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 4298/16.09.2021).
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, Armenia, Australia, Vatican, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, United Kingdom, Japan, Jordan, Israel, Canada, Qatar, China, Chinese Taipei, Kosovo, Kuwait, Belarus, Lebanon, Montenegro, Moldova, Monaco, Bahrain, Brunei, New Zealand, South Korea, Ukraine, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore and Turkey
- 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
- 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, must meet one of the following entry requirements:
- Have completed the vaccination for COVID-19 at least fourteen (14) days before arrival to Greece and present a vaccination certificate in Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian, issued by a public authority and in accordance with the relevant legislation. The vaccination certificate must include the name of the passenger as indicated on the passport, the type of vaccine administered, the number of doses and the date(s) of vaccination, or
- Have a negative molecular test (PCR) for COVID-19 by taking an oral or nasopharyngeal smear or a negative result of rapid antigen test for COVID-19 a) performed within the last seventy two (72) hours before arrival in Greece for the PCR test and within forty eight (48) hours before arrival in Greece for the rapid test, b) 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 c) 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, or
- Carry a certificate of illness after a molecular test (PCR) or after a rapid coronavirus antigen detection test for COVID-19 (rapid test). The disease certificate is issued thirty (30) days after the first positive test and its validity lasts up to one hundred and eighty (180) days after it. The first positive test is carried out by a) a public authority in accordance with the relevant legislation or b) 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. The certificate of illness is in Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian and includes the name of the traveller as it appears on the passport, or
- Carry, in digital or printed form, a COVID-19 Digital Certificate issued in accordance with EU requirements containing information on vaccination or the result of the last rapid antigen detection test (rapid test) or laboratory PCR test for coronavirus COVID-19, or of coronavirus COVID-19 illness, as appropriate, in compliance with the above intervals.
- Especially the permanent residents of the Russian Federation enter Greece under the following conditions: a) have been negatively tested in a laboratory by the method of PCR or by using rapid coronavirus antigen detection test (rapid test) for COVID-19 and b) have an obligatory molecular (PCR) test or rapid coronavirus antigen detection test (rapid test) at the points of entry in the country, stay in the gate area until the issuance of the test result and accept the mandatory temporary restriction in case of a positive test result.
- 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 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 above obligations concern minors from twelve (12) 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 ten (10) days or seven (7) days for those who have completed the vaccination for COVID-19 at least fourteen (14) days before arrival to Greece. On the last day of their temporary restriction, they are subjected to mandatory laboratory testing by PCR method.
PASSENGERS TRAVELLING FROM GREECE TO ITALY
Until 25.10.2021, 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 - 28.08.2021).
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.
For entry into Italy, travellers who have resided or made a transit through Greece within the previous 14 days from the date of arrival in Italy, must present to the carrier upon boarding and to whoever else has the authority to carry out controls, the EU digital COVID certificate, showing that they:
- Have completed the vaccination for COVID-19 at least fourteen (14) days before arrival to Italy, or
- Have recovered from COVID-19 and completed the prescribed period of isolation following SARS-CoV-2 disease. The certificate of recovery is valid up to one hundred and eighty (180) days after the first positive test, or
- Have taken, within forty-eight hours (48) before entering Italy, a molecular or antigen swab test with a negative result in SARS-CoV-2.
Alternatively to the EU digital COVID certificate, travellers to Italy can equally present green certificates, i.e. certificates issued in one of the member states of the European Union or in a third country, after completion of vaccination with an approved by EMA (European Medicines Agency) vaccine or after recovery from COVID-19 and completion of the quarantine period required for SARS-CoV-2 disease or after performing, within 48 hours before entering Italy, rapid antigen test or molecular test with negative result.
Certificates may be written in Italian, English, French or Spanish and may be submitted in either written or digital form.
In case of non-presentation of the EU digital COVID certificate or the green certificate, a preventive self-restriction is required (5-day quarantine) after informing the competent local Health Authority of entry into Italy and, after the end of the 5-day preventive self-restriction, it is necessary to take a molecular test (PCR) or antigen test.
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 within 48 hours 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 Gazette3590/Β/04.08.2021 (Article four) the following applies for the entry of truck drivers into Greece from Saturday, 19th of June 2021 at 06:00 until Thursday, 12th of August 2021 at 06:00:
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.