Cyprus bargain holidays this October half term from £237pp as coronavirus cases remain lowest in Europe

CYPRUS has kept coronavirus cases some of the lowest in Europe thanks to strict testing measures on all incoming arrivals.

With it being one of the few destinations left off the UK quarantine list, this also means some great deals for autumn, including during the October half term.

Destinations popular with Brits, including Ayia Napa, Larnaca and Paphos, are on offer from just £237pp if travelling during the holidays.

TUI are currently offering £200 off holidays to Cyprus, while Jet2 and easyJet also have bargain offers for the upcoming months.

Even better, the country is currently going through a heatwave with temperatures over 40C.

The country has had just 1,509 cases since the pandemic began, and 21 deaths, and remains well under the government's 20 new daily cases per 100,000 population – above this means the country is at risk of quarantine rules, but Cyprus has dropped to just 2.7.

Brits have been welcomed back to Cyprus since August 1, but still face strict entry rules.

  • Seven nights in Cyprus with return flights – from £237
  • Three nights with TUI with return flights, 15kg luggage and transfers – from £250pp
  • Seven nights all-inclusive at platinum TUI hotel with return flights, 15kg luggage and transfers – from £542pp

All arrivals must have a negative coronavirus test, taken no more than 72 hours before entering the country.

This cannot be done on the NHS, according to FitToFly.nhs.uk, and only people with symptoms are able to request free Covid testing from the government.

Private companies are offering tests for the purpose of travel, although these can cost up to £200 per person.

The UK Foreign Office also warns: "All travellers should be aware that if other passengers on your flight subsequently test positive on arrival to Cyprus, you may be subject to further quarantine/self-isolation measures."

An abandoned town in Cyprus, once popular with A-list celebs in the 1970s, may welcome tourists back for the first time in nearly 50 years.

The sandy paradise of Varosha, located in Northern Cyprus, hopes to reopen as a tourist resort after it was left to rot after a Turkish invasion in 1974, forcing 39,000 locals to leave.

Brits wanting to go abroad to Europe later this year have seen their options heavily restricted.

Spain was the first to be placed back onto the UK's quarantine list back in July, followed by France, Malta and the Netherlands, as well as Croatia, Czech Republic and Austria.

Portugal, still on England's safe list, is on the quarantine list for Wales and Scotland, while Greece is on Scotland's quarantine list, but only the Greek islands are for Wales.

Greece remains on the safe list for any arrivals into England.

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