Cyprus updates countries from where travelers can enter

Cyprus has updated its lists of countries from where travelers can enter the eastern Mediterranean island by adding a total of 13 countries to its existing two groups, a Health Ministry statement said.

It said that four countries — Australia, South Korea, Lichtenstein and Iceland — were added to Group A of “low risk” countries from where people can enter Cyprus as of Saturday without presenting a certificate for coronavirus clearance.

The other 18 countries in the group are Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Nine countries — Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, Jordan, the Netherlands, Spain, and United Arab Emirates — were added to Group B, alongside Israel, Poland and Romania. Travelers from these 12 “potentially low-risk countries but with greater doubt compared to Group A” are required to present a certificate for negative coronavirus test upon entry.

The Health Ministry statement said about 300 travelers will be randomly tested each day, for the purpose of ensuring public health and obtaining an epidemiological picture of travelers.

The Transport Ministry said the lists will be updated each Friday and will take effect as of Monday.

Regular flights to and from Cyprus resumed on June 9. The Transport Ministry said it expected flights to go up to 500 per week by the middle of July when tourists are expected to begin arriving in a large number in the island.