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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Greece: Mandatory COVID-19 Testing for Citizens From 10 Countries

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Citizens arriving in Greece from Bulgaria, Romania, U.A.E, Albania, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, North Macedonia, Spain and Malta will be required to present a negative result of PCR test, not older than 72 hours, Greece’s government has announced.

The decision will be kept in place until at least August 31, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Greek citizens, as well as permanent residents of Greece, will also be included in the latest move of the government.

“Only travellers who carry a certificate of a negative RT-PCR test result will be allowed by the border authorities to enter the country. The certificates should be written in English and bear the name and passport/national ID number of the traveller,” the government’s statement reads.

Previously this week, the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCCA) decided to extend the entry ban for citizens outside the European Union, until August 31, in an effort to stop the further spread of the deadly virus.

From the entry ban are exempted citizens of the following countries: Georgia, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Uruguay, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.

Due to a spike in the number of COVID-19 infections, Greece had previously banned all flights to Turkey, Albania and North Macedonia, and vice versa until July 31. The decision was presented through a NOTAM of the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority.

In July, the country’s government started to welcome residents of 14 third-countries, which were considered safe based on their COVID-19 epidemiological situation.

A total of 9,000 Coronavirus tests have been conducted daily at the country’s entry points, Deputy Health Minister Vasilis Kotzamanis announced, last month, as part of the country’s efforts to tighten its controls.

At present, Greece has registered 7,684 Coronavirus cases, while 235 persons have died.

Amid the Coronavirus outbreak, last month, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) reported that a total of 99 vulnerable asylum applicants were relocated from Greece and Cyprus to Finland and Germany.

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