The deputy Tourism Minister of Cyprus, Savvas Perdios, recently announced that the island will allow British tourists to enjoy a quarantine-free holiday in Cyprus from 1st May, as long as they can provide evidence of a Covid-19 vaccination.

At present, it remains unclear how travellers will be expected to provide proof of a vaccination and this is something we’re hoping to provide further clarification on in the coming weeks.

While this is great news for those looking to book a holiday somewhere sunny, we must remember that the UK remains under a travel ban, which is unlikely to be lifted before 17th May. Therefore, anyone who travels while the government continues to advise against travel risks invalidating their travel insurance policy, should they not have a legally permitted reason for doing so.

It’s also more important now than ever that anyone visiting another country for a holiday ensures they have the right documentation to visit. Documentation or entry requirements may differ slightly from destination to destination, but it essential that anyone visiting a country in the European Union (EU) has:

  • an in-date EHIC or GHIC
  • the relevant Covid-19 documentation (such as proof of a vaccine or negative Covid-19 test taken before departure)
  • the right VISA (if necessary)
  • a valid travel insurance policy.

Travellers must be aware that if a country requires visitors to arrive with proof of a Covid-19 vaccine or any other documentation, then it is essential to comply with the entry requirements. The reason we say this is because, in most cases, travellers won’t be able to claim for lost costs through their travel insurer should they not be allowed to enter a country.

We would always recommend checking the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s advice to double-check exactly what documentation is required for your destination before you travel.