Checks at highways, ports, bus terminals to prevent Orthodox Easter travel

Greek authorities on Wednesday said they were imposing stringent controls at national highway toll stations, ports and other long-distance travel stations to prevent city residents from travelling to the countryside ahead of the Greek Orthodox Easter.

Civil Protection Deputy Minister for Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias said in a press conference on Wednesday the new measure went into effect at 6 p.m.

He warned that anyone who tries to travel to the countryside will be turned back, their car plates removed for 60 days and a fine of 300 euros imposed.

The same measures will apply at airports, ports, railroad stations and long-distance buses, where travellers will need to prove they are either permanent residents returning to their homes.

He also said there is to be no inter-island travel, with few exceptions for residents of remote islands going to...

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