For the period of January – September of this year, arrivals of tourists totalled 512,184 compared to 3,260,546 in the corresponding period of 2019, recording a decrease of 84,3 percent.
It should be noted that this March, a ban of entry to the Republic 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 71 percent in September compared to September 2019, while a decrease of 35,3 percent was also recorded for tourists from Germany, 63,2 percent decrease from Greece, 41,4 percent decrease from Denmark, 77,8 percent decrease from Poland and 78,8 percent from Switzerland.
For a percentage of 79,5 percent of tourists, the purpose of their trip in September was holidays, for 13,4 percent to visit friends and relatives and for 7,2 percent for business reasons.