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Travel restrictions to Cyprus

ALL passengers arriving in Cyprus must register on the CY web platform, before arriving to Cyprus (https://www.cyprusflightpass.gov.cy ).

In case the passengers do not have the "CyprusFlightPass" or, in the event that the electronic platform of the Republic of Cyprus is not temporarily available due to technical problems or scheduled maintenance and they have not completed in advance the required documents by hand, passengers will not be accepted onboard. 

The countries of origin are re-evaluated on a regular basis and they are categorized based on their epidemiological status in Categories A, B, and C, with Category A having the most positive epidemiological status. A list of countries and test requirements for each category could be found here on the below link: https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/country-categories

Traveling requirements per Country Category:

- Green Category countries: Passengers are not required to hold a COVID-19 test certificate or self-isolate.

- Orange Category countries: Passengers shall be required to:

1. undergo a PCR laboratory test within 72 hours prior to departure and to possess a certificate showing a negative PCR result.

Red Category countries: Passengers shall be required to:

1. undergo a PCR laboratory test within 72 hours prior to departure proving a negative PCR result

and

2. undergo a laboratory test upon their arrival in the Republic of Cyprus.

- Grey Category countries (countries that are not mentioned in the green, orange, and red categories): Special Permission is required, please follow the below link:

https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/special-permission;

The examination cost will be borne by themselves and in addition, such persons should remain in self-isolation until the test result is issued.

It is reminded that passengers who are fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by the Republic of Cyprus, as well as passengers who hold a certification of recovery following a period of 14 days from the date of sampling of the positive PCR result, valid for 6 months, in the form of European Digital Certificate ((EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC)), are exempted from any restrictions (no laboratory test and/or quarantine, self-isolation is required).

As of Friday 13th August 2021, all passengers who plan to travel to Cyprus by presenting either COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate or COVID-19 Recovery Certificate, which has been issued by the authorities of the Member States of the European Union, the Member States of the European Economic Area and Switzerland are required to be presented in EUDCC – EU Digital Certificate format.

Additionally, those who want to obtain the EUDCC – EU Digital Certificate issued by the Cypriot Government, must visit the website: www.eudcc.gov.cy

Travel restrictions to Greece

It is compulsory for all individuals on international flights arriving at any Greek airport to fill in the electronic Passenger Locator Form (PLF) published in HTTPS://TRAVEL.GOV.GR/ , not later than the previous day.

All passengers regardless of nationality must meet one of the following conditions:

  • A negative PCR molecular test result from a laboratory; the test

             must be taken up to 72 hours before entry.

  • A negative antigen (rapid) test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry.
  • A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.
  • A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory. The certificate is issued 30 days after the day of the first positive COVID-19 test and is valid for 180 days after it.
  • Proof that the traveller was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 30 to 180 days. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

All certificates must include the critical information (i.e., number of doses and their respective dates) in English, German French, Italian, Spanish, Russian and the person’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognized travel document.

Travel restrictions to Russia

1. Categories of passengers allowed to enter the country

  • nationals of the Russian Federation and their family members
  • permanent residents of the Russian Federation
  • nationals & residents from the following countries: the United Kingdom, Tanzania, Turkey, Switzerland, the UAE, Maldives, Egypt, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Korea, Cuba, Serbia, Japan, Seychelles, Ethiopia, Vietnam, India, Qatar, Finland, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Greece, Singapore, Venezuela, Germany, Syria, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka, Iceland, Malta, Mexico, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Austria, Hungary, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Morocco, Croatia, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, Jordan, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, the USA, Albania, France, the Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Bahrain and Moldova, nationals of the above countries and holders of a permanent residence card or another document certifying their right to permanent residence in the above countries may enter the Russian Federation from any of the above countries via air entry points on the state border of the Russian Federation upon presentation of valid identity documents and a visa, or visa free as stipulated by the international treaties of the Russian Federation
  • accredited or appointed employees of diplomatic missions, consular offices, international organizations located in the Russian Federation, and their family members
  • members of official delegations
  • passengers who will enter Russia as highly skilled sports professionals or participate in sports activities in Russia

2. Quarantine

Russian citizens arriving in the Russian Federation on international flights must within three (3) days from their arrival conduct and upload the results of a COVID-19 PCR test to the Unified Public Services Portal https://www.gosuslugi.ru/394604/1. While waiting for the results of the COVID-19 PCR test, passengers must self-isolate at their place of residence/temporary stay. 

