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COVID-19 Destination Protocol, Cyprus – updated 28.1.2022

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Below is a description of the new protocol for entry into the country, which comes into effect on 1st March 2022 (see part ‘A’). Until then, traveler's will need to follow the temporary measures displayed in this box, which are currently in effect due to the emergence of the Omicron Variant. The temporary measures include the obligation for all arriving travelers aged 12 years and over, to possess either a PCR test valid up to 72 hours prior to departure or an antigen rapid test valid up to 24 hours prior to departure, as well as the obligation to take a PCR test at the airport of arrival, even if they are fully vaccinated or recently recovered from COVID-19. The cost of a test is 15 euros at Larnaca Airport and 19 euros at Paphos airport, and must be covered by the traveler. Results of the test will be available within a few hours on the digital platform www.covid-testcyprus.com. Moreover, all arriving travelers should also undergo a rapid antigen test after 72 hours from the date of arrival. The rapid antigen test will be provided free of charge through the sampling points of the Ministry of Health, by showing the boarding pass and proof of identification (identity card or passport). Individuals who received the 3rd dose of a two-dose vaccine or the 2nd dose of a single-dose vaccine, are exempted from taking the rapid antigen test.




A. Entry into the country (valid from 1st March 2022)

Q1(a): What are the requirements for entry into the country? Cyprus is following a colour-coded system based on the ECDC maps, which support a coordinated approach to enable free movement. We have three Categories colour-coded as Green, Red and Grey. The Green Category of the Republic of Cyprus corresponds to the Green and Orange Categories of the ECDC, while the Red Category of the Republic of Cyprus corresponds to the Red and Deep Red Categories of the ECDC. Note that for countries shown as grey on ECDC maps or for third countries which are not included on ECDC maps, a separate evaluation is carried out by Cyprus authorities. The Grey Category of the Republic of Cyprus concerns countries where not enough information is available and thus requires obtaining special permission for travel to Cyprus by those who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Below is a summary of the entry requirements when somebody is traveling to Cyprus. 2 Entry requirements (for persons who are fully vaccinated or recently recovered)* Green Red Grey Cyprus Flight Pass completion 48h prior to departure Yes Yes Yes PCR test 72h or antigen rapid test 24h prior to departure (traveler-paid) No No No PCR test upon arrival to Cyprus (traveler-paid) No No No Mandatory 14-day self-isolation upon arrival No No No * Definition of fully vaccinated or recently recovered persons can be found in Q1(b) Entry requirements (for persons who are non vaccinated and non-recovered) Green Red Grey Cyprus Flight Pass completion 48h prior to departure Yes Yes Yes PCR test 72h or antigen rapid test 24h prior to departure (traveler-paid) Yes Yes Yes PCR test upon arrival to Cyprus (traveler-paid) No Yes Yes Mandatory 14-day self-isolation upon arrival No No Yes The full list of categorized countries can be found on www.cyprusflightpass.gov.cy.


Travelers should constantly visit this platform in order to remain up to date about possible changes that may affect their trip. Q1(b): What procedures are in place for persons who have been fully vaccinated or are recently recovered from COVID-19? Vaccinated or recovered passengers may enter the Republic of Cyprus, provided that they fulfil one of the following conditions: i. They hold a European Digital COVID Vaccination or Recovery Certificate, or equivalent Vaccination or Recovery Certificate from third countries that have joined the EU Digital COVID Certificate System (EUDCC). ii. They hold a valid certificate of vaccination issued by the competent Authorities of any third country. It should be noted that, vaccination certificates issued by the competent authorities of: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cabo Verde, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the Crown Dependencies (Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man), Uruguay, Vatican City State, are only being accepted in digital form through the EU Digital Covid Certificate or equivalent – see further information in Q2.


3 Cyprus considers as authorized for travel purposes, the following vaccines: AstraZeneca, (Vaxzervia, COVISHIELD, SKBio), Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson&Johnson/Janssen, Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac), Sinopharm (BBIBPCOVID19), Sinovac (CoronaVac), Covaxin, Novavax Nuvaxovid COVID-19 and Sputnik Light (the latter only as a booster dose in the basic vaccination scheme).



