Cyprus (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 16 December, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Fully vaccinated travelers are exempt from testing and quarantine requirements.

The complete list of vaccines that are accepted in Cyprus is as follows:

BioNTech/Pfizer (Comirnaty)
AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria)
Moderna (Spikevax)
Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)
AstraZeneca – Serum Institute of India (Covishield)
Sinovac (CoronaVac)
Sinopharm BIBP
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 13.12.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter if arriving from or if in the past 14 days they have been in, or transited through, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe.
This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Cyprus;
-spouses and children of nationals of Cyprus;
– nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, 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.
2. Passengers arriving from or who in the past 14 days have been in, or transited through, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe, are subject to quarantine for 10 days in a hotel arranged by the Ministry of Tourism, at their own expense.
3. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Cyprus, their spouses and children;
– residents of Cyprus;
– nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, 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;
-passengers arriving from Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Colombia, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay or Vatican City (Holy See);
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued in Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA or Vatican City (Holy See). Details can be found at https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/vaccinated-passengers ;
– passengers with an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC) as proof of recovery and a positive COVID-19 test taken at most 180 days before departure;
– passengers who recovered from COVID-19 with an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC) showing that they received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine;
– passengers arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe.
4. Passengers must complete their application for a Cyprus Flight Pass at most 48 hours before the departure at https://www.cyprusflightpass.gov.cy .
5. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Cyprus, between 12 and 15 years; not arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe;
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers arriving from Bahrain, Indonesia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia or United Arab Emirates;
– passengers 16 year and older, who are nationals of Cyprus, their spouses and children, with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate stating that they received the first dose of AstraZeneca (Covishield, SK Bioscience, Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V;
– passengers 16 year and older, who are residents of Cyprus with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate stating that they received the first dose of AstraZeneca (Covishield, SK Bioscience, Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac and Sputnik V;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival . Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (Covishield, SK Bioscience, Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac and Sputnik V. The certificate must be issued in:
– Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA or Vatican City (Holy See). Details can be found at https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/vaccinated-passengers ;
– passengers with an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC) as proof of recovery, issued at most 180 days after the positive test result;
– passengers who recovered from COVID-19 with an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC) showing that they received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
6. Passengers are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival at their own expense.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Cyprus is following a colour-coded system harmonised with evaluation standards set by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Countries are categorized according to their epidemiological situation into “Green”, “Orange” and “Red” categories, with the category “Green” having the most favourable epidemiological status. The categorisation of Countries is updated weekly by the Ministry of Health. The measures applicable depend on the colour code assigned to each country (https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/country-categories).

Cyprus is now open for travel from few countries, while some domestic restrictions are being re-imposed.

It is possible to travel to Cyprus from the following countries, after applying for a Cyprus Flight Pass:

EU and Schengen Member countries
Australia
Israel
New Zealand
Singapore
China
Hong Kong
South Korea
Saudi Arabia
United Kingdom
United States
United Arab Emirates
Russia
Belarus
Ukraine
Qatar
Egypt
Lebanon
Jordan
Bahrain
Georgia
Armenia
North Macedonia
Albania
Serbia

Fully vaccinated travelers are exempt from testing and quarantine requirements, unless arriving from a high-risk country.

The following entry requirements apply:
Travel from countries classified as “GREEN”

Persons traveling from “GREEN” countries will not need to demonstrate a negative PCR test for COVID-19 when traveling to Cyprus; they only need to fill out the Cyprus Flight Pass and provide certain information and solemn declarations.

Travel from countries NOT classified as “GREEN”

 Travellers arriving from countries NOT classified as “GREEN” can enter Cyprus without being subject to any isolation or test requirement in case they have been fully vaccinated. These passengers, regardless of their nationality, holding a valid vaccination certificate (https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/vaccinated-passengers), will be able to travel from any country to the Republic of Cyprus without being subject to isolation or test requirement.

Full information for vaccinated travellers is available at Cyprus Flight Pass (https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/vaccinated-passengers).

The complete list of vaccines that are accepted in Cyprus is as follows:

BioNTech/Pfizer (Comirnaty)
AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria)
Moderna (Spikevax)
Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)
AstraZeneca – Serum Institute of India (Covishield)
Sinovac (CoronaVac)
Sinopharm BIBP

Persons traveling from “ORANGE” countries are required to undergo a molecular test (PCR test) at a certified lab, with the sample taken during the last 72 hours prior to flight departure, and upload a certificate that demonstrates a negative PCR for COVID-19, on the Cyprus Flight Pass Platform. Children who arrive in Cyprus before their 12th birthday, are exempted from testing.

