PASSENGERS TRAVELLING FROM ITALY TO GREECE
Conditions that apply for entry into Greece in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 (Government Gazette 25/8.1.2022).
Entrance to Greece is allowed to:
- Citizens of the European Union (EU) and members of their family
- Citizens of Schengen countries and members of their family
- Permanent residents of the following countries: San Marino, Azerbaijan, Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Vatican, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, United Kingdom, Japan, India, Jordan, Israel, Canada, Qatar, China, Chinese Taipei, Kosovo, Kuwait, Belarus, Mexico, Lebanon, Montenegro, Moldova, Monaco, Bahrain, Brunei, New Zealand, South Korea, Ukraine, Uruguay, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Turkey and Chile.
- Healthcare professionals, nursing staff and health researchers
- Long-term residents of EU Member States or the Schengen Agreement and third-country nationals holding a residence permit in EU or Schengen Member States, including third-country nationals holding valid residence permits (residence permits, residence cards, permanent residence cards) issued in application of Greek and European legislation
- Politicians, diplomats, military personnel, etc.
- Personnel employed in the transport sector
- Transit passengers
- Holders of a Special Expatriate Identity Card
- Caregivers of the elderly and disabled
- Seasonal workers in the fields of agriculture and fishing, who can enter the country once during the period provided by their work permit.
All persons mentioned above should prove their status with the appropriate documents.
All travellers to Greece, regardless of nationality and way of entering the country, should fill in and submit the electronic PLF (Passenger Locator Form) available at https://travel.gov.gr, with their contact details in Greece before their arrival in the country. The proof of submission of the PLF, which is automatically sent by e-mail to the passenger, is considered a necessary travel document. A valid PLF form, with a QR code, is considered necessary for the entrance to each entrance gate of the Country.
All travellers to Greece, regardless of nationality and way of entering the country and regardless if they have vaccination or disease certificates, must submit either a negative result of molecular test (PCR) for COVID-19 performed within the last seventy two (72) hours before their arrival in Greece or a negative result of rapid antigen test for COVID-19 performed within the last twenty four (24) hours before arrival in Greece. Both tests should be performed by reference laboratories of the country of origin or transit or public or private laboratories of that country, provided that these private laboratories are certified by the competent national certification authority of the country and passengers should have a certificate of the above diagnosis, in Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian language, including the name of the passenger as indicated on the passport.
Especially permanent residents of the states: Argentina, India, Mexico, Uruguay, the Russian Federation, Sultanate of Oman and Chile enter the country, if their entry is allowed, with the additional condition that they are diagnosed negative in a mandatory PCR test or rapid coronavirus antigen detection test (rapid test), at the points of entry in the country.
All travellers to Greece, regardless of nationality and way of entering the country, coming from Egypt, Albania, Argentina, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Brazil, Georgia, Republic of Cuba, United Arab Emirates, India, China, Libya, Morocco, Pakistan, the Russian Federation and Turkey, enter the country, if their entry is allowed, with the additional condition of being diagnosed negative in a mandatory laboratory test either by PCR method or by using the rapid detection of coronavirus antigen COVID-19 (rapid test), at the points of entry of the country. Those who have a vaccination certificate or a disease certificate from COVID-19 are excluded from the above mandatory test. The disease certificate is issued thirty (30) days after the first positive test and its validity lasts up to ninety (90) days after it. Specifically, the disease certificates issued from 15.7.2021 until 31.10.2021 remain valid until 31.1.2022.
The above obligations concern minors from five (5) years old and over.
During check-in at Italian ports, passengers should display both the submission of the PLF form and the possession of one of the above certificates that are mandatory for their boarding.
All travellers to Greece, regardless of nationality and way of entering the country, are subject upon arrival to sampling (or mandatory in the cases mentioned above) laboratory PCR or rapid coronary antigen detection tests COVID-19 (rapid tests) based on a health algorithm. The tests are carried out by officers of the General Secretariat for Civil Protection and the National Public Health Organization, which are in charge of carrying out medical examinations. Passengers subjected to the sampling (or mandatory) tests shall remain at place of arrival until the test result is issued and in the event of their detection as positive for COVID-19, they are subject to temporary restriction, at home or at a suitable place of temporary residence indicated by the competent authorities, for five (5) days. The temporary restriction starts from the next day of the positive test. After five (5) days and if there are no symptoms or the symptoms have improved, with complete remission of fever for twenty-four (24) hours without the use of antipyretics, the temporary restriction ends. If the fever persists after five (5) days, the temporary restriction is extended until the fever has completely subsided. The above persons are obliged to wear only a mask of high respiratory protection (FFP2 or N95) or alternatively a double mask (surgical and fabric) for at least another five (5) days from the end of the restriction.
