Travel to Cyprus: latest Covid rules and advice as its outdoor mask mandate is finally scrapped

Cyprus has taken a firm stance when it comes to Covid-19 protocols, but those rules are slowly easing. Testing for fully vaccinated and recently recovered arrivals from the UK has been scrapped, while from April 18 unvaccinated visitors will only need to take one pre-departure test (currently they must also take one upon arrival). 

Furthermore, the island’s strict mask rules have also been softened, with face coverings no longer required in outdoor settings. 

However, restrictions do still exist on the ground. Masks are needed to enter indoor settings, and Cyprus operates what is known as the SafePass. This is a certificate showing you are vaccinated or have returned a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours earlier and is required to visit many venues.

Here’s everything you need to know about travel to Cyprus.

Can I travel to Cyprus? 

Yes. However, restrictions apply. 

Until April 18 all travellers are required to complete a Cyprus Flight Pass within 48 hours of departure. 

Fully vaccinated Britons, or those who are certified as having recovered from Covid-19 in the previous six months, can travel to Cyprus without the need to take a test. Cyprus will accept the UK’s proof of Covid-19 vaccination record. Your final vaccine dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to travel.

Unvaccinated Britons aged 12 years and over must continue to test before travel – see details below.

Cruise ship visitors will be required to show their Covid-19 status and disembarkation card. Other visitors arriving by sea through a legal point of entry must show proof by the administrator of the marina and their Covid-19 status.

Do I need to take a test before travel to Cyprus?

Only if you are unvaccinated or do not have proof of recovery. If so, you must undergo a PCR laboratory test within 72 hours of departure or a rapid antigen test within 24 hours of departure, and undergo a PCR laboratory test upon arrival at the airports of the Republic of Cyprus. The cost of the airport test (€15 – €19) is borne by the passenger. Test results should be available within three hours through the online platform. You must self-isolate in your accommodation until the result is available. If your result is positive, you must remain self-isolated and await instructions from the Ministry of Health.

The requirement to take a second test, on arrival, will be scrapped on April 18.

Do I need to fill in any forms? 

Yes. Until April 18, all travellers are required to complete a Cyprus Flight Pass before travel. 

What are the rules for children?

Unvaccinated children aged 11 and under are exempted from the testing requirement. Children aged 12 and over who are not fully vaccinated need to follow the same rules as unvaccinated adults (as outlined above).

Do I need to wear a mask? 

It is currently compulsory for everyone over 12 years of age to wear a mask in all indoor public areas, including supermarkets, shopping malls, offices and banks, bars and other evening venues, and restaurants (except when sitting at a table). Masks should be worn on all public transport. It is recommended for children to wear masks. This rule applies to visitors as well as residents and employees of, for example, shops. Most people respect the ruling.

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