3. PCR test or vaccination or RECOVERY from Covid-19 certificates REQUIRED

  • Foreign citizens traveling to the Russian Federation, including passengers in transit, upon check-in and boarding must submit a medical certificate in Russian or in English showing a negative COVID-19 PCR test result obtained not earlier than 72 hours before arrival in the Russian Federation.
  • If it is not possible to submit the medical certificate in Russian or in English, it may be submitted in the official language of the country where the issuing organization is registered, accompanied by a Russian translation certified by a consular official of the Russian Federation.
  • No laboratory Covid-19 PCR test is required if the individual has been vaccinated against Covid-19 in the last 12 months or can present documentary verification of having recovered from Covid-19 in the last six months.
  • The data about the laboratory Covid-19 PCR test, having recovered from the disease or vaccination must be posted on the Public Services Portal (PSP) by filling out the form Data about Test Results, Exposure to the Disease or Vaccination against Covid-19 for Arrivals to the Russian Federation https://www.rospotrebnadzor.ru/upload/%D0%B0%D0%B2%D0%B8%D0%B0%D0%90%D0%BD%D0%BA%D0%B5%D1%82%D0%B0%20RUS.docx
  • Antibody test results and any other test results except for PCR tests cannot be used to confirm the absence of COVID-19 infection for the specified purposes.
  • A passenger who cannot present any of the above-mentioned certificates (PCR, Vaccination, recovery from COVID-19) Will be denied carriage.

      NOTE:

      Travel directives and restrictions are constantly changing so passengers are strongly advised to also contact their Embassy and/or visit the official websites of the Official Authorities in every country they would like to travel from/to, before their flight.

    Travel restrictions to Lebanon

    1. All Passengers traveling to Lebanon, except children under 12 years old, must perform a PCR test in a Lab, certified by the country local authorities at latest 96 hours between the test result and the date of arrival to Lebanon and to show the test result which must include a QR code at check-in counters.

    2. Passengers not having negative PCR test results with a QR code are not allowed to board the aircraft departing to Lebanon, but the PCR test issued from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, and all European Countries are accepted without QR codes.

    3. All passengers arriving in Lebanon, except Children 12 years old and UNIFIL, shall perform a PCR test upon their arrival at the Lebanon Airport (BRHIA), and an amount of 50 USD will be collected by the airline from every passenger wishing to travel to Lebanon, which is the cost of PCR test or other medical diagnostic measures that every passenger shall undergo upon arrival to BRHIA through Labs Authorized by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health at the Airport.

    Exemptions:

    1. Passengers wishing to travel to Lebanon and who have received the second dose of Covid-19 vaccine, or a complete dose of Covid-19 vaccine (which is formed of one dose only), minimum 2 weeks before their departure to Lebanon or passengers who were infected and cured of the Covid-19 within 90 days before their departure date after showing an official document confirming that, are exempted from performing a PCR test at the countries of departure and shall perform a PCR test upon their arrival at Lebanon Airport (BRHIA).

    2. Passengers who traveled out of Lebanon and will return within one week, that is, who traveled during one day of the week and will return on the same day during the following week, and they will be also exempted from doing PCR tests in the countries of departure but shall perform a PCR test at BRHIA upon their arrival to Lebanon.

    Travel restrictions to Israel

    1. Passengers must complete an "entry statement" at most 24 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Israel at: https://www.gov.il/en/service/request-entry-to-israel-covid19 and they will receive electronic approval from the ministry of health.

