Cyprus travel update and latest rules for Spain, Turkey and Greece

Cyprus is set to become the latest European country to remove travel restrictions for tourists next week.

Many nations have eased rules in recent weeks and months, in a bid to boost their economies and get back to a more normal way of life. At the moment, however, the UK is on Cyprus’ red list.

This means British travellers who are not fully vaccinated must take a test before departure to Cyprus. They must also take another test on arrival.

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Travellers must isolate at their accommodation until the result comes back – which is usually within three hours. Children under 12 are exempt from testing requirements.

This is all set to change on April 18, according to Schengen Visa Info. It says the country’s red, green and grey lists will be abolished.

Travellers will also no longer be required to hold a Cyprus Flight Pass. Currently anyone wishing to enter Cyprus must register for a Flight Pass at least 48 hours before setting off on their journey.

From April 18, vaccinated travellers will be able to enter Cyprus without having to take a test. Unvaccinated travellers must take a test before departure, but will not need a subsequent test on arrival.

As of April 11, people will no longer have to wear a face mask in outdoor settings. People will also no longer need to show a Safe Pass (similar to the NHS Covid Pass) when entering shopping malls, museums, public service premises, or open-air markets and festivals. However, it will be needed for people planning to enter restaurants.

Here we take a look at the most up-to-date rules for other countries popular with British tourists.

Spain

If you’re fully vaccinated and travelling from the UK, you can enter Spain without needing to test or quarantine regardless of your reason for travel. You’ll be asked to show proof of vaccination and your most recent dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to arrival.

Children under the age of 12 years old do not need to show proof of being fully vaccinated on entry to Spain. Those who aren’t fully vaccinated can only enter Spain from the UK for tourism purposes if they can provide a medical certificate certifying recovery from Covid-19 in the six moths prior to travel.

The Spanish government has recently retracted earlier changes which had been announced to their coronavirus travel rules. It was reported that Spain had loosened restrictions and was allowing unvaccinated Brits into the country just in time for the Easter holidays.

But now, in a rare reversal, the Spanish tourist board in London has withdrawn the promise of opening up to unvaccinated British visitors. Just hours after issuing the announcement, travellers were told the information provided was incorrect.

The announcement resulted from an error of interpretation of the official state bulletin. Pedro Medina, deputy director of the Spanish tourist office in the UK said: “We apologise unreservedly for the miscommunication earlier today which was due to a misunderstanding of the new entry requirements.”

Greece

Travellers aged five and above can enter Greece by showing proof of full vaccination, recovery from Covid-19, or proof of a negative PCR test taking within the 72 hour period before arrival. Greece has also made pre-holiday admin that little bit easier after it axed passenger locator forms for travellers last month.

Children under five are exempt from these travel measures and will not have to provide a negative test to enter Greece. Children aged 5 and above who have not had the vaccine will be considered unvaccinated, and must follow the same requirements as unvaccinated adults. This means they must be able to show proof of recovery from Covid-19 or provide a negative PCR result on arrival.

Turkey

Fully vaccinated Brits can visit Turkey without needing covid tests or quarantine. Those who are not double-jabbed will need either proof of a negative Covid test, or recovery from Covid in the six months before travel. Your Covid test can be either a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before entry, or a rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours.

Regardless of your vaccine status, all travellers aged six or over need to fill out an online passenger form within 72 hours before travelling to Turkey.

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