Greece’s lockdown easing has already started. Lockdown restrictions have been easing in recent weeks as Greek Easter approaches. Enforcement is still strict, with heavy fines for those who break the rules. However the rules are quite clear and generally people adhere to them
PRESENT LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS IN GREECE
Wearing of masks continues to be mandatory in all public spaces, whether enclosed or out of doors.
Parks can now re-open
The night time curfew still remains but now starts at 9pm. instead of 6pm. The curfew will move to 10pm from Monday 26th April and to 11pm from Monday 3 May in readiness for Easter
Travel restrictions from your home, allow you to travel outside the area of the post code in which you live, but only at weekends.
Supermarkets remain open but only for food supplies so dont think of trying to sneak a pair of Jeans, through the check out. Deliveries by supermarkets have now become a new growth industry.
Department stores and shopping malls remain closed
Restaurants, bars and catering businesses are not open except for delivery of takeaways.
Hairdressers, barbers and nail clinics reopened as from the 22nd March
Click in shops and click away by appointment re-open as from the 5th April but such stores only allow 1 customer inside for every 25sm of space.
Exercise only on foot or by bicycle are allowed. At weekends however you can travel outside your post code area for personal exercise using a vehicle with a maximum of 3 persons.
Essential shops can only remain open until 5pm at weekends and 8pm on weekdays.
Hotels can remain open.
OBTAIN A PERMIT
The rules are simple and generally people obey them. You must still obtain a permit to leave home by sending a text message to 13033. The permit arrives immediately and off you go. These are for any one of up to 6 well determined reasons, including taking the dog for a walk. Keep the permit on your mobile, carry your ID card and wear a mask at all times, whether inside or out.
Greece gained an international reputation during its lockdowns for the clarity and basic common sense of its restrictions. There have been no examples of ministers, civil servants and others who should know better, arrogantly flouting the law and pretending they are above it, as happened in some countries.
INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS IN GREECE’S LOCKDOWN
Restrictions on international flights can be complex especially for UK travellers who are basically not allowed to leave their own country.
Remember you must fill in your passenger locator form 24 hours before entering Greece.
All passengers from the UK must take a rapid test for Covid-19 upon arrival.
All travelers from abroad must submit a negative Covid-19 test result (PCR) provided up to 72 hours before arrival in Greece and may also be requested to take a rapid Covid-19 test upon entry.
If a passenger has to provide a rapid test on arrival and it is positive then he/she must quarantine for a total of 14 days.
7 DAY QUARANTINE FOR ARRIVALS
All passengers entering Greece from any foreign country other than the UK and, including European Union member states, must self-isolate for seven days. This must be either at their home (for permanent residents) or at the place of temporary residence.
ABOLITION OF QUARANTINE FOR UK ARRIVALS
The biggest sign of Greeces lockdown easing came on the 21st April. Greece abolished quarantine rules for UK travellers who have been vaccinated against Covid-19, or those who can show proof of a negative PCR test. This waiver is ahead of formal abolition due on the 14th May and recognises the major success of the UK’s vaccination programme compared to that of the rest of Europe.
All foreign visitors must still follow basic lockdown restrictions in Greece as set out above. These include night-time curfews. But the government hopes that Greece’s lockdown easing will really take off for the 14th May, with re-opening of cafes, coffee bars and tavernas.