    2. Passengers must present a COVID-19 PCR test taken 72 hours prior their departure.

    3. Passengers are subject to a covid-19 PCR test upon arrival at their own expense. payment of NIS 100, can be made upon arrival. or NIS 80- in advance at: https://www.gov.il/en/service/request-entry-to-israel-covid19 - This test is in addition to the PCR test presented at the airport before departure.

    4. Only PCR tests are accepted, no rapid tests or any other types of tests

    5. Passengers must present a negative PCR test result in English along with the traveler's passport number. This requirement applies to all people of all ages arriving in Israel, including vaccinated and recovered travelers

    6. Passengers and airline crew who have been outside Israel for more than 72 hours entering or transiting through Israel must have a negative covid-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. This does not apply to airline crew who stay in Israel for less than 72 hours.

    7. Passengers must have health insurance to cover covid-19 expenses. This does not apply to nationals and residents of Israel.

    8. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for up to 14 days. details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/ypvvex9p

    Effective 16AUG21, all passengers traveling from Cyprus to Israel, including recovered and vaccinated people, are required to isolate on entering Israel. Full isolation of 14 days is required, which can be shortened subject to a negative PCR test on the 7th day of isolation.

    Travel restrictions to Czech Republic

    Czech Republic Travel Restrictions/ Effective 01AUG21

    • EU+ citizens will be allowed to travel into the Czech Republic for any purpose including tourism. From 19.07. 2021 Cyprus moves to "dark red" countries.
    • From 31.07.2021 kids younger than 12 years old don't need antigen or PCR test before departure.
    • EU+ citizens are allowed to travel into the Czech Republic for any purpose including tourism from 21.6.2021.

    https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Protective-Measure-regarding-the-entry-of-persons-on-the-territory-of-the-Czechia-from-31st-July-2021.pdf;

    1.BEFORE YOU TRAVEL, FILL OUT A FORM FOR HYGIENIC STATION  prijezdovyformular.cz; (Public Health Passenger Locator Form)

    Follow below link for assistance on how to complete the Passenger locator form

    https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Form-for-travelers-arriving-in-the-Czech-Republic-arrival-form.pdf

    Accompanying adults fill out the form for children in age between 6 and 18.

    2.PREPARE A CONFIRMATION FOR PASSPORT CONTROL OR CONTROL DURING YOUR STAY

    Once you fill out and submit the form, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. You may either print out the confirmation or display it on your mobile. The confirmation e-mail will contain a QR code that will display an on-line version of the confirmation. You will be asked to show this confirmation when passing through the passport control. Do keep the confirmation on you while in the Czech Republic – you may be asked to show it in case of control. 

    3.IF YOU ARE FULLY VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19

    If you are fully vaccinated in EU+ country - You must hold “EU Green Certificate “(EUDCC - EU Digital Covid Certificate) or to have a national certificate of the and of your vaccination which must be completed 14 days before departure.

    If you are Czech citizen or the citizen of EU+ country vaccinated in third country - with the EMA approved vaccination after at least 14 days from the application of the last dose (it is necessary to have a certificate whose sample is published on the Ministry of Health´s website).

    You don´t need to get tested and self-isolate.

    4. IF YOU ARE RECOVERED FROM COVID

    You must present a confirmation (in English) issued by a physician based in CZE or elsewhere in the EU stating that you do not currently show COVID-19 symptoms + you have already contracted COVID-19 in the past + you have self-quarantined after being positively tested for COVID-19 + you have been positively tested for COVID-19 between 11 to 180 days from first positive test.

    You don´t need to get tested and self-isolate.

    5. IF YOU ARE NOT VACCINATED OR RECOVERED FROM COVID-19 - GET TESTED prior to entering the Czech Republic AND after entering the Czech Republic.

