Cyprus eased restrictions on international air travel, imposed almost three months ago against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, but temporarily refused to accept tourists from Russia and the UK due to the high level of infection. This was stated by the Minister of Transport, Communications and Public Works Yannis Karusos, reports AFP.
According to the agency, the initial list of 19 European countries whose citizens will be allowed to enter the island included, in particular, Greece, Malta, Bulgaria, Norway, Austria, Finland, Slovenia, Hungary, Israel, Denmark, Germany, Slovakia and Lithuania .
At the same time, on the first stage of relief, from June 9, all tourists will be required to take the COVID-19 test 72 hours before arrival. After June 20, with the beginning of the second stage of lifting restrictions, the requirement will remain only for tourists from Switzerland, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Estonia and the Czech Republic.
According to the latest data, 923 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Cyprus. At the same time 561 patients were discharged from hospitals, 17 carriers of infection died. The authorities extended the ban on commercial flights to and from the country until the end of May; only cargo, export and some humanitarian flights were exempted from it.
On May 20, another country made a similar statement. The head of the Ministry of Health of Turkey Fahrettin Koja said that in June the republic does not plan to accept tourists from Russia and other “risk countries” and will open in stages for a number of states. In general, it is estimated that the number of foreigners will not exceed 20 percent of the total number of holidaymakers in Turkey.