Greece: FCO updates advice as nation imposes rules denying some tourists entry

Greece become increasingly more popular with Britons recently after Spain was removed from the UK’s “air bridge” list. The country is experiencing a slow increase in coronavirus cases but still remains open to tourists. However, the country has now introduced new restrictions for those coming from certain countries.

Currently, Britons can enter Greece but must follow certain entry requirements.

The FCO website reads: “British nationals are not affected by the European Union’s measures to close EU borders to non-EU country nationals.

“If you’re a British national, you can still enter Greece, but you must comply with the Greek authorities’ requirements, including on testing and self-isolation.”

Greece is now denying entrance to visitors travelling by air from Malta unless they can show a negative coronavirus test result.

The test must be conducted no more than 72 hours before arrival.

The website adds: “Greece’s air connections with Turkey are currently closed to passenger traffic.

“If you are travelling by air from Bulgaria, Malta, North Macedonia, Romania or the United Arab Emirates, and, from 17 August, from Albania, Sweden, Czech Republic, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands or North Macedonia, you may be denied entry to Greece unless you can show a negative coronavirus result from a test conducted no more than 72 hours before your arrival.

“From August 17, all travellers entering Greece by any land border are required to produce a COVID-negative PCR test conducted in the country of departure within 72 hours of arrival in Greece.

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“This applies equally to Greek nationals and Greece residence permit holders.”

Other new restrictions include those visiting Albania from Greece.

The FCO added: “From August 16, if you enter Greece from Albania, including via the Kakavia land border, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form and quarantine for 7 days at the address you provide on the form.

“As of August 16, the number of travellers entering Greece through the Kakavia crossing is limited to 750 persons per day.”

Greece is currently exempt from Foreign Office (FCO) advice against all non-essential international travel.

This is based on a current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

Anyone returning from Greece to the UK is not required to self isolate for 14 days.

Greece’s Prime Minister warned last week that new restrictions could be put in place if daily coronavirus cases continued to rise.

The Greek island of Poros has imposed new restrictions which include food and drink outlets remaining closed from 12am until 7am.

The Foreign Office (FCO) has said that Greece is likely to impose local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, according to Telegraph Travel.

Those travelling to Greece must submit a passenger locator form at least 24 hours before they travel.

If travellers do not fill this in, they could be in danger of receiving a €500 fine or not being allowed to travel to Greece.

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