Cyprus is the latest EU state to open its borders, from mid May
In an effort to kickstart its travel economy, which makes up a sizeable contribution to its economy (around 13%), the Mediterranean country of Cyprus is the latest to welcome vaccinated travelers to its shores–it will open to 65 countries, including the U.S. and U.K., from May 10 onwards.
From this date onwards, people who have proof of vaccination can enter without needing to test for Covid-19, as reported by The Telegraph.
Deputy Minister for Tourism Savvas Perdios told Reuters that “I think it’s a fantastic initiative and I think it’s very very important for people to know, that irrespective of [country risk] categorisation, if someone is fully vaccinated they no longer require tests to come to Cyprus.”
Perdios told the Cyprus News Agency that countries included are Armenia, Bahrain, Canada, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, the U.S. and Switzerland, as reported by France24.
The country is hoping the policy will help encourage people back to Cyprus (2020 earnings from tourism are down 85% from 2019 figures). However, it is worth bearing in mind that Cyprus is suffering from high infection rates of Covid-19 at the moment–it is currently in a two-week “short sharp lockdown” to stem the rising spread (from April 26 to 9 May) with all non-essential businesses closed and a curfew running from 9pm to 5am…