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Greece Imposes Double Testing Requirement for Russian Nationals & Residents

Russian tourists wishing to visit Greece must submit a negative PCR test result or the result of a rapid test taken before departure, starting from June 30. Travelers from Russia are also required to take another test upon arrival.

According to a Greek government press release, the test requirement is mandatory and applies to all Russian citizens or residents, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not, reports.

As the country imposes strict measures on Russian travelers due to the discovery of new variants of the coronavirus, Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, said on Friday that the only solution to the situation is to speed up the vaccination process.

“There is an answer to the question of variables – especially delta variables – so as to speed up the vaccination process,” Mitsotakis said at the conclusion of the EU summit.

Mitsotakis noted that based on expert assessments, the delta variant will spread widely across Europe by the end of August, so there is no need for strict restrictions but rather a better vaccination plan.

He also said that there is no need to impose travel restrictions from countries if the boom is already in those countries.

Last week, Greece announced that travelers from other countries were allowed to enter the country without undergoing quarantine requirements and had only submitted a negative COVID-19 test result.

In an effort to help the island recover from the damage caused by the pandemic, earlier this month, the European Commission allocated a total of 800 million funding for financial support.

This €800 million Greek scheme will facilitate access to liquidity for companies operating in the tourism sector. They have been hit hard by the pandemic, and this scheme will help ensure the continuity of their economic activity in these difficult times. “We continue to work closely with member states to find workable solutions,” said Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager.

Last month, Greece launched an EU COVID-19 digital certificate to facilitate travel and welcome more tourists during the season.

The country is currently counting 375 new cases of coronavirus, and 12 people have died due to complications from coronavirus infection, as revealed by World Health Organization data.

On the other hand, in the past 24 hours, Russia has reported 599 deaths due to COVID-19 and 20,538 cases of the virus.

According to vaccination rates, Greece has fully vaccinated 33.5% of the population, while 44.1% have received at least one dose of vaccines. The country has received 8.1 million doses of COVID vaccines.

On the other hand, Russia has fully vaccinated 11.7 percent of its population, and 15 percent have received at least one shot of the vaccine.

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