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Travelers Entering Greece from Promachonas Border Must Have Negative Covid-19 Test

Photo source: National Public Health Organization (EODY)

Photo source: National Public Health Organization (EODY)

All travelers entering Greece through Promachonas border station as of July 14 will be obliged to present a negative molecular test result (PCR) for coronavirus (Covid-19) upon arrival.

The test must performed up to 72 hours before travelers enter Greece through the country’s northern border with Bulgaria.

The announcement followed a teleconference of government officials chaired by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday.

The new measure was decided after a spike in Covid-19 cases was recorded at the Promachonas border check point during the past days.

UPDATE – Requirements to enter Greece from Promachonas

According to a joint ministerial decision published on Saturday, entry to Greece from the Promachonas border checkpoint is allowed provided that travelers entering the country:

1) have tested negative for Covid-19 by taking a PCR laboratory test (nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swabs) within the last 72 hours before their arrival. Travelers must have been tested at reference laboratories of the country of origin or transit or at public or private laboratories of that country. If the laboratories are private, they must be certified by the competent national certification authority.

2) have the diagnosis in English, which includes each person’s name and passport number or ID card.

It is noted that the announced measure does not apply to Greek citizens entering the country via Promachonas.

Photo source: National Public Health Organization (EODY)

Photo source: National Public Health Organization (EODY)

Greece on Friday reported 60 new coronavirus cases, raising the total number to 3,732.

According to the National Public Health Organization (EODY), of the new cases reported, 40 were found among incoming visitors after screening.

The number of coronavirus cases reported in Greece has been a double-digit figure since July 1, when Greece opened to tourists.

According to EODY, within 11 days, a total of 367 Covid-19 cases have been recorded in Greece, with most of them coming from out of the country and detected after tests at entry points and mainly the Promachonas border station.

All travelers to Greece are still obliged to complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) 24 hours before entering the country.

The Greek government said it would strengthen checks throughout the country to ascertain that all health protocols are being followed.

For more clarifications on entrance to Greece, travelers can find further information here.

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  1. Ljubomir Reply

    KAKO JE MOGOCE Slovencima,Avstrijskima Nemščina i drugim se severa v roku 72 ure opraviti corona test,počakati rezultat(okrog 48 ur) i uspeti priti na mejni prehod Promachonas i da bo test veljaven(72ur)…?????????

  2. Ljubomir Reply

    Glede na tole da je čas mog načrtovanih prehoda v Grčijo v Nedeljo v noci.01ali02 avgusta ker načrtujemo potovanje iz Slovenije na mejni prehod Promachonas.Neizvodljivo je opraviti Corona testa kako bi bil veljaven glede 72 ure.PROSIM ODGOVORITE MI KAKO JE MOGOCE RESITI TOLE DA LAHKO STOPIMO V GRCIJO.CAKAM VAS ODGOVOR.HVALA LEPO.

  3. Tomislav Reply

    Why you delete my question?
    I know that in Makaza you may pass without PCR test only in case if you own property in Greece. Now I am asking about the protocol in Promahonas?
    It seems that you are applying double standards.Your procedures are not clear. In the same time you can Enter and exit Bulgaria without any obstacles and requirements. Please DO NOT DELETE MY QUESTIONS.

  4. TOMISLAV Reply

    Hi there !
    I am Bulgarian and I have valid QR codeissued by the Greek gov platform. Can I pass through Promahonas check point (by car) WITHOUT PCR test? I have house and agricultural land in Greece and I have to care about the plants and trees there.

  5. Emma Reply

    What if a German citizen travel with her Greek-citizen husband? Only the wife will need to present the COVID-Test?

  6. katerina fotopoulou Reply

    english its enough!

  7. Gerald Krainz Reply

    Coming from Vienna/Austria my border crossing BG-GR is planned on a Sunday evening or Monday morning in August. The test evaluation alone takes 24-48 hours. This can never go out taking 72 hours taking travel time and weekend into account. Please tell me how can I handle this.
    Best regards
    Gerald Krainz

    • Theo Reply

      Hello ,
      we have the same issue coming from Munich, Germany.

      Are there already real experiences from the border station in Promachonas ?

      Best regards

  8. Edmond Dantes Reply

    In which language should be thist pcr test? It is enough in english or must be in greek?

  9. Aleksandar Reply

    Do I need signature and stamp from the laboratory or I can just print the test result?

  10. Teodor Nikolov Reply

    Are PCR tests mandatory for children?

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