COVID-19 – Epidemiological risk assessment of countries concerning as of 18th of March

As of 18th of March the following applies:

Green Category countries – Low risk countries at current stage

  • Schengen member states:  1) Iceland
  • Third countries: 1) Australia, 2) New Zealand, 3) Singapore, 4) Saudi Arabia

Passengers coming from the Green Category countries are not required to hold a COVID-19 test certificate or self-isolate.

During the period of 1-31 March 2021, all passengers from the Green Category will undergo a PCR laboratory test upon their arrival in Cyprus, the cost of which will be covered by the Republic of Cyprus.

As of 1 April 2021, no restriction will be in place.

Orange Category countries – Countries with possibly low risk but greater uncertainty compared to the Green Category

  • European Union Member States: 1) Denmark, 2) Portugal
  • Schengen member states: 1) Norway
  • Third Countries: 1) China (including Hong Kong and Macau), 2) South Korea, 3) Thailand.

Passengers coming from the Orange 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. 

Passengers from the Orange Category countries, falling into the following categories, may undergo the PCR examination upon arrival in the Republic:

  1. Cypriot citizens and family members (alien spouses, underage children and parents thereof),
  2. Persons legally residing in the Republic,
  3. Persons entitled to enter the Republic under the Vienna Convention,
  4. Persons, irrespective of nationality, whose countries of residence (Orange category) do not provide a laboratory testing service, upon substantiation and following an announcement by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Cyprus.

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

Red Category countries – Increased risk countries compared to the Green and Orange Categories:

  • European Union Member States: 1) Austria, 2) Belgium, 3) Bulgaria, 4) France, 5) Ireland, 6) Croatia, 7) Luxemburg, 8) Romania, 9) Spain, 10) Italy, 11) Malta, 12) Netherlands, 13) Hungary, 14) Poland, 15) Finland, 16) Slovakia, 17) Slovenia, 18) Czech Republic, 19) Estonia, 20) Latvia, 21) Lithuania, 22) Sweden, 23) Germany, 24) Greece
  • Small states: 1) Andorra, 2) Monaco, 3) Vatican City, 4) San Marino
  • Schengen member states: 1) Switzerland, 2) Liechtenstein

Passengers coming from Red Category countries shall be required to:

  1. a) undergo a PCR laboratory test within 72 hours prior to departure proving a negative PCR result and
  2. b) undergo a laboratory test upon their arrival in the Republic of 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.

The following categories of passengers may enter the Republic of Cyprus from Red Category countries, after having undergone, at their own expense, a laboratory test only upon their arrival in the Republic of Cyprus:

  1. Cypriot citizens and family members (alien spouses, underage children, and parents thereof),
  2. Persons legally residing in the Republic,
  3. Persons entitled to enter the Republic under the Vienna Convention.

In such case, persons falling within the categories 1-3 above 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:  monada@mphs.moh.gov.cy.

Grey Category countries (Special Permission):

  • Third countries: 1) United Kingdom, 2) Israel, 3) Russia, 4) United Arab Emirates, 5) Ukraine, 6) Jordan, 7) Lebanon, 8) Egypt, 9) Belarus, 10) Rwanda

For the Grey Category (Special Permission) countries, entry into the Republic of Cyprus is only allowed for the following categories of passengers:

  1. Cypriot citizens and family members (alien spouses, underage children and parents thereof),
  2. European citizens and citizens of European Economic Area countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and 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, as this is defined in the Quarantine Decree (N.9) of 2021 (in Greek), as this is modified each time.

It is noted that passengers coming from countries of this Category shall be required to undergo a laboratory test at a certified lab within 72 hours prior to departure and to possess a certificate showing a negative PCR result. Excluding category number 2 above, the rest of the 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: monada@mphs.moh.gov.cy.

Following the Quarantine Decree (No. 9) of the 26th of February 2021, until 31 March 2021 on 23.59 pm, persons arriving from the United Kingdom shall undergo a laboratory test upon their arrival at Larnaka and Pafos Airports and shall be transported, at the state’s expense, to hotels of the Republic for mandatory 7-day isolation. On the 7th day upon arrival, they shall undergo another laboratory test (at the Republic’s expense) and in case of a negative result, they shall remain in self-isolation for another 3 days (total days in mandatory isolation: 10 days).

It is underlined that all passengers, regardless of country category, shall be obliged to submit an application for the CyprusFlightPass within 24 hours prior to their departure flight. In order to ensure public health and the monitoring of the epidemiological situation, a sample molecular laboratory testing of passengers on selected arriving flights will take place.