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Israel and Greece sign deal to allow vaccinated tourists to travel

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deliver statements in Jerusalem, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deliver statements in Jerusalem, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. Copyright Menahem Kahana/Pool via AP
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Israel and Greece signed a deal that clears the way for vaccinated tourists to travel between the countries in a bid to boost their economies.

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Israel and Greece agreed on Monday to pave the way for vaccinated tourists to travel between their two countries in an effort to boost their economies amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced the agreement in Jerusalem on Monday.

The deal is designed to allow tourists with vaccination certificates to move between the countries “without any limitations, no self-isolation, nothing,” Netanyahu said at a press conference.

Both economies have large sectors devoted to tourism, an industry devastated by travel restrictions during the 11-month pandemic.

The announcement comes at a time of tough new travel restrictions elsewhere around the world as governments grapple with variants of the virus.

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation says international arrivals fell 74% last year, wiping out $1.3 trillion (€1 trillion) in revenue and putting up to 120 million jobs at risk. A UNWTO expert panel had a mixed outlook for 2021, with 45% expecting a better year, 25% no change and 30% a worse one.

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