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Greek Travel Restrictions Extended

posted Oct 27, 2020, 8:51 AM by Newcomers Bulletin Board

The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority issued a new aviation directive (NOTAM), extending travel restrictions to foreign travellers as cases of coronavirus continue to rise.

It includes the following:

  • Flights between Greece and Catalonia in Spain remain suspended until November 8.
  • Flights between Greece and Turkey remain suspended until November 8.
  • Flights between Greece and Albania and North Macedonia will continue to operate through the Athens International Airport ‘Eleftherios Venizelos’ only, until November 8.
  • Flight restrictions at the airports of Kozani National Airport “Filippos” and Kastoria National Airport have been extended until November 6.
  • All passengers travelling to Greece from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia will continue to be obliged until November 8 to provide a negative Covid-19 test result on arrival to Greece; the test cannot be older than 72 hours prior to their arrival in Greece.
  • The NOTAM concerning passengers from Israel has been extended until November 8. They are obliged to provide a negative Covid-19 test result on arrival to Greece; the test cannot be older than 72 hours prior to their arrival in Greece. Only 10,000 people per week are allowed to enter Greece on flights from Israel arriving to all airports in the country.
  • All passengers travelling to Greece from Russia will continue to be obliged until November 8 to provide a negative Covid-19 test result on arrival to Greece; the test cannot be older than 72 hours prior to their arrival in Greece. Further, flights will only land at the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki and Heraklion (Crete).

In addition, the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority has extended the ban on entry of non-EU citizens until November 8, except for the following countries’ passengers, who will be able to travel to Greece: Singapore, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay and the United Arab Emirates. Proof of residency will be required.

All passengers arriving in Greece must fill in a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least a day before arrival, providing information that will include their departure airport, the address where they will be staying and the expected duration of their stay in Greece, among others. The information on the form is a key element of the country’s planning for protection against the pandemic and preventing the spread of the virus.

The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority stressed that before accepting passengers for boarding, airlines must check:

  • the PLF submission confirmation at least the day before the flight, which is a mandatory travel document
  • the correspondence with the QR code and the PLF

Airlines that do not comply with this control obligation will be responsible for the repatriation of passengers at the expense of the company.


posted Oct 25, 2020, 9:37 AM by Newcomers Bulletin Board

Further clarification (23/10), about the new measures for Orange 3 and Red 4 Level areas, starting from tomorrow morning:
From the curfew (12:30 to 05:00) are exempted people who work at night and who must have an affirmation from their employer with them.
People in cases of Emergency
From the obligatory use of masks are exempted
people who exercise outdoors
The drivers if they are alone in the car or have members of their family in the car.
School students are obliged to wear masks during the breaks but NOT during the Gym-class
In cafes and restaurants, masks can be removed once people sit at their table.

LATEST UPDATE 22/10, 20:00
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced new measures to stop the spread of Covid-19 in a major speech to the Greek public on Thursday. These include the use of masks in all indoor and outdoor spaces around the country, and nighttime curfews starting from Saturday October 24, in areas which have been highly
impacted by the virus (Orange Level 3 & Red Level 4).
Click for the Updated Covid Map:


posted Oct 17, 2020, 2:54 AM by Newcomers Bulletin Board












posted Oct 15, 2020, 12:43 AM by Newcomers Bulletin Board

T H U R S D A Y  15/10/20

The Public Transport STRIKE IS CALLED OFF

STASY Union: ATTIKO METRO (blue, red line) , ELECTRIC RAILWAYS (Green Line), and the TRAM has announced a 3-hour work stoppage from 14:00 to 17:00. 

 However the

Electronic Engineers of Air Traffic Safety Association: has announced a

24-hour strike from 00:01 to 23:59, and a 48-hour strike from

00:01 of Sunday October 18th to 23:59 of Monday October 19th


Please contact Aegean Air at:  Reservations: 801-1120000, 210-6261000
Airport: 210-3530101, 210-3534289-- 92  

Customers are kindly advised to check the latest flight details by visiting the official website of AEGEAN and Olympic Air or by calling:

From Greece: 801 11 20000
From abroad or mobile: + 30 210 6261000

From Greece: 801 801 0101
From abroad or mobile: + 30 210 3550500

info: 8018010101 (if you are calling from α landline) and +302103550500 (if you are calling from α cell phone or from abroad) click on: YOUR AIRLINE

Christmas decorations and cards

posted Oct 15, 2020, 12:39 AM by Newcomers Bulletin Board

Hi again - here are some photos of Anne Dedes' lovely Christmas decorations and cards. 
Thinking of Christmas? Table top sales at St. Paul's Anglican Church, Filellinon 27, Syntagma include cards and decorations. If you wish to make an order please contact Anne Dedes at  and she will tell you if the item(s) you want are available, when to collect them from the church and how to pay for them. All proceeds go to the church and its charitable outreach into the community.

Thank you for your regular and much appreciated support, specially in these difficult times.

Very best wishes

Jean Mertzanakis

October 2020 Newletter Out Now

posted Oct 13, 2020, 12:51 AM by Newcomers Bulletin Board

St. Paul's Mini-Fundraisers

posted Oct 7, 2020, 3:52 AM by Newcomers Bulletin Board

Dear Friends

As you know, due to Covid 19 we cannot hold our annual Christmas Bazaar this year - all other fundraisers such as our very busy and successful concert programme, coffee mornings and quiz evenings are also out of the question at the moment. Further to my recent notice re: table-top sales - here is the full list until December. Please post on our behalf and, as always, many thanks for your support.

