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COVID-19 Self Test Instructions

COVID-19 | Updates in Greece

Last update: 2021.04.15

This page is regularly updated as additional information becomes available for prevention and control measures of COVID-19.

Here you will find all the info related to COVID-19 Self-tests following the isntructions and regulations of the official Government website and EODY.

We are all tired of the Covid-19 pandemic, but our actions can still make a big difference. It is very important for all of us to participate to the response to the pandemic. With the Self-tests people protect both their own health but also the health of their loved ones. Find all the information you need to know here.

The COVID-19 self-test is obligatory for certain categories of people, as explained below. If you have taken a home test and tested positive for the new coronavirus, you may have a new test to confirm the first test result. This can be done either privately or in a public institution (see below) within the next 24 hours.

Where can I find a self-test?

In pharmacies! Adult students receive self-tests showing their AMKA, PAAYPA or temporary AMKA (PAMKA) and an identification document (such as the asylum card or residence permit). For the minor students, the parents / guardians can receive the test, showing the AMKA, PAAYPA or temporary AMKA (PAMKA) of the student and a document of their own (parents / guardians).

If you do not have AMKA, PAAYPA or temporary AMKA (PAMKA) or if you encounter any difficulty, visit one of the public services in the list here (in Greek only) and here in English. For the following weeks, each student is entitled to 4 tests, 2 for each week.

How do I do the test?

Here is a video demonstrating how to perform the self-test (in Greek).

If you are a student, see the video “The most important test takes places outside the school!”

What should I do if my test is positive?

  • A list of public facilities where you can undergo a second rapid test for rapid antigen detection can be found here (in Greek only) and here in English
  • For instructions on what to do at home and how to offer care if one of your family members has COVID-19, please go here, (in Greek). You can find a list of 108 places in which Mobile Units of EODY will be conducting COVID-19 rapid tests for free here. The Mobile Units will be operational between 10:00 and 15:00 daily. The list is in Greek, so if you need help send a message to Refugee.Info Facebook page.
  • Please note that after you complete the self-test you should dispose all remaining material in the garbage (not in the blue bins for recycling). If the test result is positive, throw the test in the garbage, after you first close it inside two safely bound garbage bags.

Reporting the results of the COVID-19 Self-test

Frequently asked questions

Are the self-tests in schools obligatory?

The self-test is obligatory in the morning and evening Lyceums (GEL), in the Vocational Lyceums(EPAL) and in the Gymnasiums with Lyceum Classes for:

  • The students
  • The teachers/ professors
  • The Special Teaching Staff, the Special Auxiliary Staff as well as the members of the administrative and other staff.

In special education schools of all levels that are also open, the self-test is mandatory for teachers, special teaching staff, the special auxiliary staff, administrative and other staff. For students with disabilities or special educational needs, the self-test is recommended to be performed if it is compatible with the degree and type of disability or special educational need of the student.

What shoul I do if I don’t have AMKA or PAAYPA of if I am having difficulty identifying my AMKA in the system?

For those who don’t have PAAYPA or AMKA, and they don’t have an AFM number or IDs, they can get a temporary AMKA (PAMKA) by the KEP offices.
With the temporary AMKA (PAMKA) you can:

  • have a self-test
  • register the result of the test to the [online platform]( self-testing. gov.gr)
  • issue the statement of results
  • have a Covid-19 appointment based on the planning of the vaccination population groups.

To get a temporary AMKA for self-test you need the following documents:

  • special identity card of expatriate
  • Birth certificate
  • passport
  • temporary or permanent residence permit
  • any other identification documents

Visit the page to request a temporary AMKA (PAMKA)

For finding your PAAYPA, visit the official website (available in more languages).

For finding your AMKA, visit the official website here (in Greek).

What applies to children asylum seekers?

In the case of children asylum seekers, parents/ legal guardians may authorize (through an Application – Responsible Declaration) the School Principal or Refugee Education Coordinator to enter the online platform with his/her personal taxis codes in order to issue the school card for COVID-19 (for the child).

