Cyprus is due to scrap travel restrictions after the Easter holidays as it becomes the latest tourist destination to reassess strict entry requirements. As the holiday season kicks off with a surge of sun-seekers eager to get away, many overseas countries are easing rules to help revive their post-pandemic economies.
Currently, the UK is redlisted for Cyprus, where it has been since July 2021. Being redlisted means that unvaccinated travelers planning to visit Cyprus must take a PCR test within 72 hours before departure and provide proof of a negative result. They must then undergo another PCR test upon arrival in Cyprus and remain in isolation until the result comes back – which is usually within three hours. Children under 12 are exempt from testing requirements.
But that will change from April 18, according to Schengen Visa Info. It says the country’s Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works is scrapping the red, green and gray lists used to categorize other nations, and travelers will also no longer be required to hold a CyprusFlightPass.
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Currently all incoming passengers must apply for a CyprusFlightPasswithin 48 hours before the start of the journey to the Republic of Cyprus (either by direct flight or via intermediate countries).
From April 18, anyone fully vaccinated will be allowed to enter the country without being required to take a Covid-19 test. At the same time, unvaccinated travelers will only be required to present a negative Covid-19 rapid antigen test result, less than 24 hours old, or a PCR test result, less than 72 hours old. Children under the age of 12 will be exempt from any control.
Also, from April 11, it will no longer be mandatory to wear a face mask outside. And people won’t need to show a SafePass (Covid vaccination passport) or CyprusFlightPass when visiting shopping malls, museums, public service premises, open-air markets and festivals. However, it will still be required to enter restaurants.
Fully vaccinated travelers from the UK can enter Greece by providing a valid vaccination certificate, recent Covid recovery certificate or by providing a negative test result. A PCR taken within 72 hours or a lateral flow within 24 hours will be accepted.
To be considered fully vaccinated in Greece, you must have received your second dose of the regular vaccine at least 14 days and no more than nine months before your trip. If it has been more than nine months since your last regular dose, you will need a booster shot.
Spain including the Balearics and the Canary Islands
Fully vaccinated people can enter Spain without the need to quarantine. You will need to show proof of vaccination on arrival and you must have received your last regular dose of Covid vaccine at least 14 days before travel.
However, if you received your last dose of regular vaccine more than 270 days before traveling to Spain, you will need to have received a booster shot to be considered fully vaccinated. You do not need to wait 14 days after receiving your reminder to travel to Spain.
Children under 12 are exempt from Spanish testing and vaccination requirements. People between the ages of 12 and 17 can enter Spain if they have proof of a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of their arrival in the country.
People who are not fully vaccinated but have recovered from Covid within the last six months can enter Spain for tourist purposes. A medical certificate or recovery file will be required as proof by the Spanish border authorities.
Unvaccinated people cannot enter Spain for tourist purposes, despite recent confusion on this point. Spanish authorities have clarified that UK travelers – with the exception of children aged 12 to 17 – must show proof of full vaccination or recent recovery.
This means that unvaccinated Britons will need to show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel, or a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours of travel. All travelers arriving by air – including children – will be required to complete a pre-travel form and obtain a QR code to present at border control.
This new legislation applies to British travelers aged 12 and over before arrival in all of Spain, including the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands.
If you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Turkey without having to go into quarantine. You will need to wait at least 14 days after your second dose of vaccine to travel and you will need to present proof of full vaccination upon arrival in Turkey.
People who are not fully vaccinated will need a negative PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours before entry, a side stream taken no more than 24 hours before, or proof of recent recovery from the coronavirus to enter Turkey.
If you are not fully vaccinated but have recovered from Covid within the last six months, you can travel to Turkey. Turkish border authorities will ask you to present proof of a positive PCR test taken more than 14 days ago and not more than six months ago.
Children under 11 are exempt from testing and vaccination requirements in Turkey.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Many people may wish to travel abroad for the Eid holiday at the end of Ramadan, with Dubai being a popular destination. Although Eid ul Fitr is not a public holiday in the UK, it is in Islamic countries and many British Muslims will book to go there as part of the Eid festivities.
Fully vaccinated people do not need to take a pre-departure test before traveling to Dubai. People with a reinstatement certificate dated less than 30 days before departure, those under 12 years old and people with severe disabilities can also enter Dubai without prior testing.
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