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In the context of the protective measures in place to safeguard the passengers’, the airport community employees’ and the wider public’s health and safety, Athens International Airport is adhering to the Authorities’ instructions, and to official guidelines.
We are constantly working closely with the National Public Health Organization (EODY), whilst all instructed measures are diligently implemented.
Specific instructions have been issued by EODY for passengers and airport employees across Greece to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. These can be found at the EODY site: https://eody.gov.gr/en/covid-19/.
More specifically, at Athens International Airport, as in all Greek airports, a cluster of measures including, among other, flight monitoring procedures, the presence of doctors and other emergency personnel, as well as the dissemination of information for the maximum possible awareness.
Airport employees and crews are well aware of the warning factors that must be immediately reported to the Airport’s Health Authorities.
Airport employees are constantly updated on the most recent developments regarding COVID-19 and the Authorities instructions for the avoidance of the widespread of COVID-19.
• Specific measures currently in place:In accordance with the guidelines of the national health authorities, the meticulous observance of rules for hand washing / sanitizing and for respiratory hygiene, the use of face masks, physical distance keeping, very good cleaning and sanitizing of spaces and surfaces, especially of those frequently hand touched, are the basis for the protection of passengers and employees at Athens International Airport. Passengers travelling on domestic or international flights #athensairport, should bear in mind the following:
The above measures are subject to the continuous evaluation as to their effectiveness and will be modified as deemed necessary and instructed by the competent State Authorities.
As per relevant governmental decision, air travel within Greece opened to everyone. Until 24.05.21 (06:00 a.m) all passengers on domestic flights to island destinations must meet one of the following requirements:
The above obligations include children over five (05) years old.
The negative diagnostic test by the method of PCR and Rapid test is proved by the demonstration of a relevant certificate in hard or soft copy. If these tests have been performed abroad and remain valid at the time of boarding the aircraft, the relevant certificates are accepted under the same conditions that the passengers were accepted to enter Greece.
Airline operators shall ensure that passengers meet the requirements of traveling according to relevant measures in effect at destination at the time of travelling. Detailed contact information of airlines is provided in our website at the following link: https://www.aia.gr/traveler/travellers-info/airlines
You may contact the Greek General Secretariat for Civil Protection at 0030 213 15 10 932-3, 0030 213 15 10 171, 0030 213 15 10 196 or send an email firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com .
As per the joint Ministerial decision (ΦΕΚ:2602/28 Ιουνίου2020/Δ1α/ΓΠ.οικ.40383) issued by the Hellenic Republic, until 21.05.21 all passengers travelling on international flights to Greece are required to fill in and electronically submit the compulsory Passenger Locator Form (PLF) not later than the previous day before entering the country. Families may submit a joint e-PLF form.
The Form can be found here: https://travel.gov.gr/#/
Until 21.05.21 the mandatory completion of the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) found in the electronic address https://travel.gov.gr/ is extended to all permanent residents in Greece departing on international flights from any Greek airport, not later than the previous day of departure.
As the completion of local Passenger Locator Form is compulsory before entering other countries as well, it is highly recommended to contact your airline in order to confirm whether the respective Passenger Locator Form of your destination country should also be completed. Alternatively, for this matter you may contact the embassy/consulate of the destination country in Greece.
Travellers will receive a confirmation e-mail upon submission of the PLF, which is a compulsory travel document that has to be presented during boarding. Travellers will receive their PLF unique Quick Response (QR) code upon submission and will be notified via email (the QR code will be provided with a link in the confirmation email). Depending on their QR code/confirmation, visitors will be subject to rapid test upon arrival.
Airlines are required, prior to accepting passengers for boarding, to check the confirmation receipt of PLF submission at the predefined time limit before flight & the response e-mail with a PLF QR code. If travel departure begins prior to the day of arrival, travellers are allowed to board after showing the confirmation email (and not necessarily the QR code which is scheduled to arrive at midnight of the day of arrival.)
For further information or questions regarding the completion & operation of the form, you may contact the PLF Help Desk of travel.gov.gr at telephone 0030 215 560 5151 (Mon to Fri 09:00-17:00 LT) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com.
Urgent cases for travelling falling in shorter period than the predetermined time limit of PLF submission before the flight will be examined per case by the State Authorities & acceptance or rejection will be notified to applicants through an e-mail message.
