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.