COVID-19 Information

Updated April 8, 2020 View U.S. Embassy Athens’ Most Recent Alerts Enroll or unsubscribe in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) Flight Information: There are no direct flights from Greece to the United States.  The list below includes flights that are currently scheduled; however this information may not be exhaustive and is subject to change at any time by the airlines.  Contact the airlines directly for confirmation …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: Current Status of Passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad Applications

Message to U.S. Citizens:  Current Status of Passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad Applications (April 8, 2020) Effective April 2, the Department of States ceased printing and shipping full validity passports (five year passports for minors under 16, 10 year passports for those aged 16 and older) and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad to …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece – residency permits

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece (April 6, 2020) Location:  Greece Event:  Daily COVID-19 update to U.S. citizens in Greece – New information on applying for Greek residency permits International commercial flight options currently exist in Greece.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece – stimulus checks

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece (April 3, 2020) Location:  Greece Event:  Daily COVID-19 update to U.S. citizens in Greece – Where to find information on COVID-19 stimulus checks International commercial flight options currently exist in Greece.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece – extension of 90 days

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece (April 2, 2020) Location:  Greece Event:  Daily COVID-19 update to U.S. citizens in Greece:  How to apply for an extension of your 90 day visa-free entry The Department of State continues to urge U.S. citizens abroad considering a return to the United States to depart immediately while commercial flight …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece – departure flights

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece, March 31, 2020 Location: Greece Event: Daily message to U.S. citizens in Greece regarding COVID-19:  Departure flights U.S. citizens intending to return to the United States should do so immediately. Aegean, Air France, Qatar, and Swiss Air operate flights departing from Athens that connect through cities with flights to …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece – what the government can and can’t do in a crisis

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece Location:  Greece Event:  Today’s daily update to U.S. citizens in Greece regarding COVID-19 and local conditions:  What the Department of State Can and Can’t Do in a Crisis Commercial flights continue to operate.  If you would like to return to the United States, possible flight options are available on our COVID-19 website.  …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece – departure flights

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece Location:  Greece Event:   Today’s daily update to U.S. citizens in Greece regarding COVID-19 and local conditions:  A list of airlines and possible flights options for your purchase and return to the United States.  Please be advised that there are no direct flights from Greece to the United States.  The list below …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece – movement permits

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece Location:  Greece Event: The U.S. Embassy in Athens will be sending a daily update to ensure that all U.S. citizens in Greece have the latest information on COVID-19 and local conditions in Greece. Greece has confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the country.  U.S. citizens who live in the United …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece – do not travel

Location:  Greece   Event: On March 19, the Department of State issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19  advising all U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the impact of COVID-19.    U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with their airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available.  Travelers should be …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece – emergency consular services only

Location:  Greece Event:  In keeping with Greek government guidelines on social distancing, only emergency American Citizen Services and emergency visa services will be available at the U.S. Embassy in Athens, and all consular services will be suspended at the Consulate General in Thessaloniki as of March 19. The  CDC advises travelers to avoid nonessential travel to Europe  and  State Department currently recommends U.S. citizens reconsider travel . See CDC information regarding  high-risk traveler categories.  See also the Global …

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Update on Travel Restrictions to the United States

Updated March 13, 2020 For the most current information regarding COVID-19, the March 11 Presidential proclamation, and its impact on travel to the United States, please visit  www.dhs.gov  and  www.whitehouse.gov /.  You will find information about President Trump’s March 11 proclamation regarding the travel restrictions on foreign nationals who have been in the Schengen zone. The restrictions …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece and U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki 

Location:  Lesvos, Chios, Samos, and Evros land border Event:  Large numbers of migrants and refugees are gathered at multiple locations along the Greek-Turkish border.  Roadblocks and protests—including some violent clashes—have broken out and continue to occur on the island of Lesvos and the land border in the Evros region. The Embassy has received reports of …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Multiple strikes affecting Athens and ferries to/from Piraeus

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Multiple strikes affecting Athens and ferries to/from Piraeus (Tuesday 18 February 2020) Locations:  Athens and locations throughout Greece with ferry service Events:  The following strikes are scheduled for Tuesday 18 February: Electric trains and Metro will be on a 24-hour strike, starting from 05:00 on Tuesday. Blue buses and Trolleys will be on a …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens and Consulate General Thessaloniki

Location: Greece Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The State Department is advising U.S. citizens of heightened security risks worldwide. U.S. Embassy Athens reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security.  The Embassy will …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens

Location: Greece, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season, security measures in Greece remain heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by violent extremist ideology throughout Europe.  Violent extremists continue to focus on locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens and U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki, Greece

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens and U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki, Greece Location:  Expected gathering points are the Athens Polytechnic University, continuing to Syntagma Square and the U.S. Embassy and concluding in Exarchia; in Thessalonki, the Venizelos statue (78 Egnatia Street) in Thessaloniki with a march to the Consulate General. Event:  Large demonstrations with 10,000 to …

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Visit by Athens Consular Personnel to Thessaloniki, October 23 and 24, 2019

Visit by Athens Consular Personnel to Thessaloniki, October 23 and 24, 2019 American citizens of Northern Greece can meet with representatives from the U.S. Embassy on Wednesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 24, as they provide Consular and Federal Benefits Services. Consular services will include accepting passport applications for persons NOT eligible for mail-in application …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens and Consulate General Thessaloniki, Greece

