Jet2 will resume flights and holidays to Cyprus from eight UK airports next week.
The firm announced it will take UK holidaymakers to the eastern Mediterranean country again from August 17.
On July 30 the firm said it had ‘no choice’ other than to cancel trips to the island due to its ‘prohibitive entry restrictions’ after it was due to restart flights on August 1.
Cyprus requires arriving visitors to provide evidence of a negative Covid-19 taken within 72 hours of travel – even though people arriving in the UK from the island are exempt from the Government’s 14-day quarantine policy.
Jet2 will resume flights and holidays to Cyprus from eight UK airports next week (file image)
Anyone looking to travel must obtain a coronavirus test themselves – although children under 12 are exempt – and results must be dated and timestamped.
WHAT AIRPORTS CAN JET2 HOLIDAYMAKERS FLY TO CYPRUS FROM?
From August 17, flights to Larnaca and Paphos will start departing again from:
Britons wishing to travel to the north of the country must have negative coronavirus test results from between three and five days before their flight to show authorities.
They will then be tested again at the airport before quarantining for seven days. After those seven days are up, a third Covid-19 test will be carried out and, if it is negative, visitors will be allowed to leave a quarantine facility.
Jet2 has reported increased demand for trips to Cyprus in recent weeks.
Jet2.com chief executive Steve Heapy said: ‘We are delighted to be recommencing our flights and holidays programme to Cyprus from August 17 and looking at the demand it’s very clear just how much our customers are looking forward to their well-deserved holidays in the Cypriot sunshine.
‘With a great choice of flights and holidays to Cyprus from eight UK bases, not to mention fantastic deals and free child places available, there’s plenty of choice and value for those looking to get away for a much-needed break in the sunshine this summer.
‘These have been incredibly uncertain and difficult times for everyone, and we have been busy looking after our customers and doing the right thing for them.
‘As a result of this, customers know they can trust us to deliver and that’s our absolute focus for anyone travelling with us – delivering award-winning customer service and package holidays you can trust.’
Locals and few tourists enjoy the sea at Fig Tree Bay in the southeastern coastal resort of Protaras, Cyprus, on Saturday
Tui, the UK’s largest tour operator, has cancelled holidays to Cyprus for UK customers up to and including Friday.
Cyprus may be even more appealing to lockdown-weary holidaymakers looking for a sunny escape than usual as fears that France will be added to the UK’s quarantined travel list within days continue to grow.
The move would leave thousands of Brits facing weeks in isolation upon their return.
Ministers are believed to be planning new measures for a swathe of countries that also includes Switzerland, Poland and the Netherlands amid a surge in European coronavirus cases.
They could join Spain and its islands on the list of countries where returnees will face 14 days of self-isolation, possibly putting their jobs at risk.
It came as Boris Johnson warned that ministers will ‘not hesitate’ to impose a quarantine system for travellers from other countries to the UK if needed.
Speaking on a visit to a school in Upminster, Essex, he said: ‘I don’t want to advise people about their individual holidays, individual decisions, they should look at the travel advice from the Foreign Office clearly.
Cyprus requires arriving visitors to provide evidence of a negative Covid-19 taken within 72 hours of travel – even though people arriving in the UK from the island are exempt from the Government’s 14-day quarantine policy. Pictured: Tourists and locals in Protaras, Cyprus, on Saturday
‘But what I will say, and I hope people would expect us to do this, in the context of a global pandemic, we’ve got to keep looking at the data in all the countries to which British people want to travel.
‘Where it is necessary to impose restrictions or to impose a quarantine system, we will not hesitate to do so.
‘It’s been a huge effort for the entire population of this country to get the disease down to the levels that we are currently seeing, but we do not want reinfection and that’s why we’ve got to keep a very, very close eye on the data in destinations around the world.’
Spain has already been hit with new travel restrictions in a blow to its tourism-reliant economy, while there are fears that France, Germany or Holland could be put back on the UK’s quarantine list after spikes in cases there.
Summer holidays have been blamed for rising cases in Germany and Italy, while France has tightened its face mask rules in tourist hotspots such as Paris and the Mediterranean resort of Saint Tropez.
However, Europe has yet to see a major spike in deaths or hospital cases, amid signs that many of those testing positive are young and less vulnerable to the disease.
Source: Daily Mail