Government AffairsNew deal allows vaccinated Greece, Cyprus and Israel citizens to travel freely between the three countries.

Travel without restrictions? Look to Greece, Cyprus and Israel

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Under the accords, Israeli citizens simply need to show their EU-approved Covid-19 jab and be exempted from PCR tests and self-isolation upon arriving into Greece or Cyprus. Photo Credit: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs/GPO(Haim Zach)

Greece, Cyprus and Israel have signed accords allowing their citizens with valid Covid-19 vaccination certificates to travel without restrictions between the three countries.

The tourism deal had been the core agenda of a recent 8 February visit to Jerusalem by Greek prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who had arrived in Israel directly from Cyprus.

With the signing of the green passport agreement with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mitsotakis hinted too that there might be more of such accords coming up.

“I expect what we will be doing with Israel to be a trial run of what we can do with other countries,” Mitsotakis was reported as saying by tge Guardian.

On 14 February, Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades flew into Israel, and signed the same deal.

Under the accords, Israeli citizens simply need to show their EU-approved Covid-19 jab and be exempted from PCR tests and self-isolation upon arriving into Greece or Cyprus — once travel resumes.

The agreement should come into effect by 1 April this year.

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