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Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Greece allows travelers with rapid antigen tests

According to Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis, tourists who submit negative fast antigen testing on arrival as confirmation that they are not infected with the coronavirus will be allowed to enter the country soon (Covid-19).

The minister stated at a tourism-related meeting with Apostolos Tzitzikostas, the regional governor for Central Macedonia, that the government wants to make it easier for tourists to Greece to travel from the moment they arrive until they leave.

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“We want people to have the least amount of difficulty when they come to and leave our country,” Theoharis said, adding that the country's health committee of experts will allow Greek authorities to accept negative rapid antigen tests as an entry requirement, in addition to negative PCR tests, in the coming days.


“This will address a major issue, which is the cost of a PCR test before someone travels from outside our country to our country, particularly for visitors from the Balkans, where the cost of this test in relation to the average salary is disproportionate,” the minister said, without providing any additional details.


This year, Russians and vacationers from the Balkan nations, according to Theoharis, are expressing a strong interest in vacationing in Northern Greece.


Travelers who have completed the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) one day before to departure will be permitted to enter Greece. The PLF is a legal requirement that must be completed by all passengers, regardless of nationality.


Passengers from outside the United States must additionally have one of the following:

  1. a vaccination certificate confirming that Covid-19 has been fully vaccinated for 14 days.

  2. a negative PCR test done in fewer than 72 hours (in Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, or Russian). (Children above the age of six are subject to the regulation.)

  3. a certificate confirming that one has recovered from the coronavirus during the last nine months (in Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, or Russian).


    4.  a COVID digital certificate


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