Greece Bans Connections to UK, Turkey to Prevent Coronavirus Spread



Greece has banned flights to and from the United Kingdom and Turkey on Monday due to the spread of the coronavirus in these countries. In addition to the ban on flights, there are extra restrictions for those who are coming from Turkey.

The flight ban to/from both countries is in effect beginning at 6:00 a.m. Monday, March 23, 2020, until until 3:00 p.m. April 15.

“The temporary restriction for aircraft from United Kingdom is for preventive reasons, for the protection of public health from the further spread of Covid-19 in Greek Territory,” the government decision published in the Official Gazette stated.

In addition to the flight ban to and from Turkey, Greece has also suspended also sea, rail and road connections and completely prohibits persons entering into Greece from the neighboring country.

The only exceptions to this rule are:

    • Greek citizens, holders of residence permits, or persons with permanent or usual residence in Greece.
    • the transit of trucks for the transport of goods
    • transport of goods by ships

All coronavirus and lockdown restrictions are temporary, for only a specific period of time, but they may be extended, depending on the progress of the pandemic.