Greece to Accept Negative Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Tests for Entry

Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis recently said that Greece will soon permit entry for travelers who present negative rapid antigen tests on arrival, as proof that they are not infected with the coronavirus (Covid-19).

During a tourism-related meeting with the regional governor for Central Macedonia, Apostolos Tzitzikostas, the minister said that the government aims to facilitate the travel process of visitors to Greece, from the moment they enter the country until their departure.

“When someone comes to and leaves our country, we want them to have the least possible difficulties,” Theoharis said, adding that in the coming days the country’s health committee of experts will allow Greek authorities to accept negative rapid antigen tests as an entry requirement, in addition to negative PCR tests.

“This will curb a big problem which is the cost of the PCR test before someone comes from abroad to our country, but especially for visitors from the Balkans, where the cost of this test in relation to the average salary is disproportionate,” the minister said without giving further details.

According to Theoharis, Russians and travelers from the Balkan countries are showing a high interest for holidays in Northern Greece this year.

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