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Cyprus Will Cover Your Travel Costs If You Get COVID-19 While Visiting
Countries across the globe are trying to lure tourists back this summer. With failing economies and lost tourist dollars due to COVID-19, many countries are reopening their borders just in time for the busiest tourist season of the year, in hopes of getting back on track. Cyprus, located off the coast of Turkey, is taking an even more drastic approach. The island nation is offering to cover many of the travel costs for any tourist that contracts COVID-19 while visiting.
“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 plan states. “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.”
Nearly 4 million tourists visited Cyprus last year, according to government statistics, generating nearly $3 billion in revenue for the country. Clearly, the need to reopen borders is paramount to the health of the country’s overall economy.
Cyprus restarted its hospitality economy on June 1 — one day after health experts expected the country to achieve full containment of the coronavirus.
The first visitors to the Mediterranean country next month will be required to pass coronavirus tests in their home nations within 72 hours of their trip. But that and other restrictions will be dropped for those from certain countries, depending on their “epidemiological status,” according to a letter outlining the plan.
If tourists are diagnosed during their visit, they can use special facilities that are being reserved for them.
“A COVID-19 hospital with 100 beds will be made available exclusively for travelers who test positive,” the plan states, adding that capacity can be expanded at very short notice.