Jet2 flights and holidays have been cancelled until August 17. All trips to Larnaca and Paphos are now suspended until this date. New coronavirus travel restrictions which come into force next month sparked the move from the popular holiday company.
Cyprus – although exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel – has said the UK will move to Category B from August which sees tourists needing to follow strict entry requirements if they wish to travel to the island.
Holidaymakers heading to Cyprus will need to provide a negative PCR test on arrival, obtained within 72 hours before travel, from August 1.
All travellers to Cyprus must also complete a Cyprus Flight Pass.
A Jet2 spokesperson said: “Because of prohibitive entry restrictions into Cyprus, we have no choice but to suspend flights and holidays to Larnaca and Paphos up to and including August 16.
“We continue to urge the Cypriot authorities to review the entry criteria in line with other destinations, so that our customers can enjoy their well-deserved holidays.
“Where customers are affected by any programme changes, we have been repeatedly recognised for how we have been looking after customers, offering the option to rebook with no admin fee, a Refund Credit Note or a full cash refund, and we will be contacting customers to discuss these options.
“For customers who are due to travel to Cyprus from August 17 onwards, we are continuing to liaise with the authorities in Cyprus and we will provide further updates in due course.
“We would like to thank our customers for their understanding and patience.“
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) updated its travel advice to the island yesterday with a full description of the new rules.
“Until August 1, passengers who have been in the UK, or any other destination not listed in categories A or B in the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter Cyprus, even via a third country (e.g. Greece), until further notice,” detailed the FCO.
“The exception to this is legal residents of Cyprus and Cypriot ID holders who are permitted to enter Cyprus on presentation of proof of residence or Cypriot nationality and a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. People in this category are also required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.
“If you’re a British national travelling from a category A country and have not been in the UK (or any other Category C country in the last 14 days) you will be allowed to enter Cyprus.
“If you are a British national travelling from a Category B country, and have not been in the UK (or any other Category C country) in the last 14 days, you will also be allowed to enter Cyprus with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result (taken in the previous 72 hours). Further information is available at the Republic of Cyprus Information Office.
“From 1 August, the Republic of Cyprus government have stated that the UK will move to Category B. This means that tourists will be permitted to travel to Cyprus, but they will need to provide a negative PCR test on arrival, obtained within 72 hours before travel.
“The Cyprus Ministry of Health have advised that COVID-test results can be in the form of an email or SMS, but must:
– include the date and time when the test was taken
– state the type of test, which should be PCR.
“All travellers to Cyprus must complete a Cyprus Flight Pass before travelling, available on the Cyprus Flight Pass website.
“You will be responsible for ensuring your PCR test result is uploaded to Cyprus Flight Pass within 24 hours of your departure. You will be asked to present this prior to boarding and on arrival at immigration.
The FCO continued: “You should continue to track developments through the Republic of Cyprus Information Office.
“The authorities in the north of Cyprus are permitting entry to UK nationals who can present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result (taken in the previous 72 hours) and go into quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.
“If you are travelling from the UK or a list of other countries available from the authorities in the north of Cyprus, you will be required to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test result (not older than five days) on arrival. A second COVID-19 PCR test will be carried out at the airport, followed by seven days quarantine at your own expense.
“A third COVID-19 PCR test after seven days, if negative, will allow for release from the quarantine facility.”
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