Why do I have to fill in the passenger locator form before entering Greece ?

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing international tourism in Greece this year and citizens who will visit the country to be subject to different controls than in the past in order to effectively control the spread of the virus. The purpose of this control is to identify as soon as possible a possible carrier of the infection and to locate him and place him in isolation. The tool to achieve this is an electronic form called PLF.

The importance of the passenger locator form

Completing the electronic form is a prerequisite for entering Greece. It is not aimed at all tourists who will enter Greece from  since July 1 to August. The form is completed electronically in English only. Once the PLF is successfully completed, you will receive a confirmation of its successful submission to the email address you provided. In the following second e-mail you will receive a personal QR code, which you must save on your phone or print out in order to show it to the border authorities at the respective border control point, through which you will enter Greece. As before, it is still possible to be randomly tested for coronavirus when entering Greece through the relevant border checkpoint. In summary, the purpose of the form is for the Greek health and other authorities to know in advance the point of departure and arrival of your trip to Greece, the address where you will be staying, who will be accompanying you, so that your contacts can be followed quickly infected with coronavirus and prevent the spread of the virus.

Procedure for entering Greece through the land border

Upon arrival at the relevant border checkpoint, citizens entering Greece must submit a completed Passenger Name Record (PLF). Passport and customs control is carried out by checking the corresponding QR code of each passenger on a mobile phone or on a printed form. Depending on their code, people entering the country are directed by the relevant staff either to the control area or allowed to continue their journey to their final destination in the country. After entering the country, they must remain in isolation until their test results are released. Travelers receive instructions from border guards on what to do if they develop symptoms of respiratory infection.