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Greek Tourism Minister Presents Proposal for Safe Return to Travelling

January 19, 2021

ATHENS — Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis on Tuesday presented a detailed proposal for the essential coordination of governments and state bodies with the tourism industry for the safe and efficient return to free and safe travel, at a meeting of the Crisis Management Committee of the World Tourism Organisation in Madrid.

In his capacity as chairman of the committee's technical team, whose member-states are in constant consultation with a view to the safe opening of tourism in 2021, Theoharis pointed out that the proposal for free travel is based on three pillars: vaccination, data interoperability and rapid antigen testing. As the minister pointed out, "people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 should move freely. However, we must make it absolutely clear that vaccination should not be mandatory or a prerequisite for travel."

As part of the same effort to restart tourism activity, Theoharis presented the initiative of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to the European Council, regarding the vaccination certificate. He stressed the need to adopt common rules for the issuance of the vaccination certificate, its conditions and possible uses.

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