visitors from European Union countries, as well as third countries where the vaccination has progressed, such as e.g. Israel.

Travelers who: – either have been vaccinated – or have immunity due to recovery – or have tested negative for COVID-19 in a recent PCR test will be allowed to enter the country. What applies to Greek citizens will also apply to tourists, for example the mandatory use of the mask in public places All tourists may be subjected to random tests, in the same way as last year.

However, a significant difference compared to last year is the ‘rapid tests’, thanks to which the quarantine for positive cases will begin, now, without the 24-hour wait as in 2020. “The cost of hospitalization or any other mandatory “Energy, with the aim of protecting the health of tourists, professionals and citizens, will be borne by the Greek state,” said Mr. Haris Theocharis. The Minister of Tourism also stated that “we are strengthening the structures of the National Health System in all destinations throughout Greece, continuing the same effort as last year.

We give priority to the vaccination of people who are involved in the provision of tourism services, at the same time with the vulnerable groups of the population in our country “. The Greek government assures that every tourist who chooses our country in 2021 will be completely safe.

01.03.2021.

Aegean Medical Service Restrictions on domestic flights continue…

Restrictions on domestic flights continue…

With today’s notam of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) the restrictions on domestic flights due to the pandemic are extended.
Thus with domestic flights we can travel only for essential reasons, ie for health issues, for business / business purposes, for objective family reasons (family reunification) and for return to permanent residence.

Notam in detail states:
“Aiming to protect passengers and citizens from the pandemic, the domestic directive for domestic flights (regular passenger services, general aviation and business routes – domestic flights, commercial) is extended until Monday, March 8, 2021 at 06:00 in the morning. and general / business aviation), which provides that only all essential airports in the country are allowed (Essential Travel) which includes travel for health, business / business purposes, for objective family reasons (family reunification) and for return to permanent residence “.

22.02.2021.

Aegean Medical Service CAA: Extensions of airline flight instructions abroad until March 8

CAA: Extensions of airline flight instructions abroad until March 8

The new extensions of the air directives (Covid-19 notams) for international flights until March 8, 2021, were announced by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). In particular, the following notams concerning international flights are extended until Monday, March 8, 2021 at 06:00 in the morning:

– Prohibition of entry to Greece of Nationals of third countries other than the countries of the European Union and the Schengen Agreement:

Notam provides for a ban on entry into the country of Nationals of third countries other than the countries of the European Union and the Schengen Agreement.

Citizens of the following 10 countries are excluded from the directive: United Kingdom, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Russian Federation and Israel.

– Seven quarantine days on all arrivals from abroad:

All passengers entering our country from any foreign country, including the Member States of the European Union, are subject to mandatory precautionary restrictions at home or at the place of temporary residence declared on the PLF form, for seven (7) days, except if they remain in Greece for a shorter period of time, in which case the temporary restriction is valid for this period of time, ie until their departure.

In addition, international passengers will be checked upon arrival, based on the procedure provided by the Passenger Locator Form. In case the tests find a positive passenger, the quarantine will be valid for 14 days.

– United Kingdom – 7-day quarantine and new pcr test to lift it:

Especially for incoming passengers from the UK in order to get out of quarantine they will have to undergo a new PCR test when the 7-day period is completed.

– Mandatory completion of Passenger Locator Form:

Mandatory completion of the form at the electronic address https://travel.gov.gr/ by all passengers of international flights to Greece. It is also mandatory to complete the PLF form for passengers of foreign flights who are permanent residents of Greece and depart from the airports of our country.

– Suspension of flights with Turkey: The suspension of flights between Greece and Turkey is extended. – Arrivals only at the airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” from Albania / Northern Macedonia:

All flights to and from Greece from Albania and Northern Macedonia according to the new extension of notam will be operated only at the “Eleftherios Venizelos” airport in Athens.

– Maximum traveler from the Russian Federation: Especially for Russia (permanent residents) the following restrictions remain, arrivals only at the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki and Heraklion and a maximum entry of 500 passengers per week in Greece.

