Cyprus has long been a bastion for sunny vacations – and for good reason. Its collection of sandy beaches, mountainous hiking opportunities, and a whole host of history – from the very ancient through medieval splendour to modern – make it a comprehensive destination.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re here to help. Our guide to the COVID entry requirements for Cyprus is filled with all the information you need to navigate a trip to this Mediterranean gem – who can travel to Cyprus, restrictions in place, and the New Normal.
This guide has everything YOU NEED TO KNOW for travelling to Cyprus in 2020.
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Amigos, let’s face the facts: travel isn’t what it was. Things have changed.
We strive at The Broke Backpacker to be the best source of up-to-date and relevant information in the travel-sphere. All the information here was sourced, checked, double-checked, and published on 10/12/2020. While the information was correct then—and we will outline any changes and updates that we do make in the future—it’s important to respect the immense changeability of this topic.
If you’re going to be travelling amongst the coronavirus world, you need to, do your own research and do it hard. No one blog or website is a sufficient source, and even if it was, it might all just go tits up anyway.
This information changes more often than I fart in a day. Tread with caution.
And if you do see some misinformation, please leave a (constructive) comment so that we can patch it up! We really do appreciate your support and input in these weirdest of times.
Who Can Travel to Cyprus Right Now?
Currently, Cyprus is using a categorised system to organise its fly list. The categories (A, B, and C) are based on epidemiological risk assessment, according to factors including the number of new diagnoses, the mortality rate, and the estimated prevalence of COVID-19 within countries.
Category A comprises low-risk countries, while Category B indicates low risk but with greater uncertainty compared to Category A countries. Countries in these two categories are currently permitted to enter Cyprus’ borders, and are listed as follows:
All other countries are considered Category C. Those travelling from countries in Category C will not be permitted to travel to Cyprus.
Note that the countries included in each category will continue to be assessed (and changed if necessary) regularly. Any changes in the above will be announced on the Cyprus Press and Information Office website.
Can Americans travel to Cyprus?
While U.S. citizens can travel to Cyprus at the moment under special permission, American tourists will not be permitted to enter.
However, U.S. citizens who have been present in a Category A or B country for 14 days or longer may enter Cypriot borders for the purposes of tourism. These travellers will be subject to the same entry requirements as other travellers from such countries.
What are the COVID-19 Entry Requirements for Cyprus?
Because of its epidemiologically assessed category system, the entry requirements for Cyprus differ for each group. These are least strict for those travelling from a Category A country, and most strict for those with Category B and C countries as their point of origin.
The entry requirements currently in place for entering Cyprus include the following:
Travellers whose country of origin is in Category B must provide a negative COVID-19 test on arrival. This must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival in Cyprus.
Evidence can be in the form of an email or SMS. In addition, the result and/or appointment letter must include the date and time the test was taken.
If travellers from Category B countries are unable to secure a COVID-19 test (due to scarcity) in their country of origin, a compulsory test must be taken on arrival. The cost of this must be paid for by the individual.
Health screenings and temperature checks will be in place at airports and other points of entry into Cyprus. Those showing COVID-19 symptoms will be subject to a test, paid for by the individual.
Those travelling from Category A countries face no requirements when travelling to Cyprus. Children under the age of 12 are not required to take a test for COVID-19.
If travellers who were required to take a test on arrival test positive, they must quarantine at a designated facility. The cost of this is not paid for by the Cypriot authorities.
Those who test negative are required to self-isolate at their accommodation or residence for 14 days. 48 hours before the isolation is to end, individuals must complete a COVID-19 molecular test (at their own expense) and send the results to this email address: [email protected]. Only when a negative test result is received may travellers end their self-isolation.
All travellers to Cyprus must complete a Cyprus Travel Pass before travelling. This must be completed online prior to travel. Along with personal information and flight details, individuals are required to upload their negative test results no more than 24 hours before travel.
Copies of any documents related to a negative COVID test must also be carried separately, either in hard copy or electronically.
While not mandatory, it is recommended that visitors to Cyprus download the country’s COVID-19 track and trace app, CovTracer.
The visa requirements for Cyprus remains the same as prior to the spread of COVID-19, with usual processes in place. Those from countries exempt from applying for a visa may still travel visa-free to Cyprus.
Currently, many countries – including Australia, UK, USA, and countries in the EU and Schengen area – enjoy visa-exempt travel to Cyprus. To see if your country is eligible for visa-free travel to Cyprus, check here.
There is no call for mandatory insurance* as part of Cyprus’ entry requirements.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, securing adequate travel insurance for your trip is highly recommended. This should be able to cover the costs of COVID-19 tests, healthcare, changes in itinerary, and extensions in accommodation, for example.
For more information please see our insurance section.
*Note that applicants for a Schengen visa must have travel insurance of at least €30,000 coverage.
Cyprus Travel Restrictions – On the Ground in Cyprus
Cyprus currently has a number of measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These island-wide guidelines for the general public represent an adaptation to the “New Normal” that all nations across the world are currently adopting. The most basic of these include:
- Washing hands often
- Keeping distance from others
- Avoiding contact (hugs, shaking hands etc.)
As of 15th October, it is compulsory to wear a mask in Cyprus in all enclosed public spaces. This includes transportation. Exceptions to the rule are when actively eating or drinking, when in private transportation (i.e. your own car), when exercising, or if you are physically unable to wear a mask.
Those found not wearing masks in situations where a mask is required will be subject to a fine of 300 Euros (around US$356).
Additional measures include a limit on movement between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless for work purposes (the relevant certificate should be carried). This is currently in place until 30th November.
Regional restrictions are also in place until 30th November. For example, in the districts of Limassol and Paphos, the curfew is in place from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., and public gatherings are banned, except for the purposes of exercise, in which case only two people may exercise together.
What Tourist Services Have Reopened in Cyprus?
As Cyprus is currently in the middle of a lockdown, there are limits on what services remain open across the island. Services and facilities that remain open do so with restrictions such as reduced capacity, and other New Normal guidelines that visitors should follow.
Services open include:
- Swimming pools
- Supermarkets, minimarts, etc.
There are restrictions, however. Changing rooms in gyms, for example, will be closed. From opening until 10:30 a.m., only those age 65 and above may shop in supermarkets, minimarts and other retail spaces. Restaurants and tavernas may only operate until 10:30 p.m.
Regional restrictions also apply. In Limassol and Paphos, restaurants and tavernas are closed except for those offering takeaway and/or delivery services. Supermarkets and public transport will admit only 50% of regular capacity. Both island-wide and regional measures are in place until 30th November.
Now, while travel insurance is not a mandatory entry requirement for Cyprus, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have it. You really shouldn’t ever be travelling without insurance, and that goes double for the pandemic!
Keeping yourself covered against coronavirus mishaps is a complex subject, however, Americans get it easy. Our favourite insurance provider World Nomads just got favourite-r! They’re covering against COVID-related incidents and will also count for countries where corona coverage is a requirement.
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And if neither of those two choices are right for you? Well, in that case, I strongly, strongly, strongly recommend doing your own research on the top travel insurance companies and finding one right for your trip.
And Keep Smiling
It’s still Cyprus. COVID or no COVID, this island remains as it always has been – filled with amazing beaches, and a place to lap up good weather, good food, and fascinating history.
There are restrictions in place that may mean things are a little different for your trip than they would have been this time last year. But all the great stuff about Cyprus isn’t going anywhere.
So, if you can travel to Cyprus without too much hassle, or even if your country is classified as Category C and you have to wait it out, why not start planning that Cyprus trip now?
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