Cyprus to allow vaccinated Brits back in country with no restrictions from May

Cyprus to allow vaccinated Brits back in country with no restrictions from May

 

Sun-starved Brits could be allowed back on the beach once again after Cyprus said Covid restrictions could be relaxed for vaccinated tourists.

The country’s tourism minister announced on Thursday that British tourists who had been fully vaccinated against coronavirus could enter without restrictions from May 1.

Deputy Tourism Minister Savvas Perdios told the semi-official Cyprus News Agency that Brits with the jab would not need a test or have to quarantine.

He said: “We have informed the British government that from May 1 we will facilitate the arrival of British nationals who have been vaccinated … so they can visit Cyprus without a negative test or needing to quarantine.”

Visitors would need to be inoculated with vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency, he said.

The second dose of a vaccine should be administered at the latest seven days before travel.

Authorities would still reserve the right to carry out random tests on arrivals, he added.

Visitors from the UK make up the largest market for Cyprus’s tourism industry, which has suffered heavily as a result of the pandemic.

Arrivals and earnings from the sector, which represents about 13 per cent of the Cypriot economy, plunged on average 85 per cent in 2020.

Cyprus has been in and out of lockdown for about a year, but its coronavirus outbreak has been mild compared to other countries.

By Thursday, it had recorded a total of 36,004 infections and 232 deaths.

Authorities have also introduced widespread testing, with almost everyone obliged to take a test once a week.

Currently it is illegal for Brits to travel abroad for holidays under the lockdown, and the government is cracking down on rule-breakers.

This has included requiring people to provide a valid reason for travel or risk being turned away at the airport, or even being fined.

Under Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown foreign holidays will not be allowed again until at least May 17.

This will follow a review to be carried out into the safety of reopening borders at a later date.

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