Holidays: Latest FCDO update for Cyprus, Portugal and Maldives as nations battle covid

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Holidays should always be planned with the latest Foreign Office travel advice in mind. The FCDO currently advises against all but essential travel to many countries and territories on the basis of COVID risks. This week, the authority issued guidance for Cyprus, Portugal and the Maldives.

A certain amount of admin is also required: “All travellers to Cyprus must complete a Cyprus Flight Pass before travelling, available on the Cyprus Flight Pass website.

“You will be responsible for ensuring your PCR test result is uploaded to Cyprus Flight Pass within 24 hours of your departure.

“If you need to provide your appointment letter you can upload both documents in a single photo. In addition to obtaining the Cyprus Flight Pass, passengers are required to carry with them, in hard copy or electronically, copies of these documents. You will be asked to present your flight pass prior to boarding and on arrival at immigration.”

UK travellers are also now permitted to enter the north of Cyprus.

“You will be required to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test result (done between 0 – 120 hours prior to the time of the flight) on arrival,” detailed the FCDO.

“You must then enter authority-assigned quarantine facilities for seven days. A second PCR test will be carried out at the end of the quarantine period.”



The FCDO has updated information on state of emergency measures and inter-island travel in the Azores.

Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency’ with very strict rules in place. “Measures are in place throughout Portugal to control the spread of the virus,” said the Foreign Office.

“These measures differ according to the level of risk in each municipality. There are four levels of risk: moderate, high, very high and extremely high.

“Check the level of risk in your municipality and use this tool (in Portuguese) to confirm the measures that may affect you.”

As for the Azores, the FCDO detailed: “You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential.

“If you have to travel and you are travelling from São Miguel or Terceira to any of the other islands in the archipelago, you should complete a passenger questionnaire before you depart.”

“When travelling from Greater Male’ (but not including the airport) to other islands, there is a mandatory 14 day home quarantine upon arrival at your destination. Use of masks is mandatory while travelling by air and sea.

“There are no travel restrictions between islands without COVID-19 cases. Travel to and from islands with confirmed COVID-19 cases is restricted.

“Tourists can travel been islands and resorts that do not have COVID-19 cases and are not subject to monitoring for COVID-19 but need prior approval for inter-island travel from [email protected]

“If you have stayed at a tourist guesthouse (as opposed to a resort island) at any point during your stay in the Maldives, you are required to conduct a PCR test 72 hours prior to your scheduled departure from the Maldives.”

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