The European Union has already created the necessary right conditions for a “safe reopening” of tourism in the summer. EU Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton stated this, as Euractiv reports.
“It is clear that the situation remains difficult. However, I am sure that we finally see light at the end of the tunnel. We now have the right tools and conditions to ensure a safe reopening of the tourism season,” Breton said.
According to him, the main tool for restoring tourism is a “considerable increase in production capacity” of vaccines, leading him to believe that “by mid-July … enough doses will be delivered to vaccinate 70% of the population” of the bloc.
The green digital certificate, a document aimed at facilitating movement within the EU by certifying that someone is immune to or has recently tested negative for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, will also make it possible to ensure that safe travel and tourism is possible, the commissioner pointed out.
“The European Parliament and the Council are now ready to finalise the negotiations on the certificate by the end of May,” Breton stressed.
As a reminder, Greece has opened borders, including for tourists on May 14. They will not be obliged to pass quarantine. However, tourists need to have a vaccination certificate or negative test for coronavirus or document confirmed that a person has overcome the virus.