Republic of Cyprus

Country Categories & Entry Requirements

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Vaccinated Passengers

Passengers from the countries below regardless of their nationality, will be able to travel to the Republic of Cyprus, without having to meet the prerequisites of the corresponding country category (e.g. RT-PCR laboratory tests, self-isolation, quarantine etc., or issuance of a special permission to enter the country): 


a) Vaccinated passengers who hold a valid vaccination certificate from the public authorities of the countries referred below. 
b) Passengers who have recovered from COVID-19 and their travel date is <180 days from their first positive result. Passengers must hold an EU Digital COVID Recovery certificate (other certificates are not accepted). 


Vaccinated/recovered passengers still have to complete, within 48 hours before their last departure flight to Cyprus, the necessary application form and obtain a CyprusFlightPass by visiting the link www.cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/select-fly-request.


The vaccination certificate is considered acceptable if all of the below apply:

 

  • The vaccine has been administered by the public authorities of the countries below.

  • The vaccine administered is either one of the approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the Sputnik (Gam-COVID-Vac)  or the Sinopharm (BBIBP COVID-19) Vaccine. 

  • All of the required doses of the respective vaccine have already been administered.

  • The required time frame has elapsed between the administration of the final dose and the date of travel.


It is noted that upon their arrival in the Republic of Cyprus, vaccinated passengers will not be excluded from any PCR sampling testing, which may be carried out by the Ministry of Health and the strict implementation of the health protocols in force in the Republic of Cyprus.


Please note that in the case of a person who has been administered with a combination of different types of the above vaccines (eg 1st dose Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) and second dose Pfizer-BioNTech), at the stage of completing the application for the purpose of obtaining the cyprusflightpass the vaccine administered to him/her as a second dose has to be declared, recording at the same time as the first dose the date of administration of the first vaccine.


Time Frame for travel purposes


Janssen/Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
Fourteen (14) days must have elapsed between the completion of the required dose of the vaccine (1-dose vaccine) and the date of travel.
AstraZeneca Vaccine (Vaxzevria, COVISHIELD, SKBio)
With the completion of the required doses of the vaccine.
Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine
With the completion of the required doses of the vaccine.
Moderna Vaccine
With the completion of the required doses of the vaccine.
Sputnik (Gam-COVID-Vac) Vaccine
With the completion of the required doses of the vaccine.
Sinopharm (BBIBPCOVID-19) Vaccine
With the completion of the required doses of the vaccine.
Sinovac (CoronaVac) Vaccine
With the completion of the required doses of the vaccine.

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Cypriot citizens and their family members (alien spouses and their underage children), and persons legally residing in the Republic only

From Orange, Red & Grey Country Categories

 

May take a PCR test upon arrival in the Republic, provided they fulfil one of the following preconditions:

  • Passengers who have been vaccinated with at least the 1st dose of vaccines approved by the Republic, or 

  • Passengers aged 16 to 18 who have been vaccinated with at least the 1st dose of vaccines approved by the Republic, or 

  • Minor passengers between 12 and 15 years old, or

  • Passengers who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, upon presentation of a relevant certificate from the Ministry of Health of the Republic. 

The examination cost will be borne by themselves and in addition, such persons shall remain in self-isolation until the test result is issued.

Citizens etc. coming from Red country categories must remain in mandatory self-isolation for 72 hours after their arrival in the Republic, and after the end of the 72-hour period they must undergo another PCR laboratory test, at their own expense.   If the repeat test result is negative, they can then terminate their isolation.

Grey Category countries (Special Permission):

Countries that are not listed under (green, orange and red) are in the Grey Category (Special Permission).  Entry into the RoC is only allowed for the following categories of passengers: 

 

  • Cypriot citizens and family members (alien spouses and their underage children),

  • European citizens and citizens of European Economic Area countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and Switzerland,

  • Persons legally residing in the Republic, 

  • Persons entitled to enter the Republic under the Vienna Convention, and 

  • Third country nationals who are allowed to enter the Republic of Cyprus following a special permission from the Republic, as this is defined in the Quarantine Decree (N.9) of 2021, as this is modified each time.

