The COVID-19 pandemic will affect airports, hotels and other aspects of your future travels.
Greece’s Minister of Tourism, Haris Theocharis presented health and safety protocols in response to COVID-19.
The protocols were drawn up by the government in collaboration with The Hellenic National Public Health Organisation (EODY).
Prerequisite for a passenger to board a flight to Greece: They must present a current health certificate (within the last 72 hours) stating that they are not a carrier.
Without the health certificate, travellers will be unable to board the flight.
There will be no empty seats on flights to, from and within Greece. The passenger capacity of all airplanes will be full in order to support airline
For flights of up to four (4) hours no food will be served to passengers, only packaged snacks
Upon their departure from Greece, travellers will not be tested in order for them to avoid being quarantined in Greece.
One quarantine hotel will operate on every tourism destination in Greece, where tourists who are found to be Covid-19 carriers will be transported. The hotels will be leased to
All Greek accommodation units will be obliged to have a contract with a doctor, who will determine, either in person or remotely, whether a traveller
should be tested for coronavirus. All Covid-19 tests will be performed within 6 hours at the latest so that anyone who is tested to be positive can be
transferred to a “quarantine hotel”.
Special training on specific hygiene rules will be provided to the staff of every Greek hotel.
There will be no buffets in Greek hotels (except maybe in very small units), as food will only be served.
All sunbeds will have a distance between them and also a disposable cover for each beach visitor.
Greece’s tourism season is expected to begin in July with seasonal resorts hoped to open the same month. The country’s year-round hotels
are scheduled to open on June 1st.
In regards to flights, a common EU plan for air transport has yet to be decided on. However, Greece is currently discussing the possibility of creating safe
travel zones between specific countries.
Detection of Viral RNA by RT-PCR
Thus far, the most commonly used and reliable test for diagnosis of COVID-19 has been the RT-PCR test performed using nasopharyngeal swabs or
other upper respiratory tract specimens, including throat swab or, more recently, saliva. A variety of RNA gene targets are used by different
manufacturers, with most tests targeting 1 or more of the envelope (env), nucleocapsid (N), spike (S), RNA-dependent RNA, polymerase (RdRp), and
ORF1 genes. The sensitivities of the tests to individual genes are comparable according to comparison studies except the RdRpSARSr (Charité) primer
probe, which has a slightly lower sensitivity likely due to a mismatch in the reverse primer.
In most individuals with symptomatic COVID-19 infection, viral RNA in the nasopharyngeal swab as measured by the cycle threshold (Ct) becomes
detectable as early as day 1 of symptoms and peaks within the first week of symptom onset. The Ct is the number of replication cycles required to
produce a fluorescent signal, with lower Ct values representing higher viral RNA loads. A Ct value less than 40 is clinically reported as PCR positive. This
positivity starts to decline by week 3 and subsequently becomes undetectable. However, the Ct values obtained in severely ill hospitalised patients are
lower than the Ct values of mild cases, and PCR positivity may persist beyond 3 weeks after illness onset when most mild cases will yield a negative
result. However, a “positive” PCR result reflects only the detection of viral RNA and does not necessarily indicate presence of viable virus.
Detection of Antibodies to SARS-CoV-2
COVID-19 infection can also be detected indirectly by measuring the host immune response to SARSCoV-2 infection. Serological diagnosis is especially
important for patients with mild to moderate illness who may present late, beyond the first 2 weeks of illness onset.
Serological diagnosis also is becoming an important tool to understand the extent of COVID-19 in the community and to identify individuals who are
immune and potentially “protected” from becoming infected. The most sensitive and earliest serological marker is total antibodies, levels of which begin
to increase from the second week of symptom onset.
If you live in London and want to get a health insurance for your trip abroad, Medical Diagnosis provides this health
certificate at £87, however you can get a 10% off if you book your air-tickets, hotels and activities from us
All you need to do is to search and book your air-tickets and hotel bookings from us, then print the confirmation email we’ll send you, arrange a testing
at Medical Diagnosis 72 hours prior to your departure (don’t worry, it’ll only take few minutes till you get your results), get the results on the same day
and enjoy your holidays COVID-19 free!!!
Medical Diagnosis information
Patient reception opening hours effective from 25/3/2020
Monday to Friday 9.00am to 2.00pm
Saturday and Sunday 9.00am to 12.00pm
Should you require urgent testing outside these hours please call 020 84519373 or 020 88300503 or 07842667241
Something to remember:
If you have (or have had) any symptoms of the flu in the last two weeks, please do NOT visit the laboratory.
Only two people allowed in at a time.
Take with you your passport and printed email confirmation for air-tickets and/or hotel bookings.
Do not use mobile phones.
No companion is allowed.
Wear a face mask and gloves before entering.
Keep a distance of 2 meters (6.5 feet) between you and others.