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New entry conditions in Cyprus: negative PCR test, 72-hour self-isolation, retest

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Against the background of the increasing incidence of cases of COVID infection - 19, from January 10, 2021, a state of force is in force. curfew between 21: 00-5: 00 and a series of restrictions. Starting with February, they have gradually relaxed, another 3 stages of relaxation are planned for March 2021.

Larnaca and Paphos airports will operate their passenger services

From 1 March 2021, the airports of Larnaca and Paphos will operate their passenger transport services according to Action plan for the gradual resumption of flights and the reopening of airports.

The conditions applicable to travelers entering the territory of the Republic of Cyprus are determined according to the countries of origin, which are classified into four categories, namely:

  • green category (States considered low-risk, from 1 March passengers will no longer be required to take the negative test for Covid-19 or self-isolation): EU and / or Schengen Member States: Iceland; third countries: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Saudi Arabia.
  • orange category (States considered to be at medium risk, are required to perform a PCR laboratory test within 72 hours prior to departure and hold a certificate showing a negative PCR result): EU and / or Schengen Member States: Denmark, Finland, Norway; third countries: China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Republic of Korea, Thailand.

It is also clarified that passengers from Orange category countries, which fall into the following categories, may be subjected to molecular examination upon arrival in Cyprus:

  • Cypriot citizens and family members (foreign spouses, minor children and parents)
  • Persons legally residing in Cyprus.
  • Persons entitled to enter Cyprus under the Vienna Convention
  • Persons, regardless of nationality, whose countries of residence (Orange country) do not have a laboratory testing service, at the announcement of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Cyprus.

Cthe exam will be borne by the passengers and additionally, they must remain self-isolated until the test result is obtained.

Romania is in the red category

  • red category (states considered high risk, for which the following are mandatory: 1. presentation of a negative PCR test for COVID-19 infection, performed 72 hours before travel 2. self-isolation at home for 72 hours; 3. performing a second PCR test at the end of the 72 hours of self-isolation and exit from self-isolation only if the result is negative, 4. sending the result to the e-mail address: [email protected]): EU Member States and / or the Schengen area: Romania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Switzerland, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Hungary; small European states: Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican; third countries: not applicable.

The measure of effective placement of Romania in the red category, announced on February 27, 2021, entered into force on March 1, 2021: 27022021_epidemiological_assessmentEN.pdf (pio.gov.cy)

It is noted that passengers coming from countries in the red category will be asked:

  • PCR laboratory test within 72 hours before the trip (obviously the result must be negative)
  • undergo a laboratory test at the entrance to the Republic of Cyprus.

cost examination will be borne by travelers and, in addition, would you have to these people to remains in self-isolation until the test result is obtained.

The following categories of persons may enter Cyprus from the red zone after undergoing, at their own expense, a PCR test of COVID-19 upon entry into Cyprus:

  • Cypriot citizens and family members (foreign spouses, minor children and parents)
  • Persons legally residing in Cyprus
  • Persons entitled to enter Cyprus under the Vienna Convention.

In this case, people who fall into categories 1-3 above must remain in the mode mandatory isolation for 72 hours upon arrival and, after the end of the 72 hours, he must take another PCR test, at their expense. If the second test is negative, then the isolation stops. The test result should be sent to the following email address: [email protected]

  • Gray category: third countries: UK; Israel, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Belarus, Rwanda.

For countries in the gray category (special permit), entry into the Republic of Cyprus is only allowed for the following categories of people:

  • Cypriot citizens and family members (foreign spouses, minor children and parents)
  • European citizens, citizens of European Economic Area countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and Switzerland
  • Persons legally residing in Cyprus
  • Persons entitled to enter Cyprus under the Vienna Convention,
  • Third-country nationals who are allowed to enter Cyprus on the basis of a special permit, as defined in Quarantine Decree (N.9) of 2021, because this is changed in each case.

Passengers coming from gray countries they will be asked to perform a PCR laboratory test within 72 hours before the trip and hold a certificate showing a negative PCR result. Except for category 2 above, passengers may be subjected to the COVID-19 PCR test upon entry into Cyprus at their own expense..

Passengers traveling to Cyprus from gray countries must stay in compulsory self-isolation or compulsory quarantine for a period of 14 days or alternatively, in compulsory self-isolation or in compulsory quarantine for a period of 10 days, provided that they are subjected to another Covid-19 test (at their own expense) on the 10th day and the result is negative. The test result must be sent to the following email address: [email protected]

Entry conditionsGreenOrangeRedGray
Completion of the Flight Pass 24 hours before departureDaDaDaDa
PCR test 72 h before departureNuDaDaDa
PCR test on arrivalNuNuDaNu
Placing in self-isolation for 72 hoursNuNuDANu
Placement in self-isolation for 14 daysNuNuNuDA
Random arrival test (paid by the Cypriot government)DaDaDaDa

We emphasize that all passengers, regardless of category, are required to submit a request for Cyprus Flight Pass within 24 hours before the flight. Randomly, certain persons may be subjected to PCR tests upon entry into Cyprus, this time at the expense of the authorities.

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