    • You must be in possession of a negative RT-PCR test result for establishing the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus before departure from Cyprus (not longer than 72 hours before departure).
    • You must also undergo an RT-PCR test for establishing the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus no earlier than on the 5th day and no later than on the 14th day after entering the Czech Republic, unless, entirely exceptionally in individual cases, a public health protection authority decides on other quarantine measures in accordance with Act No 258/2000 and on the duration of such measures;
    • PCR test not later than 5 days after arrival is mandatory for kids older than 6 and younger than 12 years (kids between 6-12 years don't have to undergo the antigen or PCR test before departure).
    • Kids younger than 6 years don't have to undergo either tests or self-isolation.
    • You must undergo self-isolation pending the result of the RT-PCR test for establishing the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus

     

    You can find all the exceptions on the web page of Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.

     https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/en/extraordinary-and-protective-measures-and-recommendations/

     https://www.mzv.cz/public/d9/b9/bc/4349015_2670850_Rules_for_entry_and_return_to_the_Czechia_for_CZ_citizens_and_residents_as_of_July_9th_2021_scaled.jpg

     

    Travel restrictions to Malta

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter the country.

    - This does not apply to:                                                             

    1.1. Nationals and residents of MALTA with:                                    

    - A negative COVID-19 PCR test is taken at most 72 hours before arrival;

    OR                                                                     

    - A COVID-19 vaccination certificate was issued by MALTA showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival.

    OR

    - An EU digital COVID certificate (EU dcc) showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival.      

    1.2 Passengers arriving from Cyprus they must have been in the country for at least 14 days before arrival and must have:                                                        

    1. Negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival;

     OR

    1. A COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued by Malta showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival.

            OR                                          

    1. An EU digital covid certificate (EU dcc) showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival

    Vaccines accepted by Malta are AstraZeneca (Vaxzervria), Janssen, Moderna and Pfizer BioNTech;           

    1.3. merchant seamen.                                                         

    2. passengers between 5 and 11 years must have a negative covid-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival. more details can be found at https://deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/health-promotion/covid-19/pages/travel.aspx

    3. Passengers must complete a "public health travel declaration form" and "passenger locator form" found at https://www.maltairport.com/declarationforms/ or https://app.euplf.eu/#/   and present it upon arrival.                           

    4. Merchant Seamen must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure. the test result must be in English or accompanied by a certified English translation.

    5. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 14 days.

    - This does not apply to:                                                      

    1. Passengers between 5 and 11 years traveling with their fully vaccinated parents/guardians;                                         
    2. Passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued by Malta showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival.
    3. Passengers with an EU digital covid certificate (EU dcc) showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival.

    Travel restrictions to UK

    Before you travel to England you must:

    You must have a payment confirmation obtained at:                

    HTTPS://QUARANTINEHOTELBOOKINGS.CTMPORTAL.CO.UK/ OR                           

    HTTPS://WWW.GOV.UK/GUIDANCE/PROVIDERS-OF-DAY-2-AND-DAY-8-CORONAVIRUS-TESTING-FOR-INTERNATIONAL-ARRIVALS                                       

    You must do these things whether you are fully vaccinated or not.

    On arrival in England

    If you are fully vaccinated

    After arrival in England, you must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2.

    This applies if you’re fully vaccinated under either:

    • the UK vaccination program
    • the UK vaccine program overseas
    • an approved vaccination program in Europe or the USA - not all are recognized in England

    If you will be in England for less than 2 days you still need to book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test.

    You only need to take the test if you are still in England on day 2.

     

    Recognized vaccines for Europe

    You must have been fully vaccinated in:

    • an EU country
    • Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, and the Vatican City

    If you were vaccinated in a different European country it will not be recognized in England.

    The vaccine must have been authorized by:

    • the European Medicines Agency (EMA)
    • Swissmedic for Switzerland

    What counts as fully vaccinated

    ‘Fully vaccinated’ means you must have had a final dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 whole days before you arrive in England.

    The day you have your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days.

    If you were vaccinated in 2 doses it must be with the same (MHRA, EMA, Swissmedic or FDA) approved vaccine. For example, if your first dose was Moderna your second dose must also be Moderna.

    For the UK programs you can have 1 dose under the UK vaccination program and the other under the UK vaccine overseas program.

    If you had an approved 1 dose vaccine, such as Janssen, you are fully vaccinated.

