Currently, the Mediterranean island is on the UK’s list, which means Brits won’t have to quarantine for 14 days on their return.
However, the air bridge list remains under constant review, and here’s the latest travel advice for Cyprus.
Is Cyprus on the quarantine list?
The Mediterranean island reopened its borders to certain nationalities in June, with British visitors welcome to visit.
However, as of 1 August 2020, the UK was put in Cyprus’ Category B, meaning the tourists are permitted to travel to Cyprus but they need to proved a negative Covid-19 test result on arrival, obtained within 72 hours before travel.
On 31 July 2020, the Republic of Cyprus government announced that test results can be in the form of an email or SMS, but the result itself and/or appointment letter must include the date and time when the test was taken.
Children under 12 years old do not require to be tested in order to travel to Cyprus.
When will UK travel quarantine list be reviewed?
Initially, the Government said travel corridors would be reviewed every three weeks.
However, Downing Street has confirmed reviews will be taking place on a weekly basis, and countries can be removed from the list on short notice.
A spokesperson for Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Reviews now take place every Thursday, with changes being announced by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps on Twitter.
Liechtenstein was the latest countries to be added to the quarantine list, while the Canary Islands, the Maldives, Denmark and Mykonos were removed, meaning that holidaymakers travelling to these destinations will no longer have to self-isolate for two weeks on their return.
What is the Covid-19 situation in Cyprus?
Cyprus is on the UK’s air bridge list, meaning you do not have to quarantine for 14 days upon arriving back home.
Cyprus recorded 1687 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the 14 days leading up to 29 October, according to the European Centre for Prevention Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). A very small number compared to the UK’s 287,631 cases over the same period
However, figures from the PC agency show Cyprus has recorded an average of 111.è cases per 100,000 people over a seven day period as of 29 October – this is is above the benchmark of 20 cases per 100,000 that the UK Government has been using to inform quarantine rules.
This means the islands is at risk of losing its travel corridor with the UK.
How is the quarantine list decided?
Each UK nation sets its own quarantine list – although they have generally been very similar.
The Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBS) – set up by the Government to monitor coronavirus – works with the chief medical officers of each UK nation and advises which countries should be on its list.
The UK considers imposing quarantine on travellers when a country’s infection rate exceeds 20 cases per 100,00, over seven days.
The following additional factors are also considered:
- the estimated proportion of the population that is currently infectious
- trends in the number of cases and deaths
- information on a country’s testing capacity
- how much the virus has spread, including clusters of cases and the level of transmission in the community