Travelling to Cyprus
Cyprus has introduced the country categorization of the European Centre of Disease and Control (ECDC), which classifies countries into green, orange or red categories. The grey category will also be added which foresees obtaining a special permission to travel to Cyprus. The Ministry of Health will announce on a weekly basis the categorization of the countries. An announcement concerning any future change will be published at the following link.
All passengers, regardless of the country category, will need to apply for a Cyprus Flight Pass through the dedicated electronic portal. Visit the following link for information on passengers who meet the requirements for a test in Cyprus. Travel guidance is also provided for vaccinated travellers.
Latest update: 14 June 2021
As of 1st April 2021, the following apply
It is noted that the below country categorization will be in effect on 17 June 2021
Category Green: No restrictions will apply for passengers arriving from these countries.
COUNTRIES: Malta, Poland, Romania, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Israel.
Category Orange: In this category, all passengers arriving from the below countries must present a negative laboratory analysis of PCR test within 72 hours prior to departure. It should be noted that Cypriot citizens, legal residents of the Republic and persons entitled to enter the Republic under the Vienna Convention, can choose to undergo the molecular examination only upon arrival in Cyprus (expenses will be borne by themselves). In this case, they should remain in self-isolation, until the test result is issued.
COUNTRIES: Portugal, Ireland, Finland, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Germany, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Norway, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), United Kingdom, United States of America, Japan.
Category Red: In this category, a double laboratory testing is required; that is, a negative laboratory PCR test within 72 hours prior to departure and another laboratory PCR test upon arrival in Cyprus. The examination cost will be borne by themselves and in addition, such persons should remain in self-isolation until the test result is issued. It should be noted that Cypriot citizens, legal residents of the Republic and persons entitled to enter the Republic under the Vienna Convention can choose to undergo a laboratory testing only upon arrival in Cyprus (expenses will be borne by themselves). In this case, they must remain in mandatory self-isolation for 72 hours since arrival and after the end of the 72 hours they must undergo another PCR test, at their own expense. If the repeat test is negative, they can then terminate their isolation. The test result must be sent to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
COUNTRIES: Belgium, France, Spain, Greece, Netherlands, Denmark, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Croatia, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City, San Marino, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Rwanda, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Belarus, Qatar, Serbia, Thailand, Armenia, Georgia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Canada.
Category Grey - special permit. Countries not listed above (in categories green, orange and red) are considered to be in the Grey Category (special permission). For the Grey Category countries, entry into the Republic of Cyprus is only allowed for the following categories of passengers:
- Cypriot citizens and family members (alien spouses and underage children)
- European citizens, citizens of European Economic Area countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and of Switzerland,
- Persons legally residing in the Republic,
- Persons entitled to enter the Republic under the Vienna Convention,
- Third country nationals who are allowed to enter the Republic of Cyprus after a special permission from the Republic.
It is noted that passengers coming from grey category countries shall be required to undergo a PCR laboratory test within 72 hours prior to departure and to possess a certificate showing a negative PCR result. Excluding category number 2 above, passengers may undergo the laboratory test upon their arrival in the Republic of Cyprus at their own expense. Passengers arriving in the Republic of Cyprus from the Grey Category countries (Special Permission) shall remain in mandatory self-isolation or mandatory quarantine for a period of 14 days or alternatively, in mandatory self-isolation or mandatory quarantine for a period of 10 days provided that they undergo another Covid-19 test (at their own expense) on the 10th day and the result comes back negative. The test result must be sent to the following email address: email@example.com.
In the case of arrivals from India (Grey Category), and in view of the highly burdened epidemiological situation caused by the Indian mutation in the country, the following shall apply:
- The entry of any person who, during the 14 days preceding his/her arrival, was either residing or passed through Indian territory shall be prohibited, irrespective of whether they hold a valid entry permit and/or a residence permit in Cyprus. The exceptions are Cypriot citizens, European citizens and citizens of European Economic Area countries and third country nationals who have their exclusive permanent residence in the areas under the control of the Republic.
- They present a negative PCR test, with sampling carried out within 72 hours prior to departure.
- Any person exempted from the entry ban shall be transported to hotels and/or tourist accommodation facilities where they must remain in mandatory quarantine for a period of 10 days since their arrival date and shall undergo a laboratory test and be released from the mandatory quarantine if they have a negative result.
Regardless of the category of the country of arrival, sampling laboratory tests are carried out at Larnaka and Pafos Airports on passengers who do not have a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19.