The director of the National Association of Tourist Agencies of Serbia (YUTA), Aleksandar Senicic, says that we will certainly travel more this summer than last, but how and under what conditions will be known in about a month.
He told TV K1 that there is no agreement on the introduction of covid passports at the world level – the World Health Organization or the World Tourism Organization, and that the countries will decide for themselves whether to introduce an application that should enable faster travel.
“At this moment, it is more realistic to introduce a vaccination certificate. Our citizens who have been vaccinated have received vaccination certificates that are bilingual in English and Serbian. The vaccination certificate will be an advantage when traveling,” said Senicic.
He states that there is a lot of speculation about whether all vaccines will be recognized, and adds that due to the shortage of vaccines on the market, he believes that this will not be a problem.
“It is important that you are vaccinated, no matter what vaccine, at least at this moment it looks like that,” he said.
He notes that Greece was open to the citizens of Serbia last season for only ten days, and that this year in April the conditions will be known for EU citizens to enter the country, and for third world countries, including the Balkan countries.
“Through our Ministry of Tourism, we are discussing these protocols, we are trying to determine a single vaccination certificate that will be accepted in both Serbia and Greece. We are trying to find an alternative for people who have not been vaccinated. For now, the alternative is PCR test, and we are trying to agree that these should be rapid antigen tests, “he said.
He states that he expects other countries to declare themselves on the issue of the vaccination certificate, how it will treat people entering Turkey or Egypt, where a PCR test is now required.
“Our Crisis Staff owes us information on whether the citizens returning from those countries have enough confirmation of vaccination, because now a PCR test is needed to return to Serbia,” said Senicic.
We can now travel to the surrounding countries without a PCR test – Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Albania, he reminds and adds that it will remain so during the summer.
“We also expect Bulgaria to cancel the PCR test, as well as Turkey. When it comes to Egypt, we have no announcement that it will cancel the PCR test, we are waiting for a statement on the issue of vaccination,” he said.
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