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30 avr. 2020 | 09h01 UTC

Greece: Government to ease COVID-19 restrictions from May 4 /update 18

Greece Alerte de sécurité

Government announces easing of COVID-19 restrictions from May 4; monitor developments

TIMEFRAME expected from 30/4/2020, 12h00 until 1/6/2020, 11h59 (Europe/Athens). COUNTRY/REGION Greece

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Greece will gradually begin to ease coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions from Monday, May 4, with individuals no longer needing movement certificates within their area of residency. Additionally, some businesses such as hairdressers or bookshops will be permitted to operate, although face masks will be required in certain public spaces including supermarkets and public transport. Shops will reopen on Monday, May 11, while cafés, bars, and restaurants will reopen on Monday, June 1.

The Greek government previously announced on Thursday, April 23, that lockdown measures will be extended until May 4. Under these restrictions, members of the public are required 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. Moreover, individuals must carry proper identification and documentation validating their reasons for movement. Only permanent residents are permitted to board ferry services connecting the mainland to the various Greek islands. Those found in violation of the lockdown, or lacking the proper documentation, may be subject to a fine.

The suspension of international flights to and from European states severely impacted by COVID-19 remains in effect until Friday, May 15. 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 remains in place until May 15.

As of Thursday, April 30, there are 2576 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, with 139 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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