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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

If you have received your 2 doses of vaccine more than 14 days before your arrival, you will simply need an approved vaccination certificate either in paper format or via the NHS App or similar. 

For those who haven't received their jabs, then you  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 or a negative antigen (rapid) certified test  no later than 48 hours before your arrival 

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.  

Without a Vaccination Certificate, this test is mandatory for all travellers (including children over the age of 12), 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 or Antigen 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

If you are vaccinated

- you do not need a pre-departure test

If you are not vaccinated

- 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

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 

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.

 

BEFORE YOU TRAVEL TO ENGLAND - FULLY VACCINATED 

Before you travel to England you must:

From 24 October you can use either a lateral flow test or a PCR test. You can book these from 22 October.

You will need to enter your COVID-19 test booking reference number on your passenger locator form.

If you will be in England for less than 2 days you still need to book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test.

 

 

BEFORE YOU TRAVEL TO ENGLAND - NON VACCINATED 

 

This is what you need to do if you do not qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travel to England.

Check this section of this guidance to see if you qualify as fully vaccinated.

Before you travel to England – not fully vaccinated

Before you travel to England you must:

 

TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN

Children of all ages who are resident in the UK, or in a country with an approved proof of vaccination, do not have to quarantine on arrival in England. This applies whether the child is vaccinated or not.

If they are aged 4 and under they do not have to take any COVID-19 travel tests.

5 to 17 year olds:

 

  • do not have to take a COVID-19 test before travel to England
  • must take a test on or before day 2 – arrival day is day 0

 

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.

Here's a couple of tried and tested suppliers
 
Dante Labs  https://dantelabs.co.uk/ 
 
PCR test                   39 GBP 
Lateral Flow test       20 GBP 
 
 
Randox Health   https://www.randoxhealth.com/ 
 
Use Test 21 as tthe discount code  
 
Lateral Flow Test     21.50 GBP         
PCR Test                 43.00 GBP                    
 
   
For Randox, sample return is by Dropbox or DX Courier so please check that you have something near to you before ordering.  
 
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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