Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has reached an agreement with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to implement a “green passport” to facilitate travel between Greece and Israel for those who have been vaccinated.
The Greece/Israel “green passport” deal was signed on February 8th during a visit by Mitsotakis to Jerusalem, with Netanyahu confirming that those with a common vaccination passport will be able to travel between the 2 countries “without any limitations, no self-isolation, nothing” once travel restarts.
During the meeting of the two leaders, Mitsotakis also congratulated Netanyahu on the progress of Israel’s vaccine drive. Roughly 20% of the Israeli population have already received a dose and it could become one of the first countries to achieve herd immunity for its population.
He also expressed his desire to welcome Israeli tourists back to Greece once a significant amount of the population has received the vaccine, commenting, “I expect that by April we will have suppressed the epidemic much further and also we are moving fast with vaccination plans.”
Most foreign citizens are still prohibited from entering Greece. Those that are allowed to enter must have a medical certificate showing a negative PCR test result and undergo self-isolation for 7 days. As of writing, all international flights to Israel continue to be banned.
Greece Still Hopes for Common Vaccine Passport with Other Countries
Greece’s “green passport” deal with Israel is not the first time that Mitsotakis has asked for a common vaccination passport to be established with other countries in order to boost the flagging Greek