Additionally, until 21.05.21, all passengers regardless of nationality must meet one of the following conditions:
to have completed the vaccination for COVID-19 at least fourteen days (14) before the scheduled flight and present a vaccination certificate in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian, issued by a public authority in accordance with the relevant legislation. The vaccination certificate must include the name of the person, the type of vaccine given, the number of doses & inoculation dates.
display a negative molecular test for COVID-19 (PCR) performed within the last seventy-two (72) hours before the scheduled fight issued by a certified diagnostic center in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian and must include their passport or identity details.
to present proof of recovery from Covid-19, valid as of 2 months after positive test result (PCR or Rapid Antigen test) up to nine (9) months before travel issued properly according to relevant legislation in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian and must include their passport or identity details.
All passengers will be subject to random obligatory Covid-19 tests upon arrival. If found positive, a fourteen (14) day quarantine under supervision is required either at home or at a designated temporary residence assigned by the appropriate authorities.
For further information or questions regarding the procedure, you may contact the Greek General Secretariat for Civil Protection at 0030 213 15 10 932-3, 0030 213 15 10 171, 0030 213 15 10 196 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Airlines must check whether passengers have the necessary documents before boarding, as its absence obliges the airline not to embark the passenger.
Airline operators shall ensure that passengers are duly informed before boarding and that they meet the requirements of traveling according to relevant measures in effect at the destination country at the time of travelling otherwise they must deny boarding as per the Greek government's legislative acts. For further information you may contact your airline. Detailed contact information of airlines is provided in our website at the following link: https://www.aia.gr/traveler/travellers-info/airlines/
Information about the Covid-19, by the National Public Health Organization (EODY), can be found here: https://eody.gov.gr/en/covid-19/
In accordance with the Greek government's decisions there is a ban of entry applying to all Third country nationals until 21.05.2021, as announced by the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority. Certain exemptions are also applicable as follows:
Exemptions apply for citizens and permanent residents from Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the United States of America, Singapore, Rwanda, Israel, Russian Federation, Serbia ,the United Kingdom, Canada, Belarus, Bahrain, Qatar, China, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, N. Macedonia & Ukraine. In order to prove their place of residence, third country nationals may present their residence permit, work permit, identity card, driving license or other documents, provided that it states place of residence.
Also exempted from the restrictions are:
A completed electronic Passenger Locator Form (e-PLF) is also compulsory for all inbound passengers. Families may submit a joint e-PLF form. In response to the e-PLF submission, passengers will receive a QR code displaying their selection for a PCR test upon arrival in Athens. The QR codes are addressed to passengers at midnight on the day of travel.
Third country nationals subject to prohibition herein have the right to submit request to the Greek consular authority of their place of residence or stay for their exceptional entry in the country for business or personal reasons.
For further information or questions regarding the procedure, you may contact the Greek General Secretariat for Civil Protection at 0030 213 15 10 932-3, 0030 213 15 10 171, 0030 213 15 10 196, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com.
Airline operators shall ensure that passengers are duly informed before boarding and that they meet the requirements of traveling according to relevant measures in effect at the destination country at the time of travelling, otherwise they must deny boarding as per the Greek government's legislative acts. For further information you may contact your airline. Detailed contact information of airlines is provided in our website at the following link: https://www.aia.gr/traveler/travellers-info/airlines/
It is highly advisable that passengers get informed on the restrictions announced by their country of origin on their return from Greece. Some countries require a PCR test conducted some hours prior arrival, whilst others have issued restrictions for arriving passengers.
Governmental decisions regarding restrictions or requirements for the travelling public are updated at regular intervals and ad-hoc depending on the pandemic situation.
Transit passengers, including those from restricted origins, transferring in Athens from international to international flight, are not required to be tested against Covid-19, nor to display a negative molecular test result (PCR) or vaccination certificate upon arrival in Athens. Furthrmore, they are not required to submit the Greek Passenger Locator Form (e-PLF).
For further information you may contact your airline or the Greek General Secretariat for Civil Protection at 0030 213 15 10 932-3, 0030 213 15 10 171, 0030 213 15 10 196 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Passengers can travel from/to the airport 24 hours a day. Following the release of movements since 14.05.21, passengers are no longer required to display any proof of movement or any statement of purpose of movement for their transport to/from the airport during the day. However, as there is still a general traffic ban applicable daily from 00:30 to 05:00, passengers will have to display their travel documents (ticket / boarding pass, e-PLF) in order to move to/from the airport during that time. The above apply to both departing & arriving passengers , whether returning to their home or staying in a hotel (Greeks and Foreigners).
Escorts are allowed during the day, provided that they do not exceed the maximum number of passengers allowed when traveling in private vehicles or taxis.
Escorts are not allowed to travel during curfew, so the passenger must travel either by his own means or use a Public Transport or Taxi.
