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 travelers. 

It is noted that as of 13 August 2021, only the EU Digital Covid19 Certificate (EUDCC) will be accepted upon arrival of passengers in Cyprus.  The aim is to facilitate the safe and free movement of citizens in the EU during the COVID19 pandemic.  The European Digital Certificate COVID19 (EUDCC) will serve as proof that travelers have been vaccinated against COVID19, or have contracted and recovered from COVID19, or undergone a laboratory test with a negative result.


Latest update in Country Categorization

The below country categorization will be in effect on 09 December 2021 

 

Category GREEN: No restrictions will apply for passengers arriving from these countries.

COUNTRIES: United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia.


Category ORANGE: Passengers arriving from countries falling under this category, must present a negative laboratory analysis of PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to departure. 

As of 1st August 2021, by decision of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cyprus, Cypriot citizens, legal residents of the Republic and persons entitled to enter the Republic under the Vienna Convention, who have not completed their vaccination plan, must undergo a molecular examination (PCR) performed within 72 hours prior to their arrival in Cyprus (expenses to be borne by themselves).

Molecular examinations (PCR) will continue to be offered upon arrival only to Cypriot citizens and permanent residents of the Republic of Cyprus who:
i.    Have received at least one of the two doses of vaccines approved by the Republic of Cyprus.
ii.    Minor passengers 12-15 years old.
iii.    Passengers who, for proven medical reasons, cannot be vaccinated.
In this case, passengers should remain in self-isolation, until the test result is issued.

COUNTRIES: Greece, Argentina, Australia, Japan, Israel, Canada, Qatar, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Colombia, New Zealand, Uruguay, Rwanda, Chile.


Category RED: Passengers arriving in Cyprus from countries under this category, will be required to undergo a double molecular examination (PCR); which means that they will have to present a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to departure and undergo a second molecular examination upon arrival in Cyprus. 

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

As of 1st August 2021, by decision of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cyprus, Cypriot citizens, legal residents of the Republic and persons entitled to enter the Republic under the Vienna Convention, who have not completed their vaccination plan, should follow the health protocol in force that applies to this specific country categorization, as described above (double molecular examination, one prior to departure and another upon arrival to Cyprus)

Cypriot citizens and persons legally residing in the Republic of Cyprus who:

(i) have received at least one of the two doses of vaccines approved by the Republic of Cyprus, 
(ii) are minor passengers aged 12-15, and 
(iii) have proven, for medical reasons, that they cannot be vaccinated
 
are exempted and may choose to undergo their first molecular analysis upon arrival in Cyprus (at their own cost).  In such a case, they should remain in mandatory self-isolation for 72 hours since arrival and then repeat a second molecular analysis (PCR). If the repeat test is negative, they can then terminate their isolation.

COUNTRIES: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Czech Republic, Finland, Monaco, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City, San Marino, Switzerland, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Egypt, Armenia, Georgia, United States of America, United Kingdom, Jordan, Belarus, Lebanon, South Korea, Oman, Ukraine, Peru, Russia, Serbia. 


Category Grey – All other countries that are not listed in categories green, orange, and red.  For this category, permission to enter the Republic of Cyprus is granted only to the following passengers:

1.    Cypriot citizens and family members (alien spouses and underage children),
2.    European citizens, citizens of European Economic Area countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and of Switzerland,
3.    Persons legally residing in the Republic,
4.    Persons entitled to enter the Republic under the Vienna Convention,
5.    Third country nationals who are allowed to enter the Republic of Cyprus after a special permission from the Republic.

It is noted that passengers arriving from countries of this category, are required to undergo a molecular analysis at a certified laboratory performed within 72 hours prior to departure, and to possess a certificate showing a negative PCR result for COVID-19

Exempting passengers in number 2 above, all the rest may undergo the laboratory test upon arrival in the Republic of Cyprus at their own expense, provided they meet the new criteria in effect as of 1st August 2021, by decision of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cyprus:

i.    Have received at least one of the two doses of vaccines approved by the Republic of Cyprus.
ii.    Minor passengers 12-15 years old.
iii.    Passengers who, for proven medical reasons, cannot be vaccinated.

Passengers should 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 7 days provided that they undergo another Covid-19 test (at their own expense) on the 7th day and the result is negative. The test result must be sent to the following email address: monada@mphs.moh.gov.cy


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.

It is reminded that passengers who are fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by the Republic of Cyprus, as well as passengers who hold a certification of recovery following a period of 14 days from the date of sampling of the positive PCR result, valid for 6 months, in the form of European Digital Certificate (EU Digital COVID certificate EUDCC), are exempted from any restrictions (no laboratory test and /or quarantine, self-isolation is required).


 

Further details regarding the prerequisites for travelers flying to the Republic of Cyprus may be found in the following link.