Passengers coming from Grey Category categories must have a negative PCR test <72 hours old. 

All Passengers from the Grey Category countries shall remain in mandatory self-isolation or mandatory quarantine for 14 days or alternatively, in mandatory self-isolation or mandatory quarantine for a period of 7 days provided that they undergo another Covid19 test (at their own expense) on the 7th day and the result comes back negative.

Passengers’ applications for the granting of a Special Entry Permit must be submitted on line as of 04/08/2020 through the platform following the link https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/special-permission-request


It is emphasized that the obtaining of a Special Entry Permit to the Republic of Cyprus applies only to persons, with nationality of third Countries, travelling from countries not included in the Categories in Categories Green, Orange, Red, in accordance with the categorisation of countries as announced by the Ministry of Health, and shall be granted only in the following cases:

 

  • First degree relatives of persons who reside legally in the Republic and/or are economically active in the Republic (spouse, children, parents) for family reunion purposes

  • Persons whose arrival in the Republic is necessary for the purpose of implementing public projects or for honouring other important professional commitments

  • Domestic Workers or Workers that have already been granted an approval for any other work in the Republic by the competent Ministry or Department - Learn more 

  • Workers in Agriculture and Livestock field - Learn more 

  • Athletes/ Referees/ Supporting personnel, participating in professional sport activities and for Athletic Reasons

  • Changes of aircraft crews in the case where they are travelling as passengers for replacement purposes

  • Seafarers for the purpose of crew change or repatriation


Requests for the granting of a special permit may be submitted through the e-platform within 14 days prior to the expected travel date. As from the 1st of April 2021, the approval granted shall be valid for two months from the date of issue of the special permit. Travelers are advised to arrange their trip before the expiration of the two-month period. As mentioned in the payment terms, amounts paid through the platform are considered final and are not subject to refund for any reason.


UK Nationals Entering the RoC

Since the UK left the European Union (EU), the UK is now classified as a third country and visa and immigration rules for 3rd country nationals now apply to all UK citizens.  This has changed UK Citizens’ rights of access to Cyprus, as UK Citizens no longer have the right of ‘Freedom of Movement’ granted to all EU Citizens.

Since Brexit, UK Citizens are entitled to ‘visa free’ access to Cyprus for 90 days in every 180 days.  This means anyone who enters via the Republic of Cyprus can remain on the island for up to 90 days in every 180 days.  If UK citizens wish to remain on the island for a longer period they must obtain a residency permit from the Republic of Cyprus (note: TRNC Residency Permits are not recognised).  Residents of the TRNC are not permitted to apply for a Republic of Cyprus Residency Permit, only those UK Citizens who live within the Republic of Cyprus.

According to the Green Line Regulation, anyone with a valid visa (a third country ‘visa free’ entry is classified as a valid visa) may cross the green line into the TRNC and return.  Any restrictions to foreigners crossing who hold a valid visa, is a breach of an International Treaty.  In 2020 Greek Cypriot restrictions to Green Line Crossings were allowed as a result of Covid-19, however, as the threat of Covid-19 decreases these restrictions will be removed and movement across the borders between the North and the South should be allowed again.

The following is a summary of the current implications for those people wishing to enter and cross to and from the South.

Crossing to and from the TRNC

The following summarises the implications of the Brexit Changes on UK Citizens rights to cross into and out of the TRNC.   The following guidance has been verified with the British High Commission.

Tourist (those who stay in Cyprus < 90day in every rolling 180 days)
Entry to and exist from the TRNC is permitted under the Green Line Regulation 

Resident (those who stay >90 days in Cyprus in every 180 days)

You may cross the border into the RoC from the TRNC.  The first time that you cross the border, since it has re-opened in May you will given a ‘free’ 90 day visa which will allow you to cross the border freely for the next 90 days.  On expiry of the 90 day visa you will no longer be allowed to cross the border until a further 90 days have passed and then it will be possible for you to obtain a new 90 day visa and again cross the border.  

