Coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel: The situation around the world is changing dramatically. Various governments have changed their travel warnings to restrict travel during this time. To understand how this may impact cover under your policy, please go to our FAQs and select your country of residence.
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Residents of the EU, UK, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and Republic of San Marino are permitted to travel to Greece.
All passengers (over the age of 10) on flights from high risk countries are required to have a negative molecular PCR test result for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before entry to Greece. These countries include: Bulgaria, Romania, UAE, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania, North Macedonia, Hungary and the Czech Republic (as of 28 September) or Poland (as of 3 October).
Non-essential travel to Greece from approved countries outside the EU includes visitors from: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. Travel from China and the UAE is subject to confirmation of reciprocity. Check Re-open EU for the latest list of eligible travelers to Greece.
More than 50 people are feared dead and more than 150 injured as several wildfires rage out of control in Greece. Fire crews are battling blazes in the following locations: northeast of Athens in the Penteli region, Rafina region and the coastal seaside towns of Mati and Kineta. Greece is currently experiencing heatwave conditions with temperatures exceeding 104°F (40°C), and the fires are being fanned by high winds.
The Athens-Corinth motorway has been closed by authorities. The motorway is one of two major routes to the Peloponnese peninsula. Train and other transport services in affected areas been canceled.
A state of emergency has been declared, and the Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, has cut short a trip to Bosnia to return home. Spain and Cyprus have offered firefighting assistance.
Travelers in Greece should heed government warnings and keep up to date with local news and alerts. Those with respiratory health issues should travel away from affected areas and avoid breathing in the smoke where possible.
Also, check with your insurer as cover for this event may be excluded from a certain date.
Before you buy a travel insurance policy, check your government travel warnings and health advice – there may be no travel insurance cover for locations with a government travel ban or health advice against travel.
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