Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis ruled out on Thursday the need for a Covid-19 vaccination certificate for travelers wishing to visit Greece this summer.
Theoharis was referring to a proposal made this week to the European Commission by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis calling for an EU-wide vaccination certificate which, he said, would facilitate travel.
EU leaders are expected to discuss the issue during a teleconference on January 21.
“Under no circumstances will a vaccination certificate become a condition for someone to travel to our country,” he said speaking on SKAI TV on Thursday.
Theoharis explained that the prime minister’s proposal is aimed at bringing the issue to the table in view of divergent policies which have created confusion among travelers. He went on to add that the goal is to achieve EU-wide agreement on a single set of health and travel protocols that will apply across the EU.
The tourism minister agreed that vaccination certificates and rapid tests, which are “fast, efficient and cheaper”, are two “tools” that can enable travel mobility this summer.
He stressed that tests are a must for all travelers to Greece who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19. Those with a vaccination certificate will be allowed immediate entry. However, much still remains open, Theoharis said, adding that all requirements depend Covid-19 committee guidance.
Theoharis said he expects the coming summer season to be better compared to last year but noted that consumer habits have now changed, adding that there is still a great deal of uncertainty and people no longer book trips six or eight months in advance.