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    MEDIUM MEDICAL RISK for Cyprus
    LOW TRAVEL RISK for Cyprus


COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Low -

Inbound travel is broadly possible with some inconvenience; restrictions affect a limited range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a limited range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country.  Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Low -

COVID-related precautions and restrictions causing some inconvenience to business operations. Most businesses are operating.

Both essential and non-essential businesses are operating, though outbreaks may impact medical and/or logistic factors  and cause disruption, often at short notice. Pre-existing security risks likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns in the near/medium term, though these disruptions will not affect the stability of the overall security environment. Elective surgery may not be accessible at times and VERY HIGH and HIGH Medical Risk Rated countries will be under pressure. Basic elements of BCPs – such as reduced or staggered staffing, social distancing, limited face to face interaction – may be active, with clear escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? No
• Are there any entry restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? Yes
• Are there any vaccine requirements? Yes
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(until further notice)
Entry rules
• Inbound travel for 'third country' nationals
- travellers who resided or transited India in the past 14 days ahead of the arrival will not be allowed to enter. The exception is made for Cyprus citizens and permanent residents. However, they are required to provide PCR test results taken 72 hours prior to the arrival, quarantine for ten days and have another PCR on the tenth day of quarantine
- Passengers flying to Cyprus must complete a flight pass online application within 24 hours prior to departure, found at: https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/
- The government has a help desk to assist travellers with queries regarding the use of the Cyprus Flight Pass. This service is accessible by telephone +(357) 2484 1234 and through the Cyprus Flight Pass e-platform https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/.
- A red flight pass notification means you are not cleared for travel. Depending on the origin of travel, passengers need to print and complete different forms, which can be found and downloaded here: https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/download-forms
- Cyprus categorises countries as 'green', 'orange', 'red' and 'grey' according to their health situation. The list of the countries can be found at: https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/country-categories The list is regularly updated by the Ministry of Health.
- Travellers coming from 'green' countries can enter Cyprus without the need to present a prior COVID-19-related document nor to self-isolate. They do not need to go through a test upon arrival. However, those from these countries who have stayed in, lived in or transited from 'orange' or 'red' countries with an overnight stay within 14 days of their journey to Cyprus will be considered travellers from 'orange' or 'red' countries and must follow the guidelines accordingly.
- Passengers travelling from 'orange' countries are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate issued within 72 hours of departure. Travellers who fall into the following categories may undergo a PCR examination upon arrival in the Republic:
1. Cypriot citizens and family members (alien spouses and their underage children)
2. Persons legally residing in the Republic
3. Persons entitled to enter the Republic under the Vienna Convention
4. Persons, irrespective of nationality, whose countries of residence (orange category) do not provide a laboratory testing service.
The test cost will be borne by travellers and they should remain in self-isolation until the test result is issued.
- Those coming from 'red' countries are required to undergo another PCR test upon arriving Cyprus in addition to the mandatory pre-travel PCR test (taken within 72 hours prior of departure). The examination cost for tests upon arrival will be borne by travellers; they should remain in self-isolation until the test result is issued.
The following categories of passengers may enter with a laboratory test only upon arrival in the Republic of Cyprus:
1. Cypriot citizens and family members (alien spouses and their underage children)
2. Persons legally residing in the Republic
3. Persons entitled to enter the Republic under the Vienna Convention.
If they opt to have tests upon arrival they must remain in mandatory self-isolation for 72 hours upon arrival and after the end of the 72-hour period they must undergo another PCR test at their own expense. If the second test is negative, they can then terminate their isolation. The test result must be sent to the following email address: monada@mphs.moh.gov.cy
- Countries that are not classified as one of the aforementioned three colours are considered 'grey' (Special Permission). Passengers who fall into the following categories are allowed entry:
1. Cypriot citizens and family members (alien spouses and their underage children)
2. European citizens and citizens of European Economic Area countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and Switzerland
3. Persons legally residing in the Republic
4. Persons entitled to enter the Republic under the Vienna Convention
5. Third-country nationals who are allowed to enter the Republic of Cyprus with a special permission from the Republic).
Passengers coming from countries of this category are required to undergo a PCR test at a certified lab within 72 hours prior to departure. Excluding category number 2 above, the rest of the passengers may undergo the laboratory test upon their arrival in the Republic of Cyprus at their own expense. They shall then remain in mandatory self-isolation or quarantine for a period of 14 days or alternatively, in mandatory self-isolation or quarantine for a period of seven days provided that they undergo another COVID-19 test (at their own expense) on the seventh day and the result comes back negative. The result of the laboratory test must be sent to the following electronic address: monada@mphs.moh.gov.cy according to the instructions and the precautionary measures of the Ministry of Health. The quarantine shall be either at the traveller's residence or, in case they do not have a residence in the Republic of Cyprus, at a place that will be indicated to them by the Republic of Cyprus.
- A sample PCR test of passengers on selected arriving flights may be carried out.
- Keep monitor latest entry requirement by visiting this website: https://www.pio.gov.cy/coronavirus/eng/categories/en-fly.

