Cyprus has put the UK on its “red list” for travel as a result of a rise of Covid-19 infection rates.

While British travellers can still enter Cyprus, those who cannot prove they have received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, must arrive with a PCR test within 72 hours prior to departure and provide proof of a negative result, however, children aged 12 and under are exempt from this rule

UK travellers must also undergo another PCR test upon arrival to Cyprus at either Larnaca or Paphos airports, and remain in self-isolation until they receive a negative test result. Test results should be available within three hours of being taken via an online platform that can be found here.

Results from the initial PCR test taken up to 72 hours before travel can be presented in the form of an email or text message. However, the result must include the date and time that the test was taken.

It is, however, unclear what evidence holidaymakers who have received both Covid-19 vaccines need to provide to prove they are fully vaccinated. While passengers should be able to show their vaccine card and vaccine status via the official NHS app, we would recommend confirming the exact requirements with the tour operator or airline ahead of departure.

It is also worth being aware that some travel insurance providers are now offering cover in the event that you come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 – regardless of whether the person who tested positive is a household member or not. This cover is not standard in most travel insurance policies so anyone who would like this cover will need to shop around, check the policy wordings, and if in doubt, contact the insurer directly.