COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information
Last updated: 11/19/2021 

***  Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States 

U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight. U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test three (3) days before their flight.  

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis.  Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption.  Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States. 

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: 

 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 50 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 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).   
    • 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/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html

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 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 

 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” for more information.   
    • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.  
    • 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 
    • Complete information and requirements to travel to the Republic of Cyprus can be found hereNOTE: In order to board a flight, all incoming travelers must provide information to the Republic of Cyprus and obtain a “Flight Pass” within 48 hours of travel at: https://www.cyprusflightpass.gov.cy. Request for humanitarian or emergency exemptions can be made via the website or via the call center for Flight Pass inquiries: +357-22-285-757. 
    • Based on epidemiological data, the Republic of Cyprus has categorized the United States as a “Red” country. Unvaccinated tourists may travel from the United States to the Republic of Cyprus provided they have an approved Cyprus Flight Pass, including proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of boarding a flight to Cyprus, and test at the airport upon arrival at their own expense. Those testing positive upon arrival must quarantine for 14 days.  Children under the age of 12 do not require testing. Information on country categories can be found at: https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/country-categories  
    • Passengers who have been vaccinated and hold a valid vaccination certificate from certain countries (including the United States), regardless of their nationality, will be able to travel to the Republic of Cyprus, from any country without having to meet the prerequisites of the “country category” they are traveling from. U.S. citizen travelers from the United States can upload proof of vaccinations to Cyprus Flight Pass. Details on vaccination requirements are found here. Note: Vaccinated travelers can still be selected for random COVID-19 testing on arrival to the Republic of Cyprus. 
    • U.S. Citizens who are Legal Residents of the Republic of Cyprus or who also hold an EU passport may enter the ROC even when traveling from “Grey” category countries provided they show proof of their status, approved Cyprus Flight Pass, and follow the applicable testing or vaccination requirements.   
    • On November 18, 2021, the Bicommunal Technical Committee on Health determined that the current epidemiological situation elevated to Level 3 (Red).  Effective Monday, November 22, a negative COVID-19 test will be required for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated persons crossing the Buffer Zone. 
      • Vaccinated residents of the area administered by the Turkish Cypriots, or the Republic of Cyprus now require a negative Rapid test or PCR test every seven days while Level 3 RED is in effect. 
      • Unvaccinated residents of the area administered by the Turkish Cypriots, or the Republic of Cyprus must obtain a negative PCR test or Rapid test every 72 hours (3 days) while Level 3 RED is in effect. 
      • Vaccinated Non-Residents including tourists and visitors to the island may cross the buffer zone, depending on the color code of the country they are travelling from.   

All test results and proof of vaccination must be provided on paper and in English. 

  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and points of entry? YES 
    • Approved tourist travelers to ROC from the United States (over the age of 12) must complete a PCR test upon entry (30 euros) unless they have proof of requisite vaccinations. All vaccinated passengers are subject to random testing.    
    • Approved special-permission travelers to ROC who cannot obtain a PCR test within 72 hours prior to boarding will be tested upon arrival at their own expense (30 euro). (All passengers are also subject to possible random COVID testing upon entry.)  
    • Those testing positive are subject to quarantine at a government-designated hotel for 14 days and must complete a negative PCR test prior to release following Ministry of Health protocol. Self-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.  

 AREA ADMINISTERED BY TURKISH CYPRIOTS (“TRNC”): 

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? YES 
    • 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.   
    • All flights to Ercan Airport in “TRNC” must transit Turkey. U.S. citizens transiting to/from Ercan Airport are advised to update their STEP registration to include Turkey.   
    • As of September 27, “TRNC” has classified the United States as an “Orange” country. Vaccinated travelers from the United States entering by air or sea (see below for entering visa through UN Buffer Zone) who provide proof of vaccination (14 days after their final dose) or proof of recovering from COVID in the previous six months must also present a negative PCR test result in the previous 72 hours. Unvaccinated passengers must present a negative PCR test from the previous 72 hours and quarantine for five days at their own expense.  
    • Those allowed in home quarantine are monitored by electronic device. Requirements are found here 
    • On November 18, 2021, the Bicommunal Technical Committee on Health determined that the current epidemiological situation elevated to Level 3 (Red).  Effective Monday, November 22, a negative COVID-19 test will be required for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated persons crossing the Buffer Zone. 
      • Vaccinated residents of the area administered by the Turkish Cypriots, or the Republic of Cyprus now require a negative Rapid test or PCR test every seven days while Level 3 RED is in effect. 
      • Unvaccinated residents of the area administered by the Turkish Cypriots, or the Republic of Cyprus must obtain a negative PCR test or Rapid test every 72 hours (3 days) while Level 3 RED is in effect. 
      • Vaccinated Non-Residents including tourists and visitors to the island may cross the buffer zone, depending on the color code of the country they are travelling from.   
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and points of entry? YES 
    • Authorities have categorized entry conditions for passengers entering “TRNC.”   See the country categories here (Page 10).  
    • Travelers from the United States should see entry requirements above 
    • Fully vaccinated travelers (14 days after their final dose) may enter the “”TRNC” with  of proof of completed vaccination program. Unvaccinated travelers entering the “TRNC” via the UN Buffer Zone must show a negative rapid or PCR test in the previous 72 hours. The test result must be on paper (not SMS), be stamped by the lab or hospital conducting the test, include a barcode, and must be in English. 

