Frequently Asked Questions
Spring and Summer 2021
Perrotis College is excited to welcome students from the US back to our campus in Spring 2021, prioritizing the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and greater community.
To that aim, we are fully complying with all instructions and protocols from relevant EU and Greek Ministries and organizations such as the National Public Health Organization while adding extra school-specific precautions to safeguard the health of our campus.
1. Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter Greece?
As of Sept. 11, 2020 US citizens residing in the US are not permitted to enter Greece for non-essential travel, however, academic study is an exception to this policy. All US students will be required to obtain a student visa to study at Perrotis College until further notice.
2. How do I obtain a student visa? What is the process?
Obtaining a student visa may take from 1 week to a month. For more information, please contact us. Perrotis College Study Abroad will facilitate the process of obtaining a visa.
3. Prior to arriving in Greece, what steps do I need to take in addition to getting a student visa?
All US citizens must complete a ‘Passenger Locator Form’ (PLF), at least 48 hours before entering Greece. Once you complete the form, you will receive a QR code your will be required to show upon arrival.
You may find the PLF form here:https://travel.gov.gr/#/
You are also advised to enroll in STEP before going abroad. The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
4. Will I need to get tested for SARS-CoV-2prior to arriving in Greece?
Although it is not obligatory, we recommend you get tested prior to your departure to ensure that you are safe and healthy to travel. In addition, once you arrive at the Greek airport, U.S. travelers may be tested for the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 by a trained medical team (free of charge). The screening results are available within 24 hours. During that time, passengers who are tested are advised to practice social distancing according to local guidelines and self-monitoring for symptoms that could indicate COVID-19.
5. Will I be quarantined once I arrive on campus?
All students arriving from the USA are required to be in quarantine for 4 days once they arrive on campus. During quarantine, meals and beverages will be provided to students. Students will have access to wifi in their rooms and will have virtual check-ins with staff in order to ensure a smooth transition to the new country.
On the third day, a medical team will conduct a molecular COVID-19 test with results made available the next day. The test is obligatory and paid by the students. An extra fee of approximately 100eu will be billed to the student before arriving on campus to cover test costs.
6. Does Perrotis College provide health insurance?
Students typically receive health insurance from their home institution. In the event that this is not possible or if a student would prefer supplemental coverage, we are able to arrange for private health insurance. Before arriving in Greece, students should check with their current insurance provider regarding using their health insurance internationally, and that their insurance covers COVID-19 or pandemic-related treatment in general.
7. Is there support for students' well-being, both physical and psychological?
All students stay in the residence hall on campus. A staff member is on-call 24/7 for emergencies. Should a student seek medical attention, we will ensure they get the proper treatment. A campus doctor is available during working hours but can also be reached after hours if need be. Should a student seek professional mental health support, there is a school psychologist that can provide supporting services.
8. What is the school’s protocol for COVID-19
Perrotis College has created guidelines in line with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education’s recommendations as well as rules that are institution-specific. These guidelines are available HERE.