By Andrew WilsonA new travel ban has been introduced by Greece as part of a wider crackdown on travellers travelling to the Middle Eastern country.
Greece said it will stop all international flights to the country, the first time in a decade the country has had to ban flights to and from its main international hub.
The move follows a spate of terror attacks across the Middle east, with the latest killing a Turkish man in Istanbul.
The government said it had received a total of 7,921 applications from the Middle-East region for travel permits in the last two months.
The new rules come after Greek police said they were stopping all flights from the Aegean islands to the island of Crete, where Greece has a population of about 6 million.
It also comes as a number of countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman, have imposed travel bans and restrictions on their citizens from Turkey.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “We are monitoring the situation closely.”
In the past, Greece has imposed travel restrictions on the Middle Atlantic island of Corsica.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said he was not concerned about the new measures, but the government was taking it “very seriously”.
“We are not going to accept any discrimination, we are not against anyone, we do not care about any religion, we care about all of our citizens,” he said.
“The Greek people are united.
We are ready to cooperate and cooperate with the countries and countries in the region.”
He added that the government had been in contact with the US, European Union and other countries in Europe about the measures.
“We have been in touch with the Americans and with the European Union,” he told reporters.
“In general, we want to cooperate, we also want to understand each other.”
But he said Greece would not take any action against any countries or individuals.
“I would like to point out that we are taking these decisions in line with the laws of the land, the constitution of the country,” he added.
The head of the Greek Anti-Terrorism Squad, Antonis Pouliotis, said the new restrictions would affect about 1,500 Greeks.
“The decision will affect 1,200 people,” he tweeted.
“It’s a very small number and a very short term.
We’ll be able to get a grip on it.”
In September, Greece had to block flights to Qatar after a series of attacks there.
The ban was due to be lifted this month.