Greece holidays were given the green light on July 15 after a ban on flights directly from the UK to the country was lifted. The move has seen many British holidaymakers book flights and take the short flight to Greece. However, it has now been revealed that some tourists have been hit with €500 (£455) fines, claiming they did not know about the forms.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office says “if you’re a British national, you can still enter Greece, but you must comply with the Greek authorities’ requirements, including on testing and self-isolation”.
Greece is requiring all tourists to complete an online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before their arrival in Greece.
But some German tourists were hit with the fines when they landed at Heraklion airport in Crete on Wednesday without having filled in the forms before coming to the country.
Greece holidays: Tourists fined over £450 after arriving in Greece without correct forms
Greece holidays: Greece holidays were given the green light on July 15
It’s claimed neither their travel agent or the airport they departed from had told them about the form.
The form is a requirement whichever way you travel to Greece (including by ferry, road, rail or air), according to the FCO.
“Failure to do so in advance may result in your carrier not allowing you to travel, receipt of a €500 fine from the Greek authorities on arrival, or the Greek authorities not allowing you to enter the country,” they added.
“Once you have completed the form, you will receive an email acknowledgement. In a separate email, you will also receive a QR code.
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“This code is likely to be sent up to 24 hours before you travel, regardless of how early you fill in your form.
“When you receive your code, make sure you either print it, or can show it on your mobile phone.
“If you are travelling by air to Greece, your airline will ask you to prove that you have completed the PLF form.
“You should print or show (e.g. on your phone) your email confirming submission of the form (or the QR code you have subsequently received).”
Greece holidays: The form is a requirement whichever way you travel
Facebook users took to the social media site to express their opinions about the fines.
One user appeared to agree with the fines.
She said: “I can’t believe people are complaining. If you don’t like it, don’t visit!
“AND, if you have a better solution to this horrible situation that has affected the entire planet, then tell us!”
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Another person said: “Everyone should have checked before going.
“Also, how did they get on planes without doing this?”
Another agreed: “It’s so easy ! It’s arrogant not to respect the laws of your host country.”