GREECE, Cyprus — The Greek government has banned mass travel from the island nation of Cyprus to Greece, amid rising concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.
The ban applies to flights between the two countries from Jan. 2 to April 8, and applies to passengers traveling on ferries from the islands to Athens, according to a statement from the government on Saturday.
The Greek Cypriot Tourism Ministry said that passengers will be able to travel between the countries only if they book a flight to Cyprus through an authorized airline or through an air charter company.
The ministry said that there will be no flights to the Greek mainland during the travel ban.
Greek officials have also urged tourists and other visitors to stay home from Cyprus as well as to refrain from entering the country during the coronave.
More than 3,200 people have died in the coronaves since the virus first surfaced in Greece in late October.
The country is the world’s top producer of coronaviruses and has experienced the largest increase in cases, with more than 5,300 deaths reported.
The country has been hit particularly hard by the spread, with the highest number of deaths reported in Athens.