"In Cyprus, you can see all the layers of history. You can step back in time and enjoy the rich culture," said Costas A. Papademas, who spoke proudly of his country, which has one of the oldest histories in the world.
The first signs of civilisation in Cyprus traced in archaeological excavations and research date back 11,000 years to 9th millennium BC. "At the same time, you can enjoy the Cypriot legendary hospitality, and you will be given the warmest of welcomes in Cyprus," the ambassador said in an interview to the Times of Oman. Tourists will be impressed by the stunning landscapes and ancient historical and cultural sites as well as the peaceful coexistence among people of different religions, he said, adding that Cyprus is keen to boost tourism cooperation with the Sultanate.
"Last year, south Cyprus' minister of energy, commerce, industry and tourism visited Oman and held meetings with a number of senior officials to explore the opportunities that exist in the tourism sector and other fields," the ambassador said. Papademas said the visa process is very simple and most of the times, the visa is issued on the very day the application is submitted. Cyprus, which became a member of the European Union (EU) in 2004, is one of the countries that have supported a decision to eliminate visa requirements for Omanis travelling to the EU, he said. "The decision is there. It will take maybe a year to complete, and hopefully Omanis can visit Cyprus and the EU without visa soon," Papademas added.