Cyprus holidays: Country ‘goes amber’ but Greece & Italy look set for quarantine list

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Cyprus has been a popular choice among Britons this summer due to the country remaining “safe” for travel. The country has not only remained on the UK travel corridor list but exempt from Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential international travel. Cyprus’ coronavirus case rate has also remained relatively low compared to other countries in Europe.

But in recent days, the Cyprus’ infection case rate has begun to rise at a worrying rate.

CEO of travel consultancy, The PC Agency Paul Charles has been posting Twitter updates regarding countries’ infection rates.

Mr Charles said today: “Weds update: #Germany goes red for the first time with its highest case numbers since April.

“#Sweden #Italy and mainland #Greece will only keep an air corridor open if their testing positivity is low – numbers out tomorrow – but unlikely.

“#Cyprus goes amber. #UK above #France.”

Cyprus has remained in the “green” zone for weeks, having only recorded just over 1,800 cases of coronavirus.

Countries at risk of being removed from the travel corridor list are those with more than 20 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

Today, Cyprus’ infection rate increased to 15.2 per 100,000 people over a seven-day period. 

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While it’s not at risk of being removed from the travel corridor list this week, it could be removed next week if its numbers continue to rise.

The UK’s travel corridor list is set to be reviewed tomorrow with an announcement usually made by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps in the evening on Twitter.

Italy, along with Sweden, Estonia, Germany and mainland Greece are all recording cases higher than the UK’s threshold which means they could be at risk of being removed from the travel corridor list.

Sweden’s case rate is currently 35.2 per 100,000 people over a seven-day period, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and travel consultancy The PC Agency.

Meanwhile, Italy’s has risen to 28.6 and Estonia’s to 26 cases per 100,000 over a seven-day period.

Mainland Greece, which has also been a popular holiday choice, has also seen crept above the UK’s threshold to 22.5.

Several of Greece’s islands are on the red list while the mainland remains on the travel corridor list.

Germany moved into the “red” for the first time, recording 20.3 cases per 100,000 people.

Last week, Turkey and Poland were removed from the safe list in a huge blow for Briton’s holidays.

Turkey had become a popular destination over the summer due to the fact it remained on the UK’s travel corridor list.

However, the country was removed from the UK safe list after it emerged that the Turkish Health Ministry had been defining the number of new COVID-19 cases in a different way to the definition used by international organisations.

Caribbean islands Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba were also removed from the travel corridor list.

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