Travelers aged 18 and over are considered fully vaccinated only if a period of 270 days (9 months) has not elapsed, after administration of the 2nd dose of a two-dose vaccine or the 1st dose of a single-dose vaccine. Otherwise, they should have received the booster/3rd dose in the case of a two-dose vaccine or the booster/2 nd dose in the case of a single dose vaccine. Travelers aged 18 and under are considered to have completed their vaccination scheme if they have received the 2nd dose in the case of a two-dose vaccine or the 1st dose in the case of a single-dose vaccine. Persons are considered to be recently recovered from COVID-19, 10 days after testing positive and for a period of 180 days. Travelers who can prove that they have received all necessary doses of an authorized vaccine or they have recently recovered from COVID-19, will not be required to undergo any tests to visit Cyprus, irrespective of colour-categorization of their country of departure. It should though be noted that the Republic of Cyprus still reserves the right to randomly test any arriving flight. In addition, all destination protocols need to be implemented and followed by everyone, including vaccinated travelers. Q1(c): What procedures are in place for persons who are neither fully vaccinated nor recently recovered? i. Persons traveling from GREEN countries are required to undergo either a molecular test (PCR) at a certified lab, with the sample taken within the last 72 hours prior to flight departure, or an antigen rapid test at a certified lab, with the sample taken within the last 24 hours prior to flight departure, and upload a certificate that demonstrates a negative result on the Cyprus Flight Pass Platform. Children who arrive in Cyprus before their 6 th birthday, are exempted from testing. All travelers need to fill out the Cyprus Flight Pass where they will be asked to provide certain information and solemn declarations. ii. Persons traveling from RED countries are required to undergo either a molecular test (PCR) at a certified lab, with the sample taken within the last 72 hours prior to flight departure, or an antigen rapid test at a certified lab, with the sample taken within the last 24 hours prior to flight departure, and upload a certificate that demonstrates a negative result on the Cyprus Flight Pass Platform. They will also need to pay for and undergo a molecular PCR test upon arrival to Cyprus, the cost of which is 15 Euros at Larnaca airport and 19 Euros at Paphos airport; results of the test will be available within a few hours on the digital platform www.covid-testcyprus.com. Children who arrive in Cyprus before their 6 th birthday, are exempted from testing. All travelers need to fill out the Cyprus Flight Pass where they will be asked to provide certain information and solemn declarations.


4 iii. Travel from GREY countries, is allowed only for: 1. Cypriot citizens and their family members (spouses and children) 2. Persons legally residing in the Republic of Cyprus 3. EU citizens, citizens of European Economic Area (including Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway) and Switzerland 4. Persons allowed to enter the Republic of Cyprus in accordance with the Vienna Convention 5. Citizens of third countries, provided they obtain prior special permission issued by the Republic of Cyprus, as defined in the latest Quarantine Decree of 2021, through the Cyprus Flight Pass Platform (https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/specialpermission-request). Persons traveling from GREY countries are required to undergo either a molecular test (PCR) at a certified lab, with the sample taken within the last 72 hours prior to flight departure, or an antigen rapid test at a certified lab, with the sample taken within the last 24 hours prior to flight departure, and upload a certificate that demonstrates a negative result on the Cyprus Flight Pass Platform. They will also need to pay for and undergo a molecular PCR test upon arrival to Cyprus, the cost of which is 15 Euros at Larnaca airport and 19 Euros at Paphos airport; results of the test will be available within a few hours on the digital platform www.covidtestcyprus.com. In addition, they will remain in a status of obligatory self-isolation / quarantine for ten (10) days or a status of obligatory self-isolation / quarantine for seven (7) days, provided they undergo another PCR test for COVID-19 on the 7th day, at their own expense. The result of the lab test must be submitted online to the Cyprus Flight Pass platform. Children who arrive in Cyprus before their 6th birthday, are exempted from testing. All travelers need to fill out the Cyprus Flight Pass where they will be asked to provide certain information and solemn declarations. Q2: What procedures are in place for persons who are holders of an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EUDCC) or equivalent? The following certificates are accepted as part of the EUDCC procedure: a. Vaccination certificate (issued upon completion of a person’s full vaccination program). Cyprus considers as authorized for travel, the following vaccines: AstraZeneca, (Vaxzervia, COVISHIELD, SKBio), Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson&Johnson/Janssen, Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac), Sinopharm (BBIBPCOVID-19), Sinovac (CoronaVac), Covaxin, Novavax Nuvaxovid COVID-19 and Sputnik Light (the latter only as a booster dose in the basic vaccination scheme). b. Covid recovery certificate (valid 10 days after testing positive and for a period of 180 days). c. Negative PCR test, with the sampling being carried out within 72h prior to departure or antigen rapid test, with the sampling being carried out within 24h prior to departure. Holders of a vaccination-based or recovery-based EUDCC (or equivalent) will be exempt from any additional testing upon entering Cyprus, irrespective of colour-categorization of their country of departure. Holders of a test-based EUDCC (or equivalent) will need to follow the procedures explained in question 1(c) of the current document. 5 Vaccination certificates and recovery certificates issued by the competent authorities of: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cabo Verde, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the Crown Dependencies (Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man), Uruguay, Vatican City State, are only being accepted through the EUDCC or equivalent. Prior to travel, holders of an EUDCC (or equivalent), need to fill out all required information on the Cyprus Flight Pass Platform (see Q3 below). The EUDCC (or equivalent) does not need to be uploaded on the Cyprus Flight Pass Platform. The traveler is responsible and liable in the event of provision of untruthful information, and in such a case, will be subject to penalties upon arrival to Cyprus. Travelers may still be subject to random testing upon arrival and are still obliged to follow all destination protocols. Q3: What documentation is necessary for traveling to Cyprus? a. A ‘Cyprus Flight Pass’ must be issued on the website www.cyprusflightpass.gov.cy prior to travel. All passengers traveling to the Republic of Cyprus need to fill out and submit in advance, all required information and documents; use of the platform is obligatory for anyone who wishes to fly to the Republic of Cyprus. ONLY in the event of a technical problem or scheduled maintenance of the electronic platform (officially announced on the electronic platform) will passengers be allowed to fill in the required forms, on paper. These can be downloaded from https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/technical-issues. In this case, travelers have to carry with them, in paper form, the required documentation. b. In the case of non-digital vaccination certificates, a copy of the certificate must be uploaded onto the Cyprus Flight Pass platform prior to travel, and certain vaccination details must also be pro