Citizens of the Netherlands, Poland and Iceland as well as Omanis will be subject to double-testing requirements as well as quarantine rules when planning to enter Cyprus, with the latter’s authorities placing these areas in the red category, which includes countries that have reported high rates of COVID-19 infection in the past two weeks.
Moreover, entry rules have been tightened even for travelers from South Korea and Liechtenstein as both countries have been moved from the green category, which includes countries considered safe based on their epidemiological situation, to the orange category, which consists of medium-risk areas, Schengen VisaInfo reports. com.
While the Czech Republic was added to the orange category two weeks ago, this week Cypriot arrivals were added to the Czech unsafe list, following an increase in positive cases with COVID-19. Moreover, like Cyprus, the Czechs have tightened entry rules for entrants to Poland and the Netherlands.
However, the Cypriot authorities remind that all those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, those who have recovered from the virus and all holders of EU COVID-19 digital certificates are exempt from these entry rules.
“They have been vaccinated with either one of the EMA approved vaccines (Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Janssen), Sputnik V, Sinopharm (BBIBP COVID-19), or Sinovac and have completed their vaccination plan, The press release explains the rules for vaccinated travelers.
Those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can visit the country 14 days after receiving their final shot.
Furthermore, regardless of their country of origin or vaccination status, all passengers are required to present a filled entry form 48 hours prior to travel to Cyprus.
Otherwise, for non-vaccinated and non-exempt travelers, entry restrictions apply based on their country of origin.
At present, the red category consists of the following countries:
EU member states: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland Smaller countries: San Marino Schengen Countries of the region: Switzerland and Iceland Third countries: Egypt, Armenia, Georgia, USA, United Kingdom, Israel, Canada, Belarus, Lebanon, Oman, Ukraine, Russia, Serbia, Singapore
Furthermore, the entry rules that apply to non-vaccinated and non-exempt entrants from these countries include:
Take a PCR test 72 hours before traveling to Cyprus Undergo self-isolation for 72 hours After entering Cyprus, end the quarantine by submitting a self-purchased test no later than the third day of their stay
The orange category includes the following countries:
EU Member States: France, Denmark, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Czech Republic Small Countries: Andorra, Monaco Schengen Countries: Liechtenstein, Norway Third Countries: Australia, Japan, Qatar, China (including Hong Kong and Macau) Bahrain, South Korea, Uruguay, Rwanda, Chile
The entry rules that apply to these travelers include taking a PCR test 72 hours before traveling to Cyprus, as well as a completed entry form.
However, no entry rules apply to travelers from green tier countries, which consist of:
EU Member States: Italy, Malta Small Countries: Vatican City Third Countries: United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia
Currently, data from the World Health Organization (WHO) reveal that 97 people were recently infected with COVID-19 in Cyprus, and one death has been reported related to complications from the virus.