Traveling to Greece Amid the Pandemic

Santorini, Greece

Air travel is rebounding and there is a revival for the travel industry. Many British holidaymakers are turning to holiday destinations for this summer.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued a warning restricting all non-essential international travel in March. But it has lifted the restrictions for more than 80 destinations.

Greece was on this list, meaning Britons can now visit there without invalidating their travel insurance.

There was no air travel between the UK and Greece in March. But it was resumed from 15 July.

However, EasyJet has been flying to Thessaloniki and Corfu since 16 and 19 July respectively. It started flights from London to Athens on 23 July and to Mykonos on 24 July.

Ryanair is also operating flights. It started flying from London to Athens from 26 July to Corfu from 19 July. And to Thessaloniki from 16 July.

Wizz, Aegean and British Airways are also offering flights to various Greek destinations.

Requirements for Entering in Greece

However, before arriving in Greece travelers must complete an online Passenger Locator Form (PLF). The traveler must fill it at least 24 hours prior to arrival. The form is online, in English. All travelers over 18 must complete a separate form. Parents can add children under 18 in their form (at the top of the form, before pressing “submit”).

When the traveler has completed the form. They will receive an email acknowledgment and, in a separate email, a QR code. This code is likely to be sent up to 24 hours before travel, regardless of how early the form is filled in.

When travelers receive their code they must either print it. Or ensure they can display it on their mobile phone. However the traveler will have to show their code to Greek authorities on arrival into the country, and some airlines may also ask to see it before they let the passengers board.

When travelers arrive in Greece they will have to show the QR code and the authorities will scan the QR code and may direct them for health screening (including testing for coronavirus).

Any traveler who does not fill in the form will be charged a fine of €500. Or the Greek authorities will not let them enter the country.

From 17 August, passengers flying to Greece from Belgium, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden will all need to provide a negative COVID test result, obtained up to 72 hours prior, to authorities upon arrival. The same goes for all passengers entering across the land from bordering countries.

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