The authorities of Cyprus have explained the conditions for opening the country for international tourism. Flights from Russia are not yet permitted, however, in the future, Russia will remain one of the main source market for Cyprus.
On June 9 Cyprus has resumed receiving foreign flights. The island state is ready to host tourists from 21 countries, which are divided into three groups: A (18 countries), B (3 countries) and C (others). Tourists from Group A countries after June 20 can fly to Cyprus without “covid tests”, tourists from Group B countries should have documents on negative testing.
Russia and the United Kingdom, the two main source markets, are in group C or so-called “dynamic list”. There are totally 40 countries in this list.
Cyprus is closely monitoring the situation in these states, and as the epidemiological situation improves or worsens, they adjust the list of groups A and B.
So, Israel, which was originally in group A, was moved in group B due to the last outbreak of coronavirus.
Cyprus Deputy Tourism Minister Savvas Perdios has denied the fact that Cyprus has lost the UK and Russia markets this season. According to him, the two main markets will return on the tourist map of Cyprus later, possibly by the end of the season.
From the second part of the season (from August 1), the regular flights to Larnaca from Moscow and St. Petersburg are in the schedule of Aeroflot and Rossiya airlines. The cost of round-trip tickets starts from 280 Euros.
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.