Cyprus is a popular holiday destination for Brits and is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel from the UK. Around one million British nationals visit Cyprus every year, flocking to the sunny island each year for a summer getaway. But this year, holidays have been put at risk thanks to a shocking update from travel firm Jet2.
Have Jet2 cancelled flights to Cyprus?
Jet2 has cancelled all holidays and flights to Cyprus, even though the FCO advice approves of Brits going to the island.
The decision to cancel all flights and holidays to Cyprus until August 17 comes as new travel restrictions have been announced in Cyprus.
At present, tourists arrivals from the UK are not permitted to enter Cyprus because they are not listed in the island’s safe categories A or B.
If you have been in the UK in the last two weeks, even via a third country, you won’t be allowed to go to Cyprus (unless you are a legal resident of Cyprus or hold a Cypriot ID).
If you are a Brit who has been in another safe country for the last two weeks, you will be allowed to enter.
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However, from August 1 the Republic of Cyprus government will move the UK to Category B.
This means Brits WILL be allowed to visit Cyprus from the UK, but will need to follow strict requirements.
If you choose to visit Cyprus you’ll need to provide a negative coronavirus test on arrival, obtained within 72 hours before travel.
The results can be in the form of an email or text, but must include the date and time when the test was taken. It must also state the type of test, which should be PCR.
All holidaymakers must also complete a Cyprus Flight Pass before setting off, and you must present this prior to boarding and on arrival at immigration.
These strict entry requirements have caused Jet2 to cancel all flights to the island.
Jet2 has said all holidays to Cyprus have been suspended until August 17.
A spokesperson for the tour operator said: “Because of prohibitive entry restrictions into Cyprus, we have no choice but to suspend flights and holidays to Larnaca and Paphos up to and including August 16.
“We continue to urge the Cypriot authorities to review the entry criteria in line with other destinations, so that our customers can enjoy their well-deserved holidays.”
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So what do you do if your flight has been cancelled?
A spokesman said: “Where customers are affected by any programme changes, we have been repeatedly recognised for how we have been looking after customers, offering the option to rebook with no admin fee, a Refund Credit Note or a full cash refund, and we will be contacting customers to discuss these options.
“For customers who are due to travel to Cyprus from August 17 onwards, we are continuing to liaise with the authorities in Cyprus and we will provide further updates in due course.
“We would like to thank our customers for their understanding and patience.”
Many Jet2 customers have slammed this decision, since lots of passengers had already paid for their coronavirus tests.
These tests can cost up to £200, since NHS tests aren’t available for international travel and don’t offer the full details required.
The FCO advice has been updated, detailing everything you need to know about Cyprus’ restrictions.
Those who have booked a flight to Cyprus or are eager to go can stay updated here.
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