Tourism to resume in north Cyprus by month end and in south Cyprus by June

Summer tourism season will kick-start domestically in north Cyprus as the Covid-19 pandemic had still not subsided in many parts of the world.

The TRNC Minister of Tourism and Environment Ünal Üstel made the announcement on Sunday, speaking on a TV programme

Üstel’s statement came as no new cases were announced in over a month. It’s been a month since the last positive case was confirmed and a week since the last patient was discharged from hospital.

Guidelines and health protocols to be applied to hotels were discussed last week with representatives from the Tourism, Health and Labour Ministries and the Turkish Cypriot Hoteliers’ Association.

Üstel said that facilities, hotels and resorts would be allowed to reopen under strict guidelines and would be regularly disinfected with hydrogen peroxide.

Üstel explained that only hotels which received special training and certificates following inspections will be allowed to operate.

Those who fail to meet necessary requirements and receive certificates will not be allowed to open, he said.

Üstel also said that the larger hotels or resorts will be accepting fewer numbers of customers so as to avoid overcrowding.

Regarding public beaches, Tourism Minister Ünal Üstel said that beaches will be opened as of Wednesday, May 20 while beaches of hotels will be opened as of June 1.

He reminded that flights to and from the TRNC will remain suspended until June 1 and that only TRNC citizens permanently residing in the country will be allowed to fly back to the TRNC after that date.

The next stage will be to allow TRNC citizens living abroad and the final stage will be to allow foreign nationals who live in the TRNC, he added.

Meanwhile, the government of south Cyprus has said it will be ready reopen its doors to tourists from June 15 once the protocols for tourism are implemented with the hope of recouping around 30 per cent of last year’s arrival numbers.

In 2019, around 4 million tourists visited the country with the total revenue estimated at €2.6 billion.

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