Republic of Cyprus

Country Categories & Entry Requirements

Epidemiological risk assessment of countries concerning COVID-19, based on the epidemiological indicators of the countries, including the effective reproduction number R(t) for SARS-CoV-2, the number of new diagnoses, the number of laboratory tests, the mortality rate per 100,000 inhabitants, the estimated prevalence and the impact and classification by the World Health Organization (WHO), as these indicators appear on valid data bases. 
The following categorization of countries, is dynamic and may be modified as the pandemic evolves and the epidemiological data change.  This categorisation takes account of the recommendation of the European Council, on the gradual and coordinated lifting of travel restrictions to EU Countries. 


Category A – Low Risk Countries

Included in this category are countries with an effective reproduction (Rt) number lower than 1 or/and small number of new diagnoses (<1/100,000 inhabitants per day) or/and small or very small COVID-19 mortality (<5-10/100,000 inhabitants) or/and classification of sporadic cases or clusters of cases according to the WHO or/and at least satisfactory laboratory testing (>3000 tests/100,000 inhabitants).

It should be noted that passengers coming from Category A countries are not required to present a laboratory COVID-19 test certificate or go into self-isolation.


Passengers coming from Category A countries do not have to present a laboratory COVID-19 test
certificate or go into self-isolation, but they must complete a CyprusFlightPass less than 24 hours
before departure.


Passengers travelling from Category A Countries who have stayed/lived in Category B or C Country,
within 14 days of their arrival in the Republic of Cyprus or passengers who transit via an
intermediate Country of Category B or C with an overnight stay(s), will be considered as coming from
a Category B or C Country and must therefore meet the requirements of that Category.


Category B - Countries with low risk but greater uncertainty compared to Category A 

Included in this category are countries with an effective reproduction (Rt) number greater than 1 or/and number of new diagnoses <1/100,000 inhabitants per day) or/and increased COVID-19 mortality (>10/100,000 inhabitants) or/and limited laboratory testing (< 2000 tests/100,000 inhabitants) or lack of WHO classification.

 

It should be noted that passengers coming from Category B countries are required to undergo a laboratory test taken less than 72 hours prior to departure and to possess a Certificate showing negative PCR examination for the virus and have completed a CyprusFlightPass less than 24 hours before departure. 


NOTE: For UK passengers the ‘NHS COVID-19 notification’ document will be accepted provided it is submitted along with the appointment email clearly showing the date and time of the test appointment.  All passengers need to upload on the CyprusFlightPass online form in a single document (pdf, jpeg) :


⦁ A negative ‘NHS Covid-19 notification’
⦁ ‘Test Site Pass’ (Appointment confirmation email) clearly indicating the date and time of the test appointment.  The 72 hours timeframe counts from the scheduled time of the appointment
⦁ Hard copies or electronic version of these documents must also be carried with them on the flight

 

Passengers from Category B countries falling into the following categories may take a PCR upon arrival in the Republic: 
⦁    Cypriot citizens permanently residing in the Republic, their spouses, any under-age children and their parents
⦁    Persons who reside legally in the Republic. 
⦁    Persons allowed to enter in the Republic of Cyprus under the Vienna Convention. 
⦁    Persons, regardless of nationality, having a special permission by the Republic of Cyprus, as defined under the infectious Diseases (Determination of Measures Against the Spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus disease) Decree (N.30), as amended.


Persons, in category B countries, where the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Cyprus, has confirmed the country cannot offer on ‘72 hour travel’ Covid-19 testing for those wishing to travel.  Passengers from Italy will be allowed to enter under this category, effective as of 23 July. 


The examination cost of 60 euros will be borne by themselves and in addition such persons should remain in self-isolation at home or temporary accommodation until the examination result is issued. 
If the test is positive, they will remain in a state of mandatory isolation (quarantine), and will follow the instructions of the Ministry of Health.


Passengers who travel from Category B Countries but have stayed/lived in Category C Country, within 14 days of their arrival in the Republic of Cyprus or passengers who transit via an intermediate Country of Category C with an overnight stay(s) will be considered as coming from a Category C Country and must therefore meet the requirements of that Category.


