Cypriot authorities have announced that travel restrictions will no longer apply to travelers who have been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 disease.
“Travelers who can demonstrate that they have received all necessary doses of an authorized vaccine or have recently recovered from COVID-19 will not be required to undergo any tests to visit Cyprus, regardless of the color classification of the country of departure,” reads a statement from the authorities.
This means travel rules on arrival in Cyprus will now depend on travelers’ vaccination and recovery status rather than the country of origin they are traveling from, TheSchengen.com reports.
In line with the new rules, travelers who have been vaccinated or recovered from the virus can enter Cyprus as long as they hold an EU digital vaccination or recovery certificate issued by an EU/Schengen area country or any other third country already connected to the EU DCC.
This indicates that only vaccination and recovery certificates issued by specific competent authorities in third countries are accepted upon arrival in Cyprus.
Certificates of vaccination are recognized in Cyprus provided the document proves that the holder has completed the initial vaccination within the past nine months or received a booster dose. The vaccination process must be completed with one of the vaccinations authorized for travel.
This means that Cyprus only accepts vaccination cards that indicate immunization with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, Covishield, SKBion Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Janssen, Sputnik V, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Covaxin, Novavax.
For redemption permits, they are accepted as long as the document proves that the holder has been infected with the virus within the past 180 days.
On the other hand, the authorities have made it clear that the color-coding system will continue to be applied to people who have not been vaccinated or cured of the virus.
Unvaccinated and non-exempt travelers entering Cyprus from a Green List country are required to take a PCR test within 72 hours or a rapid antigen test within 24 hours prior to departure.
In turn, stricter rules apply to those from a red country. Non-vaccinated and non-exempt travelers from a red-listed country are required to take another test upon arrival in Cyprus in addition to a pre-entry test.
For the gray category, it has been clarified that travelers from this list need to undergo the mandatory ten-day quarantine requirements. The period of self-isolation can be terminated early, provided that there is a negative PCR test on the seventh day.
The current classification of countries owned by Cyprus is as follows:
EU/Red Schengen Area Countries: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Vatican City State, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania , Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
The third red countries: Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Canada, Chile, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Colombia, Egypt, Georgia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, South Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, New Zealand, Oman, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the states United States and Uruguay.
All other countries not mentioned in either of these two lists are part of the gray list.