In the early days of this process we believe that some people were not issued with visas, so you may find that if you crossed in May you have not been given a ‘free’ 90 day visa, however recent reports indicate that people crossing the border for the first time during July and August were formally advised on crossing that they were being issued with a visa and that this would be in force from now on.
Departure from the TRNC via Larnaca – provided you have either never crossed the border since its re-opening in May or you have crossed the border and your 90 day ‘free’ visa has not expired you should be able to enter the RoC and travel to either Larnaca or Paphos airports.  It was advised by the British High Commision in June that there may be issues with people trying to leave Cyprus via the South after September, however currently we are not aware that anyone has experienced any issues.

 

Full details of the rules for entry to Cyprus are shown at the following link:
 
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus/entry-requirements

Source: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus/entry-requirements; British High Commission, Cyprus; http://www.pio.gov.cy/coronavirus/eng/categories/press-releases

COVID-19 Destination Protocol, Cyprus – updated 13 August 2021 

Q2: What other documentation is necessary for traveling to Cyprus? 
‘Cyprus Flight Pass’ can be issued on the website www.cyprusflightpass.gov.cy. 
All passengers traveling to the Republic of Cyprus need to fill out and submit in advance, all required information and documents; use of the platform is obligatory for anyone who wishes to fly to the Republic of Cyprus. 
ONLY in the event of a technical problem or scheduled maintenance of the electronic platform (officially announced on the electronic platform) will passengers be allowed to fill in the required forms, on paper. These can be downloaded from https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/download-forms. In this case, travelers have to carry with them, in paper form, the required documentation. 


The flight pass will include the following points:
a) personal information of the passenger, 
b) declaration whether or not a person has traveled to/from/through or stayed/lived in a country with less favourable epidemiological criteria compared to the country of departure within 14 days before their arrival to the Republic of Cyprus,
c) confirmation that a person has not experienced one of the following symptoms – fever, cough, fatigue, headache, muscle or body aches, loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, congestion or runny nose within the last 14 days or he/she has not been in close contact with a COVID-19 confirmed case within the last 14 days,
d) disclaimer that travel is taking place at a person’s own responsibility, and that the Republic of Cyprus or businesses operating within it, cannot be held liable for infection at any point during the travel process, 
e) disclaimer that upon return to their country of origin, a person will notify the Health Authorities of Cyprus, should they display COVID-19 disease in the 14 days after leaving the island, 
f) request form for citizens of third countries travelling from Grey Category Countries, wishing to acquire special permission, by submitting their requests electronically through the following link: https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/special-permission 
c. Airlines will not permit passengers to board the aircraft and travel to the Republic of Cyprus without a Cyprus Flight Pass (however, checking the validity of the information included in the Cyprus Flight Pass by travellers is NOT an obligation of the airlines). Any travellers arriving to the Republic of Cyprus without a Cyprus Flight Pass, will be subject to a fine of 300 Euros.

Q3: What procedures are in place for persons who have been vaccinated for COVID-19? 
Vaccination is not a prerequisite for travel, however a vaccination certificate will be accepted as an additional facilitator for travel for persons traveling from ΕU member states, member countries of the European Economic Area (including Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein), Armenia, Bahrain, Belarus, Canada, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, China (including Hong Kong and Macau) and Gibraltar.

It should be noted that, vaccination certificates issued by the competent authorities of the Member States of the European Union, the Member States of the European Economic Area (including Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein) and Switzerland, are only being accepted in digital form through the EU Digital Covid Certificate – see further information in Q4). 

Cyprus considers as authorized for travel purposes, all vaccines which have been approved by the European Medicines Agency, and the vaccines Sputnik V, Sinopharm (BBIBP COVID-19), Sinovac, AstraZeneca-Covishield and AstraZeneca-SKBio .

