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Cyprus – COVID Pandemic/Epidemic Information for Travelers -Update August 5, 2021

Covid travel info

UPDATED – AUGUST 5, 2021

LATEST TRAVEL UPDATE  Valid from 5th August 
*UK REMAINS ON CYPRUS’ RED LIST
Countries epidemiological risk assessment for COVID-19, dated 02/08/2021
Following a decision of the Council of Ministers, dated 18 February 2021, regarding the Action Plan for the gradual resumption of flights and the reopening of airports, the Epidemiological Surveillance Unit of the Ministry of Health re-evaluated the epidemiological picture of 19 different countries. 
The classification for the countries of the European Union and the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) including Switzerland in the Green, Orange or Red Categories is based on that of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
Regarding third countries (United Kingdom, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Belarus, Qatar, Serbia, United States of America, Armenia, Georgia, Bahrain, 1/6) / 21 Kuwait and Canada as well as any additional countries included in the updated list of Recommendation of the European Council (EU) 2021/89, for the phasing out of temporary restrictions on unnecessary travel to the EU, are assessed epidemiologically by the Ministry Health and are classified into Green, Orange and Red.
The following categorization of countries, based on epidemiological risk assessment, is extremely dynamic and can change at any time as the pandemic evolves and epidemiological data change. To this end, new data will be announced and the list of countries will be updated frequently.
Green Countries (Green) – Low risk countries at this stage
Member States of the European Union: Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Croatia, Latvia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Czech Republic
Members of the Schengen Area: Liechtenstein, Norway
Third Countries: Australia, Northern Macedonia, Jordan, Canada, New Zealand, Serbia, Singapore
It is noted that for passengers coming from Green Category countries, the presentation of a COVID-19 laboratory test certificate is not required, nor is it self-restraint.
Orange Category Countries – Countries with potentially low risk but more doubtful compared to Green Category
Member States of the European Union: Belgium, Estonia, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Finland, Greece
Small States: Vatican City
Third Countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Qatar, China (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), Bahrain, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia
Please note that all passengers from the Orange countries are required to undergo a PCR laboratory test within 72 hours prior to departure and to have a certificate showing a negative PCR test for the virus.
It is also clarified that Cypriot citizens, their foreign spouses and their minor children, as well as passengers legally residing in the Republic from countries of the Orange Category, provided that they meet one of the following conditions may perform the molecular examination upon arrival. in the Republic:
They are passengers who have undergone at least the first dose of vaccines accepted by the Republic, or
They are passengers aged 16 to 18 who have taken at least the first dose of vaccines accepted by the Republic, or
They are minor passengers 12 to 15 years old, or
They are passengers who for medical reasons can not be vaccinated, upon presentation of a relevant certificate from the Ministry of Health of the Republic.
It is noted that the cost of the test is covered by them and in addition these individuals will have to remain under house arrest until the result is issued. They are then released from self-restraint following a negative laboratory test, which must be submitted to the CyprusFlightPass online platform via the passenger profile of the test subject.
Red Countries – Countries at higher risk compared to Green and Orange Countries
Member States of the European Union: France, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal
Small states: Andorra, Monaco, San Marino
Members of the Schengen Area: Switzerland, Iceland
 
Third Countries: Azerbaijan, Egypt, Albania, Armenia, Georgia, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, United Kingdom, Japan, Kuwait, Belarus, Montenegro, Moldova, Brunei, Brunei, South
 
