Initially, the only exception to the new amber list rules was France, after it was announced that quarantine rules would be maintained there due to concerns about the spread of the Beta variant, which was first identified in South Africa. UK Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps made the announcement on Thursday as health authorities updated the traffic light safe travel list, to the delight of Cypriot tourism stakeholders. The amber category means that all travellers must undergo a pre-departure test three days before returning, as well as a PCR test on or before the second day of their return. Northern Cyprus is on the amber list if you arrive and depart via southern Cyprus, while if your flight is via Turkey you will be considered to have travelled via Turkey, which is on the red list.
Download the app on your phone to keep up to date with all the latest developments with reliable information from the Phileleftheros Media Group. Stakeholders affected by the coronavirus welcomed the UK's move, which, along with the decision to allow fully vaccinated Britons unrestricted travel to amber-listed countries, means Cyprus will welcome more British tourists. The weekly Financial Mirror was established in 1993 and is the leading source of news and analysis on the Cypriot economy. Fully vaccinated people can now travel to amber list countries without having to go through quarantine on their return.
The Spanish Balearic Islands have been placed on the amber list, whereas previously they were on the green list. Under new travel guidelines from 19 July, British tourists returning from amber list countries will no longer have to be quarantined for ten days or undergo two PCR tests once home. Children under the age of 18 can enter Northern Cyprus with a fully vaccinated parent by presenting a negative PCR test on arrival, without the need to undergo quarantine. The Cyprus Hotel Association welcomed the news as one less obstacle in the way of British tourists, the island's biggest market.
The UK has kept Cyprus on its amber travel list, allowing fully vaccinated Britons to fly to the island for a summer getaway without having to go through quarantine on their return, reviving hopes of salvaging a summer blighted by the coronavirus. Although the change in status was expected for Cyprus, given the high incidence of cases on the island, the decision has ended any hope of an influx of British tourists at the end of the summer season.