As of January 26, all people arriving in the United States from abroad will have to have a negative COVID-19 test. The test needs to be done no more than 72 hours in advance of arrival in the US. This applied to US citizens as well as foreigners above the age of 2.
Of course, there isn’t a lot of international traveling happening and Greece is still not really open to tourists. However, I realize that you may still be coming for various reasons so I wanted to provide this information.
As of today, January 22, international flights are only allowed to arrive or depart in Athens. This means you will need to seek a coronavirus test in Athens. If you are traveling to Athens from somewhere else in Greece, it will be best to test in Athens to meet the 72-hour requirement. You can show a PCR test or a rapid antigen test, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Here are a list of labs that I recommend in Athens.
Labs in Athens for COVID-19 Tests
Bioiatriki – The website is only in Greek but if you call they speak English. I used this lab when I was sick and it was fast. I was able to get an appointment the next day and results were provided with 24 hours. At one point they were also offering tests at the airport but I can’t confirm it now. They also have locations across Greece so this is a good one to use if can’t be in Athens before your flight.
Olympic Lab – This is the lab I used when I needed to travel to the US. They were very nice and the results were available in 24 hours. Olympic is close to a metro station making it easy to get to. I did not need an appointment but this could change if more and more people are requesting it. The person answering the phone and completing the test spoke English
Euroclinic – Euroclinic is actually a private hospital here in Athens where I have been for other reasons. I haven’t had a test there but they are usually good. This is a drive-thru clinic but you may be able to call and get a walk-through appointment. Everyone at Euroclinic speaks basic English.
If the regulations change and international flights resume from other airports in Greece, I will update this list.
Hotels Near the Athens Airport
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If you are staying on an island or another city, you may need to stay in a hotel near the Athens airport while you wait for you test results. There is only one hotel directly at the airport but there are several more nearby that offer shuttle service.
Sofitel Athens Airport – The Sofitel Athens Airport hotel is located right across the street from the airport. You can easily walk from the airport arrivals area. This is great if you have a really early flight. The rooms are good but in need of some refurbishment. However, it is clean and has a decent restaurant inside.
Holiday Inn Athens – The Holiday Inn is a short 15 minute drive away. It offers a free airport shuttle that operates 24 hours a day. This is great less expensive alternative to the Sofitel.