29 April 2021
Many holidaymakers from abroad, including those from Turkey, will be able to visit European Union (EU) countries this summer. However, as long as EU countries cannot agree on the cost, safety and technical aspects of a joint transition, visitors will be dealing with multiple and independent health certificates. However, under heavy pressure from tourism-dependent countries such as Greece, Spain and Portugal, EU countries have agreed to a joint “Digital Green Certificate” program, but despite this, many European countries have decided to run their own vaccine certification program. the latest situation in the travel policies it plans …
Under heavy pressure from tourism-dependent countries such as Greece, Spain and Portugal, 20 EU member states plan to begin a joint “Digital Green Certificate” test next month, with a view to implementing it by mid-June. The program will enable passengers to get rid of the current quarantine and testing obligation by collecting documents on a single application that they have been vaccinated from Covid-19, have recently been tested negative or have antibodies against the corona virus.
However, there is concern that national systems may be incompatible with many countries developing and testing their own programs, including visitors from Turkey. EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders pointed out that the implementation of the Digital Green Certificate can cause many problems, “There is a risk that passengers will have various documents that cannot be read and verified in other member states of the EU. we throw ”he said.
Both Greece and Southern Cyprus are eagerly waiting to host foreign tourists this summer. Greece announced that it will remove the quarantine conditions and reopen for tourism on 14 May. From this date, anyone with a negative test or a certificate showing that they have been fully vaccinated will be allowed to enter Greece without having to self-isolate.
The civil aviation authority (YPA) announced on 21 March that Greece has lifted restrictions on flights from Turkey, Albania and North Macedonia. However, it is not yet clear which vaccines Greece will recognize.
In a statement earlier this week, European Commission President Ursula von Der Leyen said, “All 27 member states will unconditionally accept anyone who has had vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA)”. In Turkey, only the last of the Sinovac, Sputnik and Pfizer / BioNTech vaccines approved so far has EMA approval. However, European drug regulator reviews are ongoing for two other vaccines that have proven to be highly effective.
Spain announced that it aims to reopen the country to foreign tourists in June using its Covid digital health certification program. Tourism Minister Fernando Valdés said his country will be ready for mass tourism this summer and the certificate will be “the basis for providing a certified entry for passengers”.
Portugal announced that vacationers could be allowed to enter the country next month. Tourism minister Rita Marquez said that as of May 17, they aim to exempt tourists who have had both doses of vaccine from quarantine and additional Covid-19 tests.
After the increase in cases, Southern Cyprus will host fully vaccinated passengers from 65 countries, including Turkey, from May 10. Savvas Perdios, Deputy Minister of Tourism of Southern Cyprus, told Reuters, it is clear about the documents coming from the UK, the main market of the island next month. He said he was waiting.
Italy is expected to announce its new rules for foreign vacationers in May, but many foreign tourists are already booking summer vacation leave. “The economic impact of large vaccination campaigns is very tangible. It is no coincidence that the UK and the USA are the countries with the highest doses of vaccines,” said Stefano Bettanin, Head of Real Estate Management of Italy. However, an official from the Ministry of Tourism said Italy will soon be open to all visitors vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the EU regulator, in line with regulations expected to be approved by the Ministry of Health.
On the other hand, France became the first EU country to start testing the digital Covid travel certificate to facilitate travel among 27 EU-affiliated countries. It was announced that the ‘TousAntiCovid’ application, which is part of the Covid-19 contact tracking program of France, will also include corona virus test results from this week, and it was stated that people who will travel can travel by showing the result on their mobile phones. French President Emmanue Macron said the country aims to host tourists from outside the EU this summer.