British holidaymakers may enjoy quarantine-free holidays in Greece this summer, as the two countries discuss ‘vaccine passports’.
“We don’t want to limit travel to those who have been vaccinated but since we are mandating that before travelling someone has to have a negative test result, this is a waste of resources if people are vaccinated to be tested every time they travel, the need for this testing could be limited by the vaccination certificate,” he continued.
It is recalled last week Greece and Israel agreed on a “green passport” for tourism.
Theoharis said he was optimistic about the UK because of its rapid vaccine rollout which he hoped would mean the “situation would be much, much better” in the summer.
"We are in very preliminary discussions…I'm very hopeful we can reach some sort of solution"
Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theocharis tells @MarthaKearney that Greece is in talks with UK officials to see if vaccination certificates could be used to facilitate tourism. #R4Today pic.twitter.com/iHSTD7Hyne
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He argued that ‘vaccine passports’ were a more secure way of facilitating travel than test certificates where someone can still easily contract the disease after providing a negative result.
“The vaccination certificates are issued by governments, by single authorities, not by various labs in various countries, so again it’s a step forward, that is why we are starting these discussions early in order to be able to solve any technical issues.”