Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Athens – movement restrictions extended to May 4


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The Greek authorities extended the movement restrictions from April 27 to May 4.  For necessary local travel, you must carry your passport or other identification at all times and have a certificate of movement indicating your reason for being out.  Follow instructions on the Greek authority’s website to obtain the certificate. 

Travel within Greece to the Airport:  Per the Greek General Secretariat for Civil Protection, you may travel to the airport for your immediate return to the United States; however you must have in your possession a written personal affidavit consisting of the following information:  1) your full name, 2) your current street address (or location, e.g., Thessaloniki), 3) Reason for moving and destination address.  Please include the following “I am returning to my permanent residence in the United States.” 4) Date, time, your signature.  This statement does NOT need to be endorsed by the Embassy or Consulate General. 

Flight updates for return to the United States:  The Greek government extended the suspension of air travel from Greece to Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands through May 15. Commercial flights with connections to the United States are available.  See possible options on our website.

Non-EU citizens may not enter Greece until May 18 per the Greek authorities.  Exceptions include spouses or minor children of EU/Schengen nationals, long-term residents, members of government delegations, and passengers in transit.

“Health Passports:”  The Embassy is aware of Greek government statements regarding a possible health passport requirement when tourism is permitted. We have no additional information at this time.  If the Greek authorities announce any entry requirements for U.S. citizens, we will post them on the COVID-19 page of the Embassy’s website.

See our website for the latest COVID-19 information and other topics, including how to request extensions of 90 day visa travel, COVID-19 stimulus checks, and announcements on any Greek entry requirements for U.S. citizens


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