The Cyprus government has instructed all hotel and tourist accommodation to shutdown from the weekend.

They will remain closed until April 30 as part of restrictions imposed by Cypriot authorities in reaction to the coronavirus pandemic.

All tourists will need to leave their accommodation by March 21, the Foreign Office said in updated travel advice.

The FCO said: “British nationals in Cyprus should follow the advice of the Cypriot authorities, which includes vacating their tourist accommodation by 21 March.

“The British government is discussing this requirement with the Cypriot government and asking airlines to offer more flights.

“We recommend that British nationals who wish to leave Cyprus contact their travel operator to make arrangements to do so as soon as possible.”