Officials in Cyprus have confirmed they will welcome UK visitors as soon as that country’s Covid travel rules are relaxed.
The Mediterranean island government said that tourists will be allowed to enter from April 1 – although the current block for non-essential travel from the UK will not be lifted until May 17 at the earliest.
Vaccinated vacationers from Israel are expected to be the first visitors to the island after an agreement has been reached between the two nations.
As of May 1, all visitors who can show they have received “the required doses of an approved vaccine” will not be required to undergo pre-departure PCR testing or quarantine rules.
However, they may be subjected to random sampling on certain flights.
Tourists must have their second dose of vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency at least seven days prior to travel.
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The government said in a statement: “Cyprus is taking all necessary measures to ensure that visitors enjoy their holidays in a safe and carefree environment and is opening its borders to all UK visitors.
“Cyprus will continue to offer the best vacation experience our visitors are used to and for which we remain one of their favorite travel destinations.”
Deputy Tourism Minister Savvas Perdios added: “For people traveling here, we wanted to reassure them that Cyprus is ready to welcome them. Planning a trip requires certainty.”