What do foreigners from RED countries need to know about entering and staying in Cyprus from April 1, 2021?

Что нужно знать гражданам России о въезде и пребывании на Кипре с 1 апреля 2021 года?
5 April 2021 DOM LiVE
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Before flying to Cyprus, it will not be superfluous to learn about new rules and requirements regarding entry and stay in the country (Attention! Information is current as of April 6, 2021).

List of documents required to enter Cyprus

Passengers arriving from countries of the "red" category must:

1. Take a PCR laboratory test within 72 hours before departure. In case of a negative result, have a confirmation certificate in English when boarding and passing border control. Children who are under 12 years of age at the time of entry into Cyprus do not need to undergo testing. In addition, this certificate must be uploaded to the personal account of each passenger when registering on the platform www.cyprusflightpass.gov.cy.

2. Fill in a special application form on the www.cyprusflightpass.gov.cy no earlier than 24 hours before departure to receive a Cyprus Flight Pass for boarding. Without this document, the passenger will not be put on board the aircraft. ONLY in the event that the web platform is unavailable due to technical issues or scheduled maintenance (which is officially announced on the web platform), passengers are allowed to complete the relevant paperwork manually. The forms can be downloaded here. In this case, passengers must have the necessary paperwork with them.

The Cyprus Flight Pass includes the following items:

  • passenger personal data
  • a document where the visitor must indicate if they traveled to / from / through or stayed / resided in a country with less favorable epidemiological criteria compared to the country of departure within 14 days prior to arrival in the Republic of Cyprus
  • confirmation that the visitor has not experienced any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, fatigue, headache, muscle or body aches, loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, nasal congestion or runny nose during last 14 days, and not been in close contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID19 in the last 14 days
  • a statement that the trip is carried out under the personal responsibility of the traveler and that the Republic of Cyprus or companies operating in its territory are not responsible for contamination at any stage of the trip
  • a statement that the visitor, upon returning to their country of residence, will notify the Cypriot health authorities if they get COVID-19 disease within 14 days after leaving the island

Ιf you are a third-country national staying in the Gray category, you need to send a request. The form can be found here.

Attention! Airlines do not allow passengers to board the aircraft and fly to the Republic of Cyprus without a Cyprus Flight Pass (however, it is NOT the responsibility of the airlines to verify the information entered by the passenger on the Cyprus Flight Pass). Any passengers arriving in the Republic of Cyprus without a Cyprus Flight Pass may be subject to a EUR 300 fine.

3. Pass a laboratory test upon arrival in the Republic of Cyprus. The costs of testing are paid by the visitors. The cost of testing at Larnaca airport is EUR 30, at Paphos airport EUR 32. In addition, visitors are required to stay in self-isolation until the result of their test is ready. Test results are usually sent within three hours in the form of an SMS message to the specified contact phone number. Children who are under 12 years of age at the time of entry into Cyprus are also not required to be tested upon entry.

Visitors from countries of the "red" category, both of whose PCR tests showed a negative result for coronavirus, are not required to undergo quarantine.

Which passengers do not need to take a PCR test before departure?

The following categories of passengers can enter the Republic of Cyprus from countries of the "red" category, having passed at their own expense laboratory examination only upon arrival in the Republic of Cyprus:

  1. Cypriot citizens and their family members (foreign spouses, minor children and their parents).
  2. Persons legally residing in the Republic.
  3. Persons entitled to enter the Republic in accordance with the Vienna Convention.

In this case, persons falling under the above categories must remain in mandatory self-isolation for 72 hours from the moment of arrival, and after these 72 hours they must undergo another PCR test at their own expense. If the retest is negative, they may stop self-isolation.

The test result should be sent to the following email address: monada@mphs.moh.gov.cy.

Obtaining a Cyprus Flight Pass is also mandatory for these categories of passengers. Before flying to Cyprus, these categories of passengers are advised to consult with the airline about the need for a preliminary PCR test for coronavirus. However, in accordance with its antiquated transportation protocols, the airline may refuse to board passengers who do not have a certificate of PCR testing for COVID-19.

Rules for those who arrived in Cyprus

In accordance with the instructions of the Cyprus Ministry of Health, tourists are required to:

  • Wear masks is mandatory in all indoor and outdoor public areas. Exceptions are eateries, as well as beaches, swimming pools and sports.
  • Observe social distancing measures, which provide for the presence of no more than one person per 2 m2 outdoors, and 3 m2 indoors.
  • Tourists can leave the hotel or their private accommodation on weekdays no more than twice a day after receiving the permission in response to an SMS message sent to the short number 8998. If it is impossible to send a message to the short number, they can call 80012012 (for Cypriot simcards) or +357 22 285777 (for other numbers). On weekends, the number of SMS is three.
  • Tourists can leave the hotel by filling out a special form, which was approved by the Ministry of Tourism on April 6. The document allows tourists arriving in Cyprus to move around the country without the need to send SMS. Tourists can get the paper from their travel agent or from the hotel where they are staying. Moving around the island is allowed from 6 am to 11 pm without any restrictions. The document is called "Declaration of Movement". It must be signed and stamped by a representative of the travel agency or hotel. If the visitor has the "Declaration of Movement", then they don't need to have a passport.

  • According to the current order of the Minister of Health of Cyprus, a curfew is in force in the country from 23:00 to 5:00, during which any movement of citizens and tourists is prohibited.

What will happen to visitors who test positive during their stay in Cyprus? What will happen to their close contacts? Who will cover hospitalization and treatment costs?

The Government of Cyprus is committed to taking care of all visitors who have tested positive for coronavirus infection during their stay in Cyprus, as well as their close contacts. The government will move these individuals to a separate facility to cover the costs of accommodation, food, drinks and medicine.

The traveler will only have to pay the cost of the airport transfer and repatriation flight, in cooperation with their agency and / or airline. Using a separate facility will not only ensure proper patient care, but also provide peace of mind to other travelers that they are no persons infected with COVID-19 in this area.

Visitors, who were in close contact with persons (less than 2 meters away for 15 minutes) who tested positive for coronavirus, will be placed in special rooms in quarantine hotels.

This rule also applies to passengers sitting in adjacent seats with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 PCR.

If a tourist develops critical symptoms, a significant number of intensive care units with oxygen masks are available for treatment. In addition, 300 rooms in special quarantine hotels are available for close contacts of persons who test positive for coronavirus, and, again, the number can be increased if necessary as soon as possible.

How can visitors find out about the latest news, get information about the protocols used at the destination?

A special call center has been created to help tourists who may have questions regarding the use of the CyprusFlightPass platform.

1474 - calls within Cyprus, +357 22 285 757 - calls from abroad. Help Desk Hours of Operation: Monday - Sunday 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Cyprus Time.

There is an electronic platform for questions in writing.

All relevant information is also available on the websites www.visitcyprus.com и www.cyprusflightpass.gov.cy.

Read more:

  • What is the best place to live in the world? Cyprus! (link)
  • Medical tourism in Cyprus (link)
  • Buying property in Cyprus to live with children (link)
  • Cyprus–United Kingdom specific relations (link)
  • Why do we love Cyprus so much? (link)
  • 10 reasons for moving to Cyprus with children (link)
  • Medical tourism in Cyprus (link)
  • Holidays and days off in Cyprus in 2021 (link)
Source: DOM LiVE
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