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Vaccine passport update: Greece, Cyprus & Israel agree deal to allow travel for vaccinated tourists

A deal from , 16. Feb. 2021 3:02 pm

An agreement has been signed between Greece, Cyprus and Israel allowing citizens with Covid-19 vaccination certificates to travel between the three countries freely.

The move has been hailed as a possible first step towards normalising tourism during the next phase of the pandemic.

Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, said: “I expect what we will be doing with Israel to be a trial run of what we can do with other countries”. Mitsotakis first pressed the case for vaccine passports with other EU members last month.

British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, who has been opposed to the idea of vaccine certifications within the UK, has conceded that “some countries are clearly going to be wanting to insist that people coming to their country have evidence of a vaccination”.

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi agreed with the Prime Minister. Speaking on BBC’s Breakfast on Tuesday (16 February), he said the government is looking at vaccine certification for those travelling internationally, but not for use in the UK.

“Internationally, if other countries will require vaccination certificates, then I think it is right that we facilitate it,” he said.

The scheme agreed between the three countries does not apply to UK citizens.

Vaccine passport update: Greece, Cyprus & Israel agree deal to allow travel for vaccinated tourists