For additional information regarding the above, you may call the Consumers’ Line at 4digit telephone number 1520, the Hellenic Police , or the Greek General Secretariat for Civil Protection at 0030 213 15 10 932-3, 0030 213 15 10 171, 0030 213 15 10 196, or send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com .
Protective measures in effect due to Covid-19 may vary depending on the destination. It is highly recommended to contact the airline you are going to travel with, as airline operators have to ensure that passengers are duly informed before boarding and that they meet the requirements of traveling according to relevant measures in effect at the destination country at the time of travelling. Detailed contact information of airlines is provided in our website at the following link: https://www.aia.gr/traveler/travellers-info/airlines/
Additionally, you could visit the destination airport website for Covid-19 related info or contact the Embassy/Consulate of the country you are going to visit. Latest and up-to-date information about travel measures and entry requirements per country, during the COVID-19 pandemic, is available in the IATA Timatic “COVID-19 Travel Regulations Map”.
Kindly be advised of the availability to perform diagnostic test for SARS-COV-2 (Covid-19) at Athens airport, at the specially configured testing point of Athens Medical Center, located on the Arrivals level, between exits 2 and 3. Both types of test can be performed, molecular based (PCR) or Rapid (Antigen) test.
The testing point operates daily on a 24-hour basis. You may proceed for testing without an appointment. Payment options available at the testing point include the use of POS machine accepting debit / credit card or cash.
Registration & payment procedure for the molecular based test can be also accomplished electronically through the platform https://payments.iatriko.gr/. Details and important information are included in the section “Frequently Asked Questions” of the platform.
Test results for molecular (PCR) test will be delivered to you, by email, within approximately 24 hours. Response time varies according to sampling time or volume of tests.
Test results for rapid (Antigen) test are available 15-20 minutes after completion of sampling. For any further information, please contact Athens Medical Center representatives at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instant hand sanitizers have been installed in all toilets, in all the departure gates, and in more than 300 locations within the terminals.
In order to ensure coordinated effort to maintain business continuity while preventing the spread of the disease, AIA has established a COVID-19 Response Plan that maps contingencies for sustaining a minimum level of service.
The Response Plan is complemented by a series of actions decided upon by the Emergency Response Team that has been set up for the specific purpose. Actions are decided upon daily developments, as the situation unfolds.
According to a recent EU announcement, sanitizing/disinfectant hand gels are exempted from the liquids and gels regulation, and their transportation in hand luggage is allowed in containers of over 100 ml.
The Health Check Authority takes control, for carrying out the preliminary health check and advises of further actions as per EODY guidelines. Should a transfer to a reference hospital be deemed necessary, this is effected by a properly equipped EKAV ambulance.
Due care is taken for Passengers in proximity to the suspect cases. Cases of certain suspicion are hosted inside the dedicated Airport quarantine facility, in accordance with the decision of the Health Check Authority and until further transfer to a reference Hospital.
The Health Check Authority takes control, carries out the preliminary health check and advises of further actions as per EODY guidelines.
EODY takes control and provides instructions on the handling of such cases. In principle, seriously infected countries are prohibited from air transportation (flights) to/from Greek airports. Relevant announcements are made by the pertinent Authorities.
Passengers must contact EODY in the four (4) digit line 1135 for further advice, otherwise the Airline or the ground handler employees must be notified for further action and notification to the Airport Health Authority.
Τhe Sofitel Athens Airport hotel is open again, as of 01/07/20. For more information please click here.
There are no restrictions imposed for cargo transportation so far.
Access of shippers, consignees and Customs Brokers to Airport Customs’ s premises (Building 27) is prohibited.
All Customs formalities will be effected online and, whenever the need arises, documents will be exchanged at a front desk at the entrance of B27. Working hours remain unchanged.
Various Cafes/Snack Bars are available throughout the Terminal Building.
The shops at the Retail Park of the airport are back in operation as of Monday 05.04.21 as follows:
In shops where "click in shop" is applied, only up to 20 people are allowed.
Smoking in the Terminal Building is not allowed, and the designated smoking lounges are currently closed due to COVID-19 prevention measures.
Ιf you wish to cancel your reservation and get a refund, please dial +30 210 3534260.
The Airport Call Centre operates on a 24hr basis, tel. +30 210-3530000. Once in the Terminal areas, you may visit our Airport Information desks, located on the Arrivals & Departures Levels, operating on a 24hr basis. Please note, that the flight schedule has been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 situation. For any information regarding the schedule of the airlines and/or specific flights, you should contact your airline.
All public means of transport (Bus, Metro, Suburban Rail and regional buses) are in operation at present.
More information regarding specific routes is available through the following links: