Cyprus is a hotspot for British holidaymakers who flock to the country every year to soak up the sun. But this year – so far – the country has been off limits since the coronavirus pandemic saw various countries close their doors to international travel. Now, it seems that Cyprus may finally be allowing Britons to return to the country but only under one condition.
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Cyprus has agreed to open its borders to British tourists on August 1.
However, they will only this if the number of coronavirus cases in the UK continues to fall.
Currently, Cyprus is on the UK government’s exemption list as a destination where Britons can go on holiday and avoid quarantine rules on their return.
However, this exemption has not been applied to Britons wishing to go on holiday to Cyprus.
Cyprus is currently banning UK citizens from entering the country until further notice.
Businesses on the island that rely on British holidaymakers have urged the government to allow Britons to return.
UK holidaymakers are the country’s largest customer base, making up 33 percent of all visitors.
However, Health Minister for Cyprus, Constantinos Ioannou said that if the UK’s virus cases continue to drop then August 1 could be possible.
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He said: “Data regarding the UK has prompted us to decide that if the same good epidemiological picture continues to be observed, as of August 1 the country will be placed in Category B.”
Cyprus has reopened for tourism letting in one list of countries for the time being.
The nation split countries into two categories: Category A and Category B.
As of June 20, those flying from Category A countries could enter Cyprus with no restrictions.
However, those flying in from Category B countries would need to have a coronavirus test (PCR test) conducted 72 hours before they travel.
“For travellers from Category B, whose country is unable to make PCR testing widely available to the public, compulsory testing will be required upon arrival at Cyprus airports,” according to the Republic of Cyprus.
Travellers will be expected to pay for the test which is around €60 (£54) for now.
The rest results will be available up to 24 hours later.
Travellers will be asked to self-isolate while waiting for their test results.
Visit Cyprus’ website reads that the list of counties in each category will be reviewed and reevaluated on a weekly basis.
If the UK is placed in Category B, then they will be joining countries such as France and Spain.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website reads: “From 4 July, Cyprus is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.
“This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.”
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