It is noted that all passengers coming from the Red Sea countries are required: a) to have a laboratory test within 72 hours before departure and to have a certificate proving a negative PCR test for the virus and b) to perform in a laboratory test upon arrival in the Republic of Cyprus.
It is noted that the cost of the exams is covered by them and in addition these people will have to remain under house arrest until the result is issued.
It is also clarified that Cypriot citizens, their foreign spouses and their minor children, as well as passengers legally residing in the Republic from countries of the Red Category, provided that they meet one of the following conditions falling within the following categories may fulfill the molecular examination upon arrival in the Republic:
They are passengers who have undergone at least the first dose of vaccines accepted by the Republic, or
They are passengers aged 16 to 18 who have taken at least the first dose of vaccines accepted by the Republic, or
They are minor passengers 12 to 15 years old, or
They are passengers who for medical reasons can not be vaccinated, upon presentation of a relevant certificate from the Ministry of Health of the Republic.
In such a case, the persons referred to in points 1-4 above remain in a compulsory self-restraint regime for 72 hours after their arrival and after the end of 72 hours undergo a molecular examination (PCR) at their own expense. They are then released from self-restraint following a negative laboratory test, which must be submitted to the CyprusFlightPass online platform via the passenger profile of the test subject.
Gray Category Countries (Special License / SpecialPermission):
Countries not listed above in the Green, Orange and Red categories are considered to be in the Gray category (Special Permission). For Gray Category countries, entry into the Republic of Cyprus is allowed only to the following categories of passengers:
Cypriot citizens and members of their families (their foreign spouses and their minor children),
European citizens, citizens of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and Switzerland,
The legal persons residing in the Republic,
Persons entitled to enter the Republic in accordance with the Vienna Convention, and
Third-country nationals entitled to enter the Republic of Cyprus, after special permission from the Republic of Cyprus as determined by the Infection Control (Definition of Measures to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus COVID-19) Decree (No. 9) of 2021 , as in each case this is modified.
It is noted that passengers coming from the countries of this Category must have undergone a laboratory test by a recognized laboratory, with the sampling carried out during the last 72 hours before their trip to the Republic of Cyprus and have a certificate, proving negative PCR for COVID-19.
It is also clarified that Cypriot citizens, their foreign spouses and their minor children, as well as passengers legally residing in the Republic from countries of the Red Category, provided that they meet one of the following conditions falling within the following categories may fulfill the molecular examination upon arrival in the Republic:
They are passengers who have undergone at least the first dose of vaccines accepted by the Republic, or
They are passengers aged 16 to 18 who have taken at least the first dose of vaccines accepted by the Republic, or
They are minor passengers 12 to 15 years old, or
They are passengers who for medical reasons can not be vaccinated, upon presentation of a relevant certificate from the Ministry of Health of the Republic.
Passengers arriving in the Republic of Cyprus from Gray Category (Special Permission) remain in a state of compulsory self-restraint or quarantine for fourteen (14) days or alternatively in a state of compulsory self-restraint or compulsory isolation (7) ) days if they undergo a molecular test again for COVID-19 disease (at their own expense) on the 7th day and have a negative laboratory result.
They are then released from self-restraint following a negative laboratory test, which must be submitted to the CyprusFlightPass online platform via the passenger profile of the test subject.
It is noted that the above categorization of countries will be valid from August 5, 2021.
Conditions for vaccinated passengers:
The Ministry of Health clarifies the following that apply from 10 May for vaccinated passengers arriving in the Republic of Cyprus through the entrance gates:
Persons regardless of nationality, holding a valid vaccination certificate for COVID-19 disease and arriving in Cyprus from abroad, regardless of the country of departure, will be exempted for entry purposes from the obligation to perform laboratory tests, as well as the obligation to perform laboratory tests. , provided that the following conditions are met:
1) Hold a valid vaccination certificate from the following countries:
(i) the Member States of the European Union (including Cyprus);
(ii) the countries of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway);
(iii) Switzerland,
(iv) Israel,
(v) the United Kingdom,
(vi) Russia,
(vii) the United Arab Emirates,
(viii) Saudi Arabia,
(ix) Ukraine,
(x) Jordan,
(xi) Lebanon,
(xii) Egypt,
(xiii) Belarus,
(xiv) Serbia,
(xv) Qatar,
(xvi) Bahrain,
(xvii) the United States of America,
(xviii) Armenia,
(xix) Georgia,
(xx) Canada,
(xxi) Kuwait and
(xxii) China
 
2) They have been vaccinated with either one of the approved vaccines of the European Medicines Agency (Pfizer / BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Janssen), or with the Sputnik V vaccine, or with the Sinopharm vaccine (BBIBPCOVID-19) or with the whole Sinov the vaccination regimen. It is noted that in the case of two-dose vaccines the person should have been vaccinated with both doses, while in the case of the Janssen vaccine (single-dose vaccine) 14 days should have elapsed between the vaccine dose and the travel date. More information is available at https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/vaccinated-passengers.
 
It is emphasized that all passengers, regardless of the category of countries, including those holding a valid vaccination certificate must submit an application to CyprusFlightPass within 48 hours before the departure of their flight. In addition, for the purposes of ensuring public health and surveillance of the epidemiological picture, the Ministry of Health may carry out sample laboratory COVID-19 molecular testing on passengers (including persons holding a vaccination certificate) of selected pilots.

UPDATED – May 11, 2021

The government of the Republic of Cyprus has amended the Covid Protocols which come into force on May 10.   Please note that tourists arriving in Cyprus do not need to issue a “Safepass” (or Coronapass). The main document for traveling around the country and visiting public places will be the Cyprus Flight Pass. The application for a Special Permission must be submitted on the Cyprus Flight Pass Platform 24 hours before entering Cyprus. Tourists will not need to regularly do a Covid test, present a certificate of vaccination, or a certificate of recovery from Covid-19. It will be enough to present the Cyprus Flight Pass.

Only police officers and inspectors authorized by ministries and departments have a right to check the availability of this document. Managers of companies/catering establishments do not control the availability of certificates. Visitors are not required to present Safepass or Cyprus Flight Pass to them.

