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Coronavirus: Cyprus will learn on Friday if on UK amber list

file photo: a public health campaign message is displayed on an arrivals information board at heathrow airport, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (covid 19), london, britain
An arrivals information board at Heathrow Airport

Cyprus is expected to be placed in the UK’s amber category according to assessment by experts it was reported on Tuesday, in anticipation of London’s announcement on which countries will fall into the red, amber or green categories based on Covid-19 risks.

UK Trade Minister Liz Truss on Tuesday said Britain is set to announce the green list for countries that people can travel to on holiday shortly and will have the right procedures in place to ensure travel can happen safely.

The Cyrus News Agency, citing assessments by most analysts and travel agents in the UK, reports that Cyprus is expected to be on the amber list.

The British government said in mid-April it would announce which countries would be open for quarantine-free travel in early May, ahead of a plan to allow holidays again from May 17 at the earliest.

“I don’t think it will be much longer before we make those announcements,” Truss told Sky News.

It is expected that the list will be published on Friday.

“People are looking to book a holiday but I would encourage people to wait until we make that announcement,” Truss added.

According to current information in the British press, very few countries will be in the green category from May 17. Gibraltar, Israel and Malta are definitely considered green countries, as they meet the criteria of the advanced coronavirus vaccination programme and the few cases. Other countries expected to be placed on the green list are Portugal, Iceland, US, Australia, New Zealand, Morocco, Seychelles and Caribbean island states.

However, the Daily Telegraph reports that some amber countries will be promoted to the green list in June, as the review of the data will probably take place every three weeks. However, in the indicative examples of amber countries that might become green, the newspaper lists only Spain, Greece and France.

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