In the case of unaccompanied children, the staff of the Reception and Identification Center (KYT) or of the Reception Facilities, or of the Shelter where the unaccompanied child stays, may fill in and sign (in handwriting) the COVID-19 school card for the unaccompanied students, in accordance with the template available here

It is noted that when AMKA is mentioned in the specific template, it should be understood to refer also to the temporary AMKA (PAMKA) as well as to the PAAYPA.
The self-test should be conducted in the presence of the staff of the above-mentioned facilities, in compliance with the instructions in the brochures.

How many free tests is each member of the Lyceum entitled to?

For the next two weeks (until end of April), each member of the Lyceum is entitled to a total of 4 self-tests, 2 for each week. This means 2 additional tests in the Pharmacies.

Are students allowed to conduct the self-test themselves?

Adult Lyceum students can conduct the self-test on their own. Students between 13 and 18 years old can also conduct the test alone but under the supervision of parents / guardians. For children below 13 years of age, the test will be performed by parents / guardians. The result of the first test will be presented at school every Monday and the result of the second test every Thursday.

How will the self-testing.gov.gr registration Platform work?

Upon entering this Platform, students and teachers will be able to choose one of the categories:

  • Reporting of result of self-test for COVID-19: Reporting of result for the general population and teachers, members of Special Teaching Staff, the Special Auxiliary Staff, administrative and other staff of the schools.
  • School card for COVID-19: Reporting of results for the issuance of a school card for parents / guardians of students and adult students.
  • After entering one of the options, personal data is confirmed and then the users state the result of the self-test they performed in order to issue the corresponding document.

What happens if the self-test result is positive?

If the test is positive, individuals should issue a school card with a positive result (students) or a statement of a positive result (teachers, Special Teaching Staff, the Special Auxiliary Staff, administrative and other staff of the schools). Moreover, they should take a second test (retest) within 24 hours, either in one of the permanent public institutions proposed, or privately, if they wish, at their own expense.

In case the re-test is positive, the EODY Protocol should be followed. If the re-test is negative, then a relevant certificate is issued by the public institution confirming the negative result. In this case, students, teachers, special teaching staff, special auxiliary staff, administrative and other staff of the schools return to the school unit, showing the above certificate.

Where can individuals take the second test (re-test)?

A list of public facilities where you can undergo a second rapid test can be found here (in Greek only) and here in English. They operate in the morning hours from Monday to Friday as well as on Sundays. In the list you can see the exact location and working hours. In order to undergo a COVID19 test in these locations, you must submit the relevant certificate from the website self-testing.gov.gr (positive result of the COVID19 self-test).

Justification of school absences: In case of a positive result in the self-test, how can I justify a child’s absences from school, during these 1-2 days until the retest is done?

These absences will not be registered/ taken into consideration upon presentation of the result of the second test (re-test). Re-tests must be conducted within 24 hours, hence the operation of public structures on Sundays.

Which students will be allowed to receive self-tests from the pharmacies, demonstrating their students’ AMKA?

Students of all ages (both children and adults) who attend morning or evening Lyceums or Vocational Lyceums, as well as students of Special Education Schools of all levels will be allowed to receive self-tests from the pharmacies, demonstrating their students’ AMKA.

Especially for evening high school students, the first test was planned to be distributed directly to schools. The tests are delivered to the Principals of these schools within the weekend, who will then notify the students to take the test before the first lesson on Monday afternoon. From the second test and onwards, the test will be taken individually by pharmacies.

Should vaccinated teachers / students be tested?

Yes.

How should the medical material used for the self-test be disposed after its conduct?

If the test is negative, you should dispose of the self-test in the common rubbish bin. If the test is positive, it should again be discarded in the common wastebins, but in two well-closed bags. Self-test waste is not disposed of in the BLUE RECYCLING BINS and is not disposed of via wastewater.

More information can be found here (in Greek).

If you need help send a message to Refugee.Info Facebook page.