Greece has extended border restrictions for those traveling from Albania to Greece until June 14, as part of the country’s measures against COVID-19.
Greece’s decision to keep its borders with Albania closed was made despite the fact that tourist season has officially started in the country. Furthermore, Greece has lifted such restrictions for other neighboring countries and the Western Balkans at large.
According to the announcement made by Greek customs, only Greek citizens, individuals who hold a residence permit, and seasonal workers with special permits will be allowed through.
The border between Greece and Albanian will remain closed for anyone else, regardless of whether they try to reach Greece by land, or sea.
Anyone entering Greece must present a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before the trip, or they may undergo a rapid COVID-19 test near the Greek side of the border.
Buses, cars with Albanian license plates, and boats are banned from entering Greece.
The Kapshticë border crossing will operate from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Kakavijë border crossing will operate from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Seasonal workers will be allowed entry from the Kapshticë border crossing only.
Nevertheless, Greece has established daily quotas for all entry points. Only 400 people a day will be allowed to cross the border into Greece. The number is 250 for the border crossing at Qafë Bota.
The mandatory 14-day quarantine has been lifted also.
All citizens and types of vehicles will be allowed to leave Greece and enter Albania between 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.