Greece reopens to EU Council recommended safe nations

Greece open borders

It’s been almost 10 days now that Greece has allowed residents of 14 third-countries to enter its boundaries. This was despite the ban on travel of third-country citizens across the EU, which also included Greece.

14 countries of the world were declared safe for travel by the EU Council on June 30, 2020. The EU Council had recommended its member states to reopen their borders as they are epidemiologically safe. These 14 countries are:

  • Australia
  • Algeria
  • Georgia
  • Canada
  • Montenegro
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Morocco
  • South Korea
  • Rwanda
  • Tunisia
  • Thailand
  • China
  • Uruguay

Among these, China was considered on the terms that the reopening of the border should be reciprocal. Greece has taken the EU Council recommendation and implemented it from July 1, 2020. Now Greece tourist visa will come useful.

Hence, from July 1, residents from EU+ countries can travel to Greece. These will include the following countries apart from the 14 countries recommended by the EU Council:

  • The UK
  • EU
  • Iceland
  • Norway
  • Lichtenstein
  • Switzerland

The essential measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will be implemented by Greece such as diagnostic screening. From July 9, 2020, every traveler who enters the boundaries of Greece must complete the PLF (Passenger Locator Form). This must be done at least 24 hours prior to entering the country. The form will provide detailed information on their:

  • Address of stay while in Greece (at least of the first 24 hours)
  • Duration of previous stays in other nations
  • Point of departure

Random tests will be applied to all travelers who arrive in Greece by land, sea, or air. If they test positive, they will be contacted and made undergo isolation for 14 days. The treatment expenses of all visitors suffering from COVID-19 symptoms will be covered by the Greek authorities.

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