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Greece Reopens to Russian Tourists with Negative Covid-19 Test Results

Greece will open its borders to Russian citizens under certain conditions as of September 7, according to a government decision announced on Tuesday 1st September.

Only 500 people per week will be initially allowed to enter Greece from Russia on flights arriving to the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki and Heraklion (Crete), excluding arrivals at other airports in the country.

The decision, which is aimed to limit the further spread of Covid-19 in Greece, will be in force until September 21 at midnight.

The conditions in detail

According to the decision, all permanent residents of Russia entering Greece will be obliged to present a negative molecular test result (PCR) for Covid-19 upon arrival to the country.

The test must be performed up to 72 hours before travelers enter Greece at a certified diagnostic center and in the English language. The test result must include passport or ID details of travelers.

Airlines are obliged to check whether passengers have a negative Covid-19 test before the flight. If not, passengers should not be allowed to board. Airlines that do not comply with this obligation will be responsible for the repatriation of passengers at their own expense.

It is reminded that all travelers to Greece are still obliged to complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) 24 hours before entering the country.

Moreover, all travelers from Russia must also present documentation of their temporary residence in Greece (hotel booking or other appropriate documents).

The decision also notes that all permanent residents of Russia entering Greece will be re-subjected to a laboratory test for Covid-19 with the PCR method (taking a sample from nasal or oral passage). Until the results of the laboratory test are issued, passengers should remain confined to their place of temporary residence.

A fine of 5,000 euros will be imposed on those who violate the rules announced for the controlled entry of permanent residents of Russia.