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 spots first in its 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 as the birthplace of the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite.
Cheroketia, the painted churches in the Troodos region, 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 issued by the Cypriot government indicates that travelers from green countries are not subject to any self-isolation test or requirements and the list consists of the following:
Malta Poland Czech Republic Australia Jordan New Zealand Saudi Arabia
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.
The orange category countries, as the latest risk assessment list shows, refer to the following countries:
France Denmark Greece Spain Italy Netherlands Hungary Portugal Slovakia Sweden Finland Andorra Vatican City Iceland Liechtenstein Norway United Arab Emirates Japan Qatar China (including Hong Kong and Macau) Kuwait Bahrain Uruguay Chile Rwanda
Furthermore, travelers from these countries are required to undergo testing on arrival and remain isolated until the test result is released.
Who is eligible to enter Cyprus, but must be subject to strict entry rules?
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:
Austria Belgium Bulgaria Germany Estonia Ireland Croatia Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg Romania Slovenia Monaco San Marino Switzerland Egypt Armenia Georgia USA UK Israel Canada Belarus Lebanon South Korea Ukraine Russia Singapore Serbia
In addition to travelers from red countries, arrivals from the “gray” region, who can only travel to Cyprus on a special permit, are also prohibited and must be subject to mandatory self-isolation requirements for 14 days. 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.
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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 digital COVID 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 to visit, while mass events such as rallies, 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 those who have been vaccinated, 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 buying 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) reveals that Cyprus has reported 83 positive cases of the virus in the past 24 hours. Since January 2020, the country has recorded 554 deaths, and 120,498 positive cases of COVID-19.
Cyprus is implementing a successful vaccination campaign, with 80.4 percent of the adult population being vaccinated with a single dose of COVID vaccines and 77.6 percent of the adult population being fully immune to the coronavirus, the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention reveals.
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Note: This article was originally published on August 10. Since then, it has been constantly updated with the latest changes. The last changes to the article were made on October 5, in line with the latest updates made by the Cypriot authorities.