The decrease is mainly attributed to the decrease in the arrivals of tourists (91,2 percent) as well as to the decrease in the return of residents of Cyprus (87,6 percent). Concerning the departures of travellers, a decrease of 88,6 percent was recorded in December 2020 as compared to the corresponding month of 2019.
During the period of January – December 2020, arrivals of travellers totalled 1,161,079 compared to 5,777,029 in the corresponding period of 2019, recording a decrease of 79,9 percent. Concerning the departures of travelers during the specific period, a decrease of 80,1 percent was also recorded.
For the period March 15, 2020 – June 08, 2020, an entry ban in the Republic of Cyprus was imposed on several categories of persons, including tourists, as part of the measures taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).