Travel update for Cyprus and the latest rules for Spain, Turkey and Greece

Cyprus is expected to become the latest European country to lift tourist travel restrictions next week.

Many nations have relaxed rules in recent weeks and months to boost their economies and return to a more normal way of life. Currently, however, Great Britain is on the Cyprus Red List.

This means that British travelers who are not fully vaccinated will need to take a test before leaving for Cyprus. They will also have to undergo another test upon arrival.

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Travelers must isolate themselves in their accommodation until the result comes back – which is usually within three hours. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the testing requirements.

According to Schengen Visa Info, this is set to change on April 18th. It states that the country’s red, green and gray lists will be abolished.

Travelers also no longer need to have a Cyprus Flight Pass. Currently anyone wishing to travel to Cyprus must register for a Flight Pass at least 48 hours prior to travel.

From April 18, vaccinated travelers can enter Cyprus without a test. Unvaccinated travelers must be tested prior to departure but do not require another test on arrival.

From April 11, people will no longer be required to wear face masks outdoors. People will also no longer have to show a Safe Pass (similar to the NHS Covid Pass) when entering shopping centres, museums, public facilities or open-air markets and festivals. However, it is required for people who want to enter restaurants.

Here we take a look at the most up-to-date rules for other countries that are popular with British tourists.


If you are fully vaccinated and arriving from the UK, you can enter Spain without a test or quarantine, regardless of the reason for travel. You will be asked to provide proof of vaccination and your last dose must have been given at least 14 days before your arrival.

Children under the age of 12 are not required to show proof of full vaccinations when entering Spain. Those who are not fully vaccinated can only enter Spain from the UK for tourism purposes if they can produce a medical certificate certifying recovery from Covid-19 in the six months prior to travel.

The Spanish government recently backed out earlier changes announced to its coronavirus travel rules. It was reported that Spain had eased restrictions, allowing unvaccinated Brits into the country in time for the Easter holidays.

But now, in a rare reversal, the Spanish Tourism Authority in London has backed out on a promise to open up to unvaccinated British visitors. Just hours after the announcement was published, travelers were told that the information provided was incorrect.

The announcement resulted from an interpretation error of the official state bulletin. Pedro Medina, deputy director of Spain’s Tourist Board in the UK, said: “We apologize unreservedly for the miscommunication earlier today which was due to a misunderstanding of the new entry requirements.”


Travelers aged five and over can enter Greece by presenting proof of full vaccination, recovery from Covid-19 or proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival. Greece has also made pre-holiday administration a little easier after scrapping passenger tracking forms for travelers last month.

Children under the age of five are exempt from these travel measures and do not need to present a negative test to enter Greece. Children 5 years and older who have not been vaccinated are considered unvaccinated and must meet the same requirements as unvaccinated adults. This means they must be able to show evidence of recovery from Covid-19 or present a negative PCR result on arrival.


Fully vaccinated Britons can visit Turkey without needing Covid testing or quarantine. Those who have not been stung twice will need either proof of a negative Covid test or recovery from Covid in the six months prior to travel. Your Covid test can either be a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of entry or a rapid antigen test performed within 48 hours.

Regardless of your vaccination status, all travelers aged six and over are required to fill out an online passenger form within 72 hours prior to travel to Turkey.

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