Mariyana Nikolova, Deputy Prime Minister: The Health Certificate will facilitate safe travel, which will revitalize the tourist ecosystem

29 March 2021

‘The European Health Certificate will facilitate safe travel and thus give an important incentive to the revitalization of the tourism ecosystem.’

This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism Mariyana Nikolova at the round table on "European Digital Green Certificate", organized by Elizabeth Koestinger, Federal Minister for Agriculture, Regions and Tourism of Austria.

‘Safe, hassle-free travel and maintaining open borders is essential for the revitalization of the tourism sector. This is why mutual coordination, support and solidarity is needed both within the EU and internationally. We should actively establish the necessary environment for the development of the tourist industry in accordance with the fundamental right of free movement’, said Deputy Prime Minister Nikolova. She added that the Bulgarian government is supportive of the ‘Green Corridors’ for vaccinated people, with a negative PCR test, and for people who have already recovered from the virus, aiming to provide free travel for all. 

Minister Nikolova was confident that the certificate should lead to the revival of the tourist ecosystem and restore international mobility, providing freedom of movement and eliminating the possibility of restricting non-essential travel.

During the meeting, Mariyana Nikolova confirmed that Bulgaria was among the initiators for the introduction of a Health Certificate, and that all people, who need to travel internationally should find a solution in the very near future. 

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