The latest on Cyprus

As Cyprus has been removed from the UK travel corridor list, we’re cancelling all holidays to Cyprus departing before or on Monday 9 November 2020. If you’ve got a Cyprus holiday booked within this date range, we’ll be in touch regarding your options. If you’re currently in Cyprus, you can continue your holiday as planned and we’ll also be in touch with you.

 

First Choice holidays to Cyprus are likely to start up again soon.

Once the government advice changes, you’ll be able to go on holiday to Cyprus with First Choice again. You’ll find everything you need to know about your holiday right here, from social distancing to face masks. There’s no doubt your getaway will be a little different, as we all get used to the new normal. But, here at First Choice, we’re working our flip flops off to make sure you still have a fantastic time. It’s all part of our Holiday Promise, which is designed to give you complete peace of mind.

We’ve got your back

COVID Cover, which you can use as an add-on to your usual travel insurance, is included as standard on all First Choice holidays departing up to the end of April 2021. It means you can change your booking for free if you get COVID-19 before your holiday or if you’re officially required to isolate prior to your travel dates. This also applies if your local area goes into lockdown over the dates you are due to depart. A Holiday to Home insurance policy is also part of the package. This sorts you out for medical assistance abroad, testing costs and a flight home for treatment if you need it. T&Cs apply.

On your flight and at your hotel

Flights for most First Choice holidays are with TUI, our sister company. They’ve got a heap of new measures in place to keep you safe. We’re talking regular deep-cleaning, online check-in and rules around face masks. We’re keeping a close eye on our hotels, too, to make sure they’re squeaky-clean and properly prepped before re-opening their doors. Find out more about what to expect on your First Choice holiday.

THE FIRST CHOICE HOLIDAY PROMISE

  • COVID Cover* included
  • First Choice quality standards guaranteed
  • Around-the-clock support
  • Quarantine-free destinations only
  • Flexible options if your holiday can’t go ahead

Find out more about our promise, as well as everything we’re doing to keep you safe, on our Travel With Confidence hub.

Here are the main things you need to be aware of.

Social distancing distance Three metres for inside spaces and two metres for outdoor spaces. You’ll be asked to keep a distance of two metres when in any form of queue.
Face mask requirements for adults Face masks are mandatory in all indoor areas where there’s more than one person. This includes airports, shops, supermarkets, churches, medical centres, banks, lifts, taxis and public transport. Anyone not wearing a mask as required will be issued an on-the-spot fine of 300 euros. At your hotel, you’ll be required to wear a face mask at buffet food stations. Whether or not you’ll need to wear a face mask in other public areas of the hotel is at the individual hotel’s discretion.
Face mask requirements for children Children aged 12 years and above are required to wear a face mask in all indoor areas where there’s more than one person. Masks are recommended, but not required, for children under 12.
Passenger Locator Forms (Cyprus Flight Pass) and testing requirements  All adults and children over 12 must complete a COVID-19 PCR test.

• All adults and children of all ages must complete a Passenger Locator Form (Cyprus Flight Pass) – children under 18 can be added to their parent or guardian’s form.

• If you don’t do this, you won’t be able to board the plane.

Complete the form here.

What you need to do:

1. Arrange to take a COVID-19 PCR test

• All adults and children over 12 need to arrange to take a COVID-19 PCR test within the 72 hours before boarding the plane to Cyprus.

• Keep hold of your negative test results. These can be in the form of an email or SMS, and the test result itself and/or appointment letter must include the date and time at which the test was taken.

2. Submit your test results and complete a Passenger Locator Form

• All travellers, including children of all ages, must register on the Cyprus Flight Pass website. Under-18s can be included on their parent or guardian’s form. You’ll need to provide details about your journey and create an account.

• Within the 24 hours before boarding the plane, upload your negative test result to your account on the Cyprus Flight Pass website. If you have an appointment letter to submit, you should upload this and your test result as a single photo. Once you’ve completed the form, you’ll receive a confirmation email.

3. Ensure you keep copies with you

• All travellers must keep a copy of their own Cyprus Flight Pass and confirmation email, including the test result for over-12s, with them. This can be a printed or electronic copy.

• You’ll be asked to present your Cyprus Flight Pass before you board and on arrival at immigration.

See here for a more detailed, step-by-step guide.

It’s your responsibility to take the right tests to meet the entry requirements for the country you’re travelling to. But if you need a hand sorting it out, we’ve teamed up with a global healthcare partner, to help you with COVID-19 testing for your holiday.

More information:
• COVID-19 tests are being carried out on passengers arriving on certain flights, which are selected at random. For some flights, all passengers will be tested.
• The tests are free of charge, and you’ll be provided with all the information and guidance you need to make testing as quick and efficient as possible. Testing does not take long and TUI will of course wait for you for your transfer to your hotel.
• If you test positive, you’ll be required to quarantine for 14 days in a hotel – this will be arranged and paid for by the Republic of Cyprus.
• You should also expect a temperature check on arrival.

If you have any questions:

There’s a dedicated help centre you can contact. Call +(357) 2484 1234 or fill out the enquiry form. Phone lines are open Monday-Friday, 8am-10am (Cyprus time) and Saturday-Sunday 10am-6pm (Cyprus time). Cyprus is 2 hours ahead of the UK. International call charges apply.

Other need-to-knows • Group gatherings of more than six people are not permitted.
• You’re requested not to use cash.
• There’s a curfew in Paphos and Limassol from 11pm until 5am the following day. You’ll be fined 300 Euros if you breach the curfew.

Here’s what you can expect while you’re out and about in Cyprus.

Beaches Open. A distance of four metres between umbrellas and four metres between sunbeds, for people not in the same group, is required.
Restaurants and bars  Open. Maximum party size is set at 10 people. Please be aware, all bars and restaurants will close at 10.30pm.
Sights Open with limitations.
Supermarkets Open. Face masks are mandatory.
Other facilities Open with limitations. Face masks are mandatory in all public indoor spaces.

Here’s the key information on getting to Cyprus.

Flights with First Choice Check in for your flight on the First Choice or First Choice App or online. Check-in opens 24 hours before your flight, and closes three hours before departure. You’ll be asked to certify that you’re fit to travel.

Here are your options for travelling within Cyprus.

Car rental Permitted.
Public transport Guidelines require one passenger for every two seats and face masks are mandatory. In the Limassol area, there is a maximum capacity of two passengers to a taxi.
Hiking Permitted.
Biking Permitted.

For more information, take a look at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice on travelling to Cyprus.

Read the full FCDO advice here

 

Just so you know, the information on this page is updated during office hours, Monday to Friday. You’ll always find the latest information on our 24/7 Travel Alert page.