Cyprus: Quarantine rules ramp up for holidaymakers as more regions welcome back Britons

Though Cyprus has been on the UK’s travel corridor list for some time, the nation was not so quick to welcome back Britons. Instead the north and south of the country worked separately to determine their own regulations, with some strict quarantine rules still in place.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has outlined these specifications for Britons who are hoping to visit the popular tourist destination.

Cyprus is currently identifying countries from around the world by category based on the coronavirus “risk” they pose.

As of August 1, the UK is considered to be a Category B country.

“This means that tourists are permitted to travel to Cyprus, but they need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result on arrival, obtained within 72 hours before travel,” explains the FCDO.

The Republic of Cyprus government has said that test results may be presented on arrival in the form of an email or SMS, but the result must include the date and time the test was taken.

“All travellers to Cyprus must complete a Cyprus Flight Pass before travelling,” continues the FCDO.

“You will be responsible for ensuring your PCR test result is uploaded to Cyprus Flight Pass within 24 hours of your departure.”

In addition to obtaining the Cyprus Flight Pass, passengers are required to carry hard or electronic copies of these documents be presented at boarding and on arrival at immigration.

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If these steps are completed, holidaymakers will not have to quarantine when visiting the Republic of Cyprus.

However, the rules are somewhat tighter for those heading to the northern part of Cyprus.

Though authorities in the region are now allowing Britons to enter, they will face a mandatory quarantine period.

They must also show a negative COVID-19 PCRF test result taken between three and five days prior to the date of the flight.

“You will then be required to quarantine for seven days in a designated facility,” states the FCDO.

Though the cost of this is currently covered for Britons, the FCDO warns: “Third country nationals are required to cover the cost of this themselves.”

In some extreme circumstances, travellers may face quarantine even if they have not tested positive themselves.

“All travellers should be aware that if other passengers on your flight subsequently test positive on arrival to Cyprus, you may be subject to further quarantine/self-isolation measures,” adds the FCDO.

“These will be mandatory and you should comply with the Cypriot authorities’ requirements.”

UK nationals will not need to quarantine upon their return home.

Cyprus’ tourism industry is currently taking a huge hit due to the lack of foot traffic, particularly from British and Russian holidaymakers.

Many hotels in the nation remain closed.

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