Travelers entering Greece through its northern border with Bulgaria must present a COVID-19 negative test.
Greece says that from July 14 anyone crossing the land border with Bulgaria must present a negative test of coronavirus.
This measure comes as Bulgaria had a daily-high of 240 new infections on Thursday. Cases also surged in other areas of the Balkans.
Nearly 90 Serbian tourists were tested in the town of Edipsos in Greece after a pair of travelers were found to be positive.
“Relaxing [lockdown] measures has caused a rebound in the first wave,” Athanassios Tsakris, head of microbiology at the University of Athens, told local outlet Skai TV. “It is possible we will see a further increase [in cases].”
The test must be taken up to 72 hours before crossing the border. Government spokesman Stelios Petsas informed the media after a teleconference chaired by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday.
Bulgaria is currently the only land border Greece has opened up to tourists. Authorities are already dealing with several confirmed cases in the country’s holiday hotspots.
Borders with Albania open, but Albanians can’t cross them
Greece’s land border crossings with Albania are open, but nationals holding only the Albanian passport cannot actually cross them.
An announcement from the Greek embassy in Tirana, released earlier, clearly says:
“Persons from Albania cannot enter Greece by sea, road or railway. Greece allows only “Greek citizens, who are holders of a Special Homogeneous Identity Card, who hold residence permits, as well as persons whose primary residence is in Greece or who usually reside there.”Greek Embassy in Tirana
Greece-Serbia borders are not open
In response to the rapid increase of coronavirus cases in neighboring Serbia, Greece keeps its borders shut until July 15, 2020.
“The government, in cooperation with experts, is closely monitoring and will continue to do so on a daily basis, the development of epidemiological circles in the EU and in the rest of the world”, Deputy Government Spokesman Aristotleia Peloni said.
The only exception is for essential reasons.