PASSENGERS TRAVELLING FROM GREECE TO ITALY
Regarding the conditions that are valid until 31.01.2022, for the entry into Italy from Greece in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 (Ordinance of the Italian Minister of Health - 14.12.2021).
The submission of the digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF) available at https://app.euplf.eu/#/ is mandatory for anyone who enters Italy from Greece for any length of stay, via any means of transport. One form must be completed for each adult passenger; accompanied minors can be registered on the form of the accompanying adult. In the case of unaccompanied minors, the dPLF must be completed by the parent or legal guardian before departure. Transit passengers should select “Italy” as the destination country, regardless of their final destination. Once the form has been sent, passengers receive the dPLF in PDF and as a QR Code at the email address entered during registration, which must be shown directly from a smartphone (in digital format) when boarding. Alternatively, passengers can print a copy of the dPLF to show when boarding.
Entry into Italy for travellers, who have resided or made a transit through Greece within the previous 14 days from the date of arrival in Italy, is allowed under the following conditions:
a) Presentation to the carrier upon boarding and to whoever else has the authority to carry out controls, of the Passenger Locator Form in digital format or in hard copy;
b) Presentation to the carrier upon boarding and to whoever else has the authority to carry out controls, of the Covid-19 green vaccination or recovery certificate (or equivalent certificate);
c) Presentation to the carrier upon boarding and to whoever else has the authority to carry out controls, of a negative molecular COVID-19 test dated not older than 48 hours or a negative antigenic COVID-19 test dated not older than 24 hours before arrival in Italy.
In case of non-presentation of the Covid-19 green certificate of vaccination or recovery (as referred in b) and without prejudice to the obligation to undergo the molecular or antigenic test (as referred in c), it is mandatory to undergo health surveillance and fiduciary isolation of five (5) days at the address indicated in the Passenger Locator Form, with the obligation to undergo a molecular or antigen test, carried out by means of a swab, at the end of that period.
Certificates may be written in Italian, English, French or Spanish and may be submitted in either written or digital form.
Children under 6 years of age are exempt from the pre-departure molecular or antigen swab test.
Minors are exempt from quarantine (where provided) only if they are accompanied by an adult (parent or other escort) holding a green certificate (or the EU digital COVID certificate).
With the obligation to complete and submit the electronic dPLF (digital Passenger Locator Form) and provided that there are no symptoms of COVID-19, the presentation of an EU digital COVID certificate or a green certificate and the performance of molecular or antigenic test before arrival in Italy, do not apply to:
- whoever enters Italy for a period of less than 120 hours for proven reasons of work, health or urgency, with the obligation, at the end of the above period, to leave Italian territory immediately or, if this is not possible, to enter a period of monitoring or preventive self-restriction.
- whoever transits, by his own means, through the Italian territory for a period of up to 36 hours, with the obligation, at the end of the above period, to leave the Italian territory immediately or, if this is not possible, to enter a period of monitoring or preventive self-restriction.
ANNOUNCEMENT - SELF-TEST DECLARATION FOR TRUCK DRIVERS
According to Government Gazette 25/8.1.2022 the following applies for the entry of truck drivers into Greece:
Trucks drivers, regardless of nationality, performing freight transportation on the Italy-Greece routes (to the ports of Patras, Igoumenitsa and Corfu) must submit at departure port a COVID-19 self-test declaration of negative result before boarding the ship. Upon arrival at the Greek port of destination, drivers are required to present to the competent Greek authorities the above self-test declaration and are subject to mandatory examination for rapid detection of coronavirus COVID-19 antigen (rapid test).
Truck drivers are advised to arrive at the port of departure on time in order to facilitate the pre-boarding inspection process.