Brits can now show negative rapid antigen tests as valid documentation to visit Greece.
The Greek Tourism Ministry has announced it will permit entry to travellers presenting a negative rapid antigen test on arrival as proof they don’t have COVID.
It has also changed COVID test requirements for young visitors. Now, only those aged 12 and above need to present a test. Previously, only under sixes were exempt.
Previously, it only accepted negative PCR tests, vaccination certificates, a digital COVID certificate or proof the traveller had tested positive with COVID in the past two to nine months.
All tests must be taken within 72 hours of arrival and passengers still need to fill out a Passenger Locator Form the day before travel.
The Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office has updated its advice to say: “Arrivals from the UK must provide either: proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, undertaken within the 72 hour period before arrival into Greece; proof of a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test from an authorised laboratory, undertaken within the 48 hour period before the scheduled flight; or proof of two COVID-19 vaccinations completed at least 14 days before travel.
“Travellers with proof of either are exempted from the need to self-isolate on arrival to Greece.”
A spokesperson for the FCDO told Travel Gossip the department understands the rules are effective immediately.
The FCDO still advises against all but essential travel to Greece, except for the islands of Rhodes, Kos, Zakynthos, Corfu and Crete, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.