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Greece’s second lockdown restrictions have started 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 are generally being followed. 


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 does not now start until 9pm.

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

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 can go 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.


Restrictions on international flights can be complex especially for passengers from the UK

 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 is selected for a rapid test and it is positive then he/she must quarantine for a total of 14 days.

All passengers entering Greece from any foreign country, including European Union member states, must self-isolate for seven days either at their home (for permanent residents) or at the place of temporary residence. UK arrivals must take a test after 7 days of quarantine. If the test is positive the quarantine extends to 14 days.

So there you have it, all neat and tidy. All UK politicians and so called scientists are  welcome to come to Greece. Here they can learn how to manage a pandemic with efficiency and without the shambles which has so beset the UK.


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