Cyprus removes all Covid-related entry requirements

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Cyprus is set to remove all of its Covid-19-related entry restrictions from the start of next month. The popular island, located south of Turkey in the Mediterranean Sea, has become the latest country in the world to announce the lifting of its Covid-19-related entry requirements in a move that should be welcomed by travelers and island businesses. as we head into a busy summer of continental travel.

In announcing the imminent removal of its Covid-19 entry requirements, Cyprus is following in the footsteps of fellow Europeans Belgium and Germany, which made similar announcements to end restrictions over the past week. Here’s a look at how entry requirements are expected to change for the country, as well as a look at Cyprus’ other Covid-19 restrictions that will also be on the way out in the coming days.

Restrictions removed – Information for travelers

Although much smaller than most of its European neighbours, Cyprus generally does well in terms of tourism. Before the pandemic, the country welcomed more than 4 million tourists a year, making it the sixth most visited country per capita of local population in the world. The pandemic has all but brought travel to the country to a halt, with strict entry restrictions making a journey not at all pleasant for travelers – but that may soon change.

Just last night, the Cypriot government announced that the country would remove all its Covid-19 related entry restrictions, much to the delight of the country’s residents and travelers around the world. The removal of the current entry requirements will take effect from June 1 and will make travel to the country the same as before the pandemic.

The new changes mean that from June 1, travelers will no longer be required to present proof of full Covid-19 vaccination, proof of recovery from the virus or a negative test result to enter the country. All travelers will need a passport and a valid visa where applicable – just like travel was done in the good old days. The changes apply to all travelers, regardless of nationality or country of origin. The requirement to complete a passenger locator form was removed in April.

The Cypriot government also made another important announcement on Friday that will affect travelers to the country. From June 1, the wearing of face masks will no longer be mandatory in indoor areas – including airports – building on previous changes that allowed travelers to do without when outdoors. While these are small changes, they make the idea of ​​booking a vacation in the country much more appealing to travellers.

Ancient temple in Cyprus with turquoise blue waters in the background, Mediterranean sea

Travelers will still be required to wear face masks in medical-related places, such as hospitals and clinics, so visitors to the country should make sure to pack a few masks in their luggage just in case. According to Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos, the changes signal a return to normality for the island – a change that several other countries around the world have also pivoted to in recent months.

It’s been a good week for the easing of restrictions around the world, with more and more countries making it easier for travelers to enter. In Europe, countries like Germany, Belgium and Austria have each scrapped their entry requirements, while several other destinations around the world, such as Vietnam and Israel, have also made it easier to visit.

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