Greece has banned flights to and from Turkey, Albania and North Macedonia until 31 July due to the coronavirus.

The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority says the entry ban for non-EU citizens has also been extended until 31 July.

Schengen Visa Info reports all flights coming from Albania and North Macedonia are only permitted to land at Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos until the same date, due to Greece’s decision to ban them from all other airports in the country.

According to reports, the following flights will be exempted from the ban: sanitary flights, cargo flights, humanitarian flights, aircraft return flights only with its crew (ferry flights), emergency flights, state flights, military flights (except to and from Turkey), Frontex flights, technical landings (flights that have mechanical damage without the need to disembark the passengers).

Greece followed European Union recommendation and exempted the following 12 countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

Serbia and Montenegro are no longer on the EU’s safe list due to the increased number of COVID-19 infections in both countries.

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