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Last updated 21 January, 2021
After months of dormancy due to the raging pandemic, the travel industry is gearing up for a return to small normalcy with borders reopening, easing of quarantine requirements, and the creation of travel bubbles. Travelers around the world are now keen to find out if, when and where they can travel abroad. One country that’s been on many travel wishlist is Cyprus. Can anyone travel to Cyprus now?
Who can travel to Cyprus?
The Cypriot government has introduced a categorization of countries to determine whether or not travelers may be granted entry into Cyprus for non-essential purposes. Based on their epidemiological picture, countries are sorted into categories A, B and C, with category A being the most favorable.
Regardless of categories, points of origin and purpose of visit, travelers wishing to fly to Cyprus must first obtain a Cyprus Flight Pass beforehand. However, requirements vary between categories, with travelers originating from category A countries being the only ones exempted from having to provide COVID-19 test certificates. Travelers from categories B and C will be responsible for ensuring their PCR test results are uploaded to Cyprus Flight Pass within 24 hours prior to departure.
Furthermore, apart from obtaining the Cyprus Flight Pass, travelers are required to bring with them copies of the document either in print or digital format. The authorities will ask them to produce the document prior to boarding as well as upon arrival.
The Cypriot government has released list of country categories based on the latest epidemiological risk assessment. The list is dynamic in nature and may be subject to modification at any moment as the situation evolves.
As of 21 January, the categorisation is as follows:
Category A: Australia, Cyprus, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand.
Category B: China, Finland, Germany, Greece, Holy See (Vatican City State), Hong Kong, Iceland, Japan, Norway, Rwanda, San Marino, South Korea.
Category C: All countries not falling into categories A and B.
Do I need to quarantine if I travel to Cyprus?
Cypriot authorities’ quarantine regulations state that travellers of any nationality arriving from category A countries are exempt from having to serve quarantine as well as to produce COVID-19 test certificates. They only have to provide e certain information and solemn declarations.
Travellers departing from category B countries are required to undergo a laboratory test within 72 hours prior to their departure and to possess a Certificate showing a negative PCR examination for the virus. The negative test result should allow them to avoid serving a period of self-isolation. Children below the age of 11.99 are
exempted from this rule.
Travellers from countries in Category C will be allowed to enter only if they are:
- Cypriot citizens and their family members (their alien spouses, underage children and parents)
- all those legally residing in the Republic
- persons entitled to under the Vienna Convention
- Persons not included in all of the above, provided they obtain prior written permission from the Republic of Cyprus, as defined under the Infectious Diseases Decree (N.30), as amended. The application for a Special Permission must be submitted on the Cyprus Flight Pass Platform.
However, for this group, additional molecular examination upon arrival may be warranted. Depending on the results of the test, self-quarantine may be required.
In addition the cost of the test would be paid by the travelers.
For travelers departing from category C countries. They will have the option of choosing to undergo a diagnostic test for COVID19 upon their arrival in Cyprus or have with them a negative RT-PCR test certificate for COVID-19, undertaken within 72 hours prior to departure.
They will be subjected to a 14-day self-isolation upon arrival It must be noted that such persons shall have to remain in a state of self-isolation for 14 days in a designated facility.
Lastly, category C travelers are required to retake the COVID-19 molecular examination 48 hours prior to the termination of their 14-day self-isolation. Travelers will bear the cost themselves and the test results should be submitted to [email protected] . The self-isolation period shall be deemed complete on the 14th day providing the outcome of the test are negative.
Are there flights to Cyprus now?
International flights to and from Cyprus are currently available. A search through Wego shows a number of flights inbound for Cyprus for the month of October If you’re looking to visit Cyprus from a country in category A or B, you shouldn’t find any trouble securing your flight tickets.
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