Cyprus to lift COVID-19 travel conditions from 18 April

Cyprus will lift COVID-19 conditions for travel to the island from April 18, authorities said on Thursday, ending two years of rules imposed by the pandemic.

The island said it was scrapping a colour-coded assessment of other countries based on epidemiological risk, an inbound flight permission to travel and PCR or rapid lateral flow tests for those who were fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

People who have not been vaccinated, or not completed their booster shots would still need a PCR test or a lateral flow test, the transport ministry said in a statement.

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The health ministry announced a slew of changes to the Covid-19 restrictions, ranging from the end of outdoor mask mandates from April 11 to a SafePass no longer being required in most work settings.

In his statements, Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas said that: “Today’s announcement of relaxing the measures must not be misinterpreted, Covid-19 is still here… Experts insist that Covid-19 is not a simple cold.”

Source: Reuters / Cyprus-mail