COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information
Last updated: 1/19/2021 

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. 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. 

REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS: 

Instructions on using the SMS system and forms for movement are located here. 

AREA ADMINISTERED BY TURKISH CYPRIOTS (“TRNC”): 

COVID-19 Testing  

REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS: 

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

Are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes 

  • COVID-19 PCR tests are available at designated laboratories in the ROC (English) at a cost of approximately 75 euro.  Those contacted by the Ministry of Health due to contact tracing are entitled to one free test.  Physicians can also refer patients for tests at local General Hospitals.  Rapid antigen tests are available for free at select sites announced by ROC daily.   
  • PCR test results are received by SMS message, usually within 24 hours.  Rapid antigen test results are received on paper immediately following the test with a confirmation SMS (in Greek).   

AREA ADMINISTERED BY TURKISH CYPRIOTS (“TRNC”): 

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

Are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes 

  • COVID-19 PCR tests are available at the Nicosia General Hospital (Outpatient Section), Near East University Hospital (Emergency Section), Etik Hospital, and the Kolan British Hospital.  Tests cost range between 150 – 200 Turkish lira.  If the tests are needed for crossing the UN Buffer Zone for work, study, or medical treatment purposes, persons can apply to the “Ministry of Health” for a test free of charge. 
  • 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 

 AREA ADMINISTERED BY TURKISH CYPRIOTS (“TRNC”): 

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

Entry and Exit Requirements 

REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS: 

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes 

  • 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 the entire 14 days prior to travel to Cyprus will face the same requirements as other travelers coming from those countries.   
  • U.S. Citizen Legal Residents of the Republic of Cyprus may enter the ROC when traveling from the United States provided they show proof of their resident status and approved Cyprus Flight Pass.   
  • Travelers arriving from the United Kingdom are required to quarantine at state-allocated quarantine hotels for at least seven days, regardless of whether a negative PCR test is presented upon entry (further details are found here).  
  • The UN Buffer Zone crossings from “TRNC” are, at present, effectively closed to anyone who does not hold a Cypriot or EU passport or who is not legally residing in the Republic of Cyprus.   

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

  • 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. 
  • Travelers to ROC who cannot obtain a PCR test within 72 hours prior to boarding will be tested upon arrival at their own expense (85 euro). (All passengers are also subject to possible random COVID testing upon entry.)  Those testing positive will be in mandatory quarantine at a designated facility.  Those testing negative must self-isolate at their residence for 14 days and complete a negative PCR test after the twelfth day, prior to release following Ministry of Health protocol.  Isolated individuals should only leave their house for emergency after contacting a doctor or dialing 1420.  If other passengers on your flight subsequently test positive on arrival to Cyprus, you may be subject to further mandatory quarantine/self-isolation measures.  
  • A dedicated email address has been set up by the Deputy Ministry of Tourism for assistance at: travel2020@visitcyprus.com.  A call center is available to assist travelers with queries regarding the use of the Cyprus Flight Pass at: +(357) 2484 1234 and through the Cyprus Flight Pass e-platform. 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 

  • The United States does not recognize the “TRNC,” nor does any country other than Turkey. A buffer zone patrolled by the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus 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.   
  • As of December 30, non-resident travelers who have been in the United Kingdom, Holland, Denmark, and South Africa in the previous 14 days are forbidden to enter “TRNC.”  
  • The UN Buffer Zone crossings from “TRNC” are, at present, effectively closed.    
  • U.S. citizens transiting Istanbul to/from Ercan Airport are advised to update their STEP registration to include Turkey and email: ACS_Istanbul@state.gov prior to traveling.   

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

  • Travelers by air or sea must present a negative PCR test result received within  72 hours of arrival and,  will be required to quarantine for at least ten days.   
  • Travelers coming for IVF treatments are required to quarantine for 10 days.   
  • Until at least January 15, everyone permitted to cross from the ROC to “TRNC,” with the exception of diplomats, will also be required to quarantine. 

Movement Restrictions 

REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS: 

Is a curfew in place?  Yes 

  • Until at least January 31, a strict island-wide curfew is in effect from 09:00pm to 05:00am with the exceptions of emergency medical reasons and employees with a letter from their employer.   
  • Approval by sending an SMS to 8998 is required to leave one’s residence until at least January 31 (people over 65 can use a printed form). Each resident is permitted two permissions a day. Exceptions are made for dog-walking, taking children to school, and employment.  Instructions and forms for movement are located here 
  • Meetings of more than two people indoors or outdoors are prohibited, except for minors accompanying their parents in public places. Church gatherings are forbidden. Weddings and funerals are limited to 10 persons.  
  • Only food retailers, pharmacies, petrol stations, and certain other establishments may operate.  Food retailers are required to restrict hours before 09:00am to serve vulnerable populations and those aged 65 years and over only. 
  • Private company staffing is limited to 15 percent capacity or 20 people, maximum. 
  • Conferences, demonstrations, and exhibitions are prohibited.  Theme parks, playgrounds, and camp sites are closed.   
  • Face coverings are required for everyone ages 12 and older in all public indoor and outdoor venues in the ROC.   

Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No 

AREA ADMINISTERED BY TURKISH CYPRIOTS (“TRNC”): 

Is a curfew in place?  Yes 

  • Until at least January 25, a curfew is in effect from 10:00pm to 05:00am.  
  • Gatherings of more than 10 people in homes is forbidden.   
  • Bars, night clubs, cinemas and other entertainment locations are closed.   
  • Restaurants and cafes must maintain strict social distancing and close by 10:00pm (except for delivery).   
  • Businesses with positive COVID-19 cases will be closed by the “Ministry of Health.”  

Quarantine Information  

REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS: 

Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes 

  • 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 

  • See Entry / Exit requirements above. 
  • Quarantine is at “government”-allocated facilities. Home quarantine is granted only under rare exception.  

Transportation Options 

Are commercial flights operating? Yes 

  • Commercial flights are operating in the Republic of Cyprus and “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.” 
  • As of November 17, incoming commercial flights to Ercan Airport remain limited to two per day.   

Is public transportation operating? Yes 

  • 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 euro.   
  • Travelers who fail to comply with the 14-day self-isolation regulations may face fines, imprisonment, or both. 

 AREA ADMINISTERED BY TURKISH CYPRIOTS (“TRNC”): 

  • “Official” information about fines is unavailable at this time.   
  • As of October 8, 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 is only providing emergency services to U.S. citizens.  All non-emergency U.S. citizen and visa services have been suspended.  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.  
  • Consular operations at the U.S. Embassy’s north office are suspended.   
  • Routine visa operations have been suspended.  More information on visas and travel is available on the GSS website.  Important information for valid visa holders transiting the Schengen  Area, the United Kingdom, and Ireland en route to the United States can be found here. 

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