COVID-19: Foreign travel restrictions eased

20 Jul 20

GREECE

IMPACT – MEDIUM

Greece recently relaxed travel restrictions for foreign travelers.

Key Points:

  • All Greek airports reopened for international flights this month.
  • Travel restrictions have been lifted for residents of the following countries until July 31, when the list will be reevaluated: Algeria, Australia, Canada, China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity), Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. Travel from Montenegro and Serbia was banned on July 6.
  • Exceptions to the travel restrictions exist for the following individuals: family members of EU nationals, Schengen Treaty third-country nationals, those with essential reasons, medical staff, specialized scientific staff essential for the operation of the Greek government, third-country nationals with a long-term visa from an EU/Schengen country, government staff, military staff, humanitarian staff, diplomats, students, passengers in transit and third-country nationals with special permission obtained from a Greek Consulate.
  • All travelers to Greece should complete an electronic application form 24 hours before entering that includes the traveler’s data, departure country and Greek residence address.

Background: Greece first implemented entry restrictions in March.

Analysis & Comments: The relaxing of travel restrictions for many foreign travelers is good news for employers wishing to send employees to Greece. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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