In order to attract tourists and prevent the tourism industry from stagnating for the second consecutive quarter, Greece is preparing to use the COVID-19 passport before the EU officially launches on the market on July 1.
Last week, the European Commission and the European Parliament reached an agreement on the use of covid passports (ie, digital green certificates). It is expected that the European Parliament will pass a law on its use in plenary meetings in the second week of June. On the 1st.
More than a dozen EU countries, including France and Spain, have agreed to test the new passport system before launching it.
Greece is one of the first countries to advocate the use of COVID-19 passports to reduce travel restrictions and ultimately revitalize the tourism industry and help the country escape the crisis.
“Greece is ready to start using digital certificates by July 1,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said at a Covid passport presentation on Friday, urging member states to meet the deadline Complete to make it easier to travel during the upcoming summer.
The Covid passport will appear on the smartphone or paper in the form of a QR code, and the service will be able to easily determine the person’s identity. The covid passport will serve as proof that the person has been vaccinated, tested negative recently, or has natural immunity after recovering from covid-19.
“It’s very simple. Basically, this is all the information the country needs to receive passengers without imposing additional restrictions,” Mizotakis said.
One fifth of Greece’s economy depends on tourism. In 2020, it had only 7 million tourists and 4 billion euros in tourism revenue, while in 2019 it set a record of 33 million tourists and 18 billion euros in revenue. This year, the number of arrivals is expected to reach 50% of 2019.