As of the latest update by the Greek authorities yesterday, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 3,148. The death toll from Covid-19 has climbed to 185, as one more fatality was recorded in the past 24 hours. The number of patients treated in intensive care units stands at 12, while 117 patients have left the intensive care unit.
The new jump of Covid-19 infections in several neighboring countries have forced the Greek government to reconsider its plan to reopen its northern borders to Balkan tourists, allowing only Bulgarians to cross into the country. Out of the fourteen border crossings stretching from Epirus in the west to Evros in the east, only those with Bulgaria were opened for cars and caravans on Monday.
On Monday, North Macedonia announced 103 new confirmed cases, Albania 69, Serbia 57 and Turkey reported 30 new infections. In light of these developments, the government decided to postpone the opening of the border crossings until June 30, when health authorities will reassess developments.
A total of 28 flights from abroad landed at Athens International Airport (AIA) and two at Makedonia airport in Thessaloniki on Monday. According to airport officials, procedures ran smoothly and tests lasted about 45 minutes. The ban on flights from Britain and Turkey will be in effect until June 30. According to the safety regulations that are in place, passengers landing in Athens from Albania, Belgium, France, Italy, North Macedonia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden will all be tested. Passengers from other European destinations will be randomly tested. All international arrivals will be allowed to all Greek airports as of July 1.
Useful information for travel to Greece:
Currently, flights to Greece are only through Athens and Thessaloniki airports. Regarding travelers arriving from EU airports, Greece is following two procedures: one for flights from airports that are included on the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) affected area list and one for flights from airports that are not included on the list.
Travelers whose trip originates in or transits from an airport on the EASA affected area list, should expect to be tested for Covid-19 upon arrival in Athens or Thessaloniki. Travelers are required to stay overnight at a designated hotel to await the results (24 hours) and if the test is negative, they are released and permitted to travel to their final destination. If the test is positive, they are quarantined under supervision for 14 days.
Travelers are subject to random testing and must self-isolate in a hotel of choice until the test results are available the next day. If a test is positive for Covid-19, the traveler will be under supervised quarantine at a designated hotel for 14 days.
Until further notice, all passengers arriving at Thessaloniki Airport will undergo Covid-19 tests.