Cyprus almost Covid 19 free
- NOW OPEN to Visitors
As we enter phase 3 of lockdown restrictions being lifted, Cyprus will soon be open to visitors once more, so your summer holiday can still take place!
Airports reopen from June 9th for selected countries during Phase 3 of relaxed restrictions post-lockdown
In my previous Covid-19 April update I told you how our lovely island has done an excellent job at containing Coronavirus in Cyprus.
After closing our borders on March 21st and implementing a comprehensive track and trace programme together with a very strict lockdown, new cases have been in single digits since the end of April and deaths are just 17. As a result, we can now move to phase 3 of the lockdown exit plan and our airports at Paphos and Larnaca will re-open on June 9th to slowly welcome visitors back to our sunshine island.
Polis Chrysochous Bay
Surreal kayak alone on the water after lockdown
Most shops have already re-opened and restaurants/pubs/bars have been able to serve customers outdoors since May 21st. We are free to go out now without needing SMS permission and can gather with friends in groups no bigger than 10, while maintaining suitable social distancing of course. We've also been able to get a hair-cut! And best of all, we've been able to get back in and on the water - so different with no tourists around!
Strict health and safety protocols are in place covering all re-opened businesses with masks compulsory for staff and relevant social distancing rules in place.
Our airports re-open on June 9th, but in reality, it will be June 20th before many airlines return as visitors can only enter between June 9th-20th if they have a negative Covid-19 test certificate.
As our airports re-open in June, there will be two categories of countries allowed to fly here. Category A countries will have zero travel restrictions from June 20th whereas those in Category B will still require a negative test for Covid-19. If necessary, the test can be taken on arrival in Cyprus at a cost of around €60.
Currently category A countries are:
Germany,Slovenia and Lithuania.
Category B Countries are:
Switzerland,Czech Republic,Poland,Romania,Croatia and Estonia.The UK and Russia, the biggest markets for Cyprus, are NOT on the list currently. This has resulted in many hotels deciding to stay CLOSED for the time being, especially in Paphos, which has a high proportion of UK visitors to all-inclusive hotels.
It is expected that Cyprus WILL start accepting tourists from the UK and Russia plus other countries like Sweden during July. Some airlines are already offering flights from the UK for July, but this will only happen if the relevant epidemiological data allows it.
While many people may be wary of travelling while Covid-19 is still in circulation, visitors to Cyprus can be confident that they will be safe in Cyprus. Aside from the relevant health and safety protocols that will be in place in hotels and holiday accommodation, visitors will be tested for Covid-19 on a random basis to minimise any possible spread of the virus.
If someone becomes ill with Coronavirus in Cyprus while on holiday, they will be transferred to a designated quarantine hotel along with their family, all paid for by the Cyprus government.
Chill out in Paradise
Paradisos Hills in Lysos
Some travellers may already have a trip booked to Cyprus, while others may have purchased one of the many ultra cheap summer flights offered by the likes of Ryanair and Easyjet to kick-start flight travel once more.
If you have taken one of the cheap flight offers but are not sure where to stay or whether hotels will even be open, one hotel I KNOW is already open is the delightful Paradisos Hills in Lysos.
We know the family well as we work with them and times are tough for this small family-run hotel. We have had virtually NO Covid-19 cases on the Polis side of the island, so you can be sure of being totally safe here and especially in Lysos village.
Another good alternative is Droushia Heights in our local village wirh stunning views across Chrysochous Bay.
Please support our smaller family-run hotels like the Paradisos hotel in tranquil Lysos if looking for a quiet safe place to spend your holiday in Cyprus. They have no other form of income unlike some of the bigger hotel chains in Paphos and really need your support.
We hope to welcome you back to beautiful Cyprus very soon and, if you live in the UK, as soon we re-open to British visitors, I will let you know.