This page attempts to provide Members with updated information about COVID-19 related measures, both in Greece and at the School. Inevitably, the situation is constantly evolving, so Members should seek out updates online and contact the appropriate staff of the School with any questions.
Overview of the Situation in Greece
While 65% of the population of Greece is now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the country is experiencing a new wave of cases, related to the omicron variant. Both government regulations and medical professionals stress the importance of booster doses. If you have not yet been able to get a booster shot, please contact the Assistant Director for additional information on how to register for one in Greece.
Currently, citizens and permanent residents of the EU, US, UK, and several other countries may enter Greece without any quarantine requirements. However, vaccinated individuals must show a negative PCR test result taken in the 72 hours before their arrival or a negative rapid antigen test result taken within 24 hours. Additionally, all individuals must submit a Passenger Locator Form in advance of their departure from travel.gov.gr. Finally, the Greek government strongly recommends that travelers entering the country self-test at the end of the second and fourth day after travel. Please contact the Assistant Director Simone Agrimonti if you require advice on the legalities of traveling to Greece at the moment, after first consulting the Athens International Airport's useful FAQ and travel.gov.gr for the latest available information.
The use of masks is now mandatory in all common indoor spaces, as well as outdoors. Specific restrictions apply to supermarkets and means of public transportation, where double mask or high protection-type mask (such as an N95, KN95, or FFP2) is required.
Given the surge of new cases, the Greek government has passed new guidelines for those who are ill or were in contact with a confirmed case.
A) People with Sars-Cov-2 infection:
• Stay in isolation for at least 5 days after your positive test result and avoid contact with other people. If there are no symptoms or if symptoms (predominantly fever) diminish after 5 days, end the isolation. If the fever persists without other symptoms, maintain isolation.
• After the end of the isolation period, it is mandatory to use a high respiratory protection mask (N95 or KN95 or FFP2) or to double mask for at least another 5 days.
B) People who came in contact with a confirmed case:
- B1: For people who have been fully vaccinated (including booster) or people vaccinated with 2 doses in the last 6 months or with one dose of J&J vaccine in the last 2 months:
Use a mask of high respiratory protection (N95 or KN95 or FFP2) or double mask for 10 days and perform laboratory test (PCR or Rapid Antigen Test) on the 5th day from the report.
- B2: For people vaccinated with 2 doses over 6 months without booster dose or with a single dose of J&J vaccine over 2 months without booster dose or unvaccinated:
Stay at home for 5 days and avoid contact with other people. On the 5th day perform a laboratory test (PCR or Rapid Antigen Test). After the 5th day, use a mask of high respiratory protection (N95 or KN95 or FFP2) or double mask for at least another 5 days.
In case of symptoms or a positive laboratory test, the instructions for category A apply.
ASCSA COVID-19 Measures and Policies
The ASCSA and all its facilities are now open for members; visitors can only visit by appointment. All new members of the ASCSA are required to be fully vaccinated before accessing any of the School’s facilities. “Fully vaccinated” means that at least two weeks have elapsed since the final required vaccine shot. Members and prospective members who are unable to meet this requirement should contact Simone Agrimonti.
Members are required to follow the government’s directives and public health recommendations, in particular the new guidelines on self-isolation. Masks must be worn at all times while in the School, including in the library stacks and Loring Hall. Members should continue to observe social distancing regulations, and avoid crowding at tables during lunch even outside. The School distributed bottles of hand sanitizer through the facilities; members should routinely wash and disinfect their hands while in the facilities. The guards will continue to measure the temperature of everyone entering the grounds using a non-contact thermometer. All members are strongly encouraged to take COVID self-tests routinely (e.g., on a weekly basis). These tests are available for 3-6 euros at any pharmacy.
If any member should test positive for COVID, they should immediately alert the Assistant Director by email, and contact Dr. Nick Michalopoulos (6945582274) for further instructions.
(Last updated 4 January 2022)