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Cyprus Reopening To Tourists – Everything You Need To Know

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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

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.

Entry requirements for Cyprus

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. 

Cyprus flight pass

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

tourists with umbrellas on beach in cyprus
(Image: Time)

 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.

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

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Source:CNN  /VisitCyprus/ health ministry

Originally Published: July 15, 2020

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Friday 9th of April 2021

Good afternoon, how's things looking for any update on potential flights being allowed from uk, 1 June 2021,i think I have read somewhere that hotels weren't open until 1 June, and flights 9 June. Many thanks in advance.


Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

Hi, we are planning an educational visit to Cyprus from Serbia in April. We saw that Serbia will be added to the list of the Third countries allowed to enter the country in April. Can you please confirm this so that we could proceed with flight tickets reservation? If this does not happen, would there be any chance to apply for a special permission, since this is an educational, not tourist visit?


Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

I plan to travel to Cyprus in June 2021 I have already had my 1st vaccine, and I will have my second vaccine in April, what else will I need to travel from the UK ?

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

It was expected that starting March 1, vaccinated travelers could bypass the testing, but now they've JUST updated saying they are not ready for that yet. Instead, they have launched green, yellow, red, country lists with different rules for each list. (we are updating the Cyprus artice today to reflect this) However, come June, this will be different again and likely their vaccinated entry requirements will be in place. Just wait a while longer, as June is still very far away


Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

Hi, We are owners of a house in Cyprus and have booked a flight for myself, husband and our son wife and 2 children on the 1st June. Both my husband and I have had the vaccine but I don’t know if my son and wife will have had theirs by then? Do you think we will all be able to travel or should I postpone until later in the year? Many thanks

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

I would wait and see a little longer. June is still a very long time away in 'covid-time' and MANY things can change before then


Saturday 27th of February 2021

Hi, I have a flight booked as I’m entering from the UK, but my flight pass is being denied. I’m not a citizen but my wife is. Our property is in her name. I also have a work visa. But previously was denied entry on the Turkish side so was going to try enter from the Greek side.

But as I said my flight pass is denied and I’m not sure what’s the best way to enter Cyprus and not be sent back.

Kashlee Kucheran

Sunday 28th of February 2021

If your flight pass was denied you will have to contact the government directly on how to proceed. Goof luck to you!