Britons hoping for a sunny holiday in Cyprus this year may be left disappointed after the nation decided to ban UK tourists. Cyprus, who have had a relatively low coronavirus case rate of just 927, have stated that the UK’s high death toll and infection rate means that they will not be able to visit the country as quickly as other nations. The country is set to open next month to tourists but Britons will not be allowed in.
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The nation’s Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos said to begin with 19 countries will be allowed to enter Cyprus from June 9 which includes Greece.
The countries on the list for the first phase have some of the lowest coronavirus case and death rates.
The countries who will be allowed to fly into Cyprus from June 9 include Greece, Malta, Bulgaria, Norway, Austria, Finland, Slovenia, Hungary, Israel, Denmark, Germany, Slovakia and Lithuania.
A second phase of countries will then be allowed to enter from June 20.
These nations include Switzerland, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Estonia and the Czech Republic.
Visitors wishing to enter the country from June 9 will have to test negative for a coronavirus test three days before their flight.
But people arriving from June 20 from those first 13 countries will not have to be tested for the coronavirus.
The news has left Britons raging, with many expressing their fury on Twitter.
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One user said: “As long as it works both ways.”
Another said: “But I thought Europe was the land of free movement?”
Another Twitter user said: “Bye bye economy and jobs.”
However, some users agreed with the stringent new measures.
One user said: They don’t want us to bring our poorly managed pandemic with us.”
Another said: “I’d ban us as well. Absolute s**t show the UK.” (sic)
But it’s not all bad news for the UK, according to Mr Karaousos.
The Transport Minister in Cyprus revealed that the list will be updated by the Health Ministry regularly in the future.
From June 8, the UK will be quarantining anyone who arrives in the UK from abroad for 14 days.
The new rules are set to be reviewed every three weeks, according to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel.
She also said today that anyone caught breaking the rules will receive a fine of up to £1,000.
Anyone who refuses to follow the new mandatory rules can be refused entry to the UK by Border Force.
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