COVID-19: British Coronavirus Passports for Overseas Travel “Coming”, Greece Says | UK News
COVID passports allowing Britons to travel abroad this summer are “to come”, the Greek government has said.
Many overseas vacation destinations will require visitors to have been vaccinated against COVID-19[female[feminine or provide proof of a recent negative test before entering the country.
Coronavirus passports, also known as health certificates, would allow vacationers to meet this requirement.
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The Times reports Harry Theoharis, the Greek Minister of Tourism, saying his country is ready to welcome again British tourists who have been vaccinated twice and the handwritten NHS card – which shows the name of the person, the vaccine that has taken him been administered and the dates they were vaccinated. vaccinated – would be sufficient proof of inoculation.
However, a spokesperson for Mr Theoharis told Sky News that only official documentation would be acceptable – and that the Greek government understands that a UK health certificate will be available.
They said: “We only accept official documents issued by the relevant UK authorities which prove the details of the vaccination.
“If someone has documents that are not issued by anyone, we ask for a negative test.
“We understand that a health pass will be available soon.”
Tourism is a key industry for the Greek economy, and declining travel receipts, coupled with the impact of national lockdowns, have helped push the country into recession.
Greece has announced that its tourist services will reopen on May 15 when a ban on travel between different parts of the country is also lifted.
As part of the UK government’s roadmap to ease restrictions, overseas holidays for people living in England could be allowed as early as May 17.
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A spokeswoman for the Department of Transportation confirmed last week that ministers “are working on a solution to allow residents to prove their COVID-19 status, including their vaccine status, to other countries on the go.”
“We are working on it as a priority and intend to prepare the solution as quickly as possible,” she added.
Coronavirus Passports would initially only be available to people traveling abroad, and a larger home-use program is unlikely to be ready next month, according to reports.
Greece is not the only country eager to welcome vacationers to its shores this summer.
Spain’s Tourism Minister Fernando Valdes told Sky News last week that he was “ready” to welcome tourists again.
“We also think the UK vaccination program is going pretty well, so hopefully we will see the holidays resume this summer,” he said.
He added that certificates allowing holidaymakers to prove that they have been vaccinated or recently tested “will help us”.
Mr Valdes said Spain was “doing everything possible” to persuade the European Commission to strike deals to reopen travel between “third parties like the UK” and between EU member states.
“If we come to these kinds of agreements from June, we can have a summer,” he said.
“Probably not like the one we had in 2019, but obviously restarting tourism again.”