Updated Travel Advice for Cyprus valid from 06/08/2020: Greece, Thailand and Morocco changed category

Category A – Low-risk countries at this stage

  • Member States of the European Union: Austria, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland
  • Members of the Schengen Area: Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway
  • Third Countries: Georgia, Japan, 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.

*** If your flight is selected for random laboratory tests, then you should remain self-isolated until you receive the result of your test.

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

  • Member States of the European Union: Belgium, France, Greece, Spain, Italy, Croatia, The Netherlands, Romania, Czech Republic
  • Small states: Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City, San Marino
  • Third Countries: Australia, China, Rwanda, Tunisia, Uruguay
  • United Kingdom

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, Portugal, Sweden, Luxemburg, Romania
  • Third Countries: Algeria, Serbia, Montenegro, Morocco
  • All other countries not listed in Categories A and 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.

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

In addition, 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.


Updated Travel Advice for Cyprus valid from 01/08/2020

Category A – Low-risk countries at this stage

 

  • Member States of the European Union: Austria, Germany, Denmark, Greece, Estonia, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland
  • Members of the Schengen Area: Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway
  • Third Countries: Georgia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, South Korea

***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, France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, The Netherlands, Romania, Czech Republic
  • Small states: Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City, San Marino
  • Third Countries: Australia, China, Morocco, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay
  • United Kingdom

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, Portugal, Sweden, Luxemburg, Romania
  • Third Countries: Algeria, Serbia, Montenegro
  • All other countries not listed in Categories A and 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.

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

In addition, 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.


Government Support Continues for Covid-19: Applications for special support projects for businesses, employees and unemployed (1/7/2020-31/7/2020)

Applications about the New Business Support Plans for Businesses, Employees, and Unemployed for the period from 1 July 2020 to 31 July 2020 (including the Terms & Conditions). You can see all the details of the Schemes by copy and pasting the links below for each scheme separately.

The deadline for applications is Sunday, August 2, 2020.

1.    Special Plan for Hotel Units and Tourist Accommodations (https://www.coronavirus.mlsi.gov.cy/5-measure1)

2.    Special Plan for Economic Activities Related to the Tourism Industry or Economic Activities that are directly affected by Tourism or Economic Activities related to Companies that are under Mandatory Full Suspension (https://www.coronavirus.mlsi.gov.cy/5-measure2)

3.    Special Plan for Complete Suspension of the Company's Operations (https://www.coronavirus.mlsi.gov.cy/5-measure3)

4.    Special Plan for Businesses of Certain Financing Activities (https://www.coronavirus.mlsi.gov.cy/5-measure4)

5.    Special Unemployment Support Plan (https://www.coronavirus.mlsi.gov.cy/5-measure5)

6.    Special Plan for Certain Categories of Self-Employed Employees (https://www.coronavirus.mlsi.gov.cy/5-measure6)

Extension of the Overdue Debt Settlement (Ariadne) for periods up to 31/12/2015

The Tax Department announced that from 11/07/2020, the Tax Debt Settlement Procedure (Amendment) (No. 2) Law of 2020 (N84 (I) / 2020) entered into force. According to the above Law, the possibility of settling overdue Tax Debts for tax periods until 31/12/2015 is extended, as follows:

  • For all debts which relate to tax periods up to 31/12/2015 and were registered in the registers of the Tax Department, it is possible to settle in installments, from 14/02/2020 and for a period of 11 months (i.e. up to 14/01/2021).
  • Tax returns that have not been submitted and are related to periods until 31/12/2015, they can be submitted until 30/11/2020.
  • It is noted that the installments of March, April, May and June 2020 that were not paid, are not included in the five (5) allowed errors (installments that were not paid on time) by which the plan is canceled. These installments remain due and the amounts will be distributed in the remaining installments of the plan from 1/7/2020 until the last installment.

The rest of the provisions regarding the Procedure for the Settlement of Overdue Tax Debts Legislation, continue to exist as before. For more information please contact us at 25 583253.


TEMPORARY TAXATION FOR THE YEAR 2020

The Department of Taxation reminds us that the 1st installment of Temporary Taxation, for Companies, Self-employed and other Persons (whose income is not subject to withholding tax), should be paid by 31st July 2020.

Payments are made ONLY electronically.

Please note that electronic payments are made:

  • Within the deadline set by law:
  1. either through the JCCsmart.com website
  2. or through your online bank using the Payment Reference Number that you will find when you create the debt at the Tax Portal of the Tax Department (https://taxportal.mof.gov.cy)
  • Outside the deadline set by law are made ONLY through online banking using the Payment Reference Number that you will find when you create the debt at the Tax Portal of the Tax Department (https://taxportal.mof.gov.cy)

 

More specifically:

Credit card payments are made through the website https://www.jccsmart.com/ by selecting:

  • Department of Taxation
  • Self-taxation
  • Temporary Taxation
  • Ε-Income Tax (Physical and Legal Persons -0200- 1st Installment)

Payments through online banking are made through the Tax Portal of the Tax Department (https://taxportal.mof.gov.cy) through the following steps:

  • Log in to the Tax Portal using the same TAXISnet access codes
  • Select "Debt Registration"
  • Select "Temporary Taxation" and the code that applies to you
  • Fill in the fields displayed on your screen, click "Submit" and follow the instructions

Travel Advice for Cyprus valid from 16/07/2020 and Cyprus Flight Pass.

