Cyprus will allow vaccinated Britons to visit from May 1

Telegraph reporters
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Cyprus's economy relies heavily on foreign tourists - EPA
Cyprus's economy relies heavily on foreign tourists - EPA

Cyprus will allow British tourists who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 into the country without restrictions from May 1, its tourism minister said on Thursday.

British visitors are the largest market for Cyprus's tourism industry, which has suffered from the coronavirus pandemic.

Arrivals and earnings from the sector, which represents about 13 per cent of the Cypriot economy, plunged on average 85 per cent in 2020.

"We have informed the British government that from May 1 we will facilitate the arrival of British nationals who have been vaccinated ... so they can visit Cyprus without a negative test or needing to quarantine," Deputy Tourism Minister Savvas Perdios told the Cyprus News Agency.

Visitors would need to be inoculated with vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency, he said.

Cyprus is a popular destination for Britons - UNIVERSAL IMAGES
Cyprus is a popular destination for Britons - UNIVERSAL IMAGES

The second dose of a vaccine should be administered at the latest seven days before travel.

Authorities would still reserve the right to carry out random tests on arrivals, he added.

However, the date Cyprus has set to open its borders to Britons is still more than two weeks before the earliest people in England will be able to leave the country for holidays.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the earliest Britons could jet away is May 17.

This is dependant on various factors related to the coronavirus pandemic, such as vaccine rollouts and the prevalence of Covid-19 variants.

Cyprus has been in and out of lockdown for about a year, but its coronavirus outbreak has been mild compared to other countries.

By Thursday, it had recorded a total of 36,004 infections and 232 deaths.

Authorities have also introduced widespread testing, with almost everyone obliged to take a test once a week.