Bulgarian tourism industry to protest ‘discriminatory’ Green pass

The Bulgarian authorities issue a one-year certificate for all COVID-19 survivors who have undergone PCR and antigen testing. A certificate is also given straight after the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. [Shutterstock / SIVStockStudio]

Bulgaria’s tourism and restaurant industry has threatened to start national protests if the government does not amend the rules for issuing a Green pass so that COVID-19 antibody tests can be legally recognised for getting the certificate.

“If our demands are not met, we will start protests in all cities on Wednesday,” said the largest organisations of tourism and restaurant companies. “We want to support the introduction of the Green pass as the only alternative to a full lockdown, but not in the way it is currently operating,” their position said. They claim that this antibody COVID test is legally recognised in Austria.

The Bulgarian authorities issue a one-year certificate for all COVID-19 survivors who have undergone PCR and antigen testing. A certificate is also given straight after the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Officially, about 470,000 Bulgarians have recovered from COVID-19, but it is reported at least one million Bulgarians survived COVID-19 but have not been tested. The government insists that the common European approach does not recognise antibodies without diagnosing the disease by test.

The tourism industry wants the entire state and municipal administration to be included in the system of Green passes.

“As the largest employer, the state must set an example, and the effect will certainly be positive,” the industry position said. Currently, state administration, schools and kindergartens are excluded from the rules for the Green certificate.

(Krassen Nikolov | EURACTIV.bg)

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