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Negative Covid-19 Test Mandatory for Entry to Greece from Five Countries

Photo source: Prague Airport

Photo source: Prague Airport

All travelers entering Greece from Sweden, Czech Republic, Belgium, Spain and The Netherlands as of August 17 will be obliged to present a negative molecular test result (PCR) for coronavirus (Covid-19) upon arrival to the country.

The test must be performed up to 72 hours before travelers enter Greece.

The announcement followed a teleconference of government officials chaired by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday. The new measure was decided after a spike in confirmed Covid-19 cases was recorded during the past days.

The negative molecular test result (PCR) for coronavirus must be from a certified diagnostic center and in English when presented to Greek control authorities. The test result must include passport or ID details of travelers.

It is noted that airlines must check whether passengers have a negative Covid-19 test before the flight. If not, passengers should not be allowed to board. Airlines that do not comply with this obligation will be responsible for the repatriation of passengers at their own expense.

It is reminded that all travelers to Greece are still obliged to complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) 24 hours before entering the country.

For further information on traveling to Greece in the post-Covid-19 era, press here.

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  1. Ayman Reply

    Pls tel us if the enter to the here e Ned after 16 aug

  2. Ruby Reply

    Hello,
    Is there a center to do PCR on Naxos island in September ?

  3. M A Reply

    I m travelling from UK to Athens but with flight stopover (a few hours) in Amsterdam..so it looks like I need a test. Consulate says by mail that I don’t. If I get a test from uk it will not have my passport number. How can I contact the travel authority in Greece? No email shown on the plf website

  4. S. Reply

    I would also like to know if you have to print the test certificate…

  5. Nigel Reply

    Is a PCR text needed for someone travelling from the UK, British government web site says yes, but this does not seem to be the case >

  6. B. Reply

    Where do you show your negative PCR test? I have a domestic flight after landing in Athens, so should the test date and time be max 72 hours old when I show it in Athens or when I land on Naxos?

    • Evi Reply

      You need the form and the test only to enter the country. After that you don’t need it

  7. Norbert Reply

    We live in Stolberg ( near Aachen ) and will fly from Eindhoven/Netherlands to Heraklion in August 30th. Must we have a test certificate with us? It is not possible to have it in English, it contains personal dates and the result….
    Thanks for response.

    • Dani Reply

      Many hospitals get flexible now and do it in English

  8. Brigitte Reply

    Ps. We live at Aachen/Germany close to the Dutch border…

  9. Brigitte Reply

    We are Germans and will fly from Eindhoven/Netherlands to Heraklion in August 27th. Must we have a test certificate with us? It is not possible to have it in English, it contains personal dates and the result….
    Thanks for response.

  10. Ingela A Reply

    What is a “Certified Diagnostic Centre”?

  11. Robert D Reply

    If I am unable to receive a test result in Spain within 72 hours of entering Greece can I take a test upon arrival at Athens airport?

    • Mel Reply

      I’m flying to Rhodes from the uk on the 19th sept do I need to produce a negative COVID test?

  12. P. Dupuis Reply

    Must the result of the PCR test be printed on paper, or is an electronic version sufficient ? We’ll pass the test just before our departure from Belgium, so we’ll receive the result by email during our journey to Ancona.

    • Guy Buyens Reply

      Good question!

  13. Bart Reply

    What happens if a person from the Netherlands takes a flight from Dusseldorf (Germany) to Greece? Does he need a negative covid test as well?

    • Ralph Reply

      No, according to the dutch embassy in greece, you do not have to be tested when you are flying in from a different country

  14. Bart Reply

    If people from The Netherlands (with Dutch passport) book a flight to Greece from a German airport, do they still need a negative covid test?

  15. Gerrit, The Netherlands Reply

    @Buttafuoco. According how they set the new rules, Yes, you need to be tested in Italy and have a written in english negative covid test

  16. Gerrit, The Netherlands Reply

    I understand the concern of Greece, but these requirements will (potential) tourist make decide to look for less hassle and costly alternatives. Also, why only these countries?. We are free to travel to Germany and England, countries who’s citizens dont need a negative covid test max 72 hours before arrival.please tell me how I can take a test, drive to Ancona and sail to Patra within 72 hrs?

    I will have to cancel our Greece Bound ferry on sep 2 to Patras

  17. Buttafuoco Reply

    I k reis eerst 1week Italië dan met boot naar Griekenland.moet ik dan laten testen in Italië??

    I travel first in Italië 1week dan going with boat to Greece
    Have i to test COVID fitst in Italië Before entering greece???

    • Gerrit, The Netherlands Reply

      @Buttafuoco. According how they set the new rules, Yes, you need to be tested in Italy and have a written in english negative covid test max 72 prior of arrival in Greece

    • L.T. Reply

      Contact the Dutch embassy in Greece.

      If you travel by plane from Italy to Greece, a negative PCR test is not a requirement in order to board the plane. However, everyone traveling by land (with a car) needs to. I do not know the rules regarding traveling by boat.

      Nevertheless, it is possible to take a PCR test in Italy. You will need to go to a doctor first! You can take the test at a place called ‘ASL’ (they are all over the country), but only when you are in possession of a prescription.

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