As of Friday, visitors visiting Cyprus will no longer need proof of a valid COVID-19 vaccine or an official recovery certificate, the Cypriot administration stated. They will also not need to present a negative report.
As of June 1, all interior spaces in Cyprus save hospitals, nursing homes, as well as other indoor medical institutions will be exempt from the necessity to wear a face mask.
Yiannis Karousos, the Travel Minister, said the lifting of COVID-19 screening procedures at airports indicates that the tourism-dependent island country is ready to return to normalcy.
Tourism accounts for more than 10% of the island’s gross domestic GDP. Despite the loss of a significant number of vacationers from Ukraine and Russia due to the conflict in Ukraine, authorities are optimistic that a post-pandemic urge for travel will dramatically increase visits to Cyprus.
It is estimated that the number of visitors to Cyprus in May will be even more than three-fourths of the number that arrived in the same month last year, which was a record year for visitors.