Brits could be set for Greek summer holidays after ‘vaccine passport’ talks

British tourists could be allowed to visit Greece this summer without needing to quarantine.

Talks between the UK and Greece over 'vaccine passports', which could prove immunity to Covid-19 and allow Brits to fly without needing a test certificate, are ongoing.

Greece's tourism minister Haris Theoharis said "technical discussions are underway", adding that he expects a "semi-normal" summer for his country's tourism trade.

A similar agreement between Greece and Israel has already been reached.

Mr Theoharis said he hoped the "situation would be much, much better" by summer because of the speed of the UK's vaccination rollout.

Speaking to Radio 4, he said: "We don't want to limit travel to those who have been vaccinated but since we are mandating that before travelling someone has to have a negative test result, this is a waste of resources if people are vaccinated to be tested every time they travel, the need for this testing could be limited by the vaccination certificate."

Mr Theoharis claimed the passports would be more secure travel method than test results as people were still prone to infection after a negative result and were susceptible to fraud.

He told the BBC: "For example our vaccine certificates which are digital have three levels of security and can be confirmed and verified by the relevant authorities in the countries that we discussed."

Almost four million holidaymakers flock to Greece each year, with Brits pumping a whopping £2billion into its economy.

The government has warned against the use of the passports in the UK, but is understood to see them as necessary for travel abroad.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said having the vaccine would be "absolutely essential" for those looking for a summer holiday.

He also stressed that Brits' dreams of trip abroad this year must remain realistic.

Downing Street has come under fire from airlines for failing to offer a way out of lockdown amid a peak time for booking holidays.

Bosses of British Airways, easyJet, Jet2.com, Loganair, Ryanair, Tui and Virgin Atlantic urged the Government to announce when flights would resume in the coming months.

Johan Lundgren, CEO of easyJet, said: 'We're not saying lift all travel restrictions from tomorrow. 'We're saying there is a way to lift restrictions safely as the vaccination programme is rolled out and hospitalisations fall."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to discuss his plan on Monday, but details remain unclear.

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