Officers pledged to pay for vacationers’ lodging, meals, drink and drugs in the event that they check optimistic for Covid-19 after coming into the nation. It mentioned vacationers will solely have to foot the invoice for his or her airport switch and return flight.
A “Covid-19 hospital” with 100 beds can be supplied completely for international guests who contract the virus and extra beds may be made accessible if wanted, the federal government mentioned.
For vacationers who present vital signs, it plans to supply an extra 112 intensive care models for remedy, with 200 respirators.
And 500 rooms in devoted “quarantine lodges” can be supplied to shut contacts of the particular person contaminated with the coronavirus, with extra to be made accessible if essential.
“This won’t solely be certain that they’re correctly taken care of, however it would additionally present peace of thoughts to different vacationers, that their lodging is freed from Covid-19,” the Cypriot authorities mentioned in a letter to its tourism companions dated Tuesday.
It additionally mentioned that the room in a resort the place the vacationer who contracted the virus has stayed in will endure a deep clear and disinfection earlier than getting used once more.
Cyprus has confirmed 939 circumstances of Covid-19 and 17 deaths from the virus, in response to information compiled by Johns Hopkins College.
Cyrpus began to ease its lockdown on Could 4, with the federal government saying it expects the “full containment of the virus” by Could 31. Its hospitality companies are as a consequence of open on June 1 and worldwide air journey will resume on June 9.
Initially, all guests can be required to take a coronavirus check in their very own nation inside 72 hours earlier than touring to Cyprus.
The federal government then plans to carry journey restrictions for quite a few nations by June 20, with a listing supplied on its Ministry of Overseas Affairs and Deputy Ministry of Tourism web sites, up to date weekly from this level ahead.
International locations it has to date assessed as “low danger” embody Germany, Greece, Norway, Finland and Denmark amongst others.
Although it mentioned folks from locations on its second checklist of upper danger nations, which at present consists of Switzerland and Poland, would nonetheless have to take the coronavirus check upfront of touring to Cyprus from June 20.
Almost Four million vacationers visited Cyprus final 12 months, bringing in revenues of two.7 billion euros, in response to authorities information. Tourism reportedly accounts for 13% of the nation’s financial system.
Within the letter, the federal government mentioned that its ratio of intensive care unit beds per 100,000 folks was larger than the EU common. It claimed to have had one of many lowest ratios of coronavirus circumstances per capita in Europe and to have examined greater than 10% of the nation’s inhabitants.
Social distancing and hygiene guidelines for vacationers and Cypriot companies have been additionally outlined within the authorities letter, together with a restrict of 10 folks in a gaggle in eating places, bars, cafes, pubs and nightclubs.