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Cyprus rules on inbound travel: some countries are no more considered ‘Red’


The Cypriot authorities have announced that travellers from France, Spain, The Netherlands, Portugal and Uruguay are now exempt from double testing and that those countries will have to impose isolation requirements because they are exempt from the red category.

However, those of the Orange level from the above countries must present a PCR which is carried out 72 hours prior to entering Cyprus.

The Orange level contains the following countries:

  • EU member states: Denmark, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Finland
  • Microstates: Andorra, Vatican City
  • Schengen members: Iceland
  • Other countries: United Arab Emirates, Qatar, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Kuwait, Bahrain, Singapore

According to the Weekly Epidemiological risk assessment, Latvia and Romania were excluded from the orange category due to the increased infection rate in countries with COVID-19. From Monday 27 September, travellers from these countries must present a PCR test 72 hours before departure and undergo 14 days of isolation or a self-purchased test on arrival in the country.

The rest of the countries are Red countries or high risk countries:

  • EU member states: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Croatia, Lithuania, Slovenia
  • Microstates: Monaco, San Marino
  • Schengen members: Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway
  • Other countries: Egypt, Armenia, Georgia, United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Israel, Canada, Belarus, Lebanon, South Korea, Russia, Ukraine, Serbia

Compared to the previous risk assessment, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Moldova are no longer considered Red level countries.

No changes have been made to the green category as indicated in the following list:

  • EU member states: Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic
  • Other countries: Australia, Jordan, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia

However, passengers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or recovered from the disease are exempted from testing and isolation requirements. The country has been successfully linked to the EU Digital govt-19 certified portal, allowing vaccinated and recovered travellers to move freely digitally or physically within the EU.

According to the latest World Health Organisation (WHO) data on the epidemiological situation in the country, Cyprus recorded 551 deaths, according to a report dated 27 September. In addition, 119,689 cases of COVID-19 infection have been reported, of which 99 have been diagnosed today.

According to the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, 80.1 percent of Cypress vaccines have been vaccinated with a single dose of govit-19 vaccine, while 76.8 percent have now been fully vaccinated against coronavirus. Of the 1,536,043 dose vaccines distributed in Cyprus, 1,136,286 were given to humans.

Written by: Grace Kennedy

Grace Kennedy is a leading journalist, columnist of events in Ireland and beyond. 8 years in journalism, since she dropped out of university and ran away from home.

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