Cyprus ends quarantine requirement for France, Spain, Netherlands and Portugal


Cypriot authorities have announced that travelers from France, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal and Uruguay are now exempt from double testing and quarantine requirements as the countries have been removed from the red box.

However, arrivals of the Amber Box, to which the countries mentioned above belong, must still provide a PCR carried out 72 hours before their arrival to enter Cyprus, reports

The orange category includes the following countries:

  • EU Member States: Denmark, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Finland
  • Micro-states: Andorra, Vatican City
  • Schengen members: Iceland
  • Third country : United Arab Emirates, Qatar, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Kuwait, Bahrain, Singapore

According to the weekly epidemiological risk assessment, Latvia and Romania have been removed from the amber box, as countries’ infection rates with COVID-19 have increased. From Monday, September 27, travelers from these countries must present a PCR test performed 72 hours before departure and undergo a quarantine requirement for 14 days, or complete a self-purchased test upon arrival in the country, in order to avoid self-isolation.

The other countries of the red countries or high risk countries are:

  • EU Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Croatia, Lithuania, Slovenia
  • Micro-states: Monaco, San Marino
  • Schengen members: Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Norway
  • Third country : Egypt, Armenia, Georgia, United States of America, United Kingdom, Japan, Israel, Canada, Belarus, Lebanon, South Korea, Ukraine, Russia, Serbia

Compared to the previous risk assessment, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Moldova are no longer considered as red countries.

No changes have been made to the green box which, as the following list indicates, remains the same:

  • EU Member States: Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic
  • Third country : Australia, Jordan, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia

However, travelers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or recovered from the disease are exempt from testing and quarantine requirements. The country has also successfully connected to the EU’s COVID-19 digital certificate gateway, allowing vaccinated and recovered travelers to move freely across the EU by digitally or physically presenting the document.

According to the country’s epidemiological situation, the latest data released by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that Cyprus has reported 551 deaths, one of which was reported on September 27. In addition, 119,689 cases of COVID-19 infection have been recorded, including 99 of those detected today.

Cyprus vaccination rates are increasing as 80.1% of the population are so far vaccinated with a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 76.8% are now fully immune to the coronavirus, as the Center reveals European disease control and prevention. Out of 1,536,043 doses of vaccines distributed in Cyprus, 1,136,286 were administered to the population.

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