COVID-19 Information

Updated March 27, 2020

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ATTENTION U.S. CITIZENS TRYING TO DEPART GREECE:

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 and ticketing.

Possible international departures from Greece in the next few days:

  • Air France:  Athens to Paris
  • Aegean:  Athens to Brussels
  • Swiss Air:  Athens to Zurich
  • Qatar Airways:  Athens to Doha
  • Wizzair:  Thessaloniki to Luton

Airlines with flights to the United States

  • United:  London to Newark and San Francisco
  • Delta:  London to Atlanta and Los Angeles
  • Air France/Delta:  Paris to Los Angeles
  • Qatar Airways:  Doha to multiple U.S. destinations (ATL, BOS, ORD, DFW, JFK, LAX, MIA, IAD)
  • Swiss Airlines:  Zurich to Newark
  • Lufthansa:  Frankfurt to Newark and Chicago

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.

Country-Specific Information:

  • Greek authorities confirmed hundreds of cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
  • A curfew is in effect March 23 – April 6 throughout Greece.  Violators will be fined 150 Euros per violation.  You must carry your passport or other identification at all times and have a valid reason to be out.  Follow instructions on the Greek authority’s website.  Type A movement is for work (contact your employer), Type B is an essential personal movement (supermarket, pharmacy, etc. as defined on the form).
  • Greek authorities banned gatherings of more than ten people.
  • All museums, including the Acropolis are closed through the end of March.  Schools closed through April 27 , restaurants, bars, clubs, theaters, playgrounds, and gyms are closed.
  • Land borders with Albania, North Macedonia, and Turkey closed; others may close without warning.
  • Air travel between Italy, Spain, Turkey and the UK is suspended; other routes may be closed at any time.  Ferry service from Italy to Greece is suspended.
  • Most hotels will be closed through April 30 per government directive.  Airbnb and other host platforms are NOT part of the closure.
  • The Greek government may start restricting access to the islands to permanent island residents only.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • The Greek government announced that from March 18 through April 18, non-EU citizens may not enter Greece except for spouses or minor children of EU/Schengen nationals, long-term residents, members of government delegations, and passengers in transit.  
  • No particular documentation to enter/exit Greece is needed at this time.
  • National Public Health Organization of Greece has disseminated guidance on prevention, detection and containment measures to all ports 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.

Local Resources:

  • If you are in Greece and were in any of the affected areas in the last 14 days and develop fever and/or respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath or cough, stay indoors and immediately seek medical attention by contacting the National Public Health Organization at 1135.
  • National Public Health Organization of Greece:  https://eody.gov.gr/tag/en
  • European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC):  https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/geographical-distribution-2019-ncov-cases

Other links:

Assistance:

  • U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece
  • +30 210-721-2951
  • AthensAmericanCitizenServices@state.gov