Greece extends restrictions on international flights to Feb. 22 to curb coronavirus

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Greece said on Sunday it was extending restrictions on domestic and international flights until February 15 and February 22 respectively to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

Under the restrictions passengers flying to Greece must receive a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test 72 hours prior to their arrival and undergo random testing for the coronavirus. All foreign travelers are quarantined for seven days.

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Travelers from Britain will continue to be required to take a rapid test upon their arrival, while flights from Turkey remain suspended, the civil aviation authority said.

Most flights from non-EU countries are banned, with the exception of 10 countries including the UK.

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On domestic flights, only essential travel is permitted.

On Friday, Greece tightened lockdown restrictions in parts of the country, including Athens, to halt the spread of COVID-19, after a surge in infections in recent days.

Under the new curbs, which went into effect on Saturday and will last until at least Feb 15, authorities brought forward by three hours a night-time weekend curfew in areas with most infections. It will start at 6:00 pm instead of 9:00 p.m. during weekends.

The country has confirmed 163,213 infections since it detected its first case a year ago and 5,951 related deaths.

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