Greece: Gov’t announces details on reopening borders on 1 July

Greece: Gov’t announces details on reopening borders on 1 July

Government Spokesman Stelios Petsas announced the details on the reopening of the Greek borders, taking the next step in restoring travel flows, with the protection of the health of workers in the tourism industry, the residents of tourist destinations and visitors remaining a priority.

Following the consultations at European Union level, from 1 July 2020 the following will apply:

  1. Visitors:

The possibility of entering Greece for all *EU+ permanent residents continues as usual. There is also the possibility of entry for third-country nationals who have a residence permit in Greece, as well as other exceptions for third-country nationals (family members of European citizens, health workers and researchers, caregivers of the elderly, employees working at the borders, seasonal workers in agriculture, staff employed in the transport sector – including sailors, diplomatic personnel, personnel of international organizations, military personnel, humanitarian aid workers exercising their duties; Transit passengers, passengers travelling for family purposes, students, highly skilled workers if their employment is beneficial to the national economy and their work cannot be postponed or carried out remotely).

It goes without saying that Greek expatriates who hold a Greek passport or a Special Greek Identity Card (SGIC) are always welcome wherever they come from.

Greece, following the European recommendations, will be extending the possibility of entry into the country for permanent residents of the following third countries (the list will be updated every 15 days):

Algeria, Australia, Georgia, Japan, Canada, Morocco, Montenegro, New Zealand, South Korea, Rwanda, Serbia, Uruguay, Thailand, Tunisia, China**.

In order to prove their place of residence, third-country nationals are required to present either their residence permit, work permit, their identity card, as long as it states the place of residence, and/or the driver’s license or other documents.

* The EU+ region includes the Schengen countries (including Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania) and the countries connected to the Schengen area (Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein), as well as Ireland and the United Kingdom.

* It will be considered on the basis of reciprocity.

  1. Flights:

From July 1, international flights to all airports in Greece will be restored.

Direct flights from the United Kingdom and Sweden will not be allowed (until 15/7). All other direct flights are permitted.

  1. Land entry points:

-At the border with Bulgaria, visitors are only allowed to enter from the border crossing of Promachonas. At the rest of the entry points, crossings will be allowed only for essential purposes.

– At the borders with Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey, crossings will only be allowed for essential purposes (see point 1).

  1. Sea entrance gates:

The sea gates to Patras and Igoumenitsa will reopen.

Prevention measures – checks at entry points

All travelers to Greece are required to complete and submit the Passenger Locator Form 48 hours before their trip, which is available to download at the Visit Greece app and at the www.travel.gov.gr website.

In an effort to ensure public health, Greek doctors and engineers have developed a program for the analysis and evaluation of epidemiological data, on the basis of which visitors will be subjected to sampling (Covid-19 test) upon entry. These visitors should follow the instructions of the General Secretariat for Civil Protection.

Greece, in co-operation with its European Union partners, reserves the right to review its policy on these issues based on the progression of epidemiological data. /ibna