– International arrivals only with a negative test of 72 hours:

Notam predicts that all passengers on international flights will enter our country only with a negative PCR test Covid-19 which will be performed up to 72 hours before their arrival.

It is also reminded that the passengers will be subjected to a sample test upon entering the Greek territory based on the PLF.

08.02.2021.

Aegean Medical Service New extensions of international and domestic flight instructions

New extensions of international and domestic flight instructions

The new extensions of the air directives (Covid-19 notams) for domestic flights until 15/2/21 and for international flights until 22/2/21 are announced to the passenger public by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

In particular, with the aim of protecting passengers and citizens from the pandemic, the air directive concerning domestic flights (regular passenger services, general aviation and business routes – domestic flights) is extended until Monday 15 February 2021 at 06:00 in the morning. commercial and general / business aviation), which provides that all essential airports in the country are allowed only essential domestic travel (Essential Travel) which includes travel for health, business / business purposes, objective family reasons (family reunification) and for return to permanent residence.

Regarding the international flight routes, the following are extended and valid until Monday, February 22, 2021 at 06:00 in the morning:

Prohibition of entry to Greece of Third-country nationals other than the countries of the European Union and the Schengen Agreement: notam provides for a ban on entry of third-country nationals other than the countries of the European Union and the Schengen Agreement. Citizens of the following 10 countries are excluded from the directive: United Kingdom, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Russian Federation and Israel. Japan was removed from the list of exemptions with the authorized third countries from this aviation directive in relation to the pre-existing one.

Seven (7) days quarantine on all arrivals from abroad: All passengers entering our country from any foreign country, including the Member States of the European Union, are subject to mandatory precautionary restrictions at home or at the place of temporary residence stated on the PLF form, for seven (7) days, unless they remain in Greece for a shorter period of time, in which case the temporary restriction is valid for this period of time, ie until their departure. In addition, international passengers will be checked upon arrival, based on the procedure provided by the Passenger Locator Form. In case the tests find a positive passenger, the quarantine will be valid for 14 days.

United Kingdom – 7-day quarantine and new pcr test to lift it: Especially for incoming passengers from the UK in order to get out of quarantine they will have to undergo a new PCR test when the 7-day period is completed.

Mandatory completion of Passenger Locator Form: Extension is also provided for the flight instruction for PLF, ie the mandatory completion of the form at the electronic address https://travel.gov.gr/ by all passengers of international flights to Greece. It is also mandatory to complete the PLF form for passengers of foreign flights who are permanent residents of Greece and depart from the airports of our country.

Suspension of flights with Turkey: The suspension of flights between Greece and Turkey is extended.

Maximum traveler from the Russian Federation: Especially for Russia (permanent residents) the following restrictions remain, arrivals only at the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki and Heraklion and a maximum entry limit for Greece of 500 passengers per week.

International arrivals only with a negative test of 72 hours: notam predicts that all passengers of international flights will enter our country only with a negative PCR test Covid-19 which will be performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. We also remind you that the passengers will be subject to a sample test upon entering the Greek territory based on the PLF.

Exceptions to pre-existing notams apply to all international and domestic flight instructions.

29.01.2021.

Aegean Medical Service Ban on entry to Bulgaria until April 30 - All conditions

Ban on entry to Bulgaria until April 30 – All conditions

 

The Decree of the Ministry of Health for banning entry into the country until April 30 is activated from today, January 29, in Bulgaria.

The relevant details of the Decree are as follows:

1. All persons, regardless of their nationality, shall be temporarily barred from entering the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria through all border crossings by air, sea, rail and road.

2. The prohibition shall not apply to:

a) Bulgarian citizens, citizens of the EU, Schengen countries (including San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and the Vatican), members of their families, including those who actually live with them, citizens of the United Kingdom Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Eastern Republic of Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Republic of North Korea, , Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel, Kuwait, Belarus and Turkey, persons with permanent or long-term residence permits in the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria and members of their families, , and people with a residence permit in an EU or Schengen country (including San Marino, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican) and their family members.

b) Medical staff, when the purpose of the trip is to perform their duties.

c) Employees in the field of supply of medical supplies and equipment, including their installation and maintenance.

