Greece Requires New Online Form For All Arrivals Effective July 1, 2020

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Greece has accepted arrivals from select counties to Athens and Thessaloniki from June 15, and the program is extending to all islands effective July 1, 2020.

All international arrivals (air, boat, and land) need to fill out a new online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) minimum 48 hours before of arrival providing information on your previous travels and address in Greece.

You can access Greece’s website for providing this information here.

Here’s what the requirements are for someone arriving by air:

Protocol for passengers arriving by air

  • Arrival of passengers at the arrival gate.
  • Transfer to the area where screening personnel are located and check the unique quick response (QR) code each passenger shows on their mobile phone screen or printed QR form.
  • Screening personnel direct passengers, depending on their QR code, either to the screening area or to the exit (baggage claim area or passport control). Until the screening results become available, passengers tested for the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 by a trained health team are obliged to self-isolate at the address of their final destination as declared on their passenger locator form (PLF). Upon completion of the screening, they are directed towards the exit.

All passengers must comply with all of the necessary preventive hygiene measures (use of masks and physical distancing).

Here’s the information that the form requires on various pages:

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You have to keep in mind that Greece is part of Europe’s Schengen-area, and the bloc should tomorrow release a list of third-country nationals that are allowed to enter the member countries from July. This will affect who is allowed to enter Greece.

Not sure how effective these online forms are signaling potential Covid-19 cases for further review at the port of entries. I would imagine that they are also used for possible contact tracing if someone in your flight is infected.

It is interesting how this summer season will play out for Greece that has had very few Covid-19 cases. Reducing infections hasn’t mixed up too well with drinking and beach partying.