Greece on Tuesday proposed a European Union-wide vaccination certificate against Covid-19 to ease pandemic-ravaged journeys. According to the proposal submitted by the Greek prime minister, the certificate could be used to board any means of transport, reports Reuters, quoted by Agerpres.
Greece relies on tourism for a fifth of GDP and is determined to relaunch travel outside the country before the summer season. Thus, the country has already created its own standardized certificate attesting that an individual has been vaccinated against Covid.
In a letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis proposed extending the scheme to the entire EU. According to the proposal, the certificate could be used for boarding any means of transport.
“Although we will not make vaccination mandatory or a precondition for travel, people who have been vaccinated should be free to travel.
There is an urgent need to reach a common understanding on how a vaccination certificate should be structured to be accepted in all Member States, “Mitsotakis wrote in the letter.
The difficulty of reaching an agreement on the so-called “Passenger Locator Form (PLF)”, a digital form that appeared last year to try to monitor travel, showed that a high-level EU effort is needed to make things work. advance, he said.
“If EU states can agree on a common formula, we can move this issue forward in international fora, thus helping to restore global mobility.
For countries like Greece, which are dependent on tourism, it is imperative that this issue be resolved before the summer season “, the Greek prime minister also pleaded.
Greece managed to handle the first wave of the pandemic quite well, but the increase in the number of cases in October imposed a second lockdown. To date, 145,179 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 5,302 deaths associated with the new coronavirus have been reported in Greece.
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