Greece and Israel agree on a "green passport" for tourism

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Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had a meeting with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit to Jerusalem today.

After the meeting, in his joint statements, Mitsotakis congratulated Netanyahu for the fast pace in which his country's citizens are being vaccinated.

The Prime Minister also referred to the strategic cooperation between the two countries, that is "becoming stronger by the day" and emphasised the importance for "the Eastern Mediterranean to remain peaceful for all countries."

Answering a journalist's question about the Israeli-Turkish relations, Mitsotakis stressed that Greece's bilateral relationship is not mutually exclusive.

During the joint statements, Netanyahu took a vial out of his pocket, which contained medicine against COVID-19.

It is an inhaled preparation, which has been tested on patients in Israel and, according to Netanyahu, has spectacular results.


Referring to the anti-COVID-19 drug, Mitsotakis expressed Greece's  willingness to participate in clinical trials.

 "Green passport" for tourism

"We just discussed a green passport arrangement where Israelis, when we lift the restraints on flights, we will be to go to Greece without any limitations, no self-isolations, nothing," said Netanyahu.

"I've been advocating for a digital vaccination certificate within the European Union for intra-EU travel, Mitsotakis said. "But at the same time we want to make sure that we accept in an easy manner also digital vaccination certificate from third countries.

"I do anticipate Israel to be the first country to offer such a certificate for travel to Greece," he added.

The agreement concerns first of all the institutional cooperation between the two countries, the exchange of information and know-how, tourism investments, tourism promotion and tourism innovation and digitization.

The Agreement provides for the coordinated participation of the National Tourism Authorities of the two countries in exhibitions, seminars and other tourism promotion events.

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In addition, the promotion of entrepreneurship in the tourism sector and the exchange of information and practical experience in the field of tourism innovation and digitization for the benefit of small and medium-sized enterprises is promoted.

Finally, cooperation, exchange of information and practical experience in the field of tourism education/vocational training is strengthened.

The same will apply to the coordinated representation of the two countries in the context of the activities of the World Tourism Organization, as well as other international tourism organizations.