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Announcement of preventive measures for protection of public health from the further spread of COVID-19 in the Greek territory.

Thursday, 19 March 2020



The Greek Government has announced that as of 18 th March 2020 and up to 6.00 am on 18 th April 2020, citizens of non-EU countries may not enter Greece, except for strictly exceptional reasons related to emergency work or family. The restriction does not apply to nationals of EU member-states and of Schengen Agreement, including their spouses or persons with whom they have entered into civil partnership as well as their minor children.

The restriction of the present decision does not include:

a) medical and nursing staff, researchers and professionals in the health sector as long as they present at entry points in the country their professional license

or other appropriate documentation proving their profession and on condition of their immediate inclusion in the National Health System management

b) long-term residents in EU or Schengen Agreement member-states and third- country nationals with a residence permit in EU or Schengen Agreement member-states

c) members of government missions

d) members of diplomatic or consular authorities and missions, members of international and European organizations, members of humanitarian organizations during the carrying out of their duties, military and security personnel

e) lorry drivers, which are entering for the transportation of commodities as well as the essential personnel for the transport, and

f) passengers in transit

Persons currently visiting Greece from abroad for holidays are urged to restrict their movements in the country, while those who have placed themselves in voluntary quarantine may leave the country before the expiry of the 14-day period.

Greek and EU citizens may enter the country. Be advised that a 14-day voluntary quarantine starting from the moment of entry to the country applies. Persons violating this obligation will face administrative fines.

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