COVID 19 Travel Information - Six Downgrades and One Upgrade as of September 24

As of September 24, six countries are being downgraded and one is being upgraded according to an announcement by the Ministry of Health.

The changes are as follows:

  • Canada moves from Category A to Category B
  • Norway moves from Category A to Category B
  • Austria moves from Category B to Category C
  • Slovenia moves from Category B to Category C
  • Portugal moves from Category B to Category C
  • Switzerland moves from Category B to Category C
  • Serbia moves from Category C to Category B

Category A – Low-risk countries at this stage

  • Member States of the European Union: Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland
  • Third Countries: Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand

***Please note that for passengers from Category A countries, a COVID-19 laboratory test certificate and/or self-isolation ARE NOT required.

Category B – Countries with potentially low risk but with higher doubt compared to Category A

  • Member States of the European Union: Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia
  • Small states: Vatican City, San Marino
  • Third Countries: China, Canada, Georgia, Morocco, Uruguay, Japan, Rwanda
  • United Kingdom
  • Members of the Schengen Area: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway

It is noted that passengers coming from Category B countries are required to have undergone a COVID-19 laboratory test in the last at least 72 hours before departure and to have a Certificate proving a negative PCR test for the virus.

It is also clarified that passengers from category B countries falling into the following categories may undergo the molecular examination upon arrival in the Republic:

  1. Cypriot citizens and members of their families (their foreign spouses, minor children and their parents),
  2. all legal residents of the Republic,
  3. persons entitled under the Vienna Convention;
  4. persons regardless of nationality, that in their country of residence laboratory analysis service is NOT provided (public or private) and they wish to travel to the Republic of Cyprus and upon relevant announcement.

*** It is noted that the cost of the examination is covered by them and they should remain self-isolated until the result of the test is issued.

Category C – Countries at increased risk compared to Categories A and B

  • Member States of the European Union: Austria, Bulgaria, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Luxemburg, Romania, The Netherlands, Spain, Malta, Slovenia, Portugal
  • Third Countries: Andorra, Algeria, Serbia, Morocco, Montenegro, Tunisia, Russia, Ukraine, Faroe Islands, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Lebanon, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia,
  • Small states: Monaco
  • Members of the Schengen Area: Switzerland
  • And any other country that is not included in Categories A or B

According to the Decontamination Decree (No. 30) of 2020
(https://www.pio.gov.cy/coronavirus/diat/50.pdf) only certain categories of citizens who have the right to enter the Republic are allowed to enter the Republic. They have the ability to choose to undergo a diagnostic test for COVID-19 disease upon arrival in Cyprus (60 euros) or to have with them a PCR Covid-19 certificate with a negative result at least 72 hours before departure. It is noted that these individuals should remain in self-isolation for 14 days regardless of whether the result of the COVID-19 laboratory test is positive or negative. Relevant health instructions can be found by following the link: https://www.pio.gov.cy/coronavirus/info.html.

***Citizens arriving from Category C countries must undergo a COVID-19 molecular test 48 hours before the end of their 14-day self-limitation period at their own expense. The result of the laboratory test must be sent to monada@mphs.moh.gov.cy.

***However, the self-isolation ends on the 14th day even if the result of the repeated laboratory test is negative. 

Only the following categories of passengers shall be allowed to travel to the Republic of Cyprus from Category C countries: 

  1. Cypriot citizens, their alien spouses, and under-age children,
  2. Persons residing lawfully in the Republic,
  3. Persons allowed to enter the Republic under the Vienna Convention,
  4. Persons regardless of nationality may enter Cyprus following a special permit by the Republic of Cyprus.

Cyprus Flight Pass

It is emphasized that all passengers, regardless of country Category, are required to apply for the CyprusFlightPass (https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/) within 24 hours before the departure of their flight. In addition, for the purposes of ensuring Public Health and surveillance of the epidemiological picture, a COVID-19 sample molecular laboratory test will be performed on passengers of selected arriving flights.

