DATE AND TIME:
22.02.2021. 09:26 – 22.02.2021. 10:47
Despite the fact that it is only February, many imagine themselves on the beach. An important question has already been raised: will we be able to go to sea this year?
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Despite the fact that it is only February, many people imagine themselves on the beach. An important question has already been raised: will we be able to go to sea this year? Aleksandar Seničić, director of the National Association of Travel Agencies of Serbia (YUTA), reveals for Nova.rs which destinations will be available.
Vaccination certificates, which are currently being negotiated, will play a crucial role in travel this year, Aleksandar Senicic revealed.
Just one such certificate may be your ticket to enter Greece, the most popular summer destination among Serbs. However, for now, the situation is uncertain.
“Greece is still partially closed, they have a curfew, the situation is complicated, but they started with vaccination. We are talking with the Greek Ministry of Tourism, agreements are being made on the protocol for this year. Mutual wish is for the border to be open, unlike last year “, says Seničić for Nova.rs
An agreement on certificates and other conditions for entering the Mediterranean country is expected at the end of March. Senicic explained how that would work.
“We are negotiating a vaccination certificate, which would be recognized by both countries, and which would enable people who have been vaccinated to travel without any additional conditions. “On the other hand, for those who have not been vaccinated, there should be certain conditions, known in advance, such as a PCR test or a quick genetic test, which would enable people to travel and move from one country to another,” he said.
There are also some countries that are already known to be safe for our tourists.
“As for other countries, the situation is very similar – we know that certain countries in the region, such as Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania, according to the agreement signed earlier, allow the free flow of people without any additional conditions,” Senicic reminds.
And when it comes to Bulgaria, he is very optimistic – he expects that it will be agreed to enter the country without a mandatory PCR test.
“It was agreed, but the situation was disturbed during the winter season, when they introduced a mandatory PCR test. The announcements are such that it is expected to be abolished from April, if the situation calms down at all “, he announced.
The situation is similar with Turkey – last year we did not have a mandatory PCR test during the season, and that is expected in 2021, Senicic points out.
“Every year, the Turks try to cancel the PCR test before the season. They do sample testing at airports and borders. “They have the opportunity to test some of the people who enter, of their choice,” he said.
Egypt does not plan to abolish the PCR test for now, but they are also discussing a universal certificate for vaccinated people.
Aleksandar Senicic says that there are destinations that you better not count on this summer.
“What is not realistic to expect is that it will be possible to travel to Italy or Spain. These are countries that are closed until mid-May. Here we will monitor the situation, there is a possibility to make some protocols. Within the European Union, it is expected that the certificate on vaccination will be established, that it will be completely clear. “Besides that, for those who have not been vaccinated, there will be some criteria that will have to be met,” he explains.
While we are waiting for the vaccination certificate, the question arises as to whether it will be important which vaccine we received.
“For now, there are no such announcements. For example, Slovenia has made a decision that is conditioned by the vaccine you received. They recognized three vaccines, explained that they are vaccines that have been approved by the European Commission so far. Both Russian and Chinese vaccines are in the procedure, and we expect that those who received those vaccines will not be denied their rights. This should be expected from an economic point of view – because Chinese tourists have the most arrivals and overnight stays in both Europe and the world. That will not be a problem, but we have to be patient, wait for the vaccination to take off in the right scope in the whole of Europe, so that at the end of March we can be sure what it will look like for the season “, says Seničić.
Finally, we asked the director of YUTE whether we should make concrete plans and ask for arrangements for this summer.
“Plans need to be made, because it is clear that this year will be better than last. The tourism industry in all countries cannot withstand that there is no work for the second season, it simply will not survive. We should expect the measures to relax and that this year we have a season that will be better than last. However, it will not be as normal as it was in 2019 “, concludes Aleksandar Seničić.
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