ATHENS, 6 Mar – RIA Novosti. The Greek government has extended until March 22 permission to enter the country for up to 500 Russian citizens per week if they have a negative coronavirus test and a hotel voucher or documents that indicate their temporary residence in the country. The corresponding joint ministerial decision was published in the official government newspaper on Saturday.
Greece has allowed entry of 500 Russians per week from September 7, 2020, since then the relevant decree has been repeatedly extended. According to the new decision, it will be valid until 6.00 on March 22.
Entry conditions remain the same. Russian citizens will be able to enter Greece exclusively by air through three airports – Athens, Thessaloniki and Heraklion. Citizens of Russia must have a negative laboratory test for COVID-19 by PCR, taken no later than 72 hours before their arrival in Greece, with a certificate in English indicating all the data. Airlines are required to check this certificate before boarding the passenger, and in the absence of it, prohibit boarding, otherwise they will have to deport the passenger at their own expense.
Citizens of Russia, the day before arriving in the country, must fill out the electronic PLF (Passenger Locator Form), indicating their contact details in Greece. At the airport of arrival, a random test for COVID-19 can be done, in this case, the citizen must not leave his place of temporary residence until the results of the laboratory test are received. Violators face an administrative fine of 5 thousand euros, the Greek authorities are carefully checking compliance with the self-isolation regime.
Russia announced on January 28 that it would resume flights with Greece from February 8, noting that flights from Moscow to Athens would be operated twice a week. However, no changes have been made in the decision of the Greek authorities in comparison with those previously issued.
Due to the difficult epidemiological situation in Greece, a general quarantine is in effect from November 7, 2020. There is a curfew in the country, it is mandatory to wear a mask both indoors and outdoors, schools, theaters, museums, cinemas are closed, catering establishments, hairdressers, and industrial goods stores do not work. From March 4 to March 16, restrictions are tightened, the movement of citizens is limited.