Cyprus is the last in the Mediterranean to remove restrictions before the Easter holidays

Cyprus was the last in the Mediterranean to remove restrictions before the Easter holidays

White sandy beaches , clear sea, nature trails, vineyards, vibrant nightlife and world-class archaeological sites — this is all Cyprus, the mythological home of the goddess Aphrodite. This is one of the most popular Mediterranean destinations all year round, but especially — in spring and summer when the temperature rises and the water is comfortable and warm for snorkeling and swimming. 

Like neighboring Greece, Cyprus has had a strict coronavirus policy for two years, both at its borders and within the country. However, it's time to return to normal life, thought the government. One of the first steps was to remove the masks outdoors. Prior to this, masks were required in any public place, even on the beach. Since April 11, this rule has been abolished by the Minister of Health, Michalis Hadjipantel. 

A week later, on April 18, it will no longer be necessary to show vaccination or recovery certificates to enter shops, art galleries and museums. Cinemas and theaters will return to full capacity.

From the same day, unvaccinated tourists coming to Cyprus will not have to take tests upon arrival. 

Cyprus divided the countries into two list: “green” — low risk and red — with a high level of risk. Very few countries are on the green list: in addition to the EU countries, it includes Armenia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar and Colombia. Most are included in red. 

Any unvaccinated foreigner over 12 years of age must have a pre-PCR test 72 hours prior to departure or an antigen test 24 hours prior. Upon arrival, unvaccinated persons aged 12 and over must undergo another test and isolate (approximately three hours) while awaiting results — just this rule will be canceled on April 18. 

Fully vaccinatedAdults aged 18 years and over who have received a booster shot are considered if more than 270 days have passed since their last dose of the main course of vaccination. Persons aged 12 to 17 are considered fully vaccinated if they have had two shots, or one shot for Johnson & Johnson. 

All arrivals must complete a special form today before departure. However, the government has confirmed that this will no longer be required from 18 April. 

From 11 April, masks are required on public transport and indoor areas such as restaurants, supermarkets, bars and museums.

For now, you need to present your vaccination certificate to enter bars, hotels and restaurants, but after Easter they will no longer be required. 

< p>Everyone who is not fully vaccinated is given a laboratory PCR analysis or antigen “freshness” test. no more than 72 and 48 hours respectively. The rules apply to all persons over 12 years of age.

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