- Ilma Danielienė
Cyprus lifts travel ban on 56 countries
The Cypriot government has updated its protocol for travel and tourism in December 2020. It comes into effect as of 1 February 2021 and includes a list of 56 countries that will be allowed access for travel to Cyprus.
Nicosia, Cyprus: 18 January 2021
The list of the countries include:
EU Member States
European Economic Area States (Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Lichtenstein)
Third countries featured on the EU Council Recommendation document (EU 2020/912 of 30 June 2020, on the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU and the possible lifting of such restriction)
The United Kingdom, Russia, Israel, Ukraine, Belarus, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, UAE and Saudi Arabia.
The updated travel & tourism protocol includes a new categorisation system, which is harmonised in accordance to ECDC standards both in color marking of categories as well as country evaluation.
Countries will move between categories based on their epidemiological state, and entry requirements to Cyprus for each category are shown below.
The changes come into effect on 1 February and 1 March 2021. The date remains provisional, until more information about the new strain is provided by the World Health Organisation.
According to the Cypriot Government, starting 1 March 2021, the 56 countries mentioned above will be exempt from category grey, and will only move between categories green, orange and red. Their categorisation will be done based on ECDC advice, and only in the case where a country is absent from ECDC lists, will it need to be evaluated separately by the Cyprus government.
The Cypriot Government is committed to the safety of travelers travelling to Cyprus. The announcement made by Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Christodoulides, Minister of Transport, Communications and Works Yiannis Karousos, and Deputy Minister of Tourism Savvas Perdios, states that:
“As announced a few months ago, we will continue to take care of all travelers who test positive for coronavirus during their stay, as well as their close contacts. Specifically, the government will transfer these persons to separate facilities, covering the cost of lodging, food, drink, and medication.”
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