Coronavirus Covid-19 Information
Faced with the news that this health matter is spreading globally from China where Coronavirus was first documented, it seems appropriate to let you know our policy in relation to Covid-19.
For our updates on Coronavirus also known as Covid19 please scroll to the bottom of this article. Updates will have the date of publication attached as this could be significant in a developing situation.
If you are following this in the news, it is clear that at the moment the virus is spreading to many countries and whilst the overall risk is low, there is rising concern as well as planning evolving to deal with identified cases.
Public Health England – Medical Director Paul Cosford said on Monday 2 March 2020 “It is important to maintain a degree of perspective, noting that the vast majority of people make a full recovery from coronavirus and it is a relatively mild illness”.
We always advise our guests to have travel insurance in place when they book their holiday. This is because many travel insurers require you to have a policy in place that covers you in case you need to cancel your travel plans before setting off on holiday. In essence they are covering you against not being able to travel (for a defined group of reasons including health) as well as covering you for any illness or injury that you sustain whilst on holiday.
There may be other risks which your travel insurers will cover you against, for example the loss of your deposit or holiday cost and/or travel/airline expenses.
If you have a holiday booked with us and you feel that you may have been affected by the virus, you should follow the health advice of your home country. This may include not travelling. We would also ask that you inform us.
The World O Meters website has a useful, factual update on the data behind the spread of coronavirus. You can see information not only about those people who have become infected by Covid19 but also, perhaps more importantly those who have recovered.
Our housekeeping team will maintain the villa and its hygiene in the normal way. We will keep ourselves appraised of the Covid-19 advice from the Government of Cyprus and we will communicate with our guests in a timely manner.
If you are thinking of booking a holiday with us and would like to discuss our cancellation policy, feel free to get in touch.
If you have booked a holiday with us and would like to discuss any implications of travel to Cyprus, as you see it, feel free to get in touch.
Our cancellation terms are available to read here on our website. We can also offer the opportunity to postpone your holiday within the 2020 travel season, should that be an option for you.
Our thoughts are with anyone affected by illness, particularly those affected by the coronavirus.
Martyn Lewis of the Money Saving Expert website – “We always say get your travel insurance ASAB (As Soon As you Book), and this has never been more important. Normally it’s because if you leave getting insurance until just before you travel, you’re not covered for anything that happens before that which stops you going – thus you’ve waved off half the value of the cover.
Right now though, it’s even more urgent. Insurance policies that will cover cancellations to official no-go Covid-19 areas will only pay out if you got the insurance BEFORE the country is ruled off-limits. So the earlier you get it, the safer, if – as is likely – formal guidance changes”. (3 March 2020)
UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice
The FCO is currently advising against all travel to Hubei Province, and against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China. If you’re in China and able to leave, you should do so. See the latest travel advice for China.
- against all travel to the cities of Daegu, Cheongdo and Gyeongsan in South Korea
- against all but essential travel to the following lockdown areas of northern Italy:
- Lombardy region (which includes the cities of Milan, Bergamo, Como)
- the provinces of Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia and Rimini (all in Emilia Romagna)
- Pesaro e Urbino (in Marche)
- Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola and Vercelli (all in Piemonte)
- Padova, Treviso and Venice (in Veneto)
The FCO is not advising against travel to any other country/territory as a result of coronavirus risks.
FCO travel advice remains under constant review to ensure it reflects our latest assessment of risks to British people. (9 March 2020)
Today, 11 March 2020 the UK government have amended their Cyprus advice with this paragraph – There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in China, but cases have been confirmed in other countries, including Cyprus. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. See Health
Our understanding is that there are two confirmed cases on the island. One of those is a surgeon who had been at work at Nicosia General Hospital before diagnosis. The now commonplace measures, self-isolation, testing and contact tracing are being carried out.
The Republic of Cyprus government has announced stricter measures from 0100 local time on 15 March 2020 for those entering Cyprus. UK nationals (and other non-Cypriots) will not be permitted to enter the Republic of Cyprus for tourist purposes. UK nationals may enter if they are legal residents in the Republic of Cyprus, working in the Republic, attending educational institutions in the Republic or, with prior authorisation from the Cypriot government, have unavoidable professional obligations. This policy will be in force for 15 days, when it will be reviewed.