The following persons will be allowed to be exempted from the provision to undergo a molecular test (PCR test) at a certified lab, with the sample taken during the last 72 hours prior to the flight departure, and they will be allowed to enter the Republic of Cyprus,and undergo a lab test (PCR test) at their own expense, upon entry to the Republic of Cyprus. However, they need to self-isolate until they get a negative result:

– Cypriot citizens and members of their families (foreign spouses and children) or Legal residents of the Republic, who meet at least one of the following conditions:
a) have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine approved by the Republic of Cyprus.
b) cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, and are holders of a relevant medical certificate issued by the Cyprus Ministry of Health.
c) are minors between the ages of 12 and 15.

Persons traveling from “RED” countries are required to undergo a molecular test (PCR test) at a certified lab, with the sample taken during the last 72 hours prior to flight departure, and upload a certificate that demonstrates a negative PCR for COVID-19, on the Cyprus Flight Pass Platform. They will also need to pay for and undergo a molecular PCR test upon arrival to Cyprus, the cost of which is 15 Euros at Larnaca airport and 19 Euros at Paphos airport; results of the test will be available within 3 hours on the digital platform www.covid-testcyprus.com. Children, who arrive in Cyprus before their 12th birthday, are exempted from testing.

The following categories from “RED” countries may opt to be tested only upon arrival in Cyprus (at their own expense), without the necessity to provide a pre-departure test:

1. Cypriot citizens and their family members (spouses, underage children and parents) who have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine approved by the Republic of Cyprus or cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, and are holders of a relevant medical certificate issued by the Cyprus Ministry of Health or they are minors between the ages of 12 and 15;
2. Persons legally residing in Cyprus;
3. Persons entitled to enter the Republic under the Vienna Convention;

These persons may choose to undergo one lab test, namely upon their arrival to Cyprus, but must then remain in a status of obligatory self-isolation for a minimum of 72 hours from the time of their arrival. After the 72 hour self-isolation, they must undergo a second PCR test for Covid-19, again at their own expense. They are released from self-isolation after a negative test result which must be submitted online to the CyprusFlightPass platform.

Note: European Union citizens, citizens of European Economic Area (including Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway), citizens of Switzerland and citizens of third countries, must undergo a molecular test prior to departure, as stipulated above.

The other categories of passengers have the choice of either taking the test prior to their departure or taking it upon entry to the Republic of Cyprus, at their own expense.

Persons traveling from GREY countries are required to undergo a molecular test (PCR test) at a certified lab, with the sample taken during the last 72 hours prior to the flight departure, and upload a certificate that demonstrates a negative PCR for COVID-19, on the Cyprus Flight Pass Platform. In addition, they will remain in a status of obligatory self-isolation/quarantine for fourteen (14) days or a status of obligatory self-isolation/quarantine for seven (7) days, provided they undergo another PCR test for Covid-19 on the 7th day, at their own expense. The result of the lab test must be submitted online to the CyprusFlightPass platform. Children who arrive in Cyprus before their 12th birthday, are exempted from testing.

Mandatory Travel Documentation

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

All passengers have to submit, within 48 hours before starting their journey, all the information and documents required to obtain the CyprusFlightPass.

If the web electronic platform is temporarily unavailable due to technical issues or scheduled maintenance, travellers need to complete by hand and carry with them the Passenger Locator Form.
 

Lockdown Details

In all indoor and outdoor areas and premises where, subject to the distancing measures, more than 20 people may gather at any time, it is required that people aged 12 and above shall hold a “SafePass”.

The pass consists of a document stating that the bearer has either:

been vaccinated against Covid-19;
recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months;
tested negative for COVID-19 within the last 72 hours.
The document has to be displayed by all residents and visitors at hotels, restaurants, cafes or bars, places of worship, theatres and cinemas, shopping malls, gyms, retirement homes, beauty salons, beaches, food stores, archaeological sites and other public venues.

To obtain a SafePass, citizens must present one of the following forms of evidence:

1.Vaccination certificate with at least one dose and after a period of 3 weeks has passed (citizens can present the Vaccination Card given to them at the vaccination centres);

2.Proof that a person has contracted COVID-19 in the last 6 months (citizens may present the release text message or the recovery text message sent to their mobile phone by the Ministry of Health);

3.Citizens aged 12 and over are given the option to present a negative test certificate, from a PCR or a rapid test, valid for 72 hours. Citizens may present either the form provided by the different test units, or the text message sent to their mobile phone with the result of the test.

The use of protective facemasks is mandatory for all persons over 12 years old, indoors where there is more than one person and outdoors where there are more than two persons with the exception .

Physical distancing measures apply so that people who do not belong to the same travel group maintain a reasonable distance from each other (the minimum area occupied per person should be 2 square metres outdoors, and 3 square metres indoors).

Retail trade enterprises including shopping centres, malls and large stores, are open.

The operation of catering establishments is permitted subject to the guidelines of the Ministry of Health.
 

Sources

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