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Covid-19 Self-testing is Mandatory for Greek Tourism Workers

Employees in Greece’s tourism sector are among those that must undergo mandatory self-testing for the coronavirus (Covid-19) once a week, the Greek government announced recently.

The announcement follows an update to a joint ministerial decision concerning the mandatory self-testing of employees in the private sector.

Tourism sector

According to the update, published recently in the Greek Government Gazette, self-testing will be mandatory once a week for employees in the Greek tourism sector including those who work in:

– hotels and similar accommodation facilities
– lodges and other short stay accommodation facilities
– campsites and businesses that have facilities for campers
– travel agencies
– businesses that offer organized travel services
– businesses that offer booking services and related activities.

Other private sector employees that must have a negative self-test result – once a week – before arriving to their workplace are those employed in retail; transport (land, coastal shipping, aviation, etc); food and beverage stores/establishments; financial and insurance activities; cleaning services; personal service activities (hairdressers, barbershops and beauty salons); driving schools; tuition and language centers; training and certification providers; foreign language training institutes; kindergartens and nurseries.

All employees will receive their self-test kits – free of charge – from local pharmacies once a week.


Before going to work, private sector employees must take their self-test at home and then register the result on the Ergani (national employment monitoring system) online platform that can be accessed through the website by using their AMKA (social security) number.

If an employee has a negative result, they can go to work as usual after registering it on the platform.

However, if someone tests positive they must undergo a second test at a testing facility (free of charge if it is a state health facility) and then self isolate until the result comes out. If the result is positive again the employee will be excused from work to complete a mandatory quarantine.

The government has announced that employers will by fined if workers are found working without having undergone a self-test or not having registered the result on the Ergani platform.

The mandatory self-testing of employees is part of Greece’s Covid-19 self-testing strategy which aims to detect asymptomatic cases.

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