The section on "Protocol for air arrivals" at https://travel.gov.gr states:

Depending on their QR code/confirmation, travelers are directed either to the screening area where they will be tested for the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 by a trained health team or to the exit (to baggage claim area or passport control).

Is the criteria for testing publicly available or otherwise known? Are arrivals from the UK subject to testing?

It also says:

The test results are expected to become available within 24 hours. During that time, passengers who are tested are advised to practise social distancing according to local guidelines and self monitoring for symptoms that could indicate COVID-19.

Does this mean you don't need to self-isolate if you're tested, and are free to go out even in the first 24 hours provided you don't develop symptoms and practice social distancing otherwise?

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Testing is random (if you arrive from some countries, like the UK). I cannot answer for the first question.

But the second question: No: you should social distancing for the fist 24hours (probably less). The "advised" is more strict that it seems. Please respect the social rules of the hosting country!

If you develop symptoms, self-distancing is not enough. But this is a basic rule you should apply everywhere. I'm scared of your question.

  • Thanks, and for clarity, the intent of this question was to understand the regulations - in the UK it would be called "self-isolate" rather than "socially distance". Now that I understand them, I'm no longer visiting. I wasn't planning to break any rule.
    – SgrA
    Oct 16, 2020 at 17:44

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