From 10th May Tourists and visitors will allow visiting Cyprus from 65 countries around the world, upon their entry without being needed to go through quarantine, if they detain a Digital Green Passport or have a negative result of the COVID-19 PCR test, not bygone by three days.
Conforming to the declaration made by Cyprus’ Deputy Tourism Minister Savvas Perdios, the settlement will add all Schengen Zone countries, in addition to the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, Israel, Qatar, Egypt, Switzerland, New Zealand, the United States of America and Australia, amongst other countries, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Perdios specify in this regard, “From May 10 we will notify our associates abroad that, completely vaccinated persons from the 65 countries we just now opened can arrive in Cyprus without [Covid] tests and quarantine, even if they are proximity [of confirmed cases].”
The touristy industry comes up with approximately 15 percent to the GDP of the state, but incomes declined 85 percent last year due to the Coronavirus epidemic circumstances.
The United Kingdom is Cyprus’s most remarkable market for visitors, making up a third of around four million entries in 2019, afterward Israel, the island’s third-significant source of tourist.
Perdios stated, “We are optimistic that formerly our epidemiological notion improves charter flights will be permitted, something we anticipate to take place in the forthcoming weeks as the vaccination rise progression.”
Such latest regulations target to allure international visitors to assist Cyprus’ tourism sector retrieve from the catastrophic circumstances bring out by the Coronavirus epidemic.
As per to the statistics published by Worldometers, Cyprus has recorded 62,960 confirmed cases of COVID-19 contagion, although 301 people have died till now. A total of 39,061 people have completely retrieved from the infection, though there are 23,598 active cases; consequently, visitors will have to put on masks and obey social distancing regulation.
To prevent further financial loss, the European Union is looking forward to permitting fully vaccinated tourists from the United States to visit the EU countries this summer, after more than one year ban imposed on unnecessary travel. Such a decision was confirmed by the Head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
Other European countries’ governments, such as Greece and France, also unfolded their plans to reopen for international tourists by the summer.
Earlier this month, Greece allowed entry for travelers from the Schengen Zone, the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and Serbia, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Switzerland, and Norway.
However, citizens of these countries must prove that they have been vaccinated against the disease or present a negative result of the COVID-19 test.
Greek authorities stressed that citizens of countries not mentioned above would be banned from entering the Hellenic Republic until May 14, even if they obtain a Digital Green Certificate or present a negative result of COVID-19.
France’s President Emanuel Macron also announced that the country plans to lift travel restrictions for vaccinated travelers as well as those who prove that they have tested negative against the Coronavirus.
On the other hand, authorities in Iceland have already started to welcome vaccinated tourists. According to recent figures published by Iceland’s authorities, 4,800 tourists entered Iceland’s territory during the first two weeks of this month, from April 1 until April 15.
A total of 1,106 of them held a COVID-19 vaccination certificate, proving that they were either fully vaccinated or fully recovered from the deadly disease.
Authorities in Malta are also working to welcome more visitors by the summer season to revive the tourism sector. The country’s Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo stressed that they are planning to offer foreign tourists a handout of €200 each for all persons who stay for a minimum of two nights in Malta.
Last April, an EU official told Schengen Visa Info.com that two main requirements for persons who wish to enter Schengen Zone countries would be a negative test result and later a vaccination document.