Cyprus reopened its borders to British holidaymakers today, with mandatory tests in place on arrivals entering the country.

The UK’s Foreign Office has updated its travel advisory to warn British holidaymakers that they must provide a negative coronavirus test on arrival, obtained within 72 hours before travel.

The island nation had been due to reopen to Brits on July 15, but this was pushed back because of the infection rate in the UK.

Cyprus was included on the UK government’s list of ‘safe countries’ released at the start of July, meaning those returning from the country do not have to self-isolate for 14 days.

But the UK’s second largst tour operator, Jet2holidays, has delayed its return to Cyprus until August 16, saying that “prohibitive entry restrictions” left it with “no choice”.

“We urge the Cypriot authorities to review the entry criteria in line with other destinations,” Jet2 said.