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COVID TESTING FOR ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE
Check this section for requirements for testing for arrival into Greece and return to uK

What COVID Testing is required for entry into Greece and return to the UK

BEFORE DEPARTURE TO GREECE

Travellers arriving in Greece are required to have a negative PCR certificate from a testing laboratory, for a Covid-19 test taken no later than 72 hours before arrival unless you have received your 2 doses of vaccine more than 14 days before your arrival and are carrying an approved vaccination certificate either in paper format or via the NHS App or similar. 

The NHS App (not the Covid Track and Trace one) can be easily downloaded onto your SMART phone. The vaccinations will be updated into the App along with a QR Code.  If you do not have a Smart phone, please call 119 for a printed version.  Please allow at least 7 working days for the paper version and for your phone to be updated. For other countries, please check for an approved Vaccination Certificate with the relevant government body.  

With a Vaccination Certificate, this test is mandatory for all travellers (including children over the age of 5), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.

 

ON ARRIVAL IN GREECE

Every traveller who arrives in Greece, regardless of a Vaccination or PCR Certificate, may undergo a random health screening.  

To check which countries are allowed entry, please visit the Greek Government website for travel  where you must also complete the PLF 24-48 hours before departure.  Please see the separate section in the FAQs for completing the PLF

 

DEPARTURE FROM GREECE

Please check the up to date information on the UK government website for more indepth information

You must have proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test to travel to England.

You must take a test even if:

  • you’ve been vaccinated
  • you’re traveling from a country on the green list 
  • you’re a UK citizen

You must take the test in the 3 days before the flight which you will arrive in England departs.

For example, if you travel directly to England on Friday, you can take the test on or after Tuesday and will need to have the negative result available before boarding on Friday

If Greece changes colour whilst you are on holiday, then you will apply the 10 day rule, ie if it remains green for 10 days remaining in your holiday, then follow the green rules.  However if it is was Amber during the 10 days prior to your arrival back then you will need to follow the Amber rules.  Anyone wanting to extend their holiday in resort to stay in the green rules, please just contact the team

TYPE OF TEST

The test must meet performance standards of ≥97% specificity, ≥80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies/ml.

This could include tests such as:

  • a nucleic acid test, including a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or derivative technologies, including loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) tests
  • an antigen test, such as a test from a lateral flow device

You are able to organise a test at the Lindos or Pefkos Medical Centre  who will do a rapid antigen test with certificate for a discounted price of 20-25 EUR*

*20 EUR available in office hours Monday-Friday 0930-1630

*25 EUR for outside of office hours/weekends

You must get an Exclusively Lindos discount card from the rep in resort to qualify for this price.  

 

Lindos Medical Centre is next to the main church

Pefkos Medical Centre is above Jasmine's Bar on main street (near to taxi rank)

Please email in both instances pefkosmedicalcenter@gmail.com or call 0030 22330 33160 or 0030 694 464 4888

If you require a PCR test then this will be 60 EUR in the clinic or 70 EUR if called out to a hotel.  

We strongly recommend arranging this as soon as you arrive in resort to ensure you have secured an appointment.

 

TESTS ON ARRIVAL IN ENGLAND

The tests required on arrival in England will depend on whether Greece is Amber or Green.  Children 11 and under do not need to take a test. 

If Amber

You will need to do a PCR test on Day 2 and Day 8.  You are also required to home quarantine for 10 days. There is an option to also do a Test to Release on Day 5. 

If Green

You will need to do a PCR test on on before Day 2 of your arrival back into England**.  There is no requirement to quarantine.

 

GOVERNMENT TESTING PROVIDERS

The government has approved testing providers for Day 2 and 8 and Test to Release schemes

Please visit the website here to find an approved testing provider.

You can also use below discount codes of TTNG43  for Randox Health available through our consortium partner, The Travel Network Group 
 
 
https://www.randoxhealth.com/ 
 
Package                                 Price         e
 
Pre-departure PCR test          £43
Day 5 Test to Release            £43
Day 2 Only                             £43
Day 8 Only                             £43
Day 2 and 8                           £86
Amber Travel Pack                £129
                      

You must book the tests before returning to England as you must provide the details including the reference number for your tests in your PLF     

You are not able to use any free NHS tests for travel purposes 

Tests are booked directly with the provider and EL cannot accept any responsibility for the service/results you receive. 

 

**If returning to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland

 

There are different Covid rules if you are entering

Scotland

Wales

Northern Ireland

 

For all other countries, please check your government website.  It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet the requirements of your destination country.

 

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