Cyprus, dependent on tourism, abolishes virus tests for most travelers

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cypriot authorities on Monday eased travel to the eastern Mediterranean island nation as the summer tourist season kicks off by waiving the need to take any COVID-19 tests before boarding a flight or leaving. the arrival.

Under the new regulations, only unvaccinated people who have not contracted and recovered from the coronavirus should undergo a PCR test 72 hours before boarding or a rapid test 24 hours before departure.

All passengers flying to Cyprus are no longer required to complete a form – also known as a Cyprus flight pass – providing information allowing authorities to trace them if they test positive for COVID-19 during their stay .

Vaccinated and recovered passengers will need a valid health certificate from the European Union. Health certificates from third countries are accepted if they have joined the EU COVID certificate system.

All adults are considered vaccinated for nine months after receiving their second dose or have received a 3rd booster. Individuals are designated as recently recovered from COVID-19 seven days after testing positive and for six months thereafter.

Tourism directly accounts for 13% of the island nation’s economy and authorities are keen to attract new markets to offset the significant loss of Russian and Ukrainian tourists following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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