Movement Restrictions 

REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS: 

  • Is a curfew in place?  NO 
    • A valid “SafePass” is required to enter indoor and outdoor venues where more than 20 people may gather at any time. A “SafePass” is defined as either a negative (PCR or rapid) test in the previous 72 hours, proof of at least one dose of vaccination at least three weeks prior, or proof of having contracted coronavirus in the previous six months. For tourists, proof of a Cyprus Flight Pass suffices (for up to seven days). The ROC Ministry of Health has stated that a U.S. CDC card or VAMS certificate is also acceptable as a SafePass. EU passport holders and legal residents of the Republic of Cyprus may also apply for the EU Digital COVID Certificate.   
    • A SafePass is also mandatory to visit public services, banks, public transportation, and public venues. Seating at restaurants is limited to a maximum of 12 persons per table. Dancing is permitted only in establishments certified to only host fully-vaccinated persons or persons who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months.  
    • Food retailers are required to restrict hours before 09:00am to serve vulnerable populations and those aged 65 years and over only. 
    • Gatherings are limited to 300 persons for indoors, and 500 persons for outdoors provided they present SafePass.  
    • Beaches, parks, and nature trails are open. Camping sites are closed.  Swimming pools require a valid SafePass.  
    • 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?  NO 
    • Effective October 5, the COVID-19 evening curfew in the north is ended.   
    • Many indoor public venues, including hotels and worship areas, require a negative PCR test in the previous seven days for vaccinated persons, and a 72 hour PCR test for unvaccinated persons.  
    • Tourists must present proof of vaccination or proof of PCR/antigen test in the previous 72 hours to enter any public indoor/outdoor venue. Residents must register their vaccination status with the “Adapass” system. More details are found here.   
    • Indoor playgrounds, casinos, theaters and cinemas, bars, night clubs and lounges, spas and saunas remain open on the condition that all employees undergo regular PCR tests. All indoor activities will require PCR tests for those who are not vaccinated. Markets are open between 7:00am and 10:00pm on the condition that all employees undergo regular PCR tests.  
    • Other retail shops are open between 08:30am and 9:00pm weekdays on the condition that all restaurant employees undergo PCR tests every 15 days.    
    • Restaurants and cafes may provide dine-in services on the condition that all restaurant employees undergo regular PCR tests. Restaurants may open for dine-in, delivery and take-away between 06:00am – 10:30pm, Monday through Sunday. 
    • Residents of “TRNC” who either study or work in the ROC will be allowed to re-enter “TRNC” provided they show proof of vaccination.  
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? NO 

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 for 10 – 14 days depending on the country of travel and at the traveler’s expense. Home quarantine is granted for certain exceptions, monitored by wearing an ankle bracelet, and only by permission granted in advance.  
    • Information may be obtained from the “Ministry of Health” Covid hotline at 1111. 

Transportation Options 

  • Are commercial flights operating? YES 
    • Commercial flights are operating in the Republic of Cyprus and “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.” 
  • 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 self-isolation regulations may face fines, imprisonment, or both.  

 AREA ADMINISTERED BY TURKISH CYPRIOTS (“TRNC”): 

  • “Official” information about fines is unavailable at this time. 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 services please email 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 temporarily.   
  • The United States Embassy in Nicosia, Republic of Cyprus, has limited non-immigrant visa appointments available. We are providing appointments for immigrant visas and certain urgent non-immigrant categories. At this time, we are prioritizing services for citizens and residents of the Republic of Cyprus. To apply for a visa, or if you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at thGSS websiteor dial +357 22-232-082, or email esee_contactus+cy+info+en@visops.net. 

Local Resources: 

  • See Above 

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