Filter for Greece Government Actions to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

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2020-07-15 Out Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Greece confirmed on Monday that it will resume direct flights to/from UK on July 15 and announced it will resume direct flights to/from Sweden on July 22, 2020. At the same time, it said it is considering resuming of flights to/from third countries such as the USA by the end of the month.
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2020-07-14 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The Council of State, Greece’s supreme administrative court, on Tuesday ruled in favor of the backdated payment of pensions that were wrongfully cut between June 2015 and May 2016. The court ruled in favor of pensioners who had appealed against the pension cuts, seeking the backdated return for the above period.
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2020-07-13 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Greece has decided to temporary suspend local festivals and similar public gatherings following health experts recommendations in order to stem the spread of coronavirus in the country. According to the joint ministerial decision published on Tuesday, July 14, the temporary ban is valid for the period of July 13 until July 31, 2020.
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2020-07-11 In Public health measures: Testing policy
Greece has issued the joint ministerial decision on the mandatory negative Covid-19 test for tourists entering Greece via the Promachonas border-crossing with Bulgaria. The JMD was published in the official gazette on Saturday, July 11, 2020.
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2020-07-07 Out Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
Greece eases further coronavirus restrictions and reverses the mandatory use of masks in shopping malls
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2020-07-07 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
All public transport means as well as touristic buses are allowed to transport people with 65% of their capacity.
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2020-07-07 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
no longer cap of six people per table in bars and restaurants.
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2020-07-01 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Greece’s Civil Protection has launched a coronavirus information campaign for tourists arriving in Greece as of July 1, 2020, when the country opens all its regional airports, border-crossings and ports.
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2020-07-01 Out Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
resume july 1 2020
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2020-06-29 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Greece is taking another step towards the full lifting of lockdown restrictions and on Monday, June29, 2020, it allows more businesses to open again that were shut down in March. The business allowed to operate again are: casinos, concerts, conferences and trade fairs, cultural associations and all-year cinemas as well as summer camps for kids.
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2020-06-29 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Gyms remain closed. Until 29/06/2020
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2020-06-28 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
"Barcode" decides which tourists will be tested at Greece’s airports. Greece changes the scheme of COVID-19 testing on foreign travelers arriving in the country. Random testing according to "green" and "red" countries is over, targeted testing is in. Travelers will receive the barcode after they have filled out the Passenger Locator Form. They will show the barcode on printed form or on their mobile phones upon their arrival in the country’s airports. An algorithm that will calculate which travelers are most likely to be carriers of the coronavirus.
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2020-06-22 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
Schools closed in Paramythia, West Greece, due to increased coronavirus infections
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2020-06-18 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
Greece’s Civil Protection placed the village of Echinos in the Prefecture of Xanthi, northeastern Greece, under quarantine due to spike of coronavirus infections and deaths in the last three days. last until june 15, 2020
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2020-06-18 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Echinos: Residents are allowed to exit their homes only to go to pharmacy and food stores and cannot leave the village. Food and medicine supply to stores is done with specific trucks. The measures are in effect until 6 a.m. on June 25, when authorities will reassess the situation.
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2020-06-15 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
joint ministerial decision banning cars traffic in a large part of downtown Athens, including main avenues. Restrictions will be valid from mid-June and for a period of 3+3 months. Violators are threatened with a fine of 150 euros.
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2020-06-15 In Public health measures: Testing policy
June 15, the practice of mandatory testing and quarantine will continue to be performed for passengers coming from countries at high risk of transmitting Covid-19, as assessed by the European Union’s Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). ). The list is constantly updated. The following categories of passengers are excluded from the restrictions due to the Covid-19: * Passengers in transit, Flight Crew, Crew of state flights, sanitary flights, humanitarian flights, emergency flights, military lfights, cargo flights and Frontex flights.
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2020-06-15 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
Greece’s sample testing to flight passengers from "green", "yellow", "red countries"
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2020-06-15 Out Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
The Greek authorities banned entry of non-EU citizens until 11:00 p.m. on June 15
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2020-06-15 Out Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Land borders with Albania, North Macedonia and Bulgaria open June 15. The land border with Turkey remains closed.
