BRITS can travel to Cyprus once again as the country opens their doors to UK travellers.
The country has kept coronavirus infections low, with just over 1,000 overall cases – active cases remain at 219.
Brits can return to Cyprus from August 1 with UK flights resumingCredit: Reuters
Cyprus closed its borders to international tourists earlier this year to reduce the spread of the virus.
The island hoped to welcome Brits back from July 15, although this was pushed back to August due to the UK’s coronavirus situation.
However, tourists can return this weekend – Jet2 has cancelled flights and holidays until August 17.
Cheap deals include:
- Seven nights in Cyprus with return flights with EasyJet Holidays in August – from £285pp
- Seven nights in Cyprus with return flights with Jet2 in August – from £354pp
- Seven nights in Cyprus with return flights with TUI in August – from £371pp
The country is also on the UK’s safe list, meaning no quarantining is requiredCredit: EPA
What is the current travel advice for holiday destinations in Europe?
The Foreign Office advises against non-essential travel to Spain.
Brits will also have to quarantine for two weeks when returning to the UK.
Greece is deemed a “safe” country by the UK, meaning travel is allowed and there will be no quarantine back in the UK.
Brits must fill in a Passenger Locator Form at least 24 hours before travelling to Greece, and show the QR code on arrival.
Cyprus has been deemed a “safe” country by the UK meaning travel is allowed and there will be no quarantine back in the UK.
Brits must have a coronavirus test up to 72 hours before travelling to Cyprus, with a negative result.
Italy has been deemed a “safe” country by the UK meaning travel is allowed and there will be no quarantine back in the UK.
There are no travel restrictions or testing requirements when entering Italy.
France has been deemed a “safe” country by the UK meaning travel is allowed and there will be no quarantine back in the UK.
There are no travel restrictions or testing requirements when entering France.
The Foreign Office advises against non-essential travel to Portugal.
Brits will also have to quarantine for two weeks when returning to the UK, with different restrictions and coronavirus requirements in different parts of Portugal on arrival.
Brits have also not had to quarantine when returning to the UK since July 4, after Cyprus was included on the air bridge list, with the travel ban lifted as well.
Cyprus’ tourism minister Savvas Perdios previously told Sun Online Travel: “The UK is our biggest market, it’s massively important to us, and the situation there is improving all the time.”
President of the Association of Cyprus Travel Agents Vassilis Stamataris added to local media: “I believe that, when we open to the UK, we will get a lot of people travelling who love the island and don’t want to miss a vacation, even if they take it later than usual.”
Tourists must have a coronavirus test before travelling to Cyprus – this is because the UK is deemed a category B country.
Coronavirus tests must be done before travelling to CyprusCredit: AP:Associated Press
Category B requires a negative coronavirus test taken 72 hours before travel, while category A requires no testing or checks.
According to the Foreign Office’s latest advice: “From 1 August, the Republic of Cyprus government have stated that the UK will move to Category B.
“This means that tourists will be permitted to travel to Cyprus, but they will need to provide a negative PCR test on arrival, obtained within 72 hours before travel.”
Travellers must also fill in a Cyprus Flight Pass before flying, which must be presented before boarding and at immigration.
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While Brits will be able to return from next month, tour operators such as Jet2 and TUI have said they will not allow holidays unless the UK is moved from category B from category A.
Angelos Nicolaou who owns Nelia Gardens in Ayia Napa, said: “Our main markets are Britain and Russia, they account for about 80 per cent. Brits will supposedly come from August 1, but I see this as unlikely – who will go through all the hassle?”
Hotels in holiday hotspot Ayia Napa have already warned that the rest of the tourist reason has been “written off” unless UK tourists return in their numbers.
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