Brexit is not expected to affect tourist flow from the UK to Cyprus, at least not in terms of imposing travel obstacles, however the pandemic makes it impossible to make projections, according to the president of the Famagusta branch of the Pancyprian Hoteliers Association (Pasyxe) Doros Takkas.
“From the information we have so far, tourist traffic from the UK to our island will not be affected,” he told the Cyprus News Agency on Monday.
“So far we have not seen the introduction of any obstacles for traveling to Cyprus and to other countries in Europe from the UK in general.
“Fortunately, British citizens do not need a visa to visit other European countries and vice versa.”
However, the number of tourists visiting Cyprus from the UK will also depend on the country’s financial situation after Brexit, he said.
“Potential economic problems in the UK after Brexit will likely affect the tourism sector, as well as other sectors.
“That is why for us it would be better to see the UK financially stable with a strong currency, so not to affect its relations with other countries when it comes to tourism.
“However, at the moment, we cannot make any predictions with the pandemic still continuing. For now, everything is frozen, and we will only be able to assess the situation in a few months.”
Takkas said hoteliers and, in general, everyone working in the tourism industry, are waiting anxiously to know more about vaccinations in Cyprus, as vaccines are vital for their line of work.
“The uncertainty the tourism world is facing does not concern only Cyprus, but the entire world. Nothing can be planned until the majority of the European population is vaccinated,” he concluded.