Source: Government of Greece
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, many countries, including Greece, have imposed travel restrictions or taken other steps to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Travelers can find useful and important information for trips from the United States and for travels to Greece here.
1. Travel restrictions
A. From abroad to the United States.
The United States has suspended entry to nearly all foreign nationals who have been in China, Iran, and the Schengen Area European countries at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled travel to the U.S. These European countries include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. The ban has also been extended to the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
American citizens and all foreign nationals who are allowed to enter the United States (https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspension-entry-immigrants-nonimmigrants-certain-additional-persons-pose-risk-transmitting-2019-novel-coronavirus/) returning from the aforementioned countries are required to travel through 13 airports:
• Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts
• Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois
• Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas
• Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan
• Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii
• Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia
• John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
• Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California
• Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida
• NewarkLiberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey
• San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California
• Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington
• Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia
All citizens returning to the US may be subject to self quarantine.
Greek citizens should get in contact with the relevant airline companies as soon as possible in order to figure out how they can return to Greece. It is important to note that several airports in Europe (hubs) may envisage similar suspension of flights.
B. From abroad to the European Union
The EU has decided a temporary restriction of non-essential travel to the 27 EU member states for a period of 30 days.
C. Steps taken by Greece to restrict travel.
As of March 18th, 2020, 6 am Greek time, Greece suspends entry to citizens of non-EU member states. Only on the grounds of an absolutely necessary condition related exclusively to emergency work or family, non-EU citizens will be allowed to enter Greece.
The connection by air and sea has been temporarily suspended between Greece and Italy as well as air connection between Greece and Spain. Furthermore, sea, air and land connection have been temporarily suspended between Greece and Albania, as well as between Greece and the Republic of North Macedonia. Greek citizens and those who hold residence permit in Greece are allowed to enter the country. Deliveries of goods are also allowed to cross these borders.
C. Travelling is highly risky
Currently no other travel restrictions are in place. However, travelers should look for updated information in the country of departure and take into consideration the following instructions.
Confirmed cases have been reported worldwide, in Asia, the Middle East, Europe as well as in the United States of America, Canada and Australia. The risk for travelers is considered high. It is recommended that travelers avoid nonessential travel to areas with local transmission of COVID-19 – https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports
2. What to do when in Greece
• All those entering Greece are subjected to mandatory self-quarantine at home for 14 days.
• If you develop fever and/or respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath or cough 14 days after you have returned, it is recommended that you stay indoors and immediately seek medical attention mentioning your recent trip, or contact the National Public Health Organization (1135, 210-5212054).
• Those who are already in Greece on holidays
– are advised to move within the country only to the extent that this is absolutely necessary
– are free to leave the country, even if they have not completed the 14 days mandatory self-quarantine.
• Foreign nationals should keep the contact details of your home country’s embassy or consulate in Greece in case they need to contact these.
All should comply with the measures and guidelines of the local authorities [https://eody.gov.gr/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-travellers/] and of the WHO [https://www.who.int/]
3.Transits through other countries and returning home
Due to many recent travel restrictions, Greece has advised its citizens against non-essential travels to other countries.
A number of countries have imposed travel restrictions in connection with the outbreak of the coronavirus. Some of these may also ban entry or impose quarantine for travelers coming from Greece. These may change very quickly.
Travelers are therefore advised to contact the embassy or consulate of their transit or destination country to receive information on possible entry restrictions. Travelers should also keep themselves informed about any changes during their stay abroad. In many cases also the health ministry or competent authorities provide information for travelers on their websites.
4.Where to find more information
More information is available at the following institutions:
Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs https://www.mfa.gr/en/coronavirus-covid-19-useful-information.html
Greek Organization of Public Health https://eody.gov.gr/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-travellers/
Ministry of Health https://www.moh.gov.gr/articles/health/dieythynsh-dhmosias-ygieinhs/metadotika-kai-mh-metadotika-noshmata/c388-egkyklioi/6652-odhgies-prostasias-apo-anapneystikh-loimwksh-apo-to-neo-koronaio
The World Health Organization https://www.who.int/