cyprus reopening border to tourism

Cyprus Reopening to Tourists – Current Travel Restrictions

The Cypriot government is getting ready to reopen new tourist venues on October 1.

As of September 24, the country has put in place a new A-B-C country-category strategy based on internationally available epidemiological data.

This approach, plus the new CyprusFlightPass will allow travelers to enter the country by following a clear and easy protocol. 

Keep reading to learn about the social, religious, and business activities you are currently allowed to do on the island and the restrictions you might need to follow. 

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What is the COVID-19 situation in Cyprus?

Source: World Health Organization

COVID-19 has hit and hurt most countries around the world. However, there are a handful of territories where it does not seem to have had a great epidemiology impact yet. That is the case of Cyprus. With an estimate of 1,189,265 inhabitants, the island has reported 1,654 positive cases and 22 deaths as of today.

With only 7 deaths over the last 4 months, the government certainly has the pandemic under control. Because of this, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued travel advice asking Cypriot citizens to exercise caution when traveling to countries belonging to categories Α and Β (See the list below) since most of the country’s positive cases have been imported. 

CyprusFlightPass why do I need it?

In order to be granted access to the country, all travelers are requested to apply for the new CyprusFlightPass. Apply here.

Is Cyprus open to tourists?

Yes, but only from certain countries. Starting September 24 Cyprus will sort out visitors into three categories (A,B,C) depending on their country of origin.

Group A

Visitors from this group are allowed entry with little to no restrictions

  • Australia
  • Germany
  • Finland
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • New Zealand 
  • South Korea
  • Thailand

Group B

If you come from any of these territories you can visit Cyprus but you will have to bring a negative COVID-19 test result or take one in Cyprus and quarantine until results are available

  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Canada
  • China
  • Georgia
  • Greece
  • Estonia
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Lichtenstein
  • Norway 
  • Poland
  • Rwanda
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Sweden
  • Slovakia
  • Uruguay
  • Vatican City

Every country not listed in A or B belongs to group C. Citizens from group C countries are only allowed entry to Cyprus if they are essential travelers. Upon entry, they will be asked to take a COVID-19 test and quarantine for 14 days at a government-approved location, after which they will have to take a second test. All of this at their own expense.

Do I need to take a COVID-19 test?

If you have stayed/lived in a Category B country within the past 14 days you will need to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

You can also request one at the airport at your own expense (60 euros) and self-isolate until you receive the results.

Do I need to wear a mask all the time? 

People older than 6 years old must wear a face mask at the following places 

  • Supermarkets, bakeries, shopping malls, churches, health care institutions, public sector organizations, betting shops, and elevators. 

You can go mask-free everywhere else!

What social or family celebrations are allowed right now?

  • Are big weddings allowed?– the government allows you to bring up to 350 guests.
  • Christenings dinner parties – Up to 350 guests.
  • Private gatherings in houses and other mass assembly areas are set at 50 people.
  • Concerts and plays – allowed at open-air.
  • Catering – 150 people are allowed indoors and 250 outdoors. 

Can I do in-person business?

  • Hold business conferences – 50 people are allowed.

Can I throw a party just because?

If you are throwing a party with more than 50 guests, you will need to apply for a special permit. Check here for the details. 

What is not allowed in Cyprus?

Fairs, festivals, exhibitions, and concerts in places such as stadiums or churchyards are not permitted yet. 

Our suggestion

Don’t think twice! Come visit Cyprus.