Northern Cyprus to open to Brits from next Thursday – but holidaymakers will have to take THREE Covid tests

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BRITS will be able to return to Northern Cyprus from next week – but will need three coronavirus tests to be allowed to enjoy a holiday.

It follows the latest announcement from the rest of Cyprus that quarantine restrictions will end for Brits from August 1.

Cyprus’ Turkish-run north is keen to welcome Brits back BEFORE the internationally recognised Greek-run south which usually lures around 1.3 million UK tourists yearly.

From July 16, UK arrivals at Ercan Airport will have to first show a negative PCR test, which was taken between three to five days before arrival.

Following this, a second test will be conducted, followed by a seven-day quarantine, and then a third test.

Only then will Brits be able to enjoy a normal holiday on the island.

These new rules are for British tourists which have been put into Category B by Cyprus, a system which rates the country’s risk of infection.

Category A countries will not have to quarantine after showing a negative PCR test, while Category C countries will have to do all three tests and a 14-day quarantine.

Cyprus was included on the UK’s air bridge list, which means no quarantining when returning to the UK and no travel ban.

However, restrictions still remain in place at Cyprus, and will until the UK’s coronavirus cases go down.

Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou previously said: “The decision will be implemented on the condition that the United Kingdom continues to post the same positive epidemiological results.

Yet Northern Cyprus’s health minister Ali Palli has recently confirmed three new cases of coronavirus from tourists – two flying in from Turkey and one arriving by ferry – raising concerns of “imported” cases ruining the success Turkish Cypriot authorities have had in containing the virus.  

The coronavirus tests will be free of charge.

Other countries are charging for the coronavirus tests, such as Austria, with tests priced at €190.

Heathrow Airport is also looking into 24-hour coronavirus tests, costing £140 per traveller.

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