A delegation representing the Cyprus Hotel Association (Pasyxe) on Friday asked the British High Commissioner Stephen Lillie to move the island to the UK’s green list of tourist destinations from the current amber category.

Represented by board members Thanos Michaelides and Philykypros Roussounides, the hoteliers presented Lillie with evidence of Cyprus’ improved epidemiological picture, both in terms of a drastic reduction in the number of cases and the rapid progress shown in the vaccination programme.

“Cyprus is now a safe destination and deserves to be included in the green list of safe tourist destinations,” a Pasyxe statement released after the meeting with Lillie said.

The High Commissioner promised to analyse the data presented by the hoteliers and inform the relevant UK authorities.

Britons who travel to amber countries – where Cyprus features for the time being – will incur 10 days of self-isolation on return and have to take two PCR tests.

The health ministry on Thursday announced 75 new positives for coronavirus, for a positivity rate of 0.17 per cent, while the number of the hospitalised continue to drop.