Cyprus originally started reopening its borders in June 2020 for tourism but saw a shrinking list of permitted countries as the year went on. Now, the updated entry requirements as of March 1, 2021 includes visitors from more countries, bringing a positive change to Cyprus’ tourism industry.
The introduction of a new 4-tier color-coded entry system that started March 1st will now enable tourists from over 40+ countries to enter without a quarantine period, with different testing requirements based on risk level.
Countries will be categorized as: Green, Orange, Red, and Grey. Each category has different rules for entering, which we describe in detail below.
Countries Allowed to Visit Cyprus
Currently, 40+ countries are allowed to visit Cyprus with different entry rules. As the epidemiological situation changes, the lists will be updated weekly and will grow and shrink accordingly.
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- Hong Kong
- Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of
- Czech Republic
- Holy See (Vatican City State)
- San Marino
(rules for each country explained below)
Cyprus Flight Pass Form
Every passenger flying into Cyprus will first have to fill out the online “Flight Pass” forms within 24 hours of departing on their inbound flight.
Testing Requirements for Cyprus
Travelers coming from GREEN countries are exempt from all testing and quarantines.
Travelers from ORANGE countries need to provide proof of a negative PCR test, taken no longer than 72 hours before departing on their inbound flight.
Travelers from RED countries need to provide proof of a negative PCR test, taken no longer than 72 hours before departing on their inbound flight – AND – be tested again upon arrival at the airport.
Quarantine Rules for Cyprus
Travelers from Green, Orange and Red countries do not need to quarantine or self-isolate, providing they comply with testing rules if applicable.
Quarantine is only required from visitors on the ‘Grey’ list. Countries not defined as either Green, Orange or Red are treated as Grey (Special Permission) category. Entry is only permitted from a Grey category country if the traveler is essential (no tourism) and special approval has been granted.
Travel Insurance Requirements for Cyprus
While not mandatory for entry, all travelers should have travel health insurance when visiting Cyprus.
The government of Cyprus states as an added benefit of visiting during the pandemic, they will take care of anyone who contracts the virus during their stay.
“The Cyprus government is committed to taking care of all travelers who test positive for coronavirus during their stay, as well as their close contacts. The government will transfer these persons to separate facilities, covering the cost of lodging, food, drink, and medication.”
However, even with this added perk, all travelers should still have their own travel health insurance coverage in case of other accidents, illnesses, etc that are not Covid related.
COVID-19 Health Requirements While in Cyprus
- Masks – The wearing of masks is mandatory in all indoor spaces, as well as public outdoor spaces. Restaurants while seated, beaches, swimming pools, and persons exercising outdoors are exempt from this rule.
- Social distancing is in effect
- Most cultural and entertainment sites, beaches, restaurants, and shopping centres are open
Vaccine Entry Requirements or Exceptions for Cyprus
Cyprus is not currently asking for proof of vaccination for entry, nor are they making any exceptions for vaccinated travelers.
In February 2021, Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos stated that as of March 1st, 2021 Cyprus is planning to reopen for vaccinated travelers without restrictions. “The amended action plan is expected to further boost the interest of airline companies to carry out additional flights to Cyprus, improve connectivity and increase passenger traffic,” the minister said according to the Cyprus Mail
However, during the March 2021 updates, no exemptions for vaccinations were included. The updated protocol document states:
“What procedures are in place for persons who have been vaccinated for COVID-19? Information on this will be provided at a later date, once official guidance is available from European and international organizations such as ECDC and WHO. Until then, the same travel procedures will apply as for non-vaccinated persons”
Visa Entry Requirements For Cyprus
Cyprus is an EU nation, but not yet part of the Schengen zone. Many nations including the UK, Canada and the USA can visit Cyprus visa-free for 90 days.
Before traveling to Cyprus, check to see if your country needs a visa to enter.
Cyprus Covid-19 Entry Requirement Summary:
- Check to see if you require a visa to enter
- Check what color the country you are traveling from is categorized as, and if needed, perform a PCR test
- Fill out the Cyprus Flight Pass online form within 24 hours of your flight
- Follow all the health guidelines while in Cyprus
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Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling. Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories
Article originally published March 2, 2021