Cyprus holidays: FCO issues major update for Britons as quarantine introduced

Cyprus holidays have been possible since early July after the UK government relaxed travel rules. However, the Mediterranean island still has its own restrictions in place to protect itself from coronavirus. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) yesterday issued new travel advice to British holidaymakers heading to Cyprus.

The FCO shared the latest on coronavirus testing and quarantine measures.

British travellers have to now prove they have tested negative for coronavirus to enter.

“As of August 1 2020, the UK is in Cyprus’ Category B,” the government explained.

“This means that tourists are permitted to travel to Cyprus, but they need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result on arrival, obtained within 72 hours before travel.

“On July 31 2020, The Republic of Cyprus government announced that test results can be in the form of an email or SMS, but the result itself and/or appointment letter must include the date and time when the test was taken.

“Children under 12 years old do not require to be tested in order to travel to Cyprus.”

British holidaymakers will also need to full out a Cyprus Flight Pass.

“All travellers to Cyprus must complete a Cyprus Flight Pass before travelling, available on the Cyprus Flight Pass website,” detailed the FCO.

“You will be responsible for ensuring your PCR test result is uploaded to Cyprus Flight Pass within 24 hours of your departure.

“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.”

Tourists hoping to travel to the north of Cyprus face even tougher rules.

They will have to self-isolate for seven days upon arrival.

“The authorities in the north of Cyprus are permitting entry to UK nationals travelling from the UK,” the FCO said.

“You will be required to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test result (dated between three and five days prior to the date of the flight) on arrival.

“You will then be required to isolate at home for seven days, on the condition that you will not meet anyone, or host visitors, during this period.

“Failure to follow the rules of self-isolation will result in mandatory quarantine at facilities allocated by the authorities.

“All travellers should be aware that if other passengers on your flight subsequently test positive on arrival to Cyprus, you may be subject to further quarantine/self-isolation measures.

“These will be mandatory and you should comply with the Cypriot authorities’ requirements.”

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