The law provides for a fine of 300 euros for those passengers who arrive in the Republic of Cyprus without holding the necessary travel card (CyprusFlightPass), even if they have filled in the relevant documents by hand.

In this case, the following two options are given:

  • To enter the Republic, where they will be fined 300 euros or
  • To return to their country of departure

Passengers arriving in the Republic of Cyprus from Category A countries without holding this document will be treated as Category B passengers. Therefore, in adding to the payment of 300 euros fine, they will be required to carry out a laboratory Covid-19 test at the respective airport of the Republic, paying the amount of 60 euros for the test.

***In addition, for the purposes of ensuring public health and surveillance of the epidemiological picture, a COVID-19 molecular laboratory test will be randomly performed on passengers of selected arriving flights.


Refund of credit balance for TAX/VAT

The Tax Department refers to the recent amendments to the Legislations on:

  • Certification and Collection of Taxes, Law N.126(I)/2020
  • Tax Added Value Law, N.122(I)/2020

in relation to the return of credit balance for Tax/VAT and advises that Tax/VAT credit balance will NOT be refunded to a taxable person/company that have failed to submit the relevant tax returns required by the above Legislations.

Specifically, a request from a taxable person, for a refund of the Tax balance/VAT will be rejected if the taxable person have failed to submit the relevant tax returns. When the taxable person/company complies with the above Legislations, the application for refund must be re-applied in accordance with the provisions of applicable law.Information on the latest amendments to the Legislation can be found at:

•       Interpretation Circular 46 - Income Tax (in Greek)

•       Interpretation Circular 242 - Value Added Tax (in Greek)


New Travel Announcement 1809

Estonia, Georgia, the Czech Republic and Hungary are changing travel category

As of September 18, four countries are being downgraded and two are being upgraded according to an announcement by the Ministry of Health.

The changes are as follows:

  • Estonia moves from Category A to Category B.
  • Georgia moves from Category A to Category B.
  • The Czech Republic moves from Category B to Category C.
  • Hungary moves from Category B to Category C.
  • Rwanda moves from Category C to Category B.
  • Australia moves from Category B to Category A.

Category A – Low-risk countries at this stage

  • Member States of the European Union: Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland
  • Members of the Schengen Area: Norway
  • Third Countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand

***Please note that for passengers from Category A countries, a COVID-19 laboratory test certificate and/or self-isolation ARE NOT required.

Category B – Countries with potentially low risk but with higher doubt compared to Category A

  • Member States of the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia
  • Small states: Vatican City, San Marino
  • Third Countries: China, Georgia, Morocco, Uruguay, Japan, Rwanda
  • United Kingdom
  • Members of the Schengen Area: Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein

It is noted that passengers coming from Category B countries are required to have undergone a COVID-19 laboratory test in the last at least 72 hours before departure and to have a Certificate proving a negative PCR test for the virus.

It is also clarified that passengers from category B countries falling into the following categories may undergo the molecular examination upon arrival in the Republic:

  1. Cypriot citizens and members of their families (their foreign spouses, minor children and their parents),
  2. all legal residents of the Republic,
  3. persons entitled under the Vienna Convention;
  4. persons regardless of nationality, that in their country of residence laboratory analysis service is NOT provided (public or private) and they wish to travel to the Republic of Cyprus and upon relevant announcement.

*** It is noted that the cost of the examination is covered by them and they should remain self-isolated until the result of the test is issued.

Category C – Countries at increased risk compared to Categories A and B

  • Member States of the European Union: Bulgaria, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Luxemburg, Romania, The Netherlands, Spain, Malta
  • Third Countries: Andorra, Algeria, Serbia, Morocco, Montenegro, Tunisia, Russia, Ukraine, Faroe Islands, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Lebanon, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia,
  • Small states: Monaco
  • And any other country that is not included in Categories A or B

According to the Decontamination Decree (No. 30) of 2020
(https://www.pio.gov.cy/coronavirus/diat/50.pdf) only certain categories of citizens who have the right to enter the Republic are allowed to enter the Republic. They have the ability to choose to undergo a diagnostic test for COVID-19 disease upon arrival in Cyprus (60 euros) or to have with them a PCR Covid-19 certificate with a negative result at least 72 hours before departure. It is noted that these individuals should remain in self-isolation for 14 days regardless of whether the result of the COVID-19 laboratory test is positive or negative. Relevant health instructions can be found by following the link: https://www.pio.gov.cy/coronavirus/info.html.

