Cyprus

Coronavirus: British Forces Cyprus Schools Close

Nearly 6,000 British military personnel and their dependents are based in Cyprus.

Schools in British Forces Cyprus have closed in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

All six schools within the base areas will remain shut until Monday 20 April.

During the closure, pupils will learn from home, as well as being provided with a reading list.

Other sites, including gyms and restaurants, have also closed.

Commander British Forces Cyprus, Major Rob Thomson, said in a statement on Tuesday: "The measures being imposed on the bases and in the ROC (Republic of Cyprus) in order to best protect our residents were discussed.

"We are keeping all measures under constant review." 

A spokesperson for the Sovereign Base Areas Administration (SBAA) said they have "banned all but the most essential operational and family travel into RAF Akrotiri".

RAF Akrotiri is the RAF's busiest operational base where there have been two confirmed cases of coronavirus.

All people travelling from the UK to Cyprus, including British troops and their families, are having to self-isolate for 14 days as part of precautionary measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.

"All arrivals are medically screened on arrival and undergo a compulsory 14-day isolation period," the SBAA spokesperson said.

"All of our people displaying symptoms are being tested."

Nearly 6,000 British military personnel and their dependents are based in Cyprus.

All non-essential travel, military exercises and large gatherings have already been stopped in the Sovereign Base Areas which in total cover 98 square miles.

Cover image: Entrance to RAF Akrotiri (Picture: PA).