COVID-19 Information

Updated April 6

U.S. State Department – Global Health Advisory

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel. Read the full text of the Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel.

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.

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive travel and security updates.

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 implemented measures to address the continued outbreak of COVID-19.

The U.S. Embassy in Nicosia is providing only emergency services to U.S. citizens. All non-emergency U.S. citizen and visa services have been suspended. Appointments scheduled at U.S. Embassy Nicosia until April 30 have been canceled. 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.

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.

Republic of Cyprus

On Monday, March 30, the Republic of Cyprus announced further enhancements to its emergency declaration of March 23. Until at least April 13, 2020:

  • A curfew is in effect from 21:00 to 06:00 except for people holding a relevant employee movement certificate.
  • Permission for additional necessary movement must be requested via SMS and will only be approved once per day (some additional movements are allowed, such as going to a pharmacy). Persons over age 65 are allowed to use a printed form.
  • Gatherings of groups at homes are forbidden except for those living in at the particular address.
  • Markets (supermarkets, bakeries, butchers, etc.) will be closed on Sundays. Deliveries can continue.
  • The spot fine for violating the controls has been raised from 150 euro to 300 euro.
  • Persons in self-isolation will be electronically monitored.

The latest guidelines on movement restrictions and exemptions can be downloaded here:
https://www.pio.gov.cy/coronavirus/en/pdf/formsms.pdf (PDF 967KB)

Official English language text of the instructions regarding travel permission paperwork and the SMS system are available at: https://covid19.cy/index_en.html

Hotels have suspended operations until at least April 30. Please continue to monitor the Republic of Cyprus Press Office website and U.S. Embassy Nicosia Facebook and Twitter for the latest information regarding hotels. U.S. citizens without accommodation should contact ACSNicosia@state.gov.

Schools in the Republic of Cyprus are closed until at least April 10.

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

On March 29 and March 30, the “Council of Ministers” announced enhancements to their emergency declaration. Until at least April 10, 2020:

  • A curfew is in effect from 21:00 to 06:00.
  • Individuals may only leave their residences to seek goods and services from essential personnel and businesses.
  • All public sector employees except for the police force, fire department, health, civil aviation, finance and similar services will be under administrative leave.
  • Private sector businesses except those which provide basic needs such as groceries, bakeries, gas stations, pharmacies, etc., will be closed.
  • Pharmacy hours will be from 08:00 to 13:30, on-call pharmacies will be open until 01:30. Customers will be allowed inside in groups of three.
  • The entry of all foreign nationals besides “TRNC citizens” and spouses and children of “TRNC citizens” through all land, sea, and airports is suspended.

The “official” English language text of the March 29 announcement is available here:
https://mfa.gov.ct.tr/council-of-ministers-decisions-taken-on-29-march-2020/

Entry and Exit Requirements

The latest information on flights to and from Paphos and Larnaca airports can be found at: https://www.hermesairports.com/prepare-your-journey/covid-19-info

Buffer zone crossings between the Republic of Cyprus and the area administered by Turkish Cypriots are effectively closed. Note:  Access restrictions for the buffer zone crossings may not be coordinated on opposite sides of the buffer zone and are subject to change with little or no advance notice.

On March 19, the ROC announced that the issuance of all entry permits into Cyprus is suspended.

The entry of all foreign nationals into the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” through all land, sea, and airports is suspended until at least April 11.

On March 19, the ROC Civil Registry and Migration Department announced that “for third-country nationals who possess residence permits or tourist visas, whose validity has expired within a reasonable period of time and cannot be renewed or extended, or for third-country nationals who cannot be repatriated, no measures will be taken against them.” For questions about immigration status in Cyprus, email: migration@crmd.moi.gov.cy.

Republic of Cyprus

On April 2, the ROC announced a two week extension on its ban of incoming flights. Until April 18, all incoming passenger flights to the Republic of Cyprus (Larnaca and Paphos airports) have been halted. This has resulted in an almost complete cancelation of departure flights.

Only citizens and Legal Residents of the Republic of Cyprus, EU nationals, third country nationals working or studying in the Republic, and diplomats, may enter the Republic of Cyprus. All incoming travelers are subject to 14-day quarantine.

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

Until further notice, all “non-Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus citizens” are barred from entry into the area administered by Turkish Cypriots. Those entering must stay in a designated quarantine area for 14 days after arrival, followed by a seven-day home quarantine. Legal residents of the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” are included in the ban on entry though they may remain in the area administered by Turkish Cypriots if they are already present.

Through the suspension of entry of foreign nationals into the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” until at least April 11 and the March 27 closure of Turkish airports to international flights, Ercan Airport is effectively closed until further notice.

Information regarding these measures can be found at: https://mfa.gov.ct.tr/decisions-on-measures-regarding-the-coronavirus-covid-19-iv/

Quarantine Information

Republic of Cyprus

All incoming travelers are subject to 14-day quarantine at a government-designated facility.

Detailed information on COVID-19 in Cyprus and instructions for people in self-isolation and quarantine can be found at: https://www.pio.gov.cy/coronavirus/en/index.html

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

Turkish Cypriots entering the area from abroad are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a “state” quarantine center, followed by a seven-day home quarantine.

Local Resources

Other Information

The ability to address any disease outbreak is complicated by the ongoing division of the island. The southern two-thirds of the island is under the control of the internationally recognized Republic of Cyprus. The northern third of the island is administered by Turkish Cypriots, and the two communities are separated by a UN-patrolled buffer zone.

Travel to the United States

Entry to the United States of foreign nationals who were physically present within the 26 Schengen Zone countries, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Islamic Republic of Iran, or the People’s Republic of China (not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau) within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992 and the subsequent proclamations issued March 11 and 14, 2020. There are certain exceptions to the suspension of entry, including exceptions for U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents and certain family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, among other exceptions listed in the proclamations.

As of March 16, the United States Embassy in Nicosia has suspended routine non-immigrant visa appointments. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. The MRV fee is valid and may be used for a visa application 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 visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website to request an emergency appointment.

U.S. Citizens

U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States should work with their airlines to make travel arrangements where flights are still available.  In case commercial transportation options are not available, the Embassy is compiling a list of American citizens seeking to leave Cyprus.  If you are interested in being included on that list, please enroll in STEP as well as provide your name and contact information to our email address: CyprusUScitizen@state.gov so we can contact you as soon as we have any updates.

Your email message should include the following information:

  • Your full name as spelled in your passport
  • Information we can use to contact you now – a current phone number and email address.
  • Your date of birth (MM/DD/YYYY)
  • Your passport number, and its date of issuance and expiration. If it is not a U.S. passport, please note the country that issued it.  Please also note any non-U.S. citizen immediate family members traveling with you.
  • Please note your current location (city and country) and any special needs you may have, such as medical issues.

U.S. citizens with questions or concerns regarding passport validity or expiry should email ACSNicosia@state.gov.

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

Other Links: