Greece, Portugal and Spain follow Cyprus and invite vaccinated British to their countries

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Daily Star reports that Portugal and Spanish islands are set to welcome back British tourists from the middle of May.

Rita Marques, Portugal’s tourism minister, said the hope is that the country would soon allow restriction-free travel for those who have been vaccinated or test negative.

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Greece and Turkey are expected to follow suit shortly with Cyprus having already allowed Brits to return if they’ve had both vaccine shots from May 1.

Cyprus’s decision to allow vaccinated Britons entry to the country ahead of the rest of the EU was spurred by the bloc’s reluctance to take a decisive stance on Covid-19 immunity certificates, the island’s deputy tourism minister has said.

Explaining why the country had broken ranks with other EU members by deciding to admit Britons with the certificate from 1 May, Savvas Perdios told the Guardian that visitors, holidaymakers, and the travel industry all “needed clarity”, which the step sought to deliver.

“We felt that we had to announce it because we don’t know when an agreement will be reached at a European level,” said the politician in a telephone interview. “For people who are going to be travelling here, we wanted to provide certainty that Cyprus is going to be ready to welcome them. Travel planning requires certainty.”

The Spanish government said it hopes to allow British tourists with a negative Covid test to visit the islands from May.

Travel experts believe that Greece and Turkey will also announce that they want Britons to return.

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