Cyprus opens for vaccinated tourists from Israel

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The President of the Republic announced an agreement to lift the sanitary measures from April 1

Israel will step into the new tourist season, whose citizens from April 1, 2020 will be able to travel to Cyprus, without the existing health restrictions. The agreement between the two countries for relaxation of the measures was announced by the President of the Republic himself during his meeting with the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu.

Specifically, as Nikos Anastasiadis stated, “Israeli citizens who have been vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency will not need to undergo a PCR test to travel to Cyprus, nor will they be restricted when it arrives.” An agreement that opens with the best omens, the tourist season 2021 and which is expected to have a positive effect immediately. The lifting of the measures, in molecular tests and quarantine is considered certain that it will have a positive impact in the field of short-term vacations, Israeli travelers but also during the Easter period when Cyprus is one of the favorite destinations for Israelis. Agents of the tourism industry with whom “K” spoke, welcomed the agreement which will stimulate the domestic tourism product and prevent delays in the opening of hotel units. In addition, this agreement is believed to be a model for other tourism markets, with Cypriot interest, such as Russian and British. As it is typically said, both of these countries have high vaccination rates and at the same time are outside the EU, something that allows Cyprus to proceed with bilateral agreements, such as the one with Israel.

The Israeli medicine

As “K” wrote in Sunday’s edition, Nikos Anastasiadis from Israel formalized Cyprus’ interest in participating in the testing of the drug against COVID-19, which is being developed by Israeli scientists. “I am also interested to hear from the Prime Minister about the new treatment for Covid-19 that is being developed at the Ichilov Medical Center in Tel Aviv, bearing in mind that our competent authorities have agreed that Cyprus will take part in the clinical trials.” Greece has also expressed similar interest in participating in the clinical trials, according to the country’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Among the new perspectives that are opening up in the Cyprus-Israel relations were mentioned, among others, Benjamin Netanyahu, who expressed his gratitude that Cyprus will recognize “Israeli vaccination passports, something that, as he said, his country will do for Cyprus. ». He added that this opens prospects for the start of tourism exchanges between the two countries in the near future.

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