Though UK travellers can now jet off to the sun-kissed shores of Cyprus, new rules to reduce the spread of coronavirus mean that regulations must be followed before holidaymakers even step foot on the aeroplane. With quarantine measures now being relaxed, the nation’s officials have put in place measures which will help with the countries own track and trace initiative, as well as keeping on eye on the number of cases coming in from abroad.
Ahead of the reopening of the border on August 1, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) updated its travel advice page for UK citizens planning on visiting Cyprus.
The latest update reads: “From August 1, 2020, British travellers are permitted to visit Cyprus, but must provide a negative Coronavirus test on arrival, obtained within 72 hours before travel.
“Travellers must also obtain a Cyprus Flight Pass prior to travel.”
Cyprus has dropped the UK to a Category B country, which means tourists are permitted to travel but must prove they do not carry the COVID-19 virus.
Tests must be obtained by individual travellers before they depart.
The FCO explains: “On July 31, 2020, The Republic of Cyprus government announced that COVID-test results can be in the form of an email or SMS, but the test result itself and/or appointment letter must include the date and time when the test was taken.”
The FCO adds advice on how Britons can find a testing centre but also warns of the additional cost sourcing a COVID-19 test comes with.
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“Internet search of the words ‘COVID testing near me’ will bring up many private and local testing facilities,” states the FCO.
It adds: “Fees can vary”.
Travellers should also check with the Cypriot embassy that the test they obtain meets the specific requirements set out by the nation’s officials.
Ahead of their visit, holidaymakers must also complete a “Cyprus Flight Pass”, which is available online.
“You will be responsible for ensuring your PCR test result is uploaded to Cyprus Flight Pass within 24 hours of your departure,” states the FCO.
“If you need to provide your appointment letter you can upload both documents in a single photo.
“In addition to obtaining the Cyprus Flight Pass, passengers are required to carry with them, in hard copy or electronically, copies of these documents.
“You will be asked to present your flight pass prior to boarding and on arrival at immigration.”
Cyprus is not the only country to ask for a detailed health questionnaire on or before arrival.
Prior to its removal from the Government’s travel corridor list, Britons jetting off to Spain were also asked to fill out a similar health form.
The rule remains in place for visitors from all countries.
The FCO explains: “Spanish Ministry of Health with contact information and any history of exposure to COVID-19, 48 hours prior to travel.
“You can do this on the Spain Travel Health website or downloadable app.
“It is mandatory for all passengers travelling to Spain to fill out and sign the online form associated with your trip, regardless of your nationality or residency status.
“On completion, you will be issued a personal and non-transferable QR code which you must show (electronically or hardcopy) at airport health controls on arrival.”
Travel corridors remain uncertain as “a second wave” of coronavirus appears to be making its way across parts of Europe.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that he will not hesitate to act if flare-ups of coronavirus occur.
“I’m afraid you are starting to see in some places the signs of a second wave of the pandemic,” he warned.
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