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2020-06-15 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Outcry forces Gov’t to open again Greece’s only Children Cardiac Surgery Clinic
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2020-06-15 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Greece lifts more restrictions on June 15, 2020, on the same day it opened its borders to foreign tourists from some 30 countries. Among the business back to operation are: seasonal hotels and rooms, museums, gyms, amusement parks, brothels, physical wellness services, baths, thermal springs and saunas
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2020-06-15 Out Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Greece’s international airports in Athens and Thessaloniki are lifting some restrictions for incoming international flights on Monday, June 15, 2020, with specific health safety protocols in place on the ground. Specifically, as of Monday, Athens International Airport (which continued to receive international flights from specific countries during the last three months), will lift restrictions on arrivals from Italy, Spain and The Netherlands until June 30. Flights from Albania and North Macedonia, will be allowed only for essential travel of non-tourist nature, while the ban on flights from Great Britain and Turkey will be maintained, regardless of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) list. The Thessaloniki International Airport, after three months of restrictions, will, as of Monday too and until June 30 receive all international flights, except those from Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, Great Britain, Turkey, Albania and North Macedonia. All other airports across the country will open to international flights on July 1.
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2020-06-15 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Greece extends UK & Turkey flight ban, entry ban to non-EU nationals
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2020-06-15 Out Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
Greece will gradually open its gates to tourists from Italy starting on Monday, June 15, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias announced on Tuesday, during a joint presser with his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio.
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2020-06-09 In Public health measures: Testing policy
Greece will increase Covid-19 testing and introduce restrictions at local level where clusters of coronavirus infections are reported, the government decided on Tuesday.
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2020-06-01 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Greece ‘s Civil Aviation Authority has extended on Monday, June 1, the obligatory quarantine for travelers entering Greece for the month of June. Travelers who test positive will receive free hotel accomadation. Mandatory quarantine extended until midnight on June 14, 2020.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
On June 1, malls, cafes restaurants and year round hotels will open. All measures are evaluated continuously against the COVID-19 infection rate and may change with little or no notice.
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2020-06-01 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Greece ‘s Civil Aviation Authority has extended on Monday, June 1, the ban on flights from seven countries as well as on the entry of non-European citizens. International flights with screening procedures will return to Athens and Greece’s second-largest city of Thessaloniki starting on June 15 and will be expanded to the rest of the country on July 1. terms according to which foreign nationals will fly to the country as of June 15, 2020. Greek authorities focus on the departure airports and not the nationality of the travelers,
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
Primary school children also returned to class.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Greece lifted lockdown restrictions Monday for hotels, open-air cinemas, golf courses and public swimming pools as the country ramped up preparations for the crucial summer tourism season to start in two weeks.
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2020-05-21 In Lockdown: Lockdown of refugee/idp camps or other minorities
extended: All visitors are barred from migrant and refugee camps across the country, particularly in Moria (Aegean islands), Ritsona (Central Greece region) and Malakasa (East Attica region),, except for aid workers (excluding volunteers). Until 07/06/2020
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2020-05-18 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
until May 18, restrictions that ban movements outside of your local area remain in effect. Strict guidelines for public spaces, including observance of social distancing measures will be enforced until 18 May. All measures are evaluated continuously against the COVID-19 infection rate and may change with little or no notice.
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2020-05-18 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
Students older than 13 years older return to schools
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2020-05-18 Out Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
Non-EU citizens may not enter Greece until May 18. Exceptions include spouses or minor children of EU/Schengen nationals, long-term residents, members of government delegations, and passengers in transit.
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2020-05-15 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Borders and ferry services with Albania, Italy and North Macedonia are closed until 15 June with the exception of trade and persons of Greek nationality or those resident in Greece.
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2020-05-15 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
the mandatory 14-day quarantine rule for all passengers arriving from abroad until midnight May 31, 2020
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2020-05-15 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
The suspension of all passenger flights to and from Greece to Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands is extended until 31 May. The temporary ban on flights to and from Albania and Northern Macedonia is extended until June 1. The ban on all flights to Greek territory regarding Turkey extends until June 14. Only at the Athens airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" (DAA) are allowed, arrivals / departures of international flights, the specific aviation directive is valid until May 31. The temporary ban on entry into the country of non-European citizens remains in force until 31 May.
