Athens Covid Test
Athens, famed for its historic landmarks, stunning architecture, and world-class cuisine, has reopened its doors to visitors.
Travelling to Athens
Before planning a trip to Greece, keep in mind that the restrictions vary based on where you are coming from and how you plan to get into the country. Air, train, and road transport all have their own set of rules and regulations that must be met in order to travel safely.
Additionally, in order to prove that you've been vaccinated or recovered, you'll need to bring your COVID certification with you.
Effective December 19, 2021, those travelling to Santorini must also have a negative molecular test (PCR) for Covid-19 or a negative Rapid Antigen test for Covid-19 completed up to 72 hours before arrival. Children above the age of 5 are also required to meet this criterion.
What's happening in Athens?
If you're visiting Athens, be sure to check local Covid restrictions in advance and what you can and can't do.
What’s open in Athens?
When you get to Athens, you'll notice that most businesses are open. This comprises cafés, restaurants,
stores, museums, parks, hotels, churches, cinemas, theatres, and a variety of other establishments. Open-air markets and casinos, as well as cultural institutions such as galleries, museums, and libraries, are open.
Covid-19 Passport or Equivalent Document
However, in order to access these locations and other indoor spaces, you must show proof that you have
been vaccinated, recovered, or tested. As long as you have been vaccinated with a vaccine authorised by
the EMA (European Medicine Agency) or WHO (World Health Organization), you can show
immunization using the EU Digital COVID Certificate, the COVID Free GR App, or a vaccine certificate
issued by your home country. As of now, that includes Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Oxford,
Covishield, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino
Biologics, and Sinopharm.
Negative quick or PCR test
To enter banks, public offices, retail outlets, shopping malls, and hairdressers, unvaccinated people will
need to present a negative quick or PCR test. These restrictions do not apply to supermarkets, grocery
stores, or pharmacies
Face Coverings and Masks
Other safeguards are in place as well. Everyone must wear a mask in both public and private indoor
locations and must practice social distancing. There is currently no curfew enforced in Athens. However,
museums, conservatories, and theatre venues have visitor quotas and protocols in place.
Epidemic and Pandemic Insurance
To ensure that your trip to Athens goes off without a hitch, it's a good idea to purchase travel insurance
that covers your stay.
Let's Help You
As a pre-entry requirement to Athens, Certyfly can provide PCR or Rapid Antigen Covid-19 testing
advice and provide the necessary tests at both ends of your journey. We also offer practical travel advice
and issue test certificates.
Best things to do in Athens
What can you expect now that you've arrived in Athens? Although only a tiny city, Athens has a lot to offer visitors, so grab your suitcases and get ready for an adventure!
Admire the grand architecture
There are several world-famous architectural jewels in Athens if you have a taste for colossal Doric and Ionic buildings. The Acropolis is Athens’ ancient fortress and a must-see while visiting the lovely Greek metropolis. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the Daphni Monastery. Another must-see is the Parthenon.
It is recognized as the Doric Order’s best achievement and the most significant Classical Greek building to have survived to the twenty first century. The Erechtheion, the Temple of Athena Nike, and the Temple of Hephaestus are just a few of Athens’ beautiful Doric and Ionic temples.
We propose hiring a tour guide to take you through these architectural treasures while discussing their history and significance.
Marvel at world-class museums
When in Athens, you must visit the museums to learn more about the city’s rich cultural and historical legacy. The Acropolis Museum is a fantastic site to start your museum trip. Tens of thousands of objects uncovered in the Acropolis are housed in the Acropolis Museum, which opened in 2009 atop ancient ruins. The Parthenon may be seen clearly from here. When you’re done here, head to the National Archaeological Museum, a spectacular wonderland of ancient art. The galleries are crowded with the wreck of Antikythera, the pensive Philosopher’s Head, and the Mask of Agamemnon, among others. Aside from the Cycladic Art Museum and the Benaki Museum, Athens has a number of other notable museums as well.
Enjoy some great great gastronomy
Did you know that adults in Athens spend more time dining out than adults in any other city on the planet? Dining out has long been an important part of the Athenian way of life. The city of Athens is home to tens of thousands of restaurants, ranging from Michelin-starred places to old tavernas that provide delicious, affordable meals. Athens has a diverse range of eateries that use fresh, locally produced ingredients from all over Greece. The flavours of fish, salad, baked beef, and fruit are all nice and light.
To mention a few local delicacies, try the delectable tzatziki, a yoghurt, garlic, and cucumber dip; feta cheese in olive oil; dolmades, vine leaves stuffed with minced meat; and grilled octopus. And of course, don’t miss ordering the famous souvlaki!
As you can see, Athens is a city for those who enjoy grand architecture and learning about one of the world’s oldest civilisations. It’s a magnificent playground for those looking for a gorgeous urban city getaway, as well as a dream destination for food and drink aficionados. So don’t forget to bring your appetite.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your questions answered by our expert team of testing consultants.
You can get a Covid-19 PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) or Rapid Antigen test at several labs, testing centres and clinics in Athens. You can also take a test at Athens International Airport.
To enter Athens, you need to get a Covid-19 PCR test within 72 hours prior to arrival. The rapid antigen test result should be carried out within 24 hours before arrival.
To book a Covid-19 PCR or Rapid Antigen test with Certyfly, you must have photo identification and the following details: Flight date, Flight time, Flight number, Email address, Mobile number and Passport number.
Children under the age of 12 do not need to take a Covid-19 test to enter Athens.
Depending on the test selected, your Covid-19 PCR test results will be available by midnight on the same day or the next day. Your Rapid Antigen test results will be available within 30 minutes.