The Greek Government has extended its entry ban for travellers outside the European Union until 31 August in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCCA) said that the ban, however, does not apply to citizens from the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Georgia
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uruguay

The HCCA said other exemptions from the ban include the following:

  • EU/Schengen Zone nationals, as well as their spouses, or citizens with whom they have entered into a cohabitation agreement, and their (underage) children.
  • Medical and nursing staff as well as health professionals and researchers.
  • EU/Schengen Area long-term residents and third-country nationals who obtain a residence permit in the EU/Schengen Zone.
  • Members of governmental missions and diplomatic or consular authorities.
  • Military and security personnel together with the staff of the General Secretariat for Civil Protection.
  • People employed in the field of transport, including aircraft crews, seafarers, hired flight personnel firefighters and crews.
  • Truck drivers (and their necessary personnel) passing through Greece in order to transport goods.
  • Students, transit passengers, elderly carers and people with disabilities, and seasonal agricultural workers.

According to the World Health Organisation’s latest statistics, Greece has had 7,684 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 235 deaths reported.

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