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Information On Coronavirus (COVID-19) for Cyprus Paradise Customers

Update 04/06/2021

International travel is allowed, however the advice from the FCO is: "To prevent new COVID variants from entering the UK, you should not travel to amber or red list countries". Their additional advice is that: "The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to the whole of Cyprus based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks."

Currently, South Cyprus is on the UK’s Amber list. North Cyprus is on the Amber list if you arrive and depart via the South of Cyprus, whereas if the the flight is via Turkey it will be deemed as if you have travelled via Turkey, which is on the Red list.

We will keep you all informed as this situation changes and look forward to seeing you back in Cyprus soon!

You can check the latest FCO travel advice for Cyprus here:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus

You can view the current Red, Amber and Green List and the rules to follow here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england

Refund Credit Notes (RCN's)

Existing RCN's - already issued RCN's with an expiry date of 31/03/21

In conjunction with ATOL and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) it has been decided that existing Cyprus Paradise issued RCN's (refund credit notes) have been extended until 30th September 2021. Your refund credit note can be used towards the cost of a new booking departing anytime up to & including 1st June 2022 and must be redeemed before 30th September 2021.

Travelling to South Cyprus

The UK entered the Amber category, decided by The Republic of Cyprus (ROC) on 29 April. Visitors from Amber category countries are required to undergo a PCR test within 72 hours prior to departure from the UK and provide proof of a negative result. You need to provide proof of a negative COVID test, regardless of whether or not you have been vaccinated.

Legal residents of Cyprus, Cypriot ID holders and their family members can enter Cyprus without a PCR test result, but will be tested on arrival and subject to self-isolation until a negative result is obtained. Please check the latest entry requirements below to ensure this information is still valid before travelling. 

You can find out more information here - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus/entry-requirements

It is currently unclear regarding whether children need to be tested before travelling. Please see the link above for the latest regulations. Most countries do not require children under the age of 12 to be tested, however each country has different rules, which change regularly.

Before you travel from the UK to South Cyprus

Before you leave the UK, you will need to do the following:

  • Undergo a PCR test within 72 hours prior to departure from the UK and provide proof of a negative result*
  • All permitted travellers must complete a Cyprus Flight Pass before their journey, available on the Cyprus Flight Pass website**

*Results from the PCR test taken before travel can be in the form of an email or SMS, but the result itself and/or appointment letter must include the date and time when the test was taken. NHS tests or lateral flow tests will not be accepted for international travel, you will need to find a private provider. The UK Government have provided a list of approved private COVID test providers (Test to Release for international travel):

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/list-of-private-providers-of-coronavirus-testing

** Where relevant, you will be responsible for ensuring your PCR test result is uploaded to Cyprus Flight Pass within 24 hours of your departure. If you need to provide your appointment letter you can upload both documents in a single photo. In addition to obtaining the Cyprus Flight Pass, passengers are required to carry with them, in hard copy or electronically, copies of these documents. You will be asked to present your flight pass prior to boarding and on arrival at immigration.

Entry Requirements If You Have Been Fully Vaccinated

The Republic of Cyprus authorities have announced that from 1 May 2021 travellers with proof of two COVID-19 vaccinations completed within a specified timeframe before travel will not be required to take a pre-departure PCR test. Until there is means to certify vaccinations for international travel, you should follow the guidance above on pre-departure PCR tests for passengers coming from Amber Category countries. It has not yet been confirmed that South Cyprus will accept proof of vaccination status via the NHS App. 

Returning to the UK after visiting South Cyprus

When you return, you must follow the rules for entering the UK.

You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements. The Cypriot government has advised that travellers should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities by calling 1450 or 1412.

Before you leave for the UK from South Cyprus

You’ll need to:

  • provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the 3 days before you leave for the UK
  • complete a passenger locator form

On arrival in England you must:

  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8

Read about quarantine and taking COVID-19 tests.

Children aged 4 and under do not need to take the day 2 or day 8 test.

You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.

 


Travelling to North Cyprus from South Cyprus (Locals Only)

As of the 4th of June 2021, all the border crossings have been reopened. A negative PCR test or antigen test result done in the last 7 days must be shown at the border before crossing with a document in both English / Turkish. SMS messages will not be accepted.

Travelling to North Cyprus from South Cyprus (from UK into Larnaca Airport)

As of the 4th of June 2021, all the border crossings have been reopened. A negative PCR test or antigen test result done in the last 72 hours must be shown at the border before crossing. SMS messages will not be accepted.

Travelling to North Cyprus from the UK into Ercan Airport

Fully vaccinated travellers to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) from the UK will no longer be subject to quarantine in North Cyprus starting from 7th June 2021. Proof of vaccination must be shown. Passengers will be required to show a pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours before being allowed into the country. View the full announcement here.

Passengers who have not yet received both vaccines, or who have not yet been vaccinated will be subject to quarantine in a hotel in North Cyprus for 10 days on arrival. Passengers will be required to show a pre-departure negative PCR result from the last 72 hours before being allowed into the country. View the rules here.

You can view the announcements on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website or on their Facebook page (which is updated a lot more frequently).

Returning to the UK after visiting North Cyprus

North Cyprus is currently on the UK red list. If you have been in a country or territory on the red list in the last 10 days you will only be allowed to enter the UK if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK.

When you return, you must follow the rules for entering the UK.

You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements.

Before you leave for the UK from North Cyprus

You’ll need to:

  • provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the 3 days before you leave for the UK
  • complete a passenger locator form
  • book your quarantine hotel package, including 2 COVID-19 tests

On arrival in England you must:

Read about quarantine and taking COVID-19 tests.

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