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Updated August 6

U.S. State Department

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive travel and security updates from the U.S. Embassy Nicosia.

Updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is that all international travelers arriving in the United States should stay home for 14 days from the time they returned from international travel. Updated guidance is available on the CDC website.

For the latest Consular Alerts for U.S. Citizens in Cyprus, click here.

Country-Specific Information

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

Republic of Cyprus:

The latest information is found on Republic of Cyprus’ COVID-19 information website (Greek): https://www.covid19.cy/

English language decrees, guidelines, and press releases can be found by clicking here.

Area Administered by Turkish Cypriots (“Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus”):

The U.S. Embassy Nicosia’s North Office is closed indefinitely.

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

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

Entry and Exit Requirements

Republic of Cyprus:

Full information on the requirements to travel to the Republic of Cyprus can be found here.

NOTE: In order to board a flight, all incoming travelers must provide information to the Republic of Cyprus and obtain a “Flight Pass” at: https://www.cyprusflightpass.gov.cy.

The Republic of Cyprus has provided the following resources to answer questions about the latest developments regarding entry:

A dedicated email address has been set up by the Deputy Ministry of Tourism for this purpose, at travel2020@visitcyprus.com.

All relevant information is also made available on the website: https://www.visitcyprus.com/cyprus-covid19-travel-protocol

Moreover, a dedicated team of destination experts will reply to traveler queries on Facebook Messenger https://www.facebook.com/VisitCyprus.cy.

NOTE: The Republic of Cyprus Ministry of Tourism has stated that some passengers may be randomly selected for COVID testing upon entry, irrespective of which countries they traveled from.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR U.S. CITIZENS COMING TO ROC

For Tourists:

A person seeking to travel to the Republic of Cyprus cannot have traveled to, or lived in, a country other than those included in Category A and B, in the 14 days prior to travel. This means U.S. citizen tourists will not be able to travel to the Republic of Cyprus if they have been in the United States, or any other country not classed as a Category A or B country, in the two weeks before travel to Cyprus. Those U.S. citizens who have been present in a Category A or B country for 14 days prior to travel to Cyprus will face the same requirements as other travelers coming from those countries.

For Legal Residents of the Republic of Cyprus:

During Phase 2, U.S. citizen legal residents of the Republic of Cyprus may enter the ROC providing they show proof of their resident status.  If travelers cannot obtain a PCR test within 72 hours prior to boarding, they will be tested upon arrival in Cyprus at their own expense. Those testing positive will be in mandatory quarantine at a designated facility. Those testing negative must still self-isolate at their residence for 14 days following Ministry of Health protocol.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR U.S. CITIZENS DEPARTING ROC

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

Area Administered by Turkish Cypriots (“Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus”):

Flights from Ercan Airport to Istanbul are available for U.S. citizen travelers, who may then travel from Istanbul to the United States or other transit points in the European Union from which flights to the United States are available.  U.S. citizens transiting Istanbul are advised to update their STEP registration to include Turkey and email: ACS_Istanbul@state.gov prior to traveling.

The UN Buffer Zone crossings are effectively closed to anyone who is not a Cypriot passport holder or lawful permanent resident of the Republic of Cyprus with a negative PCR test result.  The U.S. Embassy Nicosia’s North Office is closed indefinitely.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR U.S. CITIZENS COMING TO “TRNC”

Arriving travelers are grouped according to the epidemiological risk of their countries of origin. These lists will be regularly revised and are available here (in Turkish). As of August 6:

Travelers from Group C countries including the United States are required to have a negative PCR test within 72-120 hours (3-5 days) prior to boarding, will be retested upon arrival, and required to enter quarantine at a designated facility at their own expense for at least 14 days and until an additional negative result is confirmed.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR U.S. CITIZENS DEPARTING “TRNC”

The “authorities of the TRNC” have announced that tourists who were unable to leave the area due to the travel restrictions are eligible to remain until September 12 without penalty.

Travel to the United States

U.S. Citizens seeking to return to the United States should follow DHS and CDC guidance:

U.S. passport centers have begun a phased reopening process. U.S. citizens with questions or concerns regarding passport validity or expiry should email ACSNicosia@state.gov. Emergency appointments for passports are available with priority given to those who need to travel urgently.

U.S. Citizens Remaining in Cyprus

The U.S. Embassy in Nicosia is providing services to U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens in Cyprus who require assistance should email the Embassy at ACSNicosia@state.gov. If 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.

Limited Passport Operations:  Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have limited routine passport and citizenship services. Please consider waiting to apply if your passport is valid and you have no immediate need to travel. If you have previously applied for a passport or record of birth abroad and have not yet received it, you should expect delays. If you have an emergency travel need, we can print emergency passports. Please contact us for an emergency appointment at ACSNicosia@state.gov.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms you are advised to contact your general physician. U.S. Embassy Nicosia maintains a list of local medical practitioners on its website.

U.S. citizens who are traveling should enroll in STEP to receive alerts from U.S. Embassy Nicosia.

Visas

As of July 21, 2020, the United States Embassy in Nicosia, Republic of Cyprus, is resuming certain immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services, including: C1/D, F, I, M, O, P, IR1/CR1, IR2/CR2. While the Embassy aims to process cases as soon as practicable, there are likely to be increased wait times for completing such services due to substantial backlogs. The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. 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.

Applicants for H1B, H2B, H4, L, and certain J categories covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 should request an appointment only if you have reason to believe you may qualify for one of the exceptions listed in the Proclamation here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-aliens-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-following-coronavirus-outbreak/.

Please note that all scheduled visa applicants must wear a face covering upon arrival and follow health guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In order to maintain social distancing, no family members will be allowed to accompany student visa applicants either for interviews or to wait outside the embassy. Please monitor our website and social media for further updates.

Important information for valid visa holders transiting the Schengen Zone, the United Kingdom, and Ireland en route to the United States can be found here.

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