PCR test in Halkidiki: Detailed Guide 2021
If you're wondering where to get a PCR test in Halkidiki, here's our detailed guide so you have all the information needed and arrange everything in advance.
Holidays in 2021 continue to come with some restrictions: in some parts of the world masks may still be mandatory, other countries might require a vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test before arrival and in some cases self-quarantine for a few days upon arrival may be required. But, worry not! Your Halkidiki holidays deserve that little extra!
PCR test in Kassandra
Where can I get a PCR test in Halkidiki?
If you are staying in Kassandra peninsula, the first finger of Halkidiki, most places for PCR tests are located in Kassandria. At the microbiological center of Kassandria you can get in touch with Dr Thanasis Papakonstantinou to arrange your PCR test. The center is open from Monday to Friday.
You can reach him at +30 2374 025566 for his test center in Kassandria, but the same doctor also has a second microbiological center for PCR test in Pefkochori, which you can reach at +30 2374 023261.
PCR test in Sithonia
Where can I get a PCR test in Sithonia?
If you are staying in a village in Sithonia, like Nikiti, Neos Marmaras, Vourvourou etc, it’s best to get a PCR test in Nikiti, which is a hub town with several doctors.
Bio-Diagnosi is a great option, where you can get a RAPID, PCR or an Antibodies test at decent prices. It is open between Monday and Friday, from 07:30 to 14:30 and you can also call them at +30 2375022223.
It is also possible to arrange a PCR test at the privacy and comfort of your own accommodation. You can reach Aegean Medical Services at https://www.aegeanmedical.gr/ and arrange a convenient time for you before travelling.
Official instructions for travelling to Halkidiki in 2021
Tourists must fill in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) no later than 23:59 of the day before arriving in Greece. This is mandatory and you can fill it out here.
As of April 19th, travellers arriving in Greece should possess a negative PCR certificate from a testing laboratory, for a Covid-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. This test is mandatory for all tourists (including children over the age of 5), regardless of the epidemiological situation existent in the country of departure.
If the traveller has completed his/her vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and holds a vaccination certificate, then proof of a negative test is not required. Αcceptable vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.
Every traveller who arrives in Greece, regardless of the certificate in their possession, may undergo a random health screening. If selected, the screening is mandatory. Otherwise, authorities reserve the right to refuse entry into the country. The selection is made through a targeted sampling system, based on the EVA system used in the summer of 2020.
The countries from which entry is allowed, under the aforementioned conditions, without the requirement for subsequent self-isolation are: EU & Schengen Area countries, USA, UK, Israel, Serbia, UAE, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore, and the Russian Federation.
Non EU citizens are strongly advised to choose direct flights to Greece. In any other case, travellers should abide by the stop-over country requirements.
Passengers are allowed to enter the country through nine (9) airports (Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Corfu, Rhodes, Kos, Chania, Mykonos, Santorini).
Travellers are allowed to enter from the land borders through the entry gates of Promachonas and Nymfea. Russian residents, limited to four thousand (4,000) per week, are allowed to enter Greece by air ONLY.
Travellers from the Russian Federation will also need to produce a negative PCR molecular test as well as a vaccination certificate proving they have been fully vaccinated, and a 14-day period has elapsed since their vaccination.
What happens if I get covid during my holidays in Greece?
Travellers arriving in Greece are subject to:
Sampling RAPID antigen tests at the entrance gates for selected individuals drawn from a targeted sampling system, based on the EVA system used in the summer of 2020.
Mandatory isolation if they test positive for SARS-Cov-2, following a sampling test. In this case, the travellers and their escorts are accommodated to quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis. Guests will stay in seclusion hotels for at least 10 days, and they will have to repeat the tests. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.
The plan for the opening of Greek Tourism provides for the existence of specific isolation (quarantine) hotels near each entrance gate, as well as in other strategic points nationwide. This way, an adequate safety net for case management will be in place, combined with an early detection upon the arrival of tourists from abroad.
Please note that each country has its own rules and requirements upon return. You are kindly requested to follow the official instructions of your country when leaving Greece, to make sure you’ll have a smooth return.
All travellers are advised to make arrangements in advance and book their PCR testing in Halkidiki beforehand, to avoid any unpleasant situations.
Halkidiki is a beautiful place definitely worth exploring, and it’s always a good idea to book your independent, private house, for maximum peace of mind!