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.
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
Starting on March 1, 2021, a new ‘Green’ and ‘Red’ color-coded system for entry into Cyprus has launched.
This article was originally published in July 2020, so as of March 2021 we’ve created a “Cyprus Covid-19 Entry Requirement Guide” with all the latest country lists and testing/quarantine rules. Please follow that link for the most up to date information.
Important Entry Requirement Update
Cyprus Flight Pass
The government of Cyprus is now requiring all travelers to 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
- Passengers from Orange and Red lists will need to perform a PCR test
- All travelers should have travel insurance that covers covid
- All updated rules can be seen here
Entry into Cyprus with Vaccination
Cyprus has announced that inbound travelers who have been vaccinated for Covid-19 will be exempt from quarantine and Covid testing as of March 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
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.
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.
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Originally Published: July 15, 2020