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23 avr. 2020 | 14h28 UTC

Greece: Nationwide lockdown extended through May 4 /update 17

Greece Alerte de sécurité

Greek authorities extend lockdown through May 4 due to COVID-19; follow authority directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 23/4/2020, 12h00 until 15/5/2020, 11h59 (Europe/Athens). COUNTRY/REGION Greece

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The Greek government announced on Thursday, April 23, that the lockdown introduced due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will be extended through Monday, May 4. Under these restrictions, members of the public are requested to limit non-essential movement. Only individuals going to and from work, shopping for food or medicine, or visiting a doctor will be allowed outside. They must carry proper identification and documentation validating their reasons for movement. Furthermore, only permanent residents will be allowed to board the boats connecting the mainland to the various Greek islands. Those found in violation of the lockdown, or lacking the proper documentation, may be subject to fines. The government stated that any gradual relaxing restrictions would occur over May and June.

Deputy Minister for Civil Protection and Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias announced on Tuesday, April 21, that a 14-day nighttime curfew will be introduced in the town of Kranidi (Peloponnese region). The curfew, expected to last until Tuesday, May 5, will be in effect from 20:00 to 08:00 (local time). Hotels will remain closed. The decision comes after 150 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the city last week.

On Wednesday, April 15, the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCCA) extended the suspension of international flights to and from European states severely impacted by COVID-19 until Friday, May 15. The measure apples to Italy, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Germany. Flights to and from Germany from Athens International Airport (ATH) will be exempt from the ban, as will cargo, humanitarian, and repatriation flights. Additionally, an entry ban on non-European Union (EU) citizens into Greece has been extended until May 15, with some exceptions.

As of Thursday, April 23, there are 2408 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, with 121 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is expected over the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the virus.


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