Protocol for arrivals in Greece
On 14 May, Greece opened its borders in a safe manner. Travelers arriving in Greece are required to one of the following:
→ Negative PCR certificate from a testing laboratory, for a COVID-19 test taken no later than 72 hours before arrival or a negative antigen (rapid) certificate taken no longer than 48 hours before arrival. This test is mandatory for all tourists (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
→ Proof of a negative test is not required for all travelers that have completed their vaccination (14 days must have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate. Acceptable vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, and Sinopharm.
→ Proof of a negative PCR test is not required if the traveler was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 30 to 180 days. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The certificate is issued 30 days after the day of the first positive COVID-19 test and is valid for 180 days after it.
Apart from the documents mentioned above, all travelers must complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before entering the country, providing detailed information on their point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries, and the address of their stay while in Greece. In case of multiple stays, they are required to provide the address for the first 24 hours at least. One PLF should be submitted per family.
Additionally, travelers are naturally obliged to carry an official ID, such as passport or citizen card (for EU citizens), and any visa granted to them (if applicable).
At the conference venue
The following COVID-19 measures will be ensured at all times during ICEGOV 2021:
- Non-registered participants will not be allowed into the conference areas.
- All conference participants must show their vaccination or disease certificates (within the last 6 months) at the entrance of the conference venue.
- Participants with symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc., must contact directly the COVID -19 responsible of the congress secretariat and get isolated, without permission to enter to the conference venue.
- All participants must respect physical / social distancing. Maintain at least a 1.5 metres distance between yourself and the others.
- The number of attendees allowed inside each room is limited and all conference rooms have already ben arranged accordingly. Standing people are not allowed in the rooms.
- Wearing a mask is mandatory at all times when at the conference venue. The appropriate use (both nose and mouth covered), storage and cleaning or disposal are essential to make masks as effective as possible.
- Hand sanitizers will be available in several places at the conference venue.
Additionally, do not forget to:
- Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Test Center close to the venue
There is a test center about 600 metres from the Harokopio University of Athens. A Google Maps location is available here.