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Cyprus Opens Its Borders To International Travelers On June 9!

On May 26 Cyprus officially announced their readiness to resume international air travel on 9th of June when hospitality establishments will open on June 1.

Cyprus is among those countries which were the least affected by Coronavirus: according to official statistics by May 29, 2020 the total number of cases is 943, recovered 784, deaths 17. The current population of the country is 1,2 million people.

Certain protocols are implemented in regards to safety of local & international travelers. Starting from June 9 all passengers, arriving in Cyprus will be required to undertake an advance Covid-19 PCR test within 72 hours prior to the flight in their country of origin. By June 20 travel restrictions will be lifted to a number of countries, which are divided into 2 categories: A and B, based on internationally available epidemiological data.

HIGHLIGHTS OF COVID-19 PROTOCOLS IN CYPRUS

1. COVID-19 TEST

Travelers from countries of Category A (Malta, Greece, Bulgaria, Norway, Austria, Finland, Slovakia, Hungary, Israel, Denmark, Germany, Slovenia, Lithuania) will face no restrictions entering the borders of Cyprus from June 20.

Travelers from countries of Category B (Switzerland, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Estonia) will be requested to take Covid-19 PCR test within 72 hours prior to the flight, certificate of which should be presented prior to aircraft boarding and at border control at the destination. For travelers from Category B, whose country is unable to make PCR testing widely available to the public, compulsory testing will be required upon arrival at Cyprus airports. The cost of testing is borne by the traveler, and the expected cost is estimated at 60 Euros per person. Test results will be available up to 24 hours later, so in the meantime travelers will be asked to self-isolate at their booked accommodation.

Traveling from countries which are not featured in the above two categories, is allowed only in exceptional circumstances and after receiving prior approval by the Cyprus government. This will also be the case for transit travel via these countries.

2. SPECIAL DOCUMENTS

A ‘COVID-19 Traveler Declaration’ will be made available on the Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, which can be accessed and filled in electronically. For

traveler facilitation, copies will also be made available at airport check-in counters. A filled-in copy of the declaration will be requested prior to boarding, and at border

control at the destination.

3. TRANSPORT PROTOCOLS: presenting COVID-19 test, Declaration; wearing mask; measuring temperature.

4. DESTINATION PROTOCOLS: 2 meters outdoor and 3 meters indoor, wearing masks, availability of antibacterial gels in public places,

Swimming pools, beaches and water parks

* disinfection of sun beds, umbrellas and personal safe boxes after every use

* distance of 4m between umbrellas and 2m between sun beds of persons not belonging to the same group

Accommodation establishments

* use of masks and carrying out of appropriate hand hygiene, for all housekeeping and service staff

* dispersion of guests at ‘group check-in’

* rooms will not be allocated to new arrivals, unless enough time has passed for appropriate cleaning, disinfection and aeration

* disinfection of room keys/cards after every departure

* where food or drink is displayed on self-service stations, appropriate sneeze guards and hand disinfection stations are installed; alternatively, items could be served directly by the staff or guests may be encouraged to use face masks

Restaurants, bars, cafes, pubs and night clubs

* use of masks and carrying out of appropriate hand hygiene, for all back-of-house and front-of-house staff; masks will not be compulsory for service staff operating outdoor daytime restaurants, due to the intense heat

* service times will be extended, and advance booking enabled, to facilitate physical distancing

* the maximum party size is set at 10 persons

* the minimum distance between tables not belonging to the same party, is 2 meters from corner to corner e. Menus will be disinfected after every use, unless they are disposable; alternatively they will be displayed at various communal points of the establishment, or made available digitally

* guests will be encouraged to pay by card and not by cash

* disinfection of all touch points will be carried out after each use e.g. chairs, tables, salt/pepper mills, sauce bottles, electronic payment machines etc.

* use of table linen and towels will be discouraged, and should be replaced by disposables

* an information sheet will be made available at the entrance, displaying the maximum number of guests allowed in place at any given time

5. MEDICAL CARE

If a traveler will get positive Covid-19 test while his/her stay in Cyprus what will be the procedure?

The Cyprus government is committed to taking care of all travelers who test positive during their stay, as well as their families and close contacts. The government will cover the cost of lodging, food, drink, and medication, in all cases mentioned above; the traveler will only need to bear the cost of their airport transfer and repatriation flight, in collaboration with their agent and/or airline.

To read more details go to www.visitcyprus.com.

Stay safe & travel smart!

With love,

Lana

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