The Mediterranean island of Cyprus is the third largest and most populous country in the region and has many sites to see for curious and adventurous visitors. The country is famous for having about 40 Blue Flag beaches, with the European Environment Agency ranking these vacation sites first in the list of clean bathing waters.
The country is associated with named mythological sites, such as the Baths of Adonis, a beautiful waterfall near Krya Vrysi, which is known to be the birthplace of the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite.
Cheroketia, the painted churches in Troodos, and Paphos, are three Cypriot sites protected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Before you book a flight to Cyprus, here is a quick guide on the entry requirements imposed.
Who can enter Cyprus?
Based on the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the country updates its risk assessment list every Monday, listing the world’s countries into three different categories, which set the rules for travelers arriving in Cyprus from each country.
Green represents low-risk countries, orange represents a moderately high risk, and red represents a high-risk area, TheSchengen.com reports.
The latest risk assessment from the Cypriot government indicates that green countries, in which travelers are not subject to any self-isolation testing or requirements, include the following:
Austria Bulgaria Germany Latvia Hungary Poland Romania Slovakia Slovenia Czech Republic Liechtenstein Norway Australia North Macedonia Jordan Canada New Zealand Singapore
However, besides the green countries, fully vaccinated travelers, regardless of their nationality, are allowed to travel to the Republic of Cyprus without isolation or testing requirements. However, the required form must be filled out within 24 hours prior to arrival in the Republic of Cyprus.
Travelers who can enter but need COVID-19 test results
Unlike green travelers, those coming from orange countries must present a negative PCR test certificate, which indicates that the test holder tested negative for coronavirus in the past 72 hours before coming to Cyprus.
Category orange countries, as indicated by the most recent risk assessment list, are the following:
Belgium Greece Italy Croatia Lithuania Luxembourg Sweden Finland Vatican City Bosnia and Herzegovina Qatar China Hong Kong Macau Taiwan Bahrain Serbia Saudi Arabia
Passengers from the orange countries who are citizens of Cyprus and their family members, who are legally residing on the island, or who are eligible for entry according to the rules of the Vienna Convention, can undergo medical examinations upon arrival.
Also, people whose country of residence does not provide laboratory testing service, after a document has been issued by the Ministry of Health of Cyprus, can do so, but the expenses must be borne by the passenger, who must remain self-isolated until the result is announced.
Who is prohibited from entering Cyprus?
Passengers arriving from red tier countries can only enter for very essential purposes. They must undergo the dual test requirement, which means that the traveler must present a negative PCR test certificate taken 72 hours before entering Cyprus and take a second test upon arrival. Furthermore, the traveler must cover the expenses of the examination and end self-isolation once the test result is released.
Includes red category countries as the following list shows:
France Denmark Estonia Ireland Spain Luxembourg Malta Netherlands Portugal Andorra Monaco San Marino Egypt Switzerland Iceland Azerbaijan USA Japan Israel Lebanon Albania Armenia Georgia United Arab Emirates United Kingdom Kuwait Belarus Montenegro Moldova Brunei South Korea Ukraine Russia
In addition to travelers from red countries, access to the “gray” zone, which can only travel to Cyprus with special permission, is also prohibited, and must be subject to a mandatory 14-day self-isolation requirement. This time can be shortened by performing a PCR test on the seventh day of quarantine. Those who test positive for coronavirus will be isolated for 14 days, and children under the age of 12 are not required to undergo testing.
Cyprus COVID-19 vaccination passport
The country has effectively been linked to the EU’s digital COVID certification portal, which became effective on July 1, meaning that holders of one of the following documents can enter Cyprus by presenting a certificate of vaccination, recovery certificate or a negative COVID-19 test result.
The European Union has created the EU’s COVID Digital Certificate in an effort to facilitate travel within the European Union and help tourism recover. The main features of the document include:
Issued in digital or paper format. One-page document free of charge Presented in the national language and English Safe and secure Certified in all EU countries
EUROSTAT, the European statistics provider, revealed in a previously published report that Europe was significantly affected by the pandemic, registering a 61 percent decrease in total, compared to 2019, accounting for only 1.1 billion tourists compared to 2.8 billion.
What do you expect when visiting Cyprus amid the pandemic?
From July 30, the country has a mandatory face mask requirement for indoor activities involving more than one person and outdoor activities with more than two people.
Parks, beaches, exclusion sites, zoos, and trails are open for visiting, while mass events such as gatherings, demonstrations, parades, concerts, and festivals are prohibited.
Gatherings in private homes should not exceed the limit of 20 people, but the maximum can be 450 people for vaccinators, provided that health protocols are respected.
Before visiting Cyprus, buy travel insurance
It is recommended that all those who plan to visit Cyprus during this summer purchase travel insurance to ensure that money is not lost if the epidemic and epidemic cases are canceled due to the coronavirus situation.
Before purchasing travel insurance for trips to Cyprus, everyone should check if it includes medical benefits, low expense deductions and covers at least 30 thousand euros in emergency medical expenses.
Economy travel insurance offers for a trip to Cyprus or any other EU country can be found at MondialCare, AXA Assistance or Europ Assistance.
COVID-19 situation and vaccination in Cyprus
The latest data published by the World Health Organization (WHO), revealed that Cyprus has reported three deaths from the coronavirus and 389 cases of the virus in the past 24 hours. Since January 2020, the country has seen 441 deaths, and 105,982 people have contracted the virus.
Cyprus is implementing a successful vaccination campaign, with 74.6 percent of the population being vaccinated with a single dose of COVID vaccines and 66.7 percent fully immunized against the coronavirus, the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention reveals.