Travelers who can prove that they have received all necessary doses of an authorized vaccine (see above), will not be required to undergo any tests to visit Cyprus, irrespective of colour-categorization of their country of departure. Moreover, they will not be placed in quarantine, even in the case when they are close contacts of a positive COVID-19 case. The above facilitation will be valid from the date that both doses of a vaccine have been administered, with the exception of the one dose vaccine Johnson and Johnson, where the facilitation will be valid two weeks after its administration. 

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. Verification of the certificate’s authenticity, is the sole responsibility of border control services in the country of departure. The traveller is responsible and personally liable in the event of provision of untruthful information, and in such a case, will be subject to penalties upon arrival to Cyprus. It should be noted that the Republic of Cyprus still reserves the right to randomly test any arriving flight. Moreover, all destination protocols need to be implemented and followed by everyone, including vaccinated travellers. 

Q4: What procedures are in place for persons who are holders of an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EUDCC)? 
The following certificates are accepted as part of the EUDCC procedure: 
Vaccination certificate (issued upon completion of a person’s full vaccination program). Cyprus considers as authorized for travel, all vaccines which have been approved by the European Medicines Agency, and the vaccines Sputnik V, Sinopharm (BBIBP COVID-19), Sinovac, AstraZeneca-Covishield and AstraZenecaSKBio. 
Negative PCR Covid test, with the sampling being carried out within 72h prior to departure. 
Covid recovery certificate (valid 14 days after testing positive and for a period of 180 days thereafter). 
Covid recovery certificate plus a single dose of an authorized vaccine (see above list). 

Holders of a vaccination-based or recovery-based EUDCC will be exempt from any additional testing upon entering Cyprus, irrespective of colour categorization of their country of departure. Holders of a test-based EUDCC will need to follow the procedures explained in question 1 of the current document. Vaccination certificates and recovery certificates issued by the competent authorities of the Member States of the European Union, the Member States of the European Economic Area (including Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein) and Switzerland, are only being accepted through the EUDCC. Prior to travel, holders of an EUDCC need to fill out all required information on the Cyprus Flight Pass Platform (see question 2). 

The traveler is responsible and liable in the event of provision of untruthful information, and in such a case, will be subject to penalties upon arrival to Cyprus. Travelers may still be subject to random testing upon arrival and are still obliged to follow all destination protocols.

Q5: What criteria is taken into consideration by the Cyprus government, for the categorization of countries which do not feature on ECDC lists? 
In order to categorize the specific countries, a panel of experts considers amongst others, the same criteria used by ECDC for the production of the lists (cumulative 14- day impact per 100,000 population, positivity rate, testing rate, vaccination coverage, mortality rate, presence of variants of concern). 

Travel protocols 
Q6: What protocols can be expected on airplanes?
a. Prior to boarding, travellers will need to show their ‘Cyprus Flight Pass’ 
b. Travellers’ temperature may be tested prior to boarding 
c. Wearing masks is compulsory during the flight

Q7: What other protocols can be expected in Cyprus airports/port terminals? 
a. Entrance or passage will only be allowed to travelers and staff 
b. Travelers will have their temperature tested ate the entrance of the terminal 
c. Wearing masks is compulsory in all areas Movement within the destination 

Q8: Are there any local restrictions on movement? 
There are no restrictions on movement. To enjoy certain services across the destination, where a large number of people congregate, the Cyprus Flight Pass will need to be presented on the spot, in the event of a check by an authorized officer (for example in churches, conference venues, wedding venues, events venues, theatres, cinemas, shopping malls, museums, casinos, food and beverage venues, theme parks, children play areas, archaeological sites, mini cruises, etc.). 

Along with the Cyprus Flight Pass, additional documents may be required as proof that travellers are not permanent residents of Cyprus e.g. a copy of the airline ticket and/or accommodation reservation. Therefore, travelers should at all times carry with them a copy of the aforementioned documents. 