    Natural immunity

    Some people may have natural immunity, for example if they’ve had COVID-19.

    Some countries relax their entry rules if you have natural immunity. England does not.

    Follow the rules for those who are not fully vaccinated if you have natural immunity and haven’t had a full course of an approved vaccine.

    If you are not fully vaccinated

    If you do not qualify under the fully vaccinated rules, 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 day 8

    If you are in England for less than 10 days, you need to quarantine for the time you are there.

    You need to book day 2 and day 8 travel tests. You only need to take the tests if you are still in England. For example, even if you’re only going to be in England for 1 day you’ll still need to book a day 2 and day 8 test.

    The day you arrive is day 0.

    Rules for children and young people

    The rules for children depend on age and country of residency.

    Children resident in the UK, British Overseas Territories, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, USA or a recognized European country:

    The recognized European countries are the EU countries, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland or the Vatican City.

    Children of all ages who are resident in these countries or territories do not have to quarantine.

    If they are aged 4 and under they do not have to take any COVID-19 travel tests.

    11 to 17-year-olds must take a:

    5 to 10-year-olds:

    • do not have to take a pre-departure test
    • must take a day 2 test on or before day 2 – arrival day is day 0

    More information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-to-england-from-another-country-during-coronavirus-covid-19

    My Flight

    If my flight is cancelled

    If your flight is canceled and you have booked your tickets using Cyprus Airways website or Call-Center you will receive an email notification with the alternative options offered:

    • you can rebook your flight to the same destination for a future date
    • you can issue a travel voucher for the amount of the original ticket. Your travel voucher is valid for 12 months from the date of issue and you can use the whole or part of the voucher within the validity period.  Once it expires, (i.e. 12 months after issuance), you are eligible to request a refund of the remaining unused amount paid for your initial booking, provided that the travel voucher has not been used in full. Full terms and conditions for travel vouchers are available here.
    • you can request a refund. Please note that the processing will take longer due to the excessive amount of adjustments being made to our scheduled operations.

    For bookings through travel agents: Please contact your travel agent for further assistance.

    Status of my flight

    You can check our schedule here. If your flight is not listed there, that means that it has been cancelled. If your flight has been cancelled, you will receive an email notification regarding cancellation to email address you used when booking your flight.

    If you have symptoms

    Accidental passengers detected at the airport by public health authorities will not be allowed to continue their journey. If you have the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, we recommend that you reconsider your trip. You may change the date of travel without a booking fee (the difference in fare must be paid in addition) based on a doctor's certificate confirming suspected COVID-19 contamination up to 6 hours before the flight. In any case, you can modify your travel settings using the "Manage my booking" page.

    Mask / Coverage

    Passengers are kindly requested to wear face masks / masks upon arrival at the airport and on Cyprus Airways flights. Face masks / caps should not be worn on children under 6 years of age, people who have difficulty breathing or people who cannot remove the mask without assistance.

    You should change your mask every 4 hours or if it is damaged, or wet or soiled. Make sure you have enough masks with you for the duration of your trip

    Additional safety measures

    New procedure for aircraft cleaning

    According to recommendations of EASA, WHO, ICAO and IATA, we have adapted specific cleaning procedures for safeguarding the health of the passengers, operating crew and all employees that are involved in the operational activities. The aircraft cabin is cleaned with the use of disinfectant liquid and materials. Caution is given to passenger seats, seat belts, arm rests, trays, galleys and toilets.

    At each airport there are additional measures implemented by the Airport operator i.e. information to passengers, thermal cameras, points with hygiene liquids, airport toilets hygiene etc.

    Protect yourself

    The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Centre for Disease Protection and Control (ECDC) provided passengers with an overview of the air travel experience. These summarise the most important elements from the passenger perspective of the EASA/ECDC operational guidelines. The guidelines place paramount importance on health safety at every stage of the end-to-end passenger journey. Their aim is to achieve safety, clarity and harmonisation in the travel experience across Europe.

    The guidelines are available here.