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2020-05-11 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
On May 11, retail stores and schools/universities will open. All measures are evaluated continuously against the COVID-19 infection rate and may change with little or no notice.
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2020-05-10 In Lockdown: Lockdown of refugee/idp camps or other minorities
Restrictions on migrant and refugee camps extended until 21 May. Aegean islands/Lesbos island: Additional restrictions remain in place until further notice in migrants’ camps on the Greek islands. No volunteers are allowed in the camps, and school classes for migrant children have been suspended. Entry will be allowed only to staff and there will be a compulsory temperature check for new arrivals. For regular updates, the ministry will post updates and instructions for/to the five island camps’ residents twice a day in Arabic, English, Farsi, French and Greek.
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2020-05-06 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
The first boat carrying migrants and refugees since April 1st, arrived on the island of Lesvos on Wednesday, bringing 50 men, women and children from Afghanistan and Africa. Due to the restrictive measures in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the migrants and refugees will remain quarantined in the area of arrival for 14 days.
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2020-05-04 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
As of May 4, individual outdoor exercise is permitted (organized beaches remain closed). Some stores will open via appointment (e.g., hair salons, auto inspection). All measures are evaluated continuously against the COVID-19 infection rate and may change with little or no notice. Strict guidelines for public spaces, including observance of social distancing measures, will be enforced until 18 May.
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2020-05-04 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
As of May 4, movement certificates are no longer be required; however, restrictions that ban movements outside of your local area remain in effect until May 18. All measures are evaluated continuously against the COVID-19 infection rate and may change with little or no notice.
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2020-05-04 Out Lockdown: Partial lockdown
The country’s lockdown ended on 4 May. It is now possible for people to leave their homes without the need for permission.
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2020-05-04 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Travel to Greece for work purposes will be permitted from 18 May.
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2020-05-04 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
The wearing of masks is now mandatory in public transit, taxis, elevators and healthcare facilities. The state also strongly recommends the use of a mask in all areas but it is not mandatory. The violation of restrictions is punishable by fines of between 150 and 5000 Euros.
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2020-04-28 In Lockdown: Lockdown of refugee/idp camps or other minorities
placed under a 14-day lockdown period until 5 May after 150 refugees and migrants (living in hotel rented by IOM) tested positive for COVID19.
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2020-04-28 In Lockdown: Lockdown of refugee/idp camps or other minorities
night curfew operating between 20.00 and 08.00 after 150 refugees and migrants tested positive for COVID19. Restrictive measures are due to last until 5 May.
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2020-04-27 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
Schools, universities and other educational facilities are closed nationwide until at least 18 May, except for final-year high school students.
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2020-04-27 Out Movement restrictions: Curfews
A night curfew in the islands of Mykonos & Santorini was lifted on 27 April.
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2020-04-27 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Included in curfew extension: people must carry passport or other identification at all times and have a certificate of movement indicating the valid reason for being out.
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2020-04-27 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
Extended until 3/5/2020. Violators will be fined 150 Euros per violation. Must carry passport or other identification at all times and have a certificate of movement indicating the valid reason for being out.
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2020-04-27 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
A nationwide lockdown is in place until 4 May. People are only allowed to go out for essential work, health reasons, short walks or to acquire essential supplies. They must carry ID, and the reason for their movements has to be confirmed by their employer or by themselves. Those found violating the rules will receive a 150 euro on-the-spot fine.
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2020-04-15 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
Travellers arriving from non-EU countries will not be allowed to enter Greece until at least 15 May. Exceptions include health workers; those with a long-term visa in a European and Shengen country; those who have obtained a travel permit from a Greek consulate; government, diplomatic, military and humanitarian staff; and aircraft crews.
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2020-04-15 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
April 15, the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCCA) extended until May 15 the suspension of international flights to and from European states severely impacted by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. 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.
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2020-04-15 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
extended: Air travel from Greece to Italy, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Germany is suspended until May 15; other routes may be closed at any time. Ferry service from Italy to Greece is suspended.*However, flights to/from Germany from Athens International Airport (ATH) will continue to run. Cargo, humanitarian and repatriation flights are also exempt from the measure.
