April / 14th / 2021

COVID Cyprus: Protocols & Travel Restrictions


How will travelers be able to enter the country?

Cyprus covid travel restrictions are currently following a colour-coded system harmonized with ECDC evaluation standards. Therefore, only countries not included on ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control) lists, will be evaluated separately by the Cyprus government. Below are the entry requirements when somebody is traveling to Cyprus.

Entry requirementGREENOrangeREDGREY
Cyprus Flight Pass completion 24h prior to departureYesYesYesYes
COVID-19 PCR test 72h prior to departure (traveller-paid)YesNOYesYesYes
COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival to Cyprus (traveller-paid)NONOYesNO
Mandatory self-isolation upon arrivalNONONOYes

Vaccination is not a prerequisite for travel; however, Cyprus is now in a position to update its travel protocol, and offer travel guidance to vaccinated travellers as well. For persons traveling from the above-mentioned countries, vaccination certificates will be accepted as an additional facilitator for travel, from May 10th ’21. Cyprus considers as authorized for travel, the vaccines Sputnik V and all those which have been approved by the European Medicines Agency.

Passengers holding a valid certificate of vaccination against COVID-19 arriving in Cyprus from abroad, regardless of their nationality and country of departure, shall be exempted from the obligation of laboratory testing and self-isolation/quarantine, subject to conditions

Learn More – Cyprus Travel Protocol for Vaccinated Travellers

Covid Restrictions Cyprus: Persons traveling from GREEN countries

  • No COVID 19 PCR test required
  • Persons Travelling from Green Countries

Covid Restrictions Cyprus: Persons traveling from ORANGE countries

  • Negative COVID 19 PCR test required 72h prior to departure
  • Exemptions from COVID 19 PCR test: Children who arrive in Cyprus before their 12th birthday
  • COVID 19 PCR test certifications with negative results must be uploaded to CyprusFlightPass Platform
  • All travelers will also need to provide certain information and solemn declarations.

The following persons will need to undergone COVID-19 PCR test at their own expense, upon entry to the Republic of Cyprus:

  1. Cypriot citizens and members of their families (foreign spouses and children)
  2. Legal residents of the Republic
  3. Passengers entitled to enter the Republic under the Vienna Convention
  4. Persons in countries where the authorities duly substantiate and following an announcement by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Cyprus, are not in a position to offer Covid-19 testing to those wishing to travel.

Covid Restrictions Cyprus: Persons traveling from RED countries

  • Negative COVID 19 PCR test required 72h prior to departure
  • COVID 19 PCR test certifications with negative results must be uploaded to CyprusFlightPass Platform
  • Upon arrival at Republic of Cyprus Airports:
    They will also need to pay for and undergo a molecular PCR test upon  arrival to Cyprus, the cost of which is €30 at Larnaca airport and €32  at Paphos airport; results of the test will be available within 3 hours,  and will be shared with the traveller by SMS after his or her departure  from the airport.
  • Exemptions from COVID-19 PCR test: Children who arrive in Cyprus  before their 12th birthday

The following persons will be allowed to enter the Republic of Cyprus having undergone a lab test at their own expense, upon entry to the Republic of Cyprus:

  1. Cypriot citizens and members of their families (foreign spouses and children)
  2. Legal residents of the Republic
  3. Passengers entitled to enter to the Republic under the Vienna Convention These persons may choose to undergo only one lab test, namely upon their arrival to Cyprus, but must then remain in a status of obligatory self-isolation for a minimum of 72 hours from the time of their arrival. After the 72-hour self- isolation, they must undergo a second PCR test for Covid-19, again at their own expense. They are released from self-isolation after a negative test result which must be submitted to the electronic address [email protected]

COVID Restrictions Cyprus: Persons Travelling from GREY Countries

  • Negative COVID-19 PCR test required 72h prior to departure
  • COVID-19 PCR test certifications with negative results must be  uploaded to CyprusFlightPass Platform
  • Obligatory self-isolation/quarantine
    In addition, they will remain in a status of obligatory self-isolation /  quarantine for fourteen (14) days or a status of obligatory self-  isolation / quarantine for ten (10) days, provided they undergo another  PCR test for COVID-19 on the 10th day, at their own expense. The  result of the lab test must be submitted to the electronic address  [email protected]
  • Exemptions from COVID-19 PCR test: Children who arrive in Cyprus  before their 12th birthday

Travel from GREY countries, is allowed only for:

  1. Cypriot citizens and their family members (spouses and children)
  2. Persons legally residing in the Republic of Cyprus
  3. EU citizens, citizens of European Economic Area (including Iceland,
  4. Lichtenstein, Norway) and Switzerland
  5. Persons allowed to enter the Republic of Cyprus in accordance with the Vienna Convention
  6. Citizens of third countries, provided they obtain prior special permission from the Republic of Cyprus, as defined under the Infectious Diseases Decree (N.2/2021 8.1.21), as amended. The application for a Special Permission must be submitted on the CyprusFlightPass Platform

Note: European Union citizens, citizens of European Economic Area (including Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway), citizens of Switzerland and citizens of third countries, must undergo a molecular test prior to departure, as stipulated above. The other categories of passengers have the choice of either taking the test prior to their departure or taking it upon entry to the Republic of Cyprus, at their own expense.

Full List of Country Categories

Travelers should constantly visit this platform in order to remain up to date about possible changes that may affect their trip.
For Categories
Green, Orange and Red, please see below. Any Countries not defined below are treated as Grey (Special Permission) category.

Countries in Green Category

  • Australia
  • Iceland
  • Korea, Republic of
  • New Zealand
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore

Countries in Orange Category

  • China
  • Finland
  • Hong Kong
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Macao
  • Portugal
  • Thailand

COUNTRIES IN RED CATEGORY

AndorraFranceLuxembourgSlovakia
ArmeniaGeorgiaMaltaSlovenia
AustriaGermanyMonacoSpain
BahrainGreeceNetherlandsSweden
BelarusHoly See (Vatican City State)NorwaySwitzerland
BelgiumHungaryPolandUkraine
BulgariaItalyQatarUnited Arab Emirates
CroatiaJordanRomaniaUnited Kingdom
Czech RepublicLatviaRussian FederationUnited States
DenmarkLebanonRwanda
EgyptLiechtensteinSan Marino
EstoniaLithuaniaSerbia

What other documentation is necessary for traveling to Cyprus?

A ‘Cyprus Flight Pass’ is available on the website www.cyprusflightpass.gov.cy, which can be accessed and filled in electronically. All passengers traveling to the Republic of Cyprus need to fill in and submit in advance, all required information and documents; use of the platform is obligatory for anyone who wishes to fly to the Republic of Cyprus. ONLY in the event of a technical problem or scheduled


Procedures in place for persons who have been vaccinated for COVID-19

For persons traveling from certain countries, a vaccination certificate will be accepted as an additional facilitator for travel. Dates of implementation may vary for each country, so travellers should follow public announcements made by the Cyprus Government. Travelers from these countries, who can prove that they have received the required doses of an authorized vaccine, will not be required to undergo any tests to visit Cyprus. Moreover, they will not be placed in quarantine. The Republic of Cyprus still reserves the right to randomly test any arriving flight, and this will include vaccinated travellers as well. Moreover, all other destination protocols need to be implemented by everyone, including vaccinated travellers.