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Cyprus will ease entry requirements for incoming travelers on April 18.

Arriving passengers will no longer need to complete a passenger locator form or Cyprus flight pass prior to travel, or take a PCR test upon arrival in the country, whether vaccinated or not .

Vaccinated travelers and those who have recently recovered from Covid-19 will also no longer need to present a PCR test carried out before departure. Unvaccinated visitors will still need to present a PCR test performed within 72 hours of arrival in Cyprus or a rapid antigen test performed 24 hours prior to arrival. Random testing is still ongoing at the airport.

“All of us in Cyprus would like to take this opportunity to thank our loyal customers for making Cyprus one of the most popular European holiday destinations in 2021,” the island’s Ministry of Tourism said. “We’re excited to now make travel to our island even smoother.”

The changes were announced as the government also reduced the required isolation period for those who tested positive to seven days, although the country’s health minister, Michalis Hadjipantela, also urged citizens to remain cautious. “Today’s announcement of easing of measures should not be misinterpreted, Covid-19 is still here…Experts insist that Covid-19 is not just a cold. “

Who can travel to Cyprus?

Cyprus has eliminated its country categorization system, which divided nations into green, red and gray categories and established entry criteria accordingly. From April 18, travelers from all countries, whether vaccinated or not, will be allowed to enter the country.

What vaccines are recognized for traveling to Cyprus?

Vaccinated travelers must present a European Covid digital certificate or proof of vaccination by a recognized government authority.

The following vaccines are recognized by the Cypriot authorities: AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, Sputnik V, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Covaxin, Novavax Nuvaxovid Covid-19, Covavax and Sputnik Light.

Travelers 18 years of age and older are considered fully immunized if they received their second dose of a two-dose vaccine or first dose of a single-dose vaccine within the previous 270 days or nine months. Otherwise, proof of recall is required.

People are considered recently cured of Covid-19 if between seven and 180 days have passed since they tested positive.

What should I do before flying to Cyprus?

Travelers to Cyprus must be able to show proof of a vaccination certificate, certificate of recovery or PCR or antigen test. Travelers who do not have one of these documents face a fine of €300 ($325).

Which airlines fly from United Arab Emirates to Cyprus?

Emirates flies to Cyprus three times a week, with flights starting at Dh2,805.

What restrictions are in place in Cyprus?

Proof of vaccination or a PCR test is still required to enter certain sites.  Unsplash

The use of masks is mandatory in all indoor areas, including taxis, elevators, malls and theaters.

Proof of vaccination or recovery, a PCR test taken within the last 72 hours or a locally issued Safe Pass is required to enter certain venues including churches, conferences, wedding events and venues, parks theme parks, children’s play areas, mini-cruises, discotheques, restaurants, cafes and bars.

There are no restrictions on entry to beaches, picnic sites, boardwalks, outdoor exercise areas, supermarkets, convenience stores, bakeries, kiosks, shopping malls, museums, archaeological sites and hotel facilities.

Is Covid-19 still prevalent in Cyprus?

The island recorded 12,032 cases of Covid-19 in the week to April 15, according to Johns Hopkins University. Only 53% of the population is vaccinated.

When is the best time to travel to Cyprus?

Cyprus has eased travel restrictions ahead of its peak summer season. The best time to visit the island is between May and June, which is one of the driest times of the year, with average temperatures between 23 and 28 degrees ºC. July and August are among the busiest months of the year for tourism, and temperatures can soar above 35°C. For cooler climates, September and October are ideal.

The island is best known for its beaches and Mediterranean vibe, but it’s also home to a rich history that can be experienced in a host of Roman-era archaeological sites.

Updated: April 15, 2022, 1:34 p.m.