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Cyprus will reopen to tourists from a list of countries starting in June. Here is everything you need to know before booking your trip.

boats on a bay in cyprus

Cyprus is so keen to get its tourism industry back on track, officials are offering to cover the costs of any travelers who test positive for Covid-19 while on vacation in the Mediterranean island nation.

According to a letter shared with CNN, the Cypriot government will pay for lodging, as well as food, drink and medication for tourists who are taken ill with coronavirus during their visit.

“The traveler will only need to bear the cost of their airport transfer and repatriation flight, in collaboration with their agent and/or airline,” states the letter.
 
The news came shortly after Cyprus Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos announced hotels in the country will reopen on June 1, while international air travel will restart on June 9.

Once the destination reopens, visitors from only chosen countries will be allowed to enter. The country lists are divided into 2 categories, A & B. 

Countries That Can Currently Travel To Cyprus

Updated: July 4th

Category A Countries

Australia
Austria
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Norway
Slovakia
Slovenia
Switzerland

Category B Countries

Belgium
Bulgaria
France
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Lebanon
Jordan
Netherlands
Spain
Poland
Romania
United Arab Emirates

The government of Cyprus states it will re-evaluate and update the country lists weekly.

As of 20th June, persons flying from Category A countries face no restrictions when traveling to Cyprus; people traveling from Category B countries are required to have a PCR test done at the source country, 72 hours prior to travel. 

What about the UK? Cyprus Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said on Friday that the UK will be included as of August 1 in a group of countries whose travellers need to provide negative coronavirus tests upon arrival, provided its epidemiological profile remains positive.

Important Update June 14th:

Cyprus Flight Pass

The government of Cyprus is now requiring tourists register and fill out a digital form, which will serve as their ‘entry pass' into Cyprus. 

The purpose of the pass as per the government is:
“To facilitate your travel arrangements to Cyprus and ensure the capture of all necessary information required by the Health authorities, we have created this online portal where you can complete all the necessary formalities in a quick and easy way and receive your authorisation to fly.”

Tourists can apply for their Cyprus Flight Pass up to 3 days before their flight. 

Officials have issued a list of countries to be granted access to Cyprus in two separate stages.

Incoming flights from Greece, Malta, Bulgaria, Norway, Austria, Finland, Slovenia, Hungary, Israel, Denmark, Germany, Slovakia and Lithuania will be authorized first.

From June 20, Cyprus will also permit incoming flights from Switzerland, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Estonia and the Czech Republic.

The UK and the US, both listed among the nations with the highest number of confirmed Covid-19 deaths, are noticeably absent. (However recent news says UK will be included as of Aug 1)

However, the list is to be expanded to include further countries in the coming months.
 
Travelers heading to Cyprus will need to provide a valid certificate proving they've tested negative for Covid-19, while they'll be subject to temperature checks on arrival as well as testing at random during the course of their trip.

All 19 countries from both A & B categories will require proof of their negative Covid test, until June 19th.

Starting on June 20th, the negative test requirement will be lifted for all Category A countries and will only apply to Category B countries. 

The destination has already put measures in place to protect travelers and residents, such as ensuring hotel staff wear masks and gloves, regularly disinfecting sunbeds and keeping tables at restaurants, bars, cafés,and pubs at least two meters (6.5 feet) apart.
 
Tourism accounts for at least 15% of Cyprus's economy.
tourists with umbrellas on beach in cyprus
(Image: Time)

Cyprus reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We will do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information. 

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