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Cyprus has reopened for tourism and starting accepting visitors from a list of countries in June.

Here is everything you need to know before booking your trip, including which countries can go and all entry requirements.

boats on a bay in cyprus

Cyprus is so keen to get its tourism industry back on track, officials are offering to cover the costs of any travelers who test positive for Covid-19 while on vacation in the Mediterranean island nation.

According to a letter shared with CNN, the Cypriot government will pay for lodging, as well as food, drink and medication for tourists who are taken ill with coronavirus during their visit.

“The traveler will only need to bear the cost of their airport transfer and repatriation flight, in collaboration with their agent and/or airline,” states the letter.
The news came shortly after Cyprus Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos announced hotels in the country will reopen on June 1, while international air travel will restart on June 9.

Countries That Can Currently Travel To Cyprus

Updated: Nov 11

Category A Countries:

New Zealand

Passengers coming from Category A countries do not have to present a laboratory COVID-19 test certificate or go into self-isolation.

Category B Countries:

Holy See (Vatican City State)
Hong Kong

San Marino



United Kingdom


Passengers coming from Category B countries will be required to have undertaken a laboratory test at most 72 hours prior to departure and to possess a Certificate showing negative PCR examination for the virus.

Category C Countries:

  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic 
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Iceland
  • Hungary
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Malta
  • Morocco
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland

Entry into Cyprus from Category C countries shall be allowed for essential travelers and only with a negative RT-PCR test certificate for COVID-19 undertaken at least 72 hours prior to departure. It must be noted that such persons shall have to remain in a state of self-isolation for 14 days. (Summary: Negative PCR test AND 14-day quarantine needed, plus another PCR test on the 14th day required.)

The government of Cyprus states it will re-evaluate and update the country lists weekly.

Important Entry Requirement Update:

Cyprus Flight Pass

The government of Cyprus is now requiring all tourists register and fill out a digital form, which will serve as their ‘entry pass' into Cyprus. 

The purpose of the pass as per the government is:
“To facilitate your travel arrangements to Cyprus and ensure the capture of all necessary information required by the Health authorities, we have created this online portal where you can complete all the necessary formalities in a quick and easy way and receive your authorisation to fly.”

Tourists can apply for their Cyprus Flight Pass up to 24 hours before their flight. 

Entry Requirement Summary:

  • All passengers need to fill out the Cyprus Flight Pass application
  • Category A countries do not need a test or to quarantine
  • Category B countries need a 72 hour negative PCR test
  • Category C countries, essential only and need a 72 hour negative PCR test, a chance of a test on arrival, and self isolate for 14 days.
  • All travelers should have travel insurance that covers covid
  • All updated rules can be seen here
The destination has already put measures in place to protect travelers and residents, such as ensuring hotel staff wear masks and gloves, regularly disinfecting sunbeds and keeping tables at restaurants, bars, cafés,and pubs at least two meters (6.5 feet) apart.
Tourism accounts for at least 15% of Cyprus's economy.
tourists with umbrellas on beach in cyprus
(Image: Time)

Disclaimer: Cyprus’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but 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.

Read More: See our complete guide of countries now reopen for international tourismwhich countries are open for British, and Canadian tourists, and travel insurance that covers covid.

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Originally Published: July 15, 2020

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