PTI | | Posted by Krishna Priya PallaviCyprus
On Monday, Cyprus officials eased travel to the eastern Mediterranean island nation as the summer tourist season begins, rescinding the need to undergo any COVID-19 testing before boarding a flight or on arrival.
Under the new regulations, only unvaccinated people who have not contracted and recovered from the coronavirus must undergo a PCR test 72 hours before departure or a rapid test 24 hours before departure.
All passengers bound for Cyprus are no longer required to fill out a form – also known as a Cyprus Flight Pass – providing information that allows authorities to track them if they test positive for COVID-19 during their stay. (Read too: US airlines, public transit passengers can travel without a mask despite Omicron)
Vaccinated and recovered passengers will need a valid health certificate from the European Union. Third country health certificates are accepted if they join the EU’s COVID certificate system.
All adults are considered vaccinated for nine months after receiving their second dose or having received a 3rd booster dose.
Individuals are designated as newly 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 officials are eager to attract new markets to compensate for the significant loss of Russian and Ukrainian tourists following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
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