Location: Throughout Greece Event: Public sector transportation employees plan to strike beginning at 5:00 a.m. on October 2, 2019.  Lines 2 and 3 of the Athens metro, railways, and trains will strike 24 hours; buses and trolleys will not operate 5:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. – midnight in Athens and reduced schedules in …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece (September 23, 2019) Location: Throughout Greece Event: Public service employees, municipal employees, mass media employees, public school teachers, public transportation, ferries and air traffic controllers plan to hold a 24 hour strike, beginning at 06:00 on Tuesday morning, on September 24, 2019. Public hospitals and ambulance service will operate …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki

Location:  Expected gathering points include The Arch of Galerius (Kamara), Aristotle Square, Venizelos statue, the University campus, the White Tower, and the Thessaloniki International Fair grounds (International Exhibition and Congress Center). Event:  Large demonstrations potentially reaching in the tens of thousands of participants are expected in Thessaloniki during the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) September 7-15 related to …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ferry Strike in Greece

Strike Alert:  One-day strike of the Greek Seamen Union (July 3, 2019) Locations:  Athens and locations throughout Greece with ferry service Events:  All ferries in Greece scheduled for Wednesday July 3 have been cancelled due to a strike by the Seamen Union.  According to information available to the U.S. Embassy in Athens, this strike will run twenty-four hours. Actions …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece

Location:  Expected gathering point is Eleftherias Park adjacent to the Megaro Mousikis with a march to the U.S. Embassy. Event:  A demonstration with hundreds of participants or more is expected to take place beginning at 6:00 p.m. today, Saturday, May 4, 2019.  Anarchist groups intend to protest U.S. policy on Venezuela. U.S. government personnel have been advised …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (May 1, 2019) Location:  Expected gathering points in Athens are at or near Syntagma Square with a possible march to or by the U.S. Embassy. Event:  Multiple demonstrations with up to 1,000 or more participants are expected to take place beginning at 12:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, May 1, 2019, to …

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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy, Athens Greece (April 5, 2019) Locations: Central Athens — The U.S. Embassy Downtown Thessaloniki– Kamara Lamia—Elefterias Square Larisa—Tahidromiou Square Xanthi—Elefterias Square Komotini — Erinis SquareEvents: Athens:  Leftist and anarchist groups plan to demonstrate at the U.S. Embassy on Saturday April 6 beginning at 1:00 pm.  The demonstrators are protesting Greek membership in NATO. …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Thessaloniki, Greece

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Thessaloniki, Greece (February 14, 2019) Location:  Expected gathering points are the Venizelos statue (78 Egnatia Street) and the Arch of Galerius – Kamara with a possible march to the U.S. Consulate General continuing to the Port of Thessaloniki. Event:  Demonstrations with up to 1,500 or more participants are expected to …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens and Consulate General Thessaloniki, Greece

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens and Consulate General Thessaloniki, Greece (January 24, 2019) Location:  Expected gathering points in Athens are the U.S. Embassy, Eleftherias Park and Syntagma Square; in Thessaloniki, the White Tower, the Venizelos statue (78 Egnatia Street), and the Arch of Galerius – Kamara with a march to the U.S. Consulate General. Event:  …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (January 18, 2019) Location:  Expected gathering points in Athens are Syntagma Square and Athens University in Propylea, with staging points at the Katehaki metro and the Temple of Zeus. Event:  Large demonstrations with 150,000 or more participants are expected to take place beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece

Location:  Greece, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season, there are ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe, including, but not specific to, Greece.  Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations such as, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and other soft targets frequented by Westerners. …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens and U.S. Consulate Thessaloniki, Greece

Locations:   Central Athens. In the areas of Athens University, Syntagma Square and the Exarchia areas.   Downtown Thessaloniki—originating in the area of Kamara/Arch of Galerius Events:  Athens:  A series of demonstrations from student and leftist groups are planned today at 12:00, 18:00, 21:00 for the 10th anniversary of the death of Alexis Grigoropoulos. These demonstrations have turned violent in the past.  Expect possible …

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Demonstration Alert-U.S. Embassy Athens and U.S. Consulate Thessaloniki

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens and U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki, Greece (November 16, 2018) Location:  Expected gathering points are the Athens Polytechnic University, continuing to  Syntagma Square and the U.S. Embassy and concluding in Exarchia; in Thessalonki, the Venizelos statue (78 Egnatia Street) with a march to the Consulate General. Event:  Large demonstrations with 10,000 …

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Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (September 27, 2018) Location:  All of Greece Event:  National weather reports indicate strong winds and heavy rains throughout much of Greece September 27-30 and the possibility of a “medicane” (combination of Mediterranean and hurricane) in the Ionian Sea southwest of the Greek mainland.  Authorities shut down many …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki (September 5, 2018) Location:  Expected gathering points include The Arch of Galerius (Kamara), Aristotle Square, Venizelos statue, the University campus, the White Tower, and the Thessaloniki International Fair grounds (International Exhibition and Congress Center). Event:  Large demonstrations with numbers in the tens of thousands are expected in Thessaloniki during …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (August 23, 2018) Location:  Athens area and throughout Greece Event:  Local media reported 77 cases of West Nile Virus throughout Greece this year as of August 16, 2018, with five deaths total (those deaths being in patients over the age of 70).  For further information or questions, …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Athens

Security Alert:  U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece (July 24, 2018) Location:  Coastal regions and areas northeast of Athens. Event: Local and international media are reporting multiple major forest fires on either side of the Greek capital.  The first fire broke out in a pine forest near the seaside settlement of Kineta 50 kilometers (30 miles) west …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (April 14, 2018)

Locations: Syntagma Square to the U.S. Embassy Athens Event: Greek leftist and anti-war groups plan to protest U.S. action in Syria with a march to the US Embassy starting at 1800, April 14, 2018. U.S. government personnel have been advised to avoid the area. Actions to Take: -Avoid the area of the demonstration -Exercise caution …

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