Great news for travelers to Cyprus in 2021 !
The Cypriot authorities have planned an action plan for the gradual resumption of flights and operations to the airports of Cyprus.
The country categories used so far to allow entry to Cyprus are replaced with four others.
The plan will enter into force from March 1st 2021.
The amended action plan is expected to further boost the interest of airline companies to carry out additional flights to Cyprus, improve connectivity and increase passenger traffic.
People who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 will not have to present a negative PCR test certificate upon their arrival. As regards country categorisation category A will be replaced by the 'Green Category', for which there will be NO restrictions.
Category B will be replaced by the 'Orange Category' which will require a negative PCR test certificate not older than 72 hours prior to departure.
Category C will be replaced by the 'Red Category' which will require two negative PCR tests. One within 72 hours of departure and the other on arrival in Cyprus.
No self isolation measures apply in any of these categories.
There is a fourth category, the 'Grey Category' or special permit category. Passengers arriving from countries in this category will have to submit a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure and self isolate upon arrival in accordance with the instructions of the health ministry.
These categories are in line with the guidelines of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
EU countries, European Economic Area countries including the United Kingdom and Switzerland, countries on the European Councils list of third countries, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Lebanon, UAE, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Belarus will be classified in the Green, Orange and Red categories.
This means that there will be NO restricted travel for those who have the relevant tests or who have had the vaccination.
There will be a transition period from the 15th January 2021 during which the assessment for which country goes into which of the four new categories will be carried out.
Random tests on passengers will also continue based on the individual countries epidemiological criteria.
There will also be continued incentive schemes towards airlines which has been received with positive reviews from airlines, and has been described at European Union level as a best practice scheme.
This is a very positive move form the Cyprus Government and this change to the entry protocols will mean that people can book their holidays without fear of any bans from travelling to Cyprus.