Category A - Low-risk countries at this stage

  • Member States of the European Union: Austria, Germany, Denmark, Greece, Estonia, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland
  • Members of the Schengen Area: Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway
  • Third Countries: Japan, Canada, New Zealand, South Korea

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, Bulgaria, France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Romania, Czech Republic
  • Small states: Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City, San Marino
  • Third Countries: Georgia, Uruguay, Australia

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 clarified that passengers from Category B countries falling into the following categories may undergo the molecular examination upon arrival in the Republic if they are:

  1. Cypriot citizens permanently residing in the Republic, their foreign spouses, and their minor children,
  2. all legal residents in the Republic.

*** 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: Portugal, Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • Third Countries: Serbia
  • All other countries not listed in Categories A and 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.

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

In addition, 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.


Updated Travel Advice for ALL Other Countries NOT included in Categories A and B valid from 06/07/2020.

All other countries except those included in Categories A (Australia, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Greece, Estonia, Japan, Ireland, Iceland, Canada, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Malta, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Finland) and B (Holy See, Andorra, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Georgia, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Uruguay and Maui, Romania, Romania). , according to the epidemiological risk assessment carried out by the Ministry of Health. It is noted that the categorization of countries based on epidemiological risk assessment is extremely dynamic and can vary at any time. It is recommended that you check your travel instructions regularly for any changes. Recommendation to Cypriot citizens:Avoid traveling if it is not necessary. Duration of this Directive:From 06/7/2020, 00:00 Cyprus time (GMT + 2) Due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 and given its designation by the World Health Organization as a pandemic, the Foreign Ministry is advising Cypriot citizens to avoid traveling to the above countries (i.e. countries that are NOT included in Categories A and B) unless necessary. Citizens of the Republic of Cyprus who are already in these countries temporarily or residing permanently are advised to follow the local and international media for the latest news regarding COVID-19, to follow the relevant instructions of the local authorities regarding any restrictions and guidance regarding COVID-19, take self-protection measures and inform the accredited Diplomatic Mission of the Republic for their stay in the country. Cypriot citizens who are planning to travel to these countries are encouraged to register on the online platform www.connect2cy@gov.cy Relevant announcements, press releases and information from the Ministry of Health of the Republic and other competent Authorities and Services of the Republic are available on the website https://www.pio.gov.cy/coronavirus/

Passengers intending to travel/return to Cyprus should follow the procedure and meet the applicable conditions for entry into the Republic as defined by the relevant Decrees and Decisions of the Council of Ministers. Relevant announcements, press releases and information are posted on the special website https://www.pio.gov.cy/coronavirus/

 

Please note that, according to the current regulations, only Cypriot citizens, legally residing in the Republic of Cyprus, or holders of a special entry permit can board direct flights from these countries to Cyprus. Contact Information: In case of emergency, Cypriot citizens can call the following numbers: • Diplomatic missions of the Republic of Cyprus Abroad: Website http://www.mfa.gov.cy/mfa/mfa2016.nsf/mfa50_gr/mfa50_gr?OpenDocument • Department of Consular Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: +357 22651113 (09:00 - 15:00, Monday - Friday) • Foreign Ministry Service Officer: +357 99660129 (outside working hours *) • Department of Crisis Management of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: +357 22801000 (09:00 - 17:00, Monday - Friday)
*The telephone line of the Service Officer is available outside of working hours and is intended to provide emergency assistance.


Access, Cancellation and Modification for TAXISnet VAT

The forms for access/cancellation and any modification for TAXISnet VAT have now changed. The new forms are available in TAXISnet under the Informative Material/Forms/VAT.

The forms will ONLY be examined if they:

  • are submitted using the new forms,
  • are fully completed and easily readable,
  • are signed,
  • have all the necessary documents attached.

Tax Portal a new e-service from the Tax Department

The Tax Department announces the launch of a new e-service with the name Tax Portal. Citizens and companies/businesses will be able to get information directly or through their representatives about their payments and any debts to the Tax Department. The Tax Portal can also be used to register tax returns, temporary taxes, and withholding taxes and make payments through online transactions. The Tax Portal website is https://taxportal.mof.gov.cy and you can access it using the same codes you use to access TAXISnet. Please note that payments from 01/09/2020 will be made only online.


Supporting the Economy During Covid-19: New Economic Measures from Cyprus Government.

Supporting the Economy During Covid-19: New Economic Measures from Cyprus Government.

Following our previous announcement regarding Covid-19 measures we detail here further announcements by the Cypriot government to support the economy.

For more information please visit our published article at Rödl & Partner’s website: https://www.roedl.com/insights/covid-19/supporting-economy-new-economic-measures-cyprusover-government