The first European Union member has announced its plans to let in travellers who get vaccinated against COVID-19. Cyprus intends to introduce new entry system and to enable individuals to enter the country without such requirements as testing and quarantine. 

The Cypriot government wishes to resume flights to the country and set their plans to come into force in March next year. Vaccinated travellers will not need to meet other COVID-related entry rules.   

However, passengers who are not vaccinated by that time will still need to meet Cyprus’ requirements based on their country of origin. 

Cyprus’ new entry system includes a four-tier safe travel list: 

  • Green Category — no restrictions 
  • Orange Category — a negative Covid-19 test result (not older than 72 hours) before departure 
  • Red Category — two negative covid-19 test results (one within 72 hours before departure and another upon arrival in the country); no self-isolation measures  
  • Grey Category —a negative Covid-19 test result (not older than 72 hours) before departure; self-isolation upon arrival 

The plan was confirmed by Cypriot Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos.