Is it safe to travel to Cyprus?
To keep Cyprus safe, they are only opening tourism to countries which meet certain criteria around low levels of infection. We follow the advice of the UK government and from 04 July the FCDO stated that Cyprus is exempt from the advice against all non-essential international travel and this is why holidays to the country can now go ahead. Please regularly check the FCDO travel advice for the most up-to-date information.
What is life like in the Cyprus?
Social distancing is in place in resorts and at the beaches. When you are on the beach a face mask is not required. There are some bars and restaurants open in resorts, however, others have remained closed and will remain so for the 2020 season. This means you may find the choice is not as varied as usual. In the open bars and restaurants, social distancing is practised and reservations for restaurants may be required. In shops, pharmacies and supermarkets you must wear a face mask or you will be fined. Social distancing is also practised therefore you may find there is a wait to enter a shop if it is busy while they limit numbers.
What was the COVID-19 pandemic response?
in general Cyprus handled the pandemic well and measures are in place to continue to minimise the spread of COVID19. To support this, the FCDO advise that it is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports, in taxis and in many other indoor public areas, such as bakeries and shops. Failure to comply will result in a fine. Please regularly check the FCDO travel advice for the most up-to-date information.
How should I keep safe in Cyprus?
You should follow local regulations and continue to practice good levels of hygiene as advised by the NHS while you are on holiday. You can refer to the government website for detailed information but there are a few basic principles to follow: avoiding being face-to-face with people, keep your hands and face as clean as possible, keep indoor places well ventilated, avoid crowded spaces, use a face mask and wash your clothes regularly.
Are there any pre-departure requirements in regards to visas and passports?
UK nationals are allowed to travel to the country but they need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result on arrival (see below for more information). You will also need to complete a CyprusFlightPass within 24 hours before travelling. You must have six months validity on your passport upon return from Cyprus but you don’t need a visa to enter the country.
What are the quarantine guidelines in Cyprus?
You do not need to quarantine on arrival into Cyprus as long as you do not test positive for COVID-19. If you test positive, or if you develop symptoms and/or are diagnosed with while you’re on holiday, you will be required to quarantine for a period of time.
If I test positive for COVID-19 in Cyprus, what will happen?
You should notify your hotel, representative and also the UK Duty Officer immediately. They’ll assist you in notifying the relevant authorities who will then follow the COVID protocols for Cyprus. This may include being taken to a quarantine hotel for the duration of your self-isolation of up to 14 days.
What is the airport experience like?
All passengers must wear a face mask and maintain social distancing in and around the airport terminal. Your COVID-19 test results will be checked on arrival and if these are not shown to be within the guidelines below you will be declined entry. Temperature checks will also be carried out on all arrivals.
What are the transfers like?
Local protocols are followed for all transfers. Face masks are compulsory in transfer vehicles and taxis for passengers and drivers. All vehicles will have frequent aeration and disinfection and all touch points such as handles will be cleaned and disinfected after every journey.
Do I need to quarantine in the UK on my return from Cyprus?
At present, the FCDO advises that UK nationals returning from Cyprus do not need to quarantine on their return to the UK.
Forms and tests required for travel to and from Cyprus
You must ensure that you have a negative COVID-19 test, otherwise you will not be allowed entry or may be denied boarding in the UK. The test must be obtained within 72 hours of travel. The CyprusFlightPass (https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/) must be completed by all travellers within 24 hours of travelling. A UK arrival form must be completed 48 hours before your return home.