Cyprus will let British tourists who have had both COVID vaccination doses into the country without restrictions from 1 May.
This means visitors who have had both jabs will not need to supply a negative coronavirus test or have to quarantine, according to plans unveiled by Cypriot deputy tourism minister Savvas Perdios.
However, the UK government has said the earliest date people from England can travel abroad for a holiday is 17 May – provided the four tests for easing lockdown are met.
Visitors to Cyprus will need to have been given vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency and the second dose must have been administered at least seven days before travel.
Authorities still have the right to carry out random tests on foreign arrivals, the tourism minister said.
“We have informed the British government that from 1 May we will facilitate the arrival of British nationals who have been vaccinated… so they can visit Cyprus without a negative test or needing to quarantine,” Mr Perdios told Cyprus News Agency.
British tourists are the largest market for Cyprus’ tourism industry, which will be keen to get back on track after suffering during the pandemic.
The industry represents about 13% of the Cypriot economy, with arrivals and earnings plunging 85% on average last year.
Cyprus has implemented various lockdowns during the pandemic but has had a milder outbreak than many other countries.
The country had recorded a total of 232 coronavirus deaths and 36,004 infections by Thursday.
All UK adults are expected to have been offered a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of July.
Nearly 21 million people in the country have now had their first dose, with people prioritised by age and clinical vulnerability to the virus.