Cyprus will ban British tourists from entering the country when it reopens on June 9, amid concerns over coronavirus deaths in the UK
- Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos said the airports would reopen on June 9th
- Due to the gradual reopening, passengers can initially fly from around 20 countries
- British tourists make up a third of the arrivals, but are not on the top lists
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Cyprus will reopen its airports for commercial flights, but British tourists will be banned from entering.
Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos said the airports would reopen to commercial flights after nearly three months of closings starting June 9.
The gradual reopening will allow passengers to fly to the small EU country from around 20 countries.
Britain and Russia are the two largest tourism markets on the island, but neither are on the top lists because the corona virus is not sufficiently contained in these countries.
The gradual reopening will allow passengers to fly to the small EU country from around 20 countries
British tourists make up a third of all arrivals in Cyprus.
A second phase of easing restrictions will begin on June 20, the minister said after a cabinet meeting in which the measures were agreed.
In the first phase, visitors must test a coronavirus negative with a certificate of evidence within 72 hours of their arrival in Cyprus.
Cyprus residents can take the test when they arrive in Cyprus and must isolate themselves until the result is known.
Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos said the airports would reopen to commercial flights after nearly three months of closings starting June 9
As of June 20, people from Category A countries – a list of 13 nations, including Greece, Germany, and Malta – will not be required to produce a health certificate showing that they are not infected.
For tourists from Category B countries, a certificate to prove a negative coronavirus test is still required.
Category B is a list of six nations, including Switzerland and Poland.
Karousos said that commercial flights from countries that are not on the lists are not allowed, unless they are return flights for Cypriot residents who are returning home during this early period.
Cyprus imposed a commercial flight ban on 21 March as part of its blocking measures, which – in addition to a rigorous testing phase – have recently seen new cases falling into the low single-digit range every day.
Cyprus imposed a commercial flight ban on March 21 as part of its blocking measures
Other countries in the first phase are Bulgaria, Norway, Austria, Finland, Slovenia, Hungary, Israel, Denmark, Slovakia and Lithuania.
The other category B countries are Romania, Croatia, Estonia and the Czech Republic.
Tourism contributes around 15 percent to Cyprus' GDP and recorded a record 3.97 million tourists last year.
Cyprus residents can take the test when they arrive in Cyprus and must isolate themselves until the result is known
The authorities assume that arrivals will decrease by 70 percent in 2020.
Greece announced on Wednesday that the tourism industry would reopen in June and international flights could fly to the country's major tourist attractions.
The list of allowed countries will be released in late May, but Greek officials have warned that British tourists are unlikely to be welcomed.
British corona virus records are currently not good enough for British people to visit, Greek Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis told ITV News.