Despite Cyprus being on the UK “safe-countries list” allowing for quarantine-free travel since July 10, Cyprus has not allowed anyone who has been in the UK in the previous 14-days entry. However, the country has since made the decision to downgrade the UK from a high-risk country to a lower-risk “category B” country. This means Britons and those who have been in the UK will now be allowed to visit, however, must meet the set-out entry requirements.
Following the decision, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) updated its travel information for Britons hoping to visit the much-loved holiday hotspot.
It explains: “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 can provide proof of test results in either the form of an email or a text message.
Britons are already allowed to visit the north of the country, but must also present a negative COVID-19 test and then go into 14-days of quarantine “at their own expense”.
Lockdown regulations across Cyprus have been lifted, though rules regarding social distancing and face masks vary depending on where in the country you are.
The FCO explains: “In the Republic of Cyprus, most movement and other restrictions have now been lifted.
“In the north of Cyprus, most movement restrictions and others have now been lifted. Face masks must be worn in public at all times.”
Britons who plan to visit the region in the coming months are advised to follow the advice of local authorities at all times.
According to the current Foreign Office travel corridor rules, Britons can go on holiday to Cyprus without the need for quarantine however must give specific details to authorities upon their return.
The FCO explains: “Before your arrival in the UK, you must complete a passenger locator form.
“You must present these details on your arrival in England. This applies to both visitors and UK residents.”
The move aims to assist in the current “track and trace” measures which hope to curb the spread of the virus.
However, Boris Johnson has said that he is willing to pull the plug on travel if any countries virus rates suddenly rise.
His point was proven over the weekend, when a rapid increase in coronavirus cases led to Spain being removed from the travel corridor list in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Spain was never included on Scotland’s list.
The FCO is now advising against all nonessential travel to the country.
Holidaymakers already in Spain can continue their vacation, but must enter into a mandatory period of self-isolation upon their return to the UK.