Cyprus makes major changes to Covid rules as Irish tourists prepare to flock for the summer holidays

CYPRUS has eased its strict Covid-19 entry requirements ahead of Irish holidaymakers flocking to the country for the summer.

From today, travelers will no longer need to complete a Cyprus flight pass within 48 hours of arrival.

Protaras seascape in southern Cyprus


Protaras seascape in southern CyprusPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

The country has also suspended on-arrival testing for unvaccinated holidaymakers.

However, you must provide a negative PCR test within 72 hours of travel or a rapid antigen test within 24 hours of travel.

The new changes mean vaccinated Irish people over the age of 12 can holiday in the country with no entry requirements.

Children arriving in Cyprus before their 12th birthday are also exempt from pre-arrival testing.

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Cyprus accepts the Covid Digital Cert with the final vaccination dose required at least 14 days before travel.

Travelers aged 18 and over are only considered fully vaccinated if less than 9 months have elapsed since the last dose.

Individuals between the ages of 12 and 18 are considered complete when they have received the 2nd dose in the case of a two-dose vaccine or the 1st dose in the case of a single-dose vaccine.

However, visitors can still get measured at the airport terminal entrance and mask wearing is mandatory in all areas of the airport.

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In the meantime, a Spanish law has changed could save you extra money on your restaurant bills.

From April 11, all Spanish bars and restaurants will be required by law to offer their customers free tap water instead of paying for bottled water.

New regulations in the Waste and Contaminated Sites Act for a circular economy state: “Hotel and catering establishments will always have to offer consumers, customers or users of their services the opportunity to consume unpackaged water free of charge and as a supplement to the offer of the same facility.”

Previously, companies could choose whether to offer bottled or tap water and whether to charge for it.

The new measures aim to reduce the consumption of plastics, especially plastic bottles.

And the Spanish government is encouraging more water fountains to be installed to ensure locals and tourists can refill reusable bottles.

It comes after a massive rule change error by the Spanish government prevented many hopeful Irish holidaymakers from entering the popular tourist destination.

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The U-turn on entry requirements led Spanish authorities to announce they would allow unvaccinated passengers to return from April 6.

They previously issued a statement across the EU claiming that anyone who had not received both vaccinations could only enter Spain with a negative Covid test. Cyprus makes major changes to Covid rules as Irish tourists prepare to flock for the summer holidays

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