Cyprus is set to remove all of its Covid-19 related entry restrictions from the beginning of next month. The popular island, located south of Turkey in the Mediterranean Sea, has become the latest country around the world to announce the removal of its Covid-19 related entry requirements in a move that is set to be welcomed by travelers and businesses on the island alike as we head into a busy summer of travel on the continent.
In announcing the impending removal of its Covid-19 related entry requirements, Cyprus is following in the footsteps of its fellow European countries Belgium and Germany, who made similar such restriction-ending announcements during the past week. Here’s a run down of how the entry requirements are set to change for the country, plus a look at Cyprus’ other Covid-19 restrictions that will also be on their way out in the coming days.
Restrictions Removed – Information For Travelers
Despite being much smaller than most of its European neighbours, Cyprus typically performs well in terms of tourism. Prior to the pandemic, the country welcomed more than 4 million tourists per year, making it the sixth most visited country per capita of local population in the world. The pandemic all but ended travel to the country, with strict entry restrictions making a trip not all that palatable to travelers – but that could soon be set to change.
Just last night, the government of Cyprus made the announcement that the country would be removing all of its Covid-19 related entry restrictions, much to the delight of people in the country and travelers around the world. The removal of the current entry requirements will come into effect from June 1st, and will make travel into the country the same as it was prior to the pandemic.
The new changes mean that from June 1st, travelers will no longer be required to show proof of full vaccination against Covid-19, proof of recovery from the virus or a negative test result to enter the country. All travelers will need is a passport and a valid visa where applicable – just like how travel was in the good old days. The changes are for all travelers, regardless of their nationality or their country of origin. The need to fill out a passenger locator form was removed back in April.
The Cypriot government also made another significant announcement on Friday that will affect travelers heading into the country. From June 1st, the wearing of face masks will no longer be required in indoor areas – including airports – building on the previous changes that allowed travelers to go without them when outdoors. Whilst these are small changes, they make the idea of booking a vacation to the country far more appealing to travelers.
Travelers will still be required to wear face masks in medical-related places, such as hospitals and clinics, so visitors to the country should make sure to pack a few masks in their luggage just in case. According to Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos, the changes signal a return to normality for the island – a change that several other countries around the world have also been pivoting towards in recent months.
It’s been a good week as far as the easing of restrictions around the world is concerned, with more and more countries making it easier for travelers to enter once more. In Europe, the likes of Germany, Belgium and Austria have each removed their entry requirements, whilst several other destinations around the world such as Vietnam and Israel have also made it easier to visit.
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