Greece and Israel agree ‘green passport’ deal
Greece and Israel have agreed to a deal which will allow citizens who have received a full coronavirus vaccination to move freely between the two nations.
Both the Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, held a summit in Jerusalem on Monday, at which they announced the introduction of a ‘green passport arrangement’.
Israel, who currently hold the highest global vaccination rate with more than 60 per cent of the population receiving at least one dose, have now started to issue ‘green passport’ certificates, which state that the holder has received two full doses of the vaccine. Greece are now also issuing these certificates.
“We have 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.
With this deal, citizens who hold a ‘green passport’ will be able to travel between the two countries without restriction.
The Greek PM has long been calling for the EU to instil a vaccination passport in order to boost the tourism economy, which Greece has been hard hit by over the course of the pandemic.
“I’ve been advocating for a digital vaccination certificate within the European Union for intra-EU travel,” said Mitsotakis.
“At the same time, we want to make sure that we accept in an easy manner a 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.
Also at the summit, Netanyahu praised the apparent success of the Israeli-developed Covid-19 drug, which he carried with him in his pocket.
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