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Greek PM Proposes Joint EU Vaccination Certificate for Travel

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Photo source: @primeministerGR

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is calling for the introduction of an EU-wide vaccination certificate that will facilitate safe travel.

The Greek prime minister tabled the idea in a letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen first published in US-based Politico.

The Greek premier said the aim of the certificate was to “facilitate free movement of people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19”.

The document, Mitsotakis said, should cover all EU member states and all forms of transport.

He added, however, that though Greece would not be making vaccination compulsory or a prerequisite for travel, “persons who have been vaccinated should be free to travel”.

Photo source: European Commission

Photo source: European Commission

According to Naftemporiki, Commission spokesperson on public health and food safety Stefan de Keersmaecker confirmed that Mitsotakis’ proposal would be on the agenda of a January 21 teleconference of EU leaders.

Mitsotakis said it was vital that the EU achieve a “common understanding” of how a vaccination certificate should be structured so that it is acceptable to all member states.

Indicative of the mixed approaches in the EU on the issue, Denmark’s health ministry recently announced that it is working on a “vaccine passport” for Danish travelers, which would soon be available, DR News reported.

“Ensuring the fastest possible restoration of free movement is, unescapably, a fundamental priority for all of us,” he said, adding that a vaccination certificate would “serve as an incentive to ensure that citizens are vaccinated”.

It would also help re-establish global travel, “which is the foundation of restoring economic activity to pre-pandemic levels,” he said.

“For countries such as Greece, which are dependent on tourism, it’s imperative that this issue is resolved before the summer season,” he concluded.

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  1. Bren Reply

    The vaccines do not prevent the virus being passed on from vaccinated people to others who have not been vaccinated. Thus until more research is done on this issue,or until the majority are vaccinated, testing for all should still be done. Anything less this year could present an increased risk to unvaccinated tourists and local people alike.

  2. Bernard Koning Reply

    This is a very productive suggestion by this dynamic Greek leader!
    In practice this means that you enter hassle free in Greece if: 1. You have been vaccinated or 2. if you have not been lucky enough to have been vaccinated or do not want to be vaccinated, you show a valid negative recent result. Simple enough!

  3. Hermann Salberg Reply

    If Greece requires a vaccination for travelling to Greece, we won’t organize trips there any more

  4. Henry Beutler Reply

    Ensuring the fastest possible restoration of free movement
    I am looking very much fowardto this
    So i need only one certificate to travel to greece
    On the other hand the eu is slow
    It would be nice if greece would acept
    A paper in inglisch this pers has been vaccinated
    To free travel in greece with out other tests

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