The list of 20 countries, from which Cyprus could receive tourists in the summer, is also evaluated by the Ministry of Health’s Epidemiological Surveillance Unit, in view of the decisions that will be taken on Friday at the Council of Ministers to open airports in June.
Depending on the epidemiological picture, the countries will be categorized into those who will not be asked for a coronary test before their citizens enter the Republic of Cyprus and those who will need the test, a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee, Professor, told KYPE. Petros Karagiannis, Microbiology-Molecular Iology at the Medical School of the University of Nicosia.
On Friday, the political leadership is expected to announce the dates for the opening of the airports and hotels, thus setting the time horizon for the preparation of all those involved, Mr. Karagiannis said, adding that “we are talking about some time in June” concerns airports.
He also referred to the meeting of the scientific committee with the President of the Republic, Nikos Anastasiadis, on Wednesday morning, where the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Savvas Perdios, stated that he has compiled a list of 20 countries from which Cyprus could receive tourists. This list includes both traditional tourist markets of Cyprus and new markets, said Mr. Karagiannis.
“The Epidemiological Surveillance Unit undertook to make an assessment of the epidemiological picture of these countries. If some countries have the same epidemiological picture as us or even better, we will accept tourists without the obligation to bring a certificate that they have done the test for the corona and without being quarantined. Respectively, the same will apply to the Cypriots who visit these countries and the same data will apply “, he added.
At the same time, the Professor estimated that some of the 20 countries will not fall into the first category, but in the second, in which it will be necessary to present a certificate for the test. However, he clarified that tourists from countries in this category will not be required to enter quarantine if they present the certificate.
He also referred to what has been said publicly about the agreement between the Governments of Cyprus, Greece and Israel in the first phase of the opening of tourism, saying that this understanding could be extended to include other countries such as Malta, Austria and the Baltic States. showing good epidemiological data.
For the countries of the European South that have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic, Mr. Karagiannis estimated that they may present a much better epidemiological picture even within July and therefore it is possible that there will be a tourist flow, both from and to Cyprus.
“Already in Italy and Spain, the rate of both cases and deaths is falling. So very soon they will be at the same level as Germany was when it opened operations, “he said.
Asked if it was ensured that there would be no imported cases, the member of the Scientific Advisory Committee said that thermal cameras would be installed at all airports, which would control the world before boarding. Therefore, anyone with a fever will not be able to board the flight, and the same will apply to passengers traveling from Cyprus, he said. If a passenger is diagnosed with a fever, he or she will be referred to a health center for a sample and then placed under restraint until the test result for a coronary artery is removed, he said.
Regarding hotels, Mr. Karagiannis said that if customers keep their distance during breakfast or lunch, then there is no particular risk, while outdoors noted that there is no risk of transmission at all. If there is a suspected case in a hotel, then it will be transferred to another hotel that will operate as a quarantine hotel, he added.
He added that one of the reasons why the exact dates for the opening have not yet been determined is to give time to prepare the protocols, as well as the stakeholders, such as hoteliers, who will need to become familiar with the requirements and train. their staff.