Greece: Long queues at Promachonas border crossing as travellers tested for COVID-19

Tourists from all over Europe flocked to the Greek-Bulgarian border in Promachonas, with vehicles forced to wait in long queues as COVID-19 tests were carried out on travellers, on Sunday. According to the President of the National Public Health Organisation, Panagiotis Arkoumaneas, 70 percent of arrivals are being tested with a «smart algorithm» being used to decide who will be required to do so. «If somebody wants to enter the country, 48 hours prior to entering, a special form should be filled, we process it based on epidemiological data and we decide who should be tested,» Arkoumaneas explained. He added, “Our goal is to receive many tourists but to also ensure safety for all those who are in the country but also for the visitors.” Travellers also are required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form to cross the border. Most travellers had travelled from Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia, with the Promachonas crossing being the only one open in northern Greece. Greece is set to stop Serbian citizens from entering from Monday after an increase of cases in its Balkan neighbour.

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