Travel Restrictions in Cyprus for Tourists amid the Covid-19 Pandemic

November 9, 2021
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It’s little wonder that there are also travel restrictions in Cyprus. The third-largest island of the Mediterranean has also been affected by Covid-19 after all. 

Yet it’s possible to travel to the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, amid the pandemic. Here are the latest rules that apply to tourists visiting the country known for its crystal waters.

These People Can Enter Cyprus Restriction-Free

Every Monday, Cyprus updates its risk assessment list based on the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)’s announcements. Cyprus knows three categories:

  • Green (low-risk countries)
  • Orange (moderately high-risk countries)
  • Red (very high-risk countries)

Travelers from the green category don’t need to get tested for Covid-19 and are not subject to self-isolation. These countries are currently on Cyprus’s green list:

  • Italy
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Malta
  • New Zealand
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Vatican

Fully inoculated people don’t need to get tested for Covid-19 or self-quarantine either, even if they are nationals from a country not on the green list. However, those people will have to fill in a form within 24 hours before arriving in Cyprus.

These People Can Enter Cyprus but Need to Get Tested for Covid-19

Tourists from countries on Cyprus’s orange list must produce a negative Covid-19 PCR test result not older than 72 hours before arriving in Cyprus.

The following countries are currently on the orange list:

  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Bahrein
  • Chile
  • China (including Hong Kong and Macau)
  • France
  • Greece
  • Japan
  • Liechtenstein
  • Monaco
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Uruguay

Travelers from orange list countries also need to get tested upon arrival and undergo self-isolation until they have received the negative test result.

These People Can Enter Cyprus if They Comply with Strict Entry Rules

People from red list countries can only visit Cyprus for essential purposes. Like people from countries on the orange list, they must get tested for Covid-19 twice – within 72 hours before arriving in Cyprus and upon arrival.

In addition, they have to cover the examination expenses themselves and end self-isolation only once they have received the negative test result.

These are the countries currently on Cyprus’s red list:

  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Ukraine
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Switzerland
  • UK
  • USA

Another category is gray. People from gray list countries can only fly to Cyprus with special permission. They need to self-isolate for 14 days, but if a PCR test on the seventh day shows that the person tests negative for Covid-19, the length can be shortened.

People who test positive for Covid-19 are quarantined for 14 days. Kids younger than 12 do not need to get tested.

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