Consequently, they have to belong in at least one of the passenger Categories permitted to fly from Category C Countries and to complete the required documents and Declarations for Category C Countries.


Category C – Increased risk countries compared to categories A and B

 

All countries not included within Categories A & B are included in this Category.

Entry into the Republic from Category C countries shall be allowed only for the following people:
⦁    Cypriot citizens permanently residing in the Republic, their spouses, any under-age children and their parents
⦁    Persons who reside legally in the Republic. 
⦁    Persons allowed to enter in the Republic of Cyprus under the Vienna Convention. 
⦁    Persons, regardless of nationality, having a special permission by the Republic of Cyprus, as defined under the infectious Diseases (Determination of Measures Against the Spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus disease) Decree (N.30), as amended. 

 

In accordance with the Infectious Diseases Decree (No.30) of 2020, entry into the Republic from Category C countries shall be allowed only for specific categories of citizens who have the possibility to choose whether to undergo a diagnostic test for COVID19 upon their arrival in Cyprus or have with them a negative RT-PCR test certificate for COVID-19, undertaken less than 72 hours prior to departure. It must be noted that such persons shall have to remain in a state of self-isolation for 14 days. Relevant sanitary instructions are available at the following link: https://www.pio.gov.cy/coronavirus/en/info.html.

 
All passengers regardless of country category must complete a Cyprus Flight Pass application electronically, https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/ within 24 hours prior to their flight departure. 
Random molecular laboratory testing of passengers on arriving flights may also be undertaken. 

 

Completion of the CyprusFlightPass is Mandatory for ALL passengers intending to travel to Cyprus.

The CyprusFlightPass must be completed electronically 24 hours before arrival in the Republic of Cyprus and must be presented before boarding a flight to Cyprus.


Each family member must complete a separate application. In the case of minors (passengers under the age of 18), accompanied or unaccompanied, the application must be completed, on their behalf, by the custodian parent(s)/ adoptive parent(s) / legal guardian / legal representative (s).


The form must be completed carefully and accurately as you could be prosecuted for perjury if you fail to disclose information. Handwritten completion of the form is only acceptable, if the there is a technical problem with the online system which has been officially announced on the system.


If you do not complete the form electronically an automatic fine of 300 euros will be imposed.
If you arrive without completing the form or only have a handwritten version of the form you will be offered two options:


⦁    Either to enter the Republic and pay the out-of-court fine of 300 euros, or 
⦁    to return to the country of your departure.


Passengers arriving in Cyprus from Category A countries without a CyprusFlightPass will be treated as passengers from Category B countries, therefore in addition to the 300 euro fine they shall be obliged to undergo a test for the COVID-19 at the airport of the Republic, which will be charged at 60 euros.
 
Application Process
In order to support the containment of COVID-19 in Cyprus all inbound passengers are required to present a 'flight pass' to fly prior to boarding.
The requirements defined by the Ministry of Health are dependant on a number of factors about you and your visit.
To see the requirements specific to your trip use our Quick Check tool.
To receive a CyprusFlightPass each passenger will need to:
⦁    Create an account
⦁    Enter personal information
⦁    Add your flight details
⦁    Make legal declarations
⦁    You may be required to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test
⦁    Ιn the case of minors accompanied or unaccompanied passengers under the age of 18, the Information will be provided and the form will be completed and signed on behalf of the minors, by the custodian parent (s) or the adoptive parent (s) / legal guardian (s) / legal representative(s).


On successful completion of your application you will receive a report including your CyprusFlightPass and all relevant information which you will be asked to present prior to boarding and on arrival at immigration.
Ιn the case where the web electronic platform of the Republic of Cyprus is temporarily unavailable due to technical issues or scheduled maintenance with official announcement about that, in the relevant electronic platform you are required to print and complete the relevant documents found here.

Source: www.pio.gov.cy/coronavirus
 

                              In cooperation with

TFR - The Foreign Residents in the TRNC