Vaccine requirements
- Travellers who are fully vaccinated and hold a vaccination card from EU countries, EEA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), Armenia, Bahrain, Belarus, Canada, Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Ukraine, the UK and the US will be exempted from entry restrictions. However, the authorities remain liable to test passengers upon the arrival on a random selection basis.
The vaccination certificate is considered acceptable if all of the below apply:
1) The vaccine has been administered by the public authorities of the countries below.
2) The vaccine administered is either one of the approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the Sputnik (Gam-COVID-Vac) or the Sinopharm (BBIBP COVID-19) Vaccine.
3) All of the required doses of the respective vaccine have already been administered.
4) The required time frame has elapsed between the administration of the final dose and the date of travel.
- Further details are available here: https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/vaccinated-passengers
- Incoming travellers who have received all required doses of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine and hold a valid certificate issued by specified countries can travel from any country without having the obligation to meet the prerequisites of the corresponding country category.
- Accepted vaccines, the specified countries and the required time from the last dose are outlined on this official Cypriot webpage: https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/vaccinated-passengers
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(until further notice)
Entry rules - self-declared 'Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus'
TRNC has divided travellers into 6 categories based on departure country and travel history- dark red, red, orange, yellow, green and grey. The lists are updated weekly and can be found here - https://saglik.gov.ct.tr/TRAVEL-RULES
All travellers who have been to "dark red" category countries in the 14 days prior to their arrival in the TRNC will be barred from entry. Citizens are exempt, but are subject to a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.
"Grey" category travellers must present PCR test certificate for the test taken within 72 hours ahead of the arrival and are subject to 14-day quarantine despite vaccination status.

Testing requirements
• Who needs to test + Type of test and timeframe?
- All unvaccinated travellers from "red", "orange", "yellow" and "green" categories should present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.
- Vaccinated travellers from "red", "orange" and "yellow" list countries must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.
- Vaccinated travellers from "green" list countries face no entry restrictions.
• What information is required in the test result?
The test results should either be in Turkish or English, and must be in printed form and have a QR code presented on the certificate.

Quarantine requirements
• Who must quarantine and for how long and where can this be done?
- All travellers from "red"category countries must quarantine for ten days despite vaccination status.
- Unvaccinated travellers from "orange" list countries are subject to ten-day quarantine.
- Unvaccinated travellers from "yellow" list countries are subject to seven-day quarantine.
- All travellers from the "green" list, as well as vaccinated travellers from "yellow" and "orange" do not have to undertake quarantine on arrival.
Travelers are also required to download the “Stay Safe Application” before coming to the country.
• Additional tests in quarantine?
Conduct another test at the end of the quarantine.
(Until further notice)
OutboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? No
• Are there any exit restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? No
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)

Exit rules
• Outbound travel for local nationals / residents
Cypriot citizens who intend to travel abroad must register here: www.connect2cy.gov.cy


(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticSummary
• Is a state of emergency in place? No
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? Yes
• Can businesses operate? Yes
• Are there other restrictions on internal travel? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any vaccination requirements? No
• Are there any other restrictions in place? No
(Until further notice)


Curfews and lockdowns
A nightly curfew was lifted on 10 June.

Other restrictions

- Cyprus has introduced a 'safety pass' scheme until further notice, as the country rolls out its vaccination programme. For citizens and residents the pass will be required for anyone aged 12 and over to visit indoor hospitality venues. Only those who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or contracted the virus in the past six months, or who obtained a negative PCR/rapid test result in the past 72 hours are eligible. A SafePass is not required to visit outdoor seating areas of cafés, restaurants and bars, as well as outdoor theatres and cinemas.

- The Green Line Crossing checkpoints have reopened. Under the current epidemiological situation (Level 2: orange), all categories of people - including third country nationals - will have to present '7-day negative Antigen tests or PCR tests' in order to cross at any point. For those that are vaccinated, protocols applicable to such people 'are currently being worked on and will be announced in due course.' Measures will be reviewed bi-weekly.


• What restrictions are placed on operating businesses?

- Only 50% capacity in indoor public spaces which include, places of worship, casinos, conference and trade venues and cinemas
- Indoor dining is permitted
Other social distancing measures
- Up to 20 people are permitted in a home.
(Until further notice)
Measures in place in the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus:

Curfews and lockdowns:
- A nightly curfew is in place from 00.00 and 05.00

Restrictions on businesses:
- Services that are allowed to operate will be open between 08.30 and 20.00
- The food industry may operate between 06.00 and 23.30
- Markets will be open from 07.00 to 23.00.

Other social distancing measures:

Large gatherings are banned.
(Until further notice)

19 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Cyprus

COVID-19 information for Cyprus

Dedicated COVID-19 website

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Travel to Cyprus does not pose major security risks to foreign nationals. Petty crime poses the primary risk; violent crime does occur but is generally linked with organised crime and has a minimal impact on foreign visitors. The risk of terrorist attack is low. Minor demonstrations in response to the government's economic reforms have caused occasional disruption. Tensions persist between the internationally recognised Republic of Cyprus and the self-declared 'Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus' ('TRNC'), though the relationship has limited impact on foreign travellers. Nevertheless, members intending to travel between the two entities should use only designated crossing points and anticipate possible delays at the border.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

Vaccinations For Cyprus
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for most travellers and expatriates,
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