Serbia welcomes vaccine passport deal with Turkey

Serbian ambassador to Turkey welcomed the two countries' decision to recognize each other's COVID-19 vaccine certificates for safe travel.

Zoran Markovic said the use of vaccine certificates for travel has started on May 14, and he invited Turkish tourists to Serbia.

"We are expecting Turkish people to visit Serbia and experience hospitality as the two countries recognized each other's COVID-19 vaccine certificates for safe travel," he said.

"My message to Turkish people is "Buyrun" [Come in] to Serbia, "Hoş geldiniz" [Welcome], we are waiting for you, our hospitality is competing with yours, come and check it," he said.

Ambassador Markovic explained the details of the agreement in an interview with Anadolu Agency.

Details of agreement

Markovic said Turkish and Serbian citizens who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and have a certificate from authorized institutions, can travel between the two countries without testing and quarantine obligations.

"Very simple. Whoever has been vaccinated just needs to bring the certificate. The advantage of our agreement is that children under 18-year-old, who are not vaccinated due to the age limits, are free to travel accompanied by their parents, are free to travel without negative PCR tests as well. This is something that differs from any other similar agreement. Furthermore, I would like to stress that Turkey and Serbia didn't recall a system of validated vaccines in each state. We simply recognized certificates issued by competent state authorities, which means that both states gave priority to health, not to any formalities," said Markovic.

Strong ties between Serbia and Turkey

The ambassador underlined that strong political...

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