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Update – 08/03/2021

As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 205,120. 53 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 6,758. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 466. 1,142 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 569 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 130 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.

Two more areas enter coronavirus red-alert

The region of Fokida and the municipality of Anogia (Rethymno, Crete) will enter red-alert status as of Saturday, as per the government’s announcements on Friday. The viral load of the novel coronavirus has risen in several regions and municipalities in Greece.

In particular the regions of Kozani (especially Eordea and Kozani), Kastoria, Ioannina, Kavala, Imathia (esp. Alexandria), Serres, Kilkis, Zakynthos, Chania and Rethimno. The weekly and biweekly averages of infections per 100,000 inhabitants are approaching alarming proportions there. In addition, Larissa’s region will no longer be under high-alert status as of 06:00 on Saturday, to facilitate recovery from the earthquake activity there earlier in the week.

Mitsotakis calls for speedy delivery of coronavirus vaccines

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Friday that the European Commission must pressure all pharmaceutical companies to “meet their schedules for the delivery of vaccine doses in the second quarter of 2021, when it is anticipated that there will be a significant increase in the rate of vaccinations.” He made his remarks during a meeting with Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas to discuss inoculations, the vaccination certificate as well as the new migration and asylum pact.

“Yesterday (Thursday) we exceeded the milestone of 1 million doses. Greece is moving proportionally faster than many European countries,” Mistotakis said. He added that the question now is how to expedite the process “so that we can build the wall of immunity which will allow us to return to normalcy.” He also thanked the Commission for embracing the idea of ​​the vaccination certificate to facilitate free movement within the European Union.

Greece extended the restrictions on domestic and international flights on Sunday, with the aim of limiting the spread of Covid-19.

According to an announcement by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), for domestic flights, only essential flights are allowed, until Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 06:00.

For international flights the restrictions continue until Monday, March 22, 2021 at 06:00 in the morning.

In particular, according to the CAA, the following apply:

Domestic flights

the extension of the directive concerning domestic flights (regular passenger services, general aviation and commercial routes – domestic flights, commercial and general / business aviation), which provides that only essential travel at all airports in the country are allowed (Essential Travel) which includes travel for health, business purposes, objective family reasons (family reunification) and return to permanent residence.

Prohibition of entry

Prohibition of entry to Greece of third-country nationals other than the countries of the European Union and the Schengen Agreement: notam provides for a prohibition of entry to the country of third-country nationals, except the countries of the European Union and the Schengen Agreement. Citizens of the following 8 countries are excluded from the aviation directive: United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Russian Federation and Israel. Rwanda and Singapore have been removed from this list of exemptions from the list of authorized third countries in relation to the existing air directive.


Seven (7) days quarantine on all arrivals from abroad: All passengers entering our country from any foreign country, including the Member States of the European Union, are subject to mandatory precautionary restrictions at home or at the place of temporary of residence declared on the PLF form, for seven (7) days, unless they remain in Greece for a shorter period, in which case the temporary restriction is valid for this period, ie until their departure.

In addition, international passengers will be checked upon arrival, based on the procedure provided by the Passenger Locator Form. In case a passenger tests positive, he will be placed in 14-day quarantine.


International arrivals only with a negative test of 72 hours: notam predicts that all passengers of international flights will enter Greece only with a negative PCR test Covid-19 which will be performed up to 72 hours before their arrival.

It is reminded that the passengers will be tested at the entrance to the Greek territory based on the PLF.

Mandatory rapid arrival test for all passengers from the UAE and the UK: In addition to all other measures, a mandatory rapid arrival test is provided for all passengers from the United Arab Emirates as well as from the United Kingdom.

United Kingdom – 7-day quarantine and new pcr test to lift it: Especially for incoming passengers from the UK in order to get out of quarantine they will have to undergo a new PCR test when the 7-day period is completed.

In more detail, the 1,142 new cases detected per Regional Unit:

  • Attica 569
    • Eastern Attica 82
    • Northern Sector of Athens 77
    • West Attica 33
    • Western Sector of Athens 66
    • Central Sector of Athens 162
    • Southern Sector of Athens 63
    • Islands 5
    • Piraeus 81
  • Thessaloniki 130
  • Etoloakarnania 8
  • Argolida 12
  • Arcadia 12
  • Arta 6
  • Achaia 35
  • Boeotia 7
  • Grevena 1
  • Drama 1
  • Evros 5
  • Evia 16
  • Evritania 7
  • Zakynthos 2
  • Ilia 8
  • Imathia 15
  • Heraklion 25
  • Thesprotia 4
  • Ioannina 18
  • Kavala 6
  • Kalymnos 4
  • Karditsa 8
  • Kastoria 2
  • Corfu 2
  • Kilkis 1
  • Kozani 17
  • Corinth 23
  • Kos 3
  • Laconia 7
  • Larissa 24
  • Lassithi 1
  • Lesvos 10
  • Lefkada 5
  • Magnesia 4
  • Messinia 14
  • Mykonos 1
  • Xanthi 1
  • Pella 8
  • Pieria 11
  • Preveza 1
  • Rethymnon 12
  • Rodopi 1
  • Rhodes 6
  • Samos 1
  • Serres 9
  • Syros 1
  • Trikala 1
  • Fthiotida 17
  • Florina 2
  • Fokida 2
  • Halkidiki 16
  • Chania 12
  • Chios 3
  • Under investigation 20

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