How to travel by plane and ship due to corona

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Nikos Hardalias gave details about the health protocols for air and ferry transport.

From Monday, May 18, travel to mainland Greece will be released, as well as to Evia and Crete. For this reason, measures are in place for shipping, as the Deputy Minister of Civil Protection said.

Among these measures is that ships will depart with 50% of passengers or 55% of cabins are available. The mask will be mandatory as well as the thermometer before boarding.

With regard to flights to and from abroad, flights to the following countries are still prohibited: Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Turkey, Albania and Northern Macedonia.

It is pointed out for domestic flights, which are still normal but in limited numbers, that a gradual resumption of frequencies and connections is expected from Monday, May 18 due to the lifting of the travel ban in the country.

Further decisions on foreign flights are likely to be announced on Saturday.

Safety measures for ferry trips

Instructions for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 cases in passenger and passenger-vehicle ferries that perform maritime intra-shipping as well as international ships under the Greek flag. The instructions will be applicable from 18.05.2020 to 15.06.2020 and mainly concern:

  1. Determining the maximum number of passenger passengers at 50% of the total number of passengers specified in the ship’s safety certificate, or at 55% if cabins are available.
  2. The thermal measurement and the completion of a special health status questionnaire before boarding the ship and maintaining it with the care of the shipping company. The questionnaire will also be available on a special website.
  3. The maintenance of a distance of 1.5 meters during boarding, disembarkation and in all areas of the ship.
  4. The use of each cabin by one (1) person, unless it is a family (first-degree relatives), so it can be up to 4 people, or disabled with their companion.
  5. The use of a mask (fabric is recommended) by passengers and crew members.
  6. The special layout of the passengers in air seats (one seat occupied and one seat empty, adjacent, front and rear).
  7. Thermometry and the submission of a special health declaration, before departure, for the passengers of international ships on the Greek-Italian lines.
  8. Informing the passengers about the measures with a printed EODY leaflet, as well as informative spots and audio messages.
  9. Special crew training.
  10. The application of rules of personal hygiene and protection and the existence of antiseptic stations in various parts of the ship.
  11. Ship cleaning and disinfection,
  12. Ventilation and air conditioning of ships,
  13. The management of a suspicious incident (isolation in a special area, disembarkation at the next port which has the necessary capacity for its management, tracking of contacts, etc.),
  14. The rules of operation of passenger service points (bars, restaurants, dining rooms).

Which flights are still prohibited?

Extension of flights to/from Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Turkey, Albania and Northern Macedonia is being extended.

The temporary ban on entry into the country of non-European citizens is also in force. Only “Eleftherios Venizelos” will land international flights.

As announced, with the aim of protecting passengers and citizens from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announces the following aviation instructions:

* The suspension of all passenger flights to and from Greece to Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands is extended until 31 May 2020 at 23:59.
* The temporary ban on flights to and from Albania and Northern Macedonia is extended until June 14, 2020 at 23:59.
* The ban on all flights to the Greek Territory regarding Turkey is extended until June 14, 2020 at 23:59
* Only at the Athens airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” (DAA), arrivals/departures of international flights are allowed, the specific aviation directive is valid until May 31, 2020 at 23:59
* The temporary ban on entering the country of non-European citizens remains in force until 31 May 2020 at 23:59.

It is pointed out for domestic flights, which are still normal but in limited numbers, that a gradual resumption of frequencies and connections is expected from Monday, May 18 due to the lifting of the travel ban in the country.

Exceptions

Temporary flight delays exclude cargo flights, sanitary, humanitarian, aircraft return flights only with its crew (ferry flights), state flights, state flights stating that they are in a state of emergency, military flights (military, these flights do not apply to Turkey), Frontex flights, refuelling, support flights of our National Health System and repatriation flights Greek citizens.

The following exemptions also apply to temporary entry bans in non-European countries: Members of European citizens’ families, citizens of Schengen countries, health personnel, third-country nationals with long-term visas in a European country and a Schengen Diplomatic country, government military, humanitarian personnel, aircraft crews and those non-European citizens who have obtained a permit to travel from the Greek Consulate.

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