articles | 16 March 2020

Coronavirus: Flights cancelled from Europe and Middle East

Hermes, that runs that Larnaca and Paphos airports, announced on Sunday that several flights to Cyprus are being cancelled following the entry ban on tourists in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The company said visitors arriving in Cyprus who are not among the categories allowed entry will not be allowed to enter the country. No such incident has risen as yet, the company said.

The ban entered into force as of Sunday and will be in place for 15 days.

Hermes Airports told the Cyprus News Agency that there have been several flight cancellations from European and Middle Eastern countries and Russia and urged passengers to first contact the air carriers before travelling.

At the same time, flights are being carried out from both airports mainly transporting visitors but also Cypriots back to the countries they came from.

The entry ban, announced by President Nicos Anastasiades on Friday,  concerns any citizen regardless of nationality who are not Cypriot nationals, legal residents, European or third-country nationals working or studying in the Republic, nationals of countries that are in a designated diplomatic service or mission under bilateral or international conventions, and individual cases of European or third country nationals who have professional obligations that cannot be avoided, provided they have obtained authorisation from the competent ministry.

Source: Cyprus Mail

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