Greece (re) opens borders to Italy: mandatory tests from Lombardy

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The rules

In practice it will work like this.

Until June 15th, international flights are allowed only at Athens airport: everyone will be tested, and all visitors must spend the night in a designated hotel. In any case, scatter a quarantine: a 7 day self quarantine if the test negative; a 14-day quarantine under control if positive.

From 15 to 30 June a new phase begins. International flights are only allowed to Athens and Thessaloniki. Upon arrival at the airport, travelers from risk areas, which for Italy means Lombardy, Piedmont, Emilia Romagna and Veneto, will all be tested. One night stay in a designated hotel required. If the test fails, the passenger goes into quarantine for 7 days. If the test is positive, the passenger is placed under quarantine for 14 days under the embassy’s note. For all other tourists – for example those from Rome – the swab will be made only on a sample.

From 1st July onwardson the other hand, international flights are allowed at all airports in Greece, and visitors will be subjected to random tests on arrival. It is not yet clear whether there will be restrictions on travelers departing from certain countries or regions: Further restrictions relating to some countries will be announced at a later date, it says. From 15 June arrivals to land borders will be allowed (from Albania, North Macedonia and Bulgaria), with sample tests on arrival, and arrivals by sea will be allowed from 1 July, always with random tests on arrival . Greece, explains the embassy, ​​reserves the right at any time to modify any provision mentioned above in the light of changed circumstances.

The reactions

Yesterday the Italian Foreign Minister, Luigi di Maio, had severely criticized the decision of Greece and Austria not to reopen the borders to the Italians. If anyone thinks of treating us like a lazar, know that we will not remain motionless. We demand respect, he had written on Fb asking for a European answer. Di Maio will be on a mission to Germany on 5 June, in Slovenia on 6 and in Greece on 9 to explain that Italy is ready to receive foreign tourists and that we will act with the utmost transparency.

May 31, 2020 (change May 31, 2020 | 12:27)

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