In the wake of a record high in new coronavirus cases (4,608 in Tuesday), the Greek government has announced a series of measures to prevent further spread of the virus.

The measures mainly target the unvaccinated and will start being implemented from September 13, 2021 (when most of the tourists will be gone, as many note).

So, from mid- September, those who do not have a vaccination certificate or proof that they have recovered from Covid-19 will :

  • have to provide one negative rapid test per week to go to work (both in the public and private sector)

  • have to provide negative rapid tests twice a week to work in tourism, academia, tourism, restaurants, cafes, bars

  • have to provide negative rapid tests twice a week to attend courses in schools or universities

  • have to pay 10 euros for the rapid tests (currently provided for free)

  • have to provide a negative rapid test (of 48 hours) to enter in museums , theaters, cinemas and archaeological sites

  • not be able to enter at all in indoor venues of restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs or in sports stadiums.

“The measures are not punitive,” the health minister, Vassilis Kikilias, said on Tuesday and added that free testing will continue for those who have been vaccinated.

The measures will be in effect until March 31, 2022.