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Bahrain signs deals with Greece and Cyprus on mutual recognition of vaccination certificates

May 06, 2021
Bahrain has reached separate agreements with Greece and Cyprus over the mutual recognition of vaccination certifications, the Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported on Thursday. — BNA file photo
Bahrain has reached separate agreements with Greece and Cyprus over the mutual recognition of vaccination certifications, the Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported on Thursday. — BNA file photo

Saudi Gazette report

MANAMA —
Bahrain has reached separate agreements with Greece and Cyprus over the mutual recognition of vaccination certifications, the Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported on Thursday.

The agreements were reached following talks Bahrain had with Greece and Cyprus. Additionally, Bahrain's foreign ministry and health ministry coordinated the efforts for the agreements with their Greek and Cypriot counterparts

Under the agreements, vaccinated certificates will be mutually recognized, facilitating travel for Bahraini citizens to Greece and Cyprus and vice versa in accordance with COVID restrictions and protocols.

The identification process in the near future will be carried out digitally, which will greatly facilitate the entry into these countries and promote tourism, trade, and economic relations, the BNA report added.

Last month, Bahrain signed a similar agreement with Israel in a bid to facilitate travel between the two countries.

Under the agreement, people who have been inoculated in one country with “vaccinations recognized in the other country will be exempt from quarantine and be able to enter places that require a ‘green passport’,” BNA said in its report.

The report said arrangements would be made at a later stage for individuals who have been inoculated with a vaccine other than those recognized by one of the two countries, without providing start dates for the arrangements.

Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi tweeted that the deal would “increase tourism and boost our economies and help our common fight against the coronavirus.”

May 06, 2021
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