Due to the epidemiological situation in Russia and the spread of the Delta coronavirus mutation, Greece is strengthening control over tourists coming from the Russian Federation.
According to the Greek Ministry of Tourism, Russian tourists crossing the border must have an express test certificate or a negative PCR test result. Moreover, even vaccinated citizens must present one of these documents.
The tightening of control, the ministry notes, is associated with the spread of the Indian Delta strain in Russia and is introduced to ensure the safety of both tourists and workers in the tourism sector. The innovation comes into force on June 30, 2021. The measure is mandatory and applies to all Russian citizens arriving in Greece. In addition, all Russian travelers will be checked upon arrival in Greece.
Earlier, until July 3, Greece extended the existing rules of entry for foreign citizens, but today it has made changes to them only for Russian tourists, RIA Novosti quotes:
Russian citizens can enter Greece if “they have a negative laboratory test result using a PCR test for coronavirus COVID-19 or an express test for coronavirus antigens (express COVID test). Citizens of the Russian Federation must be negatively diagnosed during a compulsory laboratory test using PCR or a test using an express test for the COVID-19 coronavirus antigen (express test) at the points of entry, staying in the control area until the test result is issued and with a mandatory time limit in case of a positive result “.
The innovation will take effect on the morning of June 30.