Aiming to curb the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) in Greece, the country’s deputy crisis management minister, Nikos Hardalias, announced a series a new precautionary measures on Friday, including extra restrictions for the islands of Paros and Antiparos.
More specifically, according to Hardalias the following measures apply from August 17 and through to August 24:
- a 50-person cap at public events in affected areas, with the exception of activities and events where special rules apply such as restaurants, theaters, cinemas etc
- restaurants, clubs and entertainment venues in Attica, which includes Athens, the Saronic Gulf and Kythira islands, close at midnight through to 7am. The measure also applies to the regions of Crete, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, Thessaloniki, Halkidiki, Larissa, Corfu, Mykonos, Paros, Santorini, Volos, Katerini, Rhodes, Antiparos. Zakynthos and Kos
- emergency restrictions already imposed on Poros island will be extended to August 24 – bars, clubs and restaurants will be required to close at midnight (from the current 11pm curfew)
- masks are mandatory in army barracks, social solidarity structures, and in refugee and migrant recepition and accommodation facilities
- staff on holiday leave returning to work at care facilities, nursing homes, military camps, social solidarity structures, and refugee and migrant accommodation facilities will be required to undergo Covid-19 testing prior to work
- holidaymakers returning to their homes are strongly advised to wear masks at all times for a week in all public and private enclosed areas and in public when social distancing is not possible.
- public or private sector employees who are considered vulnerable and at a higher risk of contracting Covid-19, as of August 31 will be able to choose to work from home or from the back office
Restrictions on Paros and Antiparos
As of 6am on Saturday 15 August to August 24 for the islands of Paros and Antiparos:
- all public events have been canceled
- a maximum of nine people at each gathering, in public or private space
- a maximum of four people at each table – six if they are first-degree relatives.
Attica cultural events canceled
In the meantime, the Attica regional authority has canceled all cultural events starting today through to August 31 in its regional divisions: Central Athens, Southern Athens, Northern Athens, Western Athens, Piraeus, Saronic Islands, Western Attica and Eastern Attica.
Attica regional authorities also announced that random testing will conducted on travelers returning from the islands at the ports of Piraeus and Rafina on Sunday 16 August.
At the same time, in efforts to raise awareness, the region will be launching an information campaign at both ports aimed at underlining the importance of maintaining hygiene and social distancing measures by returning vacationers so as to protect older or more vulnerable family members.
*ATTENTION: All measures and guidelines reported have been obtained by the National Public Health Organization (EODY) or from ministry announcements and are subject to change based on the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic, government decisions, and European Union directives.
Greece Requires Negative Covid-19 Test for Entry from Israel
All travelers entering Greece from Israel as of August 17 until August 31, will be obliged to present a negative molecular test result (PCR) for coronavirus (Covid-19) upon arrival to the country.
The test must be performed up to 72 hours before travelers enter Greece, a new aviation directive (NOTAM) by the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) aimed to limit the further spread of the coronavirus in Greece.
The negative molecular test result (PCR) for coronavirus must be from a certified diagnostic center and in English when presented to Greek control authorities. The test result must include passport or ID details of travelers.
It is noted that airlines must check whether passengers have a negative Covid-19 test before the flight. If not, passengers should not be allowed to board. Airlines that do not comply with this obligation will be responsible for the repatriation of passengers at their own expense.
It is reminded that all travelers to Greece are still obliged to complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) 24 hours before entering the country.
Israel permanent residents must retake Covid-19 test
The directive notes that all travelers from Israel must also present documentation of their temporary residence in Greece (hotel booking or other appropriate documents).
In any case, according to the directive, all permanent residents of Israel entering Greece will be re-subjected to a laboratory test for Covid-19 with the PCR method (taking a sample from nasal or oral passage). Until the results of the laboratory test are issued, passengers should remain confined to their place of temporary residence.
Maximum entry of 600 travelers from Israel per week
The same NOTAM concerning passengers from Israel notes that only 600 people per week are allowed to enter Greece on flights arriving to the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklion and Corfu, excluding arrivals at other airports in the country.
Greek repatriation programs are excluded from the NOTAM.
A fine of 5,000 euros will be imposed on those who violate the aviation directive for the controlled entry of permanent residents of Israel.