COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information
Last updated: 4/12/2021

***  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.  See information at the bottom of this page regarding waivers for COVID-19 testing.

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:

  • The latest information can be found on Republic of Cyprus’ COVID-19 information website (English):  https://www.pio.gov.cy/coronavirus/eng
  • The latest important announcements from the Republic of Cyprus in English are found here:

https://www.pio.gov.cy/coronavirus/eng/categories/important-announcements

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 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 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).
  • 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 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 100 – 150 Turkish lira.
  • PCR test results are received by SMS message and online portal, usually within 24 hours.
  • 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

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, Moderna, Pfizer
  • Information from the Republic of Cyprus regarding COVID-19 vaccination. U.S. citizens who are GHS beneficiaries should follow instructions here (PDF).  U.S. citizens legally residing in the ROC who are not GHS beneficiaries must follow instructions (PDF) and contact the Ministry of Health.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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 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.  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.
    • As of April 12, the United States is classified as a “Red” category country. Tourists may travel from the United States to the Republic of Cyprus without mandatory self-isolation provided they have uploaded proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of boarding a flight to Cyprus, complete another test upon arrival at their own expense (30 euros), and have an approved Cyprus Flight Pass.  Children under the age of 12 do not require testing.  The list of current countries in each category is found here.
    • U.S. Citizens who are Legal Residents of the Republic of Cyprus or who also hold a EU passport may enter the ROC even when traveling from “Grey” category countries provided they show proof of their status and approved Cyprus Flight Pass.
    • 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
    • Approved tourist travelers to ROC from the United States (over the age of 12) must complete a PCR test upon entry (30 euros).
    • 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.)
    • Travelers who test positive at the airport will be in mandatory quarantine at a designated facility. Those testing negative must self-isolate at their residence and complete a negative PCR test 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.
    • 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 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.
    • Resident travelers who have been in the United Kingdom, Holland, Denmark, Brazil and South Africa in the previous 14 days are required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
    • The UN Buffer Zone crossings from “TRNC” are, at present, effectively closed to U.S. citizens.
    • U.S. citizens transiting Istanbul to/from Ercan Airport are advised to update their STEP registration to include Turkey.
  • 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 are required to quarantine for 10-14 days, depending on their country of origin. Some travelers may be allowed to self-isolate at home with strict monitoring.
    • Travelers coming for IVF treatments are required to quarantine for 10 days.
    • Patients residing in the north and receiving medical treatment in the Republic of Cyprus (and vice versa) may continue to cross without mandatory quarantine, with a 72-hour PCR result.
    • Students and workers residing in “TRNC” are permitted to enter from the ROC without quarantine provided they have proof of a negative PCR test in the previous seven days.

Movement Restrictions

REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS:

  • Is a curfew in place? YES
    • A strict island-wide curfew is in effect from 11:00pm 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 (people over 65 can use a printed form). Each resident is allowed two permissions a day (three on weekends). Exceptions are made for dog-walking, taking children to school, and employment. Instructions and forms for movement are located here.
    • Gatherings in public spaces are limited to six persons, irrespective of age. Church gatherings are limited to 50 people.
    • Restaurants may open for outdoor seating only, until 10:45pm. Dancing is prohibited.
    • 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 50 percent capacity.
    • All K-12th grade students may attend in-person classes. All students and teachers must be tested for COVID-19 weekly.
    • Museums, galleries, and archaeological sites are open. Nature trails and beaches are open for exercise only. Conferences, demonstrations, and exhibitions are prohibited.
    • 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
    • A strict curfew is in effect from Monday to Saturday between 10:00pm and 5:00am. Full day curfew will continue on Sundays.
    • Approval must be obtained online in order to leave one’s residence or travel to another region during curfew hours.
    • Businesses are allowed to operate under strict guidelines weekdays; only essential businesses and open-air markets may operate on Saturdays; all businesses except pharmacies, and petrol stations are closed on Sundays.
    • Theatres, cinemas, concert halls, wedding halls, casinos, bars, taverns, shisha cafes, internet cafes, indoor kid play areas, indoor swimming pools, massage centers, spas, indoor sports halls, clubs, hammams, and saunas remain closed.
    • Markets are open between 7:00am and 9:00pm weekdays on the condition that all restaurant employees undergo PCR tests.
    • Other retail shops are open between 10:00am and 8:00pm weekdays on the condition that all restaurant employees undergo PCR tests.
    • Restaurants may begin providing outdoor dine-in services as of March 15 on the condition that all restaurant employees undergo PCR tests until that date. Restaurants may open for delivery and take-away between 7:00am and 9:00pm, Monday through Saturday.
    • Residents of “TRNC” who either study or work in the ROC will be allowed to re-enter “TRNC” provided they show a valid PCR test every seven days.
    • There is no in-classroom education at any school with the exception of 12th grade until April 19, 2021.
  • 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. Home quarantine is granted for certain exceptions.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? YES
    • Commercial flights are operating in the Republic of Cyprus and “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.”
    • Incoming commercial flights to Ercan Airport are limited to four 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 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 limited services to U.S. citizens.  Appointments are available on our website.  If you require urgent CRBA, passport, or 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.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Nicosia has resumed certain immigrant and non-immigrant visa services. 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.
  • Local Resources:
    • See Above
  • Other links:

Information regarding waiver of CDC testing requirements for Travel to the United States:

    • Waivers to the testing requirement for travel to the United States may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel. There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy at ConsularNicosia@state.gov, and provide the information below. The U.S. Embassy will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration. The following information must be provided for each passenger:
    • Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number and country
    • Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit
    • Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
    • U.S. destination address
    • Is U.S. destination home address?
    • Departure date
    • Flight itinerary
    • Name of submitting entity if different from passenger
    • Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
    • Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
    • Phone and email address for POC submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
    • Purpose of travel to the U.S. (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers(s))
    • Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety)
    • Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation).