Cyprus will reopen for international tourism on Tuesday, with airports welcoming visitors following the easing of measures imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to an announcement by the airports’ authority, five flights are due to arrive at and depart from Larnaca airport.
The first plane will take off from Larnaca airport on Tuesday morning for Athens. At around noon, an Aegean flight will land from the Greek capital. On the same day other flights are scheduled from and to Tel Aviv and Sofia.
Travellers will need to follow all self protection measures and show proof of a negative COVID-19 test undertaken within 72 hours of travel.
According to estimations, about 600,000 visitors are expected in Cyprus in August.
Last week the Cyprus government vowed to cover all costs for any individual that tests positive for COVID-19 while holidaying on the island, in a bid to attract tourism.
Cyprus took measures early to prevent the spread of coronavirus, shutting its borders to all except Cypriots, European workers and those with special permits, then extended the shutdown to all air links. These were followed by a stay-at-home order that only allowed once-daily outings for limited reasons, including essential shopping and visiting doctors, and a night-time curfew.
At the time of writing, Cyprus has reported 960 covid-19 infections and 18 deaths.