United Kingdom, Russia and Greece added to Cyprus Red List
Updated: Apr 12, 2021
Following a decision of the Cyprus Council of Ministers, the United Kingdom, Russia and Greece were added to the Red List. This means that citizens of these countries can enter Cyprus with a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, and a further negative PCR test upon arrival. This is the first time since early March 2020 that Russian travellers are allowed entry into Cyprus.
Nicosia, Cyprus: 5 April 2021
The changes on arrivals to Cyprus are important for incoming tourism in Cyprus. As we have written in Cyprus at the Crossroads:
“The Cyprus economy remains dominated by tourism. In 2019, tourist arrivals amounted to 3.98 mln and tourism revenue accounted for approximately 20% of GDP. In 2020, following the fear unleashed by the Pandemic as well as the lockdown measures, arrivals fell to just 16% of 2019 arrivals, or 0.63 mln. In 2021, we expect 40% of 2019 arrivals, or 1.59 mln arrivals in the best case scenario”.
The current categorisation of countries based on the epidemiological risk assessment is the following:
Green Countries: no COVID test certificate needed
Orange Countries: negative PCR certificate within 72 hours of arrival
China (including Hong Kong and Macau)
Red Countries: negative PCR test prior to departure and second test upon arrival
United Arab Emirates
United States of America
Passengers coming from Red Category countries shall be required to:
1. Provide a negative PCR test issued within 72 hours of arrival in Cyprus, and
2. Undergo a PCR laboratory test upon their arrival in the Republic of Cyprus.
For more information on the requirements when entering Cyprus, please follow this link.
For further information, please contact:
Ministry of Health. 5 April 2021
Navigator Consulting. 22 March 2021
Navigator Consulting. 29 January 2021
Navigator Consulting. 12 December 2020
Navigator Consulting. 17 November 2020
Navigator Consulting. 3 November 2020
Navigator Consulting. 14 September 2020
Navigator Consulting. 3 September 2020
Navigator Consulting. 21 July 2020