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Factsheet for measure GR-2021-43/2094 – measures in Greece

Mandatory COVID-19 testing for private sector employees

Υποχρεωτικός διαγνωστικός έλεγχος COVID-19 σε εργαζόμενους του ιδιωτικού τομέ

Country Greece , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 18 October 2021 – 31 December 2022
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Occupational health and safety
Author Elena Kousta (INE GSEE) and Eurofound
Measure added 13 December 2021 (updated 07 February 2022)

Background information

With effect from 18 October 2021 the mandatory diagnostic testing for COVID-19 applies to all unvaccinated private sector employees providing work with a physical presence at the workplace. The testing (PCR or Rapid antigen test) takes place once a week, at the expense of the employee themselves, in private diagnostic laboratories, private clinics, pharmacies, or with private doctors.

Content of measure

By virtue of Ministerial Decision No. 64232/16.10.2021, mandatory diagnostic testing (PCR or rapid test) for COVID-19 applies to unvaccinated private sector employees with a dependent employment relationship, or with an internship to trainees/students of public or private educational structures and students of Higher Education Institutions or Higher Ecclesiastical Academies, and to beneficiaries of the Public Benefit Programs of the Manpower Employment Organization (OAED), employed in municipalities, prefectures, regional Social Welfare Centres, and ministries, in order to provide their work with a physical presence.

The diagnostic test must be performed weekly. For employees in the sectors of food, tourism, passenger transport, TV, cinema, theater, music or dance productions, private education and health personnel officially exempted from mandatory vaccination, the testing takes place twice a week. The test is performed for a fee at the expense of the employee. From the diagnostic testing are exempted those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, infected by COVID-19 within the last 6 months, and employees subject to mandatory vaccination.

Use of measure

No available information yet.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Company / Companies
No special funding required

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No available information.

Views and reactions

No available information.



Eurofound (2021), Mandatory COVID-19 testing for private sector employees, measure GR-2021-43/2094 (measures in Greece), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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