British holidaymakers arriving in Cyprus will have to go into quarantine for at least seven days from today. They will also have to take multiple Covid tests, making holidays on the island an unrealistic option for most people.
Cyprus said even though all UK arrivals are required to present a negative Covid test taken no more than 72 hours they will still have to take a test when they arrive and even if this is negative they have to go into quarantine in authority-approved facilities for seven days.
They will have to take a third test after seven days and if this is negative they can move to private accommodation where they will have to isolate for a further three days.
Transportation and hotel costs will be paid for by the Republic of Cyprus.
Most holidaymakers won’t want to travel to quarantine in Cyprus but airlines are unlikely to offer refunds although they might allow free changes. EasyJet said customers whose destinations have introduced new quarantines can change their flights free of charge as long as they contact it within seven days of the restrictions being introduced.
Cyprus is the latest country to announce new travel restrictions for British tourists following the announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson that a new more contagious strain of coronavirus has been found in the UK. Mauritius has also announced this evening that UK arrivals will be banned.