COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

 

Last updated:  04/20/2022

 

***  Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.  

Country-Specific Information

·       Both the Republic of Cyprus and the area administered by Turkish Cypriots (“Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus”) maintain restrictions intended to address the continued outbreak of COVID-19.

·      Restrictions vary between the two areas; details are below.

REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS:

·      Details of the latest restrictions can be found on Republic of Cyprus’ COVID-19 information website (English): https://www.pio.gov.cy/coronavirus/eng

·     The latest important announcements from the Republic of Cyprus in English are found here: https://www.pio.gov.cy/coronavirus/eng/categories/important-announcements

 

AREA ADMINISTERED BY TURKISH CYPRIOTS (“TRNC”):

·       The latest COVID-19 information is found on the “TRNC Ministry of Health” website (Turkish): https://saglik.gov.ct.tr/COVID-19

·        English language information about country status and local restrictions are found here: https://saglik.gov.ct.tr/TRAVEL-RULES

·        English language decrees and press releases can be found here (English): https://pio.mfa.gov.ct.tr/en/

 

COVID-19 Testing

 

REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS:

·         Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in the Republic of Cyprus? YES

·         COVID-19 PCR tests are available at designated laboratories in the ROC (English)?

·         Are test results reliably available within one calendar day? YES

·         For travelers to the United States: PCR tests meet the CDC requirements for travel and are accepted by airlines. For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review the following page:  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/requirements-for-air-travelers-to-the-us.html

 

AREA ADMINISTERED BY TURKISH CYPRIOTS (“TRNC”):

·         Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in “TRNC?” YES

·         If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? YES

·         COVID-19 PCR tests are available at most hospitals and clinics PCR tests cost 100 Turkish Lira and Rapid Tests cost 40 Turkish Lira. 

·         PCR test results are received by SMS message and online portal, usually within 24 hours. 

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

 

REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS:

·         Has the government of the Republic of Cyprus approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? YES

·         Are vaccines available in the ROC for U.S. citizens to receive? YES

·         Which vaccines are available in the ROC?

AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer

·         U.S. citizens who are GHS beneficiaries should follow the information provided on the PIO COVID-19 webpage. U.S. citizens legally residing in the ROC who are not GHS beneficiaries must follow instructions (PDF) and contact the Ministry of Health.

·         The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

 

 AREA ADMINISTERED BY TURKISH CYPRIOTS (“TRNC”):

·         Has the “government of TRNC” approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? YES

·         Are vaccines available in “TRNC” for U.S. citizens to receive? YES

·         Which vaccines are available in “TRNC”? AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Sinovac, Johnson.

·         Information in English regarding vaccination in “TRNC” is currently unavailable. U.S. citizen residents of “TRNC” are advised to contact the “Ministry of Health.

·         The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

 

Entry and Exit Requirements

 

REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS:

·         Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? YES

o   Complete information and requirements to travel to the Republic of Cyprus can be found here.   Information on country categories can be found at: https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/country-categories

 

·         Are health screening procedures in place at airports and points of entry? YES

o   Complete information on health screening procedures can be found here.

o   For questions about immigration/overstay status in Cyprus, email: migration@crmd.moi.gov.cy.

 AREA ADMINISTERED BY TURKISH CYPRIOTS (“TRNC”):

 

·         Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? YES

o   The United States does not recognize the self-proclaimed “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus,” nor does any country other than Turkey. A UN peacekeeping force patrols a buffer zone, also called “the Green Line,” which separates the two sides. U.S. citizen travelers should enter and exit the Republic of Cyprus ONLY at Larnaca and Paphos airports and at the seaports of Limassol, Larnaca, and Paphos. The Republic of Cyprus does not consider entry at Ercan Airport in the north to be a “legal” entrance into Cyprus. 

o   People entering the “TRNC” by sea or air routes must fill in their digital travel documents and set up their records as stated in https://saglik.gov.ct.tr/TRAVEL-RULES.

 

o   As of Tuesday 19 April 2022, all COVID-19 related measures at the buffer zone crossing points have been removed.  The biozonal Technical Committee on Health will review data on a bi-weekly basis and adjust measures at the crossing points, as appropriate.

 

·         Are health screening procedures in place at airports and points of entry? YES

o   Authorities have categorized entry conditions for passengers entering “TRNC.”   See the country categories here

 

Movement Restrictions

 

REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS:

·         Is a curfew in place?  NO

o   All updated announcements on local COVID-19 related regulations can be found at the Public Information Office website.

 

·         Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? NO

 

 AREA ADMINISTERED BY TURKISH CYPRIOTS (“TRNC”):

·         Is a curfew in place?  NO

o   All updated announcements on local COVID-19 related regulations can be found at https://saglik.gov.ct.tr/TRAVEL-RULES

 

o   Residents must register their vaccination status with the “Adapass” system. More details are found here

·         Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? NO

 

Quarantine Information

 

REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS:

·         Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? YES

o   See Entry / Exit requirements above.

·         Adherence to home quarantine / self-isolation protocols may be monitored in-person or by telephone. Those in self-isolation should only leave their house for emergency after contacting a doctor or dialing 1420. If the individual in isolation is a minor, only one adult is allowed to remain in the home and request absence from work.

 

AREA ADMINISTERED BY TURKISH CYPRIOTS (“TRNC”):

·         Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? YES

o   See Entry / Exit requirements above.

o   Information may be obtained from the “Ministry of Health” Covid hotline at 1111.

 

Transportation Options

·         Are commercial flights operating? YES

o   Commercial flights are operating in the Republic of Cyprus and “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.”

·         Is public transportation operating? YES

o   Face coverings are required on all public transport.

 

Fines for Non-Compliance

 

REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS:

·         Failure to wear a face covering in any public space or on public transport is punishable by fine up to 300 euros. 

·         Travelers who fail to comply with self-isolation regulations may face fines, imprisonment, or both.

 

 AREA ADMINISTERED BY TURKISH CYPRIOTS (“TRNC”):

·         “Official” information about fines is unavailable. Media reports indicate: Failure to wear a face covering or maintain social distance rules may result in a 300 Turkish lira fine. Those not following quarantine regulations may be fined 15,000 Turkish lira. Fines must be paid within 30 days or the offender risks one year in prison. 

 

Consular Operations

·         The U.S. Embassy in Nicosia has resumed services to U.S. citizens.  Appointments for passports and CRBAs are available on our website. If you require urgent notarial or renunciation services please email ACSNicosia@state.govIf you need immediate assistance related to an emergency, such as a death, hospitalization, or you have been a victim of serious crime, you can call the Embassy at +357 22 393939. 

·         Routine Consular operations at the U.S. Embassy’s north office are suspended temporarily. 

·         The United States Embassy in Nicosia, Republic of Cyprus, has limited non-immigrant visa appointments available. To apply for a visa, or if you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at the GSS website, or dial +357 22-232-082, or email esee_contactus+cy+info+en@visops.net.

 

Local Resources:

·         See Above

 

·         Other links:

o    International Travel Information for the Republic of Cyprus on travel.state.gov

o    CDC page on COVID-19

o    CDC page on travel

o    Requirements for Air Travelers to the U.S.