Cyprus coronavirus: Flights from Britain cancelled by Jet2 & TUI as hotels urged to close
Jet2 and TUI have cancelled flights to Cyprus in the coming weeks. This will leave many Britons with their travel and holiday plans scuppered.
“Up to the 28th March for TUI flights yes that is the case Anne,” the airline replied.
Jet2 also updated passengers on Cyprus holidays.
They wrote: “The Cypriot authorities have announced several measures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.
“As a result of these measures, we will not be flying any customers to Cyprus (Paphos and Larnaca) with immediate effect.
“We will be flying customers back to the UK via our programme of scheduled flights which will continue to operate until Friday 20th March (inclusive). This is a fast-moving and complex situation, and we will review further options as it evolves. We are contacting our customers who are currently in Cyprus, and who are due to travel to Cyprus, to advise them of their options.
“We would like to thank our customers for their understanding. The health and safety of our customers is always our number one priority.”
A number of passengers have contacted the airline on Twitter asking about refunds, however, the airline has not responded.
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The Association of Cyprus Tourist Enterprises (ACTE) have advised Cyprus hotels to suspend operations until April 30.
The ACTE said: “Given yesterday’s inclusion by the Ministry of Health of the United Kingdom, our primary market for tourism, among countries whose nationals should be placed in self-isolation for 14 days (Category 2) upon arrival in Cyprus, in addition to the limit of 75 people imposed for group gatherings, we deem it wise to suggest to our members to consider an organised suspension of operations until April 30, to prevent disorderly closures.”
The FCO tells British travellers: “There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in China, but cases have been confirmed in other countries, including Cyprus.
“You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.
The above measures are expected to remain in place until further notice.
“The administration in the north of Cyprus has introduced a temporary ban on British nationals entering the north of Cyprus from 12 March.
“This ban, aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), does not apply to British nationals with residency status in the north of Cyprus.
“The administration also requires anyone who enters the north of Cyprus to self-isolate for 14 days if they have arrived on the island from a range of countries / territories, including the UK, within the last 14 days. Anyone entering self-isolation is required to complete the full period of 14 days before leaving again.”
Published at Fri, 13 Mar 2020 18:41:00 +0000