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20-10-2021 14:50

Tourist Arrivals: September 2021

The arrivals of tourists reached 339.242 in September 2021, recording an increase of 288,4% compared to September 2020 (during which 87.334 arrivals were recorded), and a decrease of 35,3% compared to September 2019 (with 524.707 arrivals).

For the period of January – September 2021, arrivals of tourists totaled 1.299.392 compared to 512.184 in the corresponding period of 2020, recording an increase of 153,7%, and a decrease of 60,1% compared to the period of January – September 2019 (3.260.546 arrivals).

Arrivals from the United Kingdom were the main source of tourism for September 2021, with a share of 28,8% (97.741) of total arrivals, followed by Russia with 26,2% (88.983), Poland with 6,1% (20.625), Ukraine with 4,4% (14.767), Greece with 4,1% (13.944) and Germany with 3,7% (12.608).

For a percentage of 86,6% of tourists, the purpose of their trip in September 2021 was holidays, for 9,3% visit to friends and relatives and for 4,1% business. Respectively, in September 2020, 79,5% of tourists visited Cyprus for holidays, 13,4% visited friends or relatives and 7,2% visited Cyprus for business reasons.

Table 1

Purpose of visit

Percentage (%)

Sep 19

Sep 20

Sep 21





Visiting friends & relatives








Methodological notes


Tourists – Visitors who stay for at least one night in Cyprus.

Tourist arrivals – The term refers to the number of trips and not to the number of persons. This differs in the sense that one person can take more than one trips during the reference period.

Source of data and coverage

The statistics for September 2021 were obtained from processing of the data of the electronic platform “Cyprus Flight Pass”. The passengers aiming to travel to Cyprus were required to submit in the above-mentioned platform, information in relation to their flight, their country of residence, the purpose of their visit, as well as other demographic characteristics. This information was used by the Statistical Service, in order to estimate the number of tourist arrivals during the reference period. The weighting of data was conducted based on the data sent to the Statistical Service by the Civil Aviation Department and from the ship manifests, as well as data sent by the Analysis and Statistics Office of the Cyprus Police.

Due to issues that arose from the self-declared information provided by the passengers, it was not possible to provide a more extensive analysis by country of usual residence.

For more information: Statistical Service (CYSTAT) Website, subtheme Tourism

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