Head of Civil Protection and Deputy Minister Nikos Hardalias announced on Thursday new rules and Covid-certificates for traveling to/from the Greek islands.
He said that these are the recommendations of the epidemiologists’ committee.
From Monday, 5. July 201, for travel to the Greek islands required will be:
either … or
(a) vaccination certificate or disease certificate
b) negative PCR test carried out in the last 72 hours,
c) negative Rapid test carried out in the last 48 hours.
(a) for aged 12-17 any negative test including self-test
(b) Minors up to 12 years old travel freely – i.e no need of test.
Return from the islands
On the return from the islands it is recommended that all those who are over 12 years old conduct a self test.
Excluded from the tests/certificates measure are the islands: Evia, Lefkada and Salamina, as well as:
a) those who move between different island Regional Units for work purposes on a daily basis; they carry out a weekly self-test as already in force.
B) those who move between islands located at very close distances or on ferries that connect the mainland with nearby islands, by conducting a weekly self-test if they are employees as is already the case and by conducting a self-test (self- test) before moving for the rest. [Note: Don’t ask me, what the author of this bureaucratic regulation written in Army language means. Trust me I tried and lost all interest to find out!]
The rules are valid also for foreign tourists.
Regarding the inter-regional travel on land, Hardalias said that the government evaluates the epidemiological data of each region and the situation will be re-evaluated in the coming weeks.
He was apparently referring to earlier media reports that negative tests will be required for traveling on public transport means (inter-regional buses, trains, planes etc)
To make the long story short: if you are not vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19, you will keep testing to go and come back from the islands and have also tests to dine, have a coffee or a drink in the closed space of a facility (this from July 15, 2021.) You can add all this extra cost to your travel budget.
PCR test at 60 euros, Rapid test: 20-30 euros, Self-test at the pharmacy: 6-7 euros
Covid-vaccination certificate is obtained the next day of the full vaccination (2nd dose or 1 of J&J) and is valid on the 14/15th day after the vaccination.