D) Personnel of international means of transport of passengers and cargo, aircraft for commercial transport, etc.

e) Foreign officials and members of their delegations, diplomats, officials of international organizations, the military, employees of humanitarian organizations in the performance of their duties.

f) People traveling for humanitarian reasons

g) Representatives of commercial, economic and investment activities and persons directly related to:

-construction, maintenance, operation and security of critical strategic infrastructure projects in the Republic of Bulgaria

-execution of projects certified under the Law on Investment Promotion, activities that are important for the development of the country’s economy (certified by a letter from the Minister of Economy or another competent Minister), as well as persons working in shipbuilding and repair zones

h) Seasonal land workers and tourism workers

i) Workers in border areas

j) Persons traveling for educational purposes and persons participating in examination committees provided that the examination can not be carried out remotely

k) People who participate in international sports events (for the duration of the sporting event), athletes from abroad who come to the country for a specific probationary period, coaches from abroad, who come to take part in trainings, members of families of athletes and coaches, who hold a “D” type visa, certified by a letter from the Minister of Sports and Youth, which lists the names of individuals and the address of residence in Bulgaria. The letter is presented to the Border Control Authorities.

l) Foreign citizens who come to receive a Decree for acquired Bulgarian citizenship, certified by a letter from the Minister of Justice

m) Organizers and those who participate in international cultural events – for as long as the event lasts, by letter of the Minister of Culture

3.People included in point 2 may transit through Bulgarian territory

4. Transit transit shall be permitted only if there is a guarantee that the persons concerned will leave Bulgarian territory immediately.

5. All persons allowed to enter the country under point 2 may enter the territory of Bulgaria only by a negative PCR test using the polymerase chain reaction method for virus detection, which has been carried out up to 72 hours before entry. in the country, calculated from the date of examination in the document.

The document in point 5 must state the names of the person according to the identity or travel document with which he is traveling, details of the laboratory that carried out the test (name, address or other contact details), date on which the examination, indication in Latin the method (PCR) and the negative result (Negative)

7. Exemption from point 5 is allowed only for:

a) Bus drivers performing international passenger transport

(b) Drivers of lorries entering Bulgaria carrying out international transport of goods and goods

c) The members of the ship’s crews

(d) The crew members of aircraft flying to and from the airports of the Bulgarian Civil Aviation and the technical staff

e) The persons of point 2, par (i), regardless of their nationality

f) Persons transit through Bulgaria

8. Bulgarian citizens and persons with permanent, long-term or permanent residence status in the territory of Bulgaria and their family members who do not have a negative PCR test Covid 19, which has been done up to 72 hours before entering Bulgaria, are put in a 10-day period. quarantine at their home or at an address where they have stated that they will be staying during this period, by order issued by the Director of the respective regional health inspectorate or by an authorized Deputy Director.

27.01.2021.

Aegean Medical Service New measures for those traveling to the Netherlands and France…

New measures for those traveling to the Netherlands and France…

The Netherlands and France have announced new measures for those arriving in their territory to reduce the spread of the pandemic as much as possible.
The Dutch government has announced that flights to and from the United Kingdom as well as flights from South Africa and South America will be suspended. In addition, in addition to the negative PCR test already required by passengers (within 72 hours of departure to the Netherlands), all passengers traveling to the Netherlands from high-risk countries (including Greece) are required and a rapid test will be must have been made no earlier than 4 hours before departure. The test also applies to transit passengers.

For more information you can go to the KLM website https://www.klm.gr/.

In France…
For passengers traveling to France as their final destination, they may be required to take a negative COVID-19 test before boarding the aircraft, as well as a travel certificate, depending on where travel. The test must have been performed within the last 72 hours before departure and only PCR and LAMP tests are accepted. Upon arrival in France, passengers must be isolated for seven days. Other regulations may apply to travel to and from the French overseas territories.
For more information on the requirements and which countries are exempt you will find on the Air France website www.airfrance.gr.

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