Greece, Italy and France to enforce vaccine passports on tourists visiting bars, cafes and attractions this summer

BRITS heading to Greece, Italy and France this summer will have to show a special vaccine passport to enter tourist attractions and bars.

Countries across Europe are enforcing new rules which will only allow people who have had a vaccine jab, negative test or Covid antibodies to travel freely, as many destinations face a new wave of the virus.


Greece has already introduced the new measure, with visitors needing proof of vaccination to enter restaurants, bars, cafes and indoor venues.

It follows a ban on music at bars and a new curfew on the island of Mykonos to stop the rise in cases – Greece reported more than 3,500 new daily cases yesterday, the highest since April.

Following this, Italy has confirmed that from August 6, anyone trying to enter bars, restaurants, museums, cinemas and other indoor venues will need to show the country's ‘green certificate’ 

The pass will prove that the holder has had at least one jab of the vaccine, has a negative Covid test or has Covid antibodies.

The new measures were announced as new daily cases in Italy hit 5,000, the highest since May.

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France has already enforced a mandatory proof of full vaccination, negative Covid test or Covid antibodies for anyone going to bars, cafes and tourist attractions including the Eiffel Tower, which will be in place from August.

Around 40 per cent of France’s population is double vaccinated, though the country has slowed down in recent weeks, plunging from an average of 400,000 infections a day at the end of May to around 165,000 a day currently. 

However, Brits are yet to return to France after the country was not included in the new relaxed rules for amber destinations.

UK travellers who have been fully jabbed can return from amber countries without having to quarantine for 10 days at home – not including France.

Greece is welcoming vaccinated Brits, or those with a negative Covid test, while Italy is enforcing a mandatory five-day quarantine on arrival for UK tourists, to be lifted from July 30.

It is feared that Spain and Greece could join France on the "amber plus" list although the government confirmed that wouldn't happen any time soon, at least before the next travel review on August 5.

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