Critical Alert

Cyprus maintaining coronavirus disease-related entry restrictions as of Oct. 8; mandatory social distancing measures remain in force.

Alert Begins 08 Oct 2020 05:55 PM UTC
Alert Expires 22 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC


  • Event: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel and business disruptions


Authorities in Cyprus are maintaining international entry restrictions as of Oct. 8 to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities have divided countries into three categories. Travelers from countries in Category A do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival. Travelers who have visited a Category B country in the previous 14 days require a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours prior to departure for Cyprus; they can also take a test on arrival but must self-isolate until the result is confirmed. Travelers who have visited a Category C country within the previous 14 days - with the exception of Cypriot residents, their immediate families, and individuals with special entry permission to perform essential work - are prohibited from entering Cyprus. Countries within the three categories as of Oct. 8 are as follows:


  • Category A: Australia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, South Korea, and Thailand
  • Category B: Belgium, Canada, China (including Hong Kong), Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Norway, Poland, Rwanda, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, the UK, Uruguay, and Vatican City
  • Category C: All other countries


Domestically, most businesses have resumed operations with government-mandated social distancing and hygiene requirements. Protective facemasks are necessary for enclosed public spaces. Additionally, privately organized gatherings are limited to 75 people indoors or 150 people outdoors; tighter restrictions apply in Larnaca due to higher local case rates.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.


Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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