Cyprus (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 25 February, 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: Essential only
Restaurants and Bars: Delivery/Takeout only
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 19.02.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to passengers arriving from Australia, China (People’s Rep.), Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Iceland, Korea (Rep.), Macao (SAR China), New Zealand, Norway, Singapore or Thailand.
– This does not apply to residents of Cyprus.
– This does not apply to family members of nationals of Cyprus, if the national of Cyprus resides in Cyprus, arriving from a country other than Australia, China (People’s Rep.), Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Iceland, Korea (Rep.), Macao (SAR China), New Zealand, Norway, Singapore or Thailand.
2. Passengers who have been in a country other than Australia, China (People’s Rep.), Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Iceland, Korea (Rep.), Macao (SAR China), New Zealand, Norway, Singapore or Thailand in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to residents of Cyprus.
– This does not apply to family members of nationals of Cyprus, if the national of Cyprus resides in Cyprus.
3. Passengers must have a Cyprus Flight Pass obtained before departure at https://www.cyprusflightpass.gov.cy .
4. Passengers arriving from China (People’s Rep.), Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Iceland, Korea (Rep.), Macao (SAR China), Norway or Thailand must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT – PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure.
– This does not apply to residents of Cyprus.
– This does not apply to family members of nationals of Cyprus, if the national of Cyprus resides in Cyprus.
5.Residents of Cyprus arriving from a country other than Australia, New Zealand or Singapore are subject to Coronavirus (COVID-19) test upon arrival at their own expense; or
– must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT – PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure.
6. Family members of nationals of Cyprus, if the national of Cyprus resides in Cyprus, arriving from a country other than Australia, New Zealand or Singapore are subject to Coronavirus (COVID-19) test upon arrival at their own expense; or
– must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT – PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure.
7. Passengers are subject to self-isolation.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Specific measures for the new variant of coronavirus

from 21 December 2020, the following measures apply to all 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.

Entry rules for Cyprus depend on the epidemiological situation in countries of origin and transit.

Travel restrictions have been lifted for residents of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand (Category A countries).

The categorisation of countries is available at cyprusflightpass.gov.cy

Travellers from a Category B country, or who have stayed in a Category B country in the 14 days, have to provide the negative result of a PCR result conducted within 72 hours before entering.

In the following cases, travellers have also the option to be tested upon arrival and should be in isolation until they receive the results:

-Cypriot citizens and their family members (foreign spouses and their minor children);
-Persons legally residing in the Republic of Cyprus;
-Persons from category B countries that are not in the position to offer a laboratory testing service (public or private) to those wishing to travel to Cyprus, provided that an announcement by the Ministry of Health of Cyprus grants this permission.

In case of travellers from a Category C country, or who have stayed in a Category C country in the 14 days before arrival, only the following categories are allowed to enter the territory:

-Cypriot citizens permanently residing in the Republic of Cyprus and their family members (foreign spouses and their minor children);
-Persons legally residing in the Republic of Cyprus;
-Persons, regardless of nationality, having special permission as defined under the infectious Diseases Decree N.30;
-Patients, regardless of nationality, who received treatment by an approved private or public hospital/medical centre in the Republic and who are in need to continue such treatment;
-Persons, regardless of nationality, whose presence in the Republic, due to their professional or scientific capacity, is approved by the competent medical body to reinforce the efforts against COVID-19;
-First-degree relatives of persons residing in the Republic and/or who are doing business in the Republic (spouse, children, parents) for reunion purposes.

The above-mentioned categories have the possibility either to provide a document showing a negative PCR result conducted within 72 hours before entering or to be tested upon arrival at their own expenses.

Travellers from Category C countries have to undergo a 14-day self-isolation and they have to submit to a second PCR test on the 10th day of the period of self-isolation. The result of the PCR test must be sent to [email protected] and the self-isolation will come to an end on the 14th day, provided that the test result is negative.

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

Additional details can be found on the Decree n.2/2021 https://www.pio.gov.cy/coronavirus/uploads/8012021_DECREE_EN.docx.pdf

All passengers travelling to the Republic of Cyprus have to submit, within 24 hours before starting their journey (either via direct flight or with intermediate stops), all the information and documents required to obtain the CyprusFlightPass.
 

Lockdown Details

As of 10 January 2021, a strict lockdown is applied.

A curfew is in place and the movement of citizens is banned from 21:00 to 5:00, with some exceptions.

As of 1 February, the percentage of physical presence of employees in private service businesses increases from 25% to 50%, provided that they undergo a rapid antigen test by 31 January.

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 meters and the maximum presence of 1 person/10 square metres.

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

-in closed public spaces;
-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.

The operation of non-essential shops is suspended. All retail trade outlets may provide their services online or via telephone with house delivery.

As of 1 February 2021, retail shops, including department stores and shopping centre, are allowed to re-open.

Essential shops (i.e.supermarkets, mini-markets, butcher’s shops, pharmacies, retail food trade outlets etc.) have to reserve entry to people aged 65 and over as well as people with disabilities in the time slot that goes from opening hours to 10:00. Hygiene and physical distancing measures are in place. The use of a protective face mask is mandatory. Retail, large shopping centres, malls, as well as large stores, department stores and large stores of over 500 square metres shall function with a restriction in the number of people served (1 person/10 square metres). Popular markets shall function at 50% capacity.

The operation of catering establishments (i.e. restaurants, catering services in hotels and tourist accommodations, catering services in malls and department stores, taverns, cafeterias, pizzerias, pubs, snack-bars and bars, coffee shops, canteens and/or refectories of sports clubs, cultural clubs, associations, societies, etc.) is suspended, with the exception of services concerned with home delivery and take-away (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 21:00.
 

Sources

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