This week, Israeli and Greek officials agreed to clear the way for vaccinated tourists to travel between their Mediterranean nations in a bid 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.
This is good news for the countries as they hope to bounce back from the decline in tourism due to the pandemic. Both countries enjoy a large tourism industry, but clearly, this has been impacted negatively in the past year.
There are challenges ahead, however, as the UN’s World Tourism Organisation released figures showing that 120 million jobs around the world in the tourism sector were at risk following at 74% drop in international travel, wiping out over one-trillion pounds in global revenue.