Travel advice from ABTA Magazine as tourism restarts.
Sun-soaked Cyprus is warm hospitality, complex history, awe-inspiring vistas and culinary triumph. When you’re done with the beaches and water sports, learn about the history of the Mediterranean and explore both North and South Cyprus before sampling the cuisine – with its Turkish, Greek and Middle Eastern influences. Around one million British nationals visit Cyprus every year.
As lockdown continues to ease, the government has revealed a list of countries from which inbound tourist and returning travellers do not need to self-isolate (also known as the travel corridors list) – ending its blanket 14-day quarantine policy. However, it is not necessarily the case that Britons can enter the countries on the exemptions list without needing to quarantine, or that flights are even currently available (research suggests as little as a third of the countries can be visited without restrictions). Although firm favourites France and Italy made it on to lists revealed by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for Transport (DfT), the USA and Portugal were notable exceptions.
Cyprus is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel and is on Department for Transport’s travel corridors list, meaning when returning to the UK, travellers will not need to self-isolate for 14 days. As August 1, the UK is in Cyprus’ Category B meaning that tourists are allowed to travel to Cyprus, but need to provide a negative test on arrival, obtained within 72 hours before travel. The Cypriot government says that test results can be in the form of an email or SMS, but the test result must include the date and time when it was taken.