Table Top Sales – proceeds to St. Paul’s Church Funds

October 11th……Books

October 18th  … Teas (boxes and bags!) and Cakes – please contact Father Leonard re: teas (Yorkshire, Tetley and more)

October 25th……Cards

November 1st…..Jewellery

November 8th ….Cards, Christmas gifts, crackers

                              and candles

November 15 …. Books

November 22nd…Jewellery

November 29th…Teas (boxes and bags), Sweets

                               and Cakes

December 6th  ….Christmas Linens

December 13th… Cards, Christmas Gifts, crackers

                                and candles

Time: Each Sunday after the Liturgy (about 11.15hrs-12.15)

Very best wishes

Jean Mertzanakis (Hon. Secretary)

AQUA AEROBIC Exercise in Glyfada

posted Sep 25, 2020, 11:31 PM by Newcomers Bulletin Board

I would like to inform Newcomers about this activity which takes place at the closed SWIMMING POOL in Glyfada


It is an AQUA AEROBIC EXERCISE CLASS and is co-ordinated by a wonderful, experienced, internationally trained physical exercise teacher and Fitness trainer.

She is British/Greek and her name is SUSAN ASHBY.


This kind of exercise is beneficial for all age groups - especially the elderly or those who need gentle movement as it helps you to gain strength and flexibility in a safe and effective way.

The Group lessons are Mon-Friday from 11.00-12.00am (apart from Thursday)

and take place at the Closed Swimming Pool in Glyfada, Kyprou Street 67-73.   
All safety precautions with respect to the covid virus are taken and strictly enforced.

You can contact SUSAN for more information via Email: or via Facebook

Electric & Acoustic Guitar Lessons

posted Sep 25, 2020, 11:29 PM by Newcomers Bulletin Board

Good morning Newcomers and friends, wish you  a lovely weekend,

I wholeheartedly recommend my son’s and daughter’s guitar teacher. He is a very talented young man, creative, gentle, patient and has a calming energy. He of course  plays beautifully. He speaks English and Greek. His rates are more than reasonable.   I asked him to send me a write up about his experience and certification; Pretty impressive, Please read below:


“Electric and Acoustic Guitar Lessons//Music Production Ableton Live Lessons

I am a music teacher based in Athens. I have 7 years of teaching experience and more than 10 years’ experience in the music industry in a variety of posts: session musician, composer, music producer, sound engineer.


I have a Bachelors in Music (BMus(Hons) -University of West London), and a Diploma in Electric Guitar Teaching (London College of Music).


I teach Electric, Acoustic guitar and Music Production for all levels. The lessons are tailored to your own goals and to the music that inspires you!

Together, we can develop your skills and understanding of:

  • Guitar techniques & fretboard
  • Rhythm guitar playing
  • Soloing & Improvisation
  • Music Theory
  • Song-writing
  • Group Playing
  • Recording & Audio Mixing
  • Music Production with Ableton Live
  • Software Instruments, Beat-making 

…and much more!!!!

I have successfully helped students prepare for the RGT guitar and theory exams (grades 1-8).

Online Lessons Available

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at: 

Nikos Yiannakakis”


Business Guidance Counsellor

posted Sep 25, 2020, 11:28 PM by Newcomers Bulletin Board

Dear Newcomers & future Entrepreneurs 

Are you out of a job or a mum who would love to be able to start your own small business? Don’t know where to start, don’t know what to do? Being able to start is often the hardest part, having clarity, vision and being able to execute the right steps when you need to require a roadmap and guidance, otherwise, the process can be too overwhelming and then you don’t even end up starting. 

My name is Emily Carlsson and I can give you guidance and direction on how to become an entrepreneur and get your business off the ground with the flexibility so you will still be able to be there for your family. 

I will walk you through step by step what you need to do and guide you to the tools and training necessary to start your business. If you are unsure about what you should be doing, or what you have to offer but have a feeling or urge to do something I can help you narrow it down. 

For those of you who have already started your business:

  • Do you already have a small business and would like it to grow and be more professional? 
  • Are you overwhelmed with today's technology and how you can use it to help your business grow?
  • How to connect with possible clients online?
  • How to get work done during COVID-19?
  • Zoom calls
  • How and when to use Social media
  • Marketing plan
  • Build your website (Yes, you can do it! You will be surprised how little it costs if you do it yourself)

Who am I and why can I be your Business Guidance Counsellor!

I am an accomplished & goal-oriented business management professional, humanitarian, dream maker, life perfectionist and experience creator. Bringing expertise, working with passion and delivering excellence. I have 22 years of business experience in roles such as Operations Manager, Business Development Manager, General Manager, Managing Director and Business Founder.

I am a Zimbabwean who has been living in Greece for about 20 years and I have been a member of Newcomers for over 15 years.

Do not hesitate to call me even if you are unsure we can have a chat and go from there. When you have the passion and the drive your age or being a mother can’t stop you! We All have it within us!

Contact me and let’s make your vision a reality!!

Best regards,
Emily Carlsson

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