Cyprus Will Pay Your Medical Bill if You Contract COVID-19 While Visiting

The Guardian | May 31, 2020

Cyprus Will Pay Your Medical Bill if You Contract COVID-19 While Visiting
In a bid to lure more tourists to its island nation, officials in Cyprus say they will pay the medical bill for anyone who contracts the coronavirus while visiting the country. The plan was outlined in a letter to tour operators and airlines detailing the measures Cyprus is taking to ensure the safety of its tourism sector, according to The Guardian.

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The comfort and convenience of your regular travelers should always be a top priority but not at the expense of your bottom line. Oversights and overspends on travel requirements can eat into your profit margin, negatively affecting your business. Without cost-effective corporate travel policies – and strict adherence to them - there may be an effort to shrink resource in other areas without first examining the root cause of such inefficiencies.