For the period of January – August of the year, arrivals of tourists totaled 424,850 compared to 2,735,839 in the corresponding period of 2019, recording a decrease of 84,5 percent.
It should be noted that in March, a ban of entry to Cyprus was imposed on several categories of persons, including tourists, up to June 08, as part of the measures taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) in Cyprus.
As from June 09, a gradual easing of the travel restrictions to Cyprus was implemented, allowing the arrivals from specific countries, according to a categorisation by the Ministry of Health, based on their epidemiological risk assessment.
Tourist arrivals from the UK decreased by 78,3 percent in August compared to August 2019, while a decrease of 23,1 percent was also recorded for tourists from Germany, 3 percent decrease from Poland, 43,8 percent decrease from Greece, 47,8 percent decrease from Switzerland and 29,5 percent from Austria.
For a percentage of 78 percent of tourists, the purpose of their trip in August was holidays, for 17,9 percent visit to friends and relatives and for 4,1 percent was for business reasons.