News Local UK in Category B from August 1

UK in Category B from August 1

Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said on Friday that based on the current epidemiological situation, the UK will be incorporated in Category B of travellers to Cyprus as of August 1, given that its positive epidemiological situation is maintained.

Speaking to journalists during a joint press conference with Deputy Tourism Minister Savvas Perdios following a morning meeting with the team of experts at the Presidential Palace, the Health Minister also said that Russia will remain in Category C.

He added that all health protocols will be reviewed and recommendations will be submitted by this coming Wednesday by experts for their amendment as needed.

Ioannou also mentioned that Dr Leontios Kostrikis recommended a method for testing at the airports already being followed by some other countries to increase testing capability five-fold without additional cost.

He noted that they would talk with the labs to make it happen without extra cost, by grouping samples together, adding that by using this method 1500 tests could be carried out every day. If the test is positive, then individual tests would be conducted.

Deputy Minister of Tourism Savvas Perdios said that “as of August 1 all countries in Category B, including the UK, will have to take the Coronavirus test in their country in advance, which means that in Cyprus no tests will be done to visitors from Category B countries. Any samples taken in Cyprus will be for random testing.”

The Health Minister clarified that Category B passengers will be able to take the Covid test at Cyprus’ airports only if they are Cypriot citizens or permanent residents.

Asked if the responsibility for checking if the passengers have a negative Covid test certificate lies with the airlines, Ioannou said that the certificate is submitted with the application via Cyprus Flight Pass and that airlines also check this before disembarkation.

Asked about the situation in the occupied areas of Cyprus, Ioannou said it was also discussed during the meeting. He went on to say that Turkey was not included in the 15 countries approved by the EU for tourist travel, so nothing would change as regards the crossing points.

Responding to a question, Tourism Minister Savvas Perdios said that there is interest from tourists from the UK who want to visit Cyprus.

He also noted that people from Israel and Russia visit Cyprus throughout the whole year, so when their epidemiological profiles improve there will be prospects for tourists from these countries to visit Cyprus.

Epidemiologist George Nikolopoulos said that Cyprus’ epidemiological profile is at a very good level.

Referring to the UK he said that its profile is good and therefore it could be included in category B as of August 1.

On his part, Professor of Microbiology Petros Karayiannis said that President Anastasiades was concerned about the opening of the UK market and after their discussion and the presentation of the country’s profile the decision was taken for August 1.

(in-cyprus, CNA)

Previous articleWAGAMAMA
Next articleKypros the Psaras

Top Stories

SALA contract for Zakaki area’s new pumping station signed

The signing of an ambitious Sewerage Board of Limassol (SALA) contract which includes the construction of the new pumping station at the coastal city's...

Woman run down on pedestrian crossing, in serious condition

A 23-year-old woman is in serious condition in Nicosia General Hospital after she was run down by a car on a pedestrian’s crossing in...

Mask or noodle soup?

Japanese designer Takahiro Shibata wears a protective mask that looks like a steaming bowl of ramen noodle soup in Yokohama, Japan September 23, 2020.

Down but not out, Haftar still looms over Libya peace process

His assault on Libya's capital has collapsed. Foreign powers have tried to sideline him. But military commander Khalifa Haftar still sits astride oil terminals,...

Out of 592 inspections island-wide, 15 fines handed out

Police conducted 592 inspection all across Cyprus over the past 24 hours and booked six establishments and nine individuals for violation of measures to...



Sheftalies, a very tasty dish from the charcoal grill, are minced meat shaped into small sausages and wrapped in “panna” (suet). Panna is a...

Spicy grilled soutzoukakia

Place all ingredients for soutzoukakia in a bowl and mix well, preferably using a food processor, until well combined. Using the mixture, form cigar-shaped...


Pork souvlaki: Put the meat and all the other ingredients in a bowl (not metal) and mix well. Cover the bowl and keep in...

Pastelli (Carob Toffee)

The nutritional sweet of Pastelli is made with the syrup of carob pods, produced by boiling their pulp until it forms a thick, sticky...