***Citizens arriving from Category C countries must undergo a COVID-19 molecular test 48 hours before the end of their 14-day self-limitation period at their own expense. The result of the laboratory test must be sent to monada@mphs.moh.gov.cy.

***However, the self-isolation ends on the 14th day even if the result of the repeated laboratory test is negative. 

Only the following categories of passengers shall be allowed to travel to the Republic of Cyprus from Category C countries: 

  1. Cypriot citizens, their alien spouses, and under-age children,
  2. Persons residing lawfully in the Republic,
  3. Persons allowed to enter the Republic under the Vienna Convention,
  4. Persons regardless of nationality may enter Cyprus following a special permit by the Republic of Cyprus.

Cyprus Flight Pass

It is emphasized that all passengers, regardless of country Category, are required to apply for the CyprusFlightPass (https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/) within 24 hours before the departure of their flight. In addition, for the purposes of ensuring Public Health and surveillance of the epidemiological picture, a COVID-19 sample molecular laboratory test will be performed on passengers of selected arriving flights.

The law provides for a fine of 300 euros for those passengers who arrive in the Republic of Cyprus without holding the necessary travel card (CyprusFlightPass), even if they have filled in the relevant documents by hand.

In this case, the following two options are given:

  • To enter the Republic, where they will be fined 300 euros or
  • To return to their country of departure

Passengers arriving in the Republic of Cyprus from Category A countries without holding this document will be treated as Category B passengers. Therefore, in adding to the payment of 300 euros fine, they will be required to carry out a laboratory Covid-19 test at the respective airport of the Republic, paying the amount of 60 euros for the test.

***In addition, for the purposes of ensuring public health and surveillance of the epidemiological picture, a COVID-19 molecular laboratory test will be randomly performed on passengers of selected arriving flights.


Online collection of Taxes and Contributions

The Cyprus Tax Department reminds all taxpayers that, from September 1st, 2020, and in the context of modernization the collection of Taxes and Contributions at the local District Offices was terminated.

Payments of Taxes and Contributions are made ONLY ONLINE:
•  through the Tax Portal of the Tax Department at https://taxportal.mof.gov.cy/ for payments within their prescribed period and overdue payments (including interest and charges)
•  via the JCCSmart website at www.jccsmart.com only for payments within their prescribed period it is emphasized that physical payments to the local office of the Tax Department will be accepted exceptionally and ONLY in cases where electronic payment is impossible. For example:
•  Α Real Estate Tax (individual payment)
•  Non-computerized types of taxes It is clarified that the “Payment reference number” that you receive from the Tax Portal can be used ONLY for payments through your online bank. DO NOT use this “Payment reference number”  for payments you make through JCCSmart as this is NOT recognized (at this stage), resulting in your payment being rejected.

For additional information and how to proceed with the payment please contact us at +357 25 755301 or +357 25 583253.

 


Covid-19: Further country relegations - Updated Travel Advice for Cyprus valid from 05/09/2020

Specifically:

  • Hungary moves from Category A to Category B.
  • Slovakia moves from Category A to Category B.
  • Slovenia moves from Category A to Category B.
  • Liechtenstein moves from Category A to Category B.
  • Rwanda moves from Category B to Category C.
  • Monaco moves from Category B to Category C.
  • Australia moves from Category C to Category B.

Category A – Low-risk countries at this stage

  • Member States of the European Union: Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland
  • Members of the Schengen Area: Norway
  • Third Countries: Georgia, Canada, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand

***Please note that for passengers from Category A countries, a COVID-19 laboratory test certificate and/or self-isolation ARE NOT required.

