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‘Health passports’ for Greece

This is the latest news from Greece

https://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2020/04/21/greece-tourists-health-passport-coronavirus-eu/

Things are getting closer to opening up but they are not expecting tourists from outside of Europe and even European visitors will need a health passport.

Greece has dealt really well with the crisis but it looks like it’s going to be a while still until we are able to visit.

Hope everyone is well.

Alan

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This is what I have been saying for a while ... I think we are going to see the re-emergence of the yellow card in many countries including W Europe.

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I'm scheduled for an early October trip to Greece. As of now my flight is still scheduled and my accommodations and car rental people still have me booked.

I hope things start to improve for everyone everywhere and will continue to monitor the situation in Greece. I'm not sure what's involved with the health passport or even where to get it let alone if Greece will allow travel from the US.

I'm crossing my fingers everything will work out for all of us!

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It will be interesting to see what a "health passport" is and what the qualifications are to obtain one.

Given there is no vaccine and doctors are unsure if one acquires immunity by having had it and recovered, it makes the idea of a health passport an intriguing one.

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Thanks for the update Alan! We have a corporate trip scheduled for mid-September that was originally postponed from late-May.

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It will be interesting to see what a "health passport" is and what the
qualifications are to obtain one.

As I said in literally in the first post on this thread there is already an international standard called the yellow card, which people who only travel to places like W Europe probably don't know about. It's a WHO document. Some places still today require this for entry.

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The "Yellow Card" is for vaccinations. Not the virus. You can't have this type of card until there is a vaccine for the coronavirus.

Even if you get a coronavirus screening on one day, you could still catch it the next. So this won't work that well.

Tourism accounts for 18% of Greece's GDP. That's a lot. I doubt they can last very long without tourists.

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It's a good read for the purpose of understanding thought processes and possibilities, but there is not one statement of fact in the story relative to laws on future tourism to Greece.

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The "Yellow Card" is for vaccinations. Not the virus. You can't have
this type of card until there is a vaccine for the coronavirus.

The article specifically talks about EU doing testing for coronavirus. What that garbled statement actually means is the EU is trying to standardize their covid-19 serology testing to determine whether someone has already had Covid-19. And you don't get to travel without it. So that test can be entered in lieu of a vaccine, in the internationally recognized, standard document.

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Here's a comment from the health minister of Greece regarding tourists from the US & Asia:

"Speaking in a realistic tone, the minister said that – once restrictions are lifted and travel is allowed again – he does not expect visitors from long haul destinations like the US or Asia to come to Greece this year."

It's not clear if that means Greece will ban all travelers from US/Asia or whether people from those countries will want to travel to Greece. Or even if those countries will allow their citizens to travel to foreign countries.

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Thanks for the link, Edmonds, always good knowing where to get reliable information from!

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I sure hope this will calm down soon. We have a booking for end of July. We are driving from Macedonia.

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Thank you, Alan! Although my trip is only in September, I’m concerned about possible restrictions for US tourists...