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2020-04-15 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
an entry ban on non-European Union (EU) citizens into Greece has been extended until 31/5/2020 (with some exceptions). Greece is ready to accept foreign tourists as of July 1, 2020, providing the course of the pandemic will develop according to the plans, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said. It is not clear, though, whether Greece will open its borders to EU nationals only or also to nationals of third countries.
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2020-04-12 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
extended until april 27, 2020. Violators will be fined 150 Euros per violation.
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2020-04-12 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
included in curfew extension: must carry passport or other identification at all times and have a certificate of movement indicating the valid reason for being out during curfew
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2020-04-04 In Lockdown: Lockdown of refugee/idp camps or other minorities
completely lock down of second migrant camp for sanitatry conditions (holding the "illegal migrants" arriving after March 1st in response to Turkey’s border opening)
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2020-04-02 In Lockdown: Lockdown of refugee/idp camps or other minorities
Ritsona camp: A migrant camp north of the Greek capital Athens has been placed under quarantine after 20 asylum seekers there tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Movement in and out of the Ritsona camp, will be restricted for at least 14 days; police forces will monitor the implementation of the measures.
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2020-04-02 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
EU to help Greece improve hygiene condiitons in refugee camps
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2020-03-30 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
drones deployed by police on Easter to ensure lockdown
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2020-03-30 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Greece announced new tax breaks and economic assistance to thousands of businesses and workers. additional support measures for some 800,000 businesses, 1.7 million private-sector employees and 700,000 self-employed and small business owners. "We are implementing policies to keep the economy alive," said Finance Minister Christos Staikouras of the March-April aid package amounting to 6.8 billion euros – or 3.5 percent of GDP – and including a 800-euro benefit for 1.7 million private-sector employees (81 percent of the impacted private-sector workforce) that have been suspended from their employment contracts and a freeze on their value added tax and debt payments to the state for four months.
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2020-03-26 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
extended until april 27
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2020-03-25 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
extended until april 27
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2020-03-23 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
Nation wide until further notice. People are only allowed to go out for essential work, health reasons, short walks or to acquire essential supplies. They must carry ID, and the reason for their movements has to be confirmed by their employer or by themselves. Those found violating the rules will receive a 150 euro on-the-spot fine.
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2020-03-23 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
A curfew is in effect March 23 – April 6 throughout Greece. Violators will be fined 150 Euros per violation. You must carry your passport or other identification at all times and have a valid reason to be out. Follow instructions on the Greek authority’s website. Type A movement is for work (contact your employer), Type B is an essential personal movement (supermarket, pharmacy, etc. as defined on the form).
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2020-03-23 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Aegean Airlines announced on 23 March that they will suspend all international flights between 26 March and 30 April. and all flights to italy, spain, turkey and UK are suspended nationwide
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2020-03-21 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Sea: only local residents will be allowed to board ferries to the islands and ships carrying essentials.
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2020-03-18 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Notionawide: All gatherings of 10+ ppl, all non-essential facilities (until at least 25. march) hotels are closed until 30. April
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2020-03-18 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
All non-eu nationals *except spouses/children of EU/Schengen nationals, long-term residents, members of government delegations, and passengers in transit.
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2020-03-18 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
special measures for Reception Identification Centres on Aegean islands
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2020-03-18 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
suspension of asylum services and public administrative services until 10 Apr
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2020-03-17 In Lockdown: Lockdown of refugee/idp camps or other minorities
Aegean islands: lockdown for at least 14 days. No volunteers allowed in camps, and school classes for migrant children have been suspended. Entry will be allowed only to staff and there will be a compulsory temperature check for new arrivals.
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2020-03-16 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
mandatory 14 day self-quarantine on all international arrivals.
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2020-03-15 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
land: Albania, North Macedonia, and Turkey. Air: Italy and Spain; Sea: Italy
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2020-03-15 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
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2020-03-15 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Albania and Northern Macedonia
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2020-03-13 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
hiring more doctors and nurses
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2020-03-13 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
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2020-03-11 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
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2020-03-09 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Italy Spain
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2020-03-09 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
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