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Cyprus will cover holiday costs of infected tourists

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Cyprus will cover holiday costs of infected tourists

May 29, 2020 - 11:23
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In a bid to entice tourists back this summer Cyprus has pledged to cover the holiday costs of anyone who tests positive for the virus after travelling there.

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If a visitor to Cyprus tests positive for the coronavirus this summer, the government will cover many of their expenses — including food, drink and lodging — according to a new plan that maps out how the island nation can revive its crucial tourism industry.

Tourists "will only need to bear the cost of their airport transfer and repatriation flight". It is part of a package of measures aimed at drawing visitors back to the island, which has reported few cases.

Cyprus say it will ease restrictions on international air travel on June 9.

The first visitors to the Mediterranean country 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.

Cyprus will conduct an "epidemic risk assessment" of countries on a weekly basis, using criteria that ranges from testing capacity to the rates of new cases and deaths.

Low-risk countries

Malta
Greece
Bulgaria
Norway
Austria
Finland
Slovenia
Hungary
Israel
Denmark
Germany
Slovakia
Lithuania

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