Cyprus (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 07 May, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR tests required for some countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Self-isolation required for some countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 29.04.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland;
– residents of Cyprus;
– passengers arriving from Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, China (People’s Rep.), Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA or Vatican City (Holy See);
– spouses and children of nationals of Cyprus;
– passengers with a vaccination certificate issued by Cyprus or Israel. More details can be found at https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/vaccinated-passengers .
2. Passengers must have a Cyprus Flight Pass obtained at most 24 hours before departure at https://www.cyprusflightpass.gov.cy .
3. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers arriving from Australia, Iceland, Israel, Korea (Rep.), New Zealand, Saudi Arabia or Singapore;
– nationals and residents of Cyprus if arriving from Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, China (People’s Rep.), Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Rwanda, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA or Vatican City (Holy See);
– spouses and children of nationals of Cyprus if arriving from Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, China (People’s Rep.), Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Rwanda, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA or Vatican City (Holy See);
– passengers with a vaccination certificate issued by Cyprus or Israel. More details can be found at https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/vaccinated-passengers .
4. Passengers could be subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival at their own expense and quarantine. More details can be found at https://www.pio.gov.cy/coronavirus/uploads/19042021_epidemiological_assessmentEN.pdf and https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/country-categories .
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Specific measures for the new variant of coronavirus. In the case of passengers arriving from the UK:

1. Passengers will undergo a molecular test upon their arrival at the Airports;
2. They will then be transferred to designated hotels for compulsory 7-day self-isolation (persons under the age of 18 may choose to self-isolate at their homes or to remain in isolation in the hotels if they are travelling with their parents or legal guardians);
3. On the 7th day of isolation, they will undergo a new molecular test and, in case of a negative result, they will continue their self-isolation at home for another 3 days (total self-isolation: 10 days);
4. On the 10th day, and provided no symptoms occur, they are automatically released. In case symptoms occur, the General Practitioner should be contacted.

As of 1 March 2021, the evaluation of third countries will be carried out by the Ministry of Health which classifies them as “green”, “orange”, “red” and “grey”.

As of 1 April 2021, all passengers holding a vaccination certificate from the Republic of Cyprus are not required to undergo a Covid-19 test upon arrival and to self-isolate.

Is a coronavirus test required?

As of 1 April 2021, all passengers from “Green Category” countries are not required to hold a Covid-19 test certificate and to self-isolate.

Travellers from “Orange Category” countries have to provide a document showing a negative result of a PCR test taken within 72 hours before entering the country.

The following categories have also the option to be tested upon arrival:

1. Cypriot citizens and their family members (spouses, underage children and parents);
2. Persons legally residing in Cyprus;
3. Persons entitled to enter the Republic under the Vienna Convention;
4. Persons, irrespective of nationality, whose countries of residence (“orange” countries) do not provide a laboratory testing service.

Travellers from “Red Category” countries have to undergo a double testing procedure, showing a negative result of a PCR test taken within 72 hours before entering the country and carrying out another PCR test upon arrival.

The following categories of passengers may enter from a “red” country after having undergone, at their own expense, only a laboratory test upon their arrival:

1. Cypriot citizens and their family members (spouses, underage children and parents);
2. Persons legally residing in Cyprus;
3. Persons entitled to enter the Republic under the Vienna Convention.

Is a quarantine required?

Travellers from “orange” and “red” countries shall remain in mandatory self-isolation until they receive the PCR test result. People from “red” countries falling within the categories 1-3 above must remain in mandatory self-isolation for 72 hours and after the end of the 72 hours they must undergo another PCR test, at their own expense. If the last test is negative, isolation expires.

All travellers who test positive should be placed in compulsory confinement for 14 days and follow the medical protocol of the Ministry of Health.

For travellers from “grey” countries, quarantine measures apply, in accordance with the instructions of the Ministry of Health. Passengers shall remain in mandatory self-isolation/quarantine for a period of 14 days or alternatively, for a period of 10 days provided that they undergo another test (at their own expense) on the 10th day and the result is negative.

The test result must be sent to the following email address: [email protected]

All passengers have to submit, within 24 hours before starting their journey, all the information and documents to obtain the CyprusFlightPass.

Here https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/country-categories you can find the countries of origin divided into four categories (Green, Orange, Red and Grey, based on the internationally available epidemiological data). The list of countries in each category will be reviewed and revised on a weekly basis.

The download forms for passengers travelling to Cyprus can be found at https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/download-forms
 

Lockdown Details

As of 16 March, the percentage of physical presence of employees in private service businesses decreases from 50% to 25%.

The enterprises serving the public, as well as the offices of the public sector, and the Local Authorities, should take the necessary measures to guarantee a minimum distance of 2 metres and the maximum presence of 1 person per 10 square metres.

The use of a facemask is mandatory for people from the age of 12:

-in closed public spaces with more than 1 person;
-in outdoor public places with more than 2 people;
-in any workplace that involves physical proximity with the public, in retail stores and for people delivering goods.

Physical distancing measures of 2 metres outdoors and 3 metres indoors are in place.

As of 8 February 2021, the operation of malls is resumed, observing the measure of 1 person/15 square metres and ensuring that there is a check at the entrance so that the maximum number of customers is upheld.

From 15 March, restaurants may reopen their outdoor seating areas. The public may be served only while sitting down at a table. The number of people is determined according to the square metres of each establishment and provided that the distancing rules are applied. The maximum number of people per table at catering establishments (outdoor
areas) is 8, irrespective of age.

Home delivery and take-away are allowed (until 20:30). As of 21:00, only home delivery is allowed.

Catering areas inside hotels and tourist accommodation establishments may function until 21:00, serving only the guests staying in their premises, with a maximum number of people based on the available space and in general the following measures apply:

the public shall exclusively be served at table arrangements;
table reservations may not exceed 6 people;
the maximum number of people allowed is 40 in indoor areas and 80 in outdoor areas, provided that a capacity of 1 person/3 square metres indoors and 1 person/2 square metres outdoors is maintained.
Catering services at the Airports of Larnaka and Pafos are allowed to operate until 22:45.

 

Sources

https://www.visitcyprus.com/index.php/en/cyprus-covid19-travel-protocol
Data Source: covidcontrols.co