COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information
Last updated: 9/2/2021 

***  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. 
  • Restrictions vary significantly between the two areas; details are found below. 

REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS: 

  • Details of the latest restrictions 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  

 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.   

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, Elite Hospital, Miracle Hospital and the Kolan British Hospital. Tests cost range between 100 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, 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 a 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.   
    • 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, and must be in English. Fully vaccinated persons (14 days after their final dose) may cross with a negative rapid or PCR test in the previous seven days. 
  • 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 negative 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.  
    • 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.   
    • 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 August 23, “TRNC” has classified the United States as a “Red” country.  Travelers from the United States entering by air or sea 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 and quarantine for five days at their own expense.  Unvaccinated passengers must present a negative PCR test from the previous 72 hours and quarantine for seven days at their own expense.  
    • Those allowed in home quarantine are monitored by electronic device. Requirements are found here 
    • 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, and must be in English. Fully vaccinated persons (14 days after their final dose) may cross with a negative rapid or PCR test in the previous seven days. 

 

  • 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 
    • 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) and in English. Fully vaccinated persons (14 days after their final dose) may cross with a negative rapid or PCR test in the previous seven days. 

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 10 persons. 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 of people indoors are limited to 450 persons, provided they are all fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months.  
    • 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?  YES 
    • A strict curfew is in effect from Monday to Sunday between midnight and 5:00am. Businesses are allowed to operate under strict guidelines.  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 areas of bars and clubs are closed.  Unvaccinated customers are forbidden from entering the open areas.  
    • Markets are open between 7:00am and 10:00pm on the condition that all restaurant employees undergo PCR tests every 15 days.  
    • 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 PCR tests every 15 days. 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 a valid PCR test every seven days.   
    • There is no in-classroom education at any school with the exception of 12th grade. 
  • 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.  

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 limited 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 suspended routine non-immigrant visa services. 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