For movements within the destination, the Cyprus Flight Pass is valid for up to (and including) 7 days, from the date of arrival to Cyprus (date of arrival is considered as Day 1). 

From the 8th day after arrival, a local Safe Pass (proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 or negative rapid antigen-test result or negative PCR test result) is necessary. A valid EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate is also sufficient for this purpose. To facilitate the above procedure, rapid-antigen tests are available in a large number of clinical labs and pharmacies across the island and have a maximum cost ceiling of 10 Euros. Tests undertaken while in Cyprus are considered to be valid for 72 hours. 

Places where the Cyprus Flight Pass or Safe Pass do not need to be presented include beaches, picnic sites, promenades, outdoor exercise areas and small shops (with a capacity of less than 10 persons).

 

Destination protocols
Q9: Are there any general safety protocols that will apply? 
Enhanced health, safety and hygiene protocols have been devised for all hospitality establishments, and extensive training of staff has taken place prior to the destination opening for visitors. 
Physical distancing measures are followed, 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 sq. meters outdoors, and 3 sq. meters indoors).
Adequate ventilation provisions are undertaken for all public indoor areas, so that apart from air conditioning there will be regular input of fresh air. 
Antibacterial gel/liquid is available in all establishments, at entrances, reception areas, lounges, public toilets, lifts etc. 
Use of masks is compulsory in all indoor areas (taxis, buses, diving/safari jeeps, lifts, theatres, malls, etc.) and outdoor public places. Areas (restaurants, coffee-shops, bars, snack-bars, lobby bars, etc.) where people are seated whilst consuming food and beverage are excluded from this provision. Also exempted are beaches, swimming pools and instances where persons are exercising. In any case, travellers should always consult the Visit Cyprus website for the latest information on this matter, as procedures may change at short notice.

Q10: Buses/rental vehicles/taxis/diving and safari jeeps 
a. Frequent ventilation and disinfection of buses 
b. Disinfection of rental vehicles after their return (including keys) 
c. Disinfection of all high frequency touch areas after every route, for taxis and diving/safari jeeps (door handles, seats etc.) 
d. Capacity of tour buses is allowed at 100% 

Q11: Archaeological sites, museums, theme parks, mini cruises, diving sites, water sports 
Frequent disinfection of high frequency touch areas (artifacts, touch screens, rides, door handles, seats, diving equipment, water sports equipment etc.) 

Q12: Swimming pools, beaches and water parks 
a. Disinfection of sun beds, umbrellas and personal safe boxes after every use 
b. Distance of 4m between umbrellas and 2m between sunbeds of persons not belonging to the same group 
c. Physical distancing does not apply to lifeguards who are called into urgent life-saving action 

Q13: Accommodation establishments 
a. Use of masks and carrying out of appropriate hand hygiene, for all front-of-house staff; for housekeeping staff gloves are also compulsory
b. Dispersion of guests at ‘group check-in’ 
c. Rooms will not be allocated to new arrivals, unless enough time has passed since the previous occupants left, for appropriate cleaning, disinfection and aeriation 
d. Disinfection of room keys/cards after every departure
e. Where food or drink is displayed on self-service stations, appropriate sneeze guards or face masks are availed, and hand disinfection stations are installed; alternatively, items could be served directly by the staff 
f. The minimum area occupied between persons not belonging to the same party, is 2 square meters outdoors, and 3 square meters indoors.

Q14: Restaurants, bars, cafes, pubs and night clubs
a. Use of masks and carrying out of appropriate hand hygiene, for all back-of-house and front-of-house staff 
b. The maximum party size is set at 10 persons per table. In any case, travelers should always consult the Visit Cyprus website for the latest information on this matter, as procedures are likely to change at very short notice. 
c. The minimum area occupied between persons not belonging to the same party is 2 square meters d. Menus are disinfected after every use, unless they are disposable; alternatively they will be displayed at various communal points of the establishment, or made available digitally 
e. Guests are encouraged to pay by card and not by cash
f. Disinfection of all touch points is carried out after each use e.g. chairs, tables, salt/pepper mills, sauce bottles, electronic payment machines etc.
g. An information sheet is made available at the entrance, displaying the maximum number of guests allowed in place at any given time Testing and quarantine procedures at the destination 

Q15: Is random testing going to be done at destination level? 
Entire flights are randomly asked to undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival, irrespective of where they flew from. Children who arrive in Cyprus before their 12th birthday, are exempted. The cost in such cases is borne by the Cyprus government. 

Q16: How will we deal with travellers who test positive during their stay in Cyprus? What happens to their close contacts? Who will cover the cost of hospitalization and treatment? 
a. The Cyprus government is committed to taking care of all travellers who test positive for coronavirus during their stay, as well as their close contacts. The government will transfer these persons to separate facilities, covering the cost of lodging, food, drink, and medication; the traveller will only need to bear the cost of their airport transfer and repatriation flight, in collaboration with their agent and/or airline. Using separate facilities will not only ensure that patients are properly taken care of, but it will also provide peace of mind to other travellers, that their accommodation establishment is free of COVID-19. Should an establishment be found to host a person who has tested positive for coronavirus, it will thus not be ordered into a 14-day quarantine. 
b. More specifically, a COVID-19 hospital with a surplus of available beds and intensive care units equipped with respirators has been made available exclusively for travellers who test positive for coronavirus.
c. In addition, 300 rooms in dedicated quarantine-hotels are available for persons deemed as close contacts of persons who test positive for coronavirus, and these can be increased at very short notice if required.

Q17: What is the definition of a close contact? 
a. A close contact is defined as ‘somebody who came into close physical contact to a person who has tested positive for coronavirus’ i.e. at a distance of less than 2m for more than 15 minutes. 
b. Contact tracing from an airplane only includes passengers from the same family.

Q18: What is the quarantine duration for close contacts? 
The normal duration of quarantine is 14 days. Travelers who are transferred to the designated close contact hotel are tested (PCR) free of charge on day 7 and if negative they are released. The duration of quarantine can be reduced further if a traveller has an earlier return flight; in such a case, the traveller needs to test negative for coronavirus on the day prior to their departure (test should be PCR and the cost borne by the individual). 

Note that during the quarantine period, it is mandatory for the traveller to self-isolate in their room or designated spaces at all times. Fully vaccinated persons or persons who have been diagnosed as positive in the previous 180 days and can provide appropriate documentation such as an EUDCC, are exempted from quarantine, even if they are close contacts. A PCR test is performed free of charge on the 7th day.


Further information
Q19: How can travelers be kept up-to-date with the latest developments, and informed about protocols implemented at the destination? 
a. A dedicated email address has been set up by the Deputy Ministry of Tourism for this purpose at travel2021@visitcyprus.com 
b. A dedicated team of destination experts will reply to traveler queries on Facebook Messenger (main page www.facebook.com/VisitCyprus.cy). Additional pages are available in the following countries: UK, DE, RU, SWE, FR, AT, GR, IT, UKR, NED, POL, BEL, ES, CH, ISR. 
c. A dedicated call centre has been set up for the assistance of travelers who may have queries regarding the use of the “CyprusFlightPass”. 
The hours of operation of the help desk will be: Monday- Sunday 08:00- 20:00 Cyprus time 
Queries via telephone: Calls within Cyprus: 1474 Calls from abroad: +357 22 285 757 
For queries in writing through the e-platform via the link: https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/contact-us d. 
All relevant information will also be made available on the websites www.visitcyprus.com and www.cyprusflightpass.gov.cy


Source:
www.pio.gov.cy/coronavirus
http://www.pio.gov.cy/coronavirus/uploads/2612021_flightpass_EN.pdf
http://www.pio.gov.cy/coronavirus/uploads/17022021_epidemiologicalassessmentEN.pdf
https://www.pio.gov.cy/coronavirus/en/info.html.
 

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