New rule for vaccinated tourists arriving at Larnaca and Paphos airports. Since May 10, Cyprus considers as authorized for travel, all vaccines which have been approved by the European Medicines Agency, and the vaccine Sputnik V. Prior to travel, a copy of the vaccination certificate must be uploaded onto the Cyprus Flight Pass platform and certain vaccination details must also be provided.  Those who have been vaccinated with one of the EU-certified vaccines, as well as the Russian Sputnik-V, have the right to enter Cyprus without PCR tests. The Republic of Cyprus still reserves the right to randomly test any arriving flight, and this will include vaccinated travelers as well.

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Update:
February 27, 2021 – Epidemiological risk assessment of countries:
Green Category countries
Low-risk countries at the current stage
Schengen / EEA member states 1) Iceland
Third countries: 1) Australia, 2) New Zealand, 3) Singapore, 4) Saudi Arabia
Orange Category countries
European Union Member States: 1) Denmark, 2) Finland
Schengen countries: 1) Norway
Third Countries: 1) China (including Hong Kong and Macau), 2) South Korea, 3) Thailand
Red Category countries
Increased risk countries compared to the Green and Orange.
European Union Member States: 1) Austria, 2) Belgium, 3) Bulgaria, 4) France, 5) Ireland, 6) Croatia, 7) Luxemburg, 8) Romania, 9) Spain, 10) Italy, 11) Malta, 12) Netherlands, 13) Hungary, 14) Poland, 15) Portugal, 16) Slovakia, 17) Slovenia, 18) Czech Republic, 19) Estonia, 20) Latvia, 21) Lithuania, 22) Sweden, 23) Germany, 24) Greece
Small states: 1) Andorra, 2) Monaco, 3) Vatican City, 4) San Marino
Schengen countries: 1) Switzerland, 2) Liechtenstei
Grey Category countries (Special Permission):
Third countries: 1) United Kingdom, 2) Israel, 3) Russia, 4) United Arab Emirates, 5) Ukraine, 6) Jordan, 7) Lebanon, 8) Egypt, 9) Belarus, 10) Rwanda
SEE ENTIRE EPIDEMIOLOGICAL REPORT HERE

Update:
February 25, 2021 – Statement by the Minister of Health, Mr Constantinos Ioannou, during the announcement of the decisions of the Council of Ministers – Read here

Update:
Answers to frequently asked questions on what changes as of 1 March,
in the framework of the strategic lifting of measures to contain the pandemic Read here

Update:
February 17, 2021 – The Council of Ministers has approved the resumption of flights and reopening of airports with additional security measures starting March 1, Cyprus will apply a green, orange, red, and grey system for visitors from 56 countries – Read here – The Council of Ministers decided to extend until 31st March 2021, the measure of a 7-day stay in places to be designated by the Republic of Cyprus for those arriving from the United Kingdom, in accordance with the preconditions already in force.

Update:
February 17, 2021 – Epidemiological risk assessment of countries concerning COVID-19 – updated categorization of countries, based on the epidemiological risk assessment – click here

Update:
Feb 14, 2021 – Starting on April 1st – Israeli citizens who have been vaccinated will not be required to take a PCR test when traveling to Cyprus and will not be placed in quarantine upon arrival.

Update:
January 29, 2021 – *Revised* Answers to frequently asked questions on what changes as of 1 February, in the framework of the strategic lifting of measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic click here

Currently, movement is prohibited between 9pm to 5am

The Visit Cyprus website which is an official tourism website states that Cyprus is ready to welcome travelers having successfully dealt with the global Pandemic. However, if you are seriously considering traveling to Cyprus you should check for the most recent updates pertaining to your specific country.

Cyprus Travel Ban Lifted for 56 countries

 January 15, 2021 According to a government document – Entry requirements will depend on the category (A,B and C) of the country you are coming from. Here is a quick check tool to help you see where your current standing. The countries that the bans are to be lifted including all EU members, European Economic Area States, UK, Russia, Israel, Ukraine, Belarus, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, UAE and Saudi Arabia. The provisional date for the updated protocol for travel & tourism was changed to February 1, 2021. 

Important Coronavirus Announcements from Cyprus Ministry of Health: HTTP://PIO.GOV.CY/CORONAVIRUS/ENG/CATEGORIES/IMPORTANT-ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Application Process for a Flight Pass:
HTTPS://CYPRUSFLIGHTPASS.GOV.CY/EN/APPLICATION-PROCESS

Queries via telephone:
Calls within Cyprus: 1474
Calls from abroad: +357 22 285 757

A Category Countries: Covid test not required with Flight Pass:
Australia, Cyprus, New Zealand, Singapore, and Thailand.

B Category Countries: Option to request a COVID-19 to be carried out on arrival in Cyprus:
China, Finland, Germany, Greece, Holy See (Vatican City), Hong Kong, Iceland, Japan, Republic of Korea, Norway, Rwanda, San Marino.

 

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