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Cyprus Tourist Arrivals for May Announced

A total of 100,852 tourist arrivals were recorded in May of this year, compared to zero arrivals recorded in May 2020, a period during which measures were implemented to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) in Cyprus.

According to these measures, there was a ban of entry to the Republic on several categories of persons, including tourists. As compared to May 2019 (when 434,578 arrivals were recorded), there was a decrease of 76,8 percent.

For the period of January – May of this year, arrivals of tourists totaled 156,825 compared to 246,556 in the corresponding period of 2020, recording a decrease of 36,4 percent, as well as a decrease of 86 percent compared to the period of January – May 2019 (1,121,361 arrivals).

Arrivals from Russia were the main source of tourism for the month of May of this year, with a share of 56,8 percent (57,320) of total arrivals, followed by Ukraine with 7,8 percent (7,821), Israel with 6,9 percent (6,948) and Greece with 6,1 percent (6,146).

For a percentage of 80,7 percent of tourists, the purpose of their trip in May of this year was for holidays, for 9,8 percent was to visit friends and relatives and for 9,4 percent for business. Respectively, in May 2019, 82,8 percent of tourists visited Cyprus for holidays, 10,2 percent visited friends or relatives and seven percent visited Cyprus for business reasons.