Measures taken by the greek government due to the coronavirus

Due to the situation of the COVID-19 all around Europe, the Greek Government has approved and implemented some measures in order to limit the spread of the virus within its borders.

Country-Specific Information:

A curfew is in effect March 23–April 6 throughout Greece. Violators will be fined (150 Euros per violation). Those who leave their residence must have a valid reason to be out. Such reason shall be documented via a specific form (Type A Form relates to work and Type B Form is for essential personal movement (i.e. supermarket, doctor/pharmacy, help someone in need, ceremony (wedding, baptism, funeral), physical exercise). Instead of filling out form B, one may send an sms message to 13033 which is free of charge. Those who are out, must carry with them either an identity card or passport at all times as they are subject to police checks.

  • Greek authorities have banned gatherings of more than ten people.
  • All museums, including the Museum of Acropolis are closed through the end of March.
  • Schools (nurseries, kindergartens, primary schools, high schools and universities) are closed until April 27th.
  • Restaurants, bars, clubs, cinemas, theaters, playgrounds, gyms and all retail shops are also closed. Online orders are still available.
  • Land borders with Albania, North Macedonia, and Turkey are closed; further closures may be instituted without notice.
  • Air travel between: Italy, Spain, Turkey, the UK and Holland is suspended; the travel ban is continuously under review. Ferry service between Italy and Greece is suspended.
  • The majority of hotels will be closed through April 30 pursuant to government directive. Airbnb and other host platforms are NOT affected by this closure as of now.
  • Authorities have also restricted any movement to the islands except for the respective permanent residents.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

The Greek government announced that as of March 18th through April 18th, non-EU citizens may not enter Greece except for spouses or minors of EU/Schengen nationals, long-term residents, members of government delegations, and passengers in transit.

  • No particular documentation to enter/exit Greece is required at this time.
  • National Public Health Organization of Greece has disseminated guidance on prevention, detection and containment measures to all points of entry to Greece: airports, including airline and ground airport personnel, shipping and ground maritime personnel, border/land entries.

Quarantine Information:

On March 16, Greek authorities announced a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine on all international arrivals. This quarantine period is enforced by random police checks.

See the measures taken by the spanish government.

Effie Andreouloakou, Orience International Lawyer

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