The official launch of the digital green certificate will take place on Friday 28 May in the presence of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Digital Government Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis.
The official name will be “EU digital Covid certificate”.
The presentation will be attended by President of the European Council Charles Michel and Vice President of the European Commission Margaritis Shoinas.
“Greece is ready for the application of the certificate, and its official application at the European level is expected on July 1,” said government spokesman Aristotelia Peloni, noting that the certificate will be based on a single database that will show when the owner was vaccinated, if and when he sick, whether they have a negative PCR result or an antigen test. It will serve as a fast lane for all Europeans, facilitate border control and therefore travel. “
Ms Peloni stressed that “this is a significant success for our country, from which not only the world of the tourism industry and local communities will benefit, but also the economy and society as a whole”. Following the summit last Tuesday, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed his satisfaction with the acceptance of his proposal for a digital European Covid certificate and expressed the hope that it will be implemented as soon as possible, with uniform rules. “This is important for the countries of the South, but also for the countries of the North,” he said, adding that “everyone wants to make their trip easier and maybe spend some of their savings on it”.
In response to a related question, he said that the EU digital Covid certificate is a travel facilitation tool that avoids additional restrictions. “This is a database.” He added that “today we have launched the basic rules for accepting foreign visitors, and the certificate simplifies the work at the border control level”.
In addition, he explained that every country has the ability to have its own national policy and establish other possible rules of conduct or accessibility for its citizens or visitors. “There is no doubt that there can be no segregation, meaning that some rules will apply to the citizens of the country, and others to tourists,” he explained.
In fact, the prime minister insisted on the principle of reciprocity, that is, if Greece asks someone to come with an antigen test, the request of the country of origin must be appropriate. “I don’t think there will be any additional restrictions, and as long as the epidemiological picture will improve, and it will improve everywhere, thanks to vaccination, I do not think that we will have such problems,” he added.