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Travel latest news: Cyprus and Seychelles confirm reopening dates for Britons

Cyprus has confirmed it will reopen to tourists who have been fully inoculated against Covid-19 from May 1, while the Seychelles has said it welcome all visitors from March 25, irrespective of their vaccination status. 

British holidaymakers are the largest visitor market for Cyprus and it is the first European country to confirm it will waive other restrictions for Britons who have received both doses of an approved vaccine – however, May 17 is the earliest UK travellers will be permitted to take foreign holidays under the Government's roadmap out of lockdown.

"We have informed the British government that from May 1 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," deputy tourism minister Savvas Perdios told the Cyprus News Agency.

Sun-starved Britons will also find optimism in the Seychelles announcement that as of March 25 quarantine requirements will be waived for all visitors (except those from South Africa due to the Covid variant first detected there) with a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before departure, the only remaining condition of entry. 

Sylvestre Radegonde, the Seychelles' minister for foreign affairs and tourism, said on Thursday: “The measures being announced reflect broadly the recommendation of our tourism partners and have been done in full consultation with and the endorsement of our health authorities.”

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