Last updated on: 31 May 2021
COVID-19 Safety Measures at Athens International Airport
Before travelling it's a good idea to familiarse yourself with the latest COVID-19 safety measures at Athens International Airport if you're passing through anytime soon. Strict hygiene and social distancing protocols are in place for all passengers and airport staff. Thankfully, the latest safety measures have been published in full - and they're very clear.
COVID-19 measures for arriving passengers
Flights arriving at Athens International Airport are subject to screening measures. For the safety of passengers and staff, doctors and other emergency personnel will be available at all times. Airport staff receive regular training on Athens International Airport COVID-19 procedures, as well as refresher training in line with the latest developments. All passengers arriving at Athens International Airport should observe Greece's minimum social distance of 1.5 metres. Passengers must wear a protective face mask until they leave the terminal building. However, children under the age of six aren't required to wear a face covering. All passengers are encouraged to wash their hands regularly at one of the 300 handwashing stations in the airport.
COVID-19 measures for departing passengers
All passengers are required to socially distance and wear a face mask from the moment they enter the terminal building. The seating in waiting areas has been rearranged in line with social distancing measures. Passengers are advised to leave an empty seat between themselves and other families/groups. Athens International Airport recommends using e-services prior to arriving. If possible, check-in online. You can also print your baggage labels at home. All airport staff are trained in COVID-19 safety, so don't hesitate to ask someone if you're unsure about anything.
Screening and testing facilities
Passengers can ask for a test on COVID-19 upon arriving at Athens International Airport. A molecular based test (PCR) or Rapid (Antigens) available at the Athens Medical centre. This specialised facility is located in the Arrivals hall between exits two and three. The testing point operates on 24-hour basis. You should be able to get a test without a prior booking. However, you will need to register. There's also a fee to pay. In most cases, the results of a PCR test are delivered to the passenger's email address within 24 hours. However, if you travelled at a particularly busy time for the airport, you may have to wait a little longer. The results for the Rapid (Antigens) test might be able within 15-20 min after the sampling.
You will find a lot of COVID-19 signage located throughout the airport. It is vitally important that you read these notices, as they contain important information about the safety regulations in place at Athens International Airport. In particular, pay attention to signage relating to social distancing, mask wearing, hygiene and healthcare.
Cleaning and sanitisation
Athens International Airport has intensified cleaning procedures since the outbreak of COVID-19. Everyday cleaning chemicals have been replaced with fast-acting disinfectants. Frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, elevator buttons, handrails and escalators are being cleaned to a strict schedule - several times a day. There is also a separate cleaning protocol in place where infections are suspected. All cleaning is carried out in accordance with the Greek Government's guidelines.
Various cafes, bars, restaurants and shops in Athens International Airport are open. However, this situation is under constant review. Check the opening times of your preferred business before travelling, as restricted hours are in operation. It's also worth bearing in mind that most catering businesses inside the airport are operating at a very limited capacity.
Airport response plan
COVID-19 safety measurements at Athens International Airport are as comprehensive as anywhere else in Europe. Most passengers will experience a smooth, safe and hassle-free journey when flying to and from the airport. However, for your peace of mind, the AIA has established a COVID-19 response plan. This is in place to ensure airport operations are minimally impacted in the event of an outbreak. This plan has been meticulously developed by airport staff, medical professionals and emergency response teams. Athens International Airport is constantly updating the plan in line with developments and changing legal requirements.
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