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 May 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. Exceptions for vaccinated passengers are also in effect.
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.
Last updated December 17, 2021
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Czech Republic
- Holy See (Vatican City State)
- South Korea
- Russian Federation
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
- United States
All other countries not mentioned above are classified as grey countries.
As of December 2021, entry from Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Malawi is prohibited.
(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. Travelers from RED countries are also being asked to self-isolate until their airport results are ready.
Travelers from GREY countries are not welcome, unless they are EU citizens or have received special permission for entry.
Exemptions are being made for vaccinated passengers. See below
Quarantine Rules for Cyprus
Travelers from Green and Orange 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
- Gatherings in private venues are limited to 20 people
- Everyone aged 6 and above should hold a SafePass. This is required to enter hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars, places of worship, theatres and cinemas, shopping malls, gyms, beaches, food stores, archaeological sites and other public venues. As of December 17, 2021, the SafePass based on vaccination will no longer be valid for individuals who have not received a booster dose after 7 months from receiving the first two doses.
Vaccine Entry Requirements or Exceptions for Cyprus
Cyprus is not currently asking for proof of vaccination for entry, but they are making exceptions for vaccinated travelers.
As of May 10, 2021, fully vaccinated passengers into Cyprus are exempt from the above PCR testing requirements. The rules are as follows:
- The vaccine papers or certificate of vaccination must be issued by the following countries: Andora, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Vatican City State.
- Vaccine types accepted are – Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Janssen, Sputnik, Sinopharm, and Sinovac.
- At least 14 days must have elapsed from the final dose of treatment
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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Article originally published March 2, 2021