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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.  Read the full text of the Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel.  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:

As of June 24:

  • All movement restrictions are lifted, including nighttime curfew.
  • Malls, airports, seaports, open-air cinemas and theatres, and internal areas of restaurants have reopened.
  • Gatherings of up to 25 people are allowed.
  • Primary, high schools, kindergartens, and summer schools have reopened.
  • Liturgies and other forms of religious worship, weddings, baptisms, and funerals are allowed as long as health protocols are strictly observed.
  • Beaches are allowed to open in compliance with Ministry of Health guidelines.
  • Libraries, museums, archaeological and historical sites, and ports (with the exception of passenger disembarkation of cruise liners) are open.
  • Casinos, gyms, theme parks, and amusement parks have reopened.

The Republic of Cyprus’ COVID-19 information website is: 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”):

As of June 24:

  • All movement restrictions are lifted, including nighttime curfew.
  • Both essential and non-essential businesses have reopened.
  • Everyone outside during business hours is required to wear a mask.
  • All casinos, cinemas, theaters, parks, festivals, and public meeting spaces may reopen.
  • All schools will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year.
  • “TRNC” citizens, permanent residents, and students are allowed to enter the “TRNC” and are subject to 14-day quarantine at a cost of 4,400 TL per person.  Students studying at universities and equivalent schools will spend their quarantine period in dormitories and will not be subject to any fee.
  • As of June 22, Turkish Cypriots, students, and other legal residents of the “TRNC” will be allowed to cross the UN Buffer Zone into the Republic of Cyprus if they have had a negative PCR test in the previous 72 hours.  Similarly, Turkish Cypriots and legal residents of the Republic of Cyprus will be allowed to enter the “TRNC” provided they have had a negative PCR test in the previous 72 hours.

Entry and Exit Requirements

Republic of Cyprus:

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

As of June 20, the Republic of Cyprus has begun Phase 2 of the plan to reopen to international travel.  Flights will be permitted to arrive from several countries which have, in turn, been separated into three categories according to epidemiological risk.

Category A (lowest-risk countries)

Category B (some restrictions apply)

Category C (highest-risk countries)

The current list of countries is available here: https://www.visitcyprus.com/index.php/en/cyprus-covid19-travel-protocol.  The list is re-evaluated weekly and countries can be added and removed based on the latest data available.

NOTE: Passengers who travel from Category A countries but have been present in a Category B or Category C country in the previous 14 days will be considered as traveling from a Category B or Category C country.  In order to board a flight, all incoming travelers should 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:

Summary of Republic of Cyprus Phase 2 Restrictions Based on Arrival Category

Who can arrive? Cyprus Flight Pass Needed?  Mandatory Testing?  Mandatory Quarantine? 
Category A All travelers Yes None None
Category B All travelers Yes Yes None
Category C ROC citizens,residents, and diplomats Yes Yes 14-day self-quarantine

 

During Phase 2 (Beginning June 20):  Persons flying from Category A countries face no restrictions; people travelling from Category B countries are required to have a PCR test done at the source country, 72 hours prior to their arrival or conduct a test upon arrival at their own expense (approximately 60 euros). Travel from Category C countries, including transit travel through these countries, is allowed only to citizens, residents, and exceptional cases after receiving prior approval by the Republic of Cyprus.

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 THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS

For Tourists: 

During Phase 2, 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 following Ministry of Health protocol.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR U.S. CITIZENS DEPARTING THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS

The ROC Civil Registry and Migration Department has announced that “for third-country nationals currently in Cyprus for visiting purposes, with national or other visas such as Schengen visas, whose validity expired on 15/03/2020 onwards, as long as the flight restrictions are in force, they are not required to take any further action and no measures will be taken against them, nor shall their details be placed on the Stop List upon their departure, given that they depart immediately and as soon as possible after the restrictions are lifted.”

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

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

Buffer zone crossings between the Republic of Cyprus and the area administered by Turkish Cypriots are effectively closed for non-Cypriot citizens or permanent residents until at least July 1.

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.

“TRNC” reopens for incoming international travelers on July 1.  Arriving travelers are grouped according to the epidemiological risk of their countries of origin.  These lists will be regularly revised.

Group A (lowest-risk): Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Finland, Malta, Norway, Slovenia, Turkey.

Travelers from Group A countries are required to have a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to boarding and will not be subject to quarantine upon arrival.

Group B (entry permitted with some restrictions): Czech Republic, Croatia, Poland, Switzerland. Travelers from Group B countries are required to have a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to boarding, will be retested upon arrival and required to self-isolate at their destination until a negative test result is confirmed.  Those testing positive will be taken to a hospital.

Group C (high risk countries): USA, Brazil, Iran, Russia, United Kingdom.

Travelers from Group C countries are required to have a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to boarding and will be required to enter quarantine 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.

Visas

In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State has temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. Embassies and consulates have canceled all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 20, 2020, but will continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services as resources and local conditions allow.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.  Please see these notices which contain detailed information about the current status of visa services worldwide and visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic:

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-visa-services-and-restrictions.html

U.S. Citizens Remaining in Cyprus

The U.S. Embassy in Nicosia is providing emergency 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.

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