Category B – Countries with potentially low risk but with higher doubt compared to Category A

  • Member States of the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia
  • Small states: Vatican City, San Marino
  • Third Countries: Australia, China, Morocco, Uruguay, Japan
  • United Kingdom
  • Members of the Schengen Area: Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein

It is noted that passengers coming from Category B countries are required to have undergone a COVID-19 laboratory test in the last at least 72 hours before departure and to have a Certificate proving a negative PCR test for the virus.

It is also clarified that passengers from category B countries falling into the following categories may undergo the molecular examination upon arrival in the Republic:

  1. Cypriot citizens and members of their families (their foreign spouses, minor children and their parents),
  2. all legal residents of the Republic,
  3. persons entitled under the Vienna Convention;
  4. persons regardless of nationality, that in their country of residence laboratory analysis service is NOT provided (public or private) and they wish to travel to the Republic of Cyprus and upon relevant announcement.

*** It is noted that the cost of the examination is covered by them and they should remain self-isolated until the result of the test is issued.

Category C – Countries at increased risk compared to Categories A and B

  • Member States of the European Union: Bulgaria, France, Croatia, Luxemburg, Romania, The Netherlands, Spain, Malta
  • Third Countries: Andorra, Algeria, Serbia, Morocco, Montenegro, Tunisia, Russia, Ukraine, Faroe Islands, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Lebanon, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Rwanda
  • Small states: Monaco
  • And any other country that is not included in Categories A or B

According to the Decontamination Decree (No. 30) of 2020
(https://www.pio.gov.cy/coronavirus/diat/50.pdf) only certain categories of citizens who have the right to enter the Republic are allowed to enter the Republic. They have the ability to choose to undergo a diagnostic test for COVID-19 disease upon arrival in Cyprus (60 euros) or to have with them a PCR Covid-19 certificate with a negative result at least 72 hours before departure. It is noted that these individuals should remain in self-isolation for 14 days regardless of whether the result of the COVID-19 laboratory test is positive or negative. Relevant health instructions can be found by following the link: https://www.pio.gov.cy/coronavirus/info.html.

***Citizens arriving from Category C countries must undergo a COVID-19 molecular test 48 hours before the end of their 14-day self-limitation period at their own expense. The result of the laboratory test must be sent to monada@mphs.moh.gov.cy.

***However, the self-isolation ends on the 14th day even if the result of the repeated laboratory test is negative.

Only the following categories of passengers shall be allowed to travel to the Republic of Cyprus from Category C countries: 

  1. Cypriot citizens, their alien spouses, and under-age children,
  2. Persons residing lawfully in the Republic,
  3. Persons allowed to enter the Republic under the Vienna Convention,
  4. Persons regardless of nationality may enter Cyprus following a special permit by the Republic of Cyprus.

Cyprus Flight Pass

It is emphasized that all passengers, regardless of country Category, are required to apply for the CyprusFlightPass (https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/) within 24 hours before the departure of their flight. In addition, for the purposes of ensuring Public Health and surveillance of the epidemiological picture, a COVID-19 sample molecular laboratory test will be performed on passengers of selected arriving flights.

The law provides for a fine of 300 euros for those passengers who arrive in the Republic of Cyprus without holding the necessary travel card (CyprusFlightPass), even if they have filled in the relevant documents by hand.

In this case, the following two options are given:

  • To enter the Republic, where they will be fined 300 euros or
  • To return to their country of departure

Passengers arriving in the Republic of Cyprus from Category A countries without holding this document will be treated as Category B passengers. Therefore, in adding to the payment of 300 euros fine, they will be required to carry out a laboratory Covid-19 test at the respective airport of the Republic, paying the amount of 60 euros for the test.

***In addition, for the purposes of ensuring public health and surveillance of the epidemiological picture, a COVID-19